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Wine Wednesday – 2018 J.LOHR MERLOT

We paired this with a Chicken Parmesan, heavy on the cheese and a Cesar salad. J.Lohr has always been a go to wine, both this and the Cabernet. The Chardonnay is also excellent.

The Merlot is a very smooth, dry wine and very soft on the palate. It has major oak, vanilla and chocolate notes. You can pretty much pair it with anything.

You have likely noticed that we are big on California wines, and with good reason. They are usually fairly light, yet bold with strong berry and vanilla hints prevalent. They are reasonably priced, this one in the mid 20’s. I would recommend this wine for any type of occasion, even (especially?) just having a glass. We rate it 4.1 of 5 stars.

PS: For some reason The BC price was 16 cents lower than the average on Vivino. SHHSHH, don’t let them know.

Wine Wednesday – 2017 Noble Vines 337 Cabernet

Opened this one to drink with a homemade pizza on a Friday night. They paired well, the pizza was very cheesy and meatless. I can see why Vivino calls it popular. Typical of the Lodi, California cabs, it is a deep ruby with lots of oak and vanilla notes. Loads of berry as well for those fans. At it’s price point over 30 bucks CAD, I would consider it to be overpriced, and there are many competitors out there at a lower price. Having said that, I would still give it 4 stars out of 5, but likely will not got back to it based on the aforementioned price point.Opened this one to drink with a homemade pizza on a Friday night. They paired well, the pizza was very cheesy and meatless. I can see why Vivino calls it popular. Typical of the Lodi, California cabs, it is a deep ruby with lots of oak and vanilla notes. Loads of berry as well for those fans. At it’s price point over 30 bucks CAD, I would consider it to be overpriced, and there are many competitors out there at a lower price. Having said that, I would still give it 4 stars out of 5, but likely will not got back to it based on the aforementioned price point.

Besides pizza, I would recommend pairing with pretty much any meat dish other than fish. It is to bold for a seafood dish. Also a nice wine to just have a glass with friends.

Wine Wednesday – 2019 Meiomi Pinot Noir

2019 Meiomi Pinot Noir

This wine qualifies as one of our go to varieties. We’ve been opening this one since 2010, or maybe earlier. Very consistent and bursting with more flavour that your average Pinot. Major cherry and berries in the palate, also a bit oaky. Extremely smooth and has a sweetness to it as well. Easy to drink and pairs favourably with most dishes. We recently had it with a maple chipotle pork tenderloin and it worked very well. We also enjoy it with salmon dishes. Highly recommend, a 4.3 on our 5 scale. Our tip to you is drink it from a Pinot glass, you will notice the difference immediately when compared to a regular red wine glass.

Here’s a link to guide you to some perfect glasses.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/lmowery/2019/10/16/the-best-wine-glasses-for-pinot-noir/?sh=7252db9840be

In conclusion, the price, Vivino notes as an average price 19.75. In British Columbia, 24 bucks. They sure like to gouge you here.

Speaking of Vivino, this is a great app, and available on all platforms. Take a picture of the label while in the app and voila, you have everything you wanted to know about that wine. They look at you funny in the liquor store, but, hey, why buy bad or overpriced wine.

See you next Wednesday.

Wine Review -Tom Gore 2018 Cabernet

2018 Tom Gore Cabernet Sauvignon

A workhorse Cabernet with oaky notes and definite hints of blackberry and cherry. Very typical of California Cabernet’s. Reasonably priced, usually in the $15.00 range (unless you live in British Columbia, think $18.00) and suitable for pretty much any meat dish. We enjoyed with home made pizza, lots of cheese. Recommend for the budget conscious among us, I gave it 4 stars of 5.

Quails’ Gate Reserve Pinot Noir

 

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Quails’ Gate is a Canadian winery, located in the Okanagan Valley of British Colombia.  The wine, a reserve Pinot Noir, approximately $45 CAD.  As we usually find for wines from this region, it is very earthy, not something I find desirable in a Pinot.  We like our Pinot’s to be very fragrant to the nose and light and flavorful to the tongue. This is my common complaint for wines from BC.  Having said that, I would very much recommend this one for a variety of reasons.  First, many people prefer the earthiness exhibited by this bottle, so I must disqualify myself from being overly critical, just not my cup of tea so to speak.  Second, I have had many wines in this price range that were inferior to this one.  Finally, it is a Canadian wine and I must support it just on that alone.  You be the judge after you have tried it.  I give it a 3 out of 5 on our personal scale, and will stick to the French or California Pinot’s.

Monasterio De Las Vinas – Wine Review

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Our featured wine on this lovely Wine Wednesday is a 2006 Granacha, Tempranillo & Carinena blend created by the Spanish winery co-op, Grandes Vinos Y Vinedos, S.A in Valencia.  Monasterio is a part of this group and have created an excellent wine in this 2006 Reserva.  We enjoyed this vintage with a red pepper chicken, which complimented nicely the peppery plum bouquet and palate.  An extremely good value at 12.50 CAD.  We purchased here in Calgary at the Real Canadian Liquorstore.  If there was any downside to this wine, is that is nearing the end of its cellar life.  The vintner recommends a cellar of 6-7 years, meaning it is passing ts prime here in 2015.  Likely explains the price point.

Montecillo Reserva – Review

2009 Monticello Reserva
2009 Monticello Reserva

The 2009 Montecillo Reserva is a Spanish wine, created with their finest Tempranillo grapes. Bodegas Montecillo has been creating fine wines since 1874.  The label says it pairs well with vegetables and stews, which worked for us as we were eating Chinese.  It paired up quite well at that.  The wine is full bodied with definite aromas of oak and berries.  It is reasonably priced $18 – $22 CAD and is available at most wine stores we’ve been in.  We usually buy at the Real Canadian Liquorstore as it is normally the best value.  If the 18-22 is a bit pricey, we have also enjoyed their red label version, which is in the 13 to 15 buck range, and still a good buy.

Their website is here