Romariz Douro DOC 2013, Portugal
Portuguese wines are great value at the moment, and it’s a country whose products are well worth getting to know better. Brand new to Alberta, Romariz is a blend of predominantly Touriga Nacional, which could be considered Portugal’s national grape, along with other traditional grape varieties grown in the world’s oldest demarcated wine region, the Upper Douro Valley.

It has a lovely ripe and fruity nose deepened by a herbal quality, and on the palate this medium bodied wine is smooth and soft, and eminently drinkable. It calls out for some food, and I’d love some Carne Porco à Alentejano or Choriço à Bombeiro with this wine, but I think any sausage would be a winner with it or most pork dishes. CSPC +783729 $15.50.

Bench 1775 2015 Viognier, Okanagan Valley, BC

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This viognier has a lovely, slightly sweet nose of pear, citrus and ground almonds, but on the palate the flavours are more pronounced peaches, apricots and Asian pear. It’s a delicate wine, medium bodied and just off-dry, and would be excellent with spicy food. I also really enjoyed it with a creamy cauliflower soup that had pear blended into it as well as almond milk, and oregano-crusted grilled squid and Greek salad. It was equally good with grilled maple plank salmon too. Chill down well. CSPC +123456 $22

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