I HEART WINE Club, Vol. 1 Food & Drink

Welcome to the first edition of According to Amanda’s unsophisticated I HEART WINE Club. I say unsophisticated because I am in no way a sommelier. I am not a connoisseur of fine wines or skilled at tasting and comparing. What I am good at is drinking wine! So about once a month I will pass on to you my thoughts, experiences and comparisons of a few wines hoping to make your trip to the store a little easier!

Today’s review is a set of 3 sauvignon blancs: 2 from Chile and 1 from Ontario.

I HEART WINE Club wine tasting

Jackson Triggs, Sauvignon Blanc, Blend, Ontario, $8.95 CDN

Bottle Description: Pale straw colour with a lively nose of gooseberry and lemon; fruit character is replayed on the palate; crisp and dry, with light / medium body

According to Amanda… the verdict is:
  • Clear colour, little smell, smooth finish with almost a nonexistent aftertaste
  • Easy to go down, great as a food pairing as it wouldn’t overpower what you serve
  • Perfect for a dinner party or as a gift
  • An easy gift! Can’t offend anyone with this one. It’s a crowd pleaser.

7/10

Terra Vega, Sauvignon Blanc, 2014, Chilean, $9.95 CDN

Bottle Description: Floral with citrus and melon. Sip, or pair with grilled fish.

According to Amanda… the verdict is:
  • Clear/yellow colouring, smells lightly fruity, really great taste with no aftertaste
  • Perfect on its own for the evening or paired with a nice dinner
  • My favourite of this set of 3. Will buy again!

8/10

Las Mulas, Sauvignon Blanc, 2015 Reserve, Chilean, Organic, $12.95 CDN

Bottle Description: From organically farmed vines, this wine is refined and fresh with aromas of ripe tropical fruit and a silky palate with a touch of citrus. It’s a stylish apéritif or enjoy it with spiced mexican chicken and guacamole.

According to Amanda… the verdict is:
  • Colour was clear/yellow/green, smells of ammonia, almost like cat donkey pee, tastes disgusting with a horrible “wash-out the mouth” aftertaste
  • No amount of cheese, meats or candy were going to improve this experience
  • A gift you give to someone you don’t like
  • Only use: Cooking wine.

2/10

Wine & Candy Pairing Technique

And just for fun we tried all the wines with Vivino’s candy pairing technique! It was a skittles night! Check out their site for a more interactive experience with the below infographic.

Candy and Wine Make Maker Infographic

 

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Based in Toronto, Amanda is a full-time mom of 2 little monsters, creator and editor of the blog According to Amanda (accordingtoamanda.ca) and since that isn't enough to keep her busy she also manages her own marketing consulting agency, Amanda Mercier Consulting (amandamercier.com).

Comments

  1. Good read!

  2. I love the wine and candy pairing!! Will be trying this for sure

  3. Can’t wait for the next review!!

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