Smoky Bay 

found at IGA and Metro stores
Price: $11.89 (1L)
Made in: Australia
By: Smoky Bay

This Australian red wine has a sweet nose from the cherries, plums, with hints of leather, and some alcohol dryness. The taste is sweet as well with all the dark fruits, but watered-down. Decent light dryness in the mouthfeel. Slightly tarty in the finish. For a real cheap wine, that seems to be a blend, it is not too bad. Not a great one though.

Rating: 2.9/5

Domaine du Tariquet Sauvignon

LCBO#: 484139
Price: $13.95
SAQ#: 00484139
Prix: 13.55$
Made in: Eauze, France
By: Château du Tariquet
Year: 2015

This French Sauvignon gives out mild, kind of weird, citrus aromas. The taste is much better with the Sauvignon Blanc flavours. Citrus, light grassiness with nice fruitiness. Decent dryness, but the finish is quite short. Nothing exceptional, but refreshing as should be. A little too tarty and mild overall.

Rating: 3.4/5

Piger Henricus Gin

LCBO#: 398842
Price: $44.95 (750ml bottle)
SAQ#: 13222711
Price: $30.75 (500ml bottle)
Made in: Quebec, Canada
By: Les distillateurs subversifs
ABV: 43%

This microdistilled gin from Quebec, Canada has a blend of juniper, coriander, angelica, lemon peel, cardamon and… parsnips. The aromas are mild with a mix of gin and vodka. More going on in the taste that reveals the gin side, but nicely balanced. Stays mild for a while and the heat takes longer to kick in. The parsnips is lightly felt in the lingering. An interesting addition and good to sip on its own. Or mix.

Rating: 3.7/5

Cinzano Prosecco

imageSAQ#: 12275394
Price: $15.95
Made in: Italy
By: DCM S.P.A.

Don’t mind Cinzano drinks, so interesting to find this Sparkling by this company. At first pour, some sourness comes out in the nose and taste with lots of citrus notes. With time, some sweetness does come out to balance things. Nice decent dryness in the mouthfeel with very mild yeast lingering in the aftertaste. Nothing special, but some nice fruitiness that makes this easy-going bubbly a local find that is alright to have from time to time, when nothing else is found.

Rating: 3.2/5

Les fumées blanches Sauvignon Blanc

imageSAQ#: 00643700 (also available at the LCBO)
Price: $15.25
Made in: Vayres, France
By: François Lurton
Year: 2014

For those who have noticed, we do not do much French wines. We are of French roots, so nothing against them, but a lot we get here is overpriced for the quality. This one is an exception. Label caught our eye and who does not like a Sauvignon Blanc in summer. Pours a great fruity nose of typical Sauvignon Blanc with hints of smokey wood. Rich sweetness of grapes, well-balanced with the mild dryness and light sourness. Yep, just well-balanced all-around Sauvignon Blanc that we recommend.

Rating: 4.4/5

La Puerta Syrah

imageLCBO#: N/A
Price: N/A
Made in: Andes Famatina Valley, Argentina
By: Valley de la Puerta S.A.
Year: 2009

Been cellaring this one for a while (or maybe we just forgot it). Looks like we can no longer get this one at the LCBO, but the bottle is easily recognizable from the past. Anyways, aromas of dark berries, especially cherries with notes of alcohol. Hints of wood seem to come out a little. Lots of berries in the taste with some plums, light sourness from the cherries, some mild tannins creating some tartiness. Even some smokiness. Not one I would cellar again, but still pretty good overall.

Rating: 3.2/5

Curious Beasts Blood Red (Rouge Sang)

20131027-180943.jpgSAQ code: 12109986
Price: $18.95
Made in: California, USA
By: Truett Hurst
Varietal: Merlot, Syrah and Zinfandel
2012

Got this red wine at the SAQ as the wrapper around the bottle caught our eye. Had a pirate kind of feel, tied up around the neck of the bottle with an elastic. Smells like nothing at first, as really too mild. After breathing half-an-hour, it does release cherries, black berries and some mild leather. The mouthfeel is a little too tarty with the yeast. The nose started milder than the taste, but eventually beats it. Still, nothing really good, but a nice packaging. Inked blood along the cork. That’s nice.

Rating: 2.2/5