Day 1. Wine 1.
I’m starting off this drinking journey by remaining as true as true can be to the theme of cheap. Jose Maria da Fonseca’s Periquita is a wine that has been around for ages – it was actually the first wine commercially bottled in Portugal! – but I have always resisted it before now, since the price point is so low it’s rather scary. Yes, I admit to price snobbery, which is kind of what this series is all about. Can a wine be good if it’s only a rock-bottom (for BC) $8.99?? Turns out, it can. But this isn’t one of them. This is not-so-good cheap red wine.
The colour in the glass was actually beautiful, a lovely medium ruby with pretty fuchsia tones. On the nose there were coffee, cherry and thyme notes, with kind of a bubble gum thing on top. Made me wonder if there was carbonic maceration involved in the fermentation process, but research proved me wrong.
On the palate, where it counts, I found it fairly one-dimensional. No layers of flavours of all… more like alcoholic, slightly unripe cherry juice with a vanilla topping from a bit of oak. Soft tannins and high acidity, with a very quick finish.
Overall, not much to recommend it. If you only have a tenner in your pocket and you’re going to have this with food, you can consider this wine – it’s not vile. But there are better ones out there for the price. You could pair this easily with pizza, spaghetti and meatballs, cheese toast, or other student food.
Grapes: Castelao, Trincadeira, Aragoncz
Price: $8.99 at Government Liquor Store (Tillicum)
Closure: Cork! Perhaps not surprisingly due to the origin and long tradition behind this wine?
My rating (ratings are being done based on quality versus price, on scale of 0 to 5 stars): ★ ★ ½ This is what you should expect when you pay $9 for a wine in BC. But I know better ones are out there!
The Music Match
Since this wine is great for students, I thought back to my student days. Here’s a great tune that brings back pizza memories. What do I like about you, Periquita? Precious little, unfortunately. Onward!