My local LCBO is carrying a new product – at least to them. The wine is Long Flat Shiraz Viognier and it’s quite a good BBQ wine. I like that the Aussies often put a touch of Viognier in their Shiraz. Viognier is a white wine that softens and enflorenates the Shiraz. Also, I’m pretty sure I just made up the word “enflorenates” since my spell check is freaking out on me.
LONG FLAT SHIRAZ VIOGNIER
LCBO 220426 | Price: $ 11.95
Serve this a little chilled otherwise it comes across a touch too sweet. Great BBQ wine – and BBQ season is alarmingly close to being over so try it soon.
They refer to the NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament as March Madness. I say getting 8 inches of snow on March 23rd is March Madness! This weekend it’s down to 4 teams – The Final Four. I’ve come up with a March Madness competition that everyone can enjoy.
My favorite Steak Shiraz is available again at your local LCBO store. The Australian Pillar Box Red 2007 is my failsafe wine when I am having steak. Sure, you can go with Cabernet Sauvignon every time but this Shiraz seems made for a steak. Maybe it’s the 15% alcohol. The bottle is easy to recognize and the price is right. It is too tannic to drink on its own – although I do just because it makes me feel manly.
PILLAR BOX RED 2007
VINTAGES 685941 | Price: $ 15.00 15.0% Alcohol/Vol.
65% Shiraz, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 10% Merlot
Score – 90. (Jay Miller, www.erobertparker.com)