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Shiraz From Belle Grove Winery Wins Over Finding Vino Toastmasters

Belle-Groove-Shiraz-2012Name of Winery – Belle Grove

Name of Wine – Shiraz 2012

Region produced in – Spain

Types of grapes in wine –  Red Shiraz grapes grown on the sun drenched Spanish hillside vineyards and has  Fresh blackcurrant aromas with hints of black pepper and a lingering fruity finish

Characteristics of wine –Red wines get their colour from the skins which are included when the wines are fermented. The length of time that wines are in contact with the skins can influence the colour of the wine. The thickness of the grape’s skin can also affect the colour with thicker skinned varieties generally producing deeper coloured wines

 Look –Deep and bright in color

Smell –rich, fruity  on the nose.

Taste – Ripe cherry and blackcurrant and combined with hints of black pepper.

Finish – On the palate, the Shiraz is fruity, jammy and full of flavour, with a good backbone to support the lingering finish.

Food Pairing – Pairs well with richly flavored red meats, beef stew and meat lover’s pizza.



Vinosobres By Famille Perrin A Red Wine The French Can Really Be Proud Of

perrin_les_cornuds_2011_jpg_8758_640[1]We really like the terroir of Vinsobres, a beautiful village located 40 kilometres north of Châteauneuf du Pape at an altitude of 300 metres, primarily on terraces. Vinsbores is particularly suitable for Syrah, giving it that great finesse we tend to loose further south.
Name of Winery – Famille Perrin – Les Crus
The “Famille Perrin” way makes each wine unique: using organic and biodynamic approaches, mastering the art of blending and bringing out the freshness of the Southern aromas.
Name of Wine – Famille Perrin Vinsobres ‘Les Cornuds’ 2011
The 2011 vintage is a vintage of contrasts. That is to say an unusually hot, dry spring followed by a wet and rainy beginning of July and then an Indian summer lasting until the end of October. Carefully sorting and destemming the harvest allowed for a great vintage, particularly for the late harvest varieties
Region produced in – Rhone Valley, France
The most northern vineyard of the southern Rhône. The Perrin family owns around 60 hectares in one single plot in Vinsobres. The average altitude is 300 metres on hills and terraces.
Types of grapes in wine – 50% Grenache and 50% Syrah
A blend of 50% Grenache and 50% Syrah with 35% aged in French oak and has a spicy peppery nose and lots of black fruit flavours. While it may be enjoyed now it will improved over the next two years and will keep for five. The impressive, deep, rich Vinsobres Les Cornuds comes from high elevation (400 feet) vineyards. Cellar through to 2022 – perfect for the Wine Collector!
Characteristics of wine
Several important critics have rated this Vinsobres wine highly: Wine Spectator gave the 2010 vintage a score of 91. This wine has received more awards than any other wine from the region: the Dallas Wine Competition awarded the 2011 vintage Silver and the 2010 vintage Silver.
Look – Juicy, dark pleasure in a glass! This is an even blend of grenache and syrah grapes. This wine opens up with decanting and you will open up with this wine.
Smell – Full-bodied with black fruit, anise, pepper and smoke aromas.
Taste – Terrific concentration, depth and balance from one of the most respected producers in the Rhone.
Finish – Extra Dry
Food Pairing – Pairs well with steaks, beef stew, chicken and aged cheeses.

South African Red Wine Graceland Cabernet Sauvignon Graces Finding Vino Club Meeting

grace-cabsauv[1]Date of Meeting – July 7, 2015
Name of Red Wine selected – Graceland Cabernet Sauvignon
Region wine is produced –  South Africa, Stellenbosch region

Types of grapes in wine – Cabernet Sauvignon with some Merlot grapes

Characteristics of wine

Look – deep cherry red color, burgundy, full bodied,

Smell – Blackberry, ripe plum, tobacco, vanilla

Taste – Ripe black fruits, soft velvety texture, savory spices

Finish – Lingering after-taste, complex flavors, long finish

Food Pairing – Beef roast, beef steak, venison stew, lamb chops, with balsamic reduction, lentil soup, hearty bean dishes, sharp cheeses, almonds, walnuts, dark chocolate, dark fruit cake.
Red Wine Master: Erica Johanson
Foodie: None