A Wine Lover’s Weekly Review Of $10 Wines – A Cellared In Canada Rose

Today we go to a major Canadian producer Jackson Triggs that boasts vineyards in Ontario (central Canada) and British Columbia (western Canada). We are not going to talk about their vineyards; because we have no idea where these grapes were harvested. This is an example of a Cellared in Canada wine (the first one we have ever reviewed). To quote the front label “Blended from international and Canadian wines.” That’s all they tell us. This way of doing things has led to controversy. You might want to read what one of the world’s top wine writers, Jancis Robinson, says about Cellared in Canada wines. She does say, “But at the top end of the quality scale, Canadian wine is doing just fine.” By the way, I didn’t forget to indicate the vintage, there is none (maybe just like for many fine Champagnes). Today’s wine is a white Merlot. Our companion wine is a revisit from almost exactly one year ago, a rose blend from Provence, France at twice the price.

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Wine Reviewed Jackson Triggs Unity Rose 11.5 % alcohol about $9.

Let’s start by quoting the marketing materials. “Tasting Note: Medium pink color; candied strawberry-cherry aromas; medium sweet, with sweet fruit flavors, with soft acidity. Serving Suggestion: A good summer refresher, or serve with crepes.” And now for my review.

At the first sips this wine was round and sweet with a tinge of bubble gum. It had pleasant acidity. I started with Japanese rice crackers that added strawberries to the mix. The initial meal centered on a barbecued chicken leg. In response our wine picked up a metallic taste. The side dish was Basmati rice that was cooked with brown lentils. Now this liquid’s strawberry taste intensified and I noted some citrus.

The following meal was fairly spicy homemade chili. The Merlot’s dominant taste was strawberries. It was metallic and carried a nice sweetness. With the accompanying tomato, cucumber, and red onion salad, our liquid friend was thick and syrupy, and lightly sweet.

My final meal centered on an omelet that was prepared with black pepper, basil, and parsley. Once again I got strawberries; the libation was moderately sweet with a lightly burnt taste. A zesty guacamole rendered the wine spicy. For dessert I had fresh raspberries that made the wine sweet but interestingly enough took away its fruit.

When it was paired with a Swiss cheese this wine displayed light acidity. It was sweet showing some caramel but the wine and cheese did not mesh. When paired with a brushetta-covered goat’s milk cheese its sweetness stepped up but there was no fruit.

Final verdict. I have no intention of buying this wine again. I don’t plan to buy any other Cellared in Canada wines as I like to know the origin of the grapes. But I might give Jackson Triggs another chance.

Levi Reiss has authored or co-authored ten computer and Internet books, and likes drinking fine wine with friends. He teaches computers  at an Ontario French-language community college. His global wine website www.theworldwidewine.com features a weekly review of $10 wines. Visit his wine, nutrition, and health website www.wineinyourdiet.com.

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