Chianti as promised, a couple of interesting whites and a not so often available Port

CHIANTI is all about Italia.  Very reasonably priced and flavorful!

Melini Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2017: $19.80, Tuscany, Italy

What you can Expect:  A dry smooth silky medium red with a nice aroma of red fruits, well rounded flavour.  Very easy to get carried away once you open this bottle.

Rocca delle Macìe Riserva Chianti 2018: $15.95, Tuscany, Italy

What you can Expect: A bargoon at $16.00 (Cdn).  A dry red, medium bodied and fruity with a hint of chocolate.

Rocca Delle Macie Chianti Vernaiolo DOCG 2019: $14.80, Tuscany, Italy 

What can you Expect: Another bargoon at $15.00 bucks.  Great for any day you just need a glass of wine!  Dark ruby color, extra dry medium bodied with a little spice.  Pizza and pasta are perfect accompaniments.

Pèppoli Chianti Classico 2018: $20.95, Tuscany, Italy

What can you Expect: From one of my favorite Italian wine families, Antinori.  A food-friendly Chianti Classico made on the historic Pèppoli estate, whose vineyards date back to the Middle Ages. Feature’s cherry, currant, leather and herbal notes. Pair with homemade pizza, cured meats or pasta with Bolognese sauce.

Santa Margherita Chianti Classico 2017: $22.95, Tuscany, Italy 

What can you Expect: A couple of more bucks gets you just a little more flavour and smoothness! A blend of Sangiovese/Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot.  A brilliant dark red ruby look.

Ruffino Chianti 2018: $28.60, Tuscany, Italy

What you can Expect: A few bucks more gets you Ruffino’s original wine, and one of the world’s most recognized Tuscan wines. The wine is extra dry, medium-bodied and well-structured. Enjoy aromas and flavours of chestnut, leather, rye bread and red berry fruit, with spicy notes and a touch of pepper. Serve with wild boar ragu, grilled steak or roasted vegetables.

Las Mulas Chardonnay Reserva Organic 2019: $13.95, Chile

What you can Expect:  Organic and Vegan Wine – if it were not from Miguel Torres and having been overly impressed with just about anything I tried of their offerings, I probably would not have tried it.  Sure glad I did!  Could easily sell for $20 plus.  Pours pale lemon and has subtle aromas of pear, melon, honey and a hint of nutty oak.  A medium-bodied, refreshingly bright and balanced finish.

Noble Vines Collection 446 Chardonnay 2018: $18.95, California, USA

What you can Expect:  A silky chardonnay with hints of apple, citrus and hint of vanilla.  Dry full bodied with a nice rich finish.  Bold enough to have with chicken or pork.

Port – Portugal of course

Cockburn’s Late Bottled Vintage Port 2015: $19.95

What you can Expect:  LBV or Late Bottle Vintage is the only port I enjoy.  Late Bottled Vintage Ports are made from grapes harvested in a single year from different vineyards and are aged for up to six years in cask, as opposed to the two years for Vintage Ports. This means they’re bottled ready to drink. This one will have a rich, smooth texture and notes of cherry, spice and chocolate. A treat with dark chocolate.