Our Top 15 Red Picks From The Port of Wines Festival 2015

On September 26th my partner and I attended the NSLC Port of Wines Festival in Halifax, NS.  This year marked the festival’s 20th anniversary – and instead of focusing on a feature country, they chose to celebrate 20 years of sharing great wine.  Nothing wrong with that!

My partner and I are not fancy connoisseurs of wine by any stretch of the imagination!  However, we very much love, enjoy and appreciate wine.  We know what we like – and always look forward to an opportunity to sample as many different wines as we can.

Some friends were asking for our top picks from the show, so I thought I’d share them here.  So here we go!  Our top 15 selections!

**For drinkers of white (ie. my gal-pal L.B.!), sorry, but our list is 99% red.  I don’t drink whites, because they oddly give me headaches.  However, one ‘pink’ was so delicious it made our list!

  1. 2012 KWV The Mentors Pinotage $29.99 (KWV SA (PTY) LTD; South Africa)
  2. 2010 Buried Hope Tempranillo Crianza $19.99 (Pernod Ricard Winemakers; Spain)
  3. Mia ‘Delicate & Sweet’ Pink Moscato $16.99 (Freixenet SA; Spain)
  4. 2010 Marquis de Longares Reserva &19.29 (Cooperativa Vitivinicola de Longares, Spain)
  5. 2013 Small Gully Mr. Black’s Little Book Shiraz $22.79 (Small Gully Wines; Australia)
  6. 2012 Small Gully The Formula Robert’s Shiraz $24.99 (Small Gully Wines; Australia)
  7. 2013 Tahbilk The Tower Shiraz $23.29 (Tahbilk Wines, Australia)
  8. 2010 Casella Limited Release Cabernet $49.89 (Casella Family Brands; Australia)
  9. Pen folds Great Grandfather Rare Tawny $83.79 (Treasury Wine Estates; Australia)
  10. 2011 Bottega Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOCG $48.79 (Bottega Spa; Italy)
  11. 2013 Kim Crawford Hawkes Bay Merlot &22.99 (Constellation Brands New Zealand; New Zealand)
  12. 2013 Dona Paula 1100 Red $31.49 (Vina Dona Paula; Argentina)
  13. 2012 Dona Paula Estate Black Edition Red $17.99 (Vina Dona Paula; Argentina)
  14. 2012 Gauchezco Reserva Malbec $19.49 (Gauchezco Vineyard & Winery; Argentina)
  15. 2011 Manos Negras Stone Soil Select Malbec $19.99 (Manos Negras, Argentina)

What is the definition of a good wine? It should start and end with a smile”.
~William Sokolin

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