Though it seems that armagnac is doomed to play a lifetime of second fiddle to its celebrity relative, cognac, I’ll openly admit that I prefer it. Larressingle’s blend of old eaux-de-vie is an experience, not a drink. Its bouquet of dark chocolate, cinnamon-baked apples, leather, raisins and dried roses will have you sniffing for a small eternity before you tilt back for a sip. Serve in a snifter or wine glass to get the best from this exquisite brandy.
This pure Chardonnay wine has a pale golden yellow colour. The nose of ripe white fruits is an invitation to taste. Round, fruity, tender and ripe on the palate, it is charming and delicious right now, so don’t wait.
The aromas of citrus, apple sauce and hint of dough collaborate to create a wake-up call for a brunch-time bubbly. The juicy, lemony, green apple, lime notes whet the appetite. Clean, zesty finish satisfies. Made from a variety of grape varieties, vintages and sites.
This bargain-priced Syrah from the warm, dry Swartland region is dense purple-black in colour. It has a smoky nose of blackberries and roasted herbs, reminding me of a Syrah from the northern Rhône with its savoury, smoky black-cherry flavour, well-integrated oak and soft tannins.
The grab-your-attention bouquet includes seductive floral, rustic liquorice and smoked meat. The ripe Monastrell grapes foster a richly textured palate and soft tannins, bursting with blueberry and dark berries. The long spicy finish satisfies, along with the value price point. Primed for potluck dinners.
One of Ontario’s oldest craft breweries has slowly reinvented the recipe of its IPA to align with beer nerd’s palates: swapping out the hops for brighter, citrusy American and Aussie varietals, and adding them into the beer at the very end of the brewing process to build up to an explosive nose of mango and pineapple riding on a sip of pine and caramel. Worth revisiting if you haven’t tasted it in a while.
Medium-deep garnet colour, with suspended fine particles. Smells like an Italian dessert: cherries with amaretto and caramel accents, opening up later in the glass to stewed fruit aromas. Medium-bodied with cherry and chocolate flavours well balanced by the acidity, alcohol and still vigorous tannins. At its peak now and for the next year or two.