Clos des Miran 2013 Visan Cotes du Rhone-Village

June 3, 2016 § Leave a comment

Clos de Miran VisanAs you know the purpose of this blog is to provide useful reviews of wines under $20. The goal is to weed through the plethora of inexpensive wine to find the true values. This wine perfectly encapsulates this.

This wine didn’t have a sale tag but, for those in the know, it is significantly under priced for it’s appellation. Cotes du Rhone-Villages is one cut above Cotes du Rhone, yet most Cotes du Rhone’s on the market are in the $20 range. With that in mind, this wine had all the potential of being a truly magical find.

Price ~ $14.99

Score ~ 6.8 Good Drop

It is a good wine, but it didn’t wow me like I was hoping. For the cork dork looking for elegance and finesse as expressed by bright acidity and relatively delicate palate, this is a great wine. However for those looking for the boldness one comes to expect from Rhone wines, you will not find it here.

I loved exploring this wine as it unfolded on my palate. Cerebraly it kept my attention glass after glass, but it left friends  over for a barbeque, wonting.

The nose shows savoury spices, raspberry and dark plum. The palate is medium bodied and filled with complexity if you choose to let it show.

For food pairings, this is great for chicken and pork on the grill and certainly cheeses like mild Gouda.

Grapes ~ Grenache, Syrah, Carignan

Store Section ~ France

Availability ~ Both private and public stores.

Cheers

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Mezzomonda 2014 Negroamaro IGT

January 30, 2016 § 1 Comment

IMG_0655This is the most recent vintage of this wine, and as much as there is not a huge vintage change when it comes to the wines of Puglia, this wine shows a lot more juicy punch than did the previous vintage. For $9 you really can’t go wrong.

Price ~ $8.99

Score ~ 7.2/10 Over Delivers

I first discovered this wine after a trip to Argentina where I tasted 200+ Malbecs over a 10 day buying trip. Needless to say I was looking for something a little different but I still had the zest for the rich fruit, structure and leathery elements of Malbec. Negroamaro perfectly fit the bill. Rich and juicy like Malbec, but just different enough to be very enticing. The difference is in the spice. This wine shows black pepper and hints of rosemary instead of the leather and smoky nature of Malbec.

Grapes: 100% Negroamaro

Store Section: Italy

Availability: Both Government and Private Stores

Foods Pairing – Pasta, Burgers, Pizza, Steak

If you have had the opportunity to have tasted this wine please let me know what you thought of it.

Cheers

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Perseus Sparkling Chardonnay

December 24, 2015 § 3 Comments

Truth be told I am a bubble head (as if you didn’t know that already), and I firmlImage result for perseus sparkling winey believe that the world would be a better place if everyone enjoyed a glass of sparkling wine a day.

I was in a bit of a funk the other day and my spirits needed lifting so I endeavoured to find a sparkling wine that would put a smile on and in my mouth and a skip in my step. Enter Perseus Sparkling Chardonnay.

Price ~ $21-$22

Score ~ 8.6/10 Over Delivers

The packaging isn’t all fancy and it comes with a classic beer cap instead of a big cork with a cage around it. Simply pop the cap off and immediately your spirits will lift.

The aromas (scent) is brimming with fresh apples, bartlett pears and hints of citrus. Isn’t this the combination aromatherapy uses to bring one’s energy up… I see a trend here, alas I digress.

The mousse (the head if you are a beer drinker) is made up of thousands of tiny bubbles that dance upon the palate while also making the texture a little softer and creamier. The juicy, citrus flavours come alive and heighten the senses.

As you can tell I truly loved this wine and will be making a regular around the house.

Grapes ~ 100% Chardonnay

Store Section ~ Sparkling Wine

Availability ~ Limited, Private Stores including Everything Wine, Metro Liquor, Spinnakers, Cork & Barrel and Caddy Bay Liquor.

Cheers

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Wine Gifts For Every Personality

December 17, 2015 § Leave a comment

There are loads of wine choices on the shelf, the hard part is actually deciding which one is the right one.

What are some ‘pairings’ based on the personality you are buying for. I hope this helps and Merry Christmas.

Gentle, quiet, pensive

Must be soft, but not to soft. Quiet in its unfolding of it personality and much more to it if you let it wash over you.

Wolf Blass Grey Label 2012 McLaren Vale Shiraz ~$30 (Australia)

Cameron Hughes Arroyo Secco Chardonnay ~$25 (California)

Extroverted, alternative

Doesn’t hold back in terms of fashion, or desire for flavour. Seeks out and loves to stroll down the path less travelled.

Seven Deadly Zins ~$23 (California)

Tahbilk Marsanne ~$19 (Australia)

Whimsical Optimistic

Always a smile and loves to dance.

Ca’Montebello Barbera ~$17 (Italy – private stores only)

Aveleda Vinho Verde ~$15 (Portugal – private stores only)

Brooding and Reserved

A little stormy, angst, a classic brooding artist struggling to find their voice.

Apollonio Squinzano ~ $22 (Italy- private stores only)

Lurton Les Fumees Blanches ~$13 (France)

Strong Silent Type

Person of few words but those few words, and resulting actions convey calm strength in the face of adversity.

Fabre Montmayou Malbec Reserve ~$24 (Argentina – private stores only)

Guigal Crozes Hermitage Blanc ~$28 (France)

Outgoing Joker

Witty, funny great with one liners and can be counted on to add comedic levity to any situation.

Borsao Garnacha ~$12-$13 (Spain)

Sileni Sauvignon Blanc ~16 (New Zealand)

Methodical, Reserved, Sophisticated

Stylish, quiet, worldly and never, ever quits.

Chateau Pey La Tour ~$17-$19 (France)

Chateau La Gravelle Muscadet ~$16 (France)

An Old Soul

Seems to have wisdom beyond their years.

Lopez de Haro Rioja Crianza ~$20 (Spain – private stores only)

Charton Et Trebuchet Bourgogne Chardonnay ~$22 (France)

Inspiring Through Action

Doesn’t really need to say too much, leads by example.

R Tinhorn Creek Cabernet Franc ~$23 (BC, VQA)

Blue Grouse Gamay 2014 Rosé ~ $15-$17 (Vancouver Island)

Smooth, Elegant

Doesn’t really walk, kind of glides. Confident and has a gentle, silky voice.

R Bodega Atamisque Pinot Noir ~$30 (Argentina- private stores only)

Mission Hill Reserve Chardonnay ~ $18-$20 (BC, VQA)

If there is someone that I haven’t really covered please let me know either through the comments or via e-mail at dorkuncorked@gmail.com

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