Tasty Picks for your Weekend Wine Glass


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.