Canada Day guest bloggers

El Capitan is a connoisseur of fine wine, and Kokanee

On the evening of Canada Day, we decided to have our two good friends, the CakeBitch & El Capitan, over for some homemade pizza and an impromptu wine tasting. This was the first time they’ve ever “tasted blind” by having two glasses of the same variety side-by-side to compare and contrast.

2008 Cusumano Nero d’Avola Sicilia IGT


He says: The usage of a glass stopper as the enclosure is pretty nifty, and makes sense since I’d probably have to drink it over a week. I rarely am so underwhelmed.

She says: The better of the two Nero d’Avola’s we tried but that is not saying much.

2008 Donnafugata Sedàra Sicilia IGT


He says: This wine is so disappointing for $20, especially considering all the other great values out of Italy at the same price. Stick with a Valpolicella, or an Aglianico, or a six-pack of Peroni.

She says: After hearing great things recently about Sicilian wine this was nothing short of a big disappointment!

Wine truths

“He who loves not wine, women and song remains a fool his whole life long.”
by Johann Heinrich Voss

Wine Ratings

★☆☆☆☆ - Poor quality. Avoid. Save your money. Between 80-84 points.

★★☆☆☆ - Average quality or poor value. Between 84-88 points. Some expensive wines are downgraded for bad value.

★★★☆☆ - Good. Between 88-92 points. Or a good value on the lower end of the point scale.

★★★☆☆ - Excellent quality. Between 92-96 points. Or a cheap yet good quality wine which is excellent value.

★★★☆☆ - Outstanding, best examples in the world. Between 96 and 100 points. A perfect wine.