Look at those juicy grapes. Soon enough they will be sitting in your glass ready to sip, sniff and savour. But while you wait, here are a few recommendations for your weekend dinner table.
D’Arenberg D’arry’s Original Shiraz/Grenache 2008 McLaren Vale, South Australia at $19.95.
A yummy wine – deep purpley red with full-bodied flavour. Lovely dark berries and spice with 13.9% alcohol. It’s named after the producer who has been making this wine since 1959 – the year Fidel Castro took over Cuba and the year I was born. Cheers D’arry!
Lena di Mezzo Ripasso Valpolicello Classico Superiore Monte del Fra -Veneto, Italy 2009 $17.00.
I love Ripasso which many refer to as a baby Amarone without the hefty price. This baby led me back to the liquor store looking to buy a few extras that just might last until Christmas. It features flavours of spice and black cherry and a nice long finish. I am not the only one who liked it. This lovely blend got kudos from Decanter Magazine.
A visit to Quebec sent me browsing through the SAQ where I discovered a few to bring home with me – my favourite red was Fattoria La Braccesca Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2008 Marchese Antinori $24.95 The classic deep garnet full-bodied wine is made from the Tuscan staple Sangiovese grape. Available at SAQ (and Tuscany of course).
My tribute to local was a sipper from Palatine Hills Estate in Ontario, Palatine 1812 Merlot Cabernet VQA 12.5% at $13.20. Young, with berry fruit, vanilla and herbs – it matched perfectly with the cornucopia of meats served at the anniversary of Beretta Foods, a wonderful family success story that continues to grow after 20 years.
Happy shopping and let us know if you taste something worth sharing.