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

Posted by Julie

Saturday, September 19th, 2015

The LCBO Vintages release on September 19 focuses on Canadian and Emerging European wines. Want the ‘full story’ on our local wines then stop by your local LCBO this weekend to find out more about Ontario producers that are serving up world-class wines.

LCBO Vintages Magazine Sept 19 2015Those of you who follow our blog know well our love for Canadian wines and this release offers some beauties, so here’s my scoop. Vic Harradine ( filled in for me on the last blogs and made some fabulous recommendations and notes on new discoveries.

I know since I tried many of them out, so the heat is on for me to find some equally good matches.

Enjoy September…it’s still Summer until the 21st!




If I had $100, I would buy these wines at LCBO Vintages…
Saturday September 19, 2015


Featherstone Black Sheep RieslingFeatherstone Black Sheep Riesling 2014

VQA Niagara Peninsula
$16.95 (Vintages #80234) 9.5% alcohol

THE SCOOP: I would be at fault not to place this fabulous wine at the top of the list. Layer after layer of delicious waves of fruit flavours, mouthwatering acidity; think green apples glistening in the glass, with slight pinch of residual sugar. Ottawa Citizen Wine Critic, Rod Phillips, gave this white wine a score of 5 out of 5 and while it’s boring to follow suit, it really is quite lovely. My husband and I visited Featherstone Winery years ago and were enchanted by the sheep eating the green leaves to expose the grapes to the sunshine. Put a couple of bottles away, it won’t last.


Calamus Barrel Kissed ChardonnayCalamus Barrel Kissed Chardonnay 2013

VQA Niagara Peninsula
$16.95 (Vintages #330613) 12.9% alcohol

THE SCOOP: A very pretty Chard. featuring stone fruit and baked yellow apple flavours; light and creamy on the palate. There’s some grassy wet flint which makes it interesting. Light-medium bodied and surprisingly some mineral for a Chardonnay but given the soil in the Niagara region, not surprising the wine reflects the land. This white wine was housed in French oak for 18 months which provides some vanilla reflections on the finish. It’s very yummy.



Finca Flinchman Expresiones Reserve Shiraz CabernetFinca Flichman Expresiones Reserve Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Mendoza, Argentina
$15.95 (Vintages #17111) 14.5% alcohol

THE SCOOP: Sometimes high alcohol content does not feel hot on the palate and this is one of those wines. With a blend of 60% Shiraz and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, this red wine brings out the best in both.Massaged in French oak for 12 months, there are the delicious red, black fruit flavours plus woodsy, earthy aromas on the palate. A peppery menthol seam runs through the stern backbone with some sweet and savour spice on the finish; it’s one easy sipper. With a roast on a spit or foiled in the bbq, it would be perfect, not to mention a fantastic price point. Perfect for winter nights.


Penfolds Bin 2 Shiraz MataroPenfolds Bin 2 Shiraz/Mataro 2013

Barossa Valley, Australia
$24.95 (Vintages #468629) 14.5% alcohol

THE SCOOP: A family-owned winery of 170 years, they’ve had lots of practice to get it right. A rich deep garnet coloured red wine with a coppery aroma amongst assertive dark fruit. Satiny smooth in the mouthfeel, full bodied dark fruit and well balanced between some noticeable tannins and lengthy fruit ending. Simply delicious. I’m thinking prune and nut stuffed pork tenderloin and scalloped potatoes.


Reif Vidal IcewineReif Vidal Icewine 2013

VQA Niagara River, Niagara Peninsula
$24.95 (Vintages #544791) 10% alcohol

THE SCOOP: Golden in colour, layer after layer of baked apple and pear flavours, deliciously sweet and concentrated nectar with a seam of beautiful acidity and a hint of mineralogy at the end. Luscious and refined, this icewine is a beautiful ending to any meal. I’d serve it on its own slightly chilled – it really is desert.


 GRAND TOTAL – $ 99.75