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Monica Re-Appears Con Caprini – The Red Daily Slosh

11 Apr

I included this song because of the memories. It was playing in a Paris bistro when I had my first DRC wine (La Tâche – 1975). OK, I’ve never had more than a very small tasting sip of La Tâche and 1975 was a shitty year – truth be told and, just like Glen Beck, I’m all about the truth (he said with tongue firmly planted in cheek), actually this song was playing as I was getting this written up. Memories of school dances and Motown as it was meant to be – never forgotten. In future posts, I promise to bring my music selections into the present or recent past instead of the way back when.

This is for the April 12th release. This release features ripasso and appassimento wines. There is a great write up in the release brochure or on-line that’s good information about these techniques. It’s very well done and one of the things that we might actually miss if we privatized.

etichetta_ripassoA few weeks ago, I recommended a Speri ripasso – their Pigaro – great value wine and, yes, I do have some left – medium bodied with lots of local knowledge. This week, there’s the 2011 Speri Ripasso della Valpolicella Classico Superiore #370353 $21.95. This is a step up in depth but doesn’t sacrifice the sense that you’re drinking this while watching Monica Belluci guide her goats through the piazza (that breaks a four month hiatus without a Monica Belluci reference – fell off the wagon, I guess). But, even more important, what you’re eating with this seals the deal. This past week, we were in Chicago and had a great Italian piazza dinner. Well, not in a piazza but inside by a busy street but the reference works for me. We had margherita pizza, cheeses, lamb meatballs with aioli, grilled calamari – this wine would have been perfect.

My friend, MR, recommended an appassimento wine just this past month and voilà here it is. The 2012 Tedeschi Capitel Nicalò Appassimento Valpolicella Superiore #984997 $16.95 is pure Italy. I recommended the 2010 a while ago. If you favour wines that are easy, stay away. It’s not that it is “hard” – just it isn’t simple – it has some flavour muscle – dirty, earthy, dried fruit, but never heavy. I love wines like this stuff. Remember the wine that I recommended a few years ago – Tenuta di Castiglioni? This doesn’t taste like that, flavour-wise – but you get the same feeling from it – local, rustic, country-side. Like the one above, sit outside and enjoy the spring-like weather that we’ve been waiting so long for.

criosmalbecIf you play along at home, you know that I am in love with Susana Balbo. A woman that makes great wine? It’s got a sliver of romance to it that’s hard to resist for this wingger (wine blogger). Passing on a Susana Balbo wine would be like fooling around on her! Well, this week there’s their entry level malbec – 2012 Dominio del Plata Crios Malbec #162529 $13.95. My favourite reasonably-priced wine of theirs is the Susan Balbo Signature Malbec and this Crios holds up against that. It’s a little lighter but it carries the same degree of fun and flavour. If you’re a malbec lover and have settled for cheap (read: Fuzion) malbec, give this a try. I think it’s a big step up in sophistication from those. This is fine by itself with tears and old movies.

temaniaI can’t help myself (which is part of a lyric that I can almost grasp through my dementia – Buehler?) when I see New Zealand pinot noir under $20. I just have to try it. There have been flame outs, failures, but many great finds. This week, the 2011 Te Mania Pinot Noir #365247 $19.95 finds its way to our shores. It’s just what it appears – a refreshing medium-bodied pinot, that’s the kind of pinot that Goldilocks would appreciate. Not too much – just right. It carries enough structure to avoid being flabby – it’s got a spine of acidity and a bite that’s just right (reference Goldilocks, again). I like this kind of pinot by itself. I know that New World pinots can accompany meals just like their older siblings from Burgundy but this one would be great with friends at the start of an evening and before things get too serious. Or sadly by yourself in a hotel room while on business watching a movie that you wouldn’t rent at home (oh, behave) in a faceless city. Not that I have ever done that – just trying to imagine things and make a suggestion. It’s versatile. Loads of red fruits with mostly darker cherries and not much wood at all – clean and fresh. Great stuff at this price.

Other worthy picks:

2008 Concha y Toro Marques de Casa Concha Carmenère #169862 $19.95

Apologies for my Italian.

 

Sip, Sip The Jip Jip – The Red Daily Slosh

31 Jan

These recommendations are for the February 1 release. You can find out what inventory your local LCBO store has by clicking on the highlighted link (stock number and price) and follow the logical steps. For future reference, some stores start populating the shelves with this stuff as early as Thursday.

jipjipIn the past, I’d refrain from looking up or “Googling” stuff that didn’t impact my life in some way. I’d use Google Translate, Thesaurus, travel sites, etc. But I wouldn’t check out stuff like who Diane Lane is dating now that she’s dropped Josh Brolin. I never thought they could have been that good together anyway – he just looks weathered and mean and his step-mom is Babs and Diane is ……just about perfect. Well, then we got an iPad and, Shazam (once a Marvel/DC comic book hero also known as Captain Marvel; now a music app) I am now needing to know every little detail of stuff that doesn’t matter! I hate myself. BTW, what do they call people that hate? Wait, I’ll control the urge. Anyway, when I saw the re-appearance of the 2011 Jip Jip Rocks Shiraz #673897 $16.95 I had a decision to make. Do I Google “Jip Jip” to see what it means, if it’s a place, an aboriginal word, a typo? I resisted and rather than Googling, Yahooing, or Binging, I’m shouting out to the Wine Wankers, our friends Down Under. “Guys, any ideas what “Jip Jip” means?” While we wait for an answer, let’s talk about this regular visitor to these pages. I like the style of this wine – not heavy and chewy but plush with fruit. It is medium-bodied to me (the review says “full-bodied” – so maybe in the 3/4 bodied range), good balance and the pepperiness that I love in Aussie shiraz. This is a food wine, if you chose to wait until dinner (roast beef?) is served, but I also think that company would dig it by itself. Great price.

ramitelloWhat do you get when you cross a Montepulciano with an Aglianico? A fun, expressive Italian. Drum roll ………Monica Belluci? No, the 2010 Di Majo Norante Ramitello #973214 $16.95! This is an easy drinking black fruit (cassis?), herby, chocolaty, dark beaut of a wine. It is one of those that makes its case for deal of the week, month, season. So, you don’t drink Italian wine that isn’t spelled pinot grigio, you say? I get that if you don’t drink red at all. But, come on it’s $16.95 – you are worth it. Live on the edge, walk on the wild side, change your name and join a band. But before you do, get a bottle of this and try it. Remember my iron clad guarantee – If you don’t like a wine that I recommend, you can reseal the bottle and send it to me.

speriripassoStaying in the boot. I play golf with a lover of Italian wine. He recommended a Valpolicella by Speri once and he was bang on especially on the value or QPR (Quality to Price Ratio). The Speri family has been at the wine game for awhile (according to write up) and it shows. There is a Old World feel to this wine that benefits further from the Ripasso method. If you have read this blog a few times, you may have heard me say that Ripasso isn’t always my favourite process – I just think that it doesn’t always translate into better wines. Valpolicella is great when it’s simple and easy sipping – a summer red even. Ripasso can sometimes make it too heavy for me, anyway. The 2011 Speri Pigaroi Ripasso Valpolicella Classico Superiore #285206 $18.95 is an exception to that – it’s very well balanced with just enough heft. Ripe but not pruney – the bite of all my favorite Italian reds. All this makes it a great accompaniment to meat. Accompaniment with meat? Never sure. Actually even ‘accompaniment’ looks weird. I need a glass of wine! Good with a sausagy tomato pasta too, I bet. Sausagy looks wrong as well. Pop the bloody cork!

akaruaI just got in the door from some time in southwest Florida with friends. One of the cool things about these visits is the shopping for wine. We trudge to Total Wine and spend far too much time in there combing the stacks and dodging octogenarians and their walkers. When there, I try and gorge myself on American wine. And, maybe too much focus on pinot noir – leaving me wanting more. So, when I saw a chance to support a splurge pinot noir, I said let’s do it. My staff of crack tasters, Googlers, and glugglers has found the perfect follow up for California/Oregon pinot – 2011 Akarua Pinot Noir #079541 $37.95. This is a spot on representation of Central Otago pinot. It’s lean, mean, and a burnt toast, red fruit machine. Puckering and mouth-watering on the first sip but softening over time and after getting acquainted with your palate. I see it as a wine that could sit in your basement for a few years (4 – 7). It would be great to see what happens after a rest. OK, the part about staff is a shameless lie. I have to drink this stuff all by myself.

I’m off to see Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt tomorrow night. Can’t wait. And, wanted to give you a sample of what I might hear. Bypass the open chatter – song starts around 1:00. Cheers!

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