Cabernet Sauvignon

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 ~

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! 

Thanks so much for watching this video and please let know what you think of it! I’m always welcoming feedback so I can improve and make my videos better and better. Please follow my twitter and instagram too! I’m super into instagram these days as I really love photography. There you can really keep up to date with what’s going on in my life and Olive’s life too – yes there are a bunch of cute puppy pictures there!

 

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