It’s beginning to look alot like Christmas!

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You tell me…is it too early to start your festive shopping?  The 23 November LCBO Vintages release features “Our Finest, Holiday Gifting and Premium Spirits” which just put me in the mood to start picking up a few gifts for Christmas.  Since most people I buy for imbibe, it makes my holiday shopping almost one-stop.

While there is no one on my list that will be receiving the Glenfiddich Gran Reserva 21 Years Old Highland Single Malt at $241.95, it would sure make a great splurge for a lover of single malts.  I also did not realize that Spain produces a wine called Alion 2009, DO Ribera del Douro with a dear price tag of $84.95.

Although, I may splurge in a bottle of Ladies Who Shoot Their Lunch Shiraz 2010 (Vintages # 243592, $35.95). I remember featuring this wine at a Savvy Event a couple of years ago and folks literally swarmed my booth for a sample of this nectar or after having tasted it, and then returned for more. In this release, there is also another incredible Aussie red wine from Barossa, called The Holy Trinity by Grant Burge (Vintages# 236257, $29.95). With one sip, my taste buds really did think they had died and gone to heaven!

There are many lovely wines in this release. Just remember when you are shopping for others, it does not hurt to pick up something wonderful for yourself as well.  You deserve it!

Cheers!

Julie

If I had $100 I would buy at LCBO Vintages…

 

Tinhorn Gewurztraminer 2012

VQA Okanagan Valley, British Columbia
$24.95 (Vintages #904185)   12.9% alcohol 

I was first introduced to Tinhorn wines when Susan – another Savvy Sommelier – asked me to split a case of some Tinhorn Creek red wines with her. I jumped at the opportunity knowing her expertise for wines in the Okanagan Valley.  And the red wine certainly did not disappoint. I was excited to see this Gewurztraminer white wine and hope more BC wines will make their way to Ontario. Lovely aromas of white blossoms and lychee, some tropical fruit flavours on the palate, a little mango and lime and just cries for a spicy shrimp curry with jasmine rice. That sounds like a dinner party.

 

Featherstone Black Sheep Riesling 2012

VQA Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
$16.95 (Vintages # 80234)  10% alcohol 

Crisp, fresh and delightful are the descriptors that come to mind when tasting this delicious Riesling. Mind you, I don’t think there are any Featherstone wines I don’t like. This white wine has lots of flint and wet stone  – typical of Niagara area Rieslings  – combined with yellow and green apple flavours, not typical in many Rieslings. It is a delicious afternoon sipper or a great appertif as it could accompany almost any hors’d’oeuvres…stock up for the holidays!

 

Salentein Reserve Malbec 2011

Mendoza, Argentina
$17.95 (Vintages #640854) 14.5 % alcohol 

There’s nothing like those dark inky Malbecs in the heart of winter. In this red wine are aromas of blueberries and spice, lots of black currants on the palate and a little cassis. It has loads of flavour and a tight structure, nice firm tannins but juicy and a peppery, ripe berry aftertaste. I liked it just on its own or can imagine that it would pair nicely with any grilled meat; even with chocolate or a piece of Christmas cake.  Practically takes you through two courses.  Argentina be proud with this outstanding red wine!

 

Montes Limited Selection Pinot Noir 2011

Casablanca Valley, Chile
$14.95  (Vintages #354340)  14% alcohol 

While some folks look at me in horror when I say that it has taken me awhile to cuddle up to Pinot Noir’s, lately, I have discovered some good ones. This light cherry coloured, medium bodied red wine is is quite lovely and smooth. It has smooth mouth coating red fruit flavours with a touch of smoke, a little forest floor pepper and earthiness in the after taste. At 14.95, it is an incredible price point.  Serve with mushroom lasagne…and please put my name on the dinner invitation!

 

Château D’Anglés Grand Vin 2008

AC Languedoc La Clape, France
$20.95 (Vintages #286492)  14.5% alcohol 

How can you go wrong with a blend of 55% Mourvèdre, 35% Syrah and 10% Grenache Noir. These classic grape varietals are used extensively in the Rhone Valley in southern France to make big bold red wines. Rich and heady with leather and smoke aromas this is a red wine combined with dense dark fruit on the palate. Baked fruit pie, stewed plums and Christmas cake spices that linger long after the last swallow. This is one of our all-time favorite blends with a beef stew or lamb shanks. 

 

Grand Total: $95.75

 

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