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Rid your ol wine buying habits & discover something new!

Posted by Debbie

Friday, March 14th, 2014
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Whether you say it as Californ-I-eh, or sing Cal-iiiiiii-fornnnnn-yaaaaa, the word California denotes sunshine, and in the wine world – big bold wines. Chardonnay, red Zinfandel (or if you prefer the pink blush kind instead), Cabernet Sauvignon are all wines synonymous with this west coast state. At the LCBO Vintages this week, you will find loads of California wines that will remind you that spring is around the corner.

California cover Vintages MagazineSometimes these big wines can have a hefty price tag.  When I was on the mission to spend less than $100 for this blog, I did not include any California wines in my shopping cart this time around.  Instead….here’s a tip – for approx. $70, pick up a ticket to the California Wine Fair where you can enjoy endless sips of 100s of California wines.  This annual event quickly sells out and in my opinion is always worth every penny.  Winemakers from all regions of the state tour across 9 cities in Canada to showcase their latest wines.

This release introduces us to wines from not-often-heard-of regions in Ontario – Georgian Bay & South Coast (aka Dover). As I always like to discover Canadian wines, I made sure that I sipped & made notes on these featured wines….and put an impressive red wine in my shopping cart (see below).

And in the name of discovering new wine regions, I encourage you to pick up a bottle of wine from Israel.   Israel makes wine??? You better believe it…and be ready to be impressed. Here’s an idea – next time your friends are over, open a bottle & serve it ‘blind’ (wrap the bottle in tin foil to cover up the label).

Cheers & Enjoy!
-Debbie

 If I only had a $100, I would buy these wines at LCBO Vintages
March 15th

Domaine de VaugondyDomaine de Vaugondy Brut Vouvray

Loire, France
$15.95 (Vintages 154567) 12% alcohol

Celebrate spring with some bubbly! And at this price you won’t get anything better than this.  Made with Chenin Blanc grapes, this dry, crisp sparkling wine is refreshing, while making a statement – it doesn’t get much better than this…at this price.  Serve chilled for a springtime brunch, or put a splash of cassis for Kir Royal or orange juice for Mimosas.  Whichever is your pleasure, this sparkling wine is the an incredible right price, you’d think it should be $30+ a bottle.  Enjoy!

 

13 Torrontes Passion white winePasion 4 Torrontes Joffré

Argentina
$14.95 (Vintages 361063) 13.6% alcohol

Looking for something to help you snap out of the winter blues? Pour a glass of this white wine – it is springtime in a glass!   Fresh floral aromas will bounce out of your glass with refreshing acidity in this sparkling wine that makes this crisp white wine a joy to sip on its own or to have with Edamme beans or a simple plate of sushi.

 

Quail's Gate ChardonnayQuail’s Gate Chardonnay

Okanagan, British Columbia
$20.95 (Vintages 377770) 14% alcohol

“Start the car!” Grab some of this incredible BC white wine & run! At this price, they are giving this big buttery Chardonnay away.  With every sip, all I could think of is that this white wine would be great with artisan cheeses – hard & soft.  Classic, easy drinking & delicious.  Do I really need to say more?

 

Burning Kiln Strip Room Merlot Cab FrancBurning Kiln Strip Room Merlot/Cabernet VQA 2012

VQA Ontario
$24.95 (Vintages 327700) 13.9% alcohol

Dust off the snow & fire up the BBQ.  This red wine is begging for a steak, burgers or even pork chops straight from the grill.  Loaded with smoke notes, full bodied aromas of overripe red & black fruit, this is a dynamite red wine from Ontario!

 

Tabor Earth Series Shiraz

Israel
$22.95 (Vintages 356709) 14.2% alcohol

Don’t even notice the fact that this wine in Kosher, rather, note that it is from Israel!  This is definitely something different & will undoubtedly spark conversation around the dinner table at your Easter feast or next dinner party.  BIG red wine with aromas & tastes of warm spices, pomegranates & dark chocolate.  There are a number of red wines from Israel in this Vintages release and they are all worth a try. I visited the wineries 4 years ago and I was super impressed by the wines….now it is your turn to try them!

Grand total: $99.75 – with a quarter to spare!

 

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It’s Canadian Wine Day!

Posted by Debbie

Friday, June 28th, 2013
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For Immediate Release: Wine Industry Calls on Provinces to Open Borders to Direct Wine Delivery

Today-  June 28th, 2013 – marks the one-year anniversary of the passage of Bill C-311. This momentous bill, sponsored by Dan Albas, Member of Parliament (Okanagan-Coquihalla), effectively amended the prohibition-era Importation of Intoxicating Liquors Act, removing the federal restrictions prohibiting individuals from transporting wine from across provincial borders when purchased for personal use.

One year later, only two provinces – British Columbia and Manitoba – have permitted for the direct shipment of wine from a licensed Canadian winery to residents, while the remaining provinces and territories continue to object to the national legislation. Thus, despite Bill C-311’s unanimous federal support, the majority of Canadian wine consumers are still prohibited from purchasing directly from out-of-province wineries.
“The Canadian wine industry applauds the federal government for removing an 84 year old law which had restricted the opportunities for Canada’s growing wine industry to satisfy consumer demand for direct sales and delivery,” said Dan Paszkowski, President and CEO of the Canadian Vintners Association (CVA)

“There are now over 500 wineries in Canada, and with each vintage, more wines are produced than can be stocked or sold by liquor stores; however, that shouldn’t prevent an adult from purchasing Canadian wine directly from an out-of-province winery,” stated Paszkowski. “Consumers expect to be able to purchase the wines they want, in the manner of their choosing: from liquor stores, at the winery, through winery wine clubs, or online. Direct-to-consumer delivery would satisfy consumer demand, help local wineries grow their business, and augment liquor store sales. It is also good for rural communities and the entire Canadian economy.

A recent study calculated the annual economic impact of the Canadian wine industry to be $6.8 billion, supporting over 31,000 jobs in Canada, and contributing over $1.2 billion in annual government tax revenue. Statistics also show that Canadian consumers are increasingly selecting wine as their beverage alcohol of choice, yet Canadian wines only account for 30% of total wine sales in Canada.

“Canadians want to appreciate the excellence found in their own backyards and prohibiting consumer exposure to local wines is detrimental to our industry, and in particular, small family wineries,” said Tony Stewart, President of Quails’ Gate Winery in British Columbia and CVA Chair.

The CVA will continue to respond to widespread support for expanding consumer choice in Canadian wine, by working with legislators where provincial/territorial law prohibits consumers from purchasing wine directly from wineries across Canada.

 

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About the Canadian Vintners Association

Canadian Vintners Association
The Canadian Vintners Association (CVA) is the national voice of the Canadian wine industry, representing more than 90% of annual wine production. CVA members are engaged in the entire wine value chain from grape growing, farm management, grape harvesting, research, wine production, bottling, retail sales and tourism. www.canadianvintners.com

 

Media Contact:

Beth McMahon,

Vice-President, Government and Public Affairs

Canadian Vintners Association

(613) 755-2736

beth@canadianvintners.com

 

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