LCBO Vintages Saturday March 5, 2011

THE LOW DOWN: Hits of the release are the Chilean pair from CONCHA y TORO. I remember tasting these Limari wines a few years also and thinking “if only they were available”. And now they are! Grillo and Teroldego are worthwhile ‘new’ Italian experiences along with the seldom seen Lambrusco.

Thank you Vintages for offering the excellent Irish whiskeys from the Cooley distillery.

wine style: fresh white . . . upscale
CHARLES BAKER 08 Riesling ‘Picone Vineyard’, VQA Vinemount Ridge, Niagara 126433 $35.20
Flinty dry with just a tease of flavour. Delicate but characterful. Classic local Dry Riesling from one of the best vineyards in Niagara. Worth the splurge for a special summer lunch.

sutherlandwine style: fresh white . . . refresher
THELEMA SUTHERLAND 08 Sauvignon Blanc, Elgin, South Africa 203877 $13.95
Exuberant Sauv with some tropical fruit flavours. A good partner for well spiced white meat dishes.

rochewine style: fresh white . . . classy
CH. de la GREFFIERE 09 Macon-la-Roche Vineuse, Burgundy, France 205898 $14.95
Beautiful non-oaked Chardonnay with the perfect mix of vitality, friutiness and gulpability. Ideal all-evening white.

timpunewine style: nice & easy white . . . house white
CARUSO & MININI Grillo ‘Timpune’, Sicily, Italy 203943 $13.95
Not a singing duo but a delicious all-round white. A lot of luxury for the price. Would be a good introduction to the Grillo grape, and to the high quality of Sicilian whites in general.

maycaswine style: rich white . . . manly
CONCHA y TORO 07 Chardonnay Reserva ‘Maycas del Limari’, Chile 162040 $19.95
Super rich with the earthy character of a mature Burgundy. Great white wine experience. The opposite end of the spectrum from today’s popular fruity-style Chardonnays.

wine style: fresh red . . . novel
ERMETE MEDICI A FIGLI 09 Lambrusco ‘Concerto’, Emilia-Romagna, Italy 208967 $14.95
This off-dry sparkling red wine hails from the home of proscuitto. Naturally they’re good partners, as are any foods from the deli counter. Low in alcohol. One of my favourite alfresco lunch wines.

pisoniwine style: rustic red . . . different
PISONI 08 Teroldego, Alto Adige, Italy 209353 $14.95
Teroldego is the Baco of Italy. Lively, slightly odd red that will grow on you ““ or not. Refreshing and a very good food partner for everyday foods. Lightly chill.

wine style: rich red . . . amazing value
CONCHA y TORO 09 Syrah Reserva, ‘Maycas del Limari’, Chile
209916 $14.95
New World ripeness and richness but there’s no mistaking Syrah’s Rhone Valley ancestory. Very appetizing. Very good and very reasonably priced.

laydawine style: rich red . . . charmer
VINA LEYDA 09 Pinot Noir ‘Las Brisas’, Chile 209908 $16.95
Rich, spicy/sweet style Pinot. Very seductive and a great partner for hot and spicy foods, or times.


wine style: rich red . . . warmhearted
DOMAINE des MASCARONS 09 Cotes du Rhones-Villages, France 142174 $15.95
Blockbuster, super-rich and smooth Rhone. Fireside red.

IRISH WHISKEY Take a break from the smooth Jameson and explore the wilder side of Irish with these rogues from a real Irish distillery

connawarraCOOLEY DISTILLERY ‘Connemara’ Peated Single Malt 27946 $54.95
. . . not only peat but wild, mountain herbal flavours.

lockesCOOLEY DISTILLERY Locke’s 8-Year-Old Single Malt 913475 $54.95
. . . more vigour here. manly and tangy.

IrishWCOOLEY DISTILLERY ‘Inishowen’ Peated Single Malt 656017 $34.95
. . . some peat but lots of other stuff too. Spirited and exciting for the price.

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