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


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.

LCBO Vintages July 5If you were looking for an extra special wine, I would suggest the Hamilton Russell Chardonnay 2012 from the WO Hemel-en-Aarde Valley in South Africa, is spectacular (Vintages #931006 at $32.95).  I could not afford it on this round as I have too many other wines to buy, talk about & I am on a $100 budget.  All that said, if you happen to find some spare change and have a friend who loves Chardonnay, this sure would make for a nice gift.

I confess my personal summertime grapes favorites flux back & forth between Sauvignon Blanc  or a Chardonnay.  This LCBO Vintages release has definitely something for everyone as well as some great reds to help you BBQ.

Summertime and the living is easy.



If I only had $100, I would buy these wines at
LCBO Vintages…July 5th, 2014 


Loosen Bros. Dr. L Sparkling RieslingLoosen Bros. Dr.L.Sparkling Riesling

Mosel-Saar-Ruwer Deutscher Sekt, Germany
$14.95  (Vintages# 296095) 12% alcohol

Confession time! Sometimes I’m not sure whether I should look at the price tag of the wine first or taste the wine and then take a peak at the price. In this case, I tasted first and was over the moon to see the price tag! Fresh, light-bodied, a million tiny bubbles just bursting with citrusy fruit and peach flavours. The sparkling wine is slightly off-dry and would take you from brunch to dinner. It would be delightful with some pan fried dover sole, a nutty rice and green salad – elegant and refined and what a price point for fine easy entertaining.


Elephant Hill Sauvignon BlancElephant Hill Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Hawkes Bay, North Island, New Zealand
$19.95 (Vintages # 96644) 12.5% alcohol

In my view, no other country boasts exquisite Sauvignon Blanc like New Zealand. It is their signature grape and definitely the benchmark for the New World version. I practically salivate as I write when I think of the crispness of green apple, lime zest, grassiness that makes this wine so clean and fresh tasting. Huge bursts of saliva squirt with the acidity (this is good) and a long fruity finish. This white wine would be great with fish or chicken but refreshing on its own.



Kuhlmann-Platz Muehlforst GewurztraminerKuhlmann-Platz Muehlforst Gewürztraminer 2012

AC Alsace, France
$18.95 (Vintages# 168864) 13% alcohol

I usually think curry when I write about Gewürztraminer but since we’re in the middle of summer, for those nights I plan to pick up a big tray of sushi for dinner to enjoy on the patio, there will be a bottle of this Gewürztraminerin the fridge. I can’t wait !

While some floral blossoms and lychee are present in the aromas of this white wine, they are not smothering other flavours or tastes which can overpower some Gewürztraminers. White and pink grapefruit flavours, some herbs such as thyme, ginger with almost a spearmint aftertaste in the medium body. A very refreshing Gewürztraminer, you might want to put one away for the fall curries – just a thought.



Columbia Crest Grand Estates MerlotColumbia Crest Grand Estates Merlot 2011

Columbia Valley, U.S.A.
$16.95 (Vintages #263418)   13.9% alcohol

A range of fresh fruit forward flavours: plums, blackberries, a few black peppercorns thrown into the mix dominate this lovely wine. Medium bodied with light tannins, the red wine has great structure and balance. I’m saving this one for a rib roast, but if there happens to be beef kebobs on the bbq one night – temptation is so hard to resist.

A little note on the Columbia Valley Winery.  It  was founded in 1962 by a group of 10 friends who realized the potential for wine growing in Washington State. The group realized that the territory had the same latitude as Europe’s best growing wine regions. Merlot originated in the Bordeaux region of France and is now the most widely planted varietal in North America.


Trapiche Fincas Las Palmas Cabernet SauvignonTrapiche Fincas Las Palmas Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Mendoza, Argentina
$16.95 (Vintages # 143206) 14.5% alcohol

Confident, big black fruit aromas, fruity but not sweet, bona dry with medium tannins, lots of flavour and structure on the palate. A little Cabernet Franc was blended with the wine; after tastes of leather and pencil shavings. This is one delicious fabulous tasting wine and I have put it on my July 5 calendar with stars. I was sitting with 4 other product consultants from the LCBO and this wine “wowed”us all. Now that’s a pretty good recommendation.


GRAND TOTAL – $87.75 

…look what I’ve saved you, let me know if you find another wine for $12.25





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