Wino Wednesday :: Mapema 2009 Malbec

Hello hello! This post is a little late but I got around to it, even on this crazy day of running around like a crazed lady!

This has been a tremendously crazy past week and upcoming week for me. My mother so kindly told me that when it comes to my life there is either feast or famine. Feast or famine, so much for striving towards balance. You know the feeling where you have simultaneously completed nothing and everything at the same time? That is what I feel like I am doing right now. I have had an amazing opportunity presented to me, career wise, and I truly hope that it will all works out and I can tell you more about it. Fingers crossed!

Review: Mapema 2009 Malbec

Wino Wednesday :: Mapema 2009 Malbec | The little Red Heart

Technical Specs:

Varietal: 100%  Malbec

Vintage: 2009

Region: Mendoza, Argentina

Alcohol Content: 13.9%

Price: $21.95 CAD  Side note: I did get this one stateside so the price will vary.

Malbec from Argentina is a gift of wonderful proportions to the wine world; most eloquently put, “The most emblematic Argentinean wine is made of this variety.” (

This particular bottle of Malbec was consistently being called, “superflashy.” Once I had my first sip I completely understood, an intense garnet color in the glass with a nose that yearns to be free. Hints of oak, new and old French barrels, cocoa, and sour cherry fill your nostrils.

Drinking the wine is easy, if you love powerful wines. The dark red and black berries are intense on the palate, but are perfectly shaped by the oak and tannins on the finish that is long and lasting.

This wine can easily stand up to meat, so pair wisely with grilled pork loin or hamburgers. If meat is not the treat for you, try making a heavy black bean burger that could stand up to such and intense red wine.

Malbec is not generally for the faint of heart, but if you love a powerful glass of wine, pick this up and see what you think of it.

Ooh, here is a picture of Niagara Falls. I visited there last week to meet up with family for dinner. After a couple hours of Cody and I marching around the falls, taking pictures, and generally in awe of the whole thing we met for dinner. At dinner, Addie, who is generally a lighter wine drinker and I, who was warm for the earlier mentioned walking, order Como Sur Bicicleta Chardonnay. It was delish. A Chard full of green apples and pear that is bone dry accompanied by a bright acid. Perfect for a hot summer day!

Dudes, I totally took this picture too!

Niagara Falls | The little Red Heart

Drink Up!



Wino Wednesday :: Veneto Passimento Famiglia Pasqua 2011

Happy Wednesday my wonderful readers! A Wednesday that followed a fantastic birthday! This was the first birthday that I spent with Cody in the almost seven years we have been together and he royally spoiled me! I usually spend my birthday with my family; my mom and I have a joint celebration, similar to President’s Day but we aren’t presidents, or male, or dead. So, nothing like it now that I think about it. It was a bittersweet year, I got to celebrate with Cody but I did not get to celebrate with my mom; 2014 has been a year full of change, some of it I like and other bits I could do without.

We went to a brewery in St.Thomas, which I have hopes of writing up a review of this weekend so look forward to a touch of something new!

Total side note, I got a job with a tasting company, I am becoming a member of the Canadian workforce as my brother so nonchalantly says. I will let you know more when I know more but I am excited to have an opportunity to work in the field I love! And doing tastings!?! You lovely readers may get a more diverse set of reviews starting real soon!

Review: Veneto Passimento Famiglia Pasqua 2011

Wino Wednesday :: Veneto Passimento Famiglia Pasqua 2011 | The little Red Heart

Technical Specs:

Varietal: 40% Merlot, 30% Corvina and 30% Croatina

Vintage: 2011

Region: Veneto IGT, Italy

Alcohol Content: 14.0%

Price: $16.00 CAD

A wine named for the traditional Valpolicella method of partially drying grapes before fermentation: the ‘Appassimento,’ which means the grapes lose much of their water content, thus concentrating the juice and intensifying the wine’s flavor. The ‘Appasimento’ is one of the most iconic techniques of the region, which is only fitting that the wine also be inspired by one of the most iconic romances of all: Romeo and Juliet. The exact inspiration came from Romeo and Juliet’s wall in Verona where around 3000 messages a day from all over the world come to be trapped in one single frame.


This wine embodies it.

In the glass the juice is a deep ruby red color with a nose full of deep red berries, spice, and leather. On the palate I get yummy, dry cranberries, red currant, dark plum and bright cherries followed by sweet spices and a touch of smoke. It finishes with tannins that are round and velvety, yet bittersweet and tart. This wine is delicious and I would drink it now, if you have time feel free to try decanting for a hour before drinking. The wine will open up nicely because it is a little tight when first poured.

I would eat this with any Northern Italian fare or classic, thick crusted pizza. I am salivating now. If you happen to have a vegan Boston Cream donut handy that seemed to work for me. *wink wink

Drink up!