Here are some wines that I've had recently and enjoyed:
Ferraton Père & Fils "La Matinière" Crozes-Hermitage Blanc 2007 $21.95
This wine is made from 100% Marsanne grapes. This wine is from the Northen part of the Rhone, in France. Crozes-Hermitage is a largest region in the Northern Rhone. Most of the wine in this region is red made from the Syrah grape. This is a white wine which is fruity with good minerality and stone fruit on the palate. Serve it just slightly chilled and you have yourself a nice sipper!
Babich Pinot Noir 2007 $19.95
Not my favourite Pinot Noir from New Zealand but this one was enjoyable and the price is good for the quality. This wine is from the Marlborough region of New Zealand which is located on the North-East part of the south island. This Pinot Noir is fruity with some lovely spice both on the nose and on the palate. I did enjoy this wine and isn't that the final verdict that we're all looking for?
If you're looking for a special bottle to pick up that's more on the expensive side (you deserve it right?) :
Delas Haute Pierre Chateauneuf-Du-Pape 2007 $35.95
Loved it. Loved it more and more as I continued to drink it. Of course, this is one of my favourite regions in the world for both beauty and wine production. This wine hails from the Southern Rhone region of France, in a town called Chateauneuf-Du-Pape. This wine is a blend of 70% Grenache and 30% Syrah. In the Southern Rhone, the wines are almost always blends. This wine is very smooth, with a wonderful aftertaste. The tannins are present but not over powering. There's delicious black fruit with licorice and spice on the palate. It's full bodied and jam-packed with flavour. 2007 was a great year because it was so hot. This wine will also keep for over a decade. I bought two bottles - both for me and I'm not sharing. :)
Ironstone Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 $37.95
This is a typical good California Cabernet Sauvignon. Big, bold and beautiful. This Cab is full bodied with dark fruit, cassis and vanilla. It was smooth going down and left a really nice aftertaste. I did indeed help myself to more than one glass of this pleasant wine.