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Vino Bitches: Black Cellar

Black Cellar
Shiraz Cabernet
$10.95
Available at Liquor Depot

Nothing will prepare you for the surprise you’ll experience once you try Black Cellar’s Shiraz Cabernet. This unassuming wine has a unique depth that makes it ideal for the term, whether you are still riding the winter break high or crashing in to an onslaught of class assignments.

Initially, Black Cellar appears to be a bland choice. Its label is so simple, it could have been designed on Microsoft Word. It blends in with the other ordinary bottles on the shelf and you may walk right past it without noticing. But what Black Cellar lacks in presentation it greatly makes up for in content.

The colour is so overcast it’s nearly black, save for the slivers of juicy red created by the light. The combination of ripe cherries, blueberries, and a variety of spices produce a unique perfume. Soft on the nose at first, it suddenly becomes heady with a sharp bitter edge that teases your nose.

Black Cellar’s full flavour matches this aroma. The spices and cherries have a bold presence and there is a small tannin. This is balanced well with the blueberries, which have a refreshing quality making it overall playful.

Before you become too busy, take time to try Black Cellar with an interesting and bold-tasting dish, like grilled pepper steak with onions and blue cheese. If you find you have less time on your hands, something as easy as a bacon and tomato sandwich is also suitable.

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