Happy New Year Wine Lovers!

Now that the holidays are over, it's back to work! By work I mean that hard task of tasting and writing about wine. Doesn't really sound like work to me. Although, I have been very liberal in how often I've been posting. I had every intention of posting regularly but what can you do, life got in the way. My New Year resolution is to post more often (I know, I know...you've heard this before) and to finally start those video blogs on my YouTube channel! I also want to start charting my own wine collection, which I'll gladly share with you. I need to keep track of what I actually have and when certain wines will be at their peak for drinking. I had a 2004 Chardonnay last week from Thirty Bench (Beamsville, Ontario). It was a lovely wine but definitely on it's way out the door since I waited a too long to drink it! It would have been superb a year or two ago. If I had a chart, I would have known this rather than letting it sit in my rack, ignored. I'm also reading some really great books that I'd like to share with you in future posts. Of course they're wine related.

I hope that you all had a wonderful holiday season filled with good cheer and good wine. I was fortunate to take a last minute trip to San Francisco which included day trips to both Sonoma and Napa. It was indeed a wonderful Christmas! My husband decided to surprise me with this trip because he knew how much I wanted to go! With a phonecall to work telling me to come home and pack, we were flying the very next morning at 7am. Who knew the airport could be such crazy house at five in the morning. We had a wonderful time and drank lots of fabulous wine.  I'm currently working on some posts about the trip. It's taking some time to go through all the pictures and tasting notes I made. See? I'm committed to traveling the earth, high and low, to bring you the findings of my on-going wine research. How dedicated am I!  In the meantime, here are two wines that I've recently tried and enjoyed:

Bougrier Vouvray 2008 (Loire Valley, France) $14.95
I love Chenin Blanc and having been to the Loire Valley, I love the things that come out of the region. Although this isn't on my list of favourite Vouvray's, this wine, for the money is pretty good.  It's a medium dry wine (there is a bit of residual sugar) that's easy on both the palate and wallet. Aromas of peach, citrus and pear are offered from this wine. You can certainly enjoy it with chicken or spicey south Asian dishes. Hooray for Vovray!


Gerard Bertrand Grand Terroir Montpeyroux 2007 (Midi, France) $17.95
This is a good wine for good value. Hailing from southern France, it scored a silver medal at the Decanter World Wine Awards in 2009. This wine is the one on the right in the picture.  I know that I've mentioned this before, but I love wines from the south of France. I couldn't find too much information from the producer about the actual grape varieties and percentages used but since it's from the southern Rhone, it's most likely a blend of the traditional varieties such as Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre or Cinsault grapes. Yum yum!


Let's toast to a wonderful 2010 ahead!