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

Posted by Susan

Friday, March 20th, 2015
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One of the sure signs of spring is when California rolls into town for their annual Wine Fair. Always a date on the wine event calendar, this year they are stopping in at Ottawa on April 10 and Toronto on April 13. Aligned with their arrival, the LCBO stocks some extra special California wines in Vintages with the latest release.

March 21 Vintages catalogueI was away on holidays (unfortunately not California!) so Savvy Sommelier Susan Desjardins did the hard job of tasting the wines before they hit the store shelves. Here are her wine tips that will put a spring in your step and some smooth reds – from California and further afield – that will keep you warm on those days when winter seems that it will never ever leave.

Here is our shopping list…if I only had $100 to spend at Vintages this week.

Cheers!
-Debbie

 

 

If I had $100, I would buy these wines at LCBO Vintages
March 21, 2015

 

March 21 Cotes du RhoneGuigal Côtes du Rhône Blanc 2013, France

AC Côtes du Rhône
$18.95 (Vintages #290296) 13.5% alcohol

Consistently and reliably tasty, this versatile white wine is wonderfully aromatic – spring time notions of white flowers, scents of peach, citrus and tropical notes drift from the glass. Dry, medium bodied, it’s smooth and ripe, notes of spice and a replay of luscious stone fruit bathing the palate. Well balanced, with a pleasing touch of bitterness on the finish, this is a great value. Enjoy with roasted spring chicken stuffed with lemon & herbs.

 

March 21 Chateau BellevueChâteau Bellevue la Forêt 2011, France

AC Fronton
$13.95 (Vintages #354134) 14.5% alcohol

This is an unbelievable price! Made primarily from Negrette grapes (an unusual grape variety), then blended with the Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Syrah, this red wine has an earthy note—reminiscent of freshly pulled beets—that drifts over the aromas of berry and plum, licorice and spice. Dry, full bodied, the concentrated dark fruit flavours wash across the palate, tinged with a replay of licorice and spice, while that that earthy note persists. Firm in structure, clean in texture, the wine offers a long-lasting and fruit-filled finish. Serve with duck confit and be wowed, or splash some into your glass with leftovers.

 

 

March 21 JoyaBisquertt ‘La Joya Gran Reserva’ Syrah 2012, Chile

Colchagua Valley
$16.95 (Vintages #325407) 14.5% alcohol

This Syrah is an excellent value red wine – period. Good complexity, a well-defined structure and great depth of fruit. On the nose, there are lifted aromas of spice and pepper, dark berries and cherry, with just a whiff of dried herbs. Dry, full bodied, it’s plush and warm, loaded with powerful fruit flavours, notes of chocolate and toast, and a warm, fruity finish. Want me to go on anymore? For this price, serve this as your house red while the snow melts.

 

March 21 YalumbaYalumba ‘The Guardian’ Shiraz/Viognier 2010, Australia

Eden Valley
$21.95 (Vintages #396499) 14.5% alcohol

How to warm up on a chilly night? Look no further for this plush wine with great concentration of fruit flavours. On the nose, cherry, berry, kirsch, spice and vanilla burst through. Dry, medium-full bodied, the intense berry fruit is balanced by a certain freshness to the texture and firm ripe tannins. Tasty, spicy and smooth, get into the habit of firing up the BBQ and enjoy this red wine anything off the grill.

 

I have a confession to make…

Being on a budget of $100, I wanted to make sure that there was some money in the bank to add a California wine to this shopping list.  No matter how hard I try, I sill came over budget by $8.  Hopefully you will forgive me and return enough empty wine bottles to make up the overage!

 

March 21 RidgeRidge Three Valleys 2012, California

Sonoma County
$35.95 (Vintages #652875) 14.2% alcohol

Principally Zinfandel, this blend is of both grape varieties and terroirs to showcase great depth and intensity of aromas and flavours. Opulent fruit is showcased—dark berry and black cherry—mingling with sweet notes of spice and vanilla, with a dash of cracked black pepper. Dry, big and bold, this red wine has polished tannins and plush texture that make it dreamy. Finishing long and warm, it will be a great match for barbequed ribs.

 

GRAND TOTAL: $107.75

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Wines to discover at Terroir Wine Festival in The County

Posted by Debbie

Monday, May 14th, 2012
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To prepare you for wine discoveries at next weekend’s Terroir Wine Celebration, our Sommeliers share with you tasting notes of more Prince Edward County wines.  Whether you enjoy white wine, red wine or are in the mood for a glass of Rose or sparkling wine, these wines will WOW you!

 

Huff Estates Vidalessco Sparkling VQA 2011

There is no better way to begin a dinner party (or any meal for that matter!) than with the pop of a cork of a bottle of bubbly!  This unique wine is made with Vidal grapes.  Vidal is often left on the vines to make icewine, yet at Huff Estates winemaker, Frederic Picard (originally from Burgundy France), decided to do something completely different – create a crisp & refreshing sparkling wine fashioned after the Italian Prosecco.  

Savvy Sommelier Debbie interviews Frederic  in the vineyard – watch the video

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: Dry with fine mousse (winespeak: bubbles) elegant aromas & tastes of citrus (can you find mandarin or lime?) & toasted almond.

Suggested Food Pairings: For fun, serve sparkling wine with salty potato chips (the saltier the better!). The salt reacts with the bubbles & makes an even more lively sensation in your mouth – like fireworks!

 

The Grange’s Trumpour’s Mill Chardonnay VQA 2007

A visit to The Grange of Prince Edward County Winery is not only an opportunity to taste the wines, explore the vineyards and marvel at the historic restored buildings on site; a visit provides a Canadian history lesson too.

This month, we feature The Grange in our Savvy Selections wine of the month club.  This Chardonnay impressed our Savvy Sommeliers.  Chardonnay was among the first varietals planted on the Granger estate. A grape which lends itself to a range of styles, this exemplar is unoaked and displays the texture and complexity of extended lees contact.

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: Offering tantalizing aromas of jasmine, honeyed stone fruit, pear and mango, this is a balanced creamy yet dry wine, weighty with flavourful fruit and kissed with a touch of toasted nuts. It finishes slightly warm and gently spiced.

Suggested Food Pairing: Enjoy this wine with pasta in a cream-based sauce, with crab cakes or lobster, or with savoury roast chicken.

Cellaring:  Delightful now or over the next couple of years!

 

Karlo Estates Frontenac Gris Rose VQA 2011

Karlo Estates is a must visit as one of ‘The County’s’ wineries – housed in a heritage Loyalist barn. Owner & winemaker Richard Karlo has developed his career from being a wine judge to an amateur winemaker, then consulting winemaker & now winery owner. 

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes:  Last year’s Rose from Karlo was full of rhubarb & citrus aromas & tastes.  This vintage boasts watermelon, tangerine & ruby red grapefruit.  Crisp & refreshing, this medium bodied Rose feels delicious in your mouth & tastes wonderful too!

Suggested Food Pairings: This is a perfect wine to unwind with at the cottage, pack with a picnic or on enjoy while you soak up the sunshine in the backyard.  Serve on its own or with spicy food.

 

Rosehall Run Cabernet Franc Cold Creek VQA 2008

Cabernet Franc is often used in red wine blends, yet in Ontario, this grape grows so well that winemakers keep it aside to craft outstanding Cabernet Franc wines.  Rosehall Run Vineyards owner & winemaker Dan Sullivan found a parcel of land in The County – complete with a creek running through it – with outstanding Cabernet Franc grapes. 

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: Bright garnet red colour in the glass, bursting with aromas of ripe red berries, raspberry that packs an impressive punch of dark chocolate.   On the palate it is dry, medium bodied with soft tannins reminders of sour cherry & cassis.

Suggested Food Pairings: The lingering finish makes this wine a perfect match for both light & heavy dishes from BBQ sausages, lamb chops, roast duck & even grilled salmon. Debbie loves this wine with a chunk of dark chocolate! 

Stanners Vineyard Cabernet Franc PEC VQA 2010

Stanners Vineyard is one of the newest wineries to open in The County is run by the Stanner family & everyone in the family is involved!  Located near the town of Hillier (about 20 mins away from Picton), they are surrounded by other neighbouring wineries.  The Stanners made 2 Cabernet Franc wines – one all County while the other is a blend of Niagara & County.  This one was the favorite at the recent County in the City wine tasting event in Ottawa.  It was fun to try the 2 wines side by side – and this you can definitely do when you visit Terroir Wine Festival! 

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: Plum in colour, there are delicious aromas of blackberry, raspberry & plums too that fill the glass then continue into the taste.  It is dry & well balanced wine with a medium long finish.  A very impressive wine.  Well done!

 Suggested Food Pairings: An easy drinking red wine that would be good with grilled burgers, lasagna or even BBQed steak.  Stock up for the summer!

We look forward to seeing you in The County at Terroir on Saturday May 26th!

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Stock up on Ontario wines – FREE Shipping

Posted by Debbie

Monday, December 13th, 2010
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Stock up on Ontario wines for the holidays!
Complementary shipping offer

 

During the month of December, the following wineries are offering FREE SHIPPING when you order a case of 12 bottles directly from Savvy Company.  This way you will to be sure to have wine on hand for holiday entertaining and last minute gift-giving.

To order, simply call 613.SAVVYCO (613.728.8926) or email cheers@savvycompany.ca

These are featured wineries from our Savvy Selections wine of the month club.  To make it easy for you to decide which wines to include in your order, the team of Savvy Sommeliers offers our picks – all have our ‘Savvy Selections’ stamp of approval affixed to each bottle. These hard to find wines are not currently available at the LCBO.

NOTES:
– Orders can only be shipped to a home or office address located in Ontario.
– By Ontario law, the delivery must be signed for by someone over the age of 19. 
– Shipping will take up to 3 business days.  The wines will be delivered by courier or Canada Post  – whichever service is most convenient for you.

Black Prince Winery – Prince Edward County
RED: Black Prince Cabernet Franc Reserve VQA 2007 $15.75/bottle
Case of 12 bottles $189

Cattail Creek Family Estate Winery  – Niagara on the Lake
WHITE: Chardonnay Musque VQA 2009 $17/bottle
RED: Merlot VQA 2008 $18
RED: Cabernet-Merlot VQA 2006 $18
Mixed case (4 bottles of each of these wines): $212

Huff Estates Winery – Prince Edward County
**Complementary shipping on 6 or more bottles
SPARKLING: Vidalescco 2009 (dry sparkling wine) $19.95/bottle
WHITE: South Bay Vineyards Chardonnay VQA $29.95
RED: Stuntman Stu Red Line Merlot VQA 2008 $19.95 ($2 of every bottles is donated to the Sens Foundation supporting children’s programs in Eastern Ontario)
DESSERT: First Frost 2008 (light sweet wine) $19.95
Mixed case (3 bottles of each of these wines): $269.40

 

Lailey Vineyard – Niagara on the Lake
**Complementary shipping on 6 or more bottles
WHITE: Riesling VQA 2009 $18/bottle
RED: Cabernet-Merlot VQA 2006 $20
RED: Pinot Noir VQA 2007  $25
RED: Impromptu VQA 2007 $45
Mixed case (3 bottles of each of these wines): $324

Niagara Teaching College – Niagara
WHITE: Unoaked Chardonnay VQA 2009, $14.95
RED: Cabernet Sauvignon VQA 2006, $15.95
RED: Cabernet Sauvignon VQA 2007, $18.95
RED: Meritage VQA 2005 $32.95
Mixed case (3 bottles of each of these wines): $248.40

Rosehall Run Vineyards – Prince Edward County
WHITE: Riesling VQA 2008 $17.95/bottle
RED: Pinot Noir Cuvée County VQA 2008 $21.95
RED: Cabernet Franc Cold Creek VQA 2007 $29.95
Mixed case (4 bottles of each of these wines) $279.40

Rosewood Estate Winery & Meadery – Beamsville Bench (Niagara region)
WHITE: Gewurztraminer VQA 2008 $18/bottle
WHITE: Reserve Chardonnay VQA 2008 $25
RED: Pinot Noir VQA 2008 $18
SPECIALTY: Ambrosia Mead 2006 $36 (mead is a lightly sweet wine made with local honey – a specialty at Rosewood)
Mixed case (3 bottles of each of these wines) $291

Tawse Winery – Beamsville Bench (Niagara region)
SPECIAL ICEWINE GIFT PACK: $99
The following wines are beautifully p
ackaged in a wooden box  – each bottle is 200mL.
Cabernets Ice Wine VQA 2008
Gewurztraminer Ice Wine VQA 2008
Riesling Ice Wine VQA 2009

SPECIAL HOLIDAY ASSORTMENT: $164.90
WHITE: Robyn’s Block Chardonnay VQA 2008
WHITE: Riesling VQA 2009
WHITE: Quarry Road Vineyard Gewurztraminer VQA 2009
ROSE: Sketches of Niagara Rose VQA 2009
RED: Grower’s Blend Pinot Noir VQA 2009
RED: Laundry Vineyard Cabernet Franc VQA 2008

 

To order any combination of these wines per winery, call our Savvy Sommeliers on
613.SAVVYCO (613.728.8926) or email us – anytime!

 

 

  

 

 

 

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