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

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Are you off to the LCBO to pick up the latest releases from Vintages this weekend?  Look no further, we have you covered. This is a surreal moment…the person who began my wine soaked journey – Vic Haradine – called me and asked if he could write a blog or two for us! Without hesitation, I said yes…and gave him $100 to spend at Vintages. Well, not the hard cold cash, rather the goal to find wines in this release that would tally to be no more than $100.

Vic knows his wines. He was one of the pillars of the Algonquin Sommelier Program (and my Wine Tasting 101 instructor), he is a wine judge and does countless wine reviews under his banner – winecurrent.com

LCBO Vintages Magazine Aug 22Here is Vic’s If I had $100…I would buy these wines at Vintages:

This release is chockfull of quality wine with many at attractive prices. I’m feeling very fortunate to have a great deal of choice in the quest to find high-quality wine with a favourable price-quality ratio.

With $100 in my pocket, I chose four whites and two red wines – one each from Canada, Austria, South Africa, Italy and two from Australia. Warm weather is still with us so numerous opportunities to drink and enjoy white wine. Your barbecue grill and red wine is a match made in heaven. This wide assortment may entice you out of your usual hunting grounds, and that can be good thing.

For those interested in knowing only the wine, the price and how it smells, feels and tastes, it’ll be a lightening quick read. If you’re interested in knowing a bit more about the wine, winery, possibly the grapes involved, it will still be a short read, but should enhance your understanding and hopefully enjoyment of each wine. If you read and consider each one, purchase a couple or more and enjoy them… mission accomplished!

Cheers!
Vic

 

If I had $100, I would buy these wines at LCBO Vintages…
Saturday August 22, 2015

 

Featherstone 4 Feathers 2014 Riesling BlendFeatherstone Estates ‘Four Feathers’ 2014

VQA Niagara Peninsula, Canada
$14.95 (341586) 12.0% alcohol

The Skinny –This off-dry white blend delivers a wash of tropical fruit, lemon-pie filling and grilled pineapple. It’s medium-full bodied with a long, textured, balanced aftertaste. Pick up a few to sip or pour with lighter appetizers or spicy Asian cuisine.

More – Featherstone is family owned and managed, producing carefully crafted, well-made wine from sustainably farmed fruit; the quality-price balance tips in your favour.

 

Lenz Moser Prestige Gruner VeltlinerLenz Moser ‘Prestige’ Grüner Veltliner 2013

Qualitätswein, Niederösterreich, Austria
$13.95 (71233) 12.5% alcohol

The Skinny – Floral, spice and notions of lemongrass on the nose, this dishes up a lovely mouthful of ripe tropical fruit, yellow peach and plum on the palate and fruit-filled finish. Sip this white wine on its own or serve well chilled with spicy Asian cuisine.

More – This is unique Grüner Veltliner with very little tang and acidity, it’s quite attractive & will find many admirers. Qualitätswein is a step up from a Landwein designation; Niederösterreich is the premium & largest Grüner growing area in Austria.

 

MAN Vintners Free Run Steen Chenin BlancMAN Vintners ‘Free-Run Steen’ Chenin Blanc 2014

WO Coastal Region, South Africa
$13.95 (126847) 13.5% alcohol

The Skinny – This white has loads of lemon citrus notes with notions of orchard fruit on the nose. It streaks over the palate with a fairly balanced river of ripe pineapple and lemon-lime yoghurt and notes of tangy orange. There’s a snappy, crisp finish. Serve with prawn ceviche or pan-seared fish.

More – Steen was the name of a grape first planted in South Africa in the 1600s from unknown European cuttings. It was eventually identified as being identical to Chenin Blanc from Loire Valley, France. MAN is the acronym from the first names of wives owning this winery—Marie, Anette, Nicky.

 

Willow Bridge Dragon Fly Sauvignon Blanc SemillonWillow Bridge Estate ‘Dragonfly’ Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon 2014

Geographe, Western Australia
$16.95 (418368) 12.3% alcohol

The Skinny – Citrus and grassy aromas give way to a crisp wash of racy lemon-lime and white grapefruit joining ripe nectarine and tropical fruit on the palate. It has good mouth feel and oodles of charm. Serve with grilled seafood or steamed mussels.

More – This white blend is signature Australian, although Geographe—two hours south of Perth—is a relatively new wine area, established in 1999. The maritime climate, with a cool afternoon sea breeze, makes it an ideal growing area. Family owned and managed, Willow Bridge Estate has 150 acres under vine.

 

Castelliani Filicheto Vino Nobile di Montipulciano 2011Castellani Filicheto Vino Nobile Di Montepulciano 2010

DOCG Vino Nobile Di Montepulciano, Italy
$19.95 (184937) 13.5% alcohol

The Skinny – Involved aromas of savory spice, red and black currant, grilled herbs and pipe tobacco swirl from the glass. This red wine has a rich, luscious stream of dark berry fruit, juicy black cherry and cassis coat the palate, balanced, beautiful. It’s an elegant, value-laden treat.

More –Vineyards surround the town of Montepulciano tracing its history back 12 centuries, the ‘Nobile’ (know-buh-lay) may stem from a Pope’s cellar master’s quote, ‘wine fit for a Nobleman’. The main grape is Prugnello gentile, a variation of Sangiovese.

 

Turkey Flat Butchers Block Shiraz MourvedreTurkey Flat ‘Butcher’s Block’ Shiraz/Grenache/Mourvèdre 2012

Barossa Valley, South Australia
$19.95 (90241) 14.5% alcohol

The Skinny – Aromas of mocha, cedar and black cherry unleash a structured, balanced and elegant flow of ripe mulberry, mixed spice and mocha. This is deftly balanced red wine showcasing polished tannin, purity of fruit and a lingering, dry, fruity finish.

More – Some of the fruit in here was sourced from 1847, non-irrigated, bush vines. Turkey Flat is family owned and world renowned, still retaining its artisan ways producing only 20,000 cases annually.

Grand Total: $99.70

 

 

 

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