Earlier this evening, we walked out of the Whistler IGA into a torrential rain that was accompanied by fork lightning and booming thunder. So, instead of taking the bus and going out for dinner, we headed "home" and I cooked in our humble little rental condo. I didn't barbeque because, well, there is no facility for that here; at least, none that I can find.
We had oven-roasted chicken, fettuccine with alfredo sauce, and steamed asparagus. With the lot, we sipped the 2009 OPEN Sauvignon Blanc ($14.99/12.5% ABV).
OPEN is a Vincor VQA wine targeting Millennial wine drinkers. "Our research shows us that while they are 'plugged-in' and know about many topics, Millennial Canadian wine drinkers haven't explored as much with VQA wines, so it's exciting to introduce this savvy demographic to our exceptional home-grown Canadian wines," said Casey Howe, marketing manager at Vincor Canada and the person responsible for creating the brand.
I had received this bottle (along with a Merlot and Merlot-Cabernet) a few weeks back as a sample and tasted it before I began cooking dinner.
Here's what I found when I tasted it: On the nose, this pale yellow (with just a hint of green) wine shows both grassy and floral notes, along with a dose of tropical fruit. On the palate, there are grassy and citrus flavours followed by tropical fruit. Sure, the flavours don't last a heck of a long time, but it's a pleasant glass of wine that suited our dinner. And at just $14.99 this is one of those under-fifteen-bucks wines I'd pour in my glass again.
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