LCBO VINTAGES Saturday December 10/2011
This release is mainly about deluxe stuff for the Holidays, but I did find a few values. However, I’m including some of the fancy bottles too. ‘Tis the season.
P.S. Keep reading this blog for more Holiday drink ideas.
13th STREET ‘Cuvee 13’, Sparkling Brut Rosé, VQA Niagara
Classy dry sparkling in pretty pink. What’s not to like! Stylish package too. Parties, aperitif and gift giving.
CHARLES HEIDSIECK BRUT RESERVE Champagne, France
Always the most toasty, sensual Champagne. For loved ones.
PETER ZEMMER 10 Pinot Grigio, Alto Adige, Italy
Gourmet Grigio. Delicate flavours and bags of charm. Refreshing too. Lovely opening act for the Holidays.
CHATEAU DES CHARMES 08 Riesling ‘Old Vines’, VQA Niagara–on-the-Lake
Off-dry Riesling that’s starting to deliver mature/exotic flavours. Zesty, spicy and delicious. Sip anytime. You’ll be hugely popular pouring this over the Holidays.
G. MARQUIS 08 Chardonnay, ‘Silver Line’, VQA Niagara-on-the-Lake
Chard for the seasoned drinker. Earthy, savoury and really good with food. Crafted in the very dry, traditional style. Dinner party wine.
P. S. G. Marquis is a new brand by Magnotta winery.
CLOSSON CHASE 09 Pinot Noir, VQA Prince Edward County
Here’s the deal. This is classic County wine that should appeal to the Pinot fan. Crafted in the pure, Burgundian style – feels tight/austere right now, but with a year or two of cellaring it should be a wonderful partner for grilled or roasted meats.
OSOYOOS LAROSE 07 RED, VQA Okanagan Valley, BC
Don’t flip out – this is a big bottle. And a candidate for gifting or cellaring, rather than a bash this month. Osoyoos is a Canadian/French project set in the desert-like climate of Southern British Columbia. It’s crafted from the five Bordeaux grape varieties by French winemaker Pascal Madevon, and guess what? It’s very similar to Bordeaux. With a hint of the mountainside herbal flavours you find in Rhone wines. Elegance with some earthiness – my favourite combination.
QUADY Orange Muscat ‘Essensia’, California
Muscat is the hot new white in the US and here’s a delicious sweet edition by a winery that’s been playing the Muscat tune for as long as I’ve been reporting. Gorgeous orange flavours. And value. Chill well and enjoy with your favourite tart. Food, or other.