You’d Be a Fool to Pass These Up

By / Wine + Drinks / April 2nd, 2014 / 2

Mama used to say things like: “a day late and a dollar short” – that’s the way I feel about missing April Fool’s Day (by yes, one day) … it’s like the sign in the bar that reads, “Free Beer Day Was Yesterday”.

I could have made up some funny wines and bizarre descriptors – though these days you can find those in some writers’ notes already (I ask: what does aardvark pelt smell like anyway?)

So since I can’t fool you with phony wines I can recommend a few I’ve tasted lately that you’d be a fool not to pick up the next time you’re at your local wine shop.

Bayten 2012 Chardonnay ($17.95) – South Africa

A delightful Chardonnay with plump apple, peach and pear fruit that adds vanilla and hints of butterscotch to a lovely spicy finish.

Carol Shelton 2010 monga Zin, Old Vines Zinfandel ($25.95) – California

I love Zin and this one hit all my high notes: cherry cola, vanilla and spice; came off funky at first but with a little time and it comes around.

Yalumba 2011 The Strapper GSM ($19.95) – Australia

This Grenache / Shiraz / Mourvedre has got the goods for a summer BBQ; a well-balanced fruit, herbal and spice mix perfect accompaniment for grilled steak.

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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