Bill Zacharkiw Wines of the Week: December 10, 2021

Each week, Bill Zacharkiw identifies his best selections of wines available at SAQ and offers ideas for pairings.

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Each week, Bill Zacharkiw identifies his best selections of wines available at SAQ and offers ideas for pairings.

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Less than $ 17

Orange Wine 2020, The Audacity of Thomas G. Bright, Arterra Wines, Niagara orange, $ 16.95, SAQ # 14827519. Cheap orange wine from Niagara? I admit I was skeptical, but I really liked this. The blend includes two of my favorite Alsatian grapes, which give off beautiful floral and fruity aromas. The mouth has a pleasant texture with a slight touch of tannin. The end has a pleasant sour note, which calls for some food. It is not the most complex, but if you are interested in orange wines, this is a great place to start. Grape varieties: gewürztraminer, pinot gris. Residual sugar: 2.8 g / L. Serve in: 8-14 C. Drink now. Food pairing ideas: appetizer, roast turkey, richer fish such as salmon.

$ 17- $ 20

Costières de Nîmes 2020, Galets Rouges, Château Mourgues du Grès, France red, $ 18.50, SAQ # 10259753. Organic. This has been my Wines of the Week for six years in a row. How consistent is that? Always super tasty, this syrah-fueled southern Rhône blend is a must-have for anyone who appreciates that rich southern French flair. The 2020 shows a more fruity touch, but shows the same spice and a rock-laden mineral note on the finish. The tannins are okay, well layered and have just enough bite if you want to drink this with some fattier meals. And as always, freshness is not lacking. Grape varieties: syrah, garnacha. Residual sugar: 1.8 g / L. Serve in: 16 C. Drink now. Food pairing ideas: vegetarian dishes, ratatouille, sausages.

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$ 20- $ 25

Rosso di Montepulciano 2020, Poliziano, Italy red, $ 22.95, SAQ # 13630343. Poliziano is definitely among my five favorite Tuscan growers. It seems that no matter what appellation they touch, the wines are spectacular. This Rosso shows a lot of fresh fruit on the nose, with a plump and smooth mid palate, but great concentration and freshness in the finish. The tannins are smooth and easy, and there’s just enough of that leathery sangiovese goodness to remind you that you’re actually drinking Tuscan. Elegant and delicious, you won’t even notice the bottle is finished. Grape varieties: smooth blackthorn (Sangiovese), merlot. Residual sugar: 2 g / L. Serve in: 16 C. Drink now-2025. Food pairing ideas: veal parmesan, turkey with cranberry sauce and stuffing.

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$ 25 and up

Rioja 2016, Reserva, Imperial, Haro, Compania Vinicola del Norte de Espana, Spain red, $ 39, SAQ # 12897863. Great Rioja is a pleasure, and this one delivers. While this can easily handle more storage to calm the tannins, I like the way it is now – full of fruit and flowers, precise tannins, and a long, focused finish. The oak is there, but it has yet to turn vanilla, leaving a flavorful dry spice note in the finish. This is a delicious wine. Bring the meat. Grape varieties: Tempranillo, Graciano, Mazuelo. Residual sugar: 2 g / L. Serve in: 18 C. Drink now-2026. Food pairing idea: Grilled Ribs.

Reference-montrealgazette.com

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