I'M BACK - What happened in the last 2.5 years?!

As you may have noticed (if I even have any followers left), I have been away from this wine vlogging thing for over 2.5 years! So much has changed and now I have some more time on my hands so I thought perhaps it would be fun to get back into. 

 

To quickly sum up the last 2.5 years of my life, I was really busy doing the corporate hustle, bought a place, got engaged, had a ton of fun with friends and of course got married. I also took a year off of drinking as a little experiment with the Universe. I wanted to see how my life would transform and how I would be present to the Universe if I stopped drinking. Well, my experiment transformed my life more than I could have ever imagined! Near the end of that year of not drinking, my fiancé and I decided that we should quite our corporate jobs, take a step away from our careers, sell our condo (that we had only bought the year previous), donate and sell our possessions and take our dog and move to Spain! We decided that we should do that big move in a matter of about a week, so my life became a huge whirlwind to say the least! 

We are all settled into our lives in Spain and live on an amazing island called, Mallorca. I now have time to spare and have had 'wine vlogging' back on my mind. So here I am again! Most of the wines I think I will be sharing will likely be Spanish wines but who knows! We plan to do a bunch of travelling while we're over here so I'll try and share other wines from other regions with you as well! 

Hope you enjoy the video and I'll share some more (and hopefully better wines) in the future!

x.h

Exciting Changes!

Well, my life over the past little while has been quite full of exciting new changes! With that said, blogging every week on a regular basis is just not possible (as much as I wish it was). So for the time being, the best way to keep up to date with my wine suggestions, tips and tricks, please start following my instagram and twitter accounts (@WineWithMeCa). You also just may see more tidbits of my life so please stay connected with me that way!

xx.h

50th Parallel Estate's 2012 Pinot Noir ft. Winemaker Grant Stanley

As some of you may or may not know, I was in the Okanagan last week checking out a few wineries. One of the wineries that was on the list was 50th Parallel Estate's. I did a video on their Pinot Gris last spring (click HERE if you want to watch & read that post). At that time, I said I believed them to be one of the new big players to hit the BC Wine scene. One thing I do like (maybe even a little more than wine) is to be right (obviously!). 50th Parallel really is up and coming as they are winning awards left, right and centre for their wines already (this is where I take another delicious sip of this pinot noir with even greater satisfaction - because it confirms that I was right about this winery!) So needless to say, I was super stoked to visit this winery! And all of you reading this should be too, not to mention you should also be going out immediately after watching this video and buying yourself a bottle (or several) for your own enjoyment. Not only did I love every one of their wines, the vineyards, views and people who are running the show there are amazing. 

I was lucky enough to do this little tasting with Grant Stanley. Grant is the Director of Winemaking and Viticulture at 50th Parallel. Some of you may already be familiar with his wines  as he use to be the Winemaker at Quail's Gate Winery - also another one of BC's great wineries. And before he worked at Quail's Gate, he was making pinot noir in New Zealand. So his wine making and more specifically his passion for pinot noir has taken him on a journey that started 20 years ago! 50th Parallel specializes in pinot noir but they also produce gewürztraminer, riesling, chardonnay and pinot gris. Their little slogan is "Meet me at the 50th", which I think is perfect because the people who work here, as well as, the owners, are so warm and welcoming. 

50th Parallel is being built from scratch by Curtis Krouzel and Sheri-Lee Turner-Krouzel. Everything has been built on their own. Meaning, no hand-me-downs, no existing vineyard and nothing inherited. Curtis actually has spent the last 16 years visioning, dreaming, and researching how to create a world class wine destination. The winery is up and running but they are not done building. They are just about finished their new wine making facilities, and then they are planning on building  a new tasting room, bistro, events centre, wine bungalow accommodation and a vino-therapy spa! Sheri-Lee's saying is 'Detox & then re-tox!' (I can totally relate to this as many of you probably could tell by my instagram page!) 

Now, you're probably wondering "Where the heck can I try this wine? It sounds so amazing!", I will tell you. It's available at most VQA stores in BC, Vij's restaurant (I think their riesling is by the glass here) and Abigail's Party in Kitsilano. Honestly though, I think you need to go to the VQA stores and buy the Pinot Noir immediately. It's about $32 so it is a bit more than other great options, but seriously, it's worth it. No, I'm not being paid for this post and I even bought my own bottle of pinot noir when I was at the winery last week. So this is an honest post. As a matter of fact, I've never been paid for any my posts. However, that would be nice one day! 

Thanks so much for watching and reading and I hope you enjoyed it. Please let me know if you do try any of the wines from 50th Parallel! I am curious to know what you think of it too!

 

xx.h

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2011 Carchelo ft. John from Marquis Wine Cellars

Here is a little video I did with John Clerides, owner of Marquis Wine Cellars here in Vancouver located at 1034 Davie St. We did a little tasting of the 2011 Carchelo. This is a spanish wine from Jumellia and is a blend of 40% Monastrell, 40% Tempranillo and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. It's an absolutely beautiful wine for only $20. It's full of structure, delicious red berries and has an elegant soft finish. It's a great wine to have with burgers or even just to pop open for that 5pm Wine o'Clock time ;-)

If you haven't been to Marquis lately, John recently finished an extensive renovation on the store and it looks great and is over twice the size it was before! So if you haven't been since the reno's, it's worth going now  to check out! He has his wine organized by country - a pretty standard practice for wine stores these days, but he also takes it a step further and organizes it by different categories. For example, if you're picking up some take out, he has a section dedicated to 'take out food'. Or if you are having a date night, there is a section for that. As well as, Best of BC, wines to pair with seafood, chicken/beef and even earth friendly wines. There is even sections for different styles of wines, like, juicy reds, soft reds, crisp whites, full bodied whites, etc. I LOVE this idea for organizing a wine store. It makes it so easy for picking the perfect wine for any occasion. So instead of 'winging it' (so to speak), he's already gone ahead and and made wine pairing easy in hopes to make your experience that much better.  

I know I sound like a total commercial for Marquis Wine Cellars, but I assure you, I'm not being paid for this post and I honestly think it's a fabulous wine store. So check it out if you're in the area. I'm guessing you'll be impressed by this store as well!

Thanks for watching and I hope you enjoyed the video! 


xx.h

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My new PUPPY & Harris Estate Vineyards 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon

Introducing…. OLIVE!!! Yes, that’s right, we got a puppy and I wanted to introduce her to all of you!  Ok, she’s a not quite a puppy as the vet thinks she is roughly 1.5 – 2 years old but she’s just as adorable as a puppy. She is a rescue doggy all the way from Los Angeles, California. We have had her for a few weeks now and she is the most amazing dog ever. We are currently her foster parents through West Coast Cocker Rescue (WCCR) as we are awaiting eye surgery for her. Then we can finalize the adoption after that. Our little lady has really bad cataracts in both of her eyes. Poor thing! She bumps into stuff all the time :-( WCCR is going to be starting a fundraising campaign as her surgery to regain her sight is going to be $5000! I’ll keep you posted on that once everything has been organized!

So, now that introductions are out of the way, time for wine!!! 

The wine featured in this video is Harris Estate Vineyards 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon from Treva’s Vineyard. This is labeled VSR, which stands for Very Special Reserve. The reason this vintage is so special is because it’s the very FIRST vintage this winery has ever had! The owners, Mike and Treva Harris bought the land back in 1997. It was an old run down private boys school and needed some major repairs. They fell in love with the old Victorian cottage that was on the property and thought it would be a suitable place for their grandkids. Being in Napa Valley and that they were surrounded by wineries, many people told them to plant grapes and make wine. Finally, they gave in and had the soil tested. Turns out that the soil on their land was exceptional and perfect for planting vines. So they did. They figured, at the very least, they could just sell the grapes to wineries. Paul Hobbs’, a famous wine maker from Napa Valley helped them determine which grapes to plant and Mike Black planted them for the Harris’. In 2001, Paul Hobbs’ bought their first harvest of grapes they turned out so well. So, they took this as a good sign and in 2002, they decided to produce their own wine. This bottle I’m sharing with you today, is one of them! There were only about 250 cases produced from that vintage, so it was a very small amount and I feel very privileged to be able to enjoy a bottle. Now Harris Estate Vineyards produce around 1000 cases a year. So they are still quite a small/boutique winery.

Being that this wine is from 2002, the color of it is more of a rusty/orange/burnt red hue to it rather than a bright cherry red. This is a good way of telling the age of wine (so keep this tidbit of information in your back pocket next time you’re trying to impress your date!). This wine is absolutely decadent! It’s got full ripe prunes and raisin qualities and the fruit just lingers on the palate. Robert Parker actually scored this bottle of wine a whopping 94 points and said it was stunning. I would have to agree with him. It is an amazing bottle of wine. And quite impressive that this is their first vintage! I really want to try more of their wines! 

Thanks so much for watching this video and please let know what you think of it! I’m always welcoming feedback so I can improve and make my videos better and better. Please follow my twitter and instagram too! I’m super into instagram these days as I really love photography. There you can really keep up to date with what’s going on in my life and Olive’s life too – yes there are a bunch of cute puppy pictures there!

 

xx.h

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Bikini pool drinking time in Mexico!

So this is a little silly random video posting I thought I would share with you from my trip last month to Mexico. Yes, I am a bit tipsy in this video (as one should be when they are at an all inclusive resort in Mexico). Yes, I say some silly things. Yes, I had an incredible time. Yes, I wish I was back there now...

As per my usual videos, they involve wine. This video involves no wine but I thought it might be fun to share anyways. I'll be back to posting my usual wine videos soon enough but for now, I hope you enjoy this one!

We stayed at a resort called Grand Sunset Princess by Playa Del Carmen in the Riviera Maya. It was a great resort and would totally stay there again. Lots of food, lots of drinks (as you can tell by my video) and lots of beach time and relaxing by the pool. 

 

Thanks for watching! 

x.h

~May the beauty you love be what you do~

Waka Waka WINE ft. Pride Mountain Vineyards 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon

Ok, so things are starting to get a little silly over here and I’m ok with that! Hopefully you are too and are enjoying the new format of my videos :-) They are a ton of fun to make….as you can see.

The wine featured in this video is the 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon from Pride Mountain Vineyards. This wine is from Calilfornia’s Napa Valley and Sonoma County. This is because the winery actually sits on both counties with the dividing line running through their vineyards. I think that’s pretty cool and worth noting. This particular bottle is 83% Cab Sauv from Napa and 17% Cab Sauv from Sonoma.

I was able to get this bottle of wine because it’s one of the 17 bottles that the wine collector sent to my office. So this is the 2nd wine featured out of the 17. I have to say, it’s soo sooo soooooo FABULOUS! We absolutely LOVED this wine!

Watch my video for all my thoughts, tasting notes, short story and silly crazy antics!

Please follow my new instagram at WineWithMeDotCa as I have started doing #15sTastings on the fly when I’m out and about in the town. As well, you may just see me goofing off…because for some reason, I think it’s a good idea to film that and share that with you all too (I’m a nut, Yes, I know).

Hope you enjoy!

xx.h

~May the beauty you love be what you do~

Vancouver Internationl Wine Festival 2014

I'm not sure if I shared with you that I love champagne, but I do. So, at this years Vancouver International Wine Festival, I was so excited when I heard that France was the featured country! I knew that would mean there was going to be lots of great champagne for me to taste! And I did!

I essentially spent 3 days wandering around the French section of the tasting room drinking champagne (okay - I might be exaggerating a bit). If you are following my twitter and instagram you would have seen all my posts and little videos I featured while attending the festival. (Hint: check them out by clicking on the links provided in the previous sentence!) Shameless self promotion, I know but I am looking for more followers so you can't fault me for asking.

This video features two of the champagnes I tasted. Baron de Rothchild and Champagne Lanson. *Note: It was my first time doing little interviews on the spot at a tasting so forgive me if I didn't follow proper 'interviewing protocol' ;-) I've already forgiven myself because I had so much fun!

My next video posting is going to be from my trip to Mexico. Yes I was a little intoxicated. Yes, I was drinking at the pool bar. Yes, it's a lot of fun. Yes, I was wearing a bikini. Yes, I wish I was still in Mexico. Yes, you should come back to my website next week and watch it. :-)

Hope you are doing fabulous and drinking some amazing wine!

 

xo.h

~ May the beauty you love be what you do ~

 

Carnivor 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon

It’s Wine Wednesday yet again!!! Although it’s still SOBER January, I agreed to do a wine review of this bottle because sometimes you just have to do what you have to do. So, the exception has been made (you really needed to twist my arm for this one!) and here I am doing wine review. BUT, I would like to note, it is SOBER January – so to clarify, I was not drunk while filming this review and remained sober before, during and after the video had been filmed. So if you want to point out a very obvious ‘loop-hole’…there you have it! I can consume wine, but just not get ‘drunk’. As long as I remain ‘SOBER’, we’re all good! I love loop-holes!

The wine that is featured in this very special wine review is, Carnivor 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon from California

The appearance of the wine is a deep, thick, velvety garnet/deep purple color. On the nose I get cherries and black currents. The palate it has a lot of rich ripe berries, soft silky tannins, light cherries and black currents. I found it quite elegant on the palate which I feel is a bit of a contradiction because the wine itself is called ‘Carnivor’. I thought this was a great wine that's easy drinking on it's own as well as paired with food. An obvious food pairing for this baby would be beef! But I think it would go quite nicely with some cheese as well. 

Overall, my boyfriend and I both really enjoyed this wine and would buy it in the future. You can find this wine at BC Liquor Stores for about $17.99 and I'm guessing some of the private liquor stores as well. If you have tried this or plan to, please let me know your thoughts as I’m keen to know what you like as well!

 

xx.h

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