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

Posted by Debbie

Friday, March 18th, 2016
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Easter is on its way! For me that marks that spring is around the corner. It is interesting to see some of the wines shifting in style while the seasons begin the change. I had the opportunity to sample a number of the wines in this spring-will-soon-be-here release of Vintages and found some neat Easter eggs to share with you.

Celebrate spring by popping the corks. There is a larger than usual selection of sparkling wines along with a feature of wines from Israel that stirs up great memories when I visited the wine regions there a couple of years ago while on a media tour. If you haven’t yet tried some from this region, there are definitely some good red wines worth the money -Recanti David Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon ($35.95). Tada! Just like that you will have explored a new wine country.

Italian Barolo, Barbera Brunellos and Chiantis are plentiful too. Many ready now and others to tuck away in the depths of your cellar.

With only $100 to spend, it is a hard task to pick a handful of good value wines that won’t break the bank – there are many to choose from in this release. Here’s my shopping list to take with you when you head into your local LCBO store. Hope this helps!

Cheers,
Debbie

 

If I had $100, I would buy these wines at LCBO Vintages…

Saturday March 19, 2016

 

Domaine Félibre Givré Ice Cider 2012Domaine Félibre Givré Ginger Ice Cider

Québec
$19.95 (Vintages #393611) 6.5% alcohol

This was a flyer and I really liked it! A Gold Medal winner at the 2015 Berlin International Wine Competition soothes with its fresh ginger, honey & ice cider combination. Not too powerful in flavour nor too sweet either. This ice cider is refreshing and flavourful. WOW your guests with it as an on arrival drink, after or after a meal. Chill & serve it straight up, over ice or mixed with sparkling wine.

 

Vinum Africa Chenin Blanc 2012

Vinum Africa Chenin Blanc 2013

Stellenbosch, South Africa
$15.95 (Vintages #739995) 13.5% alcohol

A lot going on in this white wine! Amazing value for a well made wine with smokey notes combined with apple, pears that round out in your mouth with each sip. This wine makes me want to create a pasta with cream sauce loaded with bacon bits or seafood.

 

 

Primus The Blend 2012Primus the Blend 2013

Colchagua Valley, Chile
$19.95 (Vintages #712463) 14.5% alcohol

What a blend! 35% Carmenere, 29% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Syrah, 6% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Merlot to finish it off.The result of this recipe? A deep coloured wine with aromas and tastes of black cherry, over ripe blackberry, dark chocolate and a peppery finish. My notes say – Smooth. Smooth. Smooth. Fire up the BBQ & get a steak, burgers or spicy sausages on the grill to enjoy with this big bold red wine.

 

Le Gravillas Côtes du Rhône-Villages Séguret 2011Le Gravillas Cotes du Rhone-Villages Seguret

Cotes du Rhone, France
$15.95 (Vintages #309260) 14.% alcohol

I was lured to the name on this one as I visited the town of Seguret when backpacking through France during my 20’s. I could almost spot the hostel in the etching on the wine label. This is a beautiful Rhone blend has impressive red fruit aromas and flavours with grippy tannins that would mellow if cellared for two to five years. Impressive and well blended, this wine needs food and would be delicious if you were planning to serve roast lamb for Easter. For nostalgia as well as quality, at this price, I will buy a case – they are giving this red wine away!

 

Frascole Chianti Rufina 2011Frascole Chianti Rufina 2012

Tuscany, Italy
$17.95 (Vintages #85167) XX alcohol

An Italian classic. A medium bodied red wine delivering intense red fruit flavours (think strawberry, plums and currants) laced with dried herbs and white pepper. Solid tannins begging to be enjoyed with food – spaghetti and meatballs no less! A classic Italian wine for a classic Italian dish. Mama Mia!

 

 

Grand Total: $89.75

Pretty good for 4 bottles of wine and a neat treat!

 

 

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

Posted by Julie

Friday, February 19th, 2016
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The Red Carpet Ontario Awards and Australia are featured in this LCBO Vintages release. Just like the Academy Awards, I look forward to the Red Carpet Ontario awards since I’m cheering for all my favourite wineries and winemakers to win, many which I have visited over the years and it’s just too exciting.

LCBO Magazine Feb 20As for the Australian features, I don’t know anyone who does not enjoy a big fruity Shiraz. There were too many to fit in my basket but I thought I’d take advantage of all these reds since by mid-winter I’ve perfected the hearty stews and they are going to have great accompaniments.

I’m picking up a few of everything to help me stay warm at the end of winter, ahem.

Cheers,
Julie

 

If I had $100, I would buy these wines at LCBO Vintages…
Saturday
February 20, 2016

 

Creekside Estate Queenston Road Pinot Noir 2014Creekside Estate Queenstown Road Pinot Noir 2014

VQA St. David’s Bench, Niagara Peninsula
$18.95 (Vintages #415877) 12.5% alcohol

Great things grow along that Queenstown Road, even if the vineyards are situated some 105 metres above sea level. Cherry and cranberry aromas and tastes, smooth as silk on the palate, medium bodied weight and tannins with some beloved St. David Bench earthiness and minerality on the spine of this red wine. For Pinot lovers, don’t miss out.

 

Peller Estates Private Reserve Gamay Noir 2013Peller Estates Private Reserve Gamay Noir 2013

VQA Four Mile Creek, Niagara Peninsula
$19.95 (Vintages #444745) 13.3% alcohol

In 2012 and 2013 Peller Estates vintages won the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in Ontario Wines. The 2012 also won a Gold Medal from Wine Align’s National Wine Awards of Canada 2014, Silver Medal from the International Wine & Spirit Competition UK 2014, and Silver Medal from the Los Angeles International Wine & Spirit Competition 2014. How’s that for credentials?

I did not have the opportunity to taste this red wine but tasting notes highlight cherry and red fruit flavours, some vegetal and earthy notes on the finish, light to medium bodied and would work with any number of dishes including salmon. Serve it slightly chilled so the fresh tastes are even more lasting. I can’t wait!

 

Trapiche Fincas Las Palmas Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2012Trapiche Fincas Las Palmas Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Mendoza, Argentina
$16.95 (Vintages #143206) 14.5% alcohol

Rich alluring aromas of cassis and vanilla waft through the glass and big ripe juicy red and black fruits dance on the palate. Last year this red wine flew off the shelves and I don’t expect this year to be any different, so if you like Cab. Sauv.’s from Argentina, stock up.

Fruity but bone dry with a little smokiness at the end of the long finish. Richly textured with great depth and fine tannins. A knock out for the price-tag so you can spend extra on the prime rib or crown roast of pork from your favourite butcher.

 

Tahbilk Cabernet Sauvignon 2012Tahbilk Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Nagamble Lakes, Central Victoria, Australia
$22.95 (Vintages #138818) 13.5% alcohol

Alluring, concentrated aromas of rich blackberry and black currant fruit. There’s savoury notes on the palate with a little chewy texture, well integrated tannins and it slips down very smooth. There’s some woodsmoke at the end of a long flavourful finish. It’s a lovely Cab. Sauv, and ready to take on any strong spicy meats, cheeses or charcuterie.

 

Heartland Shiraz 2013Heartland Shiraz 2013

Langhorne Creek, South Australia
$18.95 (Vintages #661934) 14.4% alcohol

Boasting big dark intense fruit flavours in aromas and tastes, this Shiraz is a beauty. Opaque, dark purple almost inky in colour, it exudes richness and depth. Full-bodied red wine with a little pepper dancing in the layered dark fruit flavours, there’s some bitter dark chocolate and a tinge of menthol on the long fruity finish. Bring on the rack of lamb and mint jelly.

 

Grand Total – $97.95  

 

 

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

Posted by Julie

Friday, February 5th, 2016
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The LCBO Vintages release of February 6 is celebrating Valentine’s, southern France and South Africa; talk about something for everyone.

LCBO Magazine Feb 6February has long been celebrated as a month of romance and there are all kinds of legends about who St. Valentine’s was and what he did but suffice to say that he remained a VERY popular saint throughout the centuries. Valentine’s greetings go as far back as the Middle Ages and there is an estimated 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards sent each year.

But a card and a bottle of wine from the Vintages release – now that’s a Valentine.

I hope you find your name on both.
Cheers, Julie

 

If I had $100, I would buy these wines at LCBO Vintages…
Saturday February 6, 2016

 

Lustau Escuadrilla Rare Amontillado SherryLustau Escadrille Rare Amontillado Sherry

DO, Spain
$19.95 (Vintages #660324) 18.5% alcohol

Sherry is such a refined and civilized drink. On the rocks or straight up this golden coloured nectar delivers rich tastes of brown sugar, roasted almonds, orange rind, sweet spices and dates. It’s just slightly off dry, rich, creamy and warm-bodied. Makes for a lovely afternoon drink with a good book, fireplace and some warmed nuts.

 

Pierre Sparr Brut Rosé Crémant d'AlsacePierre Sparr Crémant D’Alsace

Méthode Traditionnelle, AC France
$18.95 (Vintages #39016) 12.5% alcohol

Just in time for Valentine’s, what a beautiful beginning this would be to the evening. Pale rhubarb in colour this 100% Pinot Noir sparkling wine is just bursting with tangerine and ripe cherry flavours. It’s creamy and delightfully mousse, don’t pour to much or it will overflow, it’s one easy sipper with a great balance of fruit flavours and acidity. Talk about pretty in pink.

 

Beauvignac Picpoul de Pinet 2014Beauvignac Picpoul De Pinet 2014

AP, Les Costières de Pomérols, Southern France
$14.95 (Vintages #350124) 12.5% alcohol

AP is the serial number the wine received during official testing and it obviously passed a few tests since it was the recipient of the Gold Medal at the 2015 Concours des Grands Vins du Languedoc-Roussillon. I love this white wine. It’s pale in colour but not in taste, loads of ripe pears, light to medium bodied, fresh and crisp, bone dry almost with a little effervescence on the finish. Zippy seam of a acidity gives it a well-balanced proportion and would pair with any lighter fare or just on its own.

Cathedral Cellar Pinotage 2013Cathedral Cellar Pinotage 2013

WO Western Cape, South Africa KWV
$16.95 (Vintages #99267) 14%alcohol

Cathedral Cellar wines just never disappoint whether its their Chardonnay, Petit Verdot or Shiraz and this once a year Pinotage is right up there.  Pinotage is to South Africa what Malbec is to Argentina. It was officially bred in 1925 and is a cross between Pinot Noir and Cineast varietals. I find Pinotage can sometimes be brambley and rough, not this one. Loads of blackberries, mulberries, currants, a little mocha and very smooth. There’s some woodsy-ness on the finish, having spent some time in oak and it’s just plain good. A crowd-pleaser for sure and with some ribs or grilled meat, this red wine would be dynamite. 

Lakeview Cabernet Franc Icewine 2013Lakeview Cabernet Franc Ice wine 2013

VQA Niagara Peninsula
$29.95 (Vintages #53397) 11% alcohol

How sweet it is! Like bubbles, nothing makes an evening or occasion more festive than having a finale with ice wine. Aromas of red roses, tastes of ripe red and black currants, strawberries at their peak, with just enough acidity to keep you going back. Elegant and refined and plain delicious, it’s desert on its own but with some strong stinky cheese it would be over the top.

 

GRAND TOTAL – $ 100.75

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