The Weird, The Wacky, The Wonderful

By / Wine + Drinks / August 20th, 2014 / 2

Little known fact: the above alliteration was the working title for the classic Clint Eastwood spaghetti western, but someone suggested The Good the Bad and the Ugly and that seems to fit better, so they dropped the original.

And the rest, as they say, is history.

If you believe that then I have some swampland in Florida I’m also pitching; but what a great name for a wine column with a few fun facts thrown in along the way …

C.G. di Arie Vineyard 2007 Old Vine Zinfandel, California ($25.00)

Grapes for this wine come from 43 year old vines, which means more concentrated fruit in the form of plum and red / black cherry along with vanilla, cola and herbal notes.

Post Scriptum de Chryseia 2011, Portugal ($29.95)

Blending indigenous grapes like Touriga Nacional and Franca with Tinta Roriz and Barroca gives this wine a plummy oaky note rich in blackberry, black cherry and elegant spices.

Norman Hardie 2012 Niagara Chardonnay Unfiltered, Ontario ($39.00)

Nothing weird or wacky about Chardonnay, but this one is wonderful keeping the fruit character intact along with subtle oak notes being present – pure Chardonnay enjoyment in every sip.

For more wine suggestions, see our other #WineWednesday posts.



Michael is an award-winning journalist: Promoting the Promoters Award Cuvée 2010 and Ontario Wine Awards Journalist of the Year 2012.  He is also a national and international wine judge - Ontario Wine Awards, All Canadian Wine Championships; Best of Riesling — Germany; Essencia do Vinho — "Top Wines of Portugal".  He is currently the President of the Wine Writers Circle of Canada and the wine columnist for Ottawa Life and Grand magazine as well as regular contributor to Tidings, and Grapevine ... his reviews have also appeared in the LCBO Vintages magazine. Michael has also added a YouTube channel to his activities where he reviews bottles of great Ontario wine on a weekly basis. In whatever he does, it is Michael’s desire to educate, inspire and encourage others to grow their own love and enthusiasm for wine – and to realize that it is their palate that ultimately makes the decision.

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