Château Montaiguillon Montagne Saint-Émilion

MY RATING: 6/10 IN A NUTSHELL:  Light and tasteless (you get what you pay for!) ORIGIN: France (Bordeaux, Montagne Saint-Émilion) VARIETALS: Merlot (78%), Cabernet Franc (20%), Cabernet Sauvignon (2%) SAQ PRICE: $13.60 I was hoping this would be a delightful little surprise, but, alas, it was a big disappointment. Light in colour and light in…

E. Guigal Côtes du Rhône

MY RATING: 7.5/10 IN A NUTSHELL:  A solid medium/light GSM ORIGIN: France (Côtes du Rhône) VARIETALS: Red Rhône Blend (Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre) SAQ PRICE: $20.15 This is a safe and solid choice, but it is a bit light for my personal tastes. It has a whole lot of light berries on the nose and tip…

Umberto Cesari Sangiovese Di Romagna Riserva

MY RATING:  9/10 IN A NUTSHELL:  A delightfully different wine ORIGIN: Italy (Sangiovese di Romagna) VARIETALS: Sangiovese SAQ PRICE: $20.25 My faith is slowly being restored in Italian red wines. I was never much of a fan, because I tend to only like dark, bold, spicy reds. However, this is delicious and it keeps you…

M Lagrézette Malbec

MY RATING:  8/10 IN A NUTSHELL:  A very pleasant wine, great value for money ORIGIN: France (Sud-Ouest, Cahors) VARIETALS: Malbec 85%, Merlot 15% SAQ PRICE: $17.00 I tried this on a whim, and what a pleasant surprise it turned out to be! Right up there with Rasteau, this is a perfect Pizza Friday wine that…

Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc

MY RATING:  9/10 IN A NUTSHELL:  A tropical fruit party in your mouth! ORIGIN: New Zealand (South Island, Marlborough) VARIETALS: Sauvignon Blanc SAQ PRICE: $20.45 This wine was all the rage in 2005, and we chose to serve it at our wedding. I’m not as crazy about Sauvignon Blanc as I used to be, but…

Liberty School Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon

MY RATING: 6.5/10 IN A NUTSHELL:  A whole lot of vanilla, and not much else ORIGIN: USA (California) VARIETALS: Cabernet Sauvignon SAQ PRICE: $20.75 Darn it! I was hoping I’d like this wine, but it was not nearly as good as I’d expected. It has a lovely, deep colour and is very smooth, sweet and…

Wente Vineyards Morning Fog Chardonnay

MY RATING: 8.5/10 IN A NUTSHELL:  An elegant, typically New World Chardonnay ORIGIN: USA (California, Livermore Valley, San Francisco Bay) VARIETALS: Chardonnay SAQ PRICE: $19.50 This wine is a keeper. It has a nice pale yellow colour. It has a lightly floral taste at first, then a light oaked finish. It is smooth and elegant….

Monasterio de la Viñas, Gran Reserva

MY RATING: 9/10 IN A NUTSHELL:  A full-bodied, robust, well-balanced, surprisingly delicious wine ORIGIN:  Spain (Aragon) VARIETALS: Garnacha, Tempranillo, Cariñena SAQ PRICE: $20.25 This is a wine I will definitely keep on buying. In terms of value, it punches higher than its weight and is sure to impress. It has a lovely deep colour. It…

Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc

MY RATING: 6/10 IN A NUTSHELL: An in-your-face Antipodean Sauvignon Blanc ORIGIN: New Zealand (Marlborough, South Island) VARIETALS: Sauvignon Blanc SAQ PRICE: $19.50 I was rather underwhelmed by this wine. OK, so I’m no longer the fan of Sauvignon Blanc that I used to be in my twenties (maybe I over-indulged?!); but still, I was…

Ortas Tradition Rasteau

MY RATING: 8/10 IN A NUTSHELL:  A full-bodied, well-balanced wine ORIGIN:  France (Côtes du Rhone) VARIETALS: Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre SAQ PRICE: $17.70 I’ve always got this in my wine rack. It’s consistently good. It smells like strawberry and current and tastes quite berryish, too. It goes in fruity and comes out spicy, but is not…

Pyrène, Cuvée Marine

MY RATING: 7/10 IN A NUTSHELL: A citrussy Sauvignon Blanc ORIGIN: France (Côte-de-Gascogne) VARIETALS: Colombard – Sauvignon Blanc – Gros Manseng SAQ PRICE: $13.95 Not a bad wine. I didn’t really like it at first, but it grew on me after a day! It is a crisp, refreshing, citrussy wine. It comes across as a…

Soluna

MY RATING: 8/10 IN A NUTSHELL: A sticky, pruny, dessert-wine-like Cab Sav ORIGIN: Italy (Terre di Chieti) VARIETALS: Sangiovese – Cabernet Sauvignon SAQ PRICE: $17.35 This is a tasty and much sweeter-than-expected wine. It is both sweet and spicy, with lots of prune and vanilla happening. It is a nice winter wine, and may even…