Artist Wines No. 16

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Casa Miriam, Unoaked Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina 2014

Price: $14.99 SBH Rating:  πŸ’ƒβ™¬πŸŽˆπŸ΄ β™ͺπŸŒ³πŸŽΆπŸ’

Miriam Malbec makes me mirthful! And frankly a bit mischievous.... After a day surrounded by cowboys (don't ask) I was thrilled to envelop myself in this velvety number. Who is this Miriam and how does she know how to wrangle a wine so well? Delicate and spring-like on the nose with a youthful taste of ripe plums and milk chocolate. She's a smooth one! And impatient. (Drink now.)

β™« Drink with: Cafe 1930 by Astor Piazzollaperformed by Laura Karney and Jacob Cordover on their CD Historias

Artist Wines No. 15

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Sinfonia, Monastrell Cabernet Sauvignon, Jumilla, Spain 2013

Price: $11.99 (on sale!) SBH Rating: β™ͺπŸ‘πŸŒ³πŸ“πŸ’β™«πŸŽΆ

One day a Cab Sav and a MourvΓ¨dre met in the fields of Murcia and fell in love. They built a house out of oak, surrounded it with juicy berry bushes, sprinkled it with black pepper, lit a fire, brewed some licorice tea, and called it Sinfonia. They were very happy there, but everyone around was bemused by the low property values.  How can something this good be bought for a song? Try this with a delicious Spanish Sarabande and a spicy chorizo.

β™« Drink with: J.S. Bach: Suite for Solo Cello no. 2 in D minor Sarabande performed by Ariel Barnes

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Artist Wines No. 14

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BBQ, Barbera, Piemonte Italy 2013

Price: $14.75 SBH Rating: β™―πŸ’πŸ“β™¬πŸπŸŒ…

There's not a lot of mystery as to where this wine wants to be taken. Yes, bring a bottle of this to your late summer cook-outs, but I warn you: neglect to decant this and you'll have a real whine on your hands. I'm serious. Fresh in the glass this is a cranky, miserable number. Toss it around a bit and after a breath or two of fresh air you'll find yourself with a much more neighbourly pour. Tastes of ripe and satisfyingly tart berries with a hint of campfire smoke.

β™« Drink with: Danny's Song sung by either Kenny Loggins or Anne Murray.

Artist Wines No. 13

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Our Daily Red, undefined red blend, California 2013

Price: $13.79  SBH Rating: πŸ‚πŸŒ°πŸŒ΅πŸ‘…β™―πŸ

The bottle tells me this wine is organic vegan wine, which is strange as it has distinct overtones of beef bouillon. Also, apparently it is gluten free, so unlike all other wine in the world, you must consume your bread separately with this vintage. You will not find crumbs in this wine. You will, however, find this wine to be quite crumby. It smells like chlorine, tastes like veal broth, and finishes with a hint of gasoline. I should have known better. Never trust a wine with a punny name. Your taste buds will be punished.

Drink with: anything by Nickelback

Artist Wines No. 12

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Montalto Nero D'Avola, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sicily 2013

Price: $8.99  SBH Rating: πŸ‘ πŸ‘ž πŸŽ€πŸ’ πŸ›β™ͺ♬

Sour cherries at the nose, with a peppery aftertaste. There is a certain get-up-and-go to this wine, a skip in its step, a hint of sunshine. This Italian number is humble, a bit shy, and likes to stay in on a Thursday night. He invites you to put on an old record, lay out the paper diagram of dance steps, and practice a little foxtrot with some friends.

Drink with: "C'est Si Bon"  - Larry Mazenski And His Champagne Orchestra

Artist Wines No. 11

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Gato Negro, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chile 2014

Price: $8.99  SBH Rating: 🎢  πŸ’   πŸ’Ύ   πŸ“Ό

A glass of Gato Negro will surely take you back to your college days. In fact, this may have been the first "nice" bottle of wine I ever bought. $8.99! I feel 19 again, impressing my dinner hosts with an international gift. This is a bonafide Wednesday night wine, with a faint hint of mushrooms at the nose, reminiscent of my second basement apartment. Ah! The memories. Slightly acidic with a lilac perfume and a waft of gouda. I could fondly call this wine Professor Boehm.

Drink with: "April Come She Will" - Simon & Garfunkel

Artist Wines No. 10

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Norton Barrel Select, Malbec, Argentina 2012

Price: $14.99  SBH Rating:  β™ͺ 🌺 🎢☝️

This wine inspires one to seek out better wine. And, strangely, confit. It's not undrinkable, but rather holds such potential that you remember why you enjoy malbec so much. Personally, I wish it gave more away. The flavour is reticent, but underneath its sourness one can detect pickled currants, chicory, and chrysanthemum. Such a tight-lipped wine! I should really travel with a decanter.

Drink with: Thelonious Monk, "Ugly Beauty" from Underground

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