This week’s edition of Wednesday Wine Picks comes after much holiday sampling. Between Christmas and New Year’s Day, the glasses sparkled and the pouring was plentiful. Many wines were sipped and savoured and here are a few that kept the crowds coming back for more without my husband threatening to seize my debit card.
Sampled and enjoyed Chez Grassby, it is medium-bodied plus with enough punch for the full-bodied wine loving types. It is smooth as silk and exceptionally well balanced,. Lynn served with a a yummy plate of shrimp. I would highly recommend for an evening with friends.
This is a terrific wine for a party, a get-together with pizza, pasta or even a burger. It’s a medium bodied well-structured red that is spicy and fruity and at the right price.
Entourage Sparkling Wine by Jackson Triggs $22.95 LCBO
What is New Year’s Day without a Mimosa or three? Entourage by Jackson-Triggs is perfectly good on its own or if you feel better because it is only 9:30 in the morning – add some fresh orange juice, along with a dash of pomegranate juice if you are feeling adventurous and, of course, because it is really good for you. A few of these will take you right through to nap time.
Antinori Marchese Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva 2008 $29.95 SAQ
This wine has been part of my holidays for the past few years (and this year it even came with a wine bottle opener which somehow ended up in my husband’s stocking). My brother Rob and I cook up a storm while sampling a few treasures. While he is more prone to Bud than Barolo (yes, we really are related) , each year he looks forward to the sibling selection. This was a perfect eve before Christmas Eve pick – with cherry, herbal and tobacco hints. This one stays on my Christmas wish list.
Just released at the LCBO, this vintage got such a great reaction that my husband went out hunting down more bottles at LCBO’s in the neighbourhood. Red fruit – currants, cherries, raspberries, a little sweetness, ruby red in colour, medium bodied and delicious with just about anything.
Cheers! And wishing you all a year of adventurous wine tasting. If you had a holiday favourite or your own, let us know!