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Bordeaux under $30 – 2008 Mouton Caudet Blanc

Continuing on my post on “Bordeaux under $30”, here is the second one in a series of fine values I discovered. 2008 Mouton Caudet Blanc This Bordeaux blend is 50% Semillon, 40% Sauvignon Blanc and 10% Muscadet. Exhibiting bright pale lemon colour with glints of green and gold highlights. The nose is medium-plus in intensity […]

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Bordeaux under $30 – 2008 Premius Sauvignon Blanc

Continuing on my post on “Bordeaux under $30”, here is the first one in a series of fine values I discovered. 2008 Premius Sauvignon Blanc This Sauvignon Blanc, sourced from a “young” appellation known as Vin de Pays du Comté Tolosan, has a brilliant pale yellow color with hints of green. This is an expressive […]

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Cedar Planked Salmon with Chardonnay

Continuing the theme of summer BBQ’s and grilling, one of my favorites, with a perennial WOW! factor on my friends and guests, is a braided, cedar planked salmon (Get the fully documented recipe from my ZenGourmand.com site). I usually serve this with rice (50% long grain and 50% Manomin, i.e. Canadian wild rice) and seasonal […]

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BBQ and Champagne

Now that the grilling season is well under way, your BBQ has been cleaned, tested and readied for some serious outdoor cooking, your favorite recipes updated for the current trends, tested on family and proven worthy of company, it’s time to invite the gang and have them over for a fun evening of mouthwatering food, […]

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Cheese Fondue – Traditional Swiss Style

The Zen Gourmand series of cooking demonstrations and tutored tastings continued on Saturday January 12th with an authentic Swiss Cheese Fondue and a tasting of three appropriate whites. Traditional convention pairs cheese fondue with wines such as Fendant, Riesling, Veltliner, Gewürtz and Pinot Gris. I chose a Peller Estates Signature Series Pinot Gris 2006 1), […]

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Linzer Torte & Champagne

Saturday Nov. 17th saw another successful evening of cooking demonstrations and a tutored tasting of sparkling wines with the Zen Gourmand. The evening started out with the wine tasting. The three sparkling wines tasted were the Peller Estates Cuvée Niagara Brut 1), Trius Brut VQA 2) and the Peller Estates Signature Series Ice Cuvée VQA […]

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Jacob’s Creek Reserve Shiraz – 2004

Last weekend I opened a bottle of Jacob’s Creek Reserve Shiraz – 2004 to accompany a few racks of barbecued ribs. I found this Shiraz to be quite a suitable match. The official notes on this wine (as per Jacob’s Creek) are: Bouquet: “The wine shows concentrated juicy cherry and blackberry fruit, with fragrant spice […]

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01 POMINO VIN SANTO (FRESCOBALDI)

VINTAGES 661249 | 500 mL bottle Price: $ 33.95 Wine, Fortified Wine, Dessert/Fruit/Miscellaneous Wine 15.0% Alcohol/Vol. Sugar Content : 21 Made in: Tuscany, Italy By: Marchesi De Frescobaldi Add your rating

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20 BEES LATE HARVEST VIDAL VQA

LCBO 18499 | 375 mL bottle Price: $ 19.05 Wine, Still Table Wine, White Still Table Wine 12.8% Alcohol/Vol. Sugar Content : 17 This is a VQA wine Made in: Ontario, Canada By: NIAGARA VINTNERS INC. Tasting Note – LCBO “Medium deep yellow gold colour; aromas and flavours of apricot and white peache, with pineapple/citrus […]

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01 TOKAJI ASZU 4 PUTT DISZNOKO

VINTAGES 27177 | 500 mL bottle Price: $ 34.95 Wine, Still Table Wine, White Still Table Wine 12.0% Alcohol/Vol. Sugar Content : 15 Made in: Hungary, Hungary By: Compagnie Medocaine Des Grands Crus Tasting Note – UNKN “A lovely dark golden colour. Attractive honeyed spice on the nose and palate, along with ripe stone fruits.” […]

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