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

Posted by Susan

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

With the holiday season approaching, you may want to select wines for entertaining at home or for offering a host that you know are consistently available. The Vintages Essentials program is a great choice! A defined group of products, always available at select LCBO retail outlets, Essentials is a collection of hand-selected, finely crafted wines from around the world whose proven popularity makes them a reliable choice for any event.

The  LCBO Vintages releases provide a great opportunity to discover new wines and spirits, but once they’re sold out, the release wine are no longer available. The program was created to satiate the increasing consumer desire for interesting boutique wines, as opposed to the large-scale production wines that could supply every store year round. So when a wine sells out, it’s the end of that vintage – or year of production – and to get more from these small-scale wineries you just have to wait until next year.

The wines in the program are regularly reviewed, and choice wines are added periodically. Recent additions include the south Okanagan’s Osoyoos Larose (626325, $45.00), a Bordeaux-style blend known for its depth and ageability, Frescobaldi CastelGiocondo’s spicy Brunello di Montalcino (650432, $49.95) and Cakebread Cellars’ opulent Cabernet Sauvignon (710426, $99.95).

The collection includes a number of  icewines, iconic Champagnes, and a wide selection of white and red wines for all occasions, including Canadian wines such as Henry of Pelham Sauvignon Blanc (430546, $14.95), Trius Red (303800, $21.95) and Mission Hill ‘Reserve’ Cabernet Sauvignon (553321, $22.95). The medley below is designed to offer a range of wines that will please every palate, readily accessible for hosting or gifting as you attend various events through the holiday season.

Cheers and Enjoy,


Willm ‘Réserve’ Riesling 2009
Alsace, France
$15.95 (Vintages #11452) 12.5% alcohol
Dry, zesty and juicy, this medium-bodied hand-harvested Riesling offers a bouquet of aromas with floral, stone fruit and citrus predominant. On the palate, it’s a pure citrus play—grapefruit and lemon/lime to the fore with flinty notes. They replay on the lingering tangy aftertaste making a great match with light appetizers or creamy seafood linguini.

Anselmi San Vincenzo 2010
Veneto, Italy
$16.95 (Vintages #948158) 12.7% alcohol
Here’s a bright golden blend of Garganega, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc that offers light floral and tree fruit aromas. Medium bodied with a refreshing acidity, it has appealing sweet fruit flavours—pears and peaches come to mind. It’s well integrated and balanced with a crisp and lingering finish. This is a versatile wine that pairs well with a range of light meat or pasta dishes.


Pérez Cruz ‘Réserva’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Maipo Valley, Chile
$14.95 (Vintages #694208) 14.5% alcohol
Offering exceptional value, this dry, medium-full bodied hand-harvested wine features complex aromas—cherry berry fruit, toasty oak, sweet spice and a whiff of herbs. The texture is smooth, the tannins ripe, the taste experience flavourful and well-balanced. Attractive notes of dark chocolate and spice garnish the long polished finish. A great choice for rich meat dishes.


Mitolo ‘Jester’ Shiraz 2009
McLaren Vale, Australia
$21.95 (Vintages #659607) 15.0% alcohol
If you enjoyed the Mitolo ‘Jester’ Cabernet Sauvignon featured in a recent Vintages release, you will also enjoy this vibrant Shiraz. From vineyards that benefit from a maritime climate and long even ripening period, this ample wine is partially barrel fermented, then aged in French oak for nine months. Deep, dark and loaded with blackberry and boysenberry jam flavours, this dry, full-bodied wine offers great depth of fruit, notes of licorice, spice and toast, and a fine supporting frame. Approachable and generous, enjoy it now with grilled meats and roasted veggies, or cellar medium term.


Tommasi Ripasso Valpolicella ‘Classico Superiore’ 2009
Valpolicella, Italy
$19.95 (Vintages #910430) 13.0% alcohol
Expect depth and intensity from this classic wine of the region, which undergoes a second fermentation with the still-warm skins of the partially dried grapes pressed for Amarone. The aromas and flavours display added complexity, the core of black cherry and berry augmented with notes of sweet dried fruit. Spice, pepper and hints of cedar join the chorus. A rich, smooth, dry full-flavoured wine, it will pair well with robust meat dishes, but is very enjoyable with a fine Pecorino, dried fruits and roasted nuts.

Grand Total: $89.75


For an outstanding bubbly, elegantly packaged, try this unique Cava from the November 26 release.

Segura Viudas ‘Brut Réserva Heredad’ Cava
DO Penedès, Spain
$29.95 (Vintages #558825) 12.0% alcohol

Golden, with some green notes, this limited-production Cava, a blend of the first pressing of estate-grown Macabeo and Parellada, displays depth and lovely balance. Intense aromas of pear, citrus and toasted butter pastry entice. Dry, bright and fresh, it has a refined creamy mousse and a lively, crisp texture. Rich flavours of Bosc pear and lemon-lime wash across the palate and linger on the clean, persistent finish. A sparkling wine of presence and weight in an elegant hand-blown bottle with a pewter crest and base, it presents well as a gift or served at any holiday gathering.


“If I only had $100, I would buy at Vintages”

Posted by Susan

Friday, December 10th, 2010

“If I only had $100, I would buy…’
LCBO Vintages Release as of Saturday, November 27, 2010

This week’s LCBO Vintages release once again offers a broad choice of wine, with another feature on sparklers and other wines recommended for holiday festivities. From Champagne through Cremant, to Cava and Prosecco, there is something for everyone’s taste. And there’s a nice little feature on Ontario icewine as well! Given the $100 budget, I’ve selected 5 wines that I believe offer excellent value and that you’ll enjoy sharing with friends. I would also highlight a few Canadian wines that are given prominent press in this release, all of which I’ve tasted and would recommend:  Peller Estates ‘Ice Cuvee’ Rose, 13th Street ‘Premier Cuvee’ Brut, Sumac Ridge ‘Stellar’s Jay’ Brut 2006, Inniskillin ‘Reserve Series’ Meritage 2007, Nk’Mip Cellars Merlot 2007, Coyote’s Run Riesling Icewine 2008, and Ice House ‘Northern Ice’ Vidal Icewine 2006. May the holidays be happy and safe, while you enjoy the wines presented below with the various delicacies of the season.



McManis Family Vineyards Viognier 2009
California, USA
$19.95 (Vintages #658112) 13.5% alcohol
For lovers of Viognier, this is a must-have wine . . . Bright, golden, the aromas delight – floral notes, tropical and ripe stone fruit and a whiff of perfurmed musk. Medium bodied and try, it has a silky texture and succulent flavours of apricot, nectarine and lemon-lime, lovingly balanced with lively acidity and underlying minerality. There’s a bright note of citrus peel on the finish. A treat – go for it!

Creekside Estate ‘Laura’ Red 2007
VQA Niagara, Ontario
$19.95 (Vintages #117960) 12.7% alcohol
This is another award winner from the famed 2007 vintage, a Bordeaux-style blend aged 21 months in French and American oak. For the first time, it includes all five varietals – Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot to the fore, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. Dry, medium full-bodied, the wine is deep and inky with loads of aromas and flavours of dark berries and plums, with some attractive cedar, sweet spice and herbal notes. Ripe tannins and fine acidity create the framework for lovely balance. The finish is dry and persistent. A good choice for hearty winter meals, it will also cellar in the short term.


Luigi Bosca ‘Reserva’ Syrah 2007
Maipu, Argentina
$17.95 (Vintages #143412) 14.1% alcohol
Produced from the fruit of low-yielding vines and aged in French oak for a year, this ruby red wine is fragrant with aromas of sweet dark fruit, licorice and smoke. Beautifully composed, dry, medium-full bodied, loads of dark berry, pit fruit and spicy, peppery flavours are deftly balanced with supple tannins and fresh acidity. The depth of fruit flavour is evident on the lengthy finish, which also offers a bright peppery tang. Drinking well now, it’s a candidate for mid-term cellaring.


Chateau de Gourgazaud Reserve 2006
AOC MInervois la Liviniere, France
$17.95 (Vintages #986083) 13.5% alcohol
A deep opaque red hue, this wine has an enticingly complex nose – cherry, plum, spice, cocoa and licorice. Dry, medium-full bodied, it’s a balanced mouthful of richly textured brooding dark fruit and spice, with supple tannins and fine acidity. The finish is pleasingly warm and fruity, with some lingering notes of dark chocolate. Great value – pick up a few bottles!


Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico 2007
DOCG Chianti Classico, Italy
$21.95 (Vintages #295964) 14.0% alcohol
This historic family-owned estate pays great attention to organic methods in the creation of its wine. The wine, semi-transparent with a hint of brick, has rich ripe aromas of red berry fruit, fragrant cedar and spice. Dry, medium bodied, it has outstanding balance – ripe supple tannins, fresh acidity and bright fruit complemented with hints of spice, pepper and licorice. Fine, consistent, with a smooth, fresh texture, it leaves a lasting imprint on the palate, but a light touch on the planet!


Grand Total: $97.75


An optional sparkling wine worth the splurge on:


Segura Viudas ‘Brut Reserva Heredad’ Cava
$29.95 (Vintages #558825) 12.0% alcohol
Golden with some green notes, displaying lovely depth and balance, this limited production wine is a blend of the first pressing of estate-grown Macabeo and Parellada. Intense aromas of pear, citrus and toasted butter pastry entice. Dry, bright and fresh, it has a fine creamy mousse and a lively crisp texture. Rich flavours of Bosc pear and lemon-lime wash across the palate and linger on the clean and persistent finish. A sparkling wine of presence and weight in an elegant hand-blown bottle with a pewter crest and base, it would present well as a gift or served at any holiday gathering. 

More about my blog post: If I only had $100, I would buy…
There is a myriad of wines out there, so it’s often a challenge deciding what to select when the LCBO Vintages catalogue comes out every two weeks or so. Like a kid in a candy shop, your attention darts from one treat to another, but what to choose . . . Something to serve to your guests this weekend? Something to put away for a special occasion? Something to store for a autumn afternoon?

I recognize that each person’s tastes and preferences are unique. “If I had $100 . . .”, will be posted just prior to LCBO Vintages releases and will highlight unique wines I have tasted that provide good value; the selection will total no more than $100.

Occasionally, I may include an optional wine – you can substitute or add it for a little more or a little less! Print this off as your shopping list knowing that these wines have been selected by a Savvy Sommelier who has sipped, savoured & swirled countless wines before they arrived on the shelves in Vintages.  Hopefully you too will find a new favorite wine.  And when you do, quickly save your pennies to buy a bottle or two more.  Warning that once a wine is gone from a particular Vintages release, that vintage, and sometimes that wine, is gone for good!