Posted by JulieSaturday, April 12th, 2014
The LCBO Vintages is sure pulling out all the bells and whistles for it this weekend's (April 12) release to coincide with Easter celebrations. Regardless of religious beliefs, countries all over the world seem to celebrate Easter in various ways. Some people deliver chocolate or real eggs & live bunnies, throw pots of water out of windows, fly homemade kites or ski. Regardless the tradition, Easter is a symbol of spring and fertility. Albeit, as I write this I have not seen many sprouting daffodils but regardless of country, most cultures bring out wine, spirits and their best ethnic food for the occasion.
Whether you having a traditional Easter feast of turkey, ham, fish, lamb, all or any of the above (invite me please!) you certainly need some wine to help wash it down. To help decide which ones, I have made this weekend's shopping list for a spring time feast that would be great to serve with any of the above dishes. And a splash of little icewine is always a nice finale to any meal - I recommend Reif Vidal Icewine 2012 (Vintages #3544791) as it would not break the bank at $24.95.
Spring always cheers us on and with these releases we’re well on our way to bunny hopping.
Méthode Cap Classique, WO Western Cape, South Africa
$16.95 (Vintages #296426) 12% alcohol
Sparkling wine is an elegant start to any event and impossible to go wrong with this Chardonnay and Pinot Noir blend. Light, moussey bubbles abound, fine texture with a chalky base, slightly toasty with lemon, pear flavours and a touch minerality. A fabulous price point for this bone dry beautiful bubbly.
VQA Niagara Peninsula
$19.95 (Vintages #193482) 13.5% alcohol
Winemaker, Derek Barnett must sleep well at night. On 20 acres of premium Niagara land, and from 100% Ontario grown grapes the end result is an absolutely magnificent white wine. I am a huge Lailey fan and this is a beautiful Chardonnay. Smooth as silk on the palate with ripe yellow apple and honeydew melon flavours, a pinch citrus and a clean refreshing finish. It is a tantalizing white wine, sending you back for more. It would food pair with all the usual Chardonnay partners but it is so delicious, I recommend it on its own.
WO Upper Hemel en aarde Valley, Walker Bay
$26.95 (Vintages # 660878) 13.5% alcohol
This new Pinot on the block does not disappoint. Lovely smooth red cherry flavour with soft herbs and tannins. This red wine has quite a respectable length and is a wine with finesse. A perfect accompaniment to turkey or ham.
Margaret River, Western Australia
$19.95 (Vintages # 58131) 14% alcohol
After I taste 30-40 bottles of wine, my handwriting becomes skewed and I shorten words that I can only guess later, however my notes on this were clear and when I place mega stars, that’s a definite that I must pick up a couple of bottles. Rich berry flavours deep garnet purple a little woodsy with loads of flavour and texture. Medium bodied red wine with soft tannins; a great drinking wine and as for food - lamb stew to anything grilled would more than work and be enjoyed.
VQA Niagara Peninsula
$14.95 (Vintages # 117861) 13% alcohol
Years ago I took pictures of the Featherstone winery with sheep nibbling at the grape leaves to help ripen the grapes. Fond memories. Nothing says spring like a beautiful glass of salmon coloured rosé. In my opinion, most rosés have flavours of strawberries, and often rhubarb, which is true for this rosé however I also found some savoury, vegetal elements with juicy acidity, This rosé wine is medium bodied with a longer finish than many others. Makes for a great appertif and has enough structure to match any lighter fare dishes.