Posted by JulieMonday, November 28th, 2016
As we move towards the holiday season, Vintages always features “Our Finest” and it is a magnificent release. Everything from single malts to brandies, Grappa, Champagne and all delicious new delectable fine wines.
The only thing that I am complaining about is my measley $100 budget for this blog. There are so many incredible luxuries in this release that a much bigger budget is required. Note to self…I should talk to my editor about a ‘raise’.
Whether you are on a budget or like to splurge, there are still some tried and true wines that I always love to see. The new styles are calling, like new shoes…like wine, you can never have too many shoes!
If I only had $100, I would buy…
LCBO Vintages Release for November 26, 2016
Domaine de Vaugondy Brut Vouvray
Méthode Traditionelle, AC
$17.95 (Vintages #154567) 12.5 % alcohol
In 1936 the Village of Vouvray was created as an Appellation d’origine contrôlée (AOC). Located along the right bank of the Loire river, Chenin Blanc is the dominant and almost exclusive grape of Vouvray.
Vouvray produces more than a million cases of wine a year. This straw coloured sparkling offers fine moussey bubbles that release alluring aromas of tropical fruit, toasted almonds, green apple and apricot. They also replay on the taste buds. Dry, medium bodied, it captures the senses with fruit flavours and a honey’d note towards the end. It’s a divine and elegant sparkling wine as an apperitif or to accompany grilled fish.
Gerard Bertrand Grand Terroir La Clape
$18.95 (Vintages #370262) 13.5 % alcohol
I have become a fan of Bertrand wines, fantastic quality at great price points. This rich, sexy blend has aromas and tastes of dark cherries, plums and currants. A medium bodied red wine with soft tannins, some mocha and a savoury spice on the finish. Would be a perfect match to a hearty stew or lamb shanks.
San Felice Chianti Classico 2013
$19.95 (Vintages #282996) 13% alcohol
Expressive wafts of floral red cherries introduce you to this classic Chianti. It’s an easy drinking red wine as sweet cherry and raspberry fruits explode on the palate. Bone-dry, medium weight and offers some earthy, leather notes on the finish. With a spicy lasagna, you’ve found yourself a great dinner party.
Union Forte 2012
VQA Niagara Peninsula
$17.95 (Vintages #361758) 19.5%
This fortified port style wine is deep mahogany in colour with aromas of Christmas cake, dried fruit, roasted almonds and berries. The mouthfeel is smooth, creamy and mouthwatering. A range of layered fruit flavours on the palate, medium bodied and a deliciously sweet with a long dried blackberry finish.
Serve on ice as an aperitif or it would make a superb after dinner drink with some stinky blue cheese – a classic!
Georgian Hills Bartlett Frozen to the Core 2014
Blue Mountains, Ontario
$19.95 (Vintages #347401) 8.5% alcohol
Deliciously sweet but not cloying with intense aromas and flavours of ripe pear.
Georgian Hills produces other desert icewines: a Frozen to the Core Ida Red, a Vidal and Baked Apple all of which embrace fruit farming in the cool climate of the Georgian Bay wine region. Less expensive than other icewine their nectars are fruit driven and refreshing, deliver good acidity and plain delicious. Another reason to showcase our Ontario wines.