This week’s wine picks celebrates an Ontario red, white and a honey of an Italian, all under $20.
Cantine Riondo Vinea Garganega 2011, This weekend’s wine finds come from the LCBO’s Tasting Room at Queen’s Quay – where I am quickly becoming a regular – all they need is a cosy chair and WIFI . I started with an Italian white called Garganega from the Veneto region. It is light and crisp, aromatic with honey, peach and grapefruit notes. It medium-bodied with good balance. At $13.95, it is a excellent value wine.
Rockaway Vineyards Small Lot Reserve Red Assemblage 2010 VQA Niagara Peninsula This blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Savignon and Merlot got a strong 89 from Sara d’Amato from WineAlign.com. It is earthy, spicy with dark fruit and the blend also has a good strong finish. Currently featured in the Vintages section and well priced at $16.95
Vive le Riesling. I have vowed to drink more of this grape that inspires awe among many wine professionals, and nose wrinkling by the uninitiated. I have always found Rieslings to be too sweet. But I have been told I am simply drinking the wrong ones. Well, this yet-to-become a Malivoire Riesling fan picked a good one. This was dry, aromatic, with the sweetness balanced by acidity. At $15.95, I would happily buy the Vintages release again.
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