If I had $100…I would buy at LCBO Vintages
Did you get a chance to catch the LCBO Vintages release for July 11? Savvy Company highlights some favourites from last weekend’s selection!
The LCBO Vintages release for July 11 focuses on Cool Climate Chardonnay’s, wines from Spain and more Flagship In Store Discoveries (ISD). It’s so easy to find new discoveries with every LCBO release especially this time of year when sitting outside on the patio is everyone’s favourite pass-time…browse through the magazine then off to shop!
Ontario also celebrates Cool Climate Chardonnay (dare I say festival?) from July 17-19 in St.Catherines at various venues including local wineries. Everything from Ontario’s best cuisine to tasting dozens of the region’s finest Chardonnays.
I attended the celebration several years ago when it was held at the Tawse Winery. It might be time for a return trip.
Summertime and the living is easy.
If I had $100, I would buy these wines at LCBO Vintages…
VQA Niagara Peninsula
$16.95 (Vintages #426551) 12% alcohol
Many years ago, my husband and I visited Sunnybrook Wine Farm and were literally blown away by the vast array of fruit wines. I recall bringing plum and pear wines home to serve with Thanksgiving dinner. They were bone dry but very fruity. The winery produces a huge array of fruit wines that reflect all the ripe fruit grown in the Niagara region. This peach wine is new to LCBO Vintages, medium weight and would be nice over ice as an aperitif served with some soft cheese. It was downright peachy!
Maule Valley, Chile
$17.95 (Vintages #417493) 14.9% alcohol
A first class Chard. from the Maule Valley. Tropical heady fruits, smooth as silk on the palate, robust layers of pineapple, mango and almonds. A full bodied white wine, rounded with a pinch of sweet spice on the finish.
VQA Beamsville Bench, Niagara Peninsula
$18.95 (Vintages #256552) 12% alcohol
An easy going Chardonnay that is perfect for the summer. Tropical fruits, yellow and green apples abound in the aromas of this white wine. On the palate are suggestions of almonds, pineapple, apricots and a little butter. Medium to full bodied, it is mouth filling with deliciousness with a long finish of fruits and toast. On its own or with some grilled chicken or salmon, it’s one fine wine.
Rosehall Run Cuvée County Pinot Noir 2011
VQA Prince Edward County
$22.95 (Vintages #225748) 12.% alcohol
I’m always a fan of Rosehall wines! Winemaker Dan Sullivan does not disappoint with this delicate but complex Pinot Noir. Gentle and silky on the palate, aromas of cranberry and sour cherries with tastes of ripe cherries and some raspberry. It’s soft but rounded, lots of body and interest and you could serve this with anything from light fish to steak or burgers. A versatile red wine with soft tannins and just plain yummy.
$19.95 (Vintages #723478) 14.5 % alcohol
Ripe plums and blackberries, dark and inky, another rich dark Malbec that is a must for the grill. Juicy and rich, full bodied with soft tannins. Also aged in a oak, this red wine finishes long with some sweet spice, sending you back for another sip. With some steak fajitas it would certainly impress.