Wines of the Week for November 30, 2017

Cantina Sociale Valpolicella Negrar Corvina 2015 (Veneto)
$9.85 (LCBO #519199)
Corvina is one of the three major grapes in Valpolicella – here produced as a single variety.  Deep ruby in colour with an earthy, cherry nose backed by light oak notes; medium-bodied, dry and fruity with raspberry and sour cherry flavours. Great value. (88.5)
Food match: pizza; pasta dishes

Domaine de la Chaise Touraine Sauvignon 2016
$16.95 (Vintages #452540)
Here’s a Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire’s Touraine region that comes on like a white Bordeaux. Medium straw in colour, it has a spicy, lanolin and lemon balm nose with a note of cut grass. Medium-bodied and crisply dry, it has flavours of elderberries and gooseberries – very fresh and lively on the palate. (89)
Food match: seafood; pan-fried fish

La Ferme du Mont Le Ponnant Côtes du Rhône 2015 (Rhône)
$19.95 (Vintages #171371)
A blend of 60% Grenache and 40% Syrah. Dense purple in colour – as you’d expect from a warm sunny vintage that far south – it’s got a nose of blackberries and vanilla oak; full-bodied and dry, it has a distinct flavour of freshly picked blackberries with fresh acidity. (89)
Food match: beef casserole; pepper steak

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