Sunday, 25 October 2015

Halloween, serious time for Wine

Is there a bad time to drink wine? 
What about Halloween? 
There will be Halloween parties at your best friends place again this year, unless you are not invited.... Mouhaaaa!!
Then make your own par-tea'. 
I'll be looking.. and tasting a few wines this week that have Halloween Themes. One would think that this is not serious for wines to get into, but let 'moi' tell you what i have discovered. 

First  one on the list this week is the BONESHAKER Zinfandel 2013.. and guess what it bloody glows in the dark on top of that. yes the bottle glows in the dark, ROFL

Produced at Hahn Estate in California, the Boneshaker Zinfandel has 15.5%
Full Body, Dark red, Deep Purple, Vanilla smells, dark chocolate, burned wood chip and Caramel. This Zinfandel was served with a Lamb roast.

*priced at 32.00$ at QC- SAQ,   (note avail online in the USA for around 18.00 USD)

ChrisOnMojo score: 89
recommendation: Get 3 more bottles

The bottle actually glows in the dark.. Happy Halloween

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Visit from Tuscany, Italy. Baron Francesco Ricasoli

On Monday the 28th Sept, I had the opportunity to meet with Owner and winemaker Baron Francesco Ricasoli. We had the privilege to taste several of wines produced on the family estate. The Castello-Brolio 2010 made from a meticulous selection of the best Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes from the estate's vineyards, was absolutely wonderful. Note that the Winery Casalferro made from 100% Merlot is pretty unique in sense that closing your eyes you're drawn in Bordeaux while tasting the mineral soils influence on this wine of Tuscany.
A family tradition dating from the 12th Century, the quality and passion has been pass on to generation. 
Its no surprise that Baron Francesco Ricasoli spoke eloquently while addressing the amateurs present in French, English and sometimes adding an exclamation of Italian.
I took this unique occasion to have Baron Ricasoli to sign this awesome 2010 Castello-Brolio. 
What a great evening, one to be remembered.

Baron Francesco Ricasoli and Christian Coulombe

Friday, 8 August 2014

Chateau Malartic-Lagravière 1958

8 Aug 2014

The Bottle of Chateau Malartic-Lagravière 1958 (my birth year) finally arrived yesterday. It has gone back into storage now. I am considering opening it at my mom' 90th birthday, 7 years from now.

Where is Malartic: 
During the province of Quebec rural colonisation in the 1920-30, the church had a major say in the province what name would villages and towns be called.. therefore loads of towns, have Saints name after them. I guess eventually they ran out of Saints, then turn and to looked for names of important people of France, such as Malartic, a French Admiral of the 1700' thus the town where I grew up in North West of the province of Quebec was named after him.

The Chateau Malartic-Lagravière: 
Located in Léognan, France, Domaine de Lagravière, recognized since time immemorial for its excellent terroir, was purchased at the end of the eighteenth century by the family of Count Hippolyte de Maurès de Malartic. Serving the armies of the Kings of France, this Admiral fought against the English on the many seas of the world, showing special bravery in 1756 during the battle of Quebec. in 1792, defended L'ile de France, called today ile Maurice. Later Angèle Ricard took over the family tradition and administered the Estate. Her father in Law, Captain Laurent Ridolet also a great navigator, and Commander of the « Marie-Elisabeth » a three mast ship is now seen on the Malartic-Lagravìere label. 
The Marly family were the last of the Ricard ancestry to run the Chateau. Jacques Marly was estate manager from 1947 to 1990. Now the  estate is run by the Bonnie family. 

Where did I discovered Malartic: Back in the town of Malartic, Quebec, in the late 60, my father Normand Coulombe, as an active member of the community and local politician had the opportunity to meet with a MLA that went to France on a commercial mission, had Dinner with the President of France, and what did they served at that Dinner... Chateau Malartic-Lagraviere.
The quest for Chateau Malartic-Lagravière, red and white was on.

Over the years the wine has become extremely popular in Canada and I have had the opportunity to taste both the red and the white from Malartic-Lagravière. One of my best souvenir was the Malartic-Lagravière1966 that I took back home when i was serving in Germany with the Canadian Forces in the 80. 

Monday, 4 August 2014

Chateau Malartic-Lagravière

4 Aug 2014,

Hi wine friends,

I am patiently waiting for a Canadian friend of mine to return from France with a bottle of 1958 Chateau Malartic-Lagravière. (my birth year)  With the help of Maxime Varcelice at Comptoir des Millésimes located in North of France, just outside of Lille, we located this little gem. I have been looking for a Chateau Malartic-Lagravière 1958 for several years now and finally located one. It should arrive on this side of the world in the next few days.
So to celebrate the event, i will dedicate my next blogs to the history of Chateau Malartic-Lagraviere and I will spend some time explaining my interest in this particular wine. I will explore with you the interesting Wine Region of Bordeaux with a Pessac-Léognan angle.

Chateau Malartic-Lagravière 2001 Vintage label

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Let's talk BC wine, La Stella

Fortissimo def. A musical direction meaning “to be performed very loudly"
(The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy)

I received my Fortissimo 2011 release from La Stella yesterday morning. It goes without saying that only eleven bottle would remain unopened by the end of the meal... Boeuf Bourguignon a l'orange. Idea from Jamie Oliver.

Located in Osoyoos, BC, La Stella Winery is on the west side of the river. La Stella wines have become my favorite Canadian Wine.. Very close second: Le Vieux Pin.  Last September we had the pleasure to taste several of their wines. The Domaine and the architecture makes you feel that you are walking into Northern Italy. 
The rows of Merlot were adjacent to the main building and Alex from La Stella, pointed out from the window where the wine that we were tasting came from. I felt the passion there let me tell you. Later on we walked between the rows where at 16:00pm, the warm sun was still hitting the 'Terroir'... Humidity, heat, sun, grapes.. you got yourself a perfect combo.
I may have tasted one or two grapes of Merlot..

Back to Fortissimo, I decanted the wine and had it oxygen itself for a good hour before tasting. La Stella recommend to decant for sediments as the wine is unfiltered. There was a bit of sediments remaining in the bottle, but nothing dramatic.

Christian Coulombe photo
I really like the information provided  by La Stella.
Simple and right to the point,  variety of grapes use to create this wonderful blend, recommendation to decant, total production and alc/vol, 14,2% for the Fortissimo 2011,
Photo: ChrisOnMojo
LaStella cork on Fortissimo. 

The tasting:

Deep red in colour, the legs on the glass are very present. Rolling the glass, i noted the wine follows the glass like a red blanket.

1st nose:  Mineral, Dark Berries, light scent of vanilla, alcool is  very present
2nd nose: Cassis, fruits very present, mineral, spices

Attack: Tanin and acid are present very well balanced, feeling of smoothness, vanilla, lasting 30 sec+
90 minutes later, more vanilla taste and very smooth, acidity had disappeared. This is a fun wine to drink.

Chris on mojo rating: 93+

Photo: ChrisonMojo
La Stella Fortissimo 2011. Note the Star.. La Stella on top of the label. 

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Wineries Le Vieux Pin & La Stella, Oliver BC

During the warm month of September, I had the opportunity to join a group of wine enthusiast and head south in British Columbia to visit several wineries of the Okanagan region. Playing golf in the morning and tasting wine in the afternoon was a great way to visit this wonderful region. a discovery for me as I had never travelled south BC before.
We had organized several tours for our Okanagan long week end but i have to admit, Le Vieux Pins and La Stella  wineries made our trip memorable. Mike and Kam at Le Vieux Pin really did a superb job hosting us. Same goes to Alex from  La Stella who welcomed us the day after with open arms and prepared a special event for our group.

During our visit at  Le Vieux Pin, Michael gave me a tour of the estate and I had a chat with him at the end of the tour where he gave me a candid interview on camera. for our next trip  to the Okanagan, I am looking forward to speak to a Severine, winemaker from the Old World and now at Le Vieux Pin.

Coup de Coeur from Le Vieux Pin: Equinoxe Syrah 2010
Coup de Coeur from La Stella: Maestoso Merlot 2011

*Other wine Blogger that I am recommending: 
What Ronald George from Radio-Canada posted about my blog:
Cool vidéo. J'aime "Une vinificatrice de l'Ancien Monde qui travaille dans le Nouveau Monde.

Christian C

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Nothing better then a Wine Webinar from Tinhorn Creek on a Thursday evening

The Webinar was at 20:00 BC local time, making it 22:00 here in Ottawa. As i am working the next day, I will be a dry follower for this one.

Webinar  from Tinhorn Creek with Terry Meyer-Stone and CEO and Winemaker Sandra Oldfield (right)

CEO and Winemaker Sandra Oldfield flanked by Terry Meyer-Stone takes on Social Media this evening to speak to us about the great wines at Tinhorn Creek. Sandra started with their Merlot. Describing how Tinhorn Merlot will be this year and from which lot the grapes are came from. She then followed with the Cabernet Franc. then she presented the 2Bench Red 2010, Bordeaux Blend, we actually tasted that one during our visit 3 weeks ago, it was my absolute fav.  I really enjoyed this session. To me it speaks volume on how they are interested in connecting with wine enthusiast from all over Canada and the world.

Terry Meyer-Stone during our visit last month

A shot from the Tasting Salon at Tinhorn Creek