5 Sommelier Favourites

2009 Bodegas Atradi Laderas de el Seque
Alicante, Spain $19This blend of Monastrell, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah is aged 6 months in French oak. It’s the 2nd label of El Seque, made from younger plantings, and it has ripe, bright red fruit, balsamic freshness, medium body. A great everyday wine.
Pair with Pasta with Bolognese sauce, grilled Portabello mushrooms, Veal Parmigianna.
2010 Basa Rueda
Spain $19This wine is made by Telmo Rodriguez, an amazing wine maker from Spain. I ALWAYS have a bottle of this chilled in my fridge. It has a citrus and intense floral nose, with white peach, grapefruit, minerality and lively acidity. This wine loves oysters and grilled prawns.
2005 Ramos Paul
Andalucia, Sierra del Malaga, Spain $53.99Cin Cin was the first restaurant in Vancouver to sell this blend of Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, and I love it. Sometimes you have to tell yourself, “I need to spend a little bit more to get a beautiful bottle of wine.” Big, dark and earthy with firm tannins, raspberry liquor, ripe red fruit and cinnamon. They only make one wine at Ramos Paul and everything is hand picked and harvested in 22 kg boxes.  It is aged in 100% Allier French oak. The vineyards at Ramos Paul are at 1000 meters elevation and get to 30 plus degrees C in the daytime but drop to 16-17 in the nighttime. This keeps good acidity in the grapes. Pair with grilled pork chop with BBQ sauce or braised rabbit with prosciutto.
2009 Tridente
Castillo y Leon, $26.99
This wine is 100% Tempranillo and has lush, dark fruit, oaky, mulberry, dense, powerful with a New World style (it spends 15 months in French oak). Put anything on the BBQ, this is a great wine.
Troublemaker
Paso Robles, California, $30This a non-vintage blend of Syrah, Grenache, Mouvedre and Petite Sirah.
Expect black cherry, spicy, licorice, smoked meat all with great balance.
If it was a cold day and you took a sweater out of the dryer and put it on and had that warm, all-encompassing feeling…that is Troublemaker. Pair with osso bucco or grilled pork loin.
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