And now for some drinkable wine


by admin on August 6, 2010

Wakefield sommelier Christina Stobert has made the leap – whining to her editor about reviewing only depanneur wines has paid off. This week she begins her reviews of the good stuff available at the fancy SAQ (the Quebec liquor board). But fear not, lazy locals who can’t make it to the liquor store on time. She will continue to shred the odd dep grape juice.

Reviewing great wines from around the world, I begin again to bring you clippings of wines that you can 1. Drink 2. Not dip into your savings account ($12 and under) 3. Proudly hit that dinner party and know a little bit more about the wine you are bringing.

And so our journey begins… my goal is to find and review affordable wine. It is out there and there is lots of it.

Dão, Meia Encosta Portugal  2008, $10.65

Every day drinking!

This medium bodied red has a rustic, ripe raspberry, easy tannin, leather and pepper. A blend of Portuguese grapes, this wine is made up of Touriga Nacional, Jaen, Alfrochiero and Tinta Roriz. (Don’t worry, I don’t expect you to know these, I have only heard of two of them).

You can drink this by itself, but it is a great bbq wine, pairing nicely with sausages, chicken, or grilled vegetables.  Meia Encosta is young but ready to drink now.

People, I challenge you to let go of that bottle of Fusion in your hand. Put back the Lindmans Chardonnay. There are thousands of grape varietals out there. We have a tendency to buy what we know.

Saying this, I realize I picked this wine because it is one of my favorite crowd pleasers that I have been buying it for the past year. Wine should be fun, trying new wine is an adventure for me, one that I hope to encourage you to join me on.