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Rarely will I publish a review of a wine that I did not enjoy; my taste is purely individual, as is your own. If I write about a particular wine, I do so because I also want you to try it.

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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Wine for the Weekend

In addition to my regular Wine for the Weekend selections which represent good quality labels for under $20, I am now including something new that I like to call ‘Wine Spots’.  These are favourites or recommendations from those who follow along and provide feedback with each edition of Wine for the Weekend.  I may or may not have tasted the wine and the cost is not a factor (ie. it could be $10 or it might set you back $40); I’m simply passing on the good news from members of our group who have discovered a treasure of their own.   Incidentally, this week’s Wine Spot is one that I have tried and it is a very smart buy for fans of Sauvignon Blanc.

As for our regular Wine for the Weekend program, I've found  two tasty selections for you:  The first is a action-packed Argentinian red blend while the second is another tasty white from our own backyard here in Ontario.     


2008 Bodega Calomé, Amayala – Salta, Argentina

This is a blend of Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tannat, and Syrah. Spearmint leaf on the nose followed by cherry and plums.  As it rolls around in your mouth, a sweet smoothness prevailes with a mix of red and black fruit plus and a touch of black pepper on the finish.  Substantial ‘Wow Factor’ for sure.  Try this with a rich beef dish. 
$16.20 (223446) Vintages (dry)

2010 Pillitteri Gewurztraminer/Riesling Fusion – Niagara, Ontario

Riesling and Guwurtz are two grape varieties that do extremely well here in Ontario and this 50/50 blend shows tropical fruit aromas and floral notes.  Clean lines and just a hint of sweetness across the palate combines with apricot, peach, and grapefruit zest.  The typical spice associated with Gewurztraminer is subtle at best in this example; a very pleasant wine indeed. 
$12.95 (349126) General List (dry)

Stephen suggests a bottle of 2010 Henry Bourgeois, les Baronnes Sancerre, paired with Clam Chowder – Yum! 

Thanks Stephen!

- If you would like to provide a Wine Spot, simply send me a quick note and I’ll publish your wine and food pairing as above.