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On the Road with the Grape Guy

On the Road with the Grape Guy is a on-going feature that follows me from event to event ... I post my thoughts, feelings and reviews of what happened and what I tasted ... basically it is here that I review the events I attend and the things that thrilled me.

Gamay Nouveau 2019

20 Nov 2019

Look, this is not expensive, think deep and long and hard wine, this is Nouveau ... it was grapes six weeks ago and now it is wine in your glass … so for expediency, and for you to know which wines to pick up IBouchard Nouveau 2019 tasted ‘em and ranked ‘em quick, probably the same way you’re gonna drink the stuff - I have my favourites and then there is the rest.

For those of you that buy these wines, here’s your primer for this year’s (2019) Nouveaux (both from France and Italy).

Seven wines were released to the media (as part of this tasting) – 5 made my "buy" list, I will even list the forgettable ones just in case you’re tempted to buy those too.

Simply the Best …

Best Taste / Best Value:

Bouchard Aine 2019 Beaujolais Nouveau ($12.95 - #63800)


DuBoeuf Nouveau 2019Runner Up:

Mommessin 2019 Beaujolais Nouveau ($13.95 - #897934)


Best Italian:

Mezzacorona 2019 Novello, Trentino ($10.95 - #443192)

MezzaCorona Novello 2019

The Others …

Joseph Drouhin 2019 Beaujolais Villages ($17.95 - #113266)
George DuBoeuf 2019 Beaujolias Villages Nouveau ($16.95 - #9322780)

The Ones to Avoid …

George DuBoeuf 2019 Gamay Nouveau ($10.95 - #891846)
Negrar Valpolicella 2019 Novello Del Veneto ($12.95 - #89955)

International Wine Round Up

15 Nov 2019

I taste a lot of wines through Vintages and various tasting around town and abroad - but these wines crossed my desk and needed tasting, so I did that too … these are either at or are coming soon to the LCBO, you can link to the full review by clicking on the wines name or you can just see the score beside the name (it’s up to you)

Argentina …

Argento 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva ... (*** ½) Argento
Argento 2017 Chardonnay ... (***)
Luigi Bosca 2016 Malbec, Single Vineyard ... (*** ½+)

 


Australia …

Best's WineBest’s 2016 Shiraz, Bin 1 ... (*** ½+)

 

 


France …

Domaine Barons de Rothschild 2016 Legende Medoc ... (*** ½)
Drapier NV Brut Nature ... (*** ½+)
Gerard Bertrand 2018 Viognier Reserve Speciale ... (*** ½) Gerard Bertrand
Gerard Bertrand 2017 Fitou ... (*** ½)
Jean Claude Mas 2017 Merlot, Les Tannes en Occitanie ... (****)
Les Vignerons de Buzet 2018 Sans ... (*** ½)
Mouton Cadet 2016 Bordeaux ... (*** ½)


Kim CrawfordNew Zealand …

Kim Crawford 2019 Pinot Gris ... (***+)


Portugal …

Curvos 2018 Loureira ... (*** ½)

Curvos

South Africa …

Nederburg 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, The Winemasters ... (*** ½+) Nederburg
Fleur du Cap 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Essence du Cap ... (***+)


United States …

Fess Parker 2016 Pinot Noir, Sta Rita Hills ... (*** ½)
Franciscan 2017 Sauvignon Blanc ... (***+)
Kendall-Jackson 2017 Pinot Gris Vintners Reserve ... (***+)
Robert Mondavi 2015 Chardonnay, Napa Valley ... (*** ½)
Simi 2017 Chardonnay, Sonoma County ... (*** ½)
The Ultimate Long Shot 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon ... (*** ½)
Tom Gore 2017 Sauvignon Blanc ... (***+)

Tom Gore

 

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