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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September 05, 2018

LCBO Sale Wine of the Week: September 5

Henry Of Pelham Riesling (Ontario, Canada)

Sale $12.95, Regular $$14.95
Discount (until September 16th): $2.00
Vintages #268375 | 750 mL bottle

Tastes like: It’s gratifying and refreshing. With some floral, peach and apricot notes. The wine is light-bodied with a light spritz and subtle sweetness that is balanced by acidity from its citrus flavour.
Pairs with: You will want to enjoy it with some Asian cuisine, it cleanses your palate after each sip. Equally easy to enjoy with roasts, grilled sausages and fish dishes.
Good for: After the hustle and bustle of back to school this week, take some time to savor the downtime. Chill this wine and serve alongside the pool. 
Alcohol: 10.5%
Drink: Now

Why we're drinking this
This exquisite Riesling from the Speck family is a limited production and made to age using the best fruit. This wine has a robust fruit and floral aroma. A fresh and light white wine with a touch of sweetness behind the crisp. It is unquestionably tasteful; you will thank us later.

Tasting note
Medium-bodied and dry. A pale, straw colour, well blended with rose petal citrus, and lemon aroma. This is a light and crisp, but full of fruit flavour.

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August 27, 2018

LCBO Sale Wine of the Week: August 29

Antinori Pèppoli Chianti Classico (Tuscany, Italy)

Sale $17.95, Regular $$19.95
Discount (until September 16th): $2.00
Vintages #606541 | 750 mL bottle

Tastes like: It’s extremely enjoyable, with pure tannins, smooth and savoury on the palate. With some juicy wild cherry, black raspberry and baking spice. The wine exhibits beautiful balance with well-integrated notes of smoke and polished tannins.
Pairs with: You would want to try it with a red meat, game meat, pasta or hearty soups.
Good for: Enjoying this on a cool evening with dinner and classic tunes in the background, we recommend the late Aretha Franklin.
Alcohol: 13%
Drink: Now to 2024.

Why we're drinking this
Tuscany is known without a doubt a wine region that produces some of the most important reds. This wine has an intense berry aroma and great structure. A ripe and fresh red wine with minerals and earth flavors! It is absolutely elegant, a must have. A ripe and fresh red wine with minerals and earth flavors! It is absolutely elegant, a must have.

Tasting note
Medium-bodied. A ruby red color, hints of cherries well blended with touches of chocolate and vanilla. Balanced with cherry, currant, leather and herbal notes, with a round and persistent finish.

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August 21, 2018

LCBO Sale Wine of the Week: August 22

The Beachhouse Sauvignon Blanc (Western Cape, South Africa)

Sale $9.40, Regular $$10.90
Discount (until September 16th): $1.50
Vintages #122390 | 750 mL bottle

Tastes like: A light and refreshing palate teaser, crisp green apple with some citrus that just lights up your mouth. It’s packed with summer sunshine, tropical passion fruit, pineapple and lime with a frisky finish.
Pairs with: Pretty much any seafood dish, even in a creamy white wine sauce. If you want to try it with cheese, try a goat cheese!
Good for: For the days you want to just take it easy. Sitting on the patio, relaxing, then realizing August is truly the Sunday of the summer. You want to make sure you take the time to take it all in.
Alcohol: 13%
Drink: Now to 2020.

Why we're drinking this
A decently priced white wine that makes for very easy drinking, and simply it is purely enjoyable! It's absolutely refreshing on the palate which makes it perfect to enjoy in the summer. For added coolness, drink this sauvignon blanc in a large, chilled wine glass.

Tasting note
Light bodied. Gooseberry aromas, mainly citrus, together with a lively lemon and lime. Balanced on the palate together with fruit, with a crisp and clean finish.

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August 13, 2018

LCBO Sale Wine of the Week: August 15

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Montecillo Rioja DOCa Crianza (Rioja, Spain)

Sale $13.20, Regular $$15.20
Discount (until August 19th): $2.00
Vintages #144493 | 750 mL bottle

Tastes like: On the palate, juicy cherries and a bit of ripe berries, excellent spices, a balsamic note and smooth.
Pairs with: Very good with meat dishes. Try with some grilled lamb chops or grilled smoked sausages.
Good for: Any occasion, even just "Fri-yay!” Invite the neighbours over and let the good times flow!
Alcohol: 13.5%
Drink: Now to 2023.

Why we're drinking this
Having an excellent reputation always leads the way, this wine adds to any celebration this summer! Its fine acidity makes it extremely drinkable with an unmistakable length and aromatic elegance.This 2012 Crianza of Rioja, I can only describe as simply outstanding.

Tasting note
Full bodied. Mature fruit aromas, mainly cherries, together with a subtle oak and licorice. Balanced on the palate together with fruit, mildly acidity and mildly spicy.

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August 08, 2018

LCBO Sale Wine of the Week: August 8th

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2017 Bollini Pinot Grigio (France)

Sale $16.95, Regular $17.75
Discount (until August 19): $1.00
LCBO #951319 | 750 mL bottle

Tastes like: This Pinot Grigio is well balanced, fresh and flavourful. Hints of some riper peachy fruit and wildflower scent, with a honeyed and waxy note to the aromas as well. It is medium-light bodied, lively and a touch sour-edged, with some grapefruit/lemon bitterness. The length is very good.
Pairs with: An excellent aperitif white wine and a great choice for parties because it matches beautifully with a wide range of appetizers, especially fried calamari, turkey breast, grilled chicken, clams and crab.
Good for: When I sip, you sip, we sip! An excellent sipping wine.
Alcohol: 13%
Drink: Now.

Why we're drinking this
In Trentino, the difference between daytime and nighttime temperatures helps create wines that are remarkably fresh and robust in aroma and flavor. Production begins with an immediate pressing of the fruit followed by cold settling. Vinification is carried out at low temperatures in stainless steel tanks to preserve the fresh varietal character of the fruit. This is a Pinot Grigio that shows strong varietal character and solid value.

Tasting note
Bollini Pinot Grigio is styled to show intense varietal aromas with an especially fragrant bouquet and elegant, delicately focused white fruit flavors. The texture is crisp and clean in the mouth, with superb acid balance. Very good length. The palate has a good depth of flavour with ripe apple pear fruit with a buttery texture and mineral balance.

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August 01, 2018

LCBO Sale Wine of the Week: August 1st

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2016 Chateau Saint-Germain Bordeaux Supérieur AOC (France)

Sale $14.75, Regular $16.75
Discount (until August 19): $2.00
LCBO #152587 | 750 mL bottle

Tastes like: Beautiful ruby red colour. A fine and expressive nose with aromas of cassis, violet and spices including cloves, cinnamon and liquorice. Round and concentrated in the mouth with a good structure, soft tannin with a long fruity finish
Pairs with: Perfect with grilled meat and cheese
Good for: Too good not to share. Best enjoyed with friends with some grilled favs.
Alcohol: 14%
Drink: Now.

Why we're drinking this
The château was bought by the Weber family in the 50s, before winemaking this family specialized in the cultivation of oranges in north Africa.This Bordeaux offering was pleasant surprise! Not an overly complex wine. It is well balance and easy to drink. Mild fruit flavours of sour cherry and raspberry, with stronger fresh herbal flavours of tarragon and rosemary.

Tasting note
Clear medium ruby colour; black cherry and currant with light oak spice aromas; medium body, dry wine, cherry fruit and oak spice flavours to finish.

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July 26, 2018

LCBO Sale Wine of the Week: July 26

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Cono Sur Bicicleta Viognier (Chile)

Sale $13.75, Regular $15.25
Discount (until August 19): $1.50
LCBO #189415 | 750 mL bottle

Tastes like: A bright Viognier with apricot, peach and orange aromas together with a fresh stone fruit palate
Pairs with: This is the perfect wine to serve with many Chinese dishes, particularly sweet and sour chicken or prawn
Good for: For the perfect date night under the stars.
Alcohol: 13.5%
Drink: Now.

Why we're drinking this
After just over a decade, Cono Sur's original claim, 'No Family Trees, No Dusty Bottles, Just Quality Wine' continues to inspire us in quality, innovation, style and creativity. Cono Sur continues to push the boundaries of winemaking in Chile. Abundant sunlight, hot days, cool nights and irrigation water coming directly from pure thawed Andean snow contribute to the production of the aromatically rich, pure and potential filled grapes.

Tasting note
Pale gold colour; tropical fruit aromas with melon, peach and orange blossom notes; dry, medium bodied, with great acidity and flavours of grapefruit, peach, green apple and pineapple; good length on the finish.

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July 18, 2018

LCBO Sale Wine of the Week: July 18

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Wyndham Estate Bin 555 Shiraz (Australia)

Sale $13.75, Regular $15.25
Discount (until July 22): $1.50
LCBO #189415 | 750 mL bottle

Tastes like: The blues! Blueberry, black berry, cassis … with sweet spice and generous plum and fig.
Pairs with: Southern BBQ, burgers, steaks, grilled veg, osso buco, Indian flavours, roti, mushroom risotto.
Good for: Sending the kids off to camp with a hearty “cheers!”
Alcohol: 14.4%
Drink: Now.

Why we're drinking this
Here’s a nice, fresh tasting Aussie Shiraz that has that requisite generosity of fruit that we’ve all come to know and love. Well, most of us. Truth is, Aussie Shiraz — the more commercial brands, anyway — became a bit of a caricature of themselves through the early 2000s. They became over-done: flabby, soft, over-ripe. But the winds are changing again, and astute winemakers are pulling back from the “big and bold and rich” camp and instilling some elegance into their wines. Even at this price point. Wyndham has always been a favourite estate of ours and they continue to make solid, very pretty, Shiraz.

Tasting note
Lots of ripe black and blue fruit aromas: blackberry, blueberry, plum and black cherry. There’s some delicate spice on the nose too, and soft leather. Really very pretty. The palate is generous, very fruity and delicious. More black fruit and spice. It’s dry, but there’s some residual sugar that lends texture and flavour. This is a nice big wine for people who love big wines, but in fact it exhibits a level of complexity and elegance that is rare at this price. Well done!

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