Month: August 2020

Back to the Future with Gold Hill Merlot 2014 and Cabernet Merlot 2017

Gold Hill Merlot 2014 and Cabernet Merlot 2017

Here are two big red wines from Gold Hill Winery from Oliver in the South Okanagan.  Both are Merlot based.  Their Gold Hill Merlot 2014 coming in at 16.1% alc, and their Gold Hill Cabernet Merlot 2017.  It is interesting that…

Casale del Giglio and the Indigenous Cesanese Grape

Casale del Giglio Cesanese IGT 2018 and Matidia Cesanese IGT 2017

Have you tried any Italian wines made with the Cesanese grape?  Probably not, but Casale del Giglio from the Lazio region of Italy is trying to bring this red grape some recognition. Cesanese is a low yield, late-ripening variety which…

Quick Review: Grill Master’s Choice White and Red Blends from Chile

Grill Master's Choice White and Red Blends

While summer is here we are using our bbq’s on the patio.  Here are two cheap and cheerful wines from Chile that were recommended for bbq season to me.  Both are blends; the winery Vina Punti Ferrer ltda does not…

Two Fresh BC Wines from Monte Creek Ranch and Harper’s Trail For the Summer

Harper's Trail Estate Winery Field Blend White 2019 and Monte Creek Ranch Cabernet Merlot 2017

It’s definitely summer time with all the sun and heat!  I’m not complaining, but thinking about which wines would be nice to drink on these hot days.  I have 2 BC wines for you; a white from Harper’s Trail Estate…

Casale del Giglio and the Biancolella di Ponza Indigenous Grape

Casale del Giglio Faro Della Guardia Biancolella di Ponza Lazio IGT 2019 label

Another indigenous Italian grape for you.  This one is the Biancolella of Ponza.  According to Casale del Giglio, “The Biancolella grape was introduced to the Island of Ponza from the Island of Ischia (in the Bay of Naples) during the…

The Indigenous Bellone Grape and Wines by Casale del Giglio In Lazio Italy

Casale del Giglio Bellone 2019 and Anthium Bellone 2019

Have you heard of the almost forgotten indigenous vines of Lazio, Italy? One of the grapes grown along the coastal area around the town of Anzio is the ancient Bellone of Anzio grape.  It is a white grape variety.  There…

Memories of Chilean Wine and Hospitality – A Visit to Wineries of the Maipo and the Colchagua Valleys

Ninquen Valley and Montgras vineyards

At this point of my trip to Chile I had visited wineries from the Aconcagua and the Casablanca Valleys.  Now I visited a few wineries closer to Santiago in the Maipo Valley, then headed south to the Colchagua Valley.   A…