Tag Archives: Savignon Blanc

Weekly Wine – Tarquino

12 Apr

Tarquino Savignon Blanc
2016
Argentina
750ml
12.5% ABV
$9.95 (LCBO)

This wine has the essence of a bull.
It has bull horns prominently displayed in front. It says so on the label in back that Tarquino was “the first pure-bred Shorthorn in Argentina.” This bull, as it goes states on the label, was introduced by a “British-born rancher John Miller, marking the start of huge improvements in cattle breeding in the country.”
What does this have to do with wine?
What does this have to do with the Falklands? (Damn, I wasn’t supposed to mention the war. I did a bit but I think I got away with it…)
The label is White and black – like a Herford cow. I don’t think bulls are white and black. I might be wrong. I could look it up on the interweb but… I have a bottle of wine and a blank page to deal with.
The wine is wine – a fair white wine It does not stand out as being a great buy nor does it make one recoil in horror. It is slightly acidic and that conflicts with the bouquet of fruit flavours that underline this wine.
Good for the bulls, the wine and the British ranchers.

Weekly Wine – La Croix

6 Apr

La Croix D’Azur Savignon Blanc
2011
France
750ml
11.5% ABV
$10.00 (LCBO)

This wine cost ten dollars. Right on the nose. I set out to review wines that cost under ten dollars. So this wine sets up a quandary for me.
To review or not to review?
This calls for some wine to ponder this dilemma.
Luckily this wine is quite excellent. It is very nice and light. There are some nice fruit flavours in the mix – I can kind of taste some apple and lemon if I really strain my senses.
It is a bit acidic, but I do not have a problem with that. The acidity actually reminds me of lemon rind that you get with cocktail drinks – not everybody’s cup of tea but I kind of like it.
It is a nice wine, but did the makers, did the LCBO, really need that extra penny, (or nickel – Canada does not have pennies officially), that makes this wine seemingly ineligible to be considered a sub-ten dollar wine?
With the Canadian dollar trading poorly – I’ll include this in my listings – plus it is a nice wine.