(1) Niagara Teaching Winery (NCT)
-Vintage 2004 (sold out at
the past several years, the winemaker at this increasingly-well-known
instructional winery has been producing some astonishingly-fine Pinot
Noir. The 2004, though sold out at the 'campus store,' boasts excellent
plumy fruit (along with a few berries) and overall character. If you happen to have a friend who owns a bottle, encourage him/her to open it up an share it with you! IMPORTANT NOTE: the 2005 vintage is also supposed to be pretty good.
PAIRING SUGGESTION: Pork tenderloin with roasted vegetables --- enjoy!
-Okanagan Valley, Canada
-Shiraz ('Proprietor's Grand Reserve')
-PRICE: $30.00 (approximately)
numerous awards worldwide (including the highly-prestigious
INternational Wine and Spirits Competiton in London, England), this gem
from Jackson-Triggs an estate which, in my opinion, produces more
overrated stuff than actually decent items went all out in 2004 to
create something quite special in the realm of premium Shiraz. Notably
dense-yet-complex, this wine boasts much in the way of unique
character, and ought to be treated with the respect it deserves.
PAIRING SUGGESTION: Wild game in a high-grade mustard-based sauce --- enjoy!