Wine Guy: Falling into the reds

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The Wine Guy offers three hearty red wines ready to add value to wine – at a trio of distinct prices.

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With the calendar officially proclaiming the arrival of fall, I thought it was time to wholeheartedly kiss the leaves with a change of hues, fleece jackets and red wine. These are the ways the seasons change.

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So, in an effort to ensure all taste buds are pampered as the thermometer begins its long descent, here’s a look at three hearty reds ready to add value to wine – at a trio of distinct prices.

Finca Los Primos 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon, Argentina ($ 9.99 on sale until October 2, # 74245)

One of those easy-to-use, everyday wine options is La Finca Los Primos. Whether it’s Malbec or Cabernet Sauvignon, you get a hearty red produced from San Rafael fruit, ready to accompany comforting mid-week meals, all at an affordable price. Cab Sauv is on sale now, offering dark fruit complemented by vanilla and toasted spices in a juicy and affordable mid-bodied red. This bottle is an easy partner, whether it’s a pot of chili, pasta with red sauce, a plate of pasta, or even a breezy evening on the menu.

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At the end of the line : B, solid value

Red Rooster Winery 2019 Cabernet Merlot, British Columbia ($ 19.99, # 45906)

It’s a new look for Naramata Bench’s longtime Red Rooster Winery, with labels offering a more contemporary approach with imagery that showcases the terroir, viticulture and winemaking that goes into each bottle. A blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon – 51.6%, 35.1% and 13.3% respectively – to be precise – from the South Okanagan and Similkameen, the wine gives off aromas of black fruits. , leather, herbs, and toasted oak. It’s quite smooth and friendly, with subtle tannins before a dry and slightly spicy finish. It’s time to bring in some hearty and earthy dishes like grilled lamb chops or a casserole of sausage, chard and white beans.

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At the end of the line : B, Affordable but plentiful

Chiara Condello 2018 Romagna Sangiovese Predappio, Italy ($ 27.99, # 7664)

This bold red is made from 100% Sangiovese from three vineyards in the town of Predappio in Emilia Romagna. The location is quite distinct, of course, but it fits well with winemaker and winemaker Chiara Condello’s clear vision of making a wine that expresses the unique and high potential of her land. This means a less is more philosophy: organic farming, spontaneous fermentation, open-air fermenters and aging in large, neutral Slavonian oak barrels. The result is robust yet elegant, with luscious black cherry notes that meet floral and herbal notes, and firm acidity throughout. On the food side, this wine calls for a herb-crusted roast pork or a roasted mushroom risotto.

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At the end of the line : B +, flexible but fierce

The Swirl: Biermeister Dinner at CRAFT English Bay

Oktoberfest is just around the corner, and if you’re looking to outsource the greetings, consider checking out the upcoming Biermeister Dinner hosted by CRAFT Beer Market English Bay (1795 Beach Avenue, Vancouver). Taking place on Wednesday, October 6 with a welcome beer at 6 p.m. and a first course at 6.30 p.m., the dinner includes four Oktoberfest courses accompanied by seasonally-inspired European and German beers, as well as tasting notes and stories from the Executive Chef and Beer Ambassadors – plus a take-out gift from Erdinger Weissbrau. Tickets cost $ 70 (plus tax and tip) per person, with a minimum table size of two and a maximum of six. For more details, visit craftbeermarket.ca/english-bay.

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