Archive | October, 2014

Weekly Wine – Riders Valley

8 Oct

SONY DSCRiders Valley Malbec
Year: N/A
Canada and others
13% ABV
$9.95 (LCBO)

I made the mistake of tasting this wine after I had consumed some really good wine.
I am suspicious of this bottle because it is one of those Canadian wines which take the grape or juice or wine, from all over the world, blend it or ferment it here in Canada, and then sell it… cheaply. The results are mixed.
As I sip the wine I look at the label and and there are two cow-persons (I can’t really tell if they be man and/or woman – and I ain’t makin’ assumptions) riding horses in a psychedelic silhouetted sunset. OK.
The wine is from the Niagara region and the only thing resembling a valley is called the Niagara Gorge. But let the marketing boffins have their way.
The wine is passable. It leaves a sulphite taste in my mouth but it is not too bad. The wine is rough around the edges and the nice spice which is usually associated with Malbec wines is not really present here. 

Fruit stand

5 Oct

As we walked along the darkened twisty streets of Paris, these fruit stands would beckon us with their lights colours and impeccable arrangements of fruit.

Weekly Vinyl – I’m Your Man

3 Oct

I’m Your Man
Leonard Cohen

This was Leonard Cohen’s comeback album of sorts. I remember seeing an interview with him where he denied this was a comeback because he was always here.
Very aptly put.
This album was different because it was not a pick up the guitar and screech some Lenny songs at a camp fire music. It is electronic music – in a strange way. One that only Cohen could possibly pull off. A deep introspective pop.
There were plenty of “hits” on this album – First We take Manhattan, Ain’t no Cure for Love, Everybody Knows, I’m your Man, – and that’s on the first side of the album. In fact that is the whole first side. The second side is equally packed with distinctive and memorable songs.
This is a very solid, beautiful album … like all of Leonard Cohen’s work.

Weekly Wine – Yvon Mau

1 Oct

SONY DSCYvon Mau Colombard Chardonnay
11.5% ABV
$8.95 (LCBO)

The wonders of doing this blog and tasting cheap wines is that once in a while you come across a real gem. It is easy to by a great wine at 30 plus dollars. But under 10…
Here is a real gem.
I know the Chardonnay grape but this is mixed with the Colombard grape. I’m not familiar with the latter. The mix is 25-75 (Chardonnay to Colombard) as the label states.
This is a very nice blend. It has the fruitiness of the Chardonnay grape without being too sweet.
The wine does not have any strange after tastes or bitterness. Even though it does contain sulphites, I did not feel or taste them as I sampled this white wine.
It is a very fine wine. Perhaps one of the best white wines that I have encountered in this wine tasting odyssey. I have honestly had white wines at three times the price that did not give me the pleasure of this sub-ten buck wine.