I went and chatted with Percy about wine again today.
They were tasting a Malbec from Chile: A Valdivieso. I purchased a bottle (among others) and it is delicious. This would make a great house wine - I mean for my
house. It is smooth without being 'plush'. We drank it with home made Pizza but I think it would go with pretty much anything. I shop at different wine stores and obviously different people have different tastes. I do like Percy's choices - he is very knowledgeable about wine - I have liked all of the wine he has recommended so far. I by no means consider myself a connoisseur of wine but I do know what I like and what I don't like in wine.
I have a friend that started getting serious about wine pretty much the same time I did in Oregon some years ago. He and I went to a wine tasting event in McMinnville, Oregon and Dave, that is his name, would have a sip of the same wine as me and go on about how it started and finished and whether it was fruity or not and I would stare at him and say something stupid like: "Yeah, me too!"
If I can, I like to keep my wine purchases under $20. There are a lot of good wines in the $15 to $20 range. I will admit to paying more sometimes but there are many good and varied wines below this price.
I don't know if you can find this Malbec in Calgary but if you can it is very high on my list of recommended wines. If you are in Bragg Creek, please go in and say hello to Percy for me.
By the way, they give you a ten percent discount for a purchase of six bottles or more.