30 Reasons to love Vintages

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We can always count on Vintages to bring in new products every few weeks to expand our palate & keep our hopes pining on new wines, if not spring. So even if it looks like this winter is never going to end…pop into your local LCBO Vintages with this shopping list to discover a whole new world of wine.

LCBO Vintages March 29 magazineThis weekend’s LCBO Vintages release features wineries, places and grapes that I have never read or heard about let alone tasted.  All the while educating my own mind and palate I hope to offer you some new information as well. I guess a wine writer should not admit such things, but the more I read and taste, the more I realize I have hardly scratched the surface in the wine world.

So if there is a less than a perfect spring day in the near future, have a stroll through Vintages, pick up some bottles, read new labels and I hope you venture into the unknown as I have done with these choices below.

Spring will come…eventually!

Julie

 

 If I only had a $100, I would buy these wines at LCBO Vintages
March 29th

 

Invivo Pinot Gris 2012Invivo Pinot Gris 2012

Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand
$18.95 (Vintages # 367771) 13.5% alcohol

I never think there is enough in a Pinot Gris to keep me interested but this one sure proves me wrong. Aromatic and crisp flavours of citrus, ripe pear and green apple but bone dry. It is a medium bodied white wine, full of fresh flavours with a lingering wet stone finish and some tropical fruit. I found this Pinot to be absolutely delicious and is a perfect afternoon sipper or with a light lunch with simple open faced sandwiches and a little salad.

 

Jip Jip Rocks Unoaked Chardonnay 2012Jip Jip Rocks Unoaked Chardonnay 2012

Padthaway, South Australia
$15.95 (Vintages #175752) 13% alcohol

The label on the wine says “seriously fun” so you have to wonder what this means. But it is a nice easy Chardonnay that almost has flavours of a Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling (oh dare I said that) but it has a great minerality taste with mild tropical fruits, very fresh and clean on the palate. A great afternoon white wine sipper and that to me is “fun”.

 

Frogpond Farm Organic Chambourcin 2010Frogpond Farm Organic Chambourcin 2010

VQA Ontario
$14.00 (Vintages #367078) 12.4% alcohol 

Frogpond Farm is a fully organic-certified winery in Ontario. This means their wines are created without any insecticides, herbicides, synthetic fungicides or chemical fertilizers.  Don’t ask me what the first three are, but if the rest of the wine I drink contains these elements, maybe I better have a look at the label.

Made from the Chambourcin grape –  a French/American hybrid – which means a European grape vine was crossed with an American vine. The latter are known to be more resistant to disease.  Frogpond Chambourcin red wine is light-bodied with loads of red berry flavours. It is a little reminiscent of a Beaujolais or a great Gamay wine and would be a nice accompaniment to a chicken in a creamy sauce.

 

Las Moras Black Label Cabernet 2010Las Moras Black Label Cabernet/Cabernet 2010

San Juan, Argentina
$15.95 (Vintages # 357921) 14% alcohol 

A yummy blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, rich in dark berry colours, a few pencil shavings (that is a good thing!), some leather, green pepper, and chocolate. Can easily be enjoyed on its own but has enough structure and depth to pair with any grilled meats or sausage.

This wine also happened to be the winner of Silver medals at the at the International Wine and Spirit Competition and the Decanter Asia Wine Awards in 2012. At that price point, you can’t go wrong – pick up a travel magazine on Argentina, pour yourself a glass & sit back to enjoy.

 

Giordano Chianti Riserva 2010Giordano Chianti Riserva 2010

DOCG, Italy
$17.95 (Vintages #366971) 13% alcohol 

A fabulous new red wine addition to the Vintages collection, this aromatic blend of 90% Sangiovese and 10% Canaiolo is full of dark cherry flavours, smooth and medium bodied. It’s a juicy blend with a little woodsmoke that would be great with pizza or a simple pasta with spicy tomato sauce, not too many tannins and a little sweet spice on the finish, a fabulous new find.

 

Kim Crawford Pansy! Rosé 2013Kim Crawford Pansy! Rosé 2013

Hawkes Bay, North Island, New Zealand
$17.95 (Vintages #650325) 12 % alcohol

Not new to Vintages but I snuck this one in to see who is paying attention. I am a huge “Kimmy” fan and at least one of his wines is usually stocked in my cupboard at home. His winery and “The man behind the Brand” also makes for an interesting read in that his winery was not without some scandal, thankfully that all cleared his name. “Pansy” is a lovely rosé wine. A Malbec and Merlot blend, such a pretty pink in a glass. It reminds me of the wild berries I used to pick in the field behind house I grew up in. If hope could spring eternal in a bottle, this would be it. I am reminded that very soon I will be gazing at tulips and sipping rosé.

 

Grand Total: $100.75

Can anyone spare me 75 cents? I did find 6 great new releases- you be the judge.

 

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