Tico - Lucienne Pinot Noir (California) and Ocio Pinot Noir (Chile) are my favorites right now. It's hard to pick just one of them. I really hope that someone mentions the Cannonball Cabernet Sauvignon too! That wine is terrific.
Tom - Easton Zinfandel. I used to need to put lots of sugar in my tea before I could really taste the fruit. I thought sweet = fruity. Easton Zinfandel is dry, but with great fruit expression right off the top. A nice spice lingers through the taste to give the wine some character. I could drink this wine with anything, or with nothing at all. I can have it when I'm thirsty, or when I'm not. I'll pair it with the sunshine, or when the clouds roll in. It's just a good all round wine.
Patty - I'm loving the Luis Filip Edwards Family Selection Cabernet. It's soft on the pallet, yet full bodied with a muted elegant flavour or raspberries, vanilla and maybe a little cassis. It has easy tannins and a lovely lingering finish. It went really well with raost beef and they say it's great with steak and mushrooms. Well worth the price and our friends love it too.
Jeff - Sa Solin Ripasso Valpolicella - I enjoy this wine, not only for the resonable price, but also for the smooth warmth it offers on cold Winnipeg nights. Next time you are in the winehouse, ask me for a bottle and some recommendations on cheese and food to pair with this Italian winner!
Graeme - Pol Roger NV (Non Vintage) Champagne: It's my house Champagne. It pairs well with breakfast. It's great after a good day, it's better after the worst days. It gets the party started. If citrus, strawberry and toasty notes aren't your style, explore a little. Find a bubbly you like and always have it on hand.
Ronnie - Alamos Pinot Noir. Thiswine has been on the shelf since I started working at the winehouse and still remains one of may favorite Pinot Noirs in the store. A good value, this wine has great fruit with firm acidity to back it up, making it great with food. Don't be afraid of the sediment in the bottle; this wine is unfiltered and often has some "bits" in the wine, but I think it adds to the character.
Paul - Abacela 2008 Garnacha, Oregon - An old world varietal made in a new world region. This wine shows well with a brilliant nose moving to bright purple fruits on the palate. While not as robust as some old vines products from Spain, this wine can hold its own if either being sipped, or paired up with a heaty meal. Some of the old world character of earth and smoke come bursting through for a long elegant finish.
Alena - Chateau Bonnet Blanc. France. (Editors note: Alena is a woman of few, well chosen, words.)
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Krista - Jorio Montepulciano d'Abruzzo. This is a Southern Italian treat. It has mothwatering cherry flavours and aromas. Loved it with the spicychorizo and marinara pasta dish I whipped up. Whether you enjoy it on it's own or as a pairing with some great Italian food, this full bodied wine will win you over!
Jennifer - Layer Cake Shiraz - A rich, bold Shiraz that you can enjoy cuddled up on the couch with the one you love, watching a chick flick. With every slice you sip, there is warmth from delicious moccha and an arousal from the rich chocolate flooding your mouth, finishingoff with fruitt notes that will stimulate your senses.
Ryan - The Schild Estate Shiraz, Australia. Full, lush and great notes of pepper. Pairs perfectly with a peppercorn steak! (Editors note: This wine was ranked as the Wine Specator's number 7 pick on the top 100 list.)
JR - Pirramimma Petit Verdot, Australia - Not the most common grape varietal but one that will please your palate. Pirramimma is an aboriginal phrase meaning "the moon and the star". The wine is 100% Petit Verdot which is rich, powerful, and has long lingering tannins on the finish. Well bablanced between oak and tannins and has nice presense from beginning to finish. Enjoy with beef tenderloin and grilled veggies. Enjoy!!
Lucien - I like the Alamos Pinot Noir. For a Pinot noir it has a nice big flavour. Nice spice with a peppery bite to finish.
Skinny Stew - One of my faves is the Catena Malbec. A great example of Argentina's Malbec making prowess is thie soft, silky wine thatpersonifies what this underrated grape has to offer.
This is what Malbec should taste like.