By Dee Brun
Rosemount Diamond Shiraz
This is one of my all time favourites. The whole Rosemount line up is FABOOSH, you will not go wrong with one of their wines. This is a bold wine with dark berry flavour, it goes down very smooth, sometimes too smooth.
Yellowglen PINK sparkling
This is the MOST FUN bubbly I know. The bottle is Fab, the bubbly is Pink, and to top it all off…It tastes DEVINE…
In my opinion the best way to start off any party, nothing like the popping of the cork sound to get things going. One thing this will not do is pop your budget…All the Fabulousness for only $11.95 ….
Now there is a stigma in the wine world that “Kicth” tastes like Ass…and for the most part this is very true and a good rule of thumb. However there a few, a very few, exceptions to this rule. Cupcake wineries is one of them. This wine is full bodied and smooth. They also have a flavour called Red Velvet that I adore. This is a must try, and at $14.95…try one of each.
Wildass- Stratus Vineyards
This is a local wine…I don’t VQA that often but when I do, most of the time the wine comes from Stratus Vineyards, they make great wine. Wildass is no exception. As you can imagine I originally bought it for the name, how could you not…again had to try the kitch. This one is also an exception to the rule, it is a blended wine, nice and smooth and always a good conversation starter. $19.95
Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc – Marlborough, New Zealand
This white is a sure fire winner. It is dry and crisp and has a fab intense flavour gooseberries, passion fruit and other yummy goodness. If you have a white lover on your list who has not tried this…you have just found them the perfect Holiday Gift…and at $18.95, you still have shoe money left over.
Astrolabe Sauvignon Blanc – Marlborough, New Zealand
Must be something about New Zealand and their whites…and their men…This one is FABOOSH as well. It’s a really juicy white, with loads of fruit undertones but not at all sweet…It has a great finish…especially when you ‘finish’ the bottle. $21.95
Ravenswood Old Vine Vinters Blend ZINFANDEL – California
Normally when you think of Zinfandel, you think pink, fruity and sweet. However this is a Fabulous red Zinfandel that I happened to stumble upon…yes stumble…It is dry and full bodied and really worth a try. $17.95
Terra Noble- Carmenere, Chile
This is my new FAVE wine…just edging out the Malbec from Argentina, mostly because it’s a new one for me. Chile is also one of the hottest new trendy wine regions and for good reason. They make Fabulous wines. This one is like pouring velvet down your throat. The carmenere wine is not as familiar to people, it is a really elegant wine. One sip of this wine makes me happy, mind you I don’t just stop at one sip. If you know someone who loves red wine, this is your gift for them…AMAZINGLY priced at only $17.95, it rivals some $80 bottle of wine that I have tried.
STLTO- Chardonnay- Italy
Now normally I would never suggest a Chardonnay as I am not a fan…and it’s my list…But this one is UnOaked, so no strong woody flavours, which is the reason I don’t like Chardonnay in the first place. Again, get past the Kitch of the label…this is a nice white wine. Smooth, crisp, dry medium bodies with a great flavour undertone. This is a really well done Italian Chardonnay…minus the Oak… And for only $11.95 you can afford to go out and buy a new pair of Stilettos to wear while you drink it.
Finally, this is my Holiday Party killer Combo…Want to bring your party host a white & a red? These are it…
Red- Jean Bousquet, Argentina
Argentina is a hawt bed of fab wines…and this one has been my number 1 wine pick going on almost 2 years now. I take it everywhere I go, well almost. It is an organic Malbec, smooth, bold and sure to please…Not only on the palette but in the pocket. At $12.95, also pleasing on the pocket. A MUST TRY! Truly tastes like an 60$ bottle of wine…
White- Santa Margherita- Pinot Grigio
Nothing says let’s drink like a Fab Pinot…and this one is just that. This is always a top seller and sure to please your guests. It is dry and flavourful, very easy drinking…and we like easy drinking. $16.95
DEE BRUN, The CocktailDeeva
A Bit About MOI…
Award Winning Author,TV Personality, Resident Cocktail’ista on Steven & Chris, Celebrity Event planner, Food & Drink Stylist, Home Entertaining Maven, writer, humorist, wife, mother of 4, TV Junkie, shoe-aholic, boarder line George Clooney stalker..hmm what else…I don’t juggle.
I am old enough to remember making “Mixed Tapes” from the radio…My fave vacation spot is anywhere with a beach bar…and when I grow up I want to be Betty White and marry George Clooney…IT COULD HAPPEN!