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

“I feel sorry for people who don't drink. When they wake up in the morning, that's as good as they're going to feel all day.”
by Frank Sinatra

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.