I just heard about the very cool idea for a cross blog wine tasting: Lenn Devours – World Wide Wine Blogging Wednesday – Non-U.S. New World Merlot Under $15USD. If we’d known about this earlier, we would definitely have played. We would have tried to find an Okanagan (BC, Canada) or Oregon merlot for under US$15. Of course we would have looked to see what was available from the Niagara (Ont, Canada) region as well. But generally, in our admittedly limited experience at tasting Ontarian wines, the lower priced reds are pretty dismal. Our standard house wine for well over a year was the French Yvon Mau 2001 Merlot Vin de Pay de L’aude which is under Cdn$10. But unfortunately, several of the bottles have been corked. The LCBO does take them back but it’s still a drag, particularly if the corked bottle is the last bottle in the house. So our house wine has changed. Still in the under Cdn$10 range, we recently discovered the Bulgarian Domaine Boyar Cabernet Sauvignon 2001, Spanish Penascal Tempranillo 2001, and Italian Farnese Sangiovese Daunia 2002. All of these, especially when considering the price, are surprisingly complex and fruity/spicy.