Hello wine lovers and happy wine Wednesday!  I hope your week has been a great one.  One of my favourite ladies on the planet celebrated a birthday this week – here’s to you Sylvia Talbot!  There are somethings I will never tire of – a loving family, fantastic friends and great wine – I say let’s celebrate everyday we can in small ways and big ways.  Whatever it takes for you to feel alive and happy – do it!

OK – on to the wine review of the week…I have for you a special little bottle of Malbec from Argentina.  Yes, Malbec seems to be the ‘new’ Merlot as the everyday sipper. And, what is wrong with this I ask? Nothing.  I like a juicy, fruit forward Malbec when I don’t want to get weighed down in complexity and the structure of a wine…enter Viña Chela Reserve Malbec 2012.


This easy drinking Malbec comes from the Mendoza region of Argentina, famous for its’ Malbec wine.  Not only is this a great little bottle at a great little price, it is also an organic wine which I know makes some of my readers happy!  Viña Chela Malbec is aged in 50% French and 50% American oak for 7 months that adds a nice roundness to the wine and some great smokey flavours.

In the glass, this Malbec is deep, violet purple in colour with aromas of black currant, a hint of tobacco, sweet vanilla, ripe strawberry and black pepper.  There is quite a pleasing and spicy fragrance on the nose.  On the palate, Viña Chela’s Malbec is a dry wine with medium plus acidity, medium body, and medium plus alcohol.  There is a nice balance of tannin and flavour profile.  Again, the flavours on the palate mirror those on the nose – this is not a complex wine but it is smooth and easy to drink.

You can pick up a bottle at the B.C. Liquor Store for the whopping price of $13.49 for a limited time…How can you beat that?  A nicely flavoured, juicy, easy drinking organic wine? $13.49?  Hello!  One of the reasons that Malbec’s are so popular is that they are easy drinking (some would say simple) and well priced – but what’s the harm in a good, simple wine to have during the week with your grilled meat or red meat pasta dishes? Nothing.  This is a straight up GGG “Hell Yes”.

  • GGG “Hell Yes” for value and taste.
  • If you haven’t tried a ‘good’ organic wine – here is one to try!
  • Pair with grilled meat, a red meat pasta dish or hard cheeses like Parmessan or aged Gouda.

Yay! I like it when I find a great little deal to share with you.  And, to be honest, this is my favourite ‘organic’ wine I have tasted.  I am quite pleased with this find that I bought on a whim!

Next week, I will review Red Rooster’s 2011 Reserve Pinot Noir.