Location: Whitby, Ontario, Canada

Born in Malta but in Canada since age 5. Has written three books and presently does several columns about wine and food for various magazines.

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Quality Comes from Many Areas

Fikardos Cabernet/Mataro/Shiraz  (Previously Achilleas)                                        91/100 points
This wine from the Paphos area of Cyprus has a very interesting and unusual blend. This wine is is dark red in colour with a gentle bouquet of cherry, black fruit and pepper. The wine is medium in body and acidity which gives it an elegant if not a muscular wine. Fermented and aged in Stainless Steel  it will be particularly pleasurable to those who do not want oak in their wine. This also exhibits some of Cabernet Sauvignon's vegetal nuances seem to come through.As a point of interest the vines are grown on their own rootstock since there is no Phylloxera in Cyprus!
Food Choices: Pork Souvlaki dinners with rice/potatoes and vegetables, grilled veggies and meat!

DALVA 10 year Tawney Port                                                                                   94/100 points
This is a  well crafted wine blend of quality wine from different years. The wine is rich and full with dried fruit flavours of citrus orange/mandarin, vanilla, banana peel and fig. Great value. Vintages #583021  $35.95. Made for a cigar smoker but also for fine sipping after dinner. As a dessert wine it would be great with Chocolate Mousse! 94//100 pts. Available also at Case For Wine Agency 416-482-0241

L'Oca Ciuca Drunken Goose                                                                                90/100 points
A blend of Sangiovese (85%) with intense flavours of ripe dark fruit, anise and tobacco .It has forward tannin which add to the pleasure of either sipping on its own or having it with a wide assortment of food. Excellent basic Chianti at a very affordable price! 

Maurice Gavignet Monthélie 'les Sous Roches' Grand Vin De Bourgogne 2014 - Vin Rouge

Monthelie Maurice Gavignet 2016 (AOP)                                                                 91/100 points
This Pinot Noir is made in the Monthelie region of the Cote de Beane Burgundy. For a Burgundy the wine promises good value with red fruit, smoke and nuances of tobacco. easy tannin and light to medium in body with a marked acid finish the wine comes across as a wine to have with beef, game and veal. This is a wine to have when the prices of better known Burgundy soars.

Botter Appassimento Rosso IGT Puglia

Botter Appassimento Puglia Rosso                                                                            94/100 points
This is a luscious sweet wine from the Salento region of Puglia made from a Negroamaro, blend. The wine is full bodied and fruity with dark fruit flavours and herbal characteristics. It can be enjoyed with food , fruit such as ripe figs or desserts but it can also be enjoyed slightly chilled as a summer's eve drink. Botter makes exceptional quality wine at reasonable prices and this is no different!