Wine Reviews courtesy of Sam Hauck

Here are some suggestions for your weekend trip to the local wine store:

2011 Tinto (Malbec, Syrah, Bonardo)

La Posta Cocina

Mendoza, Argentina

La Posta sam


Silver medal

Tasted 2014 01


This is a blend of 60% Malbec, 20% Syrah and 20% Bonarda. Garnet red in colour with deep intensity. The nose shows aromas of plum, blueberries, dark cherries, smoke, earth and spice. Good balance. Big ripe fruit on the palate with vanilla and some rustic flavours from the Bonarda. A medium finish with dry chocolate lingering. Serve with a classic Argentine-style steak seasoned with only salt and pepper.

steak sam 2


2012 Pinot Noir

Red Rooster

Penticton, BC

Red Rooster PN sam


Silver medal

Tasted 2014 02

Garnet red with medium intensity. The nose shows aromas of cherries, spice, chocolate and earth. Good balance. Cherry flavours on the palate and a medium-long finish. Think salmon or BBQ’d ribs.


2009 Chardonnay

Robin Ridge

Keremeos, BC

RR Chardonnay sam


Silver medal

Tasted 2014 03

Lemon yellow in colour with medium intensity. Apple, citrus and tropical fruit aromas on the nose along with well integrated oak. Good balance with good mouthfeel. Tree fruit, tangerine, banana, toast and spice flavours on the palate. A creamy finish. A versatile food wine. Try it with a spicy Thai dish.

thai sam


2012 Negroamaro


Puglia, Italy

Luccarelli sam


Bronze medal

Tasted 2014 03

Garnet red with medium intensity. Plum, earth, sweet spice and dry chocolate aromas on the nose. Medium bodied with soft tannins. Sweet spice and ripe red fruit flavours on the palete. A medium finish with lingering dry chocolate. Serve with barbecue, hamburgers, pizza or tomato-based pastas.

bbq burger sam pizza sam


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