LCBO Vintages Saturday August 21

THE LOW DOWN: I didn’t get to the Vintages press tasting for this Saturday’s release but here’s a couple of delicious reds I tasted elsewhere. The Rhone is all charm and the Pinotage delivers a bit mre grit. Both are wonderful wines and values ““ and who knows? They may be the best two wines in this release.

leponnantwine style: rich red
LA FERME DU MONT 07 Cotes du Rhone ‘Le Ponnant’, France
171371 $17.95
I grew up drinking Cotes du Rhonme and have never stopped drinking it and encouraging others to do likewise. If you’re not yet converted this bottle should do the trick. Peppery and spicy flavours combine with great vitaltiy for a feeling that is both warmhearted and lively. Rich wine that seduces with charm rather than heft. Equally good with red or white meats. A lovely treat.

lammershoekwine style: rich red
LAMMERSHOEK 07 Pinotage, South Africa
954594 $18.95
Lammershoek does for Pinotage what Henry of Pelham does for Baco. It puts a charming spin on a rustic grape variety. This combine the lush richness of a Rhone with the earthy feeling of a Portuguese red. Sexy with a light roughness. Wine to flatter any homecooked meal ““ as it’s more hearty than fancy.

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