Show Notes: Episode 11 – Bill Buster Wines

January 2, 2016 § Leave a comment

Well another holiday season has come and gone and all that remains are the memories and the bills that will arrive shortly. To that end this show is all about bill buster wines. Each wine featured is under $10 because after all why give up one of life’s great pleasures when all you have to do is reduce expense?

Episode 11 – Link to Podcast 

Segment 2 ~ Red Wines Under $10

imageMasia F Vino Tinto Tempranillo (Spain) – $9.99 (Private Stores Only)

I have mentioned this one before and ounce for ounce it is the best bill buster value on the market. The wine shows balance, ripe fruit, spice and a long finish.

McGuigan Black LabelMcGuigan Black Label (Australia) – $9.99

This wine has been available forever in BC and as such it often gets overlooked. This is a blend that includes Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon and offers ripe juicy flavours with a round texture on the palate.

Bleasdale Langhorne CrossingBleasdale Langhorne Crossing Red (Australia) – $9.99

A wine that has been delighting palates across BC for a couple of decades now. This blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Malbec is medium bodied and offer plenty of juicy fruit and lovely spices.

Segment 3 – White Wines

White wines are typically less expensive than reds. This is a simple function of supply and demand. The demand for white wine is not as great as it is for Red, and there is more supply than demand. The other function here is that white wines have a perception of not being as complex as reds and thus shouldn’t drive as great a price.

Hardy RG BottleHardy’s Riesling-Gewurztraminer (Australia) – $8.99

One of the most popular white blends and certainly the most popular Australian wine on the market today, and it is no wonder. Ripe, juicy fruit, vibrant, clean with just a hint of spicy character. This wine puts a smile on any ones face.

Millstream Chenin BlancMillstream Chenin Blanc (South Africa) – $9.99 (BC Liquor Stores Only)

I know I said Millstone on the show and for this I beg your forgiveness and please don’t take my mistake out on this wine as this wine deserves your attention, especially as a bill buster.

Vibrant, ripe fruit seems to explode onto the palate. Well, balanced, dry and an awesome introduction to Chenin Blanc if you have not tried it before.

Cono Sur GooCono Sur Bicicleta Gewurztraminer (Chile) – $9.49

Very aromatic and expressive. Ripe generous fruit flavours that feature lychee nut and melon. Floral elements come alive. The wine is off-dry, meaning that it is a little sweeter than bone dry, which is really better shows the true nature of this wine.

Count Karolyi Gruner VeltlinerCount Karolyi Gruner Veltliner (Hungary) – $9.99

Gruner is primarily found in Austria, however Hungary produces some incredible wines that if they were from Germany, France or Italy, the price would be at least $3-$4 more per bottle.

A vibrant wine that shows orange blossom, white peach, delicious apple and floral elements. A very easy wine to love and a great bill buster.

Segment 4 ~ Box Wines

Although the wines above will only set you back $10 or less (not including tax), some of the best value comes from boxed wines. Boxed wines have a reputation for being plonk. This is patently untrue. Boxed wines last longer not only because there is more wine in them but because the design of the bag in the box prevents oxygen from damaging the wine over time. Although they require a greater upfront cost, they actually save you money when you divide out the cost by regular bottles.

Hardy's RG BoxHardy’s Riesling-Gewurztraminer 3L (Boxed Wine Section) – $31.99 (BC Liquor Stores Only)

I have described this wine above so I will keep these comments to the value. As noted above the regular bottle cost is $8.99, however if you purchase this by the box the cost per regular bottle is $8.00.

Vina BorgiaVina Borgia Garnacha 3L (Spain) – $34.99 (Private Stores Only)

Garnacha or Grenache is a great easy to love wine. Ripe raspberry and black cherry, very soft, almost no pucker (tannin), with just a touch of black pepper spice.

If you divide this out the cost per regular bottle is $8.74.

Best Buy of the Week ~ Masia F Vino Tinto Tempranillo

The house wine and the world’s only 7 star hotel is still the best bill buster wine available in BC.

Have a Great Week

Cheers

the Dork UnCorked

 

 

 

Picks of the Week… So Far

January 23, 2015 § Leave a comment

Something new!

Each week I will post the Top 3 Scoring Wines of the week, that way you can plan your weekend shopping and get the most out of your wine weekend.

Given that this is the first time that I have done this I have expanded the pool to the last 2 weeks. Seems only fair.

Did you know that the Bold black non-Italicized text is a link to the original review? Go ahead, click the link and enjoy the ride.

1. Santa Rita Winemaker’s Lot Carmenere-Cabernet Franc-Cabernet SauvignonIMG_0691

Price – $13.99

Rating – Over Delivers

Score – 8.7

2. Vina Maipo Carmenere-Cabernet Sauvignon

Price – $10.99

Rating – Over Delivers

Score – 8.7

3. Cono Sur Organic Carmenere-Cabernet Sauvignon

Price – $14.99

Rating – Over Delivers

Score – 8.5

Honourable Mention – Painted Wolf ‘The Den’ Chenin Blanc

Price – $14.99

Rating – Over Delivers

Score – 8.4

Have a great weekend and look to see a fresh reviews starting again tomorrow.

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The Dork UnCorked

Painted Wolf Chenin Blanc

January 14, 2015 § 2 Comments

Score:  8.4 – Over Delivers2015/01/img_0689.jpg

Price: $17.99

About the Wine: Chenin Blanc is a truly noble grape that makes a royal wine. Citrus, pear and creamy apple, this wine if a richly textured white wine that also offers vibrancy and freshness. You have likely seen photos depicting the incredible beauty and diversity of South Africa. Close your eyes, taste the wine and you can get a sense of the sheer opulent beauty of the region this wine comes from.

Value: I have often chosen this wine over a $17-$20 New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc or California Chardonnay such as Wente Morning Fog. A great alternative to run of the mill $15-$16 Chardonnays & Apothic White. Sadly there aren’t many Chenins on the market which gives this wine some added ‘discovery’ value.

Added Value: As there are only a few Chenins on the market, this is a great wine to share with the Foodies. This wine also provides added value to those about to enjoy a Date Night or just a comfortable Movie Night. If you are planning on Beer Butt Chicken or Grilled Halibut from the BBQ… heaven awaits.

More To The Story: There are really two stories here. The wine comes from the Paarl Valley of South Africa and is the artistry of Jeremy and Emma Borg.

Jeremy and Emma have shared a life as Safari guides. They were both struck by the beauty of the African Wild Dog, also known as the Painted Wolf, and the fragility of their environment and numbers. Part proceeds of every bottle sold goes to support the Painted Wolf in their natural habitat.

The second story is the wines of South Africa and what their impact will be in the coming years. For a number of years South African producers spent their sales efforts on the UK and Northern Europe, and exported whatever they had left to BC & Alberta. Today there are far more wineries competing for space in the European markets meaning that we will start to see some great values here.

I was in South Africa a couple of years back and tasted some incredible wines, including those of Jeremy and Emma Borg. I believe that the next hot category could be South Africa.

Service: Chill down, but not too cold. If there is condensation on the bottle after coming out of the fridge, let it warm up a bit and the fruit and full complexity of the wine will shine through.

Grapes: Chenin Blanc

Store Section: South Africa

Appellation: Paarl

Available: Everything Wine, Metro Liquor Tuscany, Legacy Liquor Store

Buy Online: Everything Wine, Metro Liquor, Legacy Liquor Store

Alcohol: 13.5 %

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