Sonoma Trip Summary – Spring Offering

I had always enjoyed the wines that I’d tried from Sonoma and was keen to visit the area in person.  I had previously only gotten as far as Napa, where flat valley floor vineyards mix with massive architectural winery marvels, like from a theme park in Disneyland.  Forgive me for saying so, but many Napa wines I’ve tried tend to …

February 2012 Wine Tip

When buying wines for your cellar try to match your own palate to a critic who is recommending a wine.  To do this, simply buy a couple of highly recommended wines from different critics and see which ones you like.  There is no point filling your cellar with styles that in the long run don’t even mesh with your own …

Upcoming Wine Sourcing Trip

We also wanted to let you know that we are shortly off to Australia and New Zealand in the hunt for fine wines. We have decided to hit up the interesting and diverse Adelaide Hills region where we hope to find a range of unique cool climate reds and whites, with both ripeness and acidity. We have also determined that …

Fall 2011 Offering Update

The upcoming offering from the Walla Walla region is looking good, and we can’t wait to get these wines into our members hands and cellars! The wines are just beginning the very short trip to Vancouver, and the the slightly longer trip into Ontario. Once they reach their final provincial destination they then have to go through the customs clearance …

And The Winners Are…

Thanks to everyone who participated in our Online wine tasting this past week. We appreciate all the great questions and comments. Congratulations to the three winners, who were chosen randomly: 1st Prize – Deepcovemomma 2nd Prize – Lang Ellison 3rd Prize – Thersa Huarte Please contact Mike at service@hemisphereswine.ca to arrange delivery. Have a great week-end! Cheers, Marcus

Tasting Day 3 – Best of the Best

So the kids are back in school the weather is slowly cooling down and the time for reflection is here. I’ve been thinking about the best wines we have brought into the club over the last few years, and in particular what I have enjoyed drinking this year. Here are five of the wines from the club that I thought …

Cellaring Rioja Wines

I get lots of questions about cellaring wines and the best time to drink our various offerings. The Rioja wines offer a lot of potential if you really like to lay your wines down. Here is a general guide as when to drink the various styles from this offering. Un-oaked Whites – This includes the 2010 Oiz Blanco and 2010Munnarate.These …

Tasting Day 4 – The Rioja Region & Wine Travels

Rioja is Spain’s most important wine producing region, and arguably it’s finest region for Tempranillo (although producers in Ribera del Duero may argue). The region is divided into three zones running along the Ebro river, “Rioja Baja” (more Garnacha/Grenache based wines), and the finest zones for Tempranillo-“Rioja Alta” and “Rioja Alavesa”. Rioja Alta/Alavesa are located in the Basque dominant North …

Food & Rioja Wine Pairings

So I’m sure all of you have received your Spanish wines from the wonderful region of Rioja by now. No doubt many of you will have had the chance to open one or three bottles of the delicious Tempranillo or Viura wines. “But what do I drink these wonderful vinos with?” I hear you ask. Here are some pairings that …

September Wine Tip

Wine Cellaring-Managing when to drink and what. So, not everyone can afford a temperature-controlled wine cellar with the inventory management software to go with it.  Here are a few tips to help the modest collector. 1) Always buy at least 2 bottles of any wine you want to cellar.  This protects against bad corks and will allow you to check a wine’s …