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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! 

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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~

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!

 

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Holiday Wine Picks for 2013 - How to look like a Wine Superstar!

Just in time for the holidays are my top wine picks! So if you’re going to or hosting a holiday party, I recommend these four bottles of wine. I chose 3 reds and 1 white. I actually hosted a little party and these were the wines that I served.

Watch my video below, or scroll down a bit and you’ll see what I have to say about them as well. (Heck, you should live a little and do both….watch the video AND read my blog…then when you’re done you mine as well share this with all your friends and family too!!!) 

The white wine that I thought would be a great ‘winter holiday white’ is actually a wine I featured in a video awhile back. It’s Astrolabe’s Sauvignon Blanc, you can click here to view that video if you would like: http://youtu.be/CJHcr-nf_lI . In my previous video, I feature the 2011 vintage. This holiday video features the 2012 vintage. I found this particular vintage to have more peachy notes and less mineralaity than the previous year. Still reminds me of summer though and its oooohhhhhh so delicious! I’ve had several other Astrolabe wines and have been impressed by all of them. So if you choose another one from this winery instead, you likely will still be quite happy with your selection and so will your guests. I also think that featuring a New Zealand white wine from the Marlborough region is something a little bit different because I do think there are a lot of people who aren’t really aware of how fabulous these wines are – so you’re likely to impress a few folks too (and lets be honest, who doesn’t like impressing others!?). You will be the Wine Superstar at the party in no time!

For the reds, I selected Belle Glos 2012 Meiome, which is a Pinot Noir from California. Now, I know that some of you are thinking…OMG I HATE Pinot’s…but I urge you to try this one and then tell me if you still hate Pinot’s. I do like Pinot’s, but like many, a good Pinot hard to find at times. This one took me about 2 years to find since the previous Pinot I thought was amazing and noteworthy, so with that alone – this is a MUST TRY wine! It’s elegant and traditionally French/Old world in style (I believe it’s also aged in French oak), so it’s got more earthy, spicy notes rather than some of the other fruiter Pinot’s you might find out there.

The second red I chose is the 2012 Felino Malbec by Vina Cabos. This is from Mendoza, Argentina and I chose this one because it seems like EVERYONE these days are into their Malbec’s. Before it was Shiraz, now it’s Malbec’s, so you definitely need at least one Malbec on hand this holiday season and I think this is a great one. Nicely balanced on the palate and not to tannic, so it’s quite friendly for a variety of wine drinkers over the holidays.

Last but not least, I threw in a little 2011 Freakshow – by Michael David Winery. This winery is the same winery that produces 7 Deadly Zins. I’m only pointing that out because it’s a popular wine out there and sometimes we like to know where things are coming from and support what we may already like. Freakshow is Cabernet Sauvignon with some Petite Syrah blended in. I purely chose this wine because of the label and the name. Being the holiday season…sometimes family get together’s can be a little ‘nutty’ to say the least, so I thought a wine named Freakshow might just be appropriate to throw in the mix this holiday season. Turns out that when I tried it, I loved it! So I don’t think you will go wrong with this wine either. It’s a great medium bodied wine that has nice complexity and structure. The bottle of this wine is likely also going to be a conversation piece because it has a lot going on in the label. I would probably leave this bottle out on display for others to view and let your guest’s converse away. Might be a good bottle to help get over any awkward silences around the dinner table, or help fill any brief gaps in discussions with the in-laws. And on side note, if your in-laws don’t like you, you could perhaps point out one of the ‘freaks’ on the bottle and reassure them, that’s not you so you’re not sure what their hang up is. NO, I’m just kidding DON’T say that because that will most definitely be followed by another (and much longer) awkward silence….

With that said, these are the wines I would recommend this holiday season. If you’re looking for another white wine to feature, Joie’s Noble Blend is good. So is Blasted Church’s Hatfield’s Fuse. Or perhaps a Pinot Gris would be a nice alternative option from the Astrolabe’s Sauvignon Blanc.

Whatever wines you do chose, be sure to have lots of fun and laughter this holiday season and DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE!!! Be save everyone and Happy Holiday’s!

 

x.h

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Diary Entry #38 - When "Leftovers" are a good thing...

It’s sure nice to be back in Vancouver! Back to sleeping in my own bed, home cooked meals and of course…partying with my friends again! In fact, I threw a birthday party for my boyfriend just this past weekend and my very awesome friends brought over more booze than they could drink, therefore, leaving some leftover wine for yours truly, me, to enjoy!

So because of my oh so generous and fabulous friends, I’ve decided to vlog some of the leftover wine from the party! We don’t want to anger the wine gods (they are real and not just a figment of my imagination), so this leftover wine must be consumed and not poured down the sink. And what do I often do when I drink wine at home….film it for all to see :-)

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Sending my love to all you beautiful people and may the beauty you love, be what you do <3

x.h

Diary Entry #14 - Episode 13 - Preston's Part 2 - Deja Vu Cab Sauv. paired with POUTINE!

So here is Part 2 of Cubby's and my experience at Preston's here in Vancouver's Coal Harbour. I'm excited to share this one because it features one of my favourite food dishes ever...yup, you guessed it...POUTINE! I also want to point out that it has been a goal of mine to find a wine that pairs perfectly with poutine. I think I have found a very ideal match! Check out the video and blog below:

I like to think I have a minor poutine addiction but Cubby feels it's major...*sigh, what can I say...I do LOVE poutine :-) So since Preston's not only has their 'Prestons Poutine' for $8 on their menu and wine...I had to see if we could find a match! This was the opportunity I've been waiting for for so long! - Marrying my two loves together (I'm talking about wine and poutine just in case you're wondering).

The wine we decide to try with the poutine is the 2010 Deja Vu Cabernet Sauvignon from California. On the nose we got some nice earth and fruit. I thought it smelt like a Cab Sauv (Oh yea, I'm such a pro! LOL) On the pallet there were hints of eucalyptus and medicinal qualities. Now I know that perhaps that sounds weird and maybe something you don't want when you're tasting wine...but I'm telling you now, do not be scared! It's good! 

This poutine comes with authentic Quebec cheese curds and is topped with their homemade Rickards Red gravy. You can also mix things up a bit and add pulled pork for $4. We decided to go crazy and get some pulled pork on the side. Now I'm typically a fan of just the traditional poutine - fries, gravy and cheese curds. Nothing else. Poutine is perfect all on its own. But, I must say, I learnt that sometimes it's good to try something different. I was quite impressed with the pulled pork as an addition to this already fine dish. So if you're a meat-eater, I would definitely hit up this dish with some pulled pork. (You can have them bring it on the side if you're wary of committing the whole dish to be mixed with pulled pork). If you watch the video, you see that bite that Cubby took where it looked like his eye's rolled back in his head and appeared to almost cry...well that was because of the pulled pork along with the poutine. Ya it was delish! 

I hope you enjoyed the video and perhaps check out Preston's for yourself. Oh and on a side note 'disclaimer', Preston's did comp some of our food but even though they did that, our opinions of the food are 100% honest and if something sucks, I would say it (it just so happens we had an awesome time as I think you can tell from the video). And on that note, I do recall thinking more cheese curds should be added to this dish, not a ton more, just a few. That's kinda my only '2 cents' in that department. 

Stay tuned for the next course....video will be posted soon!

xx.h