Jason Woodman and Woodman Wines & Spirits recently hosted an intimate tasting and lunch at the Spoke Club featuring the wines of Bodega Volcanes de Chile and its wine maker Pilar Diaz. Jamie’s video interview with Pilar Diaz is below, wherein she describes her ingenius project to make wines only from Chiles volcanic soils. Chile, as Diaz told the group of a dozen or so wine writers assembled, is the most volcanic country in the world, with 500 active ones out of a total of 2,900! Jamie recently recommended (here) Diaz’s bargain priced 2012 Bodegas Volcanes de Chile “Summit Reserva”, a Cabernet-Syrah blend that is widely available in the LCBO for $10.95. As Jamie points out, its a wonderfully crafted wine for the price, but also tasted were the 2011 Pomerape Sauvignon Blanc (Vintages 371138 – $14.95) that was truly alive with minerality and twangy with notes of gooseberry and rhubarb. On hand too was the 2011 Tectonia Grenache-Petite Sirah-Mourvedre (Vintages 389668 – $17.95) a surprisingly fresh and well balanced big red full of black and blueberries, due to come to Ontario on November 22. The big surprise of the day, and a very pleasant one, was the 2012 Tectonia Pinot Noir (Vintages 389676 – $17.95) from a site in the Bio Bio valley just 5kms from the Pacific Ocean and known for its fog. The wine tastes a lot like a Pinot Noir from a cool climate, or at least a not-so-hot climate region: maybe California’s Central Coast. With notes of juicy sour cherry with a touch of cranberry bitterness, it’s due to arrive at the LCBO on December 6 in time for a Christmas Turkey.
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Edinburgh-born/Toronto-based Sommelier, consultant, writer, judge, and educator Jamie Drummond is the Director of Programs/Editor of Good Food Revolution… And he does enjoy a bit of Willi’s dulcet tones.