Diary Entry #26: Speaking of Gothic People - Wine Men of Gotham 2011 Shiraz

Dear Diary,

Being that yesterday was Wednesday…I figured it was more appropriate to do my vlog then, after all it’s not just Wednesday but ‘Wine Wednesday’. So I’m going to be moving my vlogs so they come out on Wednesday’s rather than Thursday’s. I ran out of time last night to post this actually on Wednesday, but moving forward, it is my goal to get it out on Wednesday evenings here for you.  

The guest this week is Wine Men of Gotham’s 2011 Shiraz. This wine comes from South Australia and the shiraz grapes used in this come from a variety of vineyards and regions.

I think the branding of this wine is pretty cool, unique and eye-catching! I’m sure many of you have seen this bottle already and perhaps have tried it yourself as it does appear on many wine lists and in most liquor stores around Vancouver.

I found this wine to be far lighter in color than I expected. You can see right thru the wine when held against a white surface – this is more of a trait you would find in a Pinot Noir, so I was a bit surprised that this wine didn’t have the deep red garnet color that I would have expected. But there are first for everything! On the nose this wine is spicy! I get a lot of black pepper followed by some fig. On the palette, this very summery and fresh, I get light cherries and unripe plum. Nice tannins and I think this wine is quite drinkable on its own or with food – grilled meats would go nicely.

This wine has a cool story/fable that dates back to early England back in the time of knights, castles and Kings to a town called Gotham. Well the town folk of Gotham had heard that the King was going to be coming through their town. Back then, when a King travels on a road, it then becomes knows as the King’s Highway. Therefore, the road becomes levied and taxes are increased. Obviously, no one likes to pay more taxes, the people of Gotham did not want the King to travel on the road through their town. So they decided to act crazy and as if they all belonged in an insane asylum. The King caught wind that the town of Gotham was full of crazy people, so he decided to take a different route. And because the people of Gotham ‘played the fool’ and saved money on their taxes, they became known as the Wise Men of Gotham. So instead of Wise Men of Gotham, this is WINE Men of Gotham.

I’m not sure what the connection is between Australia and England and if someone out there knows, please fill me in! Nonetheless, it’s a pretty cool story!

If you want to know how I relate to this wine and my personal thoughts…you’ll have to watch the video (if you haven’t already!!) J

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you’re all well! Please let me know your comments, feedback, what you like/dislike and how I can make this experience better for you. I’m always wanting to improve and I love to hear from you!

And of course – May the beauty you love be what you do! See you next Wine Wednesday!



Diary Entry 13 - Episode 12 - St. Hallett Gamekeeper's 2009 Shiraz Grenache

So I didn't plan on doing a wine review tonight. But I really wanted to have some wine. So I cracked this bottle with the intention of just enjoying it without vlogging about it, but that obviously didn't work. So here is my vlog....

I don't feel like saying to much about this since it wasn't my intention to so I feel like I've already done enough for one night. But check it out, it's a good bottle of wine. I've yet to have a bad bottle from the Barossa in Australia....they make great wines from there. 

More videos to come soon. I'm in the middle of editing a bunch. Cubby and I actually went to Preston's ( here in Vancouver and scored some video reviews on their food and wine. We had a great time and LOVED the food and wine stay tuned for my "Preston's' Vlog Week". The food rocked! Go there if you haven't checked it out yet! 

Ok, short and sweet from me tonight! Hope you guys are having an amazing week and stay tuned for upcoming vlogs! 

Thanks for your love and support! 


Diary Entry #12 - Episode #11 - Wolf Blass Yellow Label 2010, Cabernet Sauvignon

So, I thought I would review a wine that first started my love of vino! Wolf Blass Yellow Label Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine was my favorite about 10 or 11 years ago. Since then, I realized there were lots of other great wines to try I've moved on and so it's actually been about 9 or so years since I've actually had this wine. Since it's been so long, I decided it was time to give it another taste and see if it's still good.

I also wanted to mention that when I first started buying this wine over 10 years ago, it was less than $10/bottle. It's now $17.99.... not happy that's it's almost doubled in price over they years! I personally prefer to buy wines that made in smaller production and do find the 'mass production' of this wine a little unappealing, but needless to say, I thought I would check out this wine anyways :-)

Check out my review below! 

Since this is such a popular wine, I'm sure you have tasted it yourself. Please let me know what you think of it and if you enjoyed it (or not). I'm always interested in hearing what you're opinions on the wines that I review are. So please leave your comments below!

Hope you're all well and stay tuned for more reviews and wine adventures to come!

:-) xx.h

Diary Entry #10 - Episode #9 2009 Morse Code Shiraz

Here is my vlog of this will be below that! I hope you enjoy!

Happy New Year Everyone! I know, I know…it’s a little late. But I’ve been sick and I’m finally on the mend now so I’m catching up on things! I hope if you’re reading this you are healthy and have had a much better start to 2012 than I did!


Welcome to my first wine review of 2012! I decided to review the 2009 Morse Code Shiraz, by Henry's Drive from Padthaway Australia (In my video review of this I accidently said this wine was from Harry's drive...My mistake! It's HENRY'S Drive!). This wine costs $13.99 at BC Liquor stores and I’m sure you can find it at other private liquor stores throughout BC and I think Alberta as well. 

Typically when I do wine reviews, I like to open the bottle as I’m filming and just go off the cuff and give my first impressions. This time I thought I would do things differently and open the bottle, do a quick tasting and then let it breath a bit and then do my review. Often times it’s good to let a wine breath a bit before consuming. I think this is a perfect example of a wine that needs to breath/open up a bit. If you’re going to try this wine, I suggest to let it breath for about 20 minutes or so.

When I first opened this wine, I got a lot of unripe tart red berries, and some spice on the nose. As the wine opened up, the tartness softened and the young red berries really came forward on the nose and the palette. Typically with many Shiraz’s you will find they are jammy and full of ripe red berries. I found this one to be different because it was full of young unripe fruit and was much more vibrant and crisp tasting.  I really liked how the fruit really came out on the palette and the tartness of the wine really rounded things out. I think this medium bodied wine is great on it’s own but would also pair nicely with a soft cheese like a triple cream brie, rack of lamb or steak.

Let me know if you check out this wine for yourself and what your thoughts are on it! Now that I’m healthy again, I’m really looking forward to doing more vlogs as I really have missed it!

Wishing you all the very best for the New Year and I’m so thankful for all of your kind words and support!

Thank you! :-)


Diary Entry #3 - BIG Shiraz - "Punch in the Face", Barossa Valley

Ok, here is my 2nd wine review. I decided to do a Shiraz because in my first review I was saying that Malbec is "IN" and Shiraz is not...which was just a joke...I love Shiraz and I'm sure many do! So I thought I would review a shiraz this time around in hopes to redeem myself with the "Shiraz Wine Gods"...yes there is such a

My review here below...with my brother, Grant, while he was visiting me from Calgary. Check out the video! I want to point out that I'm doing my best to keep my videos completely in the moment, off the cuff and unedited. I like to do my video right when I open the wine and try it for the first time...just doing my best to keep it real and my reviews honest...and with that...sometimes I say stupid shit (and I mean that in the least self denigrating way possible) like I did in this check out the video and hope you laugh along with me and the silly things I say/do!

Ok so here is my written review of the 2008 "Punch In the Face" Shiraz by R Wines for my 'reader' wine buddies out there...

This Shiraz is from the Barossa Valley in Australia. Barossa Valley is know for their Shiraz. My suggestion is, if you're getting a shiraz, you can't go too wrong if you get one from the Barossa Valley. The  3 most well-know and famous of Australian Shiraz regions: Barossa Valley, MaClaren Vale and Hunter Valley. I'm trying to think if I've had a bad Shriaz from any of these regions, and I don't think I can.


I would describe the colour of this wine to be a deep red velvet. Lots of legs on the wine and they were quiet thick. The nose was full of ripe jammy berries and there was also some cherry notes in there as well. It's smelt soooo good!!!

I found this to be a really nice fully body wine. It was full of jammy ripe fruit. There was good length to the wine and it just seemed to roll around in my mouth. It tasted as good as it smelt...if not better! You could really taste the ripe red cherry, plum and black current. I also thought I tasted a hint of chocolate on the finish. It was very smooth, which I really like in a nice big wine. It seemed to just feel nice on the entire palate and my mouth didn't feel offended by the wine (does that even make sense?! LOL). It was not very acidic at all and had a nice smooth finish. I think you could drink this wine all on it's own or you could have it with food...I think this would be a great dinner party/finger food wine because it could go with a variety of food and I think most people would really enjoy it. I give it a 9 out of 10 for sure!

If you want to try out this wine and don't want to buy a bottle that retails for $23.99 at Liberty Wines, I believe you can go to Cactus Club and order a glass there (I if this is incorrect, let me know!)

I think that's it for this review! This Shiraz is worth checking out! Hope you give it a try! Let me know if you do and what you thought of the wine!

Thanks for checking out my blog and anther review coming later this week!



on 2011-12-01 06:40 by Holly

I was at Cactus Club this past weekend and you can get this Shiraz by the glass. So if you don't want to commit to trying a whole bottle, stop by Cactus and just order a glass!