Wine of the Week for March 27, 2006

Goundrey Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon 2004 - $11.95
Style: W2

The nose on this standard blend is huge -- heavily laden with spice, grapefruit, lanolin and crushed leaves. Full, round and smooth on the palate, it completes the picture with gobs of grapefruit and a spicy, lemony close. Quite big and with very good length. If this were a radio station, it would be "Jack FM". Would be a good match for roast pork or big-flavoured fish. (LCBO 621631)

Wine of the Week for March 20, 2006

Stoney Ridge Bench Pinot Noir VQA 2004 - $12.95
Style: R1
Canada: Niagara

As we watch Pinot Noir prices disappearing into the ozone, it's nice to see one priced for the rest of us. The colour here is a pale ruby-garnet, while the nose suggests leather, currents and green tobacco, with a slight pickled impression. Quite light but flavourful, with currants and wood flavours supported by light tannins and firm acidity. Good body and length. A bit young at this stage so you may want to lay down a couple to see how it develops. Otherwise, pair it up with any white meats -- preferably roasted -- shepherd's pie or cold cuts. (LCBO 240903)

Wine of the Week for March 13, 2006

Banrock Station Chardonnay 2005 - $9.00
Style: W1

It’s nice to see Aussie Chardonnay coming in below the $10 mark without giving up much of its character. With a rich lemon-straw colour, this one delivers delightful aromas of baked lemon, spiced apple, toasty oak, and clarified butter. The palate is crisp with a cleansing acidity, more butter and a lemony bite. Quite round, leaning toward mellow, with good body and length. This is classic New World stuff that would work well with asparagus risotto, roast chicken or chicken stir fry. (LCBO 463943)

Wine of the Week for March 6, 2006

Cantina de Negrar Bardolino Classico 2004 - $ 9.85
Style: R1
Italy: Veneto

We don't see enough Bardolino on store shelves, an under-rated wine that always delivers a great price: performance ratio. This Classico edition shows a rich nose of blackberries and bing cherries with hints of tobacco, cedar and dark chocolate. Quite fruity on the palate, somewhat forward, with a fresh acidity, light tannins and cranberry and blackcurrant flavours. Medium bodied and with very good length, it would be an ideal mate for antipasti, chili or tomato sauces. (LCBO 039701)