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

Posted by Julie

Thursday, April 28th, 2016
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Pop into your closest LCBO Vintages for the release on Saturday April 30 – just in time for Mother’s Day! you’ll find Pacific Northwest Wines, Aussie whites and interesting coloured  Rosés. There is something for every mum!

LCBO Vintages magazine April 30I haven’t made the wine trek to Oregon but whenever wines appear from the Willamette and Columbia Valleys. they are always exciting and the price points are not as staggering as their nearby neighbours.

And thinking of Mum’s, this release features sparkling wines from both France and Italy plus some ice cider from Quebec that won  the Félibre Givré Gold Medal at the 2015 All Canadian Wine Championships. Any of these is bound to make Mum smile on her special day. I’m counting on a sunny May 8 to accompany and share my “delights”.

All Mum’s are special,
Julie

 

If I had $100, I would buy these wines at LCBO Vintages…
Saturday 30, 2016

 

Cloudline Pinot Gris 2014Cloudline Pinot Gris 2014

Willamette Valley, U.S.A.
$21.95 (Vintages #159988) 13.5% alcohol 

Aromas of spring flowers, very pale but shimmery in the glassy with citrusy clean flavours on the palate and a tangy white peppery finish. Bone dry with crisp acidity, lends itself to everything from an aperitif to lighter food fare, salads and seafood pasta. Trust me, there’s no one who would not like this wine.

 

Joel Gott Riesling 2012Joel Gott Riesling 2012

Columbia Valley, U.S.A.
$19.95 (Vintages #443143) 12.9% alcohol 

Be sure to serve this in a stem glass since it is almost watery green in colour, but don’t let that be a detriment. It’s a playful and seductive Riesling, lots of of lemon-lime fruits, medium bodied with green apples dancing on the aftertastes. It’s clean, fresh, and vibrant and a fantastic choice for an afternoon sip, maybe a few shrimps on the side or pan-seared scallops— pure yum.

 

Yalumba Organic ViognierYalumba Organic Viognier 2015

South Australia
$17.95 (Vintages #288217) 14.5% alcohol 

Floral and peach pie aromas with tastes of baked pear crisp and something almost vanilla-like on the palate. It’s rich and creamy but dry with concentrated fruit flavours and a little lanolin on the aftertaste. Concentrated and full, a great match for curry or fish or just on its own. 

 

 

Gassier RoseGassier Sables D’Azur Rosé

AP Côtes de Provence, France
$15.95 (Vintages #33621) 12.5% alcohol 

Anyone who designs such a beautiful bottle, something akin to Marilyn Munroe’s figure, must have placed something delicious inside. Soft peachy pink in colour, this nectar is downright dreamy with alluring scents of summer flowers. Tangy strawberry rhubarb flavours with some orange blossom and flinty aftertastes. It’s has some minerality on the palate which lends to a very fresh stainless steel taste but remains bone-dry, soft and packed with flavour.  One delicious rosé to match with everything from a picnic lunch to charcuterie.

 

Lamadrid Single Vineyard Reserva Malbec 2012Lamadrid Single Vineyard Reserva Malbec 2012

Agrelo, Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza
Fincas de Agrelo, Argentina
$17.00 (Vintages # 234492) 14.5% alcohol

Having just returned from Argentina where I enjoyed many Malbecs, I look forward to picking this one up at such a great price point. It has all the bookmarks of a great Malbec: dark inky in colour, aromas of violets and chocolate, some woodsiness and pure red fruits abound on the palate. Intense berries, ripe and refined tannins, lovely depth with lasting flavour.  Begging for lamb chops or grilled rare meat, I can’t wait.

 

Grand Total – $ 92.80

 

 

 

 

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Flowers Wilt. These wines will WOW your Mom

Posted by Julie

Friday, May 9th, 2014
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Reminder: Mother’s Day is Sunday! Good news is that the LCBO Vintages release for this weekend has all kinds of wines that any mother who enjoys wine, would love to uncork.  Personally, I have had fun introducing my mother to new wines, and get quite a kick out of her comments when tasting an aromatic or fruity wine that some grapes naturally boast.

LCBO Vintages May 10I also think of wines that are fun to pair with Mum’s favourites, so the red and white wines I have selected from this release could pair with anything from fish or a roast, down to strawberry shortcake with the dessert wine.

I am not a fanatic about making sure that every wine pairs perfectly with food,  I believe that it all comes down to individual tastes and frankly, if someone wants to have a Riesling with a grilled steak, who am I to argue?  However, I do try and gently nudge some folks into what I think would be better suited to certain foods because when you find a great match, it really can be a taste of heaven.

To all Mum’s, I hope you have something delicious in your glass to enjoy on Sunday!
Julie

 

If I only had $100, I would buy these wines at LCBO Vintages…
May 10th, 2014 

 

Joseph Cattin Brut Rose Cremant d'AlsaceJoseph Cattin Brut Rosé Crémant d’Alsace

Alsace, France
$17.95 (Vintages# 264572)  12 % alcohol

Not all bubbles are created equal and this delicious sparkling wine is made from 100% Pinot Noir grapes. Light, delicate with cherry berry flavours bursting from those bubbles. Talk about pretty in pink, this wine WOWs  Serve in a tall flute, you can practically visualize yourself sitting on a balcony overlooking vineyards in Alsace.

 

Crusher ViognierThe Crusher Viognier 2012

Wilson Vineyard, Clarksburg, California
$16.95 (Vintages #361964)

This beauty is new to Vintages. It is aromatic and fruity and invigorates the palate with flavours of pineapple, peaches, sweet ginger spice, medium bodied and smooth. A white wine that makes for a lovely afternoon wine but I have in mind that it would be a great companion with ham and scalloped potatoes.

 

Anselmann Siegerrabe SpatlaseAnselmann Edesheimer Rosengarten Siegerrebe Spätlese 2012

Prädikatswein, PFALZ, Germany
$15.95 (Vintages# 910554) 9% alcohol

Years ago when my husband and I were holidaying in Salmon Arm, B.C. we stumbled upon a winery called Larch Hills that made a wine from the Siegerrebe grape. It was so delicious that we ordered a case to be sent home. This delicate light style dessert wine is made from the rarely heard of Siegerrebe grape.

This unique white wine has white blossom and honey aromas with the latter following through on the palate, slightly citrus with apricots, very delicate and subtle. A perfect dessert wine, so different from dare I say the usual late harvest or ice wine chasers. With such low alcohol, this could be enjoyed in the afternoon with some strong cheese, but the flavours should be enjoyed on their own.

 

Gerard Bertrand Cote des RosesGérard Bertrand Côte des Roses Rosé 2013

AP Languedoc, France
$19.95 (Vintages # 373985)

Not your every day rosé wine that’s for sure, bright ripe strawberry flavours and colour, a perfect afternoon sipper, light to medium- bodied with aftertastes of tart rhubarb and a little pepper, great acidity which makes for a fabulous luncheon companion. Almost forgot to mention that it comes in a great looking bottle, so I’ll be putting this one on the table.

 

Quail's Gate MerlotQuail’s Gate Merlot 2011

British Columbia VQA Okanagan Valley
$26.95  (Vintages # 169961)  14.5% alcohol

An elegant red wine, slightly perfumed aromas of violets and dark fruit. Smooth as silk on the palate with a little chocolate, spice and dark plum flavours. Full-bodied and would be heaven served with a prime rib, although I hate to wait for a special occasion, this wine is deliciously special.

 

GRAND TOTAL: $97.75

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