Diary Entry #37 - BEES & Blowing Bubbles - Feat. 20 Bees 2011 Cabernet Merlot

Since I’m in Ontario for a couple of weeks, I thought it would make sense to feature an Ontario wine in this video. I chose 20 Bee’s 2011 Cabernet Merlot from Niagara, Ontario. Niagara is another wine region in Canada; unfortunately in BC we don’t get enough Ontario wine. I personally think that’s lame because I would love to be drinking more Ontario wine and supporting other local Canadian wine producers. 

Since I currently know practically nothing about Ontario wines, I chose this wine purely based on the fact it had the word ‘Bees’ on the label. Lately, my boyfriend and I have been watching an Arrested Development marathon so it seemed appropriate. If you have watched Arrested Development you will know exactly why I chose this wine. If you haven’t, I inserted a couple of clips from the show into my video, hope it makes sense but if not you’ll just have to take my word for it. The ‘Bees’ clips from this show are some of my favorites so it just made sense to try this wine. (Yes, I am aware my brain works in funny ways.)

This wine was a bit lighter in color than I had expected for a cabernet merlot. Maybe because this wine was fermented in the skins for only 14 days, which doesn’t seem like a long time to me, but I’m no expert or a winemaker. I found aromas of maraschino cherries, vanilla with some nice sweet notes as well. My friend said it smelled like gasoline and paint thinner (obviously not a wine lover lol!) The palate had nice medium body with red berries. The tannins were medium and I found the wine to have decent structure. I believe this wine cost around $12, so for that price it has really great value! 

This video was filmed at a friends house and the topic of aerating wine came up…so of course it seemed like a great idea to blow bubbles in my wine glass with a straw. I consider this brilliant improvising when a proper wine aerator is not available. I realize this is a professional technique that you guys MUST be thinking ‘why have I never tried this before???’ or perhaps you are cringing at the thought of it. But yes, I did try it and surprising enough, the wine glass that I blew bubbles in, had softer tannins! I totally recommend you give it a try and let me know what your thoughts are!