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Discovering Ana Gallegos

 

During her BA C in Tourism, courses in gastronomy and viticulture gave birth to a great passion for wine. So, Ana added two degrees in Sommelerie from the Universidad del Tepeyac in México and started to work as assistant sommelier at Pied de Cochon Polanco, Mexico. Since coming to Canada in 2004, She has pursued her studies and accumulated various courses: Sommellerie ASP, Management at HEC, WSET level 3 and currently started the WSET diploma process. She now shares her experience and discoveries on her personal blog, Ana Wine co. She’s one of the most sensible person and palate that I know.

https://anawineco.wordpress.com/

When did you realize that wine was a passion?

When I was studying tourism, I had a viticulture course and I discovered the beauty of wine.

What is your favorite wine event?

Montréal passion vin

What are your plans for the coming year?

To continue with my studies of WSET Diploma

What is the most remarkable bottle you have had the chance to taste?

Guigal, La Turque Côte-Rotie 2009

Which wine tourism destination is the most interesting in your opinion?

Portugal 🇵🇹 with so different kind of grapes and landscapes.

 

Au cours de son baccalauréat en tourisme, les cours de gastronomie et de viticulture ont donné naissance à une grande passion pour le vin. Ana a donc ajouté à son expertise deux diplômes de Sommelerie de l’Universidad del Tepeyac au Mexique et a commencé à travailler comme assistante sommelier à Pied de Cochon Polanco, au Mexique. Depuis son arrivée au Canada en 2004, elle a poursuivi ses études et accumulé différents cours: Sommellerie ASP, Management à HEC, WSET niveau 3 et a actuellement commencé le processus d’obtention du diplôme WSET. Elle partage maintenant son expérience et ses découvertes sur son blog personnel, Ana Wine co. C’est l’une des personnes les plus sensibles et un des meilleurs palais que je connaisse.

https://anawineco.wordpress.com/

Quand avez-vous compris que le vin était une passion?

Lorsque j’étudiais le tourisme, j’ai suivi un cours de viticulture et j’ai découvert la beauté du vin.

Quel est votre événement vin préféré?

Montréal passion vin

Quels sont vos projets pour l’année à venir?

Pour continuer mes études du diplôme WSET

Quelle est la bouteille la plus remarquable que vous ayez eu la chance de goûter?

Guigal, La Turque Côte-Rotie 2009

Quelle destination oenotouristique est la plus intéressante à vos yeux?

Portugal avec des cépages et des paysages si différents.

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Discovering Claude lalonde

As a trained and passionate sommelier, wine for me is a question of pleasure, passion and constant discovery. The world of wine constantly amazes me as it is in perpetual change and it keeps me on my toes to stay abreast of these changes. Wine should also be fun and as such should not be taken too seriously. That is why I feel that once in a while a bit of humour is needed to bring us back to reality. As for you the readers, I have a responsibility of finding the wines with the best values and I have to entertain you with great stories about various producers we regularly meet. Yeah, that’s it! I feel I need to ‘’Winetertain’’ you!!

Website: vinformateur.com – Social Media: facebook.com/vinformateur

When did you realize that you were passionate about wine?

In 1984, I took wine lessons with none other than Jules Roiseux and that’s when it all started. Then followed the entire series of wine courses of the SAQ and ultimately my course in sommellerie. My meeting with Benoît Major senior advisor at the SAQ accelerated this passion!

What is your favorite wine event?

In fact, every meeting with a winemaker or producer is a major event in my opinion. That’s where it goes. As for events as such, I think I like The Great Tasting of Montreal. I also like the Master Classes that are well done especially Benevuto Brunello.

What are your plans for the coming year?

Wine trips especially press trips. This is my primary goal.

What is the most remarkable bottle you have had the chance to taste?

La Tâche 1999, blind tasted nonetheless. Let’s say it was very good !!

Which wine destination is the most interesting in your opinion?

The region of Piedmont. The wines are extraordinary, the fabulous landscapes and the vine growers are simple and generous. In fact the producers are not from the nobility as in many other regions of Italy. They are people of the earth. Some ” paesano ”!

 

Sommelier formé et passionné, le vin est pour moi une question de plaisir, de passion et de découverte constante. Le monde du vin me surprend constamment car il est en perpétuel changement et me tient sur mes gardes pour rester au courant de ces changements. Le vin doit aussi être amusant et ne doit donc pas être pris trop au sérieux. C’est la raison pour laquelle j’ai le sentiment qu’il faut de temps en temps un peu d’humour pour nous ramener à la réalité. Quant à vous, lecteurs, j’ai la responsabilité de trouver les vins qui ont les meilleures valeurs et je dois vous divertir avec de belles histoires sur les différents producteurs que nous rencontrons régulièrement. Ouais c’est ça! J’ai besoin de “Winetertain” vous !!

Website: vinformateur.com – Social Media: facebook.com/vinformateur

 

Quand as-tu réalisé que tu étais passionné par le vin?

En 1984 j’ai pris des cours de vins avec nul autre que Jules Roiseux et c’est là que tout a débuté. Puis ont suivi toute la série de cours de vins de la SAQ et ultimement mon cours en sommellerie. Ma rencontre avec Benoît Major conseiller sénior à la SAQ a accéléré cette passion!

Quel est ton événement vin préféré?

En fait chaque rencontre avec un vigneron producteur est en soi un événement selon moi. C’est la que ça ce passe. Quant aux événements comme tel, je crois que j’aime La Grande Dégustation de Montréal. J’aime bien aussi les Master Class qui sont bien faits surtout celui sur les Brunello.

Quels sont tes projets pour l’année à venir?

Les voyages de vin surtout les voyages de Presse. C’est mon objectif premier.

Quelle est la bouteille la plus remarquable que tu as eu la chance de goûter?

La Tâche 1999 dégusté en plus à l’anonyme. Mettons que c’était très bon!!

Quelle destination de vin est la plus intéressante à ton avis?

La région du Piémont. Les vins sont extraordinaires, les paysages fabuleux et les vignerons sont simples et généreux. En fait les producteurs ne sont pas issus de la noblesse comme dans bien d’autres régions de l’Italie. Ce sont des gens de la terre. Des ‘’paesano’’!

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Discovering Cindy Rynning – Grape experiences

Cindy Rynning has been writing about wine on her award-winning wine blog, Grape Experiences, since 2011.  She passed the Wine and Spirit Trust (WSET) Level 3 program with Merit in 2012. Cindy is based in Chicago, Illinois and attends international and national trade tastings and media events, meets and interviews winemakers and others who share their stories, and writes about tastings, food and wine pairings, wine travels, and more. She travels extensively to wine regions around the world as a tourist and/or press trip participant.

 

She has written for a variety of print and digital publications including Crave Local, Wine Tourist Magazine, Drizly, and the wine club newsletter of Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurants. Currently, Cindy is a Top Shelf Blogger for Drizly and received a Drizly Blogger Award as Best Wine Blog – 2017. Cindy’s site was recognized as one of the Top 100 Most Influential Wine Blogs in the world in 2015 and as the Lux International Magazine Best Wine Blog – US in 2016, 2017, and 2018. Two of her articles were finalists in the Millesima Wine Blog Awards – Wine Travel category in both 2017 and 2018.

 

A former educator, Cindy understands the value of lifelong learning and strives to share her knowledge of wine through writing, social media, personal wine tastings, and real-life conversation in order to inform, entertain, and inspire others to discover the beauty of our favorite beverage: wine.

http://www.grape-experiences.com/

When did you realize you were passionate about wine?

I’ve always loved wine, but once I began my wine education journey, I didn’t realize that I had such a love for not only sipping, but learning about it. Several years ago, I decided to enroll in my first Wine & Spirits Education (WSET) course, an internationally recognized wine education program, in order to become more educated about wine. My intention was to understand the process of wine production, the regions of the world, the various grapes, and more with depth and breadth, I hoped to be inspired to take my already existing teaching career on a different path. After passing the WSET Level 2 class, friends and family asked “what are you going to do with all of this incredible information?” to which I responded, “I’ll write about wine!”, a noble statement to be sure! To that end, I began my website, Grape Experiences. A few months later, I enrolled in, then passed with Merit, the WSET Level 3 class. Writing for others is yet another form of teaching, of course, and I’m thrilled that my website has garnered thousands of readers on a consistent basis. Because of that, I’ve been offered many opportunities to visit wine regions throughout the world for “hands-on” learning, to attend events and classes hosted by winemakers and others, to taste wines that are exceptional examples of terroir, and to speak about wine in front of groups. I’m honored to share my stories.

What is your favorite wine event?

Although I thoroughly enjoy Master Class seminars and trade tastings where I can sip a variety of new-to-me or favorite wines, my preference is to visit domestic and international wine regions. Having conversations with those who are responsible for producing the wines, hearing personal stories about specific wineries as we walk through the vineyards, pairing wines with foods at lunch or dinner in a unique region, and actually experiencing a variety of cultures help me understand the people and wines in a way like no other.

What are your plans for the coming year?

I plan to travel to more wine regions (wherever that may take me!), pitch my stories to a variety of digital and print publications, and continue to share my love of wine through writing on my site, social media efforts, speaking engagements, and real-life conversation!

What is the most remarkable bottle you’ve had the chance to taste?

To me, enjoying and remembering a bottle of wine has to do with who I’m with, where I am, the emotions I feel, and of course how it tastes… It has absolutely nothing to do with the cost of the wine. That said, the most remarkable bottle of wine I’ve tasted (so far!) is Domaine Jacky Marteau “La Chipie” 2015 of Sauvignon Blanc grapes cultivated in the tiny appellation of Touraine Chenonceau. My husband and I visited the family run Domaine, located on the left bank of the River Cher in the Loire Valley, on a cool, rainy day in March. Ludivine Marteau took us on a car ride through the vineyards (windshield wipers on!), to the family home where we saw generations worth of photos and where her father was born, and to the tasting room. Throughout the visit, we had fascinating conversations about terroir, the history of the family and land, and more. “La Chipie”, a term of endearment, refers to Ludivine’s niece, Lola; the wine itself was from Domain’s Touraine Chenonceau DO vineyard. We can’t find this specific wine in the United States since only 5000 bottles were produced.

Which wine destination is the most interesting?

Oh, Joanie! This question is impossible to answer! I’ve visited a plethora of wineries in California regions of Sonoma, Napa Valley, Paso Robles, Santa Barbara, Lodi, and Livermore. Wineries in Portland, Oregon, the Finger Lakes in New York, the Monticello Wine Trail in Virginia, Dahlonega, Georgia (US), those in British Columbia, Canada, Montsant, the Sherry Triangle, and Murcia in Spain, the Vinho Verde region in Portugal, and the Loire Valley in France were amazing. Each is interesting and special in its own way… the food, villages, cities, people, terroir, wines! I have so many more destinations to explore!!! Italy? Hungary? Croatia? China? Australia? New Zealand? South Africa? I can’t wait. Perhaps one day I’ll be able to answer this question!!

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Telmo Rodriguez – A query on how well do we really know (or address) Spanish wines

 

Telmo Rodriguez is considered as one of the great Spanish winemakers, one filled with ambition that brings innovation with the likes of Alvaro Palacios and others. From his home of La Rioja, he traveled around Spain, mostly in the North eastern part, to research winemaking and find ancient, distinguished vineyards to resuscitate.

Telmo, with his love of story-telling, brought up an important point. When we think of Spanish wines, what comes to your mind first? Often, at least from a consumer point of view, Spain’s associated with big brands, making robust, heavy wines, focused on wood and development. So much that wood is often used to hide the original flavors of the wine. Hopefully, this represent only part of Spain’s production, yet it’s often the very image or representation of the country. It may be time to approach Spanish wines with more of an open mind. It’s a whole country that encompasses many styles, expressions, varietals, climate, and soils. It might be time to switch our focus to more specific image and comprehensions, like we do with the different regions of France or Italy. French wines are not just characterized by Bordeaux; Italian wines are not limited to Tuscans; Spanish wines are not bonded to aged Rioja. Wine lovers and enthusiasts can easily name and differentiate the different villages of Beaune, yet they can’t name a single Lieux-dits within Rioja, any sub-regions of Galicia nor any grape varieties beside Tempranillo and maybe Garnacha.

For Telmo Rodriguez: “The future of Spain is in its past. “There’s an important heritage that have been forgotten and replaced by ‘Enhancing Varietals’ like Cabernet sauvignon and Merlot in the 1980s. 70 years ago, you could find as much as 50 different local grape varieties, often mixed and co-planted.” Without necessarily wanting to follow the new ‘forgotten varietals’ trend, it’s still part of vineyards history and many regions historical marks and personality. He’s taken an interest especially in the region of Galicia for its unique climate, far from the warm idea of continental Spain. Galicia has a mix of Atlantic and continental and a much cooler climate. In some vintages, harvest has even been done under a snowing sky. It’s mostly known for its white wine production, especially Albariño in Rias Baixas, but there are some lovely red surprises, with a tart and fresh approach that may be found too!

Ladeiras do Xil is the Galician vineyards of Telmo Rodriguez, located in the Valdeorras area in between Ribeira Sacra to the west and Bierzo to the east. They’ve been working since 2002 with well-established families of winegrowers who has been working impossible and complicated vineyards for generations. From soft and delicate  white wines based on the local Godello grape to incredibly complex and aromatic field blend reds. Ladeira do Xil was in a way, a rebirth of the Valdeorras and Santa cruz potential as well as original co-plantation tendencies including varieties such as Mencia, Merenzao, Sousón, Treixadura, Godello, Brencellao, Doña Blanca, Palomino, etc.

The specific parcels of the vineyards have been developed in very different ways for unique expressions. The ‘As Caborcas’ Parcel is the oldest one and hasn’t been replanted at all. It’s an old field blend that has remained the same forever. It shows an incredible complexity of spices and deep fruits. It’s aromatic, delicious with a lingering freshness embellished by tarter notes on the palate.

O Diviso shows darker and riper than As Caborcas. It’s a mix of old vines and new ones since some of them had to be replanted including some of the Alicante that was on the parcel. A burst of fruits & spices that felt like Espelette pepper dark bitter chocolate.

Falcoeira was an esteemed parcel in Santa Cruz. All the elders of the village would praise its merits. It was in such a desperate state that it took 6 years to replant and rebuilt it. “It was a Nightmare!” Telmo says. It may have taken some time, but the wine is showing splendidly: balanced, bright, tasteful with a mouth filling, coating aspect which gives length. The spices of the other parcels are replaced by earthy tones with dark roasted coffee, black beans and roasted nuts.

 

Telmo Rodriguez – Une question sur la façon dont nous connaissons vraiment (ou abordons) les vins espagnols

 

Telmo Rodriguez est considéré comme l’un des grands viticulteurs espagnols, rempli d’ambition et d’innovation comme Alvaro Palacios et tant d’autres. Depuis son domicile de La Rioja, il a parcouru l’Espagne, principalement dans la partie nord-est, pour faire des recherches sur la vinification et trouver d’anciens vignobles distingués à réanimer.

Telmo, avec son amour de la narration, a soulevé un point important. Quand on pense aux vins espagnols, que pensez-vous en premier? Souvent, du moins du point de vue du consommateur, l’Espagne est associée à de grandes marques qui produisent des vins robustes et lourds, axés sur le bois et le développement. A tel point que le bois cache souvent les saveurs originales du vin. Heureusement, cela ne représente qu’une partie de la production espagnole, mais c’est souvent l’image même ou la représentation du pays. Il est peut-être temps d’aborder les vins espagnols avec un esprit plus ouvert. C’est un pays entier qui englobe de nombreux styles, expressions, cépages, climat et sols. Il serait peut-être temps de nous concentrer sur une image et une compréhension plus spécifique, comme nous le faisons avec les différentes régions de France ou d’Italie. Les vins français ne sont pas seulement caractérisés par Bordeaux; Les vins italiens ne sont pas limités aux toscans; Les vins espagnols ne sont pas liés à la Rioja vieillissante. Les amateurs de vin peuvent facilement nommer et différencier les différents villages de Beaune, mais ils ne peuvent nommer un seul lieu-dit dans la Rioja, aucune des sous-régions de Galice ni aucun cépage autre que le Tempranillo et peut-être le Garnacha.

Pour Telmo Rodriguez: «L’avenir de l’Espagne est dans son passé.» Un héritage important a été oublié et remplacé par «des cépages améliorateurs» comme le cabernet sauvignon et le merlot dans les années 1980. Il y a 70 ans, vous pouviez trouver jusqu’à 50 cépages locaux différents, souvent mélangés et co-plantés. Sans vouloir forcément suivre la nouvelle tendance des «cépages oubliés», elle fait toujours partie de l’histoire des vignobles et de nombreuses régions et marques historiques. Il s’est particulièrement intéressé à la région de Galice pour son climat unique, loin de l’idée chaleureuse de l’Espagne continentale. La Galice a un mélange de l’Atlantique et du continent et un climat beaucoup plus frais. Dans certains millésimes, la récolte a même été effectuée sous un ciel de neige. Elle est surtout connu pour sa production de vin blanc, en particulier l’Albariño de Rias Baixas, mais il y a de belles surprises rouges, avec une approche acidulée et fraîche qui peut être trouvée aussi!

Ladeiras do Xil est le vignoble galicien de Telmo Rodriguez, situé dans la zone de Valdeorras, entre Ribeira Sacra à l’ouest et Bierzo à l’est. Ils travaillent depuis 2002 avec des familles bien établies de vignerons qui travaillent depuis des générations sur des vignobles impossibles et compliqués. Des vins blancs doux et délicats basés sur le raisin Godello local à des mélanges incroyablement complexes et aromatiques. Ladeira do Xil était en quelque sorte une renaissance des tendances potentielles et originales de la plantation de Valdeorras et Santa cruz, y compris des variétés telles que Mencia, Merenzao, Sousón, Treixadura, Godello, Brencellao, Doña Blanca, Palomino, etc.

Les parcelles spécifiques des vignobles ont été développées de manières très différentes pour des expressions uniques. La parcelle «As Caborcas» est la plus ancienne et n’a jamais été replantée. C’est un vieux mélange variété co-planté qui est resté le même depuis toujours. Il montre une complexité incroyable d’épices et de fruits profonds. Il est aromatique, délicieux avec une fraîcheur persistante agrémentée de notes plus acidulé en bouche.

« O Diviso » se montre plus sombre et plus mûr que As Caborcas. C’est un mélange de vieilles vignes et de nouvelles, car certaines d’entre elles ont dû être replantées, y compris une partie de l’Alicante qui se trouvait sur la parcelle. Un éclat de fruits et d’épices qui ressemble à du chocolat noir amer au piment d’Espelette.

Falcoeira est une parcelle estimé à Santa Cruz. Tous les anciens du village en vantaient les mérites. Elle était dans un état désespéré, tant qu’il a fallu 6 ans pour replanter et reconstruire. «C’était un cauchemar», dit Telmo. Il a peut-être fallu un certain temps, mais le vin se montre splendidement: équilibré, brillant, de bon goût avec un remplissage en bouche, aspect qui donne de la longueur. Les épices des autres parcelles sont remplacées par des tons terreux avec du café torréfié foncé, des haricots noirs et des noix grillées.

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Discovering Eleonora Galimberti

BIO
I was born in Italy in Milan, the city of fashion and design made in Italy. At the beginning of my career, after graduating in communication, I was lucky to work in Giorgio Armani company and it was a dream. My passions have always been fashion, writing and – growing up – I learned to love wine (my mother comes from the land of Brunello di Montalcino!). I left the fashion system and went back to university for a Master in Food & Beverage Management, at the same time I studied and became a Sommelier and then I joined a famous Champagne House as their Marketing & Communication Manager, until I founded Enogallery and Enozioni. Today I am happy to work with winemakers, hospitality companies and lifestyle magazines to promote the culture of wine in the world.

When did you realize that you were passionate about wine?
I discovered the wine gradually, thanks to my mother who was born in Tuscany, land of great red wines. With my family I have always traveled a lot since I was young, and explored the pleasures of good food and wines in different countries and cultures. Curiosity turned into passion and passion made it into a job. As Confucius said, “choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” The passion for wine, great food and the desire to know how to combine them and enhance each other has always been within me, in my DNA: my mother was born in Tuscany and I have Brunello in my veins. Perhaps I was predestined to all this but I discovered it little by little!

What is your favorite wine event?
The wine event that I could not renounce is the Vinitaly that takes place every year in Verona in April. This year for the first time I received many invitations from the winemakers, while until last year I was organizing the stages in the pavilions. The world of wine is poetic, romantic and exciting because it allows you to translate a passion into a profession and to carry out a profession that constantly nourishes your passion. Companies are opening up with curiosity and availability to digital communication, especially the largest and most structured, and so you happen to collaborate with realities like Ferrari, Masi, Allegrini, Berlucchi and others that until a few years ago considered difficult to approach. With these brands and the people who lead them is also a friendship, we meet at events, dinners, tastings, parties and it is always wonderful to renew the enthusiasm and the passion that guide us, with different perspectives, in the fantastic world of wine .

What are your plans for the coming year?
For the next year I have some projects that I am already planning now. Wine is a continuous inspiration and every day I wake up with new ideas. I’ll start writing for a very famous editorial group (yes, I’m also a journalist and I love it!) And I would like to publish an original wine guide, with my style and personal selection of wines that most excited me. These are certain projects that I hug with open arms, but who knows what good surprises will reserve for me the next months.

What is the most remarkable bottle you had the chance to taste?
There are some tastings so intense that left me with indelible memories. I always remember with pleasure a fantastic Brunello at Gianfranco Soldera’s house: it was lunchtime and a hot day in Montalcino – not really ideal for enjoying full-bodied reds – but I can still feel the seduction of that velvety juice like it was yesterday. the vintage was 2006, a bit young for a wine that has immense prospects for aging, but it was already wonderful to drink with that harmony and the fragrant fruit that could still be perceived after 10 years from the harvest. Another beautiful moment was in Bordeaux at Chateau Margaux where we enjoyed a spectacular vertical tasting of the premier grand cru in the exclusive wine cellar. Both experiences I will never forget.

Which wine destination is the most interesting in your opinion?

As an Italian I am deeply connected to my country, universally known for excellent wines and their beautiful landscapes. Actually, all Italian regions produce different styles of wines, each with its own identity and quality is rising more and more. In my heart there are Montalcino, Bolgheri, Chianti and Langhe. A special wine region that has touched me so far has been Burgundy, which I visited a few years ago. It was exciting to cross the terroirs from where the famous grand cru are born. The villages are delightful and fascinating to visit, and each wine tasting was an intense sensory experience. I love traveling and I was lucky enough to visit many wine regions in the world. Outside Italy I visited some interesting wineries in California (Napa, Sonoma, Santa Barbara), France (Alsace, Champagne, Burgundy), and South Australia. In the future I would like to discover wine in Chile, Argentina, New Zealand and certainly also Canada for its excellent “ice wines”.