One of the many things I love about a long weekend…there is one more day to drink wine. I have a rule (with the odd exceptions) not to drink Monday-Thursday except on a holiday weekend. Sitting in the backyard sampling wines and listening to good music is one of life’s great pleasures
California ruled my Friday night visit.
Diamond Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 from Napa Valley is the LCBO’s wine of the month. For good reason. Winemakers described 2012 as ideal and excellent conditions and this full-bodied cab – perfect for the barbecue – delivers. $23.95
My next Californian – Jekel Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 from Arroyo Secco, Monterey County. My husband and I loved this wine – we love big wines and this was full-bodied, fruit forward without oak trying to steal the show. Good value at $19.95
Raise a Glass to BC and Niagara.
The second visit left me tipping my hat to VQA wines from BC and ON. The Sperling Pinot Noir 2012 from the Okanagan Valley was a show stopper. It was delicious this afternoon and will only improve with age. $27.95
Creekside Estate Winery Backyard Block Sauvignon Blanc 2013 – fresh and inviting on this warm weekend. At $17.95, great value.
Best Value Wine: My wine find for the weekend was a modest unassuming wine tucked away on the bottom shelf of the tasting room. Tormaresca Neprica 2012 from Puglia over delivered. A blend of Negroamaro, Primativo and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes – clearly not for the faint of palate. What can I say? At $14.95 in Vintages, I bought five. Ok – true confession – the next day I bought a case.