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Samantha Torrance
 
July 6, 2016 | Samantha Torrance

How to Make Trying New Wines a Fun Game!

My boyfriend Alex and I have an agreement when it comes to wine. I buy a wine I think he will enjoy and  if I’m right he pays me back in full, but if he doesn’t like the wine I only get half back. I enjoy it because it’s like a game for me; I get to use my knowledge of wine to pick out products I think he will like and Alex gets to try delicious wine. Win-Win. His preferred flavour is big, bold, juicy full bodied reds, below are my most recent selections for him.

Jost Vineyards Marechal Foch - $16.99/750mL (Nova Scotia)
Wine from Nova Scotia, who knew? The cooler climate terroir of NS is the perfect growing grounds for Marechal Foch. The nose of this wine is savoury with aromas of leather, cigars, chocolate, with hints of anise and fruits such as figs, dates, and even more subtle hints of strawberry and raspberry. The palate is medium bodied with smooth tannins. This wine has big flavours of rustic earth, dried red fruits (that strawberry and raspberry from the nose), and finishes with a slightly spiced, chocolate covered raisin flavour.
Alex’s Approval Rating: 9/10, he loved how savoury this wine was. It still had the fruit, but with more meaty, savory characteristics than he’s used to. His favourite so far.

Comoloco Monastrell - $16.99/750mL (Spain)
Comoloco, the bottle with the zany label to match the wine inside. Monastrell is the same grape as Mourvedre, which you may have seen on French wine labels. The nose on this wine is robust with deep, ripe fruits, and exotic spices.  The palate is medium bodied with soft tannins. There are flavours of deep, red fruits such as raspberry, cherries, and plum, with savoury notes and a soft acidity on the finish. This wine is best paired with steak and barbeque.
Alex’s Approval Rating: 7/10, he thought it was really easy drinking, great spice and smooth tannins.

California Square Red Blend - $19.99/750mL (USA)
This was one of the first bottles I had bought for him. I like the funky rectangular prism shape and I knew it would be a good wine to use to get to know his palate better. This blend is made up of five different grapes: Merlot, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, Sangiovese, and Syrah. Each varietal was harvested, crushed, and fermented separately to get maximum flavour and texture from each of the grapes. The Petite Sirah and Syrah give notes of blueberries, cherries, chocolate, and spice to the blend. The Sangiovese and Zinfandel give way for big blackberry and raspberry jam and the Merlot fills the palate with ripe plum and a juicy finish. Medium in body with soft tannins this wine is really easy drinking and a great starting point for people wanting to get into red wine.
Alex’s Approval Rating: 7/10 he enjoyed how it was smooth and fruity.

Finca las Moras Paz Malbec - $18.99/750mL (Argentina)
This one is my favourite Malbecs that I’ve ever tried. This wine has an intense violet colour and aromas of blackberry, black cherries, plums, and baking spice. The palate is intense with flavours of those dark blackberries and plums with a lingering finish of warm spice on the end. The tannins are evenly balanced with the acidity and the flavours of the wine linger on the tongue for a very long time. I cannot stress enough how crazy the flavours are in this wine. I personally have never tried a wine that was so juicy and fruity while still having so much complexity. I would pair this wine with grilled red meats and barbeque.
Alex’s Approval Rating: 8/10, He thoroughly enjoyed how intense and flavourful it was. 

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