Irony Wines – what a name, but it stands for a coming of age battle many of us have had as we try to make sense of life, love, work and purpose. Okay, I’ll stop with the heavy dialogue, but when you hear the story of Chris and Jay Indelicato it will all make sense.

Our founder, Gaspare Indelicato came to America more than a century ago and planted a vineyard in Manteca, California. It reminded him of Sicily where his family had grown wine grapes for generations in Italy.

Gaspare Indelicato passed on the skill of wine making to his children who had hoped the next generation, i.e. Chris and Jay, would continue in the family business, but early on this vision was doubtful:

The inspiration for Irony Wines starts from a tale of two brothers. As kids, we spent hot, dusty days helping our grandfather in the vineyards when we’d rather have been riding our bikes. Once we left for college and started our careers, we swore we’d never be back. But life is full of gentle ironies: in spite of ourselves, one after the other, we found our way back to the vineyards and wineries our family has tended for generations. And the irony is we’ve never been happier. We’re making wines from small lots that are honest, true expressions of great vineyards. — Jay and Chris Indelicato, Third Generation Family Vintners 

Now on to the wine.  On colour, Irony Merlot 2012 holds a deep crimson hue.  On the nose, scents of cherry, plum, bell peppers and some oak are present.  On the palate, cherry, vanilla, blackberries and well-balanced tannins captivate.

People often speak about Irony Wines because of their Chardonnay, but you do not want to sleep on their Merlot!  This is a definite repeat buy.

This wine retails at the LCBO for $19.95

We gave this wine a score of 4.5/5