Tag Archives: Sauvignon Blanc

Weekly Wine – Blanco Gato Negro

28 Jun

Gato Negro Sauvignon Blanc
2016
Chile
750ml
12% ABV
$7.95 (LCBO)

OK.
This is wine ok.
It is not remarkable, because the first sip did not sparkle or fill me with wonder.
But it was a hot day and the wine was well chilled.
So it went down nicely.
But well chilled passable white wine on a war evening is always good.
And this wine is just that – passable.
Not bad – not great.
I would buy this wine again if I was stuck for a choice but the Gato Negro brand gives me the willies.
I’ve seen it on sale in Poland, I’ve seen it in Ukraine, I’ve seen it in the US. I’ve seen it in Canada. I’ve seen it in Norway and Sweden. In Germany. Even in France.
Is this the Budweiser of wine?
How can one winery in Chili sell wine everywhere I go?
It is fantastic – that they have this reach – with wine that is OK.
It is ok when grilling out in the back.
It is ok for a picnic.
It is ok – unremarkable – but ok.

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Weekly Wine – Santa Blanc

28 Sep

0928scsbSanta Carolina Sauvignon Blanc
2016
Chile
750ml
12% ABV
$8.95 (LCBO)

This pale wine packs a bit of a bite.
You with think that because of the colour this will be some lame mild wine that has subtle flavours. It is quite a lively but soft wine.
There is a bite – and it comes from the dryness, from the crisp acidic flavouring (which is not overdone.) There are no off flavours. It works well chilled and room temperature. It is nice with some nibbles or just on its own.
Does it work with a meal?
I don’t know. I’m not hungry right now. But I suspect it will be a nice addition to whatever is on the plate.
The other bit of bite comes from the alcohol. At 12.5 per cent alcohol by volume this wine is no slouch. It’s pleasant yet intriguing demeanour does not offer any hintsto the alcohol content – so this wine, when consumed with aplomb, might lead you to where you want to be post haste.

Weekly Wine – Astica White

31 Aug

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Trapiche Astica Sauvignon Blanc – Semillon
2015
Argentina
750ml
13% ABV
$7.95 (LCBO)

I had this wine three years ago. It was the 16th wine that I reviewed for the blog.
Now it will also be the 177th wine. My how time flies.
The review is there – https://tonalsurge.wordpress.com/2013/07/24/weekly-wine-astica/
And a few things have changed since then.
One is the label. It is a bit more modern looking – a bit more hip.
The second – and this is important. It is a much better wine. The harsh tones are gone – it is so much smoother. I opened this with some friends and they were surprised that it was under ten bucks.
It is a perfect wine for relaxing in the back yard. Perfect summer barbecue wine.
The previous wine was a 2012 vintage – this is a 2015. Perhaps the vintage has made it better. Perhaps the winery smoothed out the process.
Whatever.
It is a great wine.
One thing that did not change with this wine is the price. Take that inflation … this wine is under eight bucks.

Weekly Wine –Two Oceans SB

2 Mar

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Two Oceans Sauvignon Blanc
2015
South Africa
750ml
13% ABV
$9.95 (LCBO)

If you look closely at the label on this wine bottle you will notice that there are these printed squiggles on the scene of the land jutting into the sea. When the light hits the bottle just right they will jump out. Otherwise they are fairly muted.
I write this because I am really at a loss for words on this wine. It is a nice, light, classy white wine. It doesn’t really stand out though.
It is OK.
Just OK.
I am trying to muster the muscles and the senses that will give me something about this wine that but the simple OK. There are hints of fruits and berries but they are very muted and not meant to stand out or offend. The label recommends, “Great with: Thai dishes, chicken, grilled fish, shellfish and nuts.” I look in my kitchen and see I’m out of luck in these categories. Will a can of tuna do? Should I order Thai?
This wine is OK, spectacularly OK.

 

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 – Nobilo

21 Oct

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Nobilo Regional Collection Sauvignon Blanc
2014
New Zealand
750ml
12.5% ABV
$9.99 (Delaware, USA)

This is another find in the Delaware discount liquor shop on highway 13. This too costs $16.95 in Ontario’s LCBO. But this is a much better Sauvignon Blanc than the Cupcake wine that I had. This has more of a body. It is more refined. It has a bit of an acidic aftertaste but that does not really distract from the enjoyment of the wine. This wine is mature and it has more of a presence on the palate than the other Kiwi wine. I’m referencing the Cupcake wine because I had it the day before I had this Nobilo so it is in my mind and a frame of reference. At the same price point – be it in the USA or in Canada, this one wins hands down.

Weekly Wine – Day Trippers

6 May

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Full name
2013
Australia
750ml
12% ABV
$6.45 (LCBO)

I was so happy to see this wine.
First point – I liked the image of the scooter. I have one and I miss not riding it in the winter. It also needs some maintenance work – but that’s another story.
Second point – This wine is Australian and that usually denotes half decent wine inb the lower price category. Plus, I really like Australia, the little bit that I got to experience, and I wish I could go back.
Third point – This wine is criminally cheap. $6.45 for an Aussie wine. The bottle, the label, the cap and the shipping (never mind the taxes, the middlemen, the mark-ups etc.) alone must mean this wine is cheaper than water drunk out of a lake.
Fourth point – This wine is not bad. IT is not great but it will easily rival wines at twice the price. The label said it goes great with “sea foods, salads and Asian cuisine.” We had it with pork and roast potatoes on an evening where the mercury dropped to minus 30 Celsius.
Yea – it was fine. I’m happy this wine is here. It will be a staple when the warm weather arrives and the scooter is on the road.