Since the sale of alcohol is controlled by a central governmental agency, I thought it would be interesting to share preferences and discoveries where SAQ wine and spirit is concerned!
I usually go for these bottle for a good value profile I enjoy
I really enjoy german style rieslings and they are usually too expensive for a casual buy. The german rieslings I enjoy are boterysed, meaning they are subject to a mushroom that drinks the water in the grape and concentrate the sugars. Their classification varies on the time the grape has been left on the vine and will indicate the amount of sugar content. The "Kabinett" classification will be the dryest of the lot, followed by "Spatlese", "Auslese", "Beerenauslese" and Trockenbeerenauslese". I enjoy Auslese most but I find that a bottle of cheap Kerpen Spatlese does the job when I have a desire for a quick hit of german rieslings!
Lenz Mosel Trockenbeerenauslese
If you want to try an inexpensive version of trockenbeerenauslese (think ice wine), try the austrian version. It uses the german classification and is way less expensive.
Chateau Imperial Tokaj
Another wine that has an interesting trace of sweetness while still being dry. The tokaj region of hungary has long been renowned for its desert wines. They have started to diversify recently by producing different wines with interesting results!
I never remember which bottle of bourgogne aligoté I prefer so I pretty much always buy a bottle at random. I know Liverpool house had Bechelder last time I went but getting a mid 20$ bottle of aligoté kinda goes againt what I originaly liked about that wine: it was a cheap, good quality white with a good acidity and a touch of minerality. A good summer wine.
I love love love chianti and the one Ruffino makes I love best. Tried a ton of other ones but I always come back to Ruffino. Don't know why. Its cheap too. I always feel a bit guilty loving something so... cheap and mainstream but I don't mind at the end... wine you enjoy is wine you enjoy.
Chateau de Dyonis Pineau Noir
A 10$ Romanian red wine has no business being that good. We bought that bottle on a bet to try less mainstream regions and we were really impressed by that bottle. I remember it being very round and fruity. Very enjoyable.
L'orangerie de Pennautier
Another bottle of red that a friend brought to a supper that I enjoyed. Inexpensive but interesting.
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