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Diary Entry #24 - Wine With Me 2.0 - Unicorns & Masion Nicolas Perrin 2011 Syrah Viognier

Happy New Year Everyone! I hope you all had a wonder time ringing in 2013!

I want to take this time to thank you for all of your support over this past year. It was my first year as a blogger and it was because of you guys that 2012 was so special.

Part of me wanted to title this vlog "My confession, My contradiction, My Intention" but I decided on the above title instead. 

I have done a lot of reflecting on where this journey of wine with me has taken me over the last year, as well, I have done a lot of work on what my vision is for wine with me and how I want to evolve this vlogging project of mine. 

This reflecting has enabled me to really create a new vision and understanding why I'm doing this. I have realized that I want to share stories with you. I want to share the stories behind the label. So the stories of the wine makers, families that own and operate the wineries/vineyards, basically, the stories of the people behind the wine that we all love.

What I am really talking about is the launch of WineWithMe 2.0. 

Now I'm sure you're wondering why I'm calling this a 'confession' video.  Well, the confession is that I realize now that I have been a bit of a contradiction in my vlogs and my website. I have been calling this a 'video DIARY of a wine lover' but I have not been sharing really anything about myself. So for that I'm sorry I have not been living up to my websites slogan.

Moving forward I want to reassure you that you will still be getting all of the good stuff that you originally came here to watch, but I'm adding more of me and my story as well as the stories of others. You will still get my tasting notes/opinions but now I'm going to be sharing my own personal experiences, I want to have more guest on my vlogs with me and even go to different locations (wineries and restaurants, etc)

I wrote a mission/intention statement (because I am that serious about this and I want to be clear in my intention)  and I would like to share that with you:

My mission is to inspire, evoke and ignite others to believe in themselves, believe in what they are passionate about and to seek a life that has greater purpose, love, joy, and hope through following their own passion and by being the best person they can be. 

I have a genuine desire to make this world a better place and I hope to do this one vlog at a time!!

So this my friends is WineWithMe 2.0 :)

Dear Diary....

The wine I'm featuring this week is Masion Nicolas Perrin's 2011 Syrah Viognier. It's from the Rhone Valley in France. This wine is actually the merging of the Perrin Family (well know producers from Southern Rhone) and Nicolas Jaboulet (prodcuer from Norhern Rhone). They started this small operation Masion Nicolas Perrin in 2008. 

The main grape in this blend is Syrah with a little bit of Viognier to add finess and round out the strong bold syrah. I'm not sure what the exact blend between Syrah and Viognier is though.

I found the color when I held up up against a white background, was bright red/fucshia. It is really a pretty color. On the nose I found some floral hints of violet, blueberries and cloves. To the taste, there was red berries with some of that blueberry coming through. It had nice spice to it as well. The tannins were soft and rounded off nicely. I think this might have been due to the lovely viognier that was add - it did its job and it did it well!

I found this wine at Kitsilano Wine Cellar for about $23.00. I'm not sure if it's available at BC Liquor stores or not. 

Thanks again for checking out my vlog & blog. I hope you enjoyed the first video of Wine With Me 2.0!

x.h

~May the beauty you love, be what you do ~

Diary Entry #15 - Episode 14 - Perrin & Fils 2007 Vacqueryas

It's been too long since I've done a wine review and so I thought it was time! Life has been super busy and it's been keeping me from posting anything new lately. But alas, I found some time this long weekend to consume some wine, vlog and post :-) 

This wine is Perrin & Fils 2007 Vacqueryas. It's from the Rhone region in France and it's 75% Grenache and 25% Syrah. Perrin & Fils became AOC in 1990 so they are known for good consistent wines as not all wines receive the AOC designation. But with that said and the higher expectations I had for this wine, I wasn't totally impressed. It was too tannic for me and in the end it just didn't sit nicely on my palette. 

I would like to mention that I've decided that I'm going to stick with my rating system that I came up with a few months ago...in a nutshell it's:

Forgettable - Meaning this wine sucks and I won't be drinking or buying it again

Memorable - Meaning this wine was decent and you should perhaps check it out!

Unforgettable - Meaning this wine is awesome and you need to go buy a bottle of it now as it's absolutely delicious and worth the money!

I initially found this wine that I reviewed this week to be memorable. Like I said, it was a lot more tannic than I like and maybe it just needed some food. But on it's own, I wasn't a big fan. After I did my review I had a couple friends over and they weren't fans of it either. So with that said, this wine rating quickly moved to the 'forgettable' category. I don't think I'll be buying this one anytime soon. But perhaps it was an off year. So maybe another vintage might be worth a shot. 

If you've had this wine (this vintage or another) please let me know your thoughts. Did you have it with food? I think food would make it better...so maybe thats where we went wrong when we were drinking it. I like to think that if it's a good wine, you can have it solo or with food. So with that said...if you do try this one, make sure you have some food on hand! The label suggests roast and grilled red meats, all spicy dishes and strong cheeses...So give it a go and let me know what you think!

I hope everyone has had a great long weekend and I'll be posting more vlogs soon!

xx.h