Presented by Nancy and Abigail
It was a perfect “almost summer” evening for our bargain hunter tasting and we had 19 eager oenophiles ready to discover their next favorite summer sippers. The following were presented in order of tasting:
Domaine des Aubuisieres Vouvray Brut – $26.99
Loire Valley, France
The Chenin Blanc grape shone brightly in our welcoming glass of bubbles. Bernard Fouquet, wine maker, is a star performer in the Loire and his wines are internationally recognized as being among the best available. Lovely, fresh, creamy and wallet friendly!
Vina La Rosa La Palma Rose – $14.99
Cachapoal Valley, Chile
La Palma is Spanish for palm tree and at Viña La Rosa, the vineyards share the land with thousands of native Chilean palm trees – hence the name. This Rose is a blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon at a price that will make you blush with pleasure. Aromas of wild strawberry and red cherry and a hint of apple and pear. On the palate you’ll find luscious notes of very ripe strawberry and hits of red apple and ripe pear. A mouth-filling array of flavours, with crisp acidity and a clean finish. La Palma Rosé pairs nicely with green salads, grilled vegetables and California rolls. $14.99
Lot 205 Winery Chardonnay – $14.99
This California winery was especially created to produce affordable wines that everyone can relate to. Whether you have a well-tuned palate or are just getting your feet wet in this crazy world of wine, Lot 205 won’t disappoint! This is a ripe and generous Chardonnay showing aromas of baked apple, ripe citrus, pineapple, toasty oak and a touch of butterscotch. The wine is clearly intended for drinking now! Lush and smooth on the palate, its creme brûlée oak notes and fruit keynotes of baked pear and pineapple make it a great partner for meatier grilled fish such as ahi and equally delicious with lighter poultry dishes.
Verum Pinot Noir Patagonia – $23.99
South America, Patagonia
Our first red was from a small boutique winery that’s still family owned. Verum is a beautifully priced Pinot Noir from Patagonia, Argentina’s southernmost tip. Notes of cherries, clay and spice, this red is a winner paired with duck, chicken, turkey or lamb. Everyone loved the price as much as the wine!
Diego Murillo Organic Malbec – $10.99
South America, Patagonia
Best value of the night, hands down! Organic, family owned, and soooo wallet friendly! Patagonia is one of the world’s southernmost wine regions and just 1,400 miles north of Antarctica! Aside from being organic, it’s very affordable and very, very cheerful. Rich, smoky aromas, ripe black cherries and dark earth with an abundance of spice. Lots of dark fruit, cocoa and prune flavors. Smooth and hearty with a mouthwatering spicy finish.
Borgata Primitivo di Puglia – $17.99
This was the crowd favorite. Big bang for the buck! It’s a modern, upfront Primitivo (think Zinfandel) with a deep, rich red colour, a bright berry nose and a long, velvety finish! From Puglia, an ancient wine-producing region in Italy, but one that is only recently getting much attention here in Canada. Primitivo is the forefather of Zinfandel, and has been grown in southern Italy for millennia. La Borgata represents exceptional value and is a Kensington Wine Market exclusive!
Karl Erbes Wurzgarten Riesling Kabinett – $20.99
Mosel Valley, Germany
We ended our evening on a sweet note with this highly rated white from Karl Erbes. 90+ points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate for the 2012 vintage of this beautiful German Riesling! The review: “The 2012 Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling delivers bright aromas of ripe and overripe Golden Delicious apples. Rich, lush, sweet and piquant on the palate, this elegant, creamy textured 7.7% alcohol wine has a wonderfully spicy finish.