Argento Pinot Grigio 2013

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Price: $9.95
Made in: Mendoza, Argentina
By: Argento Wine Company
Varietal: Pinot Grigio

This Argentinian Pinot Grigio smells quite sweet at first, but not the typical fruitiness of this style. After breathing, it does get pretty close to the aromas of a Pinot Grigio. The taste is pretty good right of the top. Slightly dry, fruity, sweet and with a little sourness in the finish. Very, very drinkable for the price.

Rating: 3.7/5

Amalaya “Esperanza por un Milagro” White Wine

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Price: $10.95
Made in: Calchaqui Valley, Salta, Argentina
By: Hess Family Estates
Varietal: Torrontes and Riesling

This Argentinian white wine is composed of 85% Torrontes and 15% Riesling (written on label – 90/10 on site). Beautiful fresh fruity and floral aromas with exotic fruits (pears as well) and grassy herbs (even slight mint). The taste is definitely milder. Way milder. Notes of sweetness and citrus (getting better as it breathes) with some alcohol. Much better with food, and could be a good summer wine when you want something lighter, refreshing and fruity. Well worth the price.

Rating: 3.6/5

Costa Farnel Prosecco

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Price: $19.95
Made in: Pescara, Italy
By: La Canosa SRL Agroforestale

This Italian Extra Dry Prosecco Sparkling starts off on a wrong note with the cork breaking at the bottom and leaving some pieces around the opening. The bottle is wider than most, so it holds well, but it pours all over. It does smell like cork a bit, but the yeast helps out. Sweet grapes with a little sourness. Even candy strawberries and vanilla after breathing. Pretty much the same for the taste. Not very dry, so goes down easily, but lacking a little blending between the sweetness, fruitiness and the light sourness. And the wood hints from the cork (even though not super corked) are not very pleasant.

Rating: 2.3/5

Cottage Block Sauvignon Blanc Riesling

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Price: $12.95
Made in: Ontario, Canada
By: Strewn Inc.
Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling

This Ontario white wine is a nice blend between Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling. The Riesling being on the sweet-side and not the dry one. Very sweet nose with the grapes and a little alcohol. The taste is little less sweet with a nice tropical fruits flavour and a tad of yeast in the aftertaste. Good citrus notes as well. Pretty good overall (especially for the price), but might be a little too sugary for some.

Rating: 3.7/5

Cono Sur Tocornal Sauvignon Blanc

conosurLCBO#: 306472
Price: $13.95 (1500 ml)
Made in: Chile
By: Vina Tocornal

Cono Sur is always a sure thing for us, price/quality and Sauvignon Blanc is one of the whites we like to enjoy with grilled chicken. This one has a nice sweet grape nose with hints of pears. The mouthfeel is pretty wet and refreshing with a slight dryness in the finish. It is nicely mixed between the sweetness, the mild bitterness and some very light sourness for the taste with notes of citrus (especially grapefruit). Good fruitiness all-over, but this 2011 version seems a little watered-down compared to the previous years we have had (gets much better as it warms up a bit). Still, a great buy for when many people come over (bigger bottle for cheap).

Rating: 2.8/5

Baden Gewürztraminer 2011

badenLCBO#: 336735
Price: $10.95
Made in: Baden, Germany
By: Vina Badischer Winzerkeller
Varietal: Gewurztraminer

Sweet fruity nose with alcohol dryness. After breathing, notes of pears come out. The taste is sweet, but not too syrupy. Seems like this wine has lots of tiny bubbles all around the glass (so lots of air). Mild sourness blending things and the alcohol also shows in the finish (again creating some light dryness). Ugly label, but decent easy-drinking Gewürztraminer with lots of character when sipping. For those who prefer them sweeter than dry.

Rating: 3.9/5

Jackson-Triggs Pinot Grigio

jt-pinotLCBO#: 621110
Price: $10.95
Made in: Ontario, Canada
By: Jackson-Triggs Winery
Varietal: Pinot Grigio

Might be known as Unity Pinot Grigio and this one we have has no dates (year) on it. Written blended from international and Canadian wines. Light pear aromas and medium-light body. The mild pear is also in the taste with notes of lime creating some very light sourness in the finish. Alcohol is also felt in the aftertaste. A pretty decent affordable fruity white wine, but a tad too mild and there is better for the price from other Southern American countries.

Rating: 3.1/5