I was surprised by an inexpensive red this week. It was deliciouso. Can you tell i’m learning Italiano? The secret is to put an “o” at the end of every word0. Well, almost.
Folonari Valpolicella Doc Valpolicella—LCBO#: 828 Regularly $13.95. Now on sale for $11.95 until April 24.
What I love about it is the light cherry fruit. It’s a delicious light red wine and is perfect chilled. This is a really good summer wine. If you buy a case you won’t be disappointed – and you’ll save many €Euro [the currency formerly known as ₤Lira].
Any new year’s resolutions? My sister-in-Spain’s resolution was to replace all the light bulbs in her house that were blown out – lofty goal indeed. I guess light bulbs in Spain are way more complicated than they are here in Guelph.
How about getting serious about wine this year? I was horrified last week to discover that my daughter in Toronto was drinking a glass of mediocre red that had been opened for 6 days already! Come on M – I think you can get seriously ill on that stuff. I almost got seriously ill thinking of one of my own drinking inadequate wine.
So I took matters into my own hands took control of the situation [which as i understand kids like their dads to do] in this manner.
1. I bought her a Weinfrischhalter Geschenskset “wine suctiony vacuumy thing” as brother-in-spain calls it. Since it now comes in sage [a colour I just learned while purchasing the W-G] it is now as attractive to look at as it is to say.
2. I also bought her 4 bottles of lcbo value red wines.
Hecula from Yecla Spain [$12] – a nice smooth uncomplicated Monastrell
La Vielle Ferme [$11] because the old farm never disappoints when a rustic Côtes du Rhône is on the menu
Luccarelli’s Primitivo – at under $10 it is a steal – the new Italian Job if you like
120 Santa Rita Cab blend from Chile – also under $10 and delightfully heavy on the cab franc
I can sleep easier knowing that my girl is safe and sound when i can’t be around to pour a decent glass of wine for her. Hopefully she’s saying Weinfrischhalter Geschenskset and giggling to her own amusement at funny German words like i do.
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 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