LCBO Vintages Saturday July 24

THE LOW DOWN: South of France is the feature and I URGE you to check out my three red picks. You’ll discover that there’s more to wine than Aussie Shiraz. France also scores high with a wonderful sparkling and a still Rosé. Complete your shopping basket with Aussie Riesling, Italian Pecorino and Californian Zinfandel.

rosesparklingSPARKLING ROSÉ

wine style: Rosé Sparkling
JEAN GEILER Brut Rosé, Alsace 47191 $17.95
Dry Sparkling Rosé with the classy feeling of Champagne. But at a fraction of the price! The perfect summer aperitif.

wine style: fresh white
D’ARENBERG 08 Riesling ‘The Dry Dam’, Australia 942953 $16.95
Lemony, zesty and a little herbaceous. Wonderful exuberant refreshment. Low alcohol. Go get some.

pecorinowine style: fresh white
AGRIVERDE 08 Pecorino ‘Riseis’, Abruzzo, Italy 74112 $13.95
Pecorino is an indigenous Italian grape that produces a very savoury wine – great with food. Seafood or white meats. Or an antipasto platter.

saintrochwine style: nice & easy white
SAINT-ROCH 09 Cotes du Roussillon, France 175232 $13.95
Very pretty sipper. Delicate flavours and lots of charm. Ultra modern white in a stylish package. Lazy summer afternoon wine.

wine style: dry rosé
BIELER PERE & FILS 09 Rosé, Coteaux d’Aix en Provence, France 71423 $12.95
Semi-rich with delicious spicy flavours. A hit of Provence at a bargain price. Get a CASE. BBQ’d chicken or seafood.

wine style: rich red
CHATEAU HAUT LIGNIERES 07 Faugeres, France 177691 $15.95
An amazing red that delivers the spicy richness of Zinfandel along with the earthiness of the Rhone. Nora Jones meets Tom Waits – the pretty and the soulful. Could, and should, convert you to south of France reds.

rochenoireswine style: rich red
CAVE de ROQUEBRUN 07 Saint Chinian-Roquebrun, France 177519 $17.95
Experience the French edition of Shiraz. Pepperty flavours combined with earthy rustic feelings. Richness meets tangy refreshment. Great stuff.

66wine style: rich red
MAS de la DEVEZE 07 Cotes du Roussillon-Villages, France 65797 $17.95
I’m not usually into dark dense reds but this one rocks. Deep, down flavours combined with vigor. There’s a big personality behind the richness. Tells me a story as it nourishes.

bonnaterrawine style: rich red
BONTERRA 07 Zinfandel, Mendocino, California 530139 $18.95
The super-rich Zin experience – from organic grapes. Really good red wine that’s more than ‘just nice’. BBQ’d steaks would be the perfect partner. Of course!

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