Crude Awakening tasting – April 14, 2015

The outlook for oil  may look gloomy, but there’s a huge upside when it comes to buying well priced wine. At our first Crude Awakening tasting we discovered that excellent quality in wine can come for a fraction of the cost, if you know what to look for. There is a set view that cheap means crappy and well-made equates to expensive (all depending on your threshold). It may come as a surprise that there are many expensive wines that are not well-made and many inexpensive wines that are very well made. There is a big difference and that’s precisely what we explored at the tasting on Tuesday.

We started with Domaine des Aubuisieres Organic Brut. Sparkling vouvray wines are highly prized world-wide and this one was made by the méthode champenoise, or “traditional method”. Traditional method is used for the production of Champagne (and is more expensive), so this lovely boutique sparkling wine is as close as one can get to Champagne without actually paying Champagne prices.‎ $24.99

Our very own Reschke BOS 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon was a roaring success as the favourite of the night. Coonarwara is known for producing world-class Cabernet Sauvignon. The region’s terra rossa soils and maritime climate make for perfect growing conditions. The Reschke is beautifully aged and drinking at it’s peak. At $39, it’s no wonder that everyone wanted a bottle!

A close second was the Umberto Cesari Riserva Sangiovese. An absolute show-stopper! Umberto Cesari is considered one of Romagna’s finest wine producers. If you’re used to paying Chianti Classico or Brunello prices, this full and dark Riserva Sangiovese is exceptional, and is available for only $27.99!

To finish the evening, we were treated to the 2011 Roumieu Sauternes (80% Semillon and 20% Sauvignon Blanc). Time and again, buyers willing to spend the high prices commanded by Sauternes find it to be the best in the world for what it is. This may not be Chateau d’Yquem, but it is a great alternative. The best part is it’s only $22.99. The Roumeiu married perfectly with the Bleu d’Élizabeth semi-soft blue cheese from Peasant Cheese Shop (right next door) and the next time you’re entertaining, try pouring some for dessert!

Below you will find the list of the entire line up and a huge thank-you to everyone that came!

Do you feel like you missed out? June 2, 2015 is your second chance to join us as we try to separate the diamonds from the rough while saving you money!

Domaine des Aubuisieres Organic Brut NV $24.99
Chateau Marjosse Blanc 2011 $25.99
Barra of Mendocino Organic Pinot Noir 2011 $26.99
Lamadrid Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva 2010 $20.99
Umberto Cesari Sangiovese Riserva 2011 $27.99
Reschke BOS Cabernet 2006 $38.99
Roumieu Sauternes 375 ml 2011 $22.99

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