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Terri Milne and Lloyd Evans, proprietors of the Ontario wine importing agency Vin Passion/The Case for Wine, have come up with a novel concept for their own label. They sourced wine from Maurel Vedeau Vineyards in Languedoc-Roussillon for a white, red and rosé and are marketing them under the Bad Dog label which allows them loads of license with the doggy puns. (Vins de Pays D'og, Grand Premier Cur, wines that are smooth sipping never ruff ruff, should be lapped up within a few years – you get the idea.)

Currently, the wines have just been released only in Ontario but have been offered to a supermarket chain in the UK. An initial 7,000 cases of each have been produced. Stylistically, all three wines are entry level quaffers.

Bad Dog White 2002 (a blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay with 10 per cent Grenache Blanc)
$12.35 (General list)
Yellow straw colour with a ripe peachy melon nose and a floral note (almost Viognier); full in the mouth with ripe peach and minerally notes; very soft and a little short. The six months in oak is barely evident. Could do with a touch more acidity to give it structure. ***
Food match: roast chicken, pork loin


Bad Dog Red 2001
(a blend of Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and 10 per cent Merlot)
$12.35 (general list)
Deep ruby-purple colour; cedar and currants on the nose with a touch of leather; medium-bodied, round and supple with a plum and chocolate flavour, slightly sweet with a firm finish. Chillable. The kind of wine you could serve to someone who wants to make the switch from white to red. ***
Food match: pepper steak, pizza


Bad Dog Rosé 2003 (Grenache and Syrah)
$12.35 (Consignment warehouse, order through The Case for Wine, 416-467-1606, www.thecaseforwine.com)
The most successful of the three wines. Deeply coloured pink with a nose of raspberries and minerals; candied raspberry flavour, dry with a hint of residual sweetness; light to medium-bodied. Easy drinking. ***˝
Food match: lightly curried dishes, cheese omelette

 

 

 

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