There are some fantastic new wine picks this week that are worthy of attention. I spent some quality time at the tasting bar and my shopping cart went from 0 to 12 faster than I could say Vino Nobile de Montipulciano. These wines range from affordable (under $20) to downright cheap ($14.95) and every single one of them will make you cheerful.
Three Ring Shiraz 2013, Barossa Valley, South Australia $18.95 Full-bodied plush with pepper, spicy, great buy. The big fruity full-bodied attack down the middle at its best. This is the perfect wine for steak or stew, burgers or any kind of beef, or just for sipping.
Di Majo Norante Ramitello 2011 $18.95 – Molise, Italy
Before I taste a half ounce of swanky wine in the LCBO tasting room, I always start out tasting a wine I can actually afford. This one was a real pleasure. It is a blend of 80% Montepulciano and 20% Aglianico grapes so it carried some decent body and plummy flavours. Wine Spectator gave it 90 points.
Monasterio de las Vinas Reserva 2006 $14.95 LCBO $15.45 SAQ – Spain This is the value buy of the week. It’s a medium-bodied blend of 70% Garnacha, 20% Tempranillo and 10 % Carinena. At that price, get a six-pack.
Domaine de Bila-Haut Occultum Lapidem 2013 $25.95 – Midi, France 50% Syrah, 40% Grenache, 10% Carignan – – medium to full bodied with a lovely long finish. This was my splurge of the week and worth the extra few dollars.
Hope you enjoy the choices. Have a great weekend and let us know what you are drinking!