Friday, 7 July 2017

Weekend Value Wine Vol. 2 – The Refilling

Let’s enjoy some wine.

When I started this blog, one of my best friends challenged me to find him some exceptional wines under $15 CAD. I took up the challenge and gave him two brilliant wines to try, both in his assigned price range (if you haven’t read it, check here). Instead of being thankful for the suggestions, he called me a cheater, suggesting that because one of the wines wasn’t single-varietal, they didn’t count in the bet (he has since admitted that the blend is exceptionally good).

Then another friend asked for a white wine suggestion! How could I say no? I took on the challenge a second time to find them (and you) some great wine.

Source: LCBO Website

The red I chose was an Ontario Gamay Noir by Angels Gate Winery in Beamsville. At a price of $13.95, this vintage (2014) is very affordable and more than worth the cost. I would classify this as a “summer red;” Very light and fruity but still very flavourful. It has a lot of cherry and raspberry notes with a slightly oaky, peppery finish. It doesn’t linger in the mouth but definitely leaves you wanting more. This is a great wine to share on a nice warm evening, sitting out on the patio. I drank it paired with a strawberry shortcake and a nice, rich chicken dinner, but it will definitely stand up to pork or beef very well.

Source: LCBO Website

Next, I had the opportunity to look at the 2016 Santa Carolina Reserva Chardonnay from Chile ($12.05). The winery was established in the late 1800’s and has been putting out a quality product for decades, even winning The Wine Enthusiast's New World Winery of the Year award in 2015. The Chardonnay itself is slightly different from the big, buttery ones most people are used to, but it has a richness and charm that I have not found in any other Chardonnay in this price range. It is surprisingly fruity with peach and pear notes, but it still carries that characteristic Chardonnay smoothness with notes of oak, vanilla and sweet cream. I would actually suggest letting this wine sit out of the fridge for 10-15 minutes before you pour, as keeping it fridge-cold is going to hide a lot of the complexity. This wine is screaming for some seared scallops or would be great with mussels in a wine broth.

I am constantly on the lookout for wines where the value/enjoyment far exceeds the price. Do you have any suggestions? Leave a note in the comments if there is anything you want me to try.



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