Errazuriz 2009 Estate Chardonnay, Valle de Casablanca, Region de Aconcagua, Chile, $12

Errazuriz has achieved remarkable finesse for around $13, based on the intrinsic fruit quality. This is not an elegant, rich wine, but the perfectly ripened, deep, cool Casablanca fruit is harmonized effortlessly with background oak. Simple at first glance, but it’s the shocker value of the competition.

 

 

Cono Sur 2009 Organic Sauvignon Blanc, Chile, $12

Young and fresh, this wine has a nice a bright pale yellow colour with green hints. Its nose is mineral and citric, with herbal hints and notes of white flowers and melon, which anticipate a balanced and chilling mouth that culminate in a long mineral finish. Overall, this is an expressive, refreshing, delicate, juicy and balanced Sauvignon Blanc.  This wine is one of the best options to serve as an aperitif or accompanying artichoke dips, vegetarian dishes, seafood, chicken, yoghurt and citric sauces, dry fruits, and mild cheeses. It also goes great with all sorts of soups and sushi.

Calona Vineyards 2009 Artist Series Gewürztraminer, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada, $16

Classic Gewürztraminer style with a pretty, summer rose garden aroma perfectly accented by a medley of tropical fruit and lychee nuts.  This medium-bodied, off-dry wine has a soft juicy mouth-feel with flavours of tangerines, mandarins, sweet lemons and mangoes.  The fresh and clean finish lingers with flavours of pink grapefruit, orange, delicate spice and tropical fruit. FOOD SUGGESTIONS:  Tandoori chicken and rice, Asian seared pork tenderloin, Quinoa with Moroccan winter stew, Take-out Chinese food, Cajun shrimp skewers.

Trapiche 2008 Reserve Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina, $9

A rich, red-colored wine with violet hues, suggestive of plums and cherries.  Round in the mouth with flavors of truffle and vanilla.  Ideal for grilled meat, but also goes well with pastas, light to medium spiced cuisine, and semi hard cheeses such as gouda, edam or gruyere.

 

 

 

Hacienda Araucano 2009 Sauvignon Blanc, Colchagua Valley, Chile, $12

Great aromatic intensity showing tropical fruits, passion fruit, mang, and subtle floral notes that enhance the wine’s complexity. The palate is very clean, well-balanced and long, with a powerful, aromatic finish.

 

 

Finca Los Primos 2009 San Rafael Chardonnay, Mendoza, Argentina, $9

Very crisp for a Chardonnay. Slightly acidic and dry.  Very light with a lemon and honey influence.  Anyone believing that all chardonnay is overoaked should try this one!

 

 

 

Robertson Winery 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Robertson,  South Africa, $8

Smooth, full-bodied style with rich mulberry, plum and cassis supported by soft tannins. The wine is deep red in colour, smooth with good weight made in a friendly new Cape style with no hard edges. Enjoy now with roast beef, stews, lamb, venison, pasta and steak.

 

2005 Gimenez Riili Torrontés, Mendoza, Argentina, $14

Fragrant floral notes rise from this aromatic, citrusy Torrontés from a family-owned winery founded in 1945 in Mendoza’s Maipú department. The Riili family, once mostly known for producing Bonarda, has been making a wide range of quality wines since the early ’00s.

 


2006 Oops Carmenère Rosé, Chile, $12

Despite its silly name, this lightly fruity rosé—with a hint of Carmenère’s characteristic spiciness—is very appealing. It’s made from grapes grown on the banks of the Lontué River.

 

2004 Carmen Carmenère, Chile, $12

This Carmenère has a deep dark red colour and aromas such as red fruits, spices and berries. Its tannins are gentle and soft and its acidity is elegant and vibrant.  This wine is great with leg or rack of lamb, roast or grilled red meats, goulash, Chinese food and salami.