Question – The Red Daily Slosh

16 Feb

Not to suggest that these guys are old but one of them is playing a tambourine. And he isn’t wearing a Sally Ann uniform either.

Question for all the wine peeps out there: At the end of the evening – a third of a bottle left, pump the bottle? Just put the cork back in and into’ fridge? No fridge? Or…..just have another glass and a half and finish the bugger off? That’s a question I ask myself many nights. I’ve been keeping score and trying to understand the variables that effect my decision – aside from the buzz level. It’s one thing only – the quality of the wine. Or, more accurately, how much I love the wine.

I’ve found that I’m not big on saving the wine for another day if it has provided a lot of interest and enjoyment. Although maybe, when I have a big day in front of me……..wait, there are no more ‘big’ days in front of me. Aside from the monthly sorting of the sock drawer – you need your wits about you for that, I must say. So for me, there’s really no reason to deny myself that last great glass, is there? Re-Cork the Ordinary – Quaff the Extraordinary!

angelsshareThis weekend’s release (Feb. 18) features a bunch of interesting Aussie wines – none of which I can comment on, unfortunately. Haven’t had them. But, in the spirit of supporting Aussie wines – I had a great Shiraz the other night – 2014 Two Hand’s Angel’s Share Shiraz #9480 $24.95. I’ve had the Two Hands Gnarly Dudes Shiraz #660043 $24.95 but on sale until Feb. 26th (good effort) and Bella’s Garden which is a special wine but have not had the Angel’s Share before the 2014. This is a big wine in the style of Aussie Shiraz that we’ve all come to love. However, it has another note under the power – class. Hard to put a solid experience of class into words – maybe it’s the way it opens, the balance, maybe it’s the clear chocolate notes and finish. Not sure. However, I’m assuming that the mother ship has some of this stashed away for another time – keep your head up. It’s cellar worthy too.

hopbaconoirStaying much much closer to home, the 2014 Henry of Pelham Speck Family Reserve Baco Noir #461699 #24.95 might be the best version of this wine that I’ve had. The Speck family does this grape better than anyone down in Niagara. This bottle will be a huge surprise to those that haven’t had a Baco above $12. Smoky, leathery on the nose, spicy on the swallow and finish. Big fruit. Cellar worthy. Some people I know never drink Niagara wines – just don’t like them. Maybe it’s from years ago. Maybe it’s people trying to convince them that they warrant another look. Not sure. But, you should drink what you love and love what you drink……….. unless I disagree with you. Then you’re just plain wrong and that’s not an alternative fact because I’ve held this belief for quite some time. Ergo, it’s true.


Chianti Fiasco

Is anyone out there old enough to remember when Chianti was pure shit? I mean when enough white and unnamed varieties of grapes were added so that the final version was weak and confused. The good news? It was cheap. The bad news? Cheap meant that you bought a lot of it despite the experience.

Well, nowadays Chianti is anything but cheap or pallid. The rules have changed for the better. The other night a friend brought over a bottle of 2013 Chianti Classico full of cherries and acidity. It was a great effort. This weekend there are a few Chiantis to try – I haven’t had them in the vintage being offered but encourage you to pick one of them up or another Chianti Classico or Chianti Rufina that might catch your eye. The Frescobaldi, the Nippozano, the Gabbiano, the Lornano? It’s a perfect wine for the current weather and winter cuisine.

lagoneThere is a lovely Tuscan wine that I’ve had – 2013 Aia Vecchia Lagone Toscana #47690 $19.95. This is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc from Bolgheri. It’s very structured right now with tannins hitting pretty hard and up front – I should have left it to breathe longer or just sit down below until a little later. Full-bodied, powerful – darker fruits. This would be a great addition to any cellar despite the modest price. If you love Super Tuscans, pick this up for a special meal. FYI, a fellow blogger wrote a nice piece on this winery and some of their wines. You can read Jeff, The Drunken Cyclist’s piece here.

abaddombuenoLooking for a well aged red with loads of personality? Pick up the 2006 Abad Dom Bueno Crianza #244699 $15.95. This is so ready to drink – dark fruits filing the glass on the sniff – sandalwood and tea on the finish – tasty. I’ve reviewed this before and can only imagine that another year in bottle will be bringing to a close this wine’s window. So, pick up a couple, decant to remove some sediment that is present (or just pour carefully and leave a little in the bottom), and have with some cured meats, olives and tapas. Bierzo wines made from Mencia are tasty values and this is one. Hell, pick up three at this price. Four even.

grandtheatreA wine that I’m getting a few of is the 2014 Grand Theatre #468678 $20.95. Not because of the write up or past experience but because of our local theatre – The Grand Theatre – of which we’ve been subscribers for years. And, for whom my brother was the Head of Electrics for almost 25 years. Kind of a sentimental pick. A Bordeaux from Saint-Emilion – heavy on the Merlot. Hoping that it rewards my loyalty.


Remember: You can check availability of any wine by clicking on the link (product # and price), dropping down the city menu, choosing your city and clicking Find Stores. Good luck.

9 Responses to “Question – The Red Daily Slosh”

  1. Becky Ellis February 16, 2017 at 9:50 am #

    I love your quote… “Re-Cork the Ordinary – Quaff the Extraordinary!”…after all, life is short so why not enjoy the extraordinary whenever you have the opportunity? My motto is “Don’t wait to celebrate!”…cheers!

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  2. Michelle Williams February 16, 2017 at 10:04 am #

    Two hands in some good juice. I am still trying to convince my husband that all chianti isn’t the straw bottle type of the past. They really did themselves in for a while, takes years to recover. We do re-cork during the week ordinary or extraordinary. Sometimes the recorking takes the ordinary and moves it closer to extraordinary the following night, sometimes not.

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    • Duff's Wines February 16, 2017 at 10:06 am #

      Michelle, you and your husband have a bit more restraint than I. Although wines do indeed improve with a little time, I’m too compulsive.

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  3. Krystle van Hoof February 16, 2017 at 11:59 am #

    You know I have to comment when there’s an Aussie Shiraz in the mix. Two hands is a good one but, for the price, I like this one better:

    I may have mentioned it before but « Le vaisseau-mère » (that’s French for mothership, dontcha know) doesn’t carry a lot of Aussie wines, which has been my biggest complaint since immigrating to La belle province (thought it would be the potholes and corruption but no!) Anyway, every time I find myself across the border, I pick up a few bottles of Aussie wine and ‘the pig wine’ has become a favourite.

    Oh and my vote is (usually) to leave the last third for future me to enjoy. That way I know if the wine really deserves a do-over.


    • Duff's Wines February 16, 2017 at 1:58 pm #

      Great hearing from you. Hope you guys are good. I will look up the Hedonist and give it a try. It’s clear from my comments section that I might be better served if I just cork it and have the remainder the next day.


  4. talkavino February 16, 2017 at 12:00 pm #

    I prefer to put the stopper or even just the cork back and simply put it aside, no fridge for the red, fridge for the white if needed. I found that if I just force the wine down simply to finish the bottle, I often enjoy it much less than if I would finish it next day. Besides, I’m always curious to see how the wine will evolve. Just finished a bottle of Barolo where about quarter was left in the boittle, air pumped out, standing on the kitchen floor for 5 days. Delicious!


  5. Dracaena Wines February 17, 2017 at 12:17 pm #

    I check the clock when deciding whether to recork or have another glass. I don’t ever have another glass just for the sake of not wanting to save it. If it is late or I feel Ive had enough, I will vacu-seal it. No refrigerator for red but I do put whites in the refrigerator.

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  6. Thabo February 18, 2017 at 3:59 am #

    I definitely quaff the extraordinary, particularly since I have had too many experiences where the extraordinary became the ordinary the next day. The ordinary, I’m happy to leave, albeit rare. I have had the Michelle experience where I have been surprised the next day by the ordinary becoming subtly more enjoyable… I wouldn’t go as far as saying extraordinary 😉. However, typically I start what I finish, I have a problem with my belief systems as to how I perceive wine that was open the day before.

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