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Weekly Wine – Periquita

27 Nov

SONY DSCFonseca Periquita
$7.95 (LCBO)
13.0% ABV

This is a very inoffensive wine.
It is quite light but has a nice flavour. It does not have that earthy flavour, that heavy aftertaste that is a prevalent feature of many inexpensive Portuguese wines. It is nice to drink. It is actually better than many wines that cost cents, and even dollars more.
The label is nice and elegant. Not too flashy. Actually not flashy at all. It looks like a label you would find on a more refined and expensive wine. That’s always a bonus.
Lets not get carried away, this is not an excellent wine. It is a very nice average wine. There is no distinctive character to this wine. It is, a bit forgettable. Characterless. As I mentioned initially – inoffensive.
I should point out that
saw this wine in a liquor store in Narvik, Norway where it was over twice as expensive. But all alcohol cost more north of the Arctic Circle. It was just as good in the land of the midnight sun as it was here – in the Centre of the Universe.


Weekly Wine — GatoNegro

10 Oct

SONY DSCGatoNegro – Cabernet Sauvignon

$8.95 (LCBO)
13.5% ABV

Years ago I used to love this wine. It was good wine at a good price. What could be better.
Then it all went sour for me when I saw this exact wine for sale in a gas station on the outskirts of Gdansk, Poland. What struck was not the fact that this is a type of wine that would be sold in gas stations but the image of this wine, and winery, as a truly colossal conglomerate spewing out unimaginable quantities of wine.
At that point in time, I liked to think of wineries in a traditional, clichéd no doubt, image – a mom-and-pop type operation that is passed down through generations and each batch of wine fretted over by fastidious artisans.
That dream was shattered there. I realized what the wine industry is. It did not stop me from drinking wine. I just did not go to GatoNegro for a few years. Until now…
It is a very nice wine that is dry with a bit of a tart finish. I actually enjoyed this wine – like meeting up with an old friend after not seeing them for a while.

Weekly Wine — Trapiche

2 Oct

SONY DSCTraphice Cabernet Sauvignon

$9.45 (LCBO)
13.5% ABV

Another fine Australian wine under the magic ten spot. And it is a good one. I bought this bottle ant took it over to a friends. I got a complement because they have this tendency to believe that I am a plonk fanatic. I was actually going to bring a different bottle of wine but there was a mix-up and this was presented, consumed and complemented.
The wine is nice with some subtle flavours and even though the label says it contains sulfites I was hard pressed to taste them. I was actually surprised that this wine was so good. I remember that this wine was just OK a few years back. Perhaps the 2012 “vintage” year was good in Argentina and that years wines will be good.
I must try some more.