My top shelf is empty. For those who follow this blog you will recall that the top shelf is the vin ordinaire – the wine that my wife can open without asking “is this saved for something special?”.
So a restocking is in order. Here’s what I came up with – 8 bottles for $90. They are the wines that are good and inexpensive too.
- France - GEORGES DUBOEUF BEAUJOLAIS LCBO 212480 |Price $ 10.95
- Pelee Island - PELEE ISLAND BACO NOIR VQA LCBO 485128 | Price $ 10.45
- Spain - BODEGAS CASTANO HECULA LCBO 300673 | Price $ 11.80
- Niagara - CHATEAU DES CHARMES ALIGOTE VQA ST. DAVID’S BENCH LCBO 296848 |Price $ 13.95
- Italy - MEZZOMONDO NEGROAMARO SALENTO IGT LCBO 588962 |Price $ 9.00
- Spain [Cava} - CODORNIU BRUT CLASICO SPARKLING LCBO 215814 | Price $ 12.95
- Portugal - BERCO DO INFANTE RESERVA LCBO 253864 |Price $ 9.20
- Niagara - CALAMUS RIESLING 2010 VINTAGES 158642 | Price $ 16.95 [I spend big $$ on this one because my man Orest vouched for it]
I really think Spring is upon us. I put a perfectly good Côtes du Rhône outside on Sunday and it saw it’s shadow. So I drank it.
For those of you looking for a good red wine under $12 [unfortunately $12 is the new $10] look no more.
I am the first to admit that I usually don’t notice details. One night I asked my wife about the new lamps on our bedside tables only to find out that they had been there for 2 months! I also confess that I put my wife’s hair appointments in my iPhone calendar so that I “notice” that her hair looks nice.
Out with the old
So little wonder last week that I stood with a quizzical stare at a wine bottle in the France section of the LCBO. One of my favourites looked like they had either lost a little weight or gotten taller – or both.
Cellier des Dauphins has finally abandoned the old squatty brandy shaped bottle for a classic sleek Côtes du Rhône bottle. I guess I’m a little disappointed – I liked the unique shape. However, maybe more people will buy the “normal” look and hey, this is a great wine
CELLIER DES DAUPHINS CARTE NOIRE COTES DU RHONE LCBO 110197 Price $ 9.95 until April 1
In with the new
My two strongest memories from this summer’s Spanish vacation are of the delicious red wine we drank and the 15 dogs that barked me awake at 3:30 each morning. Perros estúpidos!
Taste memories are strong. So this week I’ve been blocking the dog/sleep thing by focusing on the red wine. Problem is that there is no Mercadoña or Carrefour to visit where I can buy Rioja for 2 €. Sad, but I am up for the LCBO challenge of finding a great inexpensive wine from Spain.
After trying 3 “good looking” red wines the winner was clear. Beronia is a dry, hot summer in your mouth (in a good way). It just became this year’s house wine in Casa Oke.
BERONIA TEMPRANILLO RIOJA
LCBO 243055 | Price: $ 11.25
If you don’t drink white wine then you’re either loco or stubborn – or being stubbornly loco.
When it comes to white wine, overly 0aked chardonnay is not my forté – besides that there’s always the risk of having a black fly ironically land in it. You may recall that America’s founding fathers tried to pass a law against overly oaked chardonnay – apparently unsuccessfully. What is my forté is a crisp refreshing drink. This one, from Spain, is probably the best white in the $10 range at the LCBO.
MARQUES DE RISCAL WHITE
LCBO 36822 | Price: $ 10.90
Delicioso, fresco y ácido, servir a enfriarse ( gracias traductor de google)
And for those of you interested – Marqués de Riscal translates Marqués of Riscal. I did that without google.