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The Ladron and the secrets of Mencía

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(By Marina La Forgia) Ladron is a delicious and original red wine of the Mencía variety produced by Casa Rojo. Innovative and avant-garde as only a few in Spain, this winery has been surprising me for all the attractive labels for all the different wines. Mencía is an Iberic variety that has been forgotten for decades and is now beginning to be reborn and to win fans among young winemakers. Some studies relate this grape variety to Cabernet Franc and the best place in the world for it seems to be the Bierzo region. This is where this young red comes from, it has a strong character that expresses the best of this terroir. Made from old vines planted in the area and without any wood aging, Ladron is a very fruity young wine overflowing notes of cherry, raspberry, wild flowers, licorice and mint. In the mouth it surprises by its unctuousness, its pronounced minerality and its fruit intensity. An irreverent and particular wine that shows the particularities of a very Spanish variety that …

Mountain Blend Chardonnay: Intense expression of the mountains

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From argentine producer Santa Julia arrives in the Quebec market a new wine that fortunately in my opinion helps to open the door for discovering new flavors and varieties of Mendoza. The grape Chardonnay, the star of the whites in the world, also has a very special terroir in the Uco Valley. This mineral and refreshing white wine, pleasantly surprised me by its delicate aromas of apple, jasmine and peach, and a slight but consistent structure in the mouth. With only 6 months in oak barrels, the wine preserves its fruity character and some flavors that remind me of the stony and alluvial soil so characteristic of the region. A delicious wine perfect for uncorking any of these summer evenings while it rests in the SAQ stores! (Marina La Forgia)

A Malbec as bright as the stars ...

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"The moon has just come out, tonight the grapes will sleep illuminated by the stars, and tomorrow the sun will bathe the magic vine ..."
It is always a pleasure how new variants of great Malbec wines are still born. I have recently had the opportunity to taste this new wine from Viña Las Estrellas, which I have liked very much because of its authentic character, but even more for its elegance and softness. Without ceasing to be perfectly expressive, it is a Malbec that responds to the new trend. A subtle and friendly wine to seduce the palates of the world. With all the typical notes we can expect and coming from Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza, it offers in the nose a very perfumed bouquet with flowers, some cinnamon and nuts. In the mouth, although it has been for 6 months aging in new barrels, I must emphasize that this contact and influence of the oak is well assembled with the fruit, since it has a fresh, unctuous and balanced character. A Malbec with a delicious expression to per…

Camping and good wines

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(By Marina La Forgia) A new summer season begins and going on camping is one of the most beautiful and accessible activities that I found myself to enjoy the magic of nature. With friends or family, there is nothing more pleasant than sitting around the fire and enjoying pleasant sunsets and picnics outdoors. It does not take a big budget to have a good time. Here 3 wine proposals that were my perfect allies this weekend in the Mont Orford National Park.

Aufkellereien
One of the classic grocery wines, the white Aufkellereien is a fruity, refreshing and unpretentious German wine, that indeed very pleasant. It is the ideal appetizer, since it seduces all palates.
Sea Ridge Merlot
A good choice of light red wine, with pleasant notes of red fruits and very easy to drink. The palate also has soft spicy notes that give to the wine a nice freshness and a good finish on the palate. Good price-quality ratio.
Château Lamartine Exclusively for the gondolas of the SAQ Dêpot, it is worthwhile to taste …

Valdemar Blanco: a refreshing Rioja breeze

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Conde Valdemar White 2017 Bodegas Valdemar DOC Rioja (Alavesa) - Spain SAQ price: $ 15.10 (By Marina La Forgia) Much is said about Rioja's classic reds, but whites are also great wines to discover. Such is the case of Valdemar Blanco, a winery that keeps the elegance of traditional wines but is also one of the most innovative of the region. One of its modern style wines is this excellent fresh and unctuous white made from 4 grape varieties: 70% of the native Viura, 15% of Verdejo, 10% of Sauvignon Blanc and 5% of Tempranillo Blanco. This interesting blend can only give a wine overflowing plenty of very nice aromas but the tropical fruits notes stand out. On the palate, however, I liked it for its mineral character and its refreshing acidity. A great and affordable wine, it is an excellent option to marry the delicious Spanish food. I have paired it with a homemade seafood paella and together they have expressed wonderfully!

How to be modern and revolutionary, without losing the essence

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Rhone to the Bones  Ravoire & Fils  AOP Cotes du Rhône - France 65% Grenache - 35% Syrah SAQ Price: $ 15.85 (By Marina La Forgia) In my personal opinion, the Rhone Valley is one of those wine regions from France that offers modern and revolutionary wines without losing the essence of its terroir. This is one of them. The Rhone to the Bones by Ravoire & Fils producer is a classical blend of Syrah and Grenache with a rebellious image and a remarkable intensity. On the nose, it has the typical aromas of red fruits, but it also offers nice smoky notes. The palate is round and unctuous. The fruit is complemented by spicy notes that make it tasty and pleasant. Syrah and Grenache grapes are both here generous and delicious. For lovers of intense wines, the price-quality ratio of this one is excellent. And for the best expression, I advise to oxygenate it for about 15 minutes before drinking. Available in the SAQ gondolas for just over 15 dollars, it is the ideal wine to give more color to s…

Tenuta Argentiera and its great Bolgheri wines

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(By Marina La Forgia) From beautiful and renowned Tuscany, the specific region of Bolgheri is one of the most prestigious and vibrant. Although it is one of the smallest, it is one of the most active and important in the wine map today. And it is the birth place of great, elegant and stylish wines of Tenuta Argentiera, a relatively young winery that has been producing great wines year after year, and thus seduced the palate of Quebec consumers. Already well stablished in this market, I had the opportunity to attend a guided press tasting with Tenuta’s Marketing Director, Massimo Basile, and thanks to some specific vertical tastings, I had the chance to feel and taste the aging potential and the constant quality of all wines, in all ranges and styles. It is important to note that its great high-end wines are absolutely sublime. But I would like to emphasize that both entry level brand (Poggio ai Ginepri) and medium range brand (Villa Donoratico), have an excellent price-quality ratio. …