Archive for the ‘Red Wine’ Category


Beaulieu Vineyards Coastal Estates Zinfandel

April 26, 2009

Not sure what the relevance of the term ‘coastal’ is, since I thought most of California’s Zin vineyards (Zinyards??) are inland. But whatever they call it, BV has done a great job with this wine.

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Mommessin Beaujolais ‘Grande Reserve’

February 11, 2009

I’m a sucker for flashy packaging, so there was no way I could pass up this red. Not only was it a Beaujolais (a wine I’ve always enjoyed), but it comes in a neat aluminum bottle and features a little dot on the label that tells you when the wine is chilled. Even though the rest of graphics on the label did nothing for me (clearly it’s not aimed at my marketing demographic) I couldn’t resist this wine.

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Summertime faves

August 15, 2008

 I suppose I should apologize once again for being so slack with my postings here. I would love to keep to a regular posting schedule, but my day job gets in the way. And even though I’ve been on vacation for nearly a week now, I can only muster up enough energy for a few quick tasting notes!

Anyways, without further rambling, here are some of my current summertime favourites and I’m off to the patio.

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Montresor ‘Nero del Nago’ 2004

July 13, 2008

I”m a big fan of Italian reds, even more so in the summertime. I like their acidity and their food-friendliness. When the weather heats up and I feel like a glass of something cool, a few minutes in the fridge can actually bring out more flavours. And every once in awhile, I find a real treasure in the Italian section.

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WBW #42 – Just Seven Words

February 13, 2008


Here’s something fun. Today’s edition of Wine Blogging Wednesday challenges wine bloggers across the world to write about an Italian red using just seven words.

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The end of summer Grenache extravaganza

September 4, 2007

For some reason, I found myself enjoying a lot of Grenache over the Labour Day long weekend, all courtesy of the fine folks at the MLCC. It’s a varietal that I didn’t use to pay much attention. But as more good Grenache-based wines are hitting the local market, I’ve become a convert. Here are two good examples which recently arrived on Winnipeg’s shelves.

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Lots of news – and a monkey too!

November 16, 2005

Not a real monkey, but a cute cartoon on the label of a tasty new wine. Anyways, it’s been a long absence for me and there’s lots of news in the Winnipeg wine world.

First of all, an astute Wine in the Peg reader noticed that the Liquor Mart in Madison Square was selling the Seven Deadly Zins (prominently featured in an earlier post) for $25ish. I’ll be picking that one up as soon as I can get down there.

In other Winnipeg wine news, Wine,Wine,Wine has called it quits and packed in his keyboard. I will miss his contributions, but I hear that he is moving on to bigger and better things. On that note (hmm…), I see that the Winnipeg Free Press has hired a new wine columnist. His column (Uncorked) made its debut in last Wednesday’s paper, and (from the sounds of it) went over very well.

So it’s time to welcome another wine blogger to the local pack. I’d like to introduce my loyal readers to Sunday Afternoon Waste, where Big Roddy dispenses his own unique brand of wisdom. And he writes about wine more often than not – be sure to check out his port tasting notes.

As far as my own wine tasting goes, a couple of good wines have crossed my path lately. First of all, I tried Nobilio’s Monkey Bay Sauvignon Blanc last weekend. It’s full of everything you expect from a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc; lots of grapefruit, gooseberries and tropical fruit goodness. The finish is a bit shorter than I’d like but that’s my only complaint.

At $14.82 before taxes, this is a huge bargain and I think it’s much better than both Stoneleigh and Cat’s Pee on a Gooseberry Bush – the other two NZ Sauvignon Blancs at this price range. And the wine rep tells me that it’s named after an actual geographic area, and isn’t just hopping on the animal-name bandwagon.

My other wine find is the Columbia Crest 2001 Reserve Syrah ($24.97 at the Kenaston Wine Market). I’m not sure if the other private stores carry it, but this is worth the trip to Kenaston.

It’s more Rhone than Australia, although you might have clued into the fact that it’s called Syrah rather than Shiraz. While it’s more restrained and less jammy than your typical Shiraz, this is still a huge wine. But huge in a restrained kind of way (more Andre the Giant than Hulk Hogan). Lots of plums and leather in the glass, with a surprising blast of spices as it hits your mouth. The spices quickly make way for some chocolate-powered goodness, and the finish is very long and smooth. There are plenty of tannins in there, but they’re kept under wraps. I am a big fan of Columbia Crest wines (and I’m not alone), and this is probably my favourite one to date. It’s well worth the $25 it will cost you.