Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Ghost Pines and The Troop

With All Hallows' Eve around the corner, this Wine Wednesday your friends at Sukasa Style have paired one scary book, The Troop by Nick Cutter with one scary good value wine, Ghost Pines Chardonnay Winemaker's Blend.

What is the Ghost Pines story?
As the winery's website states, Ghost Pines knows no boundaries. Inspired by the free-form nature of the indigenous gray pines that loom mysteriously throughout Northern California, Ghost Pines embodies the progressive spirit of California winemaking. Rather than dwelling on traditional boundaries like AVAs or vineyards, grapes are chosen solely for their quality and flavour from California's best regions. This selective practice results in a collection of wines that offer a distinct balance of texture, acidity and flavour that could never be mistaken for ordinary.

The Chardonnay Winemaker's Blend is priced at $19.95 (LCBO#: 308122 | 750 mL bottle). The 2013 expression is a full bodied and a rich entry that the LCBO describes as "Pale straw colour; intense oak, vanilla and butterscotch nose with some pear and tropical fruit on the palate followed by a medium-long, sweet vanilla finish."

We suggest you heat some popcorn -- butter it if you dare -- and keep a treat or two on the side as you curl up with The Troop. We reviewed it in November 2014 and stated at that time that,
 "Nick Cutter has done a phenomenal job developing his characters and the storyline side-by-side with the overarching theme engaging all our senses. His beautiful interrupted story-telling format enhances the reading experience. The Troop has been categorized as part Lord Of The Flies and part 28 Days Later, and with a perfect pace and beautiful dialogue and character buildup, it’s one of the best disturbing novels that I’ve enjoyed in a long time. A truly lovely Canadian horror gem."

Of course, avid readers will note that Nick Cutter is a pen name for author Craig Davidson, and it is rumored that book has been optioned for a film. Whatever the case, we're sure you'll enjoy the book and the wine.

Selected from three of California’s most recognized Chardonnay appellations -- Sonoma, Monterey and Napa -- Ghost Pines Chardonnay offers expressive, fruit-forward characteristics. The artful combination of these three regions delivers baked apple, pear and lemon cream flavors, accented by an elegant finish of sweet vanilla.

VARIETAL CONTENT: 100% Chardonnay
APPELLATION: 38% Monterey County; 33% Sonoma County; 29% Napa County
P H : 3.55

Porducer's tasting notes here

Sukasa Style Notes
Ghost Pines Chardonnay Winemaker's is clearly a new world expression: full tilt oak, vanilla, hints of lemon and meringue and a dollop of apple pie. After a hair-raising night chasing after ghosts, ghouls, and goblins, and entertaining trick or treating munchkins, you should treat yourself to another year scared off with this rich wine.

★★★★☆ (4.2 Sukasa stars out of 5)
QPR (Quality Price Ratio): Good

Monday, 26 October 2015

Books & Wine So Divine

"Free your mind. Express yourself. And above all be open." 

Detective Lars Winkler has to have an open mind to solve this @jakobmelander novel. #thescreamofthebutterfly chills well with @OPEN_Wines Reisling-Gew├╝rztraminer. 

Books & Wine so divine  This is the start of something new. Stay tuned for other book and wine pairings from SukasaStyle. 

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

For the cellar: Banfi Poggio Alle Mura Brunello Di Montalcino 2010

This Sukasa Style Wine Wednesday is dedicated to those that love a serious wine. As austere goes there's little to compete with a Brunello. And for those that like Brunello there you would be hard pressed to find a better recent vintages than the 2010 so consider the 2010 vintage of Banfi Poggio Alle Mura Brunello Di Montalcino (VINTAGES 372250 | $69.95 per 750 mL bottle) as one to lay down in the cellar for four years.

The wine (100% Sangiovese) has the following specifications from the producer:

Method: In our custom hybrid fermenters of stainless-steel and French oak.
Temperature: 27-29 degrees centigrade
Length: 10-12 days
Malolactic: Yes, in barriques
Length of Barrel Aging: 24 months                    
Origin of Barrel: 10% Slavonian Oak Casks (60hl & 120hl), 90% in French Oak barriques (350 l.)
BRIX 26.5

PH 3.56
SO2 (MG/LT.) TOTAL 121 | FREE 38

The color is a beautiful deep red. The complexity of the aromas reveals notes of blackberry jam, tobacco and vanilla. In the mouth we immediately feel the great, soft and well balanced structure. The final is soft and persistent; this wine is certainly endowed with enormous potential of aging.

We recommend these notes from the producer as well.

Sukasa Style Notes
Food Pairing:
Red meat: lamb, venison, beef, veal.
Cheese: Parmigiano-Reggiano; Pecorino Romano; Pecorino Toscano.

If you just must drink now then decant and enjoy this beauty with a loved one, and true friends. Contemplate, and savour this muscular full-bodied and firm entry that gives way to a captivating mouth feel and a long and lingering finish.

Highly recommended.

★★★★☆ (4.5 Sukasa stars out of 5)
QPR (Quality Price Ratio): Good

Sunday, 11 October 2015

This Thanksgiving listen to the whispers of salty sea spray, rich coffee and roasted chestnuts

It's a special Thanksgiving Sunday in Canada and we are happy to bring back one of our favourite posts --#ScotchSunday by SukasaStyle.

Today's feature is something we picked up in London, England. The Isle of Jura can be found nestled off the west coast of Scotland. It's a place famed as much for its folklore as it is for its whisky. 

Introducing Jura Superstition

The ancient Egyptian symbol on @jura_whisky is rumoured to bring good fortune - just so long as you pour the whisky in the correct manner. Hold the bottle with the Ankh cross in the centre of your palm, they say, and the good fortune will surely follow. #SukasaSTYLE #ScotchSunday #scotchwhisky