Bill Zacharkiw”s Wines of the Week April 21, 2017


Under $18: Everyday drinking

Minervois 2015, Esprit d’Automne, Domaine Borie de Maurel, France red, $17.45, SAQ # 875567. Organic. Classic Minervois fruit and structure. The syrah here is stern, almost Cornas-like in its darkness. The tannins are finely honed for a Languedoc wine. Touch of herbs on the finish. Really good for the price. Grape varieties: syrah, carignan, grenache. Residual sugar: 2.1 g/L. Serve at: 16 C. Drink now-2018. Food pairing idea: beef stews, sausages.

$18-$23: Mid-priced marvel

Kalogeri 2015, Domaine Papagiannakos, Greece white, $19.95, SAQ # 13110401. What a great “drinking” wine. A touch perfumed upon opening, but then it mellows and you feel as though you are drinking flowers. So fresh, so comfortable. The bottle was almost emptied before I could write this note. That’s a great sign. Grape variety: malagousia. Residual sugar: 1.6 g/L. Serve at: 8 C. Drink now. Food pairing idea: apéritif, most lighter seafood, snow crab. 

$23 and up: For a treat

Riesling 2015, Trocken, Ökonomierat Rebholz, Pfalz, Germany white, $26.45, SAQ # 12690707. Organic. No lack of fun here. A very easy, ready-to-drink riesling that shows mostly citrus, with an underlying mineral quality that becomes more and more imposing as it warms. Has a touch of CO2, which adds extra freshness. Great apéritif wine. Grape variety: riesling. Residual sugar: n/a. Serve at: 8 C. Drink now-2020. Food pairing idea: apéritif, ceviche, shrimp with garlic and herbs.