March 20, 2009
I haven't spent enough time with Malbec. Everytime I open a bottle I'm surprised by how much I enjoy it. Malbec is found in Bordeaux blends, southwest France, and is becoming extremely well known as a notable variety in Argentina.
March 12, 2009
I am in love with this wine. It feels wrong to say that - this is definitely a masculine wine. He's suave and refined, layered, complex and elegant, but he's manly. Flavours are there firm, bold and unapologetic. It's a good thing too, there is nothing to apologize for.
March 6, 2009
Without fail, this is the varietal that gets the most knowing smiles when I talk to sommeliers, restauranteurs and other wine connoisseurs. The conversation usually ends with a wink and a smile, finger pressed to lips. They don't want the secret to get out - aromatics, complex flavour profiles, lengthy beautiful finishes AND built to age, all for under 20 bucks? It's one of wine's best kept secrets.
March 1, 2009
You'll read tasting notes that call tannins round, angular, bitter, green, young, ripe, sweet, soft.. pick an adjective I'm sure it has been stuck in front of the word tannin in a tasting note somewhere. Ok, well "polka-dottted" probably hasn't been used, but there are a lot of marketing folk out there hungry to sell more wines, it's only a matter of time. So what are tannins really and what does it have to do with wine?
February 20, 2009
There is a lot of oak in this glass, but I think it's not over used. This clocks in at 15% alcohol, and it's there this isn't a wine for the faint of heart. This ain't no fragile pinot this is a big strappin' wine.
February 16, 2009
I was on the hunt for something italian - my bolognese sauce has an almost sweet savoriness to it, definitely rich and lots of tomato so acids are pretty high. I was thinking a barbera, but wasn't sure what I would find at the LCBO.
February 10, 2009
thought I would dive into one of the big mysterious elements of wine structure for me: Acidity. I often hear it associated with "freshness" and "liveliness" or "refreshing qualities" - that doesn't work so well for me. I want to get into it a little more, understand it technically.