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A different refreshing version of a Californian Chardonnay!

(By Marina La Forgia) It’s always nice to taste a new style of new world Chardonnays. If you, like me, are in the search of some more freshness and less oaky notes in this well known type of whites, there is the Chardonnay from Bonterra winery in Mendocino, California, that perfectly expresses the genuine typicity highlighting the nature of its unique terroir.  This organic and even vegan white wine has surprised me for its different but quite elegant aromas of green apple, pear and lime. In the mouth, it’s still very unctuous and rich in body thanks to the oak and malolactic fermentations, however the fruity flavors and some mineral hints are still predominant, giving a crispy and vibrant fresh aftertaste. Pretty interesting to discover a diverse style of well-made American Chardonnays available at the SAQ stores for less than CAD 20. Cheers!

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Vetiver Viura, a delight from Rioja

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¡Tres Picos y un super Garnacha!

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Viña Real Crianza, an authentic Rioja blend

(Marina La Forgia) I like red wines when they are fruity, fresh and elegant, but I like them most when they also have a good structure and are a genuine expression of their unique terroirs...like Rioja ones! The Viña Real Crianza from CVNE Bodegas is without any doubts one of these spanish reds that never disappoint. If you look for a medium bodied and delicate red wine for your tasty meals, then try this delicious blend of Tempranillo, Garnacha and Mazuelo, aged for a minimum of 1 year in both French and American oak barrels. Intense but round, fruity but also a bit herbaceous, this Crianza is an authentic and traditional Rioja. A unique style and a sure value.