Tuesday, December 29, 2009

What wines we're drinking this week

Here are a few excellent wines to imbibe from your local BC Liquor Store that will hopefully make up for the recent lack of communications at this wine blog.

Cono Sur is the Chilean winery that is a "connoisseur" for low-end wines appealing to most consumers.

But while they do a great job at value wines in the under $15 Canadian bracket, Cono Sur also makes some excellent mid-range wines.

One of there best efforts is on sale at the BC LDB - Cono Sur 20 Barrels Pinot Noir 2007 - reduced from $24.99 to $19.99 at the moment of writing.

Rated 88 points by the Wine Spectator magazine, this is a full-blooded pinot, not some wimpy lightweight. It has lots of blackberry, cherry and raspberry fruit with a good finish.

There won't be many left soon - so snap some up!

My second choice isn't on sale but is a great deal anyway - the 2004 Pourpre de Grezette - a malbec from Cahors for $15.99.

We are more accustomed to great malbecs from Argentina but this one from France is superb. I was not aware of La Grezette but it turns out to have been purchased by Alain-Dominique Perrin in the 1980s. I believe this is the first time a wine from this winery has been sold in BC.

Tony Gismondi of the Vancouver Sun and other places, including his excellent website, gives it an 86 point score - I'd put it a little higher than that - great extract and concentrated flavour - wow!

I suggest finding some now, before it disappears.