LCBO Sale Pick of the Week: May 1

We want you to drink only good wine. And to never overpay. Since our kwäf Taste Buds are drinking all the time anyway—we mean, tasting all the time—we’re happy to pick out the super star values and pass them on to you. One good wine at a time, just because we care. Find these wines on sale at the LCBO, and enjoy!  Sign up to receive weekly picks.

Cusumano 2013 Nero d’Avola (Sicily, Italy)

Sale $9.85, Regular $10.85
Discount (until May 25): $1.00
LCBO #143164 | 750 mL bottle

Tastes like: Cherry, a little blue/blackberry, a hint of tobacco and some nice vanilla-sweet spice.
Pairs with: Something from a smoky grill, savoury cheese, deli sandwich
Good for: General quaffing, binging on Games of Thrones, or listening to the new Pixies album. A nice all-rounder.
Drink this: Now.
Alcohol: 14%

Why we're drinking this
Full marks to Cusumano for using glass stoppers instead of those environmentally disastrous (and esthetically egregious) plastic corks. The wine is good too, and has been consistent vintage to vintage over the past several years. Well, that’s Sicily for you—reliably warm weather and few surprises at harvest. At this price point—and on sale at that—you can’t do much better.

Tasting note
The nose is really nice, with forward cherry and blackberry. There’s an underlying savoury note, a whiff of dried thyme and tobacco. It’s a full-bodied wine to be sure, but has a certain lightness, even with 14% alcohol. The tannins are soft, making it a good sipper. It stands on its own, proudly. If need a new house wine, this is it!

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Cusumano 2013 Nero d’Avola | kwäf LCBO Pick May 1

This week's selection by kwäf Taste Bud  Dick Snyder