There's something about Wednesdays that makes me think wine, wine and more wine. Perhaps it's because alliterations are like honey to the ear canal but I hereby proclaim that in 2014, wine reviews will fall mid-week instead of on Fridays. Why? Because everyone needs a friendly wine recommendation to get them through hump day.
I've decided to kick off the new year with a wine suggestion that is so bad-ass it might land you in witness protection. While I haven't yet had the pleasure of visiting The Organized Crime Winery in the Beamsville Bench region of Niagara-on-the-Lake, I've been told that this boutique winery is as delightfully off-kilter as one could imagine. I hope to make it to Niagara this year, but if I don't, I'll always have excellent wines like this 2009 Pinot Noir to fall back on.
Tasting notes: Nutty, Dark Fruits, Spicy
Pair with: Winter Stews, Beef Stroganoff, Hearty Pasta
Cost: $34.20 CDN
Perks: This wine has such a complex bouquet that you could just sniff it all night. That being said, I think it's better to drink it. After a few glasses, you might just find yourself talking like a wise guy or Googling Ray Liotta. It's important to note that 2009 was an exceptional year for Pinot Noir in Ontario.
Cons: Not sure if this is a con, but it is a fairly expensive wine for the younger crowd. It's worth it though!
Overall Glossless Rating (based on totally unscientific and arbitrary values): 9/10