Wino Wednesday // Tommasi Poggio Al Tufo Rompicollo 2012

I finally had some time to make it to a different Independent Wine Shop of Winnipeg, Kenaston Wine Market, which is located on Grant Ave. It is a cute little shop tucked away in a little mall of shops, close to the corner of Kenaston and Grant, making the name, suddenly, less confusing.

I walked in and was greeted with a friendly hello and a question asking if I would like a sample from the tasting bar. I said, “Yes,” and asked what they were sampling. She was unsure but we walked over to the bar and she filled me in quickly. I had the choice between Tussock Jumper Pinot Noir and Arrogant Frog Viognier. I went with the Viognier. To my surprise it was served in an actual glass and I could walk around the store and enjoy it. That alone will get me back in the door. The Viognier was crisp, dry, and balanced. If I read correctly I think it was around the $14 a bottle mark, so definitely something I will keep in mind as the weather warms up, so this afternoon, it was so warm and sunny.

The Kenaston Wine Market has a schedule on their website if you want to check out what will be sampled and when. Go check it out if you are in the neighborhood. Also, there was all of these wooden wine boxes on the very top of the shelves that were for sale. I think I may have to snag a few of those.

Review // Tommai Poggio Al Tugo Rompicollo 2012

Wino Wednesday // Tommasi Poggio Al Tufo Rompicollo 2012

Technical Specs //

Vintage: 2012

Varietal: 60% Sangiovese – 40% Cabernet Sauvignon

Region: Maremma, Tuscany, Italy

Alcohol: 13.0%

Price: $18.99

Note: I lost my receipt and could not find the exact price, this is an estimate based on my memory.

I actually came across this bottle from browsing the International Cellars, Inc wine portfolio. I was actually applying for an opening but I was too sloe joe, such is life. When browsing the portfolio this one jumped out at me, maybe because it is from the Tommasi Family Estates or because I have been drawn to the color orange like a magnet.

Little tidbit, the first time I selected a wine and did a little review for myself was of the Colomé Torrontés which was later featured in a few magazines like Wine Enthusiast and Wine Spectator. That was one of the proudest me moments ever. To suggest a bottle to people because it was delicious and to be ahead of major periodicals in the biz, wowza!

Looks as if the 2011 vintage for this particular bottle got quite a few accolades, Top 100 and a score of 92 both from Wine Spectator. I have not had the 2011 but I can say that this bottle of 2012 is quite delicious. As in, I haven’t forgot where I put my glass delicious.

In the glass the juice is an intense dark ruby color with a nose of blueberries, ripe red cherries, and an herbal quality. It is quite intense on the nose but my sniffer may be off because I just ate far to much Indian food, yum curried potatoes. This wine has an understated opulence to it. I thought that it was going to be over the top but it is balanced and smooth on the palate. A full bodied wine with balanced tannins, a long finish, and a black currant ode.

I will be enjoying another glass of this later this evening.




Wino Wednesday :: Ponte Pietra 2012

Wednesday already!

That week just disappeared. April 1, a fun, sometimes slightly annoying, springy day, well at least here in Winnipeg this year. The Mr. started his new job and was excited and happy when he got home from work, so I think he had a good day. I did extremely wife like things like grocery shopping, cleaning, and drinking wine. Yuck, I hate that word, wife. I know that I am one but I feel like the word is just soaked in preconceived notions of what a wife once was. I get it, times have changed and I should assume most people don’t think like that but I doubt that is true. What is even worse is the phrase, “housewife.” WHY WHY WHY was this a phrase someone coined. Please call me the house ninja or anything else.

House Ninja… I like that. I know my way around the apartment best. I can do many things at once whilst in the apartment. Everyone wants to be a ninja, right…

That was a tangent, phew.

Whine, whine, wine. This bottle I picked up at De Luca’s the last time I went wine frolicking. Speaking of frolicking I am zipping down to my parents for Easter weekend tomorrow and am pumped because I am going to drink all the wine at my dad’s place and bring my limit in wine and beer back. Yes, I am a lush. Mostly, though, my wine rack is completely empty and it’s throwing my wine sense off. It has been awhile since I have perused the racks of a liquor store stateside so let me know if there is something new and interesting you suggest. I am always open to ideas.

Review :: Ponte Pietra 2012 Trebbiano – Garganega

Wino Wednesday :: Ponte Pietra 2012

Technical Specs:

Vintage: 2012

Varietal: Trebbiano di Soave, Garganega

Note: I was unable to find the exact percentages of each but from previous vintages I can tell that it is around the 60-40 or less mark, in the order mentioned above.

Region: Veneto IGT, Italy

Alcohol: 12.5%

Price: $12.75 CAD

As I mentioned, this is one of the two bottles of wine I picked up at De Luca’s Fine Wine when I was last out wine frolicking. I try to only go to wine shops a couple times a month because I look at EVERYTHING and it consumes too much time. Also, nobody wants to be known as a lush, ammirite?

This wine is made from two lesser known grape varietals but both are prevalent in the background of many wines. Known as Trebbiano in Italy, this grape also has the name Ugni Blanc, sound familiar? This grape is most commonly known for being the base of brandy before it is distilled. This grape is so widely planted in France and Italy that it may well be the most produced grape in the world. The Garganega in this wine is most famously know for its incarnation as Soave, which it may account for 70 – 100 percent of the blend. If yields of Garganega are controlled the varietal can prove to produce wines of real class, otherwise the Garganega can easily become a high yield, “filler” of sorts.

This bottle is nondescript which usually means I am going to love it. First pour, a pale straw colored wine hits the glass with a nose of green apples and nutty, floral notes. One the palate the wine is soft but zesty with green apple, soft honey and an sweet almond. The finish is high acid with loads of citrus notes.

The wine itself is slightly uninspiring but I think given a beautiful day and company outside this wine would prove to be the perfect accompaniment. This is a best buy at $12.75 and perfect to have around for a great summer day.

Drink up!


{Updated: Sorry if you did not see this post previously, I have been making some changes on the blog/soon to be a dot-com and have run into a few snags. Thanks for coming back every Wednesday to read my reviews.}

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!