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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October 10, 2018

LCBO Sale of the Week: October 10

The Wanted Zin Old Vines Zinfandel IGT (Puglia, Italy)

Sale $12.95, Regular $$14.95
Discount (until October 14th): $2.00
Vintages #416487 | 750 mL bottle

Tastes like: These supple, savoury flavours are even more pleasing at this eye-catching price. Full-bodied with stewed fruits and accents of blueberry and raisin flavours. A round presence with a sweet core that is infused with baking spices and toasted coconut.
Pairs with: Chill this wine and fire up the grill; burgers are a perfect match.
Good for: Enjoying the last few days of the heat wave. This is a versatile wine for casual or formal dinners. But feel free to go deep with a great big juicy burger on a Wednesday night.
Alcohol: 14.5%
Drink: Now to 2019

Why we're drinking this
The label alone draws you in; it looks like a poster that would be nailed to a tree in the Wild West, complete with the description "Carefully Matured in American Oak." The vintage also suggests the likelihood of a ‘youthful roughness’. The Wanted Zin is a big and powerful wine. It is fun to drink, and the components vary from vintage to vintage. It’s just the right way the enjoy the evenings.

Tasting note
Full-bodied. Deep ruby in colour, releasing dried fruit, cherry, plum, blueberry, and spice; rounded mouthfeel with a juicy mid-palate filled with flavours of dried fruit, mulberry, herbs, and spice. Forceful on the palate. Smooth, with a good overall balance, offering spicy tones and a lengthy finish.

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October 03, 2018

LCBO Sale of the Week: October 3rd

Wolf Blass Yellow Label Chardonnay(Australia)

Sale $13.45, Regular $$15.95
Discount (until October 14th): $2.50
Vintages #226860 | 750 mL bottle

Tastes like: An easy white wine packed with enticing aromas of stone fruits, medium-bodied on the palate with a soft rich texture, refined oak, and a lingering finish.
Pairs with: That rich seafood, egg dishes, chicken, turkey, pork, creamy pasta, nuts, root vegetables, and pumpkin.
Good for: Propelling lively conversation during family time, dancing to your favorite tunes while getting Thanksgiving dinner ready, and of course cozying up by the fireplace with Netflix.
Alcohol: 13%
Drink: Now to 2020

Why we're drinking this
This fun mash-up of a white grape is a unique kind of juice. It has that sense of playfulness that we love with extra originality. You get the rich texture with hints of pineapple and lemon notes of Chardonnay. It’s an all-out taste treat.

Tasting note
Full bodied. Bright yellow-gold in colour, releasing a rich, intense tropical flavourand buttery oak aroma, with a trace of citrus. Forceful on the palate. Smooth, with a good overall balance, offering spicy tones and a lengthy finish.

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September 26, 2018

LCBO Sale of the Week: September 26

Fat Bastard Syrah Pays D'OC (South of France, France)

Sale $12.95, Regular $$14.95
Discount (until October 14th): $2.00
Vintages #563122 | 750 mL bottle

Tastes like: This juice is medium bodied. On the palate, it is dry with intense berry fruit, this is well balanced by tannin and acidity. Very good length with a dry finish.
Pairs with: Serve with barbecued or smoked meat. Try a smoked turkey!
Good for: When you need something to add to those savoury foods for your fall harvest or seasonal celebratory table. The wilder the better!
Alcohol: 13%
Drink: Now to 2020

Why we're drinking this
You know that first walk in the woods just as the leaves are turning for the fall season and the air is fresh and crisp? That sense that life starts all over again when the crisp air touches your face? This wine is like that. It's alive, brimming with earthiness and woodsy tones. It's a big wine so get ready. It needs big food, with lots of protein and fat for those tannins to dig into. A true autumn awakened moment.

Tasting note
Medium body. Dark purple in colour, this unlocks a rich, dense bouquet of blackberry, plum, boysenberry, purple violet, and cocoa nib. The lush palate has smooth tannins and good overall balance, with earthy, spicy tones that linger through the finish.

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September 19, 2018

LCBO Sale of the Week: September 19

Malivoire Ladybug Rosé (Ontario, Canada)

Sale $15.95, Regular $$16.95
Discount (until October 14th): $1.00
Vintages #559088 | 750 mL bottle

Tastes like: A light and refreshing palate teaser with a hint of spritz. Zesty wild strawberry and cherry, with bursting citrus notes that ignite your mouth. Its packed with summer sunshine, lime with a frisky finish.
Pairs with: Chill to near 10° C and serve with chicken wings, barbecued poultry or pizza with creamy white sauce.
Good for: That’s right, you don’t have to give up on Rosé with temperatures like this. Great for those afternoons spent enjoying sunshine and laughter with friends.
Alcohol: 12.5%
Drink: Now to 2020

Why we're drinking this
It’s no wonder it’s one of Ontario’s most popular Rosés. This is a blend of Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir, and Gamay grapes, this is a refreshing food friendly wine that can only be explained as tasty.

Tasting note
Aromas and flavours imply grapefruit, strawberry, gooseberry and candied fruits with a fresh, dry finish.

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September 12, 2018

LCBO Sale of the Week: September 12

Montes Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon (Colchagua Valley, Chile)

Sale $16.95, Regular $$19.95
Discount (until September 16th): $3.00
Vintages #322586 | 750 mL bottle

Tastes like: A refined cedary French oak with ripe berry flavours, lingering on the finish. It is deep, tannic and chewy it would be best to let it breathe before drinking.
Pairs with: Fortunately, we still have grilling weather, highly recommend this with red meat. Want to try something sweet instead? Dark chocolate will do.
Good for: This is a restrained powerhouse of a wine that needs a good breath of oxygen to reach full expression. Decanting or swirling for at least five minutes in your glass is recommended. For a fairly serious dinner — this wine should impress and give them something to talk about!
Alcohol: 14%
Drink: Now to 2022

Why we're drinking this
Winemaker Aurelio Montes has won Winemaker of the Year twice and we can see why with this juice, making a rich and heavy selection a great value. A ripe and stunning ruby color with intense fruit and nutmeg flavours! It is sophisticated, and will undoubtedly thrill.

Tasting note
Full-bodied. It is well balanced, a ruby red colour, with traces of dill, smoke and deep fruit. The traditional cassis fruit, amid chocolate and herbal notes.

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