Monthly Archives: August 2016

The Wanted Zin

Wanted Zin

When we were at the London Wine and Food Show in early 2016, we tried this wine and spoke to the person who imports it.  He told us that it’s an Italian wine, made in the American style, for a Scandinavian market.  Wow, how international! Check out their web site, which is aimed at Swedish wine lovers.

 

But at $14.10 at the LCBO,  it’s an amazing value.  If you like California Zinfandels, with their juicy, robust fruit, you will love this wine.

Jackson Triggs Delaine 2012 Syrah

We call this the “other” amazing red by Jackson Triggs, as we originally met their reds through a Delaine SyrahReserve Shiraz that isn’t made every year. It was a number of years ago that I’d organized an executive wine tour for a client, and we stopped at JT for a tour and tasting. I tried the Shiraz and just loved it – think it was around $50/bottle at the time.

But this wine really worth a discussion all its own. Here’s what the winery says about the wine:

“The Delaine Syrah is overflowing with delicious aromas and flavours. Spice and ripe dark fruit with hints of chocolate and coffee dominate the nose with flavours on the palate following suit. This intense Syrah has good balanced weight and smooth tannins making for a luscious sip from start to long, lingering finish.”

She said: Personally, it’s more robust that I’m used to seeing out of the Niagara region, and while it reminds me of Syrah/Shiraz from warmer areas like Australia or California, it’s a bit more refined. I agree with the description – it’s luscious! Dave, can we get more please?

He said: Ditto. The bottle says “Displays white pepper and red fruit on the nose with flavours of red berries, pepper and mocha with velvety tannins on the finish.”

She said: Love the pepper!

He said: Next time we’re in the Toronto area we’ll try to hunt some down, I promise. Not really a steak wine but it would go good with cheeses & breads – definitely wouldn’t do well in a duel with spicy food.

She said: It’s going just fine with the peanuts and pretzels!

Details:

  • Delaine by Jackson Triggs
  • 2012 Syrah VQA Niagara Peninsula
  • $32.95/bottle from the winery in Niagara

 

You can get a 2010 vintage at LCBO for $33.95 (Vintages #86553). But very few stores carry it, so you might be better off making a road trip J to Niagara!