February 22, 2019

LCBO Sale of the Week: February 27th

 

Chateau Timberlay Bordeaux Superieur AOC (Bordeaux, France)

Sale $14.95, Regular $16.95
Discount (until March 2nd): $2.00
Vintages # 30072 | 750 mL bottle

Tastes like: Blackberry, cherry and cedar. This is accompanied with soft leather and a little bit of delicious earth. It is a tasty Bordeaux.
Pairs with: Rack of lamb with blackberry sauce, veal shank, ribeye, mushroom risotto.
Good for: Taking Wednesday night to the next level. Movie, date or bowling night. You can decide. 
Alcohol: 13.5%
Drink: Now to 2022

Why we're drinking this
It’s a modern Bordeaux style, made predominantly with Merlot, so it’s approachable and easy to drink. It delivers a textbook Bordeaux character — elegance, lean structure, tannins and precise berry fruit — that’s great for meaty meals. It is an easy wine for sipping.

Tasting note
Deep ruby red. With tight aromas of candied red fruit, leather, vanilla and a hint of spice. A very dry wine, with bright fruit and zesty acidity. It’s lean but generous. A good wine for lamb chops, bavette and burgers.It’s bold, and might in fact clear your blocked airways.

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February 12, 2019

LCBO Sale of the Week: February 13th

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Food Truck Wines Shiraz (Australia)

Sale $12.95, Regular $14.95
Discount (until March 2nd): $2.00
Vintages # 545608 | 750 mL bottle

Tastes like: Ripe blackberries, blood plum with hints of dry herbs and pepper.
Pairs with: Pizza, pasta with tomato sauce, cured meats & slow-cooked meals.
Good for: For Family Day get togethers accompanied by laughter and cheer. There’s nothing quite like a beautiful Australian Shiraz.
Alcohol: 14%
Drink: Now to 2023

Why we're drinking this
This wine is a great value that is easy drinking and smooth. Food Truck wines are designed to reflect the Australian cuisine and lifestyle. Australian wines are becoming popular with consumers and this demonstrates the reason for their increasing popularity. Food Truck wines created a knock out with this vintage, it has a nice balance and is consistent through its long finish. Taste for yourself—there’s something there.

Tasting note
Blood plum and blackberries on the nose, and more on the palate. You’ll get a whiff of spicy oak. This is a straightforward wine. No surprises—except that it’s so good. It is not elegant, but still a bit wild. This is a wine that makes you take notice.

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January 30, 2019

LCBO Sale of the Week: January 30th

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The Vinecrafter Cabernet Sauvignon (South Africa)

Sale $8.95, Regular $$9.95
Discount (until February 2): $1.00
Vintages #553867 | 750 mL bottle

Tastes like: Big, big, big berry and plum fruit, vanilla and coffee with a hint of toast/smoke.
Pairs with: Short rib, lamb chop, beef burgers & braised brisket.
Good for: Sipping away while you make dinner. So we think you had better grab two bottles.
Alcohol: 14%
Drink: Now

Why we're drinking this
This is a winter wine because, if you taste carefully enough, you can pick up those lovely sweet spices like clove, cinnamon, and allspice that make you dream of snowy evenings. Grab your wine skin and fill it up with a rich, warming mix of cherry, plum, and blackberry, with a definite nutty and toasty backbeat. The tannins are soft and the finish is smooth. This is good with food—or just a bowl of nuts, a wood stove and a warm puppy on your lap.

Tasting note

This is a juicy wine with a formidable structure. You’ll find aromas and flavours of blackberries, blueberries and dark plum, and savory notes of black tea and black olive. It’s got some weight in the mouth and soft tannins, this is a good thing. The wine will stand up to and enhance foods with big flavours and textures. We say it’s pretty darn good right now.

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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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