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! 


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

Diary Entry #28 - Giant pink balloons & Urban Uco 2011 Malbec Tempranillo

The special guest of the evening is Urban Uco. It’s a 50/50 blend of malbec and tempranillo grapes. This wine is from the Uco Valley in Argentina. The Uco Valley is one of the sub-regions in the Mendoza region. In fact, I just learnt that the Uco Valley is home to some very outstanding wines and is becoming a well known region by it's own rights. It has a very distinct growing climate and is home to some of the top producers. 

The Uco sits at a higher altitude located at the base of the Andes. Because of this higher altitude, the grapes are exposed to high daytime temperatures and much cooler evening/night time temperatures. This causes the grapes to produce balanced sugars and acidity that you wouldn’t get in other regions.

The colour of this wine is a nice bright ruby cherry colour. On the nose I get blueberries, violet. I really enjoyed the palate of this wine and found it surprisingly chewy. And my chewy I mean that it's got a lot of depth and complexity to it. There are medium tannins that I can feel gripping on my gums and tongue (kind of like what happens when you drink straight black tea). The flavour of this wine lingers extremely long (you will hear wino's refer to this as the 'length' of the wine - this wine has great length!). The flavour of this wine is full of blueberries and blackberries.

When I was doing a bit of research on this wine, I found that the labels I found online were different than on the bottle I had, even though it was the same vintage. So it turns out this vintage has 2 different labels. The one that you see that I have in the video is what you will see here in BC. In the USA and perhaps other countries, you might see the other label - which I did put a picture of in my video. This other label is a picture of a girl in an art gallery looking at some paintings on the wall. Immediately this other label reminded me of one of the most cool experiences I've ever had.

About a year and a half ago, I went to this art show. I had no idea what to really expect, but it sounded like a fun event so my friend and I went. It was held at a private art gallery here in Vancouver. The first part of the exhibit was the cool part. You had to walk through a room of floor to ceiling giant pink balloons. There was no way around this, it was the only way to access the rest of the gallery. So my friend and I entered into this room with all these giant balloons and couldn't see where we were going. At one point we even lost each other because there were so many balloons. We had to make our way to a staircase that was on the other end of the room and emerge out of the balloon room that way. It was by far the coolest experience I've had in a long time and I wish there was always a room with giant pink balloons that I could walk through whenever I wanted to. I felt like a little kid again and I think that was what made it so wonderful. 

I've included a clip of this balloon experience at the very end of the wine video so you can get a bit of an idea of what it was like.

What have been some of the coolest and most memorable experiences that you have had? I would love to hear about them.  

Thanks for watching and stay tuned for another video in 2 weeks!


~May the beauty you love be what you do~

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!