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If I only had $100…I would buy at LCBO Vintages

Posted by Monique

Friday, August 5th, 2016

vintages AugustThis weekend’s Vintages release at the LCBO showcases an exciting selection of well-crafted wines from all over the world that fit our budget.  

Since the world will be watching athletes from across the globe exercise their best efforts to make it onto the podium at the Rio Summer Olympics, I have been inspired to seek out select value wines from around the world that are podium worthy as well.

So, let’s have a look at my world tour of well-crafted, value for quality wines…

Cheers!
-Monique

 

 

 

 

 If I only had $100, I would buy at Vintages…
Saturday July 23, 2016

framinghamFramingham 2015 Sauvignon Blanc

Marlborough, New Zealand
LCBO Vintages 606848 | $18.95 | 12.5% alcohol

Temperatures are spiking and, at times, nothing seems more refreshing than sipping a chilled crisp Sauvignon Blanc under a patio umbrella.  I find the Framingham 2015 Sauvignon Blanc to be a high-ranking player in the “crisp patio whites” category.  This signature New Zealand white wine shows vibrant notes of  citrus zest, lemon grass and floral notes. The palate is bone dry, mouthwatering and finishes with a crisp zesty citrus note.  Enjoy pairing this Sauvignon Blanc with fresh oysters, king crab legs, poached lobster or ceviche.

 

nemeaEstate Papaioannou 2010 Single Vineyard Agiorgitiko

Nemea, Greece
LCBO Vintages 47977 | $20.95 | 12.5% alcohol

Greece, where it all began! As the birthplace of the Olympics, Greece could not be overlooked.  This weekend’s Vintages release actually showcases a decent selection of white and red wines from Greece, but the Estate Papaioannou 2010 Single Vineyard Agiorgitiko steals the podium.

Agiorgitiko – meaning St. George – is the most widely grown red grape variety in Greece, predominantly in the region of Nemea (northeastern part of the Peloponnese Peninsula). This red wine showcases an intense burst of perfumey floral and berry fruit aromas.

The palate is showing young , but polished tannins, a nice balance of acidity  and a long tart cherry finish.  Key flavours to note include red cherry, leather, tar, and dark chocolate. You may consider letting this medium to full bodied red wine sit in the cellar for another three to five years, but it is also drinking well now. Just be sure to decant this beauty for two hours prior to serving, and definitely try pairing it with beef tartar.

 

flat rockFlat Rock 2010 Twisted Red

VQA Ontario, Canada
LCBO Vintages 86918 | $24.95 | 12.3% alcohol

Let’s offer our shout out to Team Canada with the Flat Rock 2010 Twisted Red. Flat Rock Cellars is no stranger to the pro-athlete world. In 2013, this winery collaborated with three-time world champion and Olympic medalist figure skater, Patrick Chan, to craft one the most top rated Reisling icewines release in our market. This red wine with a striking blend of fleshy fruity berries and smoke.  Hailing from the Niagara Escarpment, this red wine shows hints of fresh cherry, cranberry, smoke and wet stone minerality. The acidity is mouthwatering, the tannins are young and grippy with a plump medium-bodied mouthfeel. I recommend drinking now, and enjoy pairing it with pulled port tacos.

 

mandusPietra Pura Mandus 2013 Primitivo Di Manduria

Puglia, Italy
LCBO Vintages 216457 | $16.95 | 13.8% Alcohol

 Our world tour continues with this gorgeous Italian red wine known as Primitivo.  Primitivo is the native grape of Puglia (the heel on the boot of Italy) and is actually the same grape as  Zinfandel. This full-bodied red wine showcases inviting perfumed aromas of rose petals, cherry, plum, graphite minerality, and a touch of vanilla. Even though the flavours appear sweet – berry jam, vanilla, sweet smoke – the acidity is high with mild balanced tannins and long dark chocolate finish.  It definitely reminds of a California style Zinfandels but with good complexity. It’s a great crowd pleaser and pairs well backyard BBQ ribs.

 

 shirazBest’s 2013 Bin No. 1 Shiraz

Victoria, Australia
LCBO Vintages 222323 | $19.95 | 14.5% alcohol

Finally, we a representative from Australia that excels in the “big bold BBQ red” category.  This red wine shows classic Australian Shiraz notes of pronounced eucalyptus, licorice, black plum, and black cherry. The palate is off-dry, chewy (young tannins) and mouthwatering. Flavours are an exact repeat of the aromas with added notes of cedar, vanilla, and a touch of earthy minerality. This Shiraz is full bodied with a long minted-berry finish. This red wine can certainly afford to sit for another five to seven years, but it is drinking quite well now after a couple hours of decanting.  Enjoy pairing this red wine with grilled lamb chops.

 

So, sometimes this happens, it appears that we are $1.75 over budget.
Altogether, this shopping list is worth extra pennies.

 Grand Total $101.75

 

about testimonials

Posted by Debbie

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

“We are thoroughly enjoying the Savvy Selections program! There are four of us who share a case of wine. All of us have been subscribers for over three years. When the monthly delivery arrives, I call everyone over to pick up their wines…we often end up having an impromptu party!” – Carole

“Last night we hosted a dinner party and served wines from the Savvy Selections. The menu included the recipes from the Savvy eZine and our guests were entertained with the stories about the winemaker that you provided. It was a wonderful evening.” – Gary

“My brother heard about the Savvy Selections and gave it to me as a birthday gift. Each month, I look forward to the delivery of the 3 pack of wines. This is truly a gift that keeps on giving” – Wayne

“Having a Sommelier taste, select and provide their knowledge of the wine along with how to match the menu is invaluable to me. The Savvy Selections exclusive wines and the information in the accompanying Savvy e-Zine, adds a whole new dimension to entertaining.” – Alan

“I like the convenience of having wines shipped directly to my office. Each month, I look forward to receiving my shipment of the Savvy Selections. And because a Sommelier has tasted and selected the wines, I am reassured that they will be of good quality.” – Debi

about tab ontario

Posted by Debbie

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

How it works

Like everything savvy, it’s simple. The first week of each month, you receive to your home or office the featured Savvy Selection. (We will let you know by mail exactly when to expect your delivery.) All Savvy Selections wines are VQA and range between $15 and $35 per bottle. Each month, your Savvy Selection reflects the actual cost accordingly: your credit card is billed directly by the winery for the order and any related shipping charges.

What is the cost?

Just as you shop for wine at a store, the amount you pay is different each time.  With Savvy Selections your credit card is billed for the exact price of the wines.  Each month, the cost ranges from $65 to $90 per month plus shipping. As an example, when Rosehall Run Vineyard was the featured winery, the three chosen wines were:
– Rosehall Run Riesling VQA 2008 @ $17.95
– Rosehall Run Cuvee County Pinot Noir VQA 2008 @ $21.95
– Rosehall Run Cold Creek Cabernet Franc VQA 2007@ $29.95

Savvy Selections subscribers were billed $69.85 for the wine and $10 for Rosehall Run’s shipping fee.

Please note – at present, we are able to ship the wines to an address in Ontario only.

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Savvy Selections

Posted by Debbie

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

We’ve compiled a long list of wines worth sharing during our travels throughout Canada’s wine regions. And share them we do—through Savvy Selections: a wine club that delivers exceptional Ontario wines straight to your home or office. You receive different bottles with each delivery – all chosen by our expert panel of Savvy Sommeliers. You won’t find these wines at your local wine stores as every shipment comes to you directly from the featured winemaker.

With each Savvy Selections, you will receive our Savvy eZine featuring an interview with the featured winemaker, Savvy Sommelier tasting notes and recipes we’ve handpicked to pair with the Savvy Selections wines.

Subscribe now & open your door to the discovery of spectacular Ontario wines.

Previous Savvy Selections

Posted by Debbie

Monday, June 28th, 2010

The Savvy Selections cellar

If you’re new to Savvy Selections and want to know more about wines we’ve featured in the past, or if you’re a longtime subscriber who missed a specific selection, take a few minutes to explore our cellar—the complete archive of previous Savvy Selections.

Interested in a particular month’s offering? Simply, to make the arrangements of your own personal wine delivery to your home or office – today.

Sharing the good things in life

Posted by Debbie

Friday, June 25th, 2010

About New

Posted by Debbie

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

When you sign up for Savvy Selections, you automatically receive our monthly Savvy eZine. Get to know the people and the stories behind the bottles on your rack. Learn about the month’s featured Canadian winery, read an interview with the winemaker, review our sommelier tasting notes, and try your hand at some recipes we’ve chosen specifically to match each selection. Our Savvy Selections are all Canadian because we believe strongly in the importance (and the pleasure) of eating and drinking local—and because there is an astonishing number of excellent Canadian wines out there waiting to be discovered.

Savvy Selections BC

Posted by Debbie

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

We’ve traveled extensively around British Columbia’s wine regions and compiled a long list of wines worth sharing. And share them we do—through Savvy Selections exclusively for residents of BC.

Become a Savvy Selections BC subscriber and savour the thrill of discovery by having outstanding BC wines delivered straight to your door — at home or at the office. Every two months, Savvy Selections BC subscribers receive three different BC wines – two bottles of each – chosen by our expert panel of Savvy Sommeliers. These hidden gems are wines you won’t find at the BC Liquor Stores: the wine is delivered to you directly from the featured BC winery.

What is the cost?

Just as you shop for wine at a store, the amount you pay is different each time.  With Savvy Selections your credit card is billed for the exact price of the wines.  The Savvy Selections BC provides you two bottles of each chosen wines. The price ranges between $15 and $35 per bottle – averaging $130 to $170 for 6 bottles of premium wines plus shipping.

As an example, when Thornhaven Estates is the featured winery, the three chosen wines will be:
– Thornhaven Gewürztraminer VQA 2008 @ $17.90
– Thornhaven Syrah VQA 2008 @ $24.90
– Thornhaven Trinity VQA 2007 (red blend) @ $26.90

For a six bottle pack – two of each selected wines – subscribers will be billed $139.40 for the wine plus the winery’s shipping cost.

NOTE: Savvy Selections BC can only be delivered to a home or office address within British Columbia.

Wineries to be featured in 2010 include:

July – Thornhaven Estates, Summerland
September –8th Generation Vineyard,Summerland
November – Robin Ridge Winery , Similkameen Valley
In January 2011  – Sperling Family Vineyards, Kelowna

…and our Sommeliers are working on lining up more BC wineries to be featured.

Previous Savvy Selections

Take a look back through our archive of past Savvy Selections and request any wines that you have missed discovering.

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Posted by Debbie

Thursday, January 8th, 2009

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What to pair with…

Posted by Debbie

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008