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If I only had $100…I would buy…

Posted by Julie

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017
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Australia is renowned for it’s big juicy fruit driven Shiraz so it was refreshing to see a release that features Aussie whites.  But don’t be shy to venture further when shopping at LCBO’s Vintages this month.  There is an extremely handsome collection of some old tried and trues wines and of course also features wines from the Mediterranean.

Any chance your plans have you traveling to Europe anytime soon?  There are some wines in this release that are bound to put you in the mood for packing for a trip!

I’d say…this shopping list definitely puts me in the mood to pick up one of everything.

Cheers to all good things and the arrival of Spring,

-Julie

 

If I only had $100, I would buy at Vintages…

 

Madison Ranch Chardonnay 2014

Napa Valley, California
$22.95 (Vintages #441113) 14.5% alcohol

Plush aromas of baked cake and tropical fruit. A full bodied elegant white wine loaded with ripe yellow apple and banana flavours, rich, creamy and buttery, a classic California Chardonnay.

With a soft seam of acidity, there is some vanilla and lemony sweet spice on the end, a full-bodied Chardonnay not for those who like a wine with style.  Absolutely delicious.

 

 

 

Chapoutier Tournon Mathilda 2014

Victoria, Australia
$17.95 (Vintages #401398) 13% alcohol

Aromas you could catch across a room! Expansive fruit with floral overtones, soft white blossoms, honeysuckle, almost perfumed tropical fruit in this blend of Viognier and Marsanne white wine. Juicy peaches and pears on the palate, soft, easy and smooth, it’s the type of wine that everyone would like, inoffensive yet delicate, loaded with nutty fruit flavours.

Enjoy on it’s own or with lighter fare, it would also be perfect with summer salads.

 

 

 

Cotnari Fetească Albă 2014

DOC Cotnari, Roumania
$12.95  (Vintages #012088) 12% alcohol

Cotnari is the most famous Romanian wine producing region located in eastern Romania very near the Moldovan border. Fetească Albă is the most widely grown and best known grape varietal. I love discovering a new wine at such an incredible price point. This golden coloured nectar is slightly off-dry with tropical fruit aromas. It’s fruity; there’s pineapple, ripe pear and honeysuckle on the creamy palate but also got some mandarin and petrol on the smooth finish. It’s an easy wine wine sipper or would be a great match for spicy foods.

 

 

 

Henry of Pelham Family Tree Red 2014

VQA Niagara Peninsula
$18.95 (Vintages #247882) 13.5% alcohol

The Speck family has yet another reason to be proud. On the nose are aromas of the unmistakeable Baco Noir grape, a little smokiness, then layers of cherries and nutty flavours from the time spent in French and American oak for 17 months. Aside from Baco Noir is the classic blend of Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

Loads of personality as these varietals complement each other. Bone dry and juicy, well structured tannins; bring out a roast of beef or grilled ribs, it’s a beauty.

 

Papale Linea Oro Primitivo Di Manduria 2013

DOP, Puglia, Italy
$18.95 (Vintages #261784) 14% alcohol

Way back in July 2013, I discovered this gem and wrote on it in my If I had $100 blog.  Papale is made from the Primitivo grape vinified in the Puglia region. In 2008, 115 bottles of the vintage  was purchased by the Vatican following the election of Pope Francis in 2013.

I call this my Osso Bucco wine. Any chef knows that if you go through the labour of love to prepare Osso Bucco, you want a great wine to accompany.  Deep crimson bold with personality of firm ripe cherries, plums and peppery spice highlight the palate. Full-bodied, a little chewy and deep berry flavours intermingle with noticeable tannins that linger forever on the smooth finish. I would serve this dinner to the Pope!

 

 

GRAND TOTAL – $91.75

 

BTW…Since I came in well under budget, I thought I’d recommend a great medium bodied Portuguese wine called Animus 2014 from Douro at $12.95 a bottle.  Great for burgers, pizza or those mindless nights that call for something cheap and cheerful – it’s a steal and I’m picking up a few.  (Vintages #385302).  If you find an extra $4.70 your grand total is $104.70.

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Australian Shiraz Bonanza!

Posted by Debbie

Friday, August 24th, 2012
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When I say: Australian wines…what automatically comes to mind? BIG knock-em-outta-the-park-blockbuster Shiraz red wines.  Right?  There are so many Shirazes to choose from and most of us have our favorites, that at a recent Sommelier led wine tasting I hosted featuring wines from Australia, I chose 3 very different Shiraz wines.

And if a bottle or two of these wines don’t tempt your tastebuds to book a flight to Australia, then come with me to Taste your way around Australia – a 23 day food & wine tour in March 2013.  Get ready to pack your bags!

 

Campbell Winery Shiraz Durif

Victoria, Australia
$16.95 – on sale (regular $18.95)
VINTAGES 243592, 14.0% Alcohol

The Campbells are one of 12 family-owned wineries that make up Australia’s prestigious First Families of Wine. Together, this distinguished group represent 16 regions across 4 states with a combined working experience of more than 1200 years.

Today, two brothers Malcolm and Colin are the fourth generation to carry on the Campbell tradition started by their great grandfather John Campbell in the renowned region of Rutherglen in 1870. Malcolm as viticulturist while Colin is the winemaker.

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: What is Durif? You might know it as Petit Syrah. Blended in to weave in the dark inky colour, earth & spice notes to the Shiraz characteristics of black cherry, blackberry & plums.  It is well balanced with good tannins, chocolate & black licorice finish. Durif is grown & used for blending primarily in Rutherglen wine region.

Suggested Food Pairings: This wine is begging a BBQ steak or lamb.

 

Ladies who Shoot their Lunch Shiraz

Victoria, Australia
$34.95
VINTAGES 243592, 14.0% Alcohol

If the name doesn’t grab you the outstanding taste will!  The Fowles family are committed to living off their land – farming & hunting the property. The previous vintage of this wine won the distinguished Great Australia Shiraz Challenge – setting this wine as a benchmark for all of Australia.

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: This premium wine is crafted with 96% Shiraz & 4% Viognier grapes matured in 100+ year old 5000 litre casks. It is notably lighter than most Shiraz wines. Deep garnet in colour with pepper, black cherry & plum with warm spices laced into light acidity & tannins that carries into a long finish.

Suggested food pairings: Serve with game of course!

Jip Jip Rocks Sparkling Shiraz

Australia
$16.90
LCBO 212472, 13.0% Alcohol
Sparkling red wine makes a striking impression when poured into a glass. It has become an Australian classic. Located in South Australia, the Bryson family have had this winery since 1851.

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: Dry & medium bodied, this charming sparkler has lovely aromas of sweet dark fruit (black cherry, plum & fig) with a thread of cinnamon & toffee. The violet coloured mousse has a lively texture with some toasty, chocolaty notes. Hints of spice & cocoa linger on the very finish that is reminiscent of wild blackberry & raspberry.

Suggested food pairings: Flavourful & fun, this is a great wine to enjoy by the barbeque on a warm summer day or with a rich chocolate dessert!

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