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Weekly Wine – Thalia

23 Dec

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Thalia Sauvignon Blanc Vilana
Year: N/A
Greece
750ml
12% ABV
$9.95 (LCBO)

Wines from Greece are usually sketchy at this price point, so I took my first sip with great trepidation.
The immediate reaction was a bit confusing because it came off sourish but it was not that bad. IT is a dry crisp wine and the sourness does not really hurt the taste. This wine was chilled and I was drinking it in a cold environment so some of the flavours could not escape but the wine was over all quite good. The colour is a rather deep yellow and there are hints of citrus in this wine. Further sips had me convinced that this wine, although not a great wine at the price point was a good buy for under ten bucks. The sourness did not really bother me much and I wonder whether it is just a tad too acidic for me on my first taste. Sometimes in a wine the first impression is not the best if your palate is not clear.

Weekly Wine – Apelia

23 Sep

Kourtakis Apelia Moschofilero White
2013
Greece
1000ml
12% ABV
$9.95 (LCBO)

This wine gave me a big smile. Under ten bucks. One litre of wine. Perfect.
But it was Greek wine and that can be iffy. This was the last Greek wine I tried.
But … wine making has been made in those lands since the dawn of time, so it behoves me to give this a go.
I set my bar low.
Once I got past the initial acidic nature of this wine, it settled in quite well.
Actually, saying that it settled well is a bit optimistic. It was tolerable. Drinkable.
It is the economy of this wine that has me confused. I can get a similar priced bottle of wine that is much better. But that bottle would be only 750ml. This is a litre. So a comparable wine would be just a shade under $7.50 – $7.46 actually.
It is inexpensive. It tastes inexpensive – but you get what you paid for.
It is OK, I guess for a summer barbecue when the weather is hot and this is well chilled. Or an outdoor festival, where alcohol is not allowed and you try to sneak a bottle in – If you get busted with this and lose the bottle it won’t harm your bottom line.
Another reason to buy this is to help the Greek economy. Every little bit helps.

Weekly Wine – Malamatina

10 Jul

SONY DSCMalamatina Retsina
Greece
500ml
11% ABV
$5.20 (LCBO)

I approach this bottle with a sense of trepidation as I’ve had this wine before. I wasn’t sure what the experience was. But it was really not hard to guess. Here is a yellow wine in a clear glass bottle. The bottle is 500 ml sot it is just like a beer. And just like a beer, the bottle is sealed with a cap.
Now what is one to think of this system of holding wine in a bottle. Did not wine production have its birth in Greece when they shipped their wine hither and tither in the ancient Mediterranean. Perhaps the Greek wine producers and merchants know something that the rest of the world does not.
Uncapping the bottle and consuming it, the only conclusion that I can muster is that it is an inexpensive wine that has no pretensions to be inexpensive. At the first taste my senses recoiled in defence. But then my senses and me loosened up. The wine has character all right but a character that is difficult to live with.
Perhaps because of my low expectations this wine is not truly horrendous. The suggestion/warning on the bizarre, yet somehow compelling, label speaks the truth loudly — “Best Served Chilled.” It should also read, “Best consumed chilled.” When cold the wine is barely tolerable. Kept in a glass in warm weather for about 5 minutes, the wine warms up and the true nastiness of this concoction reveals itself.

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