This seminar as part of Whistler Cornucopia focuses on wines from around the world that share a common quality: they over-deliver for their price point. Top Value Wines seminar was led by Rachelle Goudreau, Tyler Dawson & Jason Yamasaki on a guided tasting of a range of varietals and blends.
Attending this was a great way to discover your next go-to weeknight dinner wine, as well as recommendations for stocking your cellar for special events and the holiday season ahead. Below are all the wines we tried.
Medici Ermete Concerto Lambrusco Reggiano DOC
This was one of our favourites and would be something that we would purchase it. It is great and pairs well with salami.
Famille Bougrier Muscadet Sevre et Maine
This was also another good wine and pairs well with oysters.
Pewsey Vale Eden Valley Riesling
This wine comes from Australia.
Cono Sur Bicicleta Viognier
Another one of our favourites and pairs wells with dishes that have garlic and caramelized onions. It is from Chile.
Protea Chenin Blanc
We also saw this wine as part of the South African wines seminar that we had from the previous day. It was ok, but not a favourite.
It is packed with juicy berry fruity notes. It is a very solid choice with barbecue, spicy sauces, and pizza.
La Bastide Rouge
This wine has a nose of spice, laden cassis and dark cherry aromas followed by a fruit forward generous palate with a rich and smooth texture.
Torre del Falasco Ripasso
This was a favourite of the group too. It has a smokey, rich plum taste. It goes well with risotto, truffles, or meats.
Divinci Verso Rosso
Another favourite too! It’s a very full-bodied, luscious wine. It pairs well with duck breast, olive tapenade and
figs with soft cheese.
Emiliana Organic Vineyards Coyam
Surprise, surprise, another favourite. Coyam is an intense violet plum red in color with a nose that expresses aromas of ripe red fruits, plums, berries, and black fruits that meld elegantly with notes of spice, earth, and a touch of sweet vanilla.
Bodega Garzon Reserva Tannat
This has aromas of raspberries, red plums, currants, cherries, and peppercorn.
I gotta agree, it was a good seminar as it was led by 3 experts that really played off each others knowledge and skills. We found some good favourites that won’t break the bank and tastes great to bring to parties.
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