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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

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

~ May the Beauty you Love, be what you do ~

Diary Entry #30 - Atteca 2010 Old Vines Garnacha & Halloween

Dear Diary,

Today is April 3, 2013. Happy Wine Wednesday! I hope everyone had a great long weekend that just passed. I know I sure did. It’s practically summer here in Vancouver so it was nice to go out biking along the seawall and hang out at the beach. I also went to Vancouver Island and hung out in Victoria for the day and saw 2 orca whales when I was at the beach. I’ve never see wild whales before so it was pretty cool!  

Today I’m going to share with you Atteca 2010 Old Vines Garnacha. So there are a couple cool things about this wine that I wanted to share. First of all, the grape varietal is 100% ‘Garnacha’, some of you may have heard of the grape Grenache before, well it’s the same grape as this, but in Spain (where this wine is from) it’s called Garnacha. Other areas you may see this grape from but called Grenache is from France. Some will say the origins of this grape is from France but there are also a lot of people who would say this grape originates from NE Spain. 

The really cool thing about this wine is that the vines that this juice comes from are 80-100 years old. Which is pretty unheard of. Many of the vines across Europe and especially in France were killed by Phylloxera - which is an aphid like bug that attacks the grape vines roots and leaves. So because of this outbreak of phylloxera in Europe, it’s rare to see old vines like these. However, Spain was one of the more lucky countries and so it’s not uncommon to see old vines coming from Spain as they were not hit with this bug (Phylloxera) as bad as other parts of Europe.  

The vines that this wine comes from are located 3000 ft above sea level and are located in poor gravelly slate soils. When it comes to vines, you actually want to them to be planted in poor soil conditions because this makes the roots work harder to produce good fruit. They have to dig deeper into the soil to find the nutrients and in the end, the fruit produced is actually better quality and more complex fruit. 

The color of this wine is a nice deep reddish brown color. On the nose I get ripe dark fruit like black cherry (darker and riper smelling than bright red cherries) & prunes. On the palate I taste dried prunes & raisins, very ripe tasting, very smooth and not very tannic at all.

This is strangely reminding me of Halloween and going trick or treating as a kid and getting those boxes of sunripe raisins….you know, those little red boxes of raisins that the boring houses would give out for Halloween instead of delicious candy?! I was always disappointed in the raisins…however, the raisin taste in this wine is quite lovely and I would have much preferred to receive this wine in my trick or treating bag when I was a kid ;-) There is some nice cherry notes to this wine as well. Lots of big flavour, not tannic at all – little to none. Has a nice complexity to it…perhaps that’s the old vines influence here. It’s very rich tasting. 

Oh and as an FYI – This bottle of wines alcohol content is 15%….so be careful as it may just kick you in the ass if you’re not…or perhaps that’s what you would like. But I just thought I should share that little tidbit for you too.

Thanks so much for watching and, as always, may the beauty you love be what you do! 

x.h

Diary Entry #25 - Disco Wine Label & Pergolas 2009 Tempranillo

This week my 'special guest' is: Pregolas 2009 Old Vines Tempranillo. It's 100% tempranillo grape and it comes from vines that are at least 30 years old. I would really like to know the oldest vines that this wine comes from, but I could not find that information. But I'm guessing it can't be that much older than 30 years old....??? Well maybe... does anyone else know? 

I found this wine to have a nice leathery bouquet mixed with fresh cherries and a slight hit of wet leaves. Sounds totally random I know. But often when I do tastings, I get images rather than words that come to mind. This wine I immediately thought of a barn/farm with horses and saddles - hence the leathery notes that I got right away. I also thought of cherries and that reminded me of when I was a kid and use to sit on the front steps of my house with my mom and brother and we use to eat cherries and see who could spit the seeds the furthest.

This wine comes from Navarro Lopez in Valdepenas. This winery was started in 1904 and the original winery still stands in the town. It has since moved to just outside of Valdepenas to a location that is more environmentally friendly as this is a high priority for this winery. They have systems in place to ensure that nature is minimally affected and do what they can to be a 'green' winery.

I think this is great and it's made me think about how I can be more 'green' and environmentally conscious. 

I hope you enjoy this video and perhaps it makes you think of how you to can be more aware of your 'footprint' on this earth.

Thanks for watching!

x.h

Diary Entry #9 - Episode #8 Cristalino Cava Brut NV

Hey gang! Sorry for the delay in getting this out to you! I've been busy with family stuff, then went away, now I'm back but sick! It was important for me to post this review so here it is! 

This bubbly that I've reviewed is the popular Cristalino Brut Cava NV which is a spanish bubbly wine. All "Cava's" are Spanish bubbly and they are made in the traditional method (2nd stage fermentation in the bottle, not a tank). 

Unfortunately when I did this review, I didn't have a sparkling wine glass, so the bubbles weren't done justice but...oh well...next time I'll have the proper glasses on hand! Because this sparkling is made in the traditional method, you will get smaller, finer bubbles than if it was produced in the tank method. But the glass really plays a big part in 'showing off' the bubbles. If you don't have a proper sparkling wine glass, you will virtually have no bubbles....like you will see in my video. So this is why it's important to have the right kind of glass! I do want to point out that even though, you don't see the bubbles in the glass, you will still taste the bubbles, so it doesn't 'ruin' the wine, just the presentation won't be as good as it could be.

This wine had a nice crispness on the nose. I smelt green apples and lime. Being a brut, this wine is dry to the taste and had lots of the apple and lime flavours. I also did get a little bit of toastyness on the palette as well. This wine retails for $11.99 at BC Liquor stores and for that price, you can't go wrong! It's nice, fresh, lively and would be a great and inexpensive wine to 'pop' for your new years celebration. Or if you wanted to have mimosas, this wine would also be good. It's decent quality for the price and I don't think you can go wrong!

Let me know if you have tried this wine and what you think of it! Also, let me know what you're drinking this NYE!

Have a safe NYE and best wishes to everyone for 2012! 

xo.h