Wino Wednesday :: Zuccardi Serie A Bonarda 2012

I have drank a bunch of good wine and beer since I last was here. I hope you have too.

My long absence was not due to laziness like a few other times in the past year due to my crazy life! The Mr., myself, and the dog have had what I have deemed a “fresh start” year. 2015 has looked like this :: decide to move in April, nope actually pack up and relocate before the end of February, homeless for a couple weeks while we looked for places in The Peg, visited my family and some close friends, found an adorable teeny tiny one bedroom apartment in the specific area we wanted, started looking and then the Mr. got a job as Reference Librarian at the U of M and starts April 1, and I just unpacked my office stuff so I could finally write one of these.

Things are on the upswing for this cool couple and 2015 is our year.

Enough about me.

Actually, I am looking for creative job opportunities, whether that be in craft beer, wine & spirits, maybe something that uses my love of DIY or anything that involves my creative side in Winnipeg. If something happens across your path I would love it if you passed it my way.

The coolest part about moving to Manitoba is the less strict liquor laws. Yes, I know I am a tad on the strange side of things, but YAY! Seriously, I love The Independent Wine Stores of Manitoba. Not because they arrange wines by country which still kills me but because their six separate private shops that carry their own crafted selection of wine. Also, most of the shops have a room for tastings, classes, and cooking. There went all my extra monies.

My first stop once we were slightly settled, De Luca Fine Wines. I actually was meaning to walk into the De Luca grocery store but quickly realized the two are not connected inside, oops. The shop is well laid out, making it easy to peruse the selection and nothing gets too high up, so I can easily grab what I am looking for. The only staff in the shop were two women, which is F$#%ing amaze-balls. Unfortunately, both seemed rather engrossed in what they were doing so I did not get much help. {Disclaimer:: The second time I went I got fantastic service that solidifies many more trips in the future.}

The first of the bottles I purchased at De Luca’s is a Bonarda and

Review :: Zuccardi Serie A Bonarda 2012

Wino Wednesday :: Zuccardi Serie A Bonarda 2012

Technical Specs::

Vintage: 2012

Varietal: 100% Bonarda

Region: Mendoza, Argentina

Alcohol: 13.8%

Price: $18.99

I asked specifically for something interesting and off the beaten path at De Luca’s. She showed me many choices, both red and white, that interested me and a few varietals I have never tried, while staying under my $25 mark, which I did not mention when she showed me the selections. Points for knowing what the customer wanted even when they seemed unsure.

Her first choice took me to the familiar land of Argentina to show me a grape I had not had the pleasure of drinking before. In the glass this Bonarda is an opulent purplish red color that is opaque and young looking. On the nose there is a bunch o’ripe fruit: strawberries and black cherries. There is also a spice quality that I would attribute to the wine seeing some oak but other than that this wine is fairly straightforward. Juicy and easy tannins on the finish, that lingers nicely.

This is a very friendly entry intro to Bonarda which I can imagine can become a big, fruity, and tannic wine if the winemaker so chooses. This red is a win. I like that it is easy to wrap my nose around and drink. I would think this would be an easy wine to pair with food because of its soft tannins and easy drink-ability.

Drink up!


P.S. Please bear with me and my photos because I have yet to find the sweet spot and time for ideal light in our new place.