Posted by SusanFriday, May 22nd, 2009
If I only had $100, I would buy…
For the May 23, 2009 LCBO Vintages release
Fire up the BBQ, the summer weather is here. With so many wines to choose from, which ones to buy?
I am part of a panel that samples the wines several weeks before they arrive on the store shelves at Vintages. This means, I have made my list of ‘must buy wines’, weeks before the wines are in stock at your local LCBO. To help you decide which wines to buy & serve with BBQ fare, here is my list if I only had $100, I would buy...
Worth every penny – Palliser Estate Pinot Noir, New Zealand
New Zealand makes outstanding Pinots – this is my hands down favorite. An elegant, medium bodied wine that with one swirl, smells like a bouquet of red roses. With one sip, tastes of red cherry & warm heat makes for a delicious wine that lingers forever. Classic match for Pinot Noir is grilled salmon or serve this one with BBQ lamb chops & grilled portabello mushrooms. Watch out, this wine will sell out fast!
Bring on the burgers – G7 Reserva Carmenère, Chile
Carmenère is a crowd pleaser at a great price too! For the longest time, Chilean winemakers thought this grape variety was Merlot – until they put it under a microscope & discovered that it wasn’t. Carmenère has become Chile’s signature grape variety. This wine is BIG, full bodied & ready to be paired with anything off the BBQ. At this price…stock up for the summer!
Sip with sizzling steaks – Spellbound Old Vines Zinfandel, California
This wine is not from Napa or Sonoma, rather from the small town of Lodi (a 40 minute drive from Napa) where vineyards look more like corn fields – rows upon rows that never seem to end. Many vines are over 100 years old, looking more like little trees with dark bunches of grapes. Wines made with ‘old vines’ are full bodied intense & concentrated tastes of black plums, black cherry, molasses & dark chocolate. Absolutely delicious!
Ribs are ready! - Casa Santos Sousão, Portugal
A BIG wine made with Portugal’s up & coming grape variety – Sousão. The full bodied wine is deep purple in colour & loaded with tastes of black plums, figs, cedar & vanilla with a touch of smoke. Can’t go wrong with this one!
GRAND TOTAL: $86.80
Can you spare $5?
This delicious white wine is worth adding to your shopping cart – Villa Giada Ceirole Moscato d’Asti, Italy
Chill & sip during a picnic, before a BBQ feast or even with dessert. The wine may smell sweet – but doesn’t taste sweet. Luscious flavours of honey, lime, mandarin will fill your glass with fine bubbles. Lay out the cheese platter, or serve with summertime salads or BBQ pineapples & strawberries to enjoy with this wine. One word – DELICIOUS.
NEW GRAND TOTAL: $105.75
What about Rosé wines?
I am in the midst of compiling a ‘Rosé Report’ of every Rosé wine that I have tried so far (hard work indeed!). Email me to receive it directly or watch for my blog.
I went wine shopping with CTV Ottawa
Leanne Cusak (host of News at Noon), & I, roamed the aisles at the LCBO looking for wines that I consider ‘good buys’ priced under $15 and $20 bottle.
Cheers & Enjoy!