Wine of the Week for October 30, 2006

Mission Hill Five Vineyards Pinot Grigio VQA 2004- $ 13.95
Style: W3
Canada: BC

The gray pinot is continuing its run of prominence. This Okanagan issue is rife with upfront aromas of apple, citrus and quince with a touch of celery. The palate is oh-so smooth, showing ripe apple flavour atop a gentle acidity. With good body and length, this is an easy-going wine that will be food friendly. Try with lighter fish, schnitzel or cheese fondue. (LCBO 614289)

Wine of the Week for October 23, 2006

Chat-en-Oeuf 2003 - $ 12.95
Style: R1

Watch for more bottles coming out of France with a non-traditional approach to naming and labeling. This light ruby-garnet coloured wine shows modest aromas of raspberry, cedar and pencil lead. Light but flavourful, with just a hint of sweetness and soft tannins. This pleasant blend of Grenache and Syrah is more in the style and weight of Beaujolais, and would work well with stews, sausages or something off the grill . (LCBO 21113)

Wine of the Week for October 16, 2006

Baron Philippe De Rothschild Viognier 2004 - $10.95
Style: W3

After a period of, frankly, lack-lustre performance, Rothschild’s entry-level wines appear to be back. Look for luscious aromas of citrus, spice, melon and mineral. The palate is quite big, showing more spice, a whiff of grapefruit (pun intended) and mineral. Quite big in the mouth, and long, this one is rich and elegant and perhaps even a bit brash. I’d go with seafood, gazpacho or something Middle Eastern. (LCBO 619221)

Wine of the Week for October 9, 2006

Sogrape Vila Regia Reserve 2001 - $12.00
Style: R1

From the folks who brought you the ubiquitous Portugese rosé, we have a delightful little red made from indigenous grapes. Deep black cherry in colour, it shows aromas of tobacco, dried cherry, leather and an earthy note. Light but tasty, with an impression of sweetness on the uptake finishing dry, with a repeat of the earthy note at the end. Medium body and length, it's a very friendly wine suitable for pork roast, Antipasti, or firm cheeses. (LCBO 613950)