LE23 Semillon Sauvignon Blanc

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March’s LE23 Feature Wine

SEMILLON SAUVIGNON BLANC
This White Bordeaux style wine is a classic French blend of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc. Citrus and grassy aromas lead to a gorgeous palate with refreshing grapefruit and lemon/lime flavours. Gooseberry, passionfruit, and green apple notes come through, hinting at honeysuckle and lemon peel. Serve lightly chilled to emphasize the vibrant acidity and prominent citrus flavours of this crisp dry white.

Alcohol: 13%

Provence, France 
Provence lies on the southeast tip of France and vineyards in this small coastal region are all within 60kms of the Mediterranean Sea. Summers are warm with abundant sunshine. Coastal breezes help moderate the temperature and the strong mistral wind keeps skies clear and grapes dry, protecting against disease. Soils vary across the region with white wine grapes generally planted in areas with rich limestone and shale deposits.

 

Wine pairing recipe!  

Shrimp Curry
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Also a great match for: sushi, asparagus risotto, crab cakes

LE23 Nebbiolo

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February’s LE23 Feature Wine

Nebbiolo 
The regal Italian red you know and love with a bit of laid-back California charm. Nebbiolo maintains its strong tannin on North American soil but reins in some boldness, showing more voluptuous fruit and floral undertones. Aromas hint at rose and violet with notes of earth and spice. Cherry and raspberry flavours are forefront, while licorice, plum and chalky earth notes add depth. A gratifying wine with strong structure and balance thanks to Nebbiolo’s characteristic high tannin and acidity.

Alcohol: 14%

Lodi, California
Nebbiolo does well in Lodi, situated in the middle of California’s Central Valley. The Mediterranean climate is tempered in part by cool breezes blowing inland from the San Francisco Bay area, which promotes the grape’s natural acidity. Two mountain-fed rivers run through the region bringing rich granite-based minerals to the soil, lending complex flavours. These mineral rich sandy soils in conjunction with the dry growing season encourage more concentrated flavours.

 

Wine pairing recipe!  

Prosciutto & Olive Pizza
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Also a great match for: braised short ribs, caponata, spiced lamb tagine, white truffle fettucine

LE23 Winemakers Blend

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January’s LE23 Feature Wine

Winemaker’s Blend
The varietals in our Winemaker’s Blend play off each other to create a crisp off-dry wine with a tapestry of vibrant fruit flavours. Pinot Grigio leads with lush peach and apple flavours. Riesling adds aromatics, a shot of sweetness, and amplifies fresh acidity. Vermentino plays up the citrus character, while Verduzzo brings tropical notes to the background. A touch of Trebbiano rounds out the orchard fruit flavours and adds a fresh mineral accent.

Alcohol: 12%

Italy
This cunning blend pulls choice varietals from the four corners of Italy, showcasing the best the country has to offer: Sicily in the southwest, where climate and geography make near perfect growing conditions; Tuscany on the northwest coast, one of the world’s most famous wine regions; Veneto on the northeast coast where hot summers are tempered by the Adriatic Sea, and finally Puglia on the southeast coast, where the surrounding seas provide balance to the dry heat helping grow mature and fruity grapes.

 

Wine pairing recipe!  

Pancetta Egg Pasta
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Also a great match for: rich & creamy mac n cheese, maple glazed ham, spiced nuts

Wine Specials for January 2024

Happy New Year!

Our January special features Winexpert Classic and Reserve wines. 

Classic 4 Week
Classic Red: Tempranillo, Spain 
Classic White: Moscato, California 

Reserve 6 Week
Reserve Red: Cabernet Shiraz, Australia 
Reserve White: Chardonnay, Australia 

Please email us for sale price and to reserve your batch.

Cheers!
Nicole and Denis

Wine Specials for October

Our October special features the launch of 2 all-new Winexpert Classic 4-week wines. As the name implies they are smooth and easy drinking. Ready to bottle in 4 to 5 weeks, ready to drink 2 to 4 weeks after bottling. Deliciously Smooth!

SMOOTH RED
Fruit-forward, rich, juicy dark berries
Medium body, off gry
12.5% alc/vol

SMOOTH WHITE
Fruit-forward, juicy pear and melon
Medium body, off dry
11.5% alc/vol

Please email us to reserve yours.

Effective from October 1st to October 31st.

Cheers!
Nicole and Denis

Wine 101 – Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is a red wine grape variety that is believed to have originated in the Burgundy region of France. It is now widely grown in many other wine-producing regions around the world, including California, Oregon, New Zealand, and Australia.

Pinot Noir is known for its delicate and complex characteristics, with flavors of red fruits like cherry and strawberry, as well as earthy and sometimes mushroom-like notes. The grape is also known for its thin skin and susceptibility to disease, which can make it a challenging grape to grow and produce high-quality wine from.

Food pairing suggestions for Pinot Noir include dishes that are not too heavy or overpowering, as the wine’s delicate flavors can be easily overwhelmed. Examples include roasted poultry, grilled salmon, and mushroom-based dishes. Pinot Noir can also pair well with cheeses like Brie and Camembert, as well as charcuterie and pâté.

Pinot Noir is often considered a “foodie” wine due to its versatility in terms of pairing with a variety of different dishes. Its light to medium body and bright acidity make it a good match for many cuisines, including French, Italian, and Japanese.

Monthly Specials – April 2023

Winexpert specials for the month of April:

Classic 4 week

Red: VCDR (Vieux Château du Roi) (California $10.00 off regular price
White: Chardonnay, California $10.00 off regular price

Reserve 6-week

Red: Cabernet Sauvignon Australia $15.00 off regular price
White: Chardonnay, Australia $15.00 off regular price

Sale prices are in effect until April 30th, 2023

Please email us to reserve yours.

Cheers!
Nicole and Denis

Wine 101 – Sauvignon Blanc

 

Sauvignon Blanc is a white grape variety that is believed to have originated in the Bordeaux region of France. The grape has since spread to many other wine-producing regions around the world, including New Zealand, California, and South Africa.

Sauvignon Blanc is known for its bright and zesty characteristics, with flavors of green apple, grapefruit, and sometimes tropical fruits like passionfruit. It is also known for its herbaceous and sometimes grassy notes, which can give the wine a unique and refreshing quality.

Food pairing suggestions for Sauvignon Blanc include seafood such as oysters, shrimp, and sushi, as well as salads and light vegetarian dishes. The wine’s bright acidity and citrus notes can help to balance the flavors of these dishes, while its herbaceous qualities can complement their freshness.

Sauvignon Blanc is also known for its versatility in terms of pairing with different cuisines, as it can pair well with everything from Thai and Vietnamese dishes to Mediterranean and South American flavors.

Wine 101 – Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon is a popular red wine grape variety that is believed to have originated in the Bordeaux region of France. The grape is a cross between Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, and it is now widely grown in many wine-producing regions around the world.

Cabernet Sauvignon is known for its bold and full-bodied characteristics, with high tannins and acidity. It is often aged in oak barrels, which can add flavors of vanilla, spice, and toast. The grape also has a distinctive aroma profile, with notes of black currant, black cherry, and sometimes green pepper or tobacco.

Food pairing suggestions for Cabernet Sauvignon include red meats such as beef or lamb, as well as hearty stews and strong cheeses. The wine’s tannins and acidity can help cut through the richness of these dishes, while its bold flavor profile can complement and enhance their flavors. Cabernet Sauvignon can also pair well with dark chocolate or other desserts that are not too sweet.