Wine of the Week for October 29, 2007

Arniston Bay Shiraz-Merlot 2005 - $9.95
Style: R1
South Africa

The inky black cherry robe suggests more substance than the price would suggest. The nose is a complex mix of spice, blackberry, dark chocolate, sour cherry, and pepper. In the background there is a hint of pinotage. The palate shows rich cherry and strawberry, somewhat sweetish on the uptake, with a good acidic spine and fine tannins. Fairly light but very tasty and bargain priced. (LCBO 43927)

Wine of the Week for October 22, 2007

20 Bees Pinot Grigio 2006 - $13.15
Style: W3
Ontario: Niagara

This co-operative winery consists of 19 grapegrowers and a winemaker, and is on the forefront of new initiatives, including an effort to sell Ontario’s terroir. This is a very fine effort that starts out with a chemical note but settles down to stonefruits, grass, mineral and a whiff of tar. Somewhat understated on the palate, with apple/lemon flavour, crisp acidity and mellow finish. Partner with fish stews, pork dishes or smoked salmon. (LCBO 60707)

Wine of the Week for October 15, 2007

Trapiche Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 - $8.85
Style: R1

This unassuming offering shows a decent cab-like nose, with blackberry, black currant, fruit leather, and twinges of iodine, mint, and cedar. The palate shows a firm acidity bite, mild tannins and black current/blackberry flavour. Medium body and length. A "cheap and cheerful" wine that would work any night of the week. Think of an everyday chianti and serve it alongside spaghetti, pizza or anything grilled. (LCBO 235671)

Wine of the Week for October 8, 2007

Durbanville Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2006 - $13.15
Style: W2
South Africa

Wonderful aromas of grass, canned asparagus and passionfruit. Somewhat laid back on the palate, with loads of lemon and grapefruit flavour and an almost searing acidity. Good body and length. The nose is the star here, with enough character on the palate to carry it through. Try with shellfish, hollandaise sauce, or poached fish. (LCBO 22251)