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Movie Monday…

25 Jan

To break the gray sky and drizzle, a little wine sunshine for your Monday. One of my favourite wine enthusiasts and another of my favourite car junkies from Top Gear join a Brit as they sip — and eat — their way through a wine tasting. Cheers!

Battle of the Chardonnays…

19 Jan

Last night I uncorked two bottles of Chardonnay that were listed on the Vines Magazine InterVin Awards Best Buys list. As I was limited in selection because of my local LCBO, I wasn’t able to taste all 30 great valued bottles. However, I did manage to drink my way through both an Italian and Canadian Chardonnay.

Up first was the Cesari Chardonnay from Veneto, Italy ($7.45, LCBO Item #572461). The first thing I noticed was the price tag. I’m a student and pride myself on finding the “Big Three” in a bottle – under 10 bucks, Canadian and screw-cap. This wine was batting one out of three, but had the most important one going for it – price.

From the get-go, there was something right on the tip of your tongue. It’s ineffable, though the review in Vines identified it as “a subdued almost/nutty character”. That’s why they’re the pros.

I thought it was simply delicious, tangy and juicy. I found it extremely easy to drink, as I generally find most Chards to be unbearable oaky. Wasn’t super sweet, despite it’s berry smell. I think it would be great on a patio in the middle of summer, with grilled white fish on your plate, and watermelon for dessert. It’s as clean and clear as sun kissed water. Refreshing.

Next up was the Inniskillin Wine Varietal Series 2007 Chardonnay from Niagara ($10.95, LCBO Item # 066266). I love buying Canadian, so that was a check mark on the “Big Three”, but came up just over the ten dollar mark. Still an unbelievably good price.

First of all, I much prefer unoaked Chardonnays like this one. It’s smoky without tasting like I just licked the inside of the barrel. Vines Magazine pointed out ripe fruit, and I can definitely taste the apple.

I’d sit down to a big glass of this with some Fettucine Alfredo and a great crusty loaf from the French bakery downtown.

This wine is creamier, more grown up and developed that the Cesari. Even the bottles seem like the Inniskillin is the older, more responsible sister to the Cesari’s early twenties ‘figuring myself out’ stage.

All in all, I liked both bottles, though I’d drink them on very separate occasions. I think they’re both excellent value and I can’t wait to taste a few more from the list.

I hope you’ll try one or both and let the Corkscrew know what you think about these delightful Chardonnays.

Cheers!