I really enjoyed this Malbec from Argentina, naturally, the signature grape for this region.
It was full bodied, with a really seductive aroma of ripe berries, black cherry, hint of chocolate… very promising…
Delivered big flavours, rich and velvety with a touch of vanilla. Elegant and with a long finish.
My wine comes from one of the Pacific Northwest regions that is Oregon. And we don’t get enough of these wines here, so when I spot one I like to pick it up and give it a try.I also am always on the search for a good Pinot Gris so this was my find. From the Burgundy house of the Drouhin family, this Pinot Gris, which sells for $19.95 was a pleaser to me. It was crisp and dry, aromatic with floral and peach notes with flavours of more peach and some lemony hints. It was perfect for what I was in the mood for, I enjoyed it very much with my famous grilled shrimp and scallops. And it was the Cloudline Willamette Valley Pinot Gris 2013. Price:$19.95
So here is my find for today, I was in the mood for something light, fresh, and a little different, strolling through the aisles of our LCBO, and I picked up this Italian white that turned out to be exactly what I was looking for. In fact, I’ve since been back a couple of times to pick up another bottle!
And so here it is. The Principessa Gavia, GAVI DOCG by Banfi $19.95
It comes from the DOCG region of Gavi, located in the prominent wine region of Piedmont and is made from the indigenous grape variety Cortese, 100%.
In this particular wine the grapes are sourced from the producers own estate grown grapes.
The wine is the Principessa Gavia Gavi 2014 $19.95
GAVI DOCG producer is BANFI
What did I like about it? It was light and fresh, 12% alcohol, and really inviting. Seductive on the nose, just what I wanted, fruit forward, vibrant, notes of peach, white flowers, hint of pineapple and hint of mineral notes. Very nice… $19.95 in our market
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So for my wine pick today, I am going back to a white wine and back over to the Rhone. I was there last week, yes with my Châteauneuf-du-Pape! Although the Southern Rhone, now I head up to the Norther Rhone.
This week, my wine pick comes from the Rhone’s most famous white wine appellation which makes wine exclusively from the Viognier grape, and that is Condrieu.
True to the characteristics which define a delectable, beautifully made Viognier, this one is seductive on the nose and mouth filling, rich on the palate, with ripe peaches, apricots, honeysuckle and floral notes, like violets, perfume, but not overly, juicy with a crisp acidity and long satisfying finish. A treat to be sure.
I am going red today and am going to the southern Rhone and heading straight to the appellation of Chateauneuf du Pape, which translates to “the new home of the Pope”. Pope Clement the V made his home there for political reasons but we’re not going to go there! But he surely loved wine! Fast forward roughly 700 years Chateauneuf du Pape is now well recognized as one of the top wine producing appellations giving us big, full bodied, spicy, peppery wines, with depth, richness and made with up to 13 grape varieties!
Clos de Brusquieres Chateauneuf du Pape 2012 is my find. Intense from the nose to the palate to the finish, enticing aroma of deep cherry, red berries, a hint of floral, hmm hmm, the taste even more fulfilling with deeper flavours of cherry and berry, bit of licorice. And with a satisfying finish… please sir… may I have some more????