October 29, 2015 § Leave a comment
In case you hadn’t heard, in addition to the blog, the Dork UnCorked is also now a weekly radio show on CFAX 1070 in Victoria and worldwide via SoundCloud.
Each week I will post a link to the show and follow that up with some notes from the show, including specific products, places and people mentioned.
Click here for Episode 1 Comfort Foods
Comfort Food Wine Mention Giacondi Sangiovese Merlot 1.5L
Craft Beer Correspondent Jami Wood Fresh Hop Beer Picks
1. Spinnaker’s Harvest Pale Ale – available in Private Stores for very short time.
2. Bridge Brewing Fresh Hop Red IPA – available in Private Stores for very short time.
3. Hoyne Dark Matter – available in both Private Stores and BC Liquor Stores
Prices range $6-$8
Weeks Best Buy – Masia F Vino Tinto
Let us know what your favourite comfort food for a rainy drizzly night?
August 17, 2015 § Leave a comment
Overall this is a very simple wine to enjoy. It is fruit forward, soft and supple and if you are looking for something easy to go with a simple comfort food meal this is a good choice.
Having said that I personally want a little complexity for my $15. I love a good Merlot and a good Primitivo, and together there is a ton of potential. Outside of the fruit and texture it didn’t do much. Certainly it is better than a number of $15 competitors but is not my first comfort food/pasta choice in this category.
Purchased From: BC Liquor Stores (I suspect this is an exclusive to BC Liquor Stores)
Foods: Pasta, Burgers, Mac N Cheese
January 24, 2015 § Leave a comment
Score: 6.5 – Good Drop
Proof that pricing is not always a great indicator of value. Fluctuations in currency values can have a huge impact on the price of a wine. Take this wine for instance. Note the variation in price. Over the last number of months the price of this wine has climbed due to the increasing value of the Euro against the Canadian Dollar. I really like this wine as it is a step back in history to a time when wine was made to go with food, be refreshing and, in Italy, was consumed more often than water. For those looking for a wine experience this wine Over Delivers. For those looking for big, powerful, fruit driven wine, look elsewhere.
I have found this wine at $14.99 and for that price, under the scenario noted above, this wine Over Delivers… at $16.99 it’s a Good Drop.
Tasting Notes Sipping: The nose shows bright red cherry, some red berries and dried herbs (classic old school Chianti), while the palate has a light-medium body, is fresh and bright flavours of sour cherries and purple flowers. The finish is relatively short and shows some grip.
Tasting Notes with Food: I had the good fortune of having this with the Margherita Pizza from Pizza Prima Strada and it was tremendous! The fruit flavours came to the front and the freshness of the wine brought the heavenly flavours of the fresh basil and subtle creaminess of the Buffala Mozzarella. With simple foods this wine over delivers.
Value: This wine has great value and is worth the money as long as you are looking for a wine experience that takes you back in time. Setting out a red & white checkered tablecloth, have some mandolin music playing in the background and share a simple pasta or pizza and you have it nailed. If you are having the group over for a get together, stick with your usual Crowd Pleaser choice.
Added Value: As I said above this wine shows added value for Date Night, Comfort Foods or for the Foodies.
More To The Story: What do you think of the package? Classic hey? Did you know that for many years most wine was packaged like this. The basket allowed the rounded bottom bottle to stand on the table making it easier to serve. That all changed when along came a glass blower who figured out that if you push in the bottom you can have a bottle that will stand on its own.
Service: Pull the cork and let this wine breathe for about 30 minutes or run it through your Vinturi. You will notice how much more expressive the aromas are and the tannin, or grip, won’t be as pronounced on the palate.
Grapes: Sangiovese, Ciliegiolo
Store Section: Italy
Appellation: Chianti DOCG
Available: BC Liquor Stores, Everything Wine, Legacy Liquor Store, Metro Liquor Tuscany Village
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January 6, 2015 § Leave a comment
Score: 6.5 – Good Drop
About the Wine: The Negromaro grape is aptly named as it is black in the glass and can be really fruit forward. The nose on this wine features dark berry and tree fruits and perhaps a little spice but not much more. The flavour reflects the nose but also shows a touch of leather and vanilla. This is medium weight wine with a soft texture. The finish is simple and juicy. All in all when you consider the price and the quality this is a pretty good drop.
Value: This is a very straightforward wine meant to appeal to a broad collection of palates and at this it price punches over its weight and would be my choice of $10-$11 California or Argentine wines that also feature black fruits and depth of colour (Zinfandel, California Shiraz, Malbec).
Added Value: To me this wine is well suited to Comfort Foods. Ordering in Pizza? Having a grilled cheese or meat loaf. This is where this wine has added value.
Service: No need to let this breathe, just twist the cap off and let it flow.
Store Section: Italy
Available: BC Liquor Stores, Hillside Liquor Stores, Liquor Express, Cascadia, Beverly Corners, Private Liquor Stores