The Diary of a Wine Connoisseur

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We talked to Ka’ana owner / wine curator, Colin Hannan, about his favorite wines in the Ka’ana Wine Cellar. Read on to learn about his handpicked favorites.

Luis Canas: Rioja Reserva 2004
2004 was a fantastic year for Rioja wines, one of the best in recent history. I recently visited the winery myself and this particular wine caught me off guard as its got real body and yet so much complexity. Needs an hour to breath, and while it’s hard to sit staring at it for that long, it’s worth it!

Ridge: Lytton Springs 2010
I just love Ridge reds, they’re always such an easy go-to any night of the week. This one is amazing value for something that’s juicy, but has depth and quality.  It’s got big fruit, but maintains an earthiness to ensure it’s very well structured.

Chateau D’Esclans: Whispering Angel Rose 2011
To me the word Rosé means summer. In Belize it’s always summer, so to leave a New York winter behind and be sitting hours later sipping on such a great rosé is always a dream. It has some strawberry and is on the lighter, drier side, which to me is always extra refreshing. Can’t ask for more.

Orin Swift: Prisoner 2010
The best steakhouse I’ve ever known is a place called Red, in South Beach Miami. While it’s part-owned by Michael Jordan, it’s not so much about flash as it is about quality. Unlike other steakhouses they put real time and effort into every aspect, hanging their own meat, delivering amazing sides (four cheese truffle mac n cheese….) and a fantastic wine list. Prisoner is my go-to when I go there… big, bold, tons of character but not lacking subtlety and smoothness.

 

Louis Latour: Puligny-Montrachet 2009
If I could live anywhere in the world, it would be smack bang in the middle of the village of Puligny, in Burgundy. My favourite wine region in the world, it just oozes with quality and old world finesse. They’ve been growing grapes there since Roman times, and they have complexity and subtlety like nowhere else. So it’s difficult to describe this wonderful white. If you think whites don’t have as broad a range of character as reds, try this out and prepare to eat your words.  Some fruitiness mixed with toasted nuttiness. Great stuff.

Bonus Wine: Nickel & Nickel Dragonfly: Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
While not technically on our wine list, this one deserves a mention.  We only offer it with our exclusive “Overnight on a Mayan Ruin” package, where you…..well you sleep overnight on a Mayan Ruin!  We ensure you have all the trappings of luxury with this, including this special wine. Dragonfly lore tells us that the dragonflies hold messages from our ancestors.  And where would this be more appropriate than in the midst of an ancient Mayan city, where you might be joined by a dragonfly or two as the sun sets over the temples.

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