Artist Wines No. 24


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Montes Twins Red Blend, Cabernet Sauvignon - Malbec, Colchagua Valley, Chile, 2015

Price: $14.99  SBH Rating:   πŸ‘―β€β™‚οΈπŸ‡πŸŒŠ πŸ«πŸŠπŸŽΆ

This is the wine you drink while the wind is howling at the windows and banging at the doors and you want to be transported to some kind of Spanish ecstasy. Tart and sassy, drink a whisper of this with a piece of dark chocolate infused with oranges and for a moment nothing else will exist or matter. I’m not joking. Then you can return to your tedious paperwork, and it will seem slightly, ever so slightly, mildly, secretly …  poetic.

 β™« Drink with: Jacob Cordover performing Granados' Spanish Dance No. 5

Artist Wines No. 23


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Yellow Tail Big Bold Red,  South Eastern Australia, unknown year

Price: $13.99  SBH Rating:   πŸ’πŸ“πŸ’πŸ‡πŸŽˆ πŸ”΄πŸ¬πŸ­πŸ’˜πŸŒΉπŸ“πŸŽ΅πŸ·πŸ”΄πŸ¬πŸ­

I might rename this wine as Alarmingly Syrupy Murky...

Still, it grows on you. Like a challenge. You can do it!  The "Big" refers to the overpowering taste of berries, reminiscent of raspberry cordial from Green Gables. The "Bold" refers to the unapologetic existence of this blend. The "Red", well, at the very least, this really could be called Big Bold Murky.

 β™« Drink with: "U Really Got A Hold On Me

Artist Wines No. 22

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JP. Chenet Merlot,  Languedoc-Roussillon, France 2016

Price: $12.99  SBH Rating:   πŸ’πŸŽ΅ πŸŒΈ πŸŽΆβ„οΈπŸŽ΅πŸ·πŸŒ

Slightly minty on the nose. Or maybe that's just the frigid snowy "spring" air gusting in through the cracks in the windows. 

Cherries, berries, and a hint of tasty dirty make this a perfectly adequate wine. Good for sipping while you try to convince your friend that Yes! He Should date that violist! This softer merlot makes your arguments persuasive, whereas, to be honest, a cab sav might cause you to sound suspiciously overzealous. 

β™« Drink with:  "Banana Banjo" from The Crow 


Artist Wines No. 21


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Trapiche Broquel Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina 2015

Price: $14.99  SBH Rating:   πŸ’πŸŽ΅ πŸŽ  πŸŒΈ πŸ· πŸŽΆ

Saddle up and take this juicy, leathery Malbec for a deliciously carefree ride. Breathe in the perfume of violets and savour dark cherries. Be prepared to be wooed by its stylishly bold but surprisingly polite ways.

β™« Drink with: Rudy VallΓ©e singing "Life Is Just A Bowl Of Cherries"

Artist Wines No. 20


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ChΓ’teau de Gourgazaud, Syrah /MourvΓ¨dre/Carignan, France 2014

Price: $13.99  SBH Rating:  πŸŽΆ  πŸŽΆπŸŽ΅ πŸŽ πŸŒ„ πŸ·πŸ·

Softly sweet at the nose, the ChΓ’teau de Gourgazaud 2014 sports a very stylish combination of licorice, cassis, and unripened blackberries.  Slightly peppery overtones balance with the delicacy of vanilla to complete the ensemble. Drink this wine while sitting on a bale of hay looking out at the sunset and all of your dreams will come true. Except for the one about You-Know-Who. (This wine isn't THAT good.)

β™« Drink with: Dolly Parton & Kris Kristofferson singing "Ping Pong"

Artist Wines No. 19

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Bleasdale Mulberry Tree, Cabernet Sauvignon, Langhorne Creek, South Australia 2013

Price: $14.99  SBH Rating: πŸ’ πŸ’œ 🎢 🍷🍷 πŸŽ΅ πŸ•ΊπŸ»

There is enough mint and violet in this wine that you could tie it up with a bow and offer it as a lovely bouquet to your favourite friend. Attach a few lamp chops to it, put on some Schubert and you'll have a real party on your hands! This is quite the find for Artist Wines. An expressive little beast packing a plummy punch.

β™« Drink with: Brendel playing Schubert's Moments Musicaux No. 4

Artist Wines No. 18

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Cono Sur, Reserva Especial Cabernet Sauvignon, Valle del Maipo 2013

Price: $14.99 or less  (It was a gift, but I was told it fit Artist Wines criteria) SBH Rating:  🎢  πŸ’  πŸŽΌ πŸŒ§ β™« πŸ’ͺ🏻

A lovely string player from the Nanaimo Chamber Orchestra gave me this to review and I was thrilled to do so. Now if only I knew where to buy it! This is a broad-shouldered wine, with strong wallops of raspberries, black cherries and tobacco. The best part was the distinct flavour of petrichor. So much romantic character! This wine insists on company, and by company I mean meat and cheese. Savour this the way Caruso savours his high notes.  

β™« Drink with: Enrico Caruso singing Una Furtiva Lagrima