Tag Archives: Canadian Wine

Weekly Wine – Dry White

30 Mar

SONY DSCFrench Cross Vidal
Year: N/A
Canada
1000ml
12% ABV
$9.95 (LCBO)

One can by cynical about this wine.
Yes, it is wine in a box. Yes, It is a blend made from domestic and foreign wines. Yes it is created to be just under 10 bucks so as to hit a specific buyer.
All fair points.
The wine reflects these points. It is OK – drinkable as the marketers say. The taste won’t offend – it is a nice blend that does not have any off flavours or nasty after tastes. It is pleasant but not outstanding. It is forgettable in fact. It is better than the stuff you make at a Make-Your-Own-Wine place … but then again it costs a bit more and it should be better.
But all that being said – I don’t mind this wine because it is true to itself.
This is camping wine. This is take the wine up the hill skiing to enjoy the nice warm sunshine on the hill in the snow. This is outdoor wine.
This is honest plonk and should be enjoyed for what it is.

Weekly Wine – Pelee S-C

20 Jan

SONY DSCPelee Island Shiraz Cabernet
2014
Canada and others
750ml
12.5% ABV
$9.95 (LCBO)

This was not the first bottle of the evening at the dinner.
It was the last though.
The consensus was that it was surprising that it was quite good. Not excellent, but quite fair.
The expectations were not high as this was one of those Canadian/International blends. They tend to be of questionable taste and quality – usually they aim to get the price down … under ten bucks.
This wine is that but it has a nice character. It is dry but not too dry. It has a fairly robust body and an indistinguishable syrupy fruit essence.
You won’t mistake this for “vin bon.” But then again it ain’t bad wine.
It’s a standard table wine that can be had at any occasion. That being said, there are better wines at this price.

Weekly Wine – Jackson-Triggs

16 Dec

SONY DSC

Jackson-Triggs Cabernet Merlot Proprietors’ Selection
Year: N/A
Canada
750ml$9.95 (LCBO)

This is an elegant looking wine. Just look at the label. This surely must cost more than a simple sawbuck.
But no.
This wine is engineered to cost less than ten smackers.
It is a Canadian wine that is `Blended from international and Canadian wines.” So the result is a fairly passable medium wine.
It is a medium wine so it is rather sweet to my taste. It is smooth. It has a good full body with lots of flavour. This is not a bad wine to serve at weddings or receptions because, honestly, I can’t see anybody being offended by this wine.
Hat’s off to the ones who blended this.

 

 

Weekly Wine – Dry Red

4 Dec

SONY DSCFrench Cross Red
Year: NA
Canada
1000ml
12% ABV
9.95 (LCBO)

I have had wines that were simply called “red” in the past. These wines would not list the grape, nor where they were grown. They were usually unspectacular at the high end of the spectrum to barely drinkable on the low end.
This one is different. (It is called Dry Red.) On a scale between spectacular and unspectacular, it comes closer to unspectacular but it is better than an unspectacular wine.
Perhaps it is the fact that it is in a tetra pack that is clouding my judgement – with the bar set so low because of the packaging, this wine cannot do anything but score a few positive points.
Perhaps.

 

Weekly Wine – Blush

28 Oct

 French Cross Blush Tetra
2014
Canada
1000ml
10.5% ABV
9.95 (LCBO)
Blush.jpg

A Canadian wine. In a tetra pack. Under ten bucks. I have not had much luck with this combination but the tetra pack element is also a new one.
I opened this wine with trepidation. The first sip was a surprise. It is good. The second sip confirmed it. It is very smooth and pleasant. A bit on the sweet side. The wine is not as lively as some roses.
But it is very nice. I opened this with friends and this bottle, er, box, went quickly with everybody commenting on its pleasant characteristics. It had a bit of tartness which went very well with the chatrues meal we were having.
This is a surprisingly delightful wine which will go well for any occasion. The tetra pack option makes it great for picnics.

 

Weekly Wine – Bodacious

21 Jan

SONY DSCBodacious Smooth White
N/A
Canada
750ml
11.5% ABV
$9.95 (LCBO)

As I picked this bottle up off the shelf of the LCBO, I knew exactly what I was getting into – a semi-drinkable wine beverage with a trendy name and a cool label.
That it is.
However I did not expect it to be so sweet. It is sweet because of the sugar content and the riesling and moscato grapes that are blended in with the pinot grigio ones.
It is really a pigs breakfast here.
I did something that I rarely do and searched this wine on the Internet. I was shocked that there was a positive review. But It was very formulaic and I doubt that person had tried this wine. Another liked it because it was sweet. Another hated it because it was sweet.
If you like repulsively sweet wine, this is for you. Otherwise avoid this.

Weekly Wine – Copper Moon

17 Dec

SONY DSCCopper Moon Pinot Grigio
N/A
Canada
750ml
12% ABV
$9.95 (LCBO)

Hey… Here’s an inexpensive Canadian white wine that isn’t half bad.
To be honest, I have not had a bad Pinot Grigio. It is a foolproof grape.
This wine is a blend of Canadian and imported Pinot Grigio wines, so it should not be too difficult to make it OK. I’ve even made Pinot Grigio at a wine making place and it turned out well.

Actually… this wine tastes like that. It has a body of one of those wines.
Usually Pinot Grigio wines are light in flavour and body. This one is heavy. It has weight. It is not unpleasant, but it has this metallic after taste to it. These be the sulphites. They are quite pronounced when the wine drops to room temperature. But it is not that bad.
I am quite taken by this wine. That said – there are better wines at this price. But if one wants a heavy Pinot Grigio, this is the one.


Weekly Wine – Riders Valley

8 Oct

SONY DSCRiders Valley Malbec
Year: N/A
Canada and others
750ml
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. 

Weekly Wine – Copper Moon

9 Jul

SONY DSCCopper Moon Riesling
Year: N/A
Canada
750ml
11.5
% ABV
$9.95 (LCBO)

I’ve had some red wine from this winery and it was not bad. It cost more than ten bucks though. This wine fits the budget so I was looking forward to it.
I drank it quite cold initially and it did not impress. I had it in the freezer to get it down to proper temperature and it overstayed a bit. (It did not freeze though – it was just quite cold.) There was this sour presence that overwhelmed all else. As it warmed up to the proper temperature it became more palatable.
I noticed that there was another name to this wine, “Moonlight Harvest.” Reading the back label it claims to be “harvested under the light of the moon.” Really. This wine is a blend of Canadian and imported wines. And they were all harvested under the light of the moon? What if it was cloudy?
I did not sample this wine with the suggested, “pork, Thai cuisine, Cajun BBQ shrimp and orange or lemon chicken.” I drank this and dreamed of ketchup chips.
Funny how taste works.

Weekly Wine – Naked Grape

18 Jun

SONY DSCNaked Grape Uncorked Shiraz
year – N/A
Canada
750ml
12.5% ABV
$9.95 (LCBO)

So here is an inexpensive wine from Canada. I like the label and I like the name.
Naked grape. There is honesty here.
It proclaims itself as an “unoaked shiraz.”
This means it fermented in a plastic bucket – just like you can do at home.
It proclaims itself a combination of Canadian and International wines.
It calls itself a blend, but that word is too kind.
So it is not a blend of grapes but of fermented wine. A bunch of shiraz wines poured into a plastic bucket, it could be stainless steel, swirled around and bottled. Then sold.
The result … not too good.
It is sour. It tastes like wine I made at home. It tastes like wine I made at the Swansea Brew Club back in the day. I paid about two bucks a litre for that stuff. This costs more.