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Add bottles of Ontario wines to your Thanksgiving table

Posted by Julie

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

By the time Thanksgiving rolls around this year, the grape harvest will be just about over in most parts of Ontario.  After the extraordinarily warm summer, our grape went through veraison 3 to 5 weeks earlier than previous years. What is veraison you ask? It is when the grapes change colour from green (all grapes start out as green) to the yellow gold or vibrant red or deep purple depending on the different grape variety. I can’t wait to taste what the winemakers will crafted with this year`s harvest as I have heard several winemakers predicting that this year`s grape harvest is remarkable – perhaps one of the best yet in Ontario.

While we patiently await for the 2012 wines, I have found some wines in this release at LCBO Vintages to serve with the turkey, duck, chicken, turducken (a chicken stuffed inside a duck which is then stuffed inside a turkey!), goose or whatever is going to be on your Thanksgiving table.

I love Thanksgiving. I love this time of year when the red leaves get are crispy during the morning walk, the air is fresh and chilly and the fireplace goes on. We glorify our Ontario bounty with freshly harvested grapes, beautiful root vegetables, pumpkins, fall mums and delicious aromas. My favourite recipe books scatter the kitchen counter and I think of the dinners I will prepare, the treats that I will bake and of course the wines I plan to serve. Like a squirrel collecting nuts, I am stashing away wines that I discover for the chilly fall nights ahead.

In my If I only had $100 I would buy at Vintages, my list includes again, a couple of Ontario wines because this is the time to celebrate and give thanks to our bountiful earth here at home.  I hope you manage to put at least one of my suggestions on your Thanksgiving table.

From my glass to yours – Happy Thanksgiving!

PS – if you are on Twitter, tell us about your favorite Ontario wine on #LCBOgoLocal

2011 Sketches Rosé

Tawse Sketches of Niagara Rosé 2011

VQA Niagara Peninsula
$15.95 (Vintages #172643) 12.5% alcohol

Once you visit Tawse you will understand why it was named Winery of the Year at the 2011 Wine Access Canadian Wine Awards. it really is a state of art winery. This deep watermelon colored favourite of mine is made from a blend of Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir and Gamay.  How can it not be splendid? Aromas of ripe red berries waft from the glass and just explode in your mouth in a fresh bone dry wine. It is crisp, refreshing and just plain juicy with a zesty finish. It makes a lovely appertif or to serve with a turkey dinner.


Closson Chase Vineyard Chardonnay 2009

Closson Chase Vineyard, VQA Prince Edward County
$29.95 (Vintages #148866) 12.5% alcohol

This golden hued baby has aromas of pure class and richness. What does that smell like? Vanilla, toast, a little nutty, some pineapple, peaches, pears and just a little soya all dance on the nose and follow through on the palate. It is well balanced with just the right acidity, medium to full bodied, dry but with a caramel-ly buttery finish. The wine is elegant and refined, a beautiful luscious treat. All the buttery flavours in this Chard would match all the trimmings in a “fowl” dinner, mashed potatoes, root vegetables – sheer yum. If there is any left over after dinner it would be splendid with the Fruit Ginger Crumble Pie in the Autumn 2012 LCBO magazine.


DOG POINT VINEYARD SAUVIGNON BLANC 2011Dog Point Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2011

Marlborough South Island, New Zealand
$21.95 (Vintages #677450) 13.5%

If you are a Sauvignon Blanc fan, this new release will not disappoint. Pale yellow in the glass, dry and very crisp on the palate. Loads of refreshing pink grapefruit and ripe melon with a little lime, slightly vegetal on the finish. Completely opposite to a Chardonnay, It would contrast beautifully, cutting through some of the richness of a Thanksgiving dinner. A great sipper on its own and definitely a splendid appertif (perhaps with a few shrimps?) to get those taste buds salivating!

 G. Marquis The Silver Line Pinot Noir 2010

VQA Niagara-on-the-Lake
$19.95 (Vintages #258673) 12.5% alcohol
A gorgeous plum coloured wine with aromas of fresh strawberry jam, cherry and raspberry flavours on the palate with a hint of tobacco. Medium bodied with a little forest floor on the finish that is typical of a great Pinot Noir from Ontario. This Pinot will go well with turkey because it is a light and flavourful wine without being high in alcohol or oak. For those guests who prefer a red with their turkey, this is a great pick.

Bouchard Aîné & Fils Beaujolais Superieur

Beaune, Cote D’Or, France
$11.95 (LCBO #9431) 12.5%

This Beaujolais is a general list product and not part of the recent September releases. I included it in my Wines to serve for Thanksgiving because it would be a delightful accompaniment. The fruity liveliness of the Gamay grape with its red cherry and strawberry flavours, refreshing acidity and low tannins is a fabulous match for a rich turkey dinner with dressing and gravy. It is a light-medium bodied fun wine that is not expensive and a dependable stand-by. I always have one in my wine fridge as it should be served slightly chilled.

Grand Total: $99.75 – phew…a quarter to spare!