A se­lec­tion of wines that will steal your heart


An in­trigu­ing wine la­bel can cap­ture buy­ers and their bucks. A new ar­rest­ing one is 19 Crimes Shi­raz. It com­mem­o­rates the crim­i­nals Bri­tain trans­ported to Aus­tralia in the late 1700s who helped build that great na­tion Down Un­der. Even steal­ing a loaf of bread in Lon­don could land you in irons on a wretched ship en route to per­ma­nent ex­ile.

This red wine is crim­i­nally rich, but so is the sleek Mon­tGras Caber­net Sauvi­gnon, our red rec­om­men­da­tion of the week. Big, mel­low, round and full-bod­ied, it is a steal from the Colch­agua Val­ley of Chile.

And our bar­gain of the week is Casal Thaulero Pinot Gri­gio, re­plete with new la­bel and a new vintage. It’s still a break­away charmer for less than $9. En­joy! stim­mell@sym­pa­tico.ca

Casal Thaulero 2014 Pinot Gri­gio

$8.75 (Italy) A bou­quet of yel­low ap­ple, spice and lime ush­ers in flavours of fresh cling peach, le­mon blos­som and ap­ple. The style is full ripe fruit with a crisp fin­ish. LCBO #73163 Food sug­ges­tion: Chicken ten­ders. Rat­ing: 89+

19 Crimes 2013 Shi­raz Du­rif

$18.95 (Aus­tralia) Huge smoke, plum, laven­der and black cherry aro­mas. The flavours are rich and deep, with mon­ster black­berry, vanilla, cedar and cherry den­sity. Mon­ster fruit! LCBO #369777 Food sug­ges­tion: Grilled thick steaks. Rat­ing: 90+

Mon­tGras Reserva 2013 Caber­net Sauvi­gnon $11.95 (Chile) Spicy aro­mas hint of black­berry, cedar and plum and the flavours ac­cent mel­low smoky black cherry, black­berry, vanilla and vi­o­let. A big-hearted red! LCBO #619205 Food sug­ges­tion: Pan-seared pep­per steaks. Rat­ing: 90

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