Whether because of an ugly label or a cheesy name, some wines don’t exactly inspire confidence. But your mother taught you better than that. Here are three with good juice inside.
Stlto Merlot-Malbec 2012, $10.15
From an all-female company in Abruzzo, this red is sourced from 40-year-old vines. Pour with Italian sausages.
Ponce notes: “While the name is missing a few vowels, there’s nothing absent in the flavour department. Expect a sold core of black cherry, juicy acidity, and good overall balance. Impressive for 10-buck chuck.”
Girls’ Night Out Chardonnay 2012, $12.95
From Harrow, Ontario’s Colio Estate, this white is even more attractively priced at $19.95 for a 1.5-litre party jug. Pair with your pick of bird.
Ponce notes: “This is quite fleshy, with pronounced flavours of yellow plums and Golden Delicious apples and a long finish. Like the little black dress on the label, a simple, tasty Chard never goes out of style.”
Dan Aykroyd Cabernet Shiraz 2011, $14.95
For those of you who have never used a rotary phone, the label references the actor’s most famous character, Elwood Blues. Try with meatloaf.
Ponce notes: “A quick swirl of this Niagara red reveals aromas of plums, cedar, and smoke. Hints of tobacco and a peppery finish keep things interesting—this is more than just celebrity plonk.”