Wine, Wine Reviews

Professor B’s June 7 Vintages Release Recommendations


This 100 plus release contains several rose wines for patio sipping during the summer.

There is also a relatively large selection of Campania white wines that offers many fine selections.

The Irish whisky is certainly one of the highlights of the spirits selection, as is the eau-de-vie de Gewurztraminer by Mure, from Alsace.


Small batch Irish Whiskey, Teeling
Creamy nougat, and raisin flavours followed by a silky texture, makes this spirit a unique and delicious after dinner selection.
No price provided

Marc De Gewürztraminer, Mure, Alsace, France
Displays the essence of gewürztraminer in concentration and complexity. Serve in a snifter at room temperature to appreciate its aromas.
0018531m 500 ml. $ 39.95

Dedicata Al Padre Grappa Di Barbera, Marolo, Piedmont, Italy
Strawberry colour, brilliant, with pleasing fragrance, purity, and smoothness this grappa represents distillation perfection.
0375733, $ 700 ml $ 42.95

Fortified wine

Dry Palomino Sherry, William and Humbert Collection, Jerez de la Frontera, Spain
Sherry, especially fino sherry, is an underestimated wine. It can go with marinated shellfish, fish, and ham. This dry sherry offers a slightly salty taste, green olive flavours, and bit of floral character. A fine wine at a fair cost.
0369728, $ 17.95

Dessert wine

Cuvee Late Harvest Tokaji, 2006, Domini, Tokaji, Hungary
A beautifully balanced, botrytis affected wine with floral notes and racy acidity.
Enjoy with ripe seasonal fruits or fruit-based desserts;
0371617, 500 ml $ 28.95

White wines

Chardonnay, 2011, Artesa, Carneros, California
Golden brilliant colour. Aromas of pineapple, spiced apple, and custard dominate the nose.
A solid sophisticated and refined California chardonnay at a fair price.
0657, $ 24.95

Pinot Grigio, 2013, Tiefenbrunner, Alto Adige, Italy
Pinot Gris is a popular northern Italian wine, but in Alto Adige abutting Austria produces elegant and refined versions. Aromas of pear,
apple, lime, and grapefruit emanate from the glass. The wine is harmonious and refined with an excellent mouth feel. Pair with light foods
0954024, $ 18.95

Deidesheimer Hohenmorgen Riesling Auslese, 2008, Bassermann-Jordan, Palatinate, Germany
Aromas of fully ripe corn, quince jam, and marzipan waft out of the glass.
It is luscious, beautifully balanced, low-alcohol wine that deserves to be enjoyed with good friends, a lot of laughter and seasonal fresh ripe fruits.
0377515, $ 54.95

Also recommended

Chardonnay, 2011, Smith-Madrone, Napa Valley, California
0363556, $ 39.95

Frasco’s Lane Vineyards King Valley Chardonnay, 2012, Nugan, Victoria, Australia
0288191, $ 19.95

Chremisa Gruner Veltliner, 2012, Winzer Krems, Austria
0368802, $ 24.95

Loggia della Serra Geco di Tufo, 2012, Terredora di Paola, Campania, Italy
0983197, $ 20.95

Red wines

Athene, 2010, Burrowing owl, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia
A syrah and cabernet sauvignon blend from a small, quality-oriented south Okanagan Valley winery, and which smells cassis, blackberries and peppers/ Powerful, balanced, and well-extracted. Enjoyable now, but will become more elegant with three years of cellaring.
0371336, $ 44.95

Cabernet Sauvignon, 2009, Barlow, Napa Valley, California
Rich powerful, perfectly balanced and fruity wine. The finish is long and satisfying.
0147637, $ 65.95

Gran reserva carmenere, 2009, morande, maipo valley, chile
Aromas of raspberry combine nicely with a slightly herbacious finish.
Balanced, mid-weight, and eminently enjoyable with roast leg of lamb, or grilled lamb chops, or lamb stews.
0371112, $ 20.95

Lieu dit malakoff shiraz, 2011, domaine terlato and chaputier, pyrenees, vicotria, asutrlaia
Aromas of plum, black olives and leaher rgeet the nose. Full-bodied with racy and invigorating mouth feel.
0290874 $ 55.95

Also recommended

Donna margarita vineyard mas cavalls pinot noir, 2009, marimar estates, sonoma coast, california
0368316, $ 42.95

Geyserville, 2011, Ridge, sonoma county, california
0723072, $ 52.95

Finca las palmas malbec, 2011, trapiche, uco valley mendoza, argentina
0186668, $ 16.95

Lake doctor shiraz, 2012, zonte’s footstep, langhorne creek, south australia
0072975, $ 16.95

Tres picos garnacha, 2011, borsao, campo de borja, spain
90/1000273748, $ 19.95

Rose wines

Carte noir, 2013, les maitres vignerons de la presq’ile, st.tropez, provence, france
A grenache/cinsault blend, this pale, most appealing, clean rose is versatile and highly enjoyable.
0319384, $ 17.95

Tavel, 2013, domaine des carteresses, rhone valley, france
Rasberry aromas dominate the nose. Mid-weight, well-exctracted and flavoutful.
0739474, $ 18.95