Wines Organic, Cheap, and Young: Villa Teresa Veneto Merlot 2011

I’ve been so busy focusing on trying Argentinean and Australian wines for the past few years that I’ve totally neglected those from traditional powerhouse wine-producing countries such as Italy. In fact, I think it has been at least six months since I’ve had my last bottle of super Tuscan. I usually skip over the European sections at my local wine shop and go straight for the Australian and South American sections. Skipping over the Italian section was exactly what I intended to do during my most recent trip to my local liquor store. But as I walked past it, something … Continue reading Wines Organic, Cheap, and Young: Villa Teresa Veneto Merlot 2011

Wines Cheap And Young: Santa Ana Reserve Malbec Shiraz Mendoza 2011

Malbec and Shiraz probably dominate more than 90% of the reds that my wife and I drink, but I can’t say that I have much experience with shiraz-malbec blends. Actually, I don’t think that I remember having any shiraz-malbec blends in the past six months. My lack of familiarity with the blend was precisely the reason that I was drawn to this bottle of Santa Ana shiraz-malbec while I was browsing the Argentinean section at my local liquor store. The blend represented a very enticing proposition; I like shiraz and I like malbec, thus like plus like must equal…DOUBLE LIKE. … Continue reading Wines Cheap And Young: Santa Ana Reserve Malbec Shiraz Mendoza 2011

Wines Under $30: Fifth Leg Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz Merlot (Western Australia) 2011

  I’m all for full disclosure of ingredients, but listing the names of the three varieties of grape that make up this Fifth Leg cabernet sauvignon shiraz merlot Western Australia 2011 makes for one hell of a long name. Imagine trying to recommend this wine to a friend and misremembering one of the varieties… “That cheap bottle of red I had yesterday was pretty good. You should really try it. It’s called Fifth Leg cabernet pinot noir shiraz Australia 2011.” Said friend goes to favorite liquor store and finds a bottle of Fifth Leg red, only to be confused when … Continue reading Wines Under $30: Fifth Leg Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz Merlot (Western Australia) 2011

Wines Under $30: Angus The Bull Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

  I don’t need to drink “complex” wines all the time. Sometimes all I need is flavours that are simple, but enjoyably intense. I want every sip and every mouthful to allow me to become lost in the particular flavours of the type of grape(s) that make up the wine. I have had many wines under $30 that satisfy this need of mine. Most of them are from Argentina or Australia. Most of the Argentenian wines happen to be Malbecs and most of the Australian wines are either Shirazs or Cabernet Sauvignons. Although cabs are the little brother to Shiraz … Continue reading Wines Under $30: Angus The Bull Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Wines Under $30: Yalumba Organic Shiraz 2011

  A lot of the top vintners at the most prestigious wineries in the world will tell you that organic wine is a gimmick used by inferior wineries to market subpar wine. They’ll tell you that it is impossible to create the complex aromas and deep flavours of great wines by utilizing only organic methods and materials in the grape-growing and wine-making process. Wine experts seem to agree with them because the highest rated wines have never included organic wines. Granted, the organic wine movement is a young one. But as it now stands, organic wine seems to have more … Continue reading Wines Under $30: Yalumba Organic Shiraz 2011

Spain: Cava – easy drinking bubbly

Champagne comes with a lot of baggage and context. Most people drink champagne when they’re celebrating a special occasion or during an important event or when meeting that all-too-important person. When’s the last time you broke out that bottle of Krug or Dom or Cristal when you’re unwinding after 8 hours or paperwork or when you’re just chilling with your buds? Plus, $200+ bottles of champagne drives those who are drinking it into over-analyzation mode; how big are the bubbles? Is the nuttiness overbearing? Is it too dry or too fruity or too sweet? And Champagne alternatives such as Prosecco … Continue reading Spain: Cava – easy drinking bubbly

Chateau Fonroque and Chateau Cartier: This Is How You Make A Fortune In China

It has been a while since I’ve posted about wine, but I feel compelled to write about four bottles of wine that were given to me around a month ago while I was in Taiwan. They were actually two bottles of Chateau Fonroque from the 2006 and 2008 vintage and two bottles of Chateau Cartier from the 2007 and 2008 vintage. Both wines came from the same winemaker, with Chateau Fonroque serving as the Grand Vin and Chateau Cartier serving as the second wine.     I was told when I was given these bottles that they represented one of … Continue reading Chateau Fonroque and Chateau Cartier: This Is How You Make A Fortune In China