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

Posted by Julie

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

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,


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






Best Bordeaux? The 2010 vintage critics say

Posted by Julie

Friday, October 25th, 2013

This weekend you are in for a treat. The LCBO Vintages release of October 26 is exceptional! It is time to stash a few bottles of the latest Bordeaux wines away for either a short or long time if you are into cellaring wine.  Every fall, Vintages offers the Classic Collection of Bordeaux wines.  The wine industry is abuzz that the 2010 Bordeaux vintage will be the best one in living history. The pages of this elegant catalogue has grand French chateaux showcasing their 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Grand Crus (winespeak: high end wines).  Most of these wines are well over $100 – which makes it out of my ‘If I only had $100’ blog budget, but it’s sure is interesting to read about them & imagine what the wines are like now and after a few years in a wine cellar.

Oregon – the Bordeaux of the Pacific Northwest

The supporting actor in this weekend’s feature are wines from Oregon. I confess Oregon was not on my travel agenda until I tasted some of these wines. Oregon is known for its erratic weather patterns often drenched with over 40 inches of rain in a year so the winemakers deserve extra kudos when showcasing some of their vintages.  I discovered refined and delicious Merlots, a Cabernet  Sauvignon, even a Pinot Noir caught my attention.

So this blog was a tough one to keep within my $100 budget.  Here are my wine finds that should find the way into your shopping cart.  If you only pick up one bottle, I hope that you would grab a bottle of our Canadian ice cider.

Happy Shopping!



Château Lacombe Noaillac 2010

AC Médoc   (Jean-Michel Lapalu)
Bordeaux, France
$18.95 (Vintages #199091) 13.5% alcohol

Glorious bouquet of toasty rich dark fruits that carry through on the palate. Medium to full-bodied red wine with creamy texture, intense berries complimented by firm tannins with a little vanilla  spice on the aftertaste. It has texture and strength and could probably lay down for a few years. It would be lovely with a pot roast surrounded by root vegetables on a winter’s night.


Domaine Wachau Terraces Gruner Veltliner 2012

Wachau, Austria
$17.95 (Vintages #155812)  13% alcohol

Pale golden in colour, with yellow apple and citrusy aromas, this white wine is bone dry with flavours of lemon zest and citrus on the palate that make it a little tart. There’s some minerality making it fresh and zippy. Light-bodied in weight makes it a fabulous appertif or it is food friendly to any number of white meat or fish dishes. Served with some chicken stuffed with tarragon and goat’s cheese would be a match made in heaven.


Columbia Crest Grand Estates Merlot 2010

Columbia Valley, Oregon, U.S.A.
$15.95 (Vintages #263418)  14.5 % alcohol

This red wine is an extravagant Merlot with heady aromas of violets and blackberries. Smooth and earthy on the palate, lots of luscious black fruit, velvety smooth with soft tannins. There’s a little lavender, peppery finish that makes it interesting. It is an expressive Merlot, certainly not run of the mill, and a fabulous price point.


Journey’s End Shiraz 2007

WO Stellenbosch, Single Vineyard, South Africa
$20.95 (Vintages #337642)  14% alcohol

How could I not love a wine with the same name as my cat “Journey”? But before you dismiss me with a “guffaw”, I must point out that this red wine was a Gold Medal winner at the 2013 Sommelier Wine Awards. Smooth as silk on the mouth, excellent replays of blackberry fruit, and peppery. It’s full bodied with a long grippy, berry finish and strong enough that it could cellar quite nicely for a few years. I love lamb chops, so bring them out with some garlic and rosemary marinade.


La Face Cachée de la Pomme Neige Premiere Ice Cider 2011

Quebec, Canada
$24.95  (Vintages #39305) 11% alcohol

Inspired by similar techniques used to make ice wine, this ice cider or apple ice wine is born in extreme cold winter temperatures in Quebec. This past September, we happened to pick up a bottle of this ice cider in Quebec City knowing it would be a lovely finish to our Thanksgiving supper. (Our company thought so too). Juicy and Canadian, crisp and sweet green and yellow apples! I don’t know how else to describe this luscious ice cider drink. It is smooth & creamy, your taste buds squirt saliva with the acidity, but sweet apple prevails on the palate. There has been no sugar or alcohol added. It is a perfect after dinner drink and with a piece of blue cheese or stilton – oh my!


Grand Total: $ 98.75