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If I only had $100, I would buy at Vintages….

Posted by Julie

Friday, June 9th, 2017
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Trust the LCBO to shine the spotlight on single malt scotch, cognac and specialty wines just in time for Father’s Day. This release also focuses on Flagship ISD (in-store-discoveries) from Australia and France. That covers a wide span of the wine world.

While Dad may be part of the focus in this release, I discovered two great sparkling wines from Niagara that were so reasonably priced you could pick something up for Mum as well.

Contraband Sparkling Chardonnay (#443705)
and Contraband Sparkling Riesling (#400127), both under $20.
These bubblies are full of lively fruit flavours that is perfect for Mum, Dad or to ring in Canada Day.

I hope you find more than one wine to enjoy in the picks that I ‘bought’ on my $100 budget.

-Julie

If I only had $100, I would buy …
LCBO Vintages Release for Saturday June 10, 2017

 

Creekside Reserve Viognier 2014 

Queenston Road Vineyard, VQA St. David’s Bench, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON
$29.95 (Vintages #264168) 14 % alcohol

I don’t usually spend so much on one bottle of wine for obvious reasons, yet this time, I have to make an exception.

There aren’t many wineries in Ontario that produce Viognier because it is such a difficult grape to grow.  It’s prone to mildew, low yields and it has to be picked when it’s absolutely prime & ripe or it fails to develop its amazing colour, aromatics and fine fruit flavours. Creekside Winery won a gold medal winner in 2010 for their Viognier and this 2014 release is too delicious for words.

Aged for 9 months in French oak, this white wine delivers lush lingering aromatics of honeysuckle, mango, peach flavours that carry through to the palate. Slightly oily but fresh. Weighty and balanced – it’s one class act.  It also makes a beautiful gift for someone, especially someone who knows their wine. It’s so good on its own but could handle a spicy foods like a Moroccan Tagine or fresh sushi with panache.  Only 136 cases produced so I’ll grab a couple of bottles and leave the rest for you.

 

 

Medeiros Rosé

Vinho Regional Alentejano, Portugal
$12.95 (Vintages #451385)  12.5% alcohol

A pretty blend of Touriga Nacional (45%), Syrah (41%) and Aragonês or Tempranillo (14%) grapes.  This Rose is unreal at this price point. Pale pink in colour, with a little peach, almond and green melon flavours on the palate.  It is so light and refreshing. There’s not a huge finish but a great patio sipper or with seafood/summer salads. Summer in a glass!

 

 

Sister’s Run Bethlehem Block Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Gomersal, Barossa, South Australia
$18.95 (Vintages #360636) 14.5% alcohol

Aromatic hints of  concentrated black fruit translate onto the palate. Bone-dry, full-bodied red wine with black currant and raspberry flavours. Gentle tannins that make it quite approachable on the palate and a very easy summer sipper.

It would be fabulous with assorted cheeses, lamb burgers or spicy sausages hot off the BBQ.

 

Gérard Bertrand Grand Terroir Grès De Montpellier Syrah Grenache

AP Languedoc, France
$18.95 (Vintages #493635) 15% alcohol

Aged in French oak barrels for 12 months lends hearty robust flavours to this classic red wine blend.  Ripe plums and layers of dark fruit flavours are velvety smooth on the palate with a peppery, charcoal edge on the finish and length.

It’s a big, rich red wine that would partner beautifully with BBQed steak with all of the trimmings or saucy ribs off the grill.

 

Tomassi Arele Parziale Appassimento 2015

IGT Della Venezie, Italy
$19.95 (Vintages #224188) 13% alcohol

You expect full flavour, texture and richness in a blend with Corvina, Rondinella, Oseleta and Merlot grapes.  This red wine holds no surprise. “Arele” is the name of the wooden trays used to partially dry the grapes that is part of the magic in creating this unique wine.

Loaded with dark fruit berry flavours, ripe red currants with hints of violets. Medium to full-bodied with a persistent sweet spice finish and a touch of cedar. Mark my words, this red wine is hard to resist. Perfect choice to accompany some grilled meats or summer vegetable lasagna. Stock up!

Grand Total = $100.75

The 3 extra quarters are totally worth going over budget!

 

 

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Warm up your winter with this shopping list of wine from the LCBO

Posted by Julie

Friday, January 17th, 2014
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The LCBO Vintages release for this weekend offers a fabulous assortment of reasonably priced wine to ward off winter chills. If you want some HOT new wines – go to Spain, or easier still, taste some of these trendy Spanish releases from Ribero del Duero, Catalonia & Rioja.  And we are treated with some British Columbia wines too.

VintagesI can hardly believe (is it almost the end of January already?) that this release is offering celebratory single malts for Scottish poet, Robbie Burns (born January 25, 1759) whose contribution to Scottish culture is best known for his work of “Auld Lang Syne”. Many pubs celebrate Burn’s night by offering traditional hagis. This release offers Bunnahabhain 18 Year old Islay Single Malt (Vintages $247049 at $149.95) or Edradour The Distillery Edition 10 years old Highland Single Malt (Vintages# 904995 at $83.95). I have not ventured into the world of scotch yet, so these fine whiskies will not be in my basket but if you like your wee drams – enjoy!

Now, if I was tempted to really splurge, I would pick up “The King’s Ginger Liqueur” (Vintages #269407 $44.95). For anyone who loves candied ginger and vibrant lemon flavours, you will be over the moon with a glass of this decadent treat. Besides if you happen to catch a cold, it’s always good to have something remedial on hand – I am certain that this would do the trick!

Wishing you delicious tastings in 2014,

Julie

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


 

Dirty Laundry Not So Knotty white wine ChardonnayDirty Laundry Not So Knotty Chardonnay 2012

VQA Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada
$26.95 (Vintages #353144) 13.9% alcohol

You have to love the play on words “not so knotty” which means while fermenting, the grapes did not soak in oak barrels for months or taste of trees. That said, there was some partial barrel fermentation but its final destination was in stainless steel. It’s a beauty Chard, with all kinds of apple and stone aromas and flavours, a little spice and a fresh lengthy smooth finish in this white wine. While I don’t usually spend this much on Chardonnay this one really caught my attention; it’s so silky ! This gem would be perfect with a crown roast of pork.

Beronia Viura white wine from SpainBeronia Viura 2012

DOC Rioja, Spain
$14.95 (Vintages#190801) 12% alcohol

This is so different. For many of us, Rioja (located in northeastern Spain) means red wine, so it was a surprise to also discover this white wine from Rioja. Made from the Macabeo grape also known as the Viura grape, it is often blended with other grapes perhaps because it has characteristically mild fruit flavours. This wine is bone dry and crisp with subtle lemon lime aromas and seam of acidity. It has a little wet stone but with such a clean taste and oh so fresh. I would normally associate this as a hot summertime wine, but since it’s been brought to Vintages for January, I could not pass it by.  It would be delicious with a meal of fish – we still eat fish in the wintertime, right?

Sister's Run Cabernet Sauvignon red wineSister’s Run Bethlehem Block Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Barossa Valley, South Australia
$16.95 (Vintages #360636) 14.5% alcohol

This hearty red wine just calls out for a fireplace, some artisan bread and hearty stew. Having said that it’s medium to full bodied, beautifully coloured dark crimson, with some spicy, woodsy aromas and an abundance of dark fruit flavours. The tannins are soft but expressive and the raspberry and smoke flavours offer huge sips of satisfying richness.

Chateau de Nages vieilles vignes red wineChateau De Nages Vieilles Vignes

AC Costieres de Nimes, France
$17.95 (Vintages #040964 14% alcohol

This is not just another pretty label! You can’t go wrong with a blend of 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah, and 10% Mourvedre? A beautiful dark rich purple colour with flavours and aromas of cassis, blackberries and currants, some forest floor that just made me heady after one sip. This red wine shows complexity and strength, it’s beautifully balanced, full-bodied and at that price point, I thought at first I must be mistaken. I’ve put 2 bottles down on my shopping list to have on hand for those wintery nights that call for a prime rib.

J. Lohr South Ridge Syrah red wineJ. Lohr South Ridge Syrah 2011

Paso Robles, California, U.S.A.
$19.95 (Vintages #948240) 13.5% alcohol

For those of you who read my blogs, you know I always try to seek out new and unusual wines to write about. When I tasted this, it just reminded me how well made and delicious a Syrah can taste. J. Lohr wines never disappoint and we always have a bottle of their regular list Cabernet Sauvignon red wine in our cupboard. It also makes a nice hostess gift for an unexpected invite. This dark cherry Syrah is elegant and delicious, lots of ripe fruit forward berries, wrapped in a little spice and pencil box,with a long velvety finish. Soft tannins prevail and with some slow braised lamb shanks it would make a fabulous, casual but classy dinner.

Grand Total: $ 96.75

 

 

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