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

Posted by Susan

Monday, June 27th, 2011

If I only had $100, I would buy . . .

LCBO Vintages Release as of Saturday, June 25, 2011

Argentina is featured in the June 25 LCBO Vintages release, the emphasis on a match made in heaven–summer barbeques along with fresh Argentine whites and fruity, robust reds. This major wine producer is known for the altitude of its vineyards, where diurnal variations and intense sunlight ensure depth of color and well-ripened fruit. Whether you enjoy a classic Chardonnay, the highly aromatic white wines produced from the Torrontés grape, or the depth and concentration available from the signature Malbec and the weighty Cabernet Sauvignon, you will find a wine to your taste in the selection available. This feature also includes a focus on white wines that offer a pure expression of the particular varietal. The selection ranges from well-chilled crisp whites to more intensely aromatic wines that are better served moderately cool.

Wines from around the world have been selected, including a tasty Riesling from Ontario’s Flat Rock Cellars, a fine Viognier from Australia, a fabulous Pinot Gris from Alsace and a fresh Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand, among others. Finally, summer is truly here, and that means getting ready for Canada Day celebrations with some ‘local produce’. For something light and frothy, try the Crackling Cider from Québec, enjoy the Quails’ Gate Pinot Noir with some grilled chicken, or pop the cork on the Jackson Triggs sparkler at sunset as the fireworks begin.

Happy Summer Holidays &


Zuccardi ‘Q’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Mendoza, Argentina
$19.95 (Vintages #140855) 14.0% alcohol

Opaque purple, bursting with aromas of sweet spice, cassis, wild roses and vanilla, this wine has a smooth velvety texture. Dry, medium-full bodied, there’s a great balance of nuanced fruit, ripe tannins and fine acidity, Approachable yet refined, it finishes dry and tangy. Enjoy it with grilled lamb or beef, or cellar medium term.

Zolo ‘Reserve’ Malbec 2008
Mendoza, Argentina
$16.95 (Vintages #81091) 14.0% alcohol

Aged 14 months in French and American oak, this inky purple gem is your go-to wine for the barbeque. Aromas of dark fruit, blackcurrant jam and sweet slightly smoky spice rush from the glass. Dry, medium-full bodied, the perceptible tannins and fresh acidity balance rich ripe field berries and dark smoky toast. It’s full flavoured to the finish, where a satisfying hint of bitter chocolate lingers.

Berton Vineyards ‘The White’ Viognier 2010
South Eastern Austalia
$14.95 (Vintages #93425) 14.0% alcohol

A golden wine with a pure expression of stone and tropical fruit, subtle floral notes. Lovely and fresh, yet creamy in texture, it’s dry, medium-full bodied and well balanced. The fabulous fruit replays on the palate, notes of lime, mango and luscious stone fruit carrying through the lasting finish. Very tasty—try it with a creamy chicken caesar salad.

Wynns Coonawarra Estate Shiraz 2008
Coonawarra, South Australia
$19.95 (Vintages #433060) 14.0% alcohol
Deep purple, intensely aromatic, this is a round, beautifully balanced, substantial wine with velvety tannins and soft fruity acidity. It captures the senses with dark fruit, sweet spice and notes of vanilla. On the finish, the sweet spice persists, mingling with nuances of toast and licorice. An excellent value—consider several bottles, or a case so that you can enjoy it as it evolves in the cellar.

Perrin ‘Les Cornuds’ Vinsobres 2009
Vinsobres, Frances
$15.00 (Vintages #241604) 14.5% alcohol
My oh my, you’re going to want to load the cart! This blend of Grenache and Syrah from a reputed producer is deeply hued and intensely flavoured. Abundant and complex, there’s depth of fruit, layers of flavours—berries, floral notes, spice, slightly smoky nuances and minerality—all framed by ripe tannins and fine acidity. Exquisite balance and a long lasting finish complete the package, An excellent value to enjoy now and for many years to come.

Grand Total: $86.80

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!


Holiday Values from Vintages

Posted by Susan

Friday, December 19th, 2008

I’m a great one for that elusive combination of quality and value in a wine.  This holiday season, in addition to its regular selection of holiday spirits, LCBO Vintages is offering a range of products from previous releases that provide excellent value for money.  If you want a special wine for Christmas dinner or New Year’s Eve, or something to share with family or friends of a cold winter’s evening, visit you local Vintages boutique and speak to the product consultant about their special holiday sales and promotions.

As an example, if you’d like some refreshing fizz to get you in the holiday spirit, there are a range of products available.  I recently served the Nino Franco Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Brut (#349662, $17.45, marked down from $20.95) at a birthday party.  This wine is produced on a family estate in the Veneto by an innovative winemaker who is the grandson of the original owner.  This is a bright, balanced bubbly with aromas of pear, apple and citrus that persist on the palate.   Light-bodied with a fine effervescence, it has a well-defined seam of acidity that will have you coming back for more.

If you’d like something a little more regal, consider the Segura Viudas Brut Reserva Heredad Cava (#50864, $31.95, marked down from $37.95).  Segura Viudas is the crown jewel and an independent operation of the producer Freixenet.  A very special wine, the Heredad is the only Segura Viudas cava where the bottle is hand turned as it is aging.  I visited the 6 stories of underground cellars at Segura Viudas last year – the Heredad has its own special resting place.  Reserva Heredad is composed of 2/3 Macabeo and 1/3 Parellada, which are two of the three grapes used to produce cava in Spain (the third is Xarel-lo).  It experiences a very long aging process and has lovely toasty aromas and a very persistent finish.  The wine is captured in a unique bottle with intricately worked designs on the base and a heraldic brand on the bottle itself.  This would make a magnificent gift for a special person.

If you’re thinking of sitting by the fire some cold evening, snacking on cheese and crackers, consider a bottle of Amarone from these special Vintages offers.   For instance, the Giuseppe Campagnola Amarone della Valpolicella (#76653, $36.95, marked down from $46.95), or the Valpantena Torre Del Falasco Amarone (#922161, $42.95, marked down from $54.95).   Amarone is produced using three indigenous Italian grapes:  Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara.  Select bunches of the grapes are handpicked in the fall, then dried in a controlled environment until February to create concentration of the sugars.  After pressing and fermentation, the wine is aged 18-24 months in oak.  This process produces a rich, full-bodied wine with hints of dried fruit and chocolate.  At 15% alcohol, it is bound to create the warmth we all need at this time of year.  

Enjoy a happy holiday season!  All of us at Savvy Company want to see you next year, so remember to drink responsibly.