Posted by JulieFriday, February 20th, 2015
The LCBO release on February 21 focuses on Red Carpet Winners from Ontario. I would sure love to attend one of those competitions if only to see the judges taste everything from Riesling to blockbuster reds and ice wine. If it happens to be too cold for you outside, the Twentieth anniversary for 2014 Ontario Wine Awards makes for interesting reading at ontariowineawards.ca.
In judging the wines each wine entry is assessed blind by panels of accredited wine judges from the wine writing and teaching community. Not only do they have to have an appreciation for wine but also a knowledge and expertise of the Ontario region. The awards enhance the profile of Ontario wines in the world market and offers a special appreciation to Ontario wineries and the winemakers.
There is also a huge selection of Australian Shiraz’s in this release so don’t forget to pick up a few and be ready for when we can finally pull the cover off the BBQ.
If I had $100, I would buy these wines at LCBO Vintages…
February 21, 2015
VQA Niagara on the Lake
$16.95 (Vintages # 277228) 12% alcohol
The grapes that grow in the limestone-rich St. David’s Bench sub-appellation really do produce the loveliest of Rieslings and this is no exception. It’s an exciting Riesling with a nose of Asian pear, white flowers and the smoothness on the palate just sends you back for another sip of white wine. Some citrus and peaches, precise wet stone, the winemaker from the Bosc family sure got this right. A delicious Riesling on its own or would partner beautifully with poached white sole topped with toasted almonds.
$19.95 (Vintages #297697) 13.5% alcohol
I thought I’d placed my nose in a bowl of ripe peaches followed closely with aromas of buttered toast, almonds and apricots. It’s a clean tasting and fresh white wine, nothing cloying about this Chardonnay, medium bodied with after tastes of lemon-lime. A little pith that makes it interesting and complex. For Chardonnay lovers, don’t miss it.
Marlborough, New Zealand
$18.95 (Vintages #214460) 13.5% alcohol
Vibrant gooseberry and grassy aromas. Light on its feet but clean, almost shimmers in the glass, with fresh tastes of lemon lime and some tropical fruit on the palate. There’s a little green apple creating great acidity and something vegetal on the finish of this white wine that reminded me of green peppers. Made me think that it would be a nice white wine with a salad nicoise or sushi, a great lunch wine or a refreshing glass of wine on its own.
Barossa Valley, Australia
$19.95 (Vintages #108183) 14.3%alcohol
Anyone who follows my wine writings know I love the GSM blend and any combination of the trinity. Dark ruby red with some raspberry floral scents on the nose. Ripe black blueberries and currants meld together creating a rich full bodied mouthfeel with just the perfect balance of acidity and soft tannins. There’s some peppery minerality on the impressive fruity finish of this red wine and its got lots of guts, so give it a food partner that will stand proud. I’m thinking a crown roast of pork or prime rib. Guess who’s coming to dinner?
VQA Lake Erie North Shore, Colio Estate Winery
$19.95 (Vintages # 406124)
This wine was NOT available for tasting but since I want to promote the Ontario Red Carpet award winners, I decided to recommend this red wine and make this part of my $100. basket. This took the Double Gold Medal winner at the 2014 All Canadian Wine Championships so I think I’m on “safe footing”.
The Vintages tasting catalogue describes the wine as follows: “ The hot 2012 vintage has delivered a full bodied cabernet though there is still the red grapefruit note to the nose which indicates to me the essentially cool climates nature of its origin. Expect aromas of red grapefruit, black cherry with some generous but well integrated oak spice. The palate shows some firm cabernet tannins which make the finish a little dry. Best 2015 to 2020. Very good length.”
I will be picking up a bottle or two for sure; we have reason to be proud.
Grand Total: $ 95.75