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If I only had $100, I would buy….wines from Argentina!

Posted by Julie

Thursday, January 19th, 2017
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This time last year, my husband and I spent a month in Buenos Aires, so when I saw that this release focused on Argentina, I was VERY excited to see what new wines would come into LCBO’s Vintages. Here are 3 wines from Mendoza (Argentina’s largest wine region) since it is the leader in quantity and quality of Malbec wines.

Three interesting facts Argentina & their wine:

Fact #1 – 80% of the country’s wine production is centered in this desert region located sandwiched between the Andes Mountain range (that borders Chile) and about 650 miles west of Buenos Aires. The region rarely sees challenges of insects, fungi or mould due to the high altitude and low humidity. And honestly, the daily temperatures ranged between 26C to 30C…that is certainly sounding pretty good right now as we suffer through a cold snap.

Fact #2 – In 2010, the Argentina government declared wine as Argentina’s national liquor. Tuck that one away for trivia night!

Fact #3 – Canada is the 3rd largest market for Argentina wines…behind England & the US.

As they say in Argentina ‘Salud’,

-Julie

 

If I only had $100, I would buy…
LCBO Vintages Release for Saturday January 21, 2017

 

Joseph Cattin Brut Rosé Crémant D’Alsace

Méthode Traditionnelle, AC, France
$19.95 (Vintages #264572)

Before I get into the Argentina feature, I must shine the spotlight on this sparkling wine.  Often found gracing the Vintages shelves, this beautiful pale cranberry coloured bubbly is always an elegant crowd-pleaser. For those of you who like sparkling wine and Rosé, it is a first class choice.

Made entirely from the Pinot Noir grapes, it’s characterised by cherry and currant flavours. It’s dry, creamy and refreshing. A perfect aperitif, celebration wine or even served with dessert – a strawberry cheesecake or fruit torte it could be magical. I’m definitely going to give it a try!  Now if I could only find juicy strawberries in January…

 

Colome Torrontes 2015

Calchaqui Valley, Salta, Argentina 
$15.95 (Vintages # 357913) 13.5% alcohol

Whenever I serve Torrontes wine to guests, people always ask what wine I am serving, where it comes from, where they can buy it. It is a great find! Often there are one or two Torrontes wines available in the Vintages section of the LCBO. While not common, Torrontes has become the signature white wine of Argentina.

Dry as Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio, there’s a little lanolin or honeyed taste that coats the palate while many soft citrus flavours explode. Mandarin oranges, lemons, apricots with lingering finishes of savory and grass.

It’s a great tapas wine: sardines, almonds, olives, chips or just on its own.

 

Fabre Montmayou Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 

Mendoza, Argentina  
$18.95 (Vintages # 261891) 14.5% alcohol

Although Christmas is long gone, that heavenly aroma of traditional fruit cake and Christmas pudding loaded with dark ripe dried fruit and nuts reminded me of how great wine aromas like this one can trigger memories & fill your senses.

Medium bodied and dry, dark red/blackberry flavours dance on the palate and your senses are filled with some divine vanilla in the aftertaste.  It’s a great on its own or with the usual grilled fare.  Absolutely. Delicious.

 

Zuccardi Q Malbec 2013

Uco Valley, Province of Mendoza, Argentina
$19.95 (Vintages #723478) 14% alcohol

This is a classic expression of Malbec. Deep and dark in colour, violet aromas tantalize and blueberry blackberries and savoury play on the palate. Tannins are soft and smooth with a little mocha and tar on the finish.

Last month, Savvy Sommelier Debbie Trenholm spent a day at the new Zuccardi Winery and was WOWed by the setting, the vineyards,  the hospitality & of course…the wines.  “What impressed me is that the winery is using concrete tanks rather than the typical stainless tanks commonly used.  And there are only a few oak barrels in the cellar….the winemaking team at Zuccardi focuses on creating wines to bring out the natural flavours without the help of oak. That is incredible and the result is pure and outstanding.”

Uncork this red wine to enjoy with a herb encrusted pork tenderloin or Sunday roast beef. Guaranteed that there will be smiles around the table.

 

Susana Balbo Signature Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Uco Valley, Province of Mendoza, Argentina
$19.95 (Vintages #260919) 14% alcohol 

With over 20 years as a consultant winemaker for national and international wine companies, when Susana decided to build a winery, she did in style and with much panache.  In 1981, she was the first woman in Argentina to receive a degree in enology, and in 2012, she was recognized as one of the most influential women winemakers by The Drink Business Magazine.

This Cabernet Sauvignon is one charmer from start to finish. Full-bodied, ripe currants, herbal notes, tobacco, savoury – loads of complexity and backbone. This red wine overflows with character and strength.  Roasts or grill meats & vegetables would be fabulous.

 

Grand Total – $ 94.75

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Flowers Wilt. These wines will WOW your Mom

Posted by Julie

Friday, May 9th, 2014
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Reminder: Mother’s Day is Sunday! Good news is that the LCBO Vintages release for this weekend has all kinds of wines that any mother who enjoys wine, would love to uncork.  Personally, I have had fun introducing my mother to new wines, and get quite a kick out of her comments when tasting an aromatic or fruity wine that some grapes naturally boast.

LCBO Vintages May 10I also think of wines that are fun to pair with Mum’s favourites, so the red and white wines I have selected from this release could pair with anything from fish or a roast, down to strawberry shortcake with the dessert wine.

I am not a fanatic about making sure that every wine pairs perfectly with food,  I believe that it all comes down to individual tastes and frankly, if someone wants to have a Riesling with a grilled steak, who am I to argue?  However, I do try and gently nudge some folks into what I think would be better suited to certain foods because when you find a great match, it really can be a taste of heaven.

To all Mum’s, I hope you have something delicious in your glass to enjoy on Sunday!
Julie

 

If I only had $100, I would buy these wines at LCBO Vintages…
May 10th, 2014 

 

Joseph Cattin Brut Rose Cremant d'AlsaceJoseph Cattin Brut Rosé Crémant d’Alsace

Alsace, France
$17.95 (Vintages# 264572)  12 % alcohol

Not all bubbles are created equal and this delicious sparkling wine is made from 100% Pinot Noir grapes. Light, delicate with cherry berry flavours bursting from those bubbles. Talk about pretty in pink, this wine WOWs  Serve in a tall flute, you can practically visualize yourself sitting on a balcony overlooking vineyards in Alsace.

 

Crusher ViognierThe Crusher Viognier 2012

Wilson Vineyard, Clarksburg, California
$16.95 (Vintages #361964)

This beauty is new to Vintages. It is aromatic and fruity and invigorates the palate with flavours of pineapple, peaches, sweet ginger spice, medium bodied and smooth. A white wine that makes for a lovely afternoon wine but I have in mind that it would be a great companion with ham and scalloped potatoes.

 

Anselmann Siegerrabe SpatlaseAnselmann Edesheimer Rosengarten Siegerrebe Spätlese 2012

Prädikatswein, PFALZ, Germany
$15.95 (Vintages# 910554) 9% alcohol

Years ago when my husband and I were holidaying in Salmon Arm, B.C. we stumbled upon a winery called Larch Hills that made a wine from the Siegerrebe grape. It was so delicious that we ordered a case to be sent home. This delicate light style dessert wine is made from the rarely heard of Siegerrebe grape.

This unique white wine has white blossom and honey aromas with the latter following through on the palate, slightly citrus with apricots, very delicate and subtle. A perfect dessert wine, so different from dare I say the usual late harvest or ice wine chasers. With such low alcohol, this could be enjoyed in the afternoon with some strong cheese, but the flavours should be enjoyed on their own.

 

Gerard Bertrand Cote des RosesGérard Bertrand Côte des Roses Rosé 2013

AP Languedoc, France
$19.95 (Vintages # 373985)

Not your every day rosé wine that’s for sure, bright ripe strawberry flavours and colour, a perfect afternoon sipper, light to medium- bodied with aftertastes of tart rhubarb and a little pepper, great acidity which makes for a fabulous luncheon companion. Almost forgot to mention that it comes in a great looking bottle, so I’ll be putting this one on the table.

 

Quail's Gate MerlotQuail’s Gate Merlot 2011

British Columbia VQA Okanagan Valley
$26.95  (Vintages # 169961)  14.5% alcohol

An elegant red wine, slightly perfumed aromas of violets and dark fruit. Smooth as silk on the palate with a little chocolate, spice and dark plum flavours. Full-bodied and would be heaven served with a prime rib, although I hate to wait for a special occasion, this wine is deliciously special.

 

GRAND TOTAL: $97.75

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