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


LCBO Magazine Nov 14The LCBO Vintages release on November 14 focusses on “Star Quality” and “Ports”. Neither feature needs explanation except to say the star quality wines featured in this release are too pricey for my budget.

But I thought it’s time we started stocking up for the Christmas season and putting a few gems aside that don’t get finished in one sitting. A nice variety of Ports never goes amiss and there’s some star quality here to finish not one but several dinner parties with panache.



If I had $100, I would buy these wines at LCBO Vintages…
Saturday November 14, 2015


Forté 2007Forté 2007

VQA Niagara Peninsula
$16.95 (Vintages # 361758) 18% alcohol

This was a delightful surprise to add to my basket for many “after dinners”. A pretty pale ruby, almost mahogany in colour, this light to medium bodied vintage port is nothing to scoff at. The grapes are a blend of Cabernet and Merlot with a pinch of Syrah thrown in.

Sweet but not cloying, dried cherry flavours, spiced nuts with a hint to toasted hazelnuts; it’s one nice sip. I always think of Portugal as “port” land where it is supposedly named after the city of Oporto harbour and for this price point it’s going to be a great new addition to my spirits cupboard.


Loosen Bros. Dr. L Riesling 2014Loosen Bros. Dr. L Riesling 2014

Qualitätswein, Germany
$13.95 (Vintages #599274) 8.5% alcohol

The Mosel’s steep, south facing slopes are the perfect climate for Riesling. Although generally cool conditions the vines are given full exposure to the sun. The grapes ripen slowly which offers bright acidity to the slightly off-dry white wine. The Dr. Loosen estate has been family owned and operated for over 200 years so they’ve had lots of time to get it right. Medium bodied and fruity, this white wine would be a great match for a spicy curry or an afternoon sipper.

Taylor Fladgate Fine White PortTaylor Fladgate Fine White Port

DOP, Portugal
$15.95 (Vintages #69856) 20% alcohol

This deep peach coloured wine must be the new “white”. It reminded me of a dry sherry but had flavours of rich baked apples. There is texture and the expression of toasted almonds and molasses in the long warm finish of this port, almost akin to a bittersweet honey. It makes for a great aperitif or a lovely drink on its own or over ice.


Lustau East India Solera SherryLustau East India Solera Sherry

DO, Spain
$24.95 (Vintages #342931) 20% alcohol

If you could purée creme brûlée and put it in a glass, it wouldn’t be a far notion from this creamy sherry. Dark golden in colour, it is delicious. Silky smooth with some Christmas spice and an underlying seam of acidity on the finish. It reminded me of butter pecan pie – rich and satisfying, especially for those who are prone to sweeter wines. I would serve this as a desert wine with any of the above possibilities or on ice for an afternoon delight.


Segura Viudas Brut Reserva Heredad CavaSegura Viudas Brut Reserva Heredad Cava

DO, Spain
$29.95 (Vintages # 558825)

This lovely Cava integrates a selection of Macabeo and Parallada grapes into an exciting sparkling white. Rich in flavour but not on sweetness, lots of fresh apples and apricot aromas and flavours from nose to palate to finish. In the LCBO Vintages publication for 14 November, another Savvy sommelier, Susan Desjardins, gave this 4.5 stars (out of 5) and wrote “Displays depth and lovely balance, intense aromas of pear, citrus and toasted butter pastry entice.. dry, bright and fresh….”   I couldn’t have said it better so thought I would quote Susan.

The bottle also offers great bling for the table with an attractive silver embossing on the bottle and a wine coaster cradling the bottom. It would make a fabulous gift since you get to enjoy the wine and have a decorative coaster for afterwards. Talk about 2 gifts in one, how much fun is that?

GRAND TOTAL – $101.75



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