V I N O | V A L O R E | {issue 1}

9 Jan
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Welcome to the inaugaural issue of vino valore, a new bi-weekly wine rag that highlights my great-value finds from around the world. My motivation stems from a persistent desire to discover wines that over-deliver at their respective price points. This humble newsletter is my way of sharing those discoveries with adventuresome wine lovers like you.

Cheers!

~Joe Corkscrew

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The Wishing Tree Shiraz 2005
Western Australia
$19.99 Everything Wine

Not your standard Aussie jam – this Western Australian Shiraz is leaner and better-structured than its Southern competitors. While it still shows concentrated blackberry preserve, it’s brightened by racy acidity, cinnamon and peppery spice. Good depth of flavours. Decent length for the price. A value-oriented Shiraz for wine snobs and lushes alike. Screwcap closure. 86 points – Best Buy

Domaine du Tariquet Ugni-Blanc Colombard 2005
Vin de Pays des Côtes de Gascogne, France
$16.99 Everything Wine

A true ‘synergy’ wine: two typically boring grapes are blended to create a wine greater than the sum of its parts. Surprisingly intense, with tree fruit, citrus and tropical notes reminiscent of mango. Still fresh and crisp, despite some time in the bottle. Perfect with shellfish or as a dry aperitif. I’m looking forward to the screwcap-closed ’07 vintage. 85 points – Good Value

Domaine “La Garrigue” Cuvée Romaine Côtes du Rhone 2005
Appellation Côtes du Rhone Contrôlée, France
$19.99 Everything Wine, BC Liquor Stores

Deep cherry red with aromas of smoky earth, tar and leather up front, followed by dried berries and spice. Medium to full-bodied with ripe cherry fruit, good acidity and long, mouth-drying tannins. When tasted blind, it scored favourably against wines three times the price. 88 points – Best Buy

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TWA 100-point scoring system: below 75 = avoid; 75-79 = potential for uncritical quaffing; 80-84 = above average: straightforward, pleasant, no noticeable flaws; 85-89 = very good: displays finesse, character and flavour; 90-95 = outstanding: exceptional complexity and character; 96-100 = extraordinary: of profound character and complexity. a classic wine.
vino valore is independent of any wine producer, distributor or retailer. (joe corkscrew, on the other hand, will whore himself out for free wine.)  all wines reviewed by rory “joe corkscrew”conroy and tasted within 90 days of issue date. want to share comments, suggestions, requests or your own tasting notes?
email joe corkscrew: vinovalore@gmail.com
issue 1 – January 9, 2009

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