Wino Wednesday :: Poquito Moscato

It has been Wednesday all day!

Today I had a full day of training with LUSH because I was just hired on as a seasonal worker bee. This is super exciting because I have loved LUSH for many years, mostly bath bombs, but it was only until recently that I fell hard for all of many of the other product lines.

My hygiene routine will involve LUSH in some way for a very long time.

What does this have to do with the daily dose of wine I come to get!?!

LUSH is a plethora of smells. Everything from cinnamon and spice, to green apple and red berries. It is like nose training in disguise and LUSH has this thing called, “emotive” language which is basically what wine people have been using for, like ever.

Needless to say I am both excited to use my sense of smell and descriptive language in a new setting to help aid in my wine knowledge and teaching but also so nervous because they do demos, which have a slightly more “get to it” sales strategy. I say that because it is in no way abrupt or rude, just more to the point, and I know I will have to get better at that already.

It was a day of learning and what is a better way to celebrate fun than to have bubbles in a glass?

Review: Poquito Moscato
Wino Wednesday :: Poquito Moscato | The little Red Heart

Technical Specs:

Vintage: NON-Vintage

Varietal: Moscatel de Alejandria

Region: Valencia D.O., Spain

Alcohol Content: 5.0%

Price: $5.85 reg price, currently at sale price of $2.85

Note: This is a half Bottle coming in at 375ml.

This moscato is exactly what it says it is, “A little sweet & a little fresh.”

The wine is a pale straw color enticing delicate florals, ripe peach, and pears. On the palate this small moscato is exactly as the nose predicts, light fruits that are sweet and refreshing.

I don’t have a million things to write about this little guy because it is exactly what it was meant to be, something fun, slightly sweet, and refreshing with a little bubble.

This is a drink you can easy have as an apéritif, it could easily go with a lighter cheese course, and amazingly they have a drink called, “Poquito Mojito.”

Honestly, best idea ever. Mint. Rum. Lime. Wonderful. Or, if you are me, try this next time with my Oddka Vodka Fresh Cut Grass Vodka, it is always my go to in place of white rum in a mojito. Here is a link to the website so you can check out the adorable stuff over there, Poquito Moscato.

If you would like to be fancy please feel free to drink this out of a glass but I had the most fun consuming it straight from its adorable bottle. Oh, there is a Pink too. If I see one I will snag that little bad boy and tell you if I like it as much!

This review is short and sweet just like the bottle.

Drink up!


Wino Wednesday :: 19 Crimes Shiraz Durif

Wednesday, Wednesday, Wednesday

I figured that it is getting towards the end of October and I should probably try to be a little bit seasonal and maybe slightly Halloween-y. The problem that I find with the kitschy Halloween wines is the label is amazing and is perfect for a party but the juice inside is usually less than fantastic.

I ran to the LCBO to find something and with only a bit of caffeine in me, I actually made a decision all by myself. It may have been that easy because I have had 19 Crimes previously and if memory serves I liked it.

Here is a little video explaining why it is called 19 Crimes, enjoy!

Review :: 19 Crimes Shiraz Durif

Wino Wednesday :: 19 Crimes Shiraz Durif | The little Red Heart

Technical Specs

Vintage: 2012

Varietal : Shiraz, Durif (Petite Sirah)

Region: Victoria, Australia

Alcohol Content: 14.0%

Price : $18.95 CAD

In the glass this wine is a deep, yet bright garnet color, perfection for a bloody Halloween themed soirée! This is an Australian Shiraz so you get all the jammy notes, but there is also Petite Sirah (Durif) which is the power in the glass. On the nose I get loads of dark fruits, a touch of woody vanilla, and anise.

The over-the-top personality that is Australian Shiraz becomes more structured with the backbone of the ever powerful Petite Sirah. On the palate, the wine has rich dark fruits, tobacco, and chalky tannins with a bright acidity that lingers till the next sip.

This wine is rough, tough, and rugged so pair with a big meal. You could easily enjoy this with some selection of red meat or if you’re of the non-meat liking variety, try a flavorful glaze on a massive portobello.  Yums, that sounds wonderful.

This wine is actually quite approachable and is the perfect bottle to bring and start a conversation with.

Drink Up!

Marisa Loreno

P.S.  Let me introduce my Skeleton Sommelier, isn’t he just the cutest!

Wino Wednesday :: 19 Crimes Shiraz Durif | The little Red Heart



Wino Wednesday :: Tres Picos 2012 Borsao Garnacha

Wednesday once again!

Wino Wednesday :: Tres Picos 2012 Borsao Garnacha | The little Red Heart

These seem to be coming faster and faster, is that just because it is Fall and everyone and everything are already thinking months ahead to December…? Not this girl, I love Fall and try to enjoy every ounce of it I can. It was Canadian Thanksgiving this past weekend and I was busy all weekend doing tastings: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. I was tasting some lovely Ontario wines, I am going to list my top 3 of the 6 that I sampled.

Henry of Pelham Cabernet MerlotNiagara Region red blend

Henry of Pelham RieslingNiagara Region

Bricklayer’s Predicament Chardonnay Pinot GrigioNorth Shore Lake Erie White Blend

You know what else I have been up to?


It is a favorite of mine. Every so often when I the mood strikes I start going through every little corner of the house and donate and throw stuff out. It is so much fun! This time around I am being ultra serious because whenever/where ever Cody gets offered his first grown-up job after the completion of his masters in December we will most likely be on the move again, and I do not want to move crap.

I have even gotten rid of pieces of furniture….this is a BIG deal for me.

This is mostly huge for me because Cody and I have sat down and talked about what we want from our home. This means we have decided to change some of the color schemes, the mood, and feel of our space when we move. I love our spaces now but I think this year of shit, dumped on shit, piled on top of us and never getting a reprieve has forced development in both ourselves but our relationship as well.

As of now, we like where we are headed as a couple and I think we make a pretty damn good pair.

Oh my gawd, Marisa, stop talking about heavy stuff and get along to the wino part.

I know, I know. Pip, pip.

Review :: Borsao Tres Picos Garnacha 2012

Wino Wednesday :: Tres Picos 2012 Borsao Garnacha | The little Red Heart

Technical Specs

Varietal: 100% Grenache

Vintage: 2012 Limited Edition

Region: Campo de Borja,

Alcohol Content: 15%

Price: $19.95 CAD

I was standing at my tasting station and looked over when one of the LCBO employees was trying to find a place on the shelf for this wine and for some reason I just wanted to buy it. I often ask Cody what I should try for my wines, and he said a Spanish Red. Winner, winner.

In the glass, this Spanish red is a deep, and I mean deep ruby color. On the nose, there is rich red fruit, loads of sweet raspberries. This is a full-bodied wine yet extremely juicy with a very long finish. It is surprising how this wine tastes vs. what it smells like on the nose. This wine has loads of juicy fruit and a touch of minerality. Considering that this seems sweet on the nose and palate the tannins and finish are much more savory.

Its like drinking a snack that evokes both the sweet and salty.

Baically, this is a fan-freakin-tastic Grenache for a steal of a price, and you should snag a bottle of this and see if you like it!

This is a bottle of wine that you could hold onto for 3-4 years and it would not kill it, so if you are patient buy one and take my word for it. If you are not, buy two, drink one now and keep the other for later.

Drink up!


P.S. This got a double 92 point score, one from Parker and the other from Tanzer, so don’t just take my word for it.

Wino Wednesday :: Channing Daughters Winery 2012 Ramato

Wednesday has struck again.

Wino Wednesday :: 2012 Ramato | The little Red Heart

The first day of October was cray cray around the Fullereno House. It is like everything decided to start to upswing and happen on the same day, both a blessing and a curse. It was a day of spending large chunks of money I would rather save too, so you know how that puts one in a mood. Seriously, adulthood blows. At least the Blueberry, our blue Prius, will be safer to drive and it was a good thing that I got my ankle x-rayed when I sprained it, just to make sure, you know?

I would sum up last week as, “my parents basement isn’t look to bad right about now.”

My mom would both love and hate that sentence. Hahaha!

Luckily, this week has been loads better and I even had the time to write a review, unlike last week, sorry about that. This week is a treat because the wine is from a small winery my parents went to when visiting family in New York.

You already think it is a little fancy, well I know I have been patiently waiting to drink it so let’s get to it!

Review: 2012 Channing Daughters Ramato

Wino Wednesday :: 2012 Ramato | The little Red Heart

Technical Specs:

Vintage: 2012

Varietal: 100% Pinot Grgio

Region: Long Island, New York, USA

Alcohol Content: 12.0%

Price: $24 USD

           Note: Not available at LCBO, there are a few locations in Quebec however. Here is a link to where you can find this wine.

I feel as if an introduction is necessary because the concept of this wine is so simple, yet it may blow your mind. For reals. I mentioned that I was given this bottle of wine as a gift from my parents, they were told that this was, “all the rage amongst Somm’s in New York.” They fed into that slightly narcissistic recommendation and oh boy am I ever happy they did.

As you can see this bottle is shaped like a typical Chardonnay bottle but it is made with 100% Pinot Grigio. Also, did you notice that the wine in the picture looks like it has taken a turn for the worst?

Why is that?

This wine is an “orange” wine. No, it is not bad, quite the opposite actually, it is good, real good, like, drink half the bottle than write this review good! In the glass this wine is a an brilliant orange, ale like color. Below is a picture with a piece of white background color to show that the wine is indeed that color.



The reason behind the color is that “orange” wines are when a winemaker takes white grapes and makes them like a red. Orange wines turn out in a range of colors because the wine is fermented on the grape skins and exactly like red wines, the wine will extract color, aromas, and tannins.

Wah-la! Mind blown.

Insult to injury, if my Italian was where I wish it was, I would have known that ramato is copper in Italian. This wine has aromas of what can only be described as Summer ending and Autumn beginning, think end of peach season and the beginning of apple season with a touch of honey, dark baking spices, and citrus.

On the palate, the wine is creamy, medium bodied and dry. The acid on this wine is practically perfect in every way and the finish is sweet and savory, but above all it lingers beautifully.

This is an introductory level orange wine with the price point of $24 so I can only imagine that these just get more aromatically delicious. If you get a chance to grab this specific label or another orange wine, I would hope you would jump at the opportunity.

One point, don’t drink this wine to cold, the winemaker and partner at Channing Daughters Winery, James Christopher Tracy says, “cellar temp 58˚F (14˚C).”

I cannot disagree one bit with the what Channing Daughters Winery says to pair with this:

“…hard cheese, charcuterie, fish, chicken and pork preparations that include spices, nuts, grains, or squash. Exotic, lightly spiced earthy food will work marvelously with this wine.”

I was eating roasted red pepper hummus with sea salted toasted baguette and it was wonderful. Food is fine, but this wine can hold its own and because it fits into no category it can be brought out any time of year.

Drink up!


Wino Wednesday :: Robert Mondavi 2010 Fumé Blanc

Today is Wednesday.

Honestly, I am unsure as to how I have made it this far into this particular week without consuming the entire world’s chocolate supply along with an American sized side of salty snacks.

Well now that you know how awesome I have been of late, let’s move onto some fun! Like the weather… it has been perfect! Cody and I just recently started playing tennis and the weather has been treating us right! This is his first experience with tennis but he comes from a Provincials winning Badminton background so he caught on real quick. My parents always had fun summer classes that my brother and I took, and tennis was one of those activities so I love tennis. It is so nice to have an activity that both of us enjoy that doesn’t involve the couch. It doesn’t hurt that tennis is super great cardio and is helping me meet my fitness goals.

Especially after that thing about the chocolate and the salt… and now wine.

The worst part is that I have had this wine previously and I remember how wonderful it is, so I shall drink all of it.

Review: Robert Mondavi 2010 Fumé Blanc

Wino Wednesday :: Robert Mondavi 2010 Fumé  Blanc | The little Red Heart

Technical Specs:

Vintage: 2010

Varietal: 94% Sauvignon Blanc, 6% Semillon

Region: Napa Valley, California

Alcohol Content: 13.5%

Price: $18 USD

A bit of an intro because the name is a bit misleading if you don’t know the context.

“Fumé” Blanc is a made up name, created by Robert Mondavi to increase sales of his new style of Sauvignon Blanc. He had consistently been making sweet style Sauvignon Blanc until he decided to make a French style Sauvignon Blanc. What was he to call it so that consumers knew it was different? Fumé Blanc.

He chose this name because “Fumé” translates to “smoke.” Not smoke as in smoky due to barrel aging and not due to any characteristic of the grape, but because Pouilly-Fumé, a popular region in Loire Valley, France that makes a dry-style Sauvignon Blanc.

Robert Mondavi, made Fumé Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc synonymous in the US, yes, it is confusing, and yes some may think there is a difference, but alas there is not. I think we can all agree that Mondavi was one smart cookie because this was the catalyst for the popularity of Sauvignon Blanc in the US.

In the glass this wine is a bright straw color that oozes refreshing, as in you just know it will quench your {wino} thirst. We all known water to be the real thirst quencher, or bubbly water in my case. This particular Sauvignon Blanc is soft with aromas of citrus, tropical fruits, lemon herbal notes, and white flowers. I feel as if I just described the smell of a fresh and light springtime rain, you may draw your own strange parallels.

The best part of this particular Sauvignon Blanc is it is zesty, but also creamy and soft all at the same time. The Sauvignon Blanc is the zest and the Semillion is the creamy heft. All of the citrus and tropical fruits come through on the palate, with the a creamy custard like weight. It finishes long and the flavor is persistent. This is a crowd pleaser. It is easy drinking for the “I’ll drink most anything” types and unique enough to intrigue the “I won’t drink just anything” types.

That being said, it is versatile when pairing foods as well. Try with simple veggie stir-fry, choose from a variety of fish or poultry, or drink all by itself as an apéritif in any season.

Drink up!


P.S. We had a mini photo-shoot because everyone was SO interested in what I was doing ESPECIALLY Doodles. The picture below looks like he is poo-pooing this wine! Obviously, he has no idea how delish it really is. The other two are purely glamor shots, ammirite?

Wino Wednesday :: Robert Mondavi 2010 Fumé  Blanc | The little Red Heart

Wino Wednesday :: Robert Mondavi 2010 Fumé  Blanc | The little Red Heart


Wino Wednesday :: Robert Mondavi 2010 Fumé  Blanc | The little Red Heart