Wines to try!

Allimant-Laugner Muscat, 2008 Vin d'Alsace, France - A beautiful way to learn about and enjoy the Muscat grape varietal.  This light-bodied, delicate white has incredible floral aromas - orange blosson, rose... and just the right amout of acidity to keep your palette cleansed, especially as a brunch wine or as you nibble on  afternoon hors d'oeuvres!

Jackson Estate Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand, 2008 - a drink now wine! Crisp, with aromas of lemon rind and honey, and flavours of apricot - perfect for the back deck on a hot day!

Alta Vista Premium Chardonnay, 2008, Argentina - buttery and luscious - drink this baby out of a really wide-mouthed glass and let the butterscotch aromas seduce you!

Alamos Torrontes, Argentina, 2008 - CLEAN WHITE for barbecued chicken or salads, $14

Willm Riesling, Vin d'Alsace, 2008 - while you're hit with an initial Lychee fruit sweetness this wine finishes with a lovely crispness. We actually tried it with lemon squares and it was a perfect match! Could be served as a dessert wine, with more simpler desserts and to cleanse the palet after a heavier meal... but I still think this is another one that would be great for enjoying on the back deck, paired with some goat cheese and crackers, and good friends, of course!

Pinot D'Alsace, 2004, Marcel Deiss Winery - this beautifully crisp white wine is a great way to start the evening or to enjoy on a sunny patio! Marcel Deiss is one of these "perfectionist" winemakers, where he takes organic winemaking to crazy levels by growing his grapes "biodynamically" - absolutely *no* chemicals are used, he takes extra special care of his soils, maintains the vineyards by the lunar calendar, introduces only natural predators for vine maintainance... AND manages to make a surprisingly complex and delicious wine for the price point... ~$17! Marcel Deiss has been called "soil obsessed", believing that the terroir is the single greatest factor affecting the grapes and resulting wine, and as a result has made this wine with a blend of "signature" grapes from Alsace earth: Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Pinot Beurot, and Pinot Noir. Give a it a try - you'll be amazed!

Muga Rioja, 2009, Spain - CRISP ROSE for grilled salmon or just sipping:, $13

Clos Du Bois Merlot, 2007, California - an incredibly complex Merlot.  Aromas of cigar box, oak, vanilla... perfect with pasta and pizza!

Luigi Bosca Reserva Malbec, 2007, Argentina - pepper, leather, and beautifully smooth.

Navarro Correas Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon, 2005 - chocolate, leather, spices, a beautiful cab sauv! $19.95

J. Lohr Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon, Vintages, California - SMOOTH RED for barbecued anything, including pizza on the grill!  $22

Kaiken Ultra Malbec, 2007, Argentina -  BIG RED for barbecued steak or burgers,$20

Dry Creek Cabernet Sauvignon, 2006 - tasting notes: chocolate, smoke, leather, luscious! In my opinion, what a California Cab Sauv should taste like. Available at the LCBO for $24

Artesa Cabernet Sauvignon, California, 2005 - 63% grapes from Napa, 37% from Sonoma
Jester Shiraz, Australia - aromas of leather, oak and sweet spice with full black cherry, pepper and a hint of mint.  Think: Lowney's Chocolate Covered Cherries" - yum!