This month's theme is "something for everyone from everywhere". The best value QPR Wines that I have had over the last month. This is a bit of a cop out as I have been to a myriad of tastings and had a wonderful visit to Alsace. Each of these experiences deserve their own blog, and this will happen; but although rich in wine, I wasn't so wealthy with time.
Since I had the most fabulous visit, of my Alsatian tour, at Trimbach; I thought I would start there and point out the great value in their #1 US seller.
Trimbach - Pinot Gris - Reserve - 2008, Alsace, France -$18 - 24.00
Fresh nose and palate of elderflower and lime. Beautifully, complex wine!
Closer to home, from Niagara, is the remarkably priced Kacaba Cab Franc.
Kacaba - Single Vineyard - Cabernet Franc - 2008, Niagara, Canada - $18.95
Perfumed nose of red flowers, spicy dark fruit. Medium mouth feel. Good complexity for price.
There was so much to choose from at the New Zealand tasting, that highlighting just one is a challenge. I chose one that was hitting LCBO general list in June to balance things out as some of these may be a challenge for Ontarians to find.
Giesen - Estate Riesling - 2011, Marlborough, New Zealand - $15.95
Honeysuckle with a touch of tropical fruit on nose. Lemon-lime palate. Med sweet wine but beautiful acid balance. Lingers...
A blogger tasting of Grant Burge was special experience with a surprising Napa-style Cab.
Grant Burge - Corryton Park - Cabernet Sauvignon - 2009, Barossa, Australia - $33.00
Classic nose of blackberry, cedar, tobacco. Rich mouth feel and long finish. Well integrated.
Churchill Cellars had their annual tasting and what stood out for me was a wine I had, tasted, owned but had completely forgotten to write about. More fabulously priced French bubbly.
Vincent Raimbault - Vouvray - Method Traditionelle - Brut - $17.95
Lovely pear, stone fruit, with a touch of biscuit. Delicate, persistent bubbles give nice creaminess.
Finally, a ZAP - California Zinfandel, tasting hit Toronto. A dream come true and a chance to really compare the styles of Zins. Starting here with an accessibly priced, good quality wine.
Ghost Pines - Winemaker's Blend Zinfandel - 2009, Sonoma County, California - $19.95
Well structured, fruitforward but not jammy, lots of blackberry. Quite elegant especially for the price.
I am not an expert, just a discerning wine lover or amateur de vin (as the French say), but everyone has a different palate, likes and dislikes so it must be understood that any of my recommendations are personal. I just hope that you find them useful or at the very least - interesting. I also hope you enjoy my photos. It is more fun sharing then keeping them backed up on a hard drive.