January 16, 2019

LCBO Sale of the Week: January 16th

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Smoking Loon Old Vine Zinfandel (California, USA)

Sale $13.95, Regular $$15.95
Discount (until February 2): $2.00
Vintages #272393 | 750 mL bottle

Tastes like: Juicy with plum, raspberry and mocha aromas. On the palate, cherry, pomegranate and clove dominate.
Pairs with: Pizza, pasta with tomato sauce, cured meats,  and a smoke cheddar cheese.
Good for: An Italian-style family meal. 
Alcohol: 14%
Drink:  Now to 2020

Why we're drinking this
This value is coming straight from California, it is astounding and there’s no doubt that this wine showcases its pure Californian roots. California wines have their own identity, savoury quality and a silky smoothness that is irresistible. You’ll want to drink this wine now, but you could age it a few years too.

Tasting note

This is a classic with a great value! Made to drink with a plate of antipasto while the pizza cooks or pasta boils, then takes you and the famiglia straight through the main course. It’s not overly fancy, just good, honest vino.

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December 19, 2018

LCBO Sale of the Week : December 19th

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Rodney Strong Estate Russian River Valley Pinot Noir (California, USA)

Sale $23.95, Regular $$26.95
Discount (until January 6th): $3.00
Vintages #954834 | 750 mL bottle

Tastes like: Juicy with dark chocolate tones, velvety blackberries, and plum, accompanied with a nice woodsy, savoury kick.
Pairs with: Just about anything you would like to eat with a big red, from soups and stews to a fatty steak.
Good for: Sipping or noshing. Casual or formal. Fun or serious. Day or night. You get the point. 
Alcohol: 13.5%
Drink:  Now to 2020

Why we're drinking this
This value is coming straight from California, it is astounding and there’s no doubt that this wine showcases its pure Californian roots. California wines have their own identity, savoury quality and a silky smoothness that is irresistible. You’ll want to drink this wine now, but you could age it a few years too.

Tasting note

Enjoy this wine for its gorgeous perfume of blackberries, ripe cherry, and vanilla (that’s some nice oak there). In the mouth, you’ll get juicy blackberry and plum backed with savoury dried herbs, more vanilla and a little smoke. What’s nice about this wine is that its serious stuff, but it’s so fun to drink, that you don’t need to get all cerebral about it. This is a perfect wine down Wednesday treat. Cheers to that!

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December 05, 2018

LCBO Sale of the Week : December 5th

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Featherstone Joy Premium Cuvée Sparkling Rosé 2016 (Ontario, Canada)

Sale $26.95, Regular $$29.95
Discount (until January 6th): $2.00
Vintages #450700 | 750 mL bottle

Tastes like: Lots of fruitful flavours in this bottle, but it’s also cheerful and elegant on the palate. Strawberry with some raspberry and sweet cherry tones.
Pairs with: Pairs perfectly with kisses and canoodling with your loved ones this time of year. We also suggest some grilled salmon or your favourite seafood dish.
Good for: Making big decisions. Like, should you have another piece of that pumpkin pie?
Alcohol: 11.5%
Drink: Frequently. (But responsibly.)

Why we're drinking this
We’ve got a weak spot for all bubbles, but this sparkler is serious when we suggest that this is a necessary bottle to have on hand. Whether you are gathering with friends, toasting the New Year or simply want to turn a chilly winter day into a celebration, there's nothing like popping open the perfect sparkling wine. It’s delicate and finessed, superbly balanced and delightful. This is quality, at a great price. Now, for two bucks off, you can stock up.

Tasting note
As you might expect, this pink sparkling wine is flavourful! Ripe strawberries with a shot of tang at the core. This is medium weight and it sure does go down easy, so beware.

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November 28, 2018

LCBO Sale of the week: November 28th

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Creekside Sauvignon Blanc (Ontario, Canada)

Sale $13.95, Regular $$15.95
Discount (until December 2nd): $2.00
Vintages #620724 | 750 mL bottle

Tastes like: The wine just zings, but it’s also elegant and lovely on the palate. Bright citrus with key lime, tropical passion fruit, grapefruit and cut grass.
Pairs with: Spicy chicken skewers, coconut shrimp, toasted nuts or potato chips.
Good for: Pre-dinner drinks or a cocktail alternative. Serve it cool, not cold.
Alcohol: 11.5%
Drink: Now

Why we're drinking this
Great bottle to have on hand for holiday drop-ins and entertaining. Its wild shock of fruit, razor-sharp acidity, and grab-you-by-the-jugular flavours are instant refreshments and happy juice. I would say sensational solo but also an easy choice with salty finger food.

Tasting note
Full-throttle refreshment here. Zips across the palate like a thing possessed. The intense lime core is shot through with tropical flavours. This is light and crisp, concentrated, kwäffable and sure to please.

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November 21, 2018

LCBO Sale of the Week : November 22nd

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Michael David 7 Deadly Zins Old Vine Zinfandel (California, USA)

Sale $23.95, Regular $$26.95
Discount (until December 2nd): $3.00
Vintages #59311 | 750 mL bottle

Tastes like: Red and black berries, black cherries, wood spice, vanilla, and dusty earth. Nice texture, dry and easy drinking.
Pairs with: This juice is made for meat-based dishes. This time of year is meant for indulging, so we suggest red-sauces, pizza, meatballs, bavette, steak pie, or hard cheese.
Good for: Geeking out on your favourite holiday music, Black Friday shopping online, or pondering Holiday renovations before relatives arrive.
Alcohol: 14.5%
Drink: Now to 2022

Why we're drinking this
It’s cold outside and a big wine just makes sense. 7 Deadly Zins is full and rich, just what we want this time of the year. It is turbo-charged to 14.5% — which can be a little much under normal circumstances but makes sense during this busy and hectic Holiday season. There are a lot of fruit and structure here to keep things in balance. It is about authenticity, and this is simply good stuff.

Tasting note
It is rich, pretty on the nose with cherry, blackberries, oak spice, and vanilla. A lot of complexity for the price! A very dry wine, but generous with fruit and spice.There is a nice dusty, leafy quality that most red wine-lovers are enamored with. Packed with fruit and nice texture, it’s a real good sipper. The tannins are present but smooth, with just enough heft to take on a cheesy or fatty dish, or even a big steak. We enjoy it best with easygoing foods like pizza, pasta, charcuterie, etc.

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November 14, 2018

LCBO Sale of the Week : November 14th

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Deinhard Green Label Riesling, Mosel (Germany)

Sale $9.95, Regular $11.95
Discount (until December 2nd): $2.00
Vintages #8094 | | 750 mL bottle

Tastes like: Pure and inviting fresh apple, melon, pear, melon and a kick of tropical fruit. This soft and off-dry wine has lower alcohol making for easy drinking.
Pairs with: Serve this wine chilled with shellfish or white meat, we suggest a little bit of spice to heat it up. How about jerk chicken tonight?
Good for: Weekday dinners when you want good wine, but u don’t feel like breaking out the big guns.
Alcohol: 10%
Drink: Now, or over the next year.

Why we're drinking this
This Riesling is a consistent bottle for a great value. It has an incredibly precise profile — apple and stone fruit flavours, bright acidity, a wet-stone steeliness, clean finish — and yet it’s a wine with infinite variability. You’ll be rewarded with a wonderful green apple, melon and slightly savoury and herbal notes (lime pitch, sage, thyme). The texture is light, but it’s present on your palate. A solid 89 points, maybe 90, so grab this one while you can!

Tasting note
Very pretty; fresh fruit nose leads your palate to flavours of fresh apple, pear, melon and a hint of tropical fruit. Supple and fleshy for such a low-alcohol wine, with a nice lemon acidic structure to balance things out. It’s refreshing and inviting, finishing nice and dry with a kiss of vanilla.

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November 07, 2018

LCBO Sale of the Week: November 7th

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Casillero del Diablo Reserva Devil's Collection Red (Rapel Valley, Chile)

Sale $13.95, Regular $15.95
Discount (until November 11th): $2.00
Vintages #436956 | 750 mL bottle

Tastes like: This is a smooth and fruitful juice, with strong aromas of cherry and dark chocolate. With a touch of vanilla, oak and jammy flavours.
Pairs with: We suggest tomato-based pasta dishes, game meat, and hard cheeses.
Good for: An occasion. This isn’t a stuffy wine, but it deserves some considered accompaniments and your undivided attention. Decanting seems in order; give it some room to strut.
Alcohol: 13.5%
Drink: Now to 2020

Why we're drinking this
The Devil’s cellar brings you a premium selection with a great value. The winery tells us “shrouded in the mystery of the legendary Casillero del Diablo cellar, created under a veil of secrecy, and devised at the complete discretion of our winemaker, this exclusive wine is revealed at last to be as captivating as the magic of its famed cellar.” It is very youthful and this bottle will improve with age. It is simply delicious.

Tasting note
Red ruby hues and aromas of succulent plums and blackberries. Medium-bodied, on the palate it is well balanced and has a smooth texture and good acidity. This unique wine has a combination of ripeness and elegance that delivers a high impact.

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October 31, 2018

LCBO Sale of the Week: October 31st

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Ménage à Trois Silk Red Blend (California, USA)

Sale $15.95, Regular $17.95
Discount (until November 11th): $2.00
Vintages #462853 | 750 mL bottle

Tastes like: Pretty and powerful berry fruits, cherry, hints of floral and spice. A touch of sweet, spicy oak, and a silky finish.
Pairs with: Just about anything you like. We suggest textured foods, like risotto, stews, braised meats and pasta.
Good for: We would say, just drink it. If you need an excuse, try a good book, a warm dog, a toasty fireplace - leisurely things.
Alcohol: 13.5%
Drink: Now to 2020

Why we're drinking this
This is one of California's best. The Pinot Noir in the bottle has a seamless cherry flavour, the Malbec makes it soft and the Petite Sirah creates depth. The blend showcases a solid-liquid and the unique fermentation methods used to craft an exquisite textured wine. The grapes were cold soaked, then gently pressed to silky perfection. To further illuminate the wine’s unique texture and flavours, the blend was enhanced with a hint of sweet, spicy French and American oak. So it’s safe to say, you will do almost anything, just for one sip, but lucky for you, you don’t have to.

Tasting note
Red ruby hues; succulent cherries, raspberry, and spice. Full-bodied, with a marvelously smooth mouthfeel, the silk exposes the softer side on the finish. Tremendous value in a warming red wine for fall and winter.

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October 24, 2018

LCBO Sale of the Week: October 24th

Catena Malbec Malbec (Mendoza, Argentina)

Sale $17.95, Regular $19.95
Discount (until November 11th): $2.00
Vintages #478727 | 750 mL bottle

Tastes like: In the mouth, this is a rich and lush juice. On the nose, it is ripe, with dark fruit aromas along with a floral note. It is full-bodied, showcasing a hint of mocha and vanilla, with soft and supple tannins on the finish.
Pairs with: Pot au feu, veal shank, wild boar, charcuterie, or Flintstone steak. Maybe a vintage fuzztone.
Good for:  Cranking up some big guitars — Hendrix, Townshend, Beck — and pushing into sensory overload. Yeah, this wine goes to 11.
Alcohol: 13.5%
Drink: Now to 2022

Why we're drinking this
This Argentinian wine family comes with great history, culture, food and of course wine The Malbec label showcases the history of the grape, starting in France, and how it has developed and now integrated into the culture of Argentina. The Catena family history is in each sip and is a true expression of the land and its people.

Tasting note
Full-bodied. Deep ruby in color, with dark berries and black cherry; on the mid-palate it is filled with flavours of sweet spices, tobacco, and a hint of leather. Smooth on the palate, offering spicy and acidic tones which blend to produce a lengthy finish.

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October 17, 2018

LCBO Sale of the Week October 17th

Sandbanks Sleeping Giant Foch-Baco Noir (Ontario,Canada)

Sale $17.95, Regular $19.95
Discount (until November 11th): $2.00
Vintages #164087 | 750 mL bottle

Tastes like: There’s serious moxie here. The wine has a solid structure, beautifully balanced acidity and soft tannins. It’s showing a hint of requisite earthiness to go with the blackberries, raspberries and vanilla notes, with a velvety richness throughout.
Pairs with: Did someone say baby back ribs? Try it with your favourite southern BBQ sauce. This is a hearty wine, a perfect match with beef stew or spaghetti and meatballs.
Good for: After a long day of working outside, putting your garden to rest. This juice will enhance the fruits of your labour from harvest, showing it off in a savvy way!
Alcohol: 14.5%
Drink: Now to 2020

Why we're drinking this
As the season shifts, this gorgeous hybrid red perfectly compliments the changes that surround us. This blend of Baco and Foch creates a “beautiful rustic red”. An excellent wine that is well worth the price.

Tasting note
Deep ruby with purple hues; aromas of dark plum, blackberry, black cherry, raspberry, coffee and spice. Full body, good acidity and finely structured tannins with dark fruit flavours and toasty oak and vanilla notes.

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