Dark red with light ruby reflections. Red berries, soft oaky and earthy notes. Light body, velvety tannins, soft texture, nice fruity taste. Notes of fruit stones appear in the slightly bitter, fresh finish. Drink up with soft cheeses or charcuterie.
Perfumed red fruit scents show prominent cherry with a pinch of cinnamon. Strawberry flavours kick in on the palate supported by moderate tannins, balanced fresh acidity, a light splash of chocolate and a pinch of peppery spice on the finish. Seductive Pinot charm at a bargain price.
This wine certainly has a lot of heart! Golden apple, pineapple, mango, peaches-and-cream corn, butter and vanilla flatter. Ripe, it is rich on the palate with fine acidity giving a lift on the long, spice-tinged finale.
Quintay’s “wherever the wind will take you” meaning captures its proximity to ocean breezes and accompanying briny iodine notes. Wafts of herbal, black cherry and spicy aromas tease the nose. Elegant, lingering red/black fruit flavours fit well with its vibrant texture. Serve with ahi tuna.
Craft spirits are hot these days, but consider the “original” Canadian craft spirt: Newfoundland Screech Rum. Long before any Canadian liquor board was (for better or worse) created, Newfoundland salt fish was being traded for West Indian rum. I can tell you which party got the better deal. Redolent with vanilla pod, orange zest, sultana and molasses, it’s smooth, rich and spicy, with caramel, toffee, vanilla and citrus notes. Maybe Canada could annex Jamaica.
Another find from the Lodi region, this is atypical of those big, spicy Chardonnays from California. This one is fresh and clean with a nose of green apple, peach, pineapple and light spice notes. It’s delightful on the palate with bright fruit notes, soft vanilla spice and plenty of acid to provide freshness through the finish.
The power of Moulin-à-Vent streams through in this wine, made by Beaujolais terroir legend Jean-Paul Brun. Gracefully structured, with wild raspberries and herbal rock rose aromas. Bamboo thin, grippy and firm tannins support more wild raspberry and strawberry and ample granitic minerality. Acids are precise and nimble, and the finish liberally white pepper and lingering. A beauty to drink now, but will reward with 5 more years in the cellar.