Sale $11.10, Regular
Discount (until June 21): $2.00
LCBO # 392480 | 750 mL bottle
Tastes like: A brighter Merlot. And quite lovely at that.
Pairs with: Cold cuts, lamb pops, hard cheese, nachos, black bean burger, bavette and burgers.
Good for: Sandwich fixings out back, with a bottle on chill.
Why we're drinking this
Like most other wine geeks, we love Greek wine. But we’ll spare you the obvious head-smackingly mundane observations about the unpronuncability of Greek grape varieties. We think smart readers can figure this one out. (Just feign an outrageous pan-European accent as you attempt it, while twirling the ends of a wide-ranging mustache.) This wine is made of Agiorgitiko from a few vineyards around Nemea, where the grape has been grown for, you know, just 2,500 years or so. It’s a bit of a workhorse grape, appearing in everything from rosés to substantial cellar-busters. It can even be a sweet wine. We like versatility, so… we like this.
Lots of colour, mostly purple. It smells like it too, with ripe fresh blueberry, blackberry, black cherry and plum. It’s like a Merlot, but lighter, more lively, and less Merlot-y. Sure, it’s got that Kool-Aid “pong,” but that’s why you need to serve it a little chilled. Those ripe berries and the wine’s lively acidity make it a real freshener. This is not a complex wine, which isn’t what you want for serving in the backyard with a few easy finger foods. But this is a real nice lively drinker for an impromptu weekend mixer. Everyone will like it—even your snob friend who’ll correct your pronunciation.
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