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Weekly Wine – Bonarda

4 Jun

SONY DSCArgento Bonarda
2013
Argentina
750ml
13.5% ABV
$9.95 (LCBO)

So I’m perusing the wine racks and looking for the under ten dollar gems. I feel that I should be disheartened because I have consumed many of these bottles. Some now cost more then ten dollars.
Nickels more than ten dollars…
As I’m passing by the Argentinian section, the Liquor Control Board of Ontario, wisely segregates the wine by country of origin, I give a cursory glance. The section is small, and I think that I have sucked all the nectar out of it.
And I see Bonarda.
I have no idea what it is. But the price is right. And the vineyard/company that bottles it has made passable inexpensive wines that I have approved of.
I buy it.
I try it.
It is good.
Spicy. Light. A nice classic plonk that will only offend the most anal and hateful sommeliers. (Why would you associate with such people anyway is beyond me)
This wine will cost ten cents more in a year from now.
Buy it now.

BTW – Bonadra is a type of grape that was originally from France, called Douce noir, but now is mostly grown in South America. Hence Argentina. In California it is called Charbono. Lots of names for a good grape.