Trust the LCBO to shine the spotlight on single malt scotch, cognac and specialty wines just in time for Father’s Day. This release also focuses on Flagship ISD (in-store-discoveries) from Australia and France. That covers a wide span of the wine world.
While Dad may be part of the focus in this release, I discovered two great sparkling wines from Niagara that were so reasonably priced you could pick something up for Mum as well.
Contraband Sparkling Chardonnay (#443705)
and Contraband Sparkling Riesling (#400127), both under $20.
These bubblies are full of lively fruit flavours that is perfect for Mum, Dad or to ring in Canada Day.
I hope you find more than one wine to enjoy in the picks that I ‘bought’ on my $100 budget.
If I only had $100, I would buy …
LCBO Vintages Release for Saturday June 10, 2017
Creekside Reserve Viognier 2014
Queenston Road Vineyard, VQA St. David’s Bench, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON
$29.95 (Vintages #264168) 14 % alcohol
I don’t usually spend so much on one bottle of wine for obvious reasons, yet this time, I have to make an exception.
There aren’t many wineries in Ontario that produce Viognier because it is such a difficult grape to grow. It’s prone to mildew, low yields and it has to be picked when it’s absolutely prime & ripe or it fails to develop its amazing colour, aromatics and fine fruit flavours. Creekside Winery won a gold medal winner in 2010 for their Viognier and this 2014 release is too delicious for words.
Aged for 9 months in French oak, this white wine delivers lush lingering aromatics of honeysuckle, mango, peach flavours that carry through to the palate. Slightly oily but fresh. Weighty and balanced – it’s one class act. It also makes a beautiful gift for someone, especially someone who knows their wine. It’s so good on its own but could handle a spicy foods like a Moroccan Tagine or fresh sushi with panache. Only 136 cases produced so I’ll grab a couple of bottles and leave the rest for you.
Vinho Regional Alentejano, Portugal
$12.95 (Vintages #451385) 12.5% alcohol
A pretty blend of Touriga Nacional (45%), Syrah (41%) and Aragonês or Tempranillo (14%) grapes. This Rose is unreal at this price point. Pale pink in colour, with a little peach, almond and green melon flavours on the palate. It is so light and refreshing. There’s not a huge finish but a great patio sipper or with seafood/summer salads. Summer in a glass!
Sister’s Run Bethlehem Block Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Gomersal, Barossa, South Australia
$18.95 (Vintages #360636) 14.5% alcohol
Aromatic hints of concentrated black fruit translate onto the palate. Bone-dry, full-bodied red wine with black currant and raspberry flavours. Gentle tannins that make it quite approachable on the palate and a very easy summer sipper.
It would be fabulous with assorted cheeses, lamb burgers or spicy sausages hot off the BBQ.
Gérard Bertrand Grand Terroir Grès De Montpellier Syrah Grenache
AP Languedoc, France
$18.95 (Vintages #493635) 15% alcohol
Aged in French oak barrels for 12 months lends hearty robust flavours to this classic red wine blend. Ripe plums and layers of dark fruit flavours are velvety smooth on the palate with a peppery, charcoal edge on the finish and length.
It’s a big, rich red wine that would partner beautifully with BBQed steak with all of the trimmings or saucy ribs off the grill.
Tomassi Arele Parziale Appassimento 2015
IGT Della Venezie, Italy
$19.95 (Vintages #224188) 13% alcohol
You expect full flavour, texture and richness in a blend with Corvina, Rondinella, Oseleta and Merlot grapes. This red wine holds no surprise. “Arele” is the name of the wooden trays used to partially dry the grapes that is part of the magic in creating this unique wine.
Loaded with dark fruit berry flavours, ripe red currants with hints of violets. Medium to full-bodied with a persistent sweet spice finish and a touch of cedar. Mark my words, this red wine is hard to resist. Perfect choice to accompany some grilled meats or summer vegetable lasagna. Stock up!
Grand Total = $100.75
The 3 extra quarters are totally worth going over budget!