Last week, I got an invitation from Sharman Yarnell, host of Showtime, a Saturday morning show on Montreal station CJAD, to talk about summer wines and, more specifically good wines for the barbecue. Sharman was charming and fun to work with, and I certainly hope to do it again some time. I have to say it’s always nice, when you’re blogging, to reach towards other media. And I’ve always loved doing radio.
I put together a list of accessible wines that could come in handy for the grilling season, in whites, rosés and reds, with a specific accent on new arrivals at SAQ, and answers to a specific question about “budget” wines. Not all wines got on the air – so readers on this blog get a little extra.
One of the things I pointed out, for the barbecue/summer theme, are the Cellier New Arrivals from Spain and Portugal, 45 wines delivered in two batches, these days, with a great accent on emerging regions like Jumilla, Yecla, Bierzo, and relatively inexpensive wines from the often superlatively-described region of Priorat. Many great wines, often under 20$, with a lot of full-flavored, very distinctive wines benefiting from old vines that give them extra structure and structure.
Here’s the full list of suggestions, with short tasting notes.
Nero d’Avola Giacondi Sicilia i.g.t. 2007 (10803034), 8,15$ Simple wine with black cherry flavors and aromas, well-done, especially at such a low price.
Marcus James Tempranillo, Mendoza, Argentina (10398374), 9,75$ Nice nose of dark berries, tobacco and spice, tannins a little rough, but again, nice value for the price.
Penfolds Rawson’s Retreat, Semillon-Chardonnay, South Eastern Australia (00419242) 13,20$ Very classic Aussie white with nicely rounded flavors. Popular, with good reason.
San Vincenzo, Anselmi, Veneto I.G.T. (00585422) 17,10$ Beautiful wine from one of North Italy’s most remarkable producers, with rich aromas and yet refreshing acidity.
Vin Gris de Cigare, Bonny Doon Vineyard, California (10262979), 19,80$ Great, subtle, fragrant rosé. More expensive than average, but also shows a lot more class.
Mas Collet 2005, Montsant, Celler Capçanes (00642538) 17,10$ See my full tasting note here.
Masi Campofiorin, Rosso del Veronese (00155051) 19,35$ A rich, tasty wine with almost port-like accents, made in the ripasso style, meaning that the wine is fermented in part with grapes that are partially-dried on straw mats to bring extra richness and concentration.
Château Lamargue, Cuvée Aegidiane, Costières-de-Nimes (10678923), 20,10$ A juicy, well-structured wine from grenache and other varietals that is truly worth well more than its actual price. As good as many Châteauneuf-du-Pape worth twice as much.