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

Posted by Susan

Friday, September 26th, 2014

The September 27 LCBO Vintages release features New World Ground-breakers, wineries known for their innovative practices and outstanding wines. As suggested in the catalogue and demonstrated by the founders of these historic wineries, “the wine visionary starts with an unplanted vineyard and creates something amazing.”

LCBO Vintages magazine Sept 27

Visionaries in the wine world

Included in this feature is the iconic Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon from California’s Wagner family ; Chile’s Errazuriz, where Eduardo Chadwick is pushing the cool-climate envelope in the country’s coastal regions; and Argentina’s Catena, where Nicolás Catena and his daughter Laura are producing vibrant, concentrated wines from their high-altitude vineyards. South Africa presents its cool-climate gem, the Hamilton-Russell Pinot Noir, Cloudy Bay is recognized for putting New Zealand on the wine world map, and, of course, Australia’s success with the Shiraz grape variety is featured in Two Hands wines from McLaren Vale.

…and ground breakers close to home

Canada has not been left out! You’ll find Niagara’s Rockway Vineyard’s well-balanced ‘Small Lot’ Meritage and Organized Crimes’ Sauvignon Blanc among the mix. Don’t miss the creamy Chardonnay and powerful, concentrated Cabernet Franc from the south Okanagan’s Burrowing Owl Estate Winery, recognized as a leading producer of quality B.C. wines. Hardly surprising, these wineries exemplify long family traditions of commitment to the land and excellence in winemaking.

A Passion for Portugal

The old world is not to be forgotten, as the secondary feature focuses on Portugese wines—the country is not just known for Port—including well-known light and fresh Vinho Verde (vinified from the Alvarinho grape) and a series of intense, flavourful blended red wines produced from native grapes made famous by Port, such as Touriga Nacional, Tinto Roriz and Touriga Franca. Portugal has a long history of grape growing and wine making; it exported wine to the Roman and British Empires! And the Douro is one of the oldest designated wine-making regions in the world. Take advantage of the great value to be found among these wines, one of which is included in our selection.

Ready for Thanksgiving?

It’s just around the corner so this release ensures that you have an array of wines to serve with ham, turkey, roast beef or a vegetarian option. You can choose from flavourful Riesling, ripe Pinot Grigio, lush Chardonnay, earthy Pinot Noir, classic Chianti, or robust Cabernet Sauvignon. For something a little different, consider the a Touriga Nacional or a fresh Stoney Ridge Cranberry Wine!




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

September 27, 2014


Henry of Pelham Estate RieslingHenry of Pelham Estate Riesling 2012

VQA Short Hills Bench, Ontario
$17.95 (Vintages 557165) 11.5% alcohol

Pale straw, this white wine offers lovely mineral notes mingling with orchard fruit and citrus. Dry, medium bodied, dashing clean acidity underlines the flavours of lime zest, ripe apple and pear. The fine silky texture and crisp refreshing finish make it a must-have wine, and a great choice for Thanksgiving ham or turkey. Pick up a few bottles!


Bestheim Pinot GrisBestheim ‘Réserve’ Pinot Gris 2012

AOC Alsace, France
$15.95 (Vintages 315143) 13.0% alcohol

This off-dry award winning white wine is loaded with rich stone fruit and melon aromas and flavours. The ripe fruit is nicely balanced by a backbone of lively acidity, while a hint of sweet grapefruit and a touch of pithiness add a lift on the finish. Enjoy chilled with gently spiced Asian dishes or ginger-maple marinated salmon.



Versado MalbecVersado Malbec 2013

Luján de Cuyo, Argentina
$25.95 (Vintages 317008) 14.8% alcohol

Canada’s Ann Sperling and husband Peter Gamble are the magicians behind this big, bold Malbec. Inky, opaque, the basket of aromas includes a bevy of black fruits, sweet spice and notions of cedar. Dry, full bodied, the palate is awash with plush, velvety black fruit, while fine-grained underlying tannins and fine acidity create balance. There’s warmth on the finish and appealing notes of vanilla, toast, dried fruits and white pepper adding to the intensity of the wine. Savour and serve with rare grilled meats.



Rockway Estate ‘Small Lot’ Meritage 2011

Twenty Mile Bench
$19.95 (Vintages #388262) 13.0% alcohol

Evocative and complex aromas of sweet black fruits, vanilla, earth, smoky toast, spiced rose and herbs tantalize the nose. Dry, medium-full bodied, this blend of the Cabernets and Merlot flows across the palate like velvet, offering power and harmony, a fresh texture and supple tannins to balance the savoury ripe fruit, and lovely notes of dark chocolate and dried herbs through the long, flavourful finish. An excellent value, this finely crafted candidate for the cellar will pair well with full-flavoured meat dishes.


Quinta da PancasQuinta de Pancas Seleccão do Enólogo 2010

DOC Lisboa, Portugal
$18.95 (Vintages #380931) 13.5% alcohol

This award-winning blend is dense and inky, offering tantalizing aromas of vanilla, smoke, fresh black berry and dried fruits. Dry, medium-full bodied red, it’s smooth and velvety in texture, substantial and rich on the palate.  The ripe fruit flavours are framed by ripe tannins and fine acidity, and enhanced by well-integrated oak. Notes of exotic spice extend through the full-flavoured finish. Serve with hearty meat dishes.







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

Posted by Debbie

Friday, August 15th, 2014

Relax.  It’s still summer. Thoughts of snowbanks & black ice are far from our minds right now.  Advertisements might be using the F-word: Fall.  While commercials are reminding you that you need to get into back-to-school routine, we’re here to tell you sit back & sip.

LCBO Vintages Magazine Aug 16Relax, its mid-August and there are many lazy days of summer still left in the calendar.

The hardest job for me to do when I taste & review wine is pick the best ones to recommend.  Seriously, it is hard to do! For this If I had $100, I would buy at Vintages, I decided that I would offer you tips on wines to sip & relax with. Pick these up at a LCBO, then pull up a Muskoka chair and chill….summer is short, so enjoy every last minute of it.



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

August 16, 2014


Fielding Pinot GrisFielding Pinot Gris 2013

Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
$21.95 (Vintages # 251108) % alcohol

Keep this white wine in the fridge until one of those scorching hot afternoons when nothing seems to quench your thirst.  This wine will come to the rescue. Crisp & refreshing this wine has mentions of peach, pear and fresh baked apple crisp.  This white wine doesn’t need any food, but if you must, creamy cheese or BBQ pork skewers would do the trick.


Lailey Sauvignong BlancLailey Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
$19.95 (Vintages #72728)  12% alcohol

Promise me this….if you only grab one of the wines I recommend, you’ll pick up this one.  Derek Barnett, the winemaker at Lailey, makes amazing wines – full stop.  Over a cold one (yes, he loves his beer) he told me that Sauvignon Blanc is one of his favorite white wines to make.  This one hits the mark straight on.  Floral, citrus & herbal notes jump out of the glass – classic Sauvignon Blanc characteristics.  Each sip is class act.  Pack a picnic basket. include this wine and loads of finger foods & salads or fire up the BBQ & grill up some shrimp. You’ll be a happy camper.


tessellae_old_vines_2012_cdr_petit_formatTessellae Carignan Old Vines, Cotes du Rousillon 2012

Rousillon, France
$18.95 (Vintages #343517) 14% alcohol

This one takes me back to a summer holiday I had in France.  The little hillside town of Roussillon with its array of striking colours of terracotta made each building a piece of artwork.  I took photos constantly.

This is a classic blend of 40% Grenache from 60 year old vines at the base of the hilltop town combined with 40% Syrah & 20% Mouvedre grapes.  Interestingly, the wines were aged in concrete tanks for a year rather than oak barrels.  This is a BIG red wine begging to be enjoyed with a BBQ steak, lamb or grilled mushrooms.   Intense colour with cocoa, blackberry and peppery notes, this is one complex wine.  Treat yourself and buy a few bottles – some to enjoy now & another bottle for when you are buried under the white stuff to bring back memories of summer!


Domaine Bousquet Reseve MalbecDomaine Bousquet Reserve Malbec 2012

Mendoza, Argentina
$15.95 (Vintages #55244) 13% alcohol

I was suspicious about the price, but holy Toledo, it had me at the first sip!  Mark my words, this red wine won’t last on the Vintages shelves till Labour Day. HUGE fruit notions of blackberry jam, black cherries and warm spices sprinkled with dark chocolate to round out the smooth texture.  Made with certified organic grapes grown high on the mountain side, a sip of this wine will make you hungry for burgers or kick it up a notch and serve with a beef tenderloin.  Buy 3 bottles because it will disappear fast.


 And what is summer without a Rose wine?

Domaine La Rocaliere TavelDomane la Rocalière Tavel Rose 2013

Tavel, France
$19.95 (Vintages #375618) 14.5% alcohol

Hands down a summertime classic.  In the Tavel region of France (South West), they craft only Rosé wines.  The outstanding calibre sets the bar for winemakers around the world who dabble with adding Rosé wines to their portfolio each year. This is a serious Rosé wine made with Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah and Mourvèdre grapes and the result is an elegant wine hints of strawberry jam (or is it raspberry jam?), wild flowers with a zippy taste that makes this a great crisp & refreshing wine…exactly what you want to unwind with as the summer sun sets.