4 corks up (and a dose of Tylenol)

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by admin on August 6, 2010

Wakefield sommelier Christina Stobert reviews good, and a lot of bad, wines that can be found in our local depanneurs.

Huntley Yellow Wood Reserve, South Africa $9.50

This yummy, jammy full-bodied wine is one of the best tasting dep wines I have had in a long time. I am guessing that this is a Syrah/ Shiraz grape with lots of ripe berry and just enough tannin. Huntley tastes like real wine, and gave me a real headache after two glasses.

I’m not blaming the wine, but I don’t usually get headaches from drinking wine. I have heard many people tell me that they can only drink wine from a certain country. This makes zero sense as wine has the exact same ingredients all over the world.  This being said, I do find that headaches seem to match up with cheap wine, as well as amount drunk.

Some history for you: South Africa started planting vines in 1652. It was first planted by a Dutch doctor and was intended to ward off scurvy for sailors on the ships looking for spices to bring back to Europe.  It’s funny to me that it is considered New World wine, kind of like not being a local in Wakefield unless your family has been here for over 100 years.

Tip of the week: Spend less money and drink New World wine. Wine is usually priced based on origin and, when choosing depanneur wine, do not think you are getting what you pay for! You are paying too much money to drink bad wine because you have missed the SAQ’s government hours.