Wine of the Week for April 28, 2008

Tarapaca Carmenere Reserva 2006 - $12.80
Style: R2


Carmenere is losing ground in its homeland but it’s becoming one of Chile’s most important as well as distinctive grapes. The colour here is Inky black-cherry. The nose is intriguing with aromas of dark cherry, tar, dark chocolate, and vanilla. The rich, juicy palate shows gobs of dark berry flavours, with a firm acidity and mellow tannins. Quite big and with very good length, it will please shiraz fans. Serve with bean dishes, grilled meats or old flavourful cheeses. (LCBO 64436)

Wine of the Week for April 21, 2008

Volto Pinot Grigio Venezie IGT 2006 - $13.95
Style: W3

Italy: Venezie

There’s a big marketing boost on for this one at the LCBO. The nose is spicy, with melon, pear, ripe apple, and a touch of peach aromas. Finely textured on the palate, with ripe peach and pear flavours and a soft acidity, with very good body and length. A refreshing wine that totally suits this warm weather, and would work well with pork, sausages or smoked salmon . (LCBO 64089)

Wine of the Week for April 14, 2008

Vineland Cabernet Franc 2006 - $13.95
Style: R3

Canada: Niagara

The nose here is slightly gamey, showing wet grass, blueberry and tobacco. Tart on the palate, with ripe red current flavour and soft tannins supported by good body and length. A yummy wine that would work with chicken dishes, shepherd pie, and will also mature well. (LCBO 594127)