Category Archives: Shiraz

I am a marketer’s wet dream…

2006 3 Rings Shiraz, Barossa Valley, Australia $23.95 LCBO #015495

I have a confession to make. I am a marketer’s wet dream. Show me a slick commercial or some great packaging and chances are I am going to buy it. That was the case with this week’s wine. Truth be told, I bought it solely on the fact that I thought the label was cool. I admit liking the label is not the most scientific way to choose a wine, but now that I am about to taste it, I am praying that the juice in the bottle matches the coolness of the wrapper.

This time we got lucky! The 2006 3 Rings Shiraz is a powerhouse of a red wine. This super alcoholic wine (15% alc.) screams with flavours of blackberries, peppermint, and a hint of milk chocolate. This is a wine that will taste best with food. I would recommend pairing it with anything grilled. As for cheese, I would recommend trying it with Gruyère.

At $23.95, the 2006 3 Rings is a great wine for a reasonable price. Buy it today and drink it anytime over the next 5 to 7 years…but that’s just my opinion. Let me know what you think.

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Posted by on February 16, 2009 in Australia, Red Wine, Shiraz


Flight of the Condor!!!

2006 Penley Estate Condor Cabernet/Shiraz, Coonawarra, Australia $22.95 LCBO #731893

This week’s wine is very interesting. It’s a blend of two very popular grape varieties grown in Australia: Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. In most cases, when these two grapes are blended, the result is often less than spectacular. One grape tends to dominate the other. Fortunately for us, the 2006 Penley Estate Condor marries the two beautifully.

This wine shows the best of both grapes with flavours of cassis, blackcurrants and blackberries from the Cabernet and red cherries from the Shiraz. All of these powerful fruits are nicely wrapped up with flavours of tobacco, vanilla, and spice.

This wine would pair great with a rack of lamb or ribs. As for cheese, I would recommend that you try a sharp cheddar or even a Parmigiano.

This is a blockbuster wine and a must buy! I know that it is the holiday season, so when you are at the LCBO picking up a gift for yourself, please pick up a bottle of this wine! At $22.95, it’s an amazing value…but that’s just my opinion. Let me know what you think.


The red chicken has come to roost

2007 The Black Chook Shiraz-Viognier, South Australia, Australia $17.95 LCBO #066738

Welcome back everyone. Sorry about not posting a “Wine of the Week” last week. If I told you I was kidnapped by a travelling Mongolian circus would you believe me?

Anyways…back to the wine. This week’s wine is a monster wine from South Australia. The 2007 Black Chook is super fruity and quite alcoholic. There is nothing small about this wine. It has very big flavours of cherry, strawberry, red currants, and cedar. The one thing this wine lacks is balance and a bit of finesse. This is not a wine to drink by itself; it needs to be paired with grilled meat to really shine.

At $17.95 The Black Chook is a fantastic value. I would strongly encourage you to seek out this wine at your local LCBO …but that’s just my opinion. Let me know what you think.

Oh…if you were wondering…a chook is what they call a chicken in the Land of Oz. Go figure….

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Posted by on November 17, 2008 in Australia, Red Wine, Shiraz

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