There’s a storm brewing, a major snowstorm expecting to hit Eastern Canada this coming Sunday evening. Some areas are expected to get 60 – 80 cms of snow. You’re going to need to stock up on wine, as it will take a while to shovel out from that one.
Help is here. Here’s a few great wines to help you weather the storm, as I’ve had the opportunity to try a few new ones over the past couple of weeks. To start, I have a couple of Cote du Rhone wines to tell you about. My Welsh friend Mair lives wine from the Cote du Rhone region.
Any time grape harvesting is done by hand, you are getting a better quality grape which in turn means a better quality wine. That’s the case with the Chateau du Trignon Cote du Rhone, of which I tried the 2016 vintage. This beautiful blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre comes in under $20 yet contains appealing aromas of strawberries and raspberries, and subtle spicy notes on the palate. It’s such a tasty wine at a really good value. And speaking of tasty Cote du Rhone wines…
Unlike the previous Cote du Rhone, this Saint Cosme 2017 is 100% Syrah, not a blend. The spicy notes of the Syrah are evident on the palate along with flavors of full-bodied fruit and tobacco. A great wine for roasted meats or a BBQ, this wine is sold here for $30 a bottle.
This Mascota Cabernet Franc is a fantastic value and came close to being the wine of the week. At only $17.48 a bottle, Cab Franc is usually seen as a blend in regions like Bordeaux France, but this stand alone from Argentina hits it out of the ball park with flavor and good value. It’s a perfectly balanced elegant wine that will have you wishing for more storm days.
And now for my wine of the week…..
If you’re in the mood to treat yourself this weekend, but still not break the bank, I loved the Chateau le Puy from Emilion from the Left Bank of Bordeaux. This Merlot dominant blend has been given 94 points by Decanter Magazine and it’s still only $34 a bottle. That’s a great price for such a quality wine from one of the best wine regions in the world. It’s considered to be one of the best values to come out of the Bordeaux region, because if you have a look around the Bordeaux region in your wine store, they can easily vary from $100 to $1000 in that section of the wine store. This wine is plump and juicy and all around delicious. Hmmmm, this could be this week’s storm wine for me.
True story. I hope you are not too hard hit by the storm. Till next week, Cheers.