RKS Wine: The Penniless Pensioner, Bernie Madoff and Organic Wine.

You know the Penniless Pensioner had an ultra modern wine cellar in his plush “Lonsdale” penthouse condo in Toronto but he had to sell his condo and wine collection to pay his legal bills. Not only did Bernie Madoff swindle him but he also acted as counsel to Madoff and got his ankles wrapped up in litigation something he mumbles about as a “bogus conspiracy case”. Now he has no cellar and his fancy trophy wines are a thing of the past. And he told me he doesn’t miss them being happy with the under $15.00 category. Is he bullshitting me and putting on a brave face?

He asked me to find him an organic wine from Italy and I found a Primitivo at $14.75. Primitivo was brought to California (where it is known as Zinfandel) and southern Italy from Croatia where the grape is known as crljenak kaštelanski. It can range from dry to sweet the dry being more akin to American Zinfandel.

The aroma is full bodied and very clean and pure. Sweet red cherry, blackberry and chocolate covered raisins. On the palate it is dry with spice and laser beams of sweet red cherry and a tad of licorice. It is smooth and clean tasting. Hooray for organic wine. This would suit grilled beef or spicy Hunan Beef served over Soba Noodles. Overall smooth, delightfully simple and as organic wines are new to the Penniless Pensioner I remind him they are free of herbicides and pesticides.

Drink by the end of 2022.

(Salento Agricolo IGP Primitivo 2018, Vino Biologico, Cantine Paololeo, San Donaci, Italy, $14.75, 14%, Liquor Control Board of Ontario # 17529, 750 mL, Robert K. Stephen A Little Birdie Told Me So Rating 89/100).

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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