LCBO Sale Wine of the Week: June 27

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Malivoire Ladybug Rosé (Niagara, Ontario)

Sale $15.95, Regular $16.95
Discount (until July 22): $1.00
Vintages #559088 | 750 mL bottle

Tastes like: Fresh cherry, strawberry, gooseberry with hints of rose and red licorice.
Pairs with: Chicken wings, pizza, charcuterie and cheeses… easy things. Lightly grilled fare will shine.
Good for: Canada Day long weekend… or any long weekend. Or any weekend. Also great for daily drinking.
Alcohol: 12.5%
Drink: Now to 2020.

Why we're drinking this
Not just because this wine won a 2018 Ontario Wine Award — full disclosure I was a judge at this blind tasting — we love this wine and have been a loyal fan from day one. It’s a fridge staple both at home and at the cottage. Winemaker Shiraz Mottiar makes four different rosés, each lovely and unique in its own right. The Ladybug is the “biggest” of the bunch, with deep salmon colour and a fuller body and texture. It’s a dry wine, but has a small amount of residual sugar, which is the sugar content leftover after fermentation. (All wines have a little bit.) This lends texture, a dash of sweetness (but not so’s you’d notice, really) and fleshes out the fruit flavours. This is a wonderful wine, straight up.

Tasting note
Fresh perfume of wild berries, cherry and flowery meadow. Soft attack in the mouth, with cascading flavours of strawberry, cherry, citrus and gooseberry. Generously ripe fruit, lovely soft texture, and just enough acidity to keep it all bright and easy. Such a pretty wine in the glass, too, especially if you’re outside in the sunshine. Enjoy on its own or with fun foods like chicken wings, pizza, a board of cheese and meats. Tip: buy at least two bottles so you don’t run out. Maybe buy more if you’re drinking this with a friend…

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