I'm a great one for that elusive combination of quality and value in a wine. This holiday season, in addition to its regular selection of holiday spirits, LCBO Vintages is offering a range of products from previous releases that provide excellent value for money. If you want a special wine for Christmas dinner or New Year's Eve, or something to share with family or friends of a cold winter's evening, visit you local Vintages boutique and speak to the product consultant about their special holiday sales and promotions.
As an example, if you'd like some refreshing fizz to get you in the holiday spirit, there are a range of products available. I recently served the Nino Franco Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Brut (#349662, $17.45, marked down from $20.95) at a birthday party. This wine is produced on a family estate in the Veneto by an innovative winemaker who is the grandson of the original owner. This is a bright, balanced bubbly with aromas of pear, apple and citrus that persist on the palate. Light-bodied with a fine effervescence, it has a well-defined seam of acidity that will have you coming back for more.
If you'd like something a little more regal, consider the Segura Viudas Brut Reserva Heredad Cava (#50864, $31.95, marked down from $37.95). Segura Viudas is the crown jewel and an independent operation of the producer Freixenet. A very special wine, the Heredad is the only Segura Viudas cava where the bottle is hand turned as it is aging. I visited the 6 stories of underground cellars at Segura Viudas last year - the Heredad has its own special resting place. Reserva Heredad is composed of 2/3 Macabeo and 1/3 Parellada, which are two of the three grapes used to produce cava in Spain (the third is Xarel-lo). It experiences a very long aging process and has lovely toasty aromas and a very persistent finish. The wine is captured in a unique bottle with intricately worked designs on the base and a heraldic brand on the bottle itself. This would make a magnificent gift for a special person.
If you're thinking of sitting by the fire some cold evening, snacking on cheese and crackers, consider a bottle of Amarone from these special Vintages offers. For instance, the Giuseppe Campagnola Amarone della Valpolicella (#76653, $36.95, marked down from $46.95), or the Valpantena Torre Del Falasco Amarone (#922161, $42.95, marked down from $54.95). Amarone is produced using three indigenous Italian grapes: Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara. Select bunches of the grapes are handpicked in the fall, then dried in a controlled environment until February to create concentration of the sugars. After pressing and fermentation, the wine is aged 18-24 months in oak. This process produces a rich, full-bodied wine with hints of dried fruit and chocolate. At 15% alcohol, it is bound to create the warmth we all need at this time of year.
Enjoy a happy holiday season! All of us at Savvy Company want to see you next year, so remember to drink responsibly.