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

Posted by Julie

Friday, July 4th, 2014
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Happy July 4th! By the time we get into the first week of July, we’re here – it’s summertime – we’ve arrived.  How many months did we so anxiously wait for July? The LCBO has brought in for the Vintages July 5 release, a great selection of New Zealand wines to help us cheer summer on. Lots of no fail choices plus some great repeat wines from Spain – it almost gives me the travel bug. (more…)

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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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Six sure fire signs of spring

Posted by Susan

Thursday, March 14th, 2013
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Without skipping a beat, a sign of spring is the arrival of the annual California Wine Fair.  This always quickly sells out. Ottawa is April 5 at the Westin Hotel and Toronto is April 8 at the Fairmont Royal York. The Fair features 130+ wineries offering 400 wines!  This year  features some of the new trends in the California wine industry.

Can’t wait until the California wine industry arrives in town?  Then this weekend’s LCBO Vintages March 16 release highlights California wines, focusing on pioneering winemakers who made a mark on the industry, starting in the mid 1970s, with their keen attention to quality. These determined winemakers combed their focus on matching key grape varieties to ideal soils and new hillside sites with single-minded attention to viticultural practices and innovative winemaking techniques.

Recognition came in 1976, when Château Montelena’s Chardonnay and Stag’s Leap founder Warren Winiarski’s Cabernet Sauvignon won the Judgement of Paris in their respective categories. This LCBO Vintages release provides the opportunity to savour some of these iconic wines, from Château Montelena Chardonnay to Duckhorn Merlot, Ravenswood Zinfandel, Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon and Inglenook ‘Rubicon’ Cabernet Sauvignon. These iconic California wines are priced beyond my budget of an assortment of wines that total max $100 for this blog.  I do however recommend that you consider splurging!

Another sign of spring is the focus of the clean fresh white wines produced in Europe’s alpine regions—Austria, Alsace, Germany, Hungary and Italy. Look for some fabulous Rieslngs and Pinot Gris. The general release delivers great value wines.  Others worth noting beyond my list below are: the perennial value, Château Hauchat ($14.95), Pierre Henri Morel’s absolutely fabulous Côtes du Rhône-Villages ($15.95), Torre Quarto’s ‘Bottaccia’ produced from Puglia’s little-known but delicious Uva di Troia ($14.95) and an outstanding value from Spain, Piñol’s Grenache blend, Ludovicus ($13.95).

Given all the great values, here are my top picks and there are 6 wines just under my $100 set limit!

Cheers and Enjoy!

Susan

 

If I only had $100, I would buy. . .
LCBO Vintages Release as of Saturday, March 16, 2013

 

Balthasar Ress ‘Hattenheimer Schützenhaus’ Riesling Kabinett 2011

Rheingau, Germany
$17.95 (Vintages #735241) 10.0% alcohol


Straw/green, this is a fabulous Riesling displaying subtle, complex aromas and flavours of mineral, citrus, stone fruit and herb. Dry, a touch spritzy, the fruit and herb notes are framed by fine acidity and the underlying minerality.

 

Cave de Hoen ‘Heimberger’ Brut Rosé Crémant d’Alsace NV

AOC Alsace, France
$16.95 (Vintages #168948) 12.5% alcohol
This dry, pale salmon sparkling wine made in the traditional method, displays a fine effervescence that persists on the palate. Delicate aromas and flavours of red field berries—cranberry, currant and raspberry—dominate, while lively acidity carries the flavours through a crisp, palate-cleansing finish. A great wine for sipping at Easter, or to be paired with salads, fish or white meats.

 

Malivoire Riesling 2011

VQA Niagara Escarpment, Ontario
$15.95 (Vintages #277438) 10.5% alcohol
Finely crafted, this is a clean, lively white wine offering an attractive floral fragrance, along with aromas of citrus, orchard fruit and mineral. Light-medium bodied, a touch of residual sugar is paired with clean, refreshing acidity. Great balance and lovely flavours of lemon-lime, ripe apple and mineral right through the finish. Enjoy with pan-fried halibut or roast chicken or pork.

 

Rockway Vineyards ‘Small Lot Reserve’ Red Assemblage 2010

VQA Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
$16.95 (Vintages #321893) 14.0% alcohol
High-toned aromas of ripe dark fruit, spiced rose and a touch of roasted red pepper lift from the glass of  this blend of the Cabernets and Merlot. Dry, on the full side of medium bodied, this red wine is round, smooth, balanced and flavourful. Quite lush dark berry and plum flavours wash across the palate, supported by the subtle structure of well-integrated tannins and fine acidity. Notes of sweet baking spice and toasty oak garnish the fresh, round, fruity finish. Deftly crafted and an excellent value. 

 

 

 

Château Hauchat 2010

AOC Fronsac, France
$14.95 (Vintages #123489) 13.5% alcohol
This fragrant, dry, medium-full bodied Merlot-domianted red wine is a remarkable value! There’s complexity on the nose—red and black fruit, spice, vanilla and mineral. On the palate, there’s a fine marriage of firm tannins, plum and cherry/berry fruit, and fresh acidity, while lovely spicy notes and nuances of mineral and toast carry through the dry finish. A few bottles are in order for meals featuring robust red meats.

Nuova Cappelletta Barbera del Monferrato 2010

DOC Barbera del Monferrato, Italy
$16.95 (Vintages #719518) 14.0% alcohol
This is a reliably good producer known for its commitment to biodynamic agriculture. The red wine doesn’t disappoint, with lovely floral aromas, red fruits, spice and a touch of vanilla. Dry, medium bodied, sweet spice and vanilla replay, combining with flavours of red berries and kirsch. The wine is subtly yet firmly structured and beautifully balanced, offering a touch of warmth on a long mouth-watering finish. A great choice for mushroom arrosto with roast pork.

 

Grand Total: $99.70

 

 

 

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