Though the Wine Hobbyist officially came to digital life at the end of March of this year, we’ve still managed to publish close to 200 posts covering wines, cocktails, restaurants, and wine events and we usually take our lead on content from what our site visitors do while exploring the Wine Hobbyist. In our short time together, you guys have made many posts of some of our favourite wines top posts, but there were a few that made the top 10 searched for list that, well, I didn’t see coming. But, regardless of top 10 consensus, one thing is for sure, it was a good year, and that is thanks to all of you!
2012 Top 10 Searched for Items on the Wine Hobbyist:
10 - Canyon Creek’s ‘Wine Thursday’ Means $20 Bottle’s for Patrons
This article covered our time at our local Canyon Creek, downtown Toronto. It was a highlight for us because we never thought we’d find great wine picks at chain such as this, but we did and all for a fantastic price.
9 – Les Jamelles Merlot 2011: a play on artistic history
We covered this wine in our ‘Wine Label Design‘ feature. This spirited, light hearted label filled us with memories from times spent in countless French Bistros. This is a complex Merlot that takes shape and form, with every sip and every moment it has a chance to live in your glass, forcing you again to note that you can indeed find more than palatable wines designated a Vin de Pays.
8 – Misterio Cabernet Sauvignon, 2011
We purchased and covered this wine to pair with a BBQ we were having with friends. We specifically chose this one to pair with our red meats. Though the Misterio Cabernet Sauvignon is only $8.95 it went off without a hitch, but be warned though, this red wines full bodied makeup, will not work well with your guests if they are into the more lighter, sweeter wine.
7 – Castillo de Almansa Reserva, 2008
So glad this made the list, as I am a true lover of Tempranillo. This wine gets a definite recommendation from us, for gatherings of individuals with differing levels of wine palates. Even those that find themselves with an affinity to whites, can’t dispute the beauty of this wine. This wine received a 4.5 out of 5 from us and only retails at the LCBO for $11.95. A fantastic buy!
6 - Copper Moon, Moonlight Harvest Shiraz
Though the Copper Moon Shiraz cannot rival a Kilikanoon Shiraz, for example, its price and wine makeup, makes it a really good buy, especially if pairing it with BBQ or spicy foods.
5 – Francis Ford Coppola Director’s Cut Zinfandel
This wine was covered in our Celebrity Vintners feature, but we specifically chose this one because we are big lovers of Coppola movies “I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse” – recognize that line? Aside from his movies, his wines aren’t that bad either. This particular Zinfandel received a 3.75 out of 5 from us.
4 – Kevin O’Leary Cabernet Merlot Blend, 2010
Another wine from our Celebrity Vintners feature and a fantastic red blend and just in case you are not familiar with O’Leary, he is the host on reality TV shows ‘Shark Tank‘ and ‘Dragons Den‘ and Canadian born. He is an entrepreneur by habit with an estimated net worth of $300 million.
3 – Our Time at Hapa Izakaya, TorontoWe first blogged about our time at Hapa Izakaya in September, and have never stopped going since. We’ve covered our share of restaurants and many we’ve enjoyed, but haven’t made a habit of going back to, but Hapa Izakaya is different. Great food, fantastic people and an overall great vibe, makes Hapa Izakaya one of the best new Toronto restaurants that we’ve covered in 2012. A must visit!
2 – Yvon Mau Merlot, VDP, 2011, France
I don’t know if this made the list because it is one of the few wines we scored as a 2 out of 5, but it is the second most searched for post on our site. Go figure!
1 – Red Revolution California by Revolution Wines
Our most searched for post on the Wine Hobbyist was our post on the Red Revolution wine. “This rebellious blend is sure to incite your senses!”, so says the tag attached to the Red Revolution, wine bottle. Now, witty tag lines don’t necessarily move me, and in this case, I didn’t take Revolution Wine’s self-praise into consideration, especially noting that the wine was only $10.95 and more ‘new school’. To put it plainly, I didn’t expect much return for my $10.95 investment, but boy was I wrong. This wine received a 4 out of 5.