LCBO Vintages Saturday October 24

THE LOW DOWN: It’s the calm before the storm! Just a few picks ““ but I’m sure the next few releases will get more tempting. Stay tuned.

Tamar Ridge 08 Riesling ‘Devil’s Corner’, Tasmania
138289 $18.95
wine style: FRESH WHITE
Refreshing and friendly. A lovely mix of citrus tang and delicate flavours. Weekend sipper.

crabilisCrabilis 08 Vermentino, Sardinia, Italy
52068 $13.95
wine style: SEMI-RICH WHITE
Those of you who follow my Vintages reports will know that I’m in love with the new era of Italian whites made with indigenous grapes. They bring something different in this age of sameness. And usually without the help of oak casks. The Vermentino combines freshness and richness with savoury flavours. A wonderful all-evening white.

Papa Luna 07 Calatayod, Spain
39883 $16.95
wine style: SUPER-RICH RED
If you like blockbuster reds, here’s one produced from a blend of Rhône grapes. Rich and peppery but earthy too. Very ripe and sweet now but if you have a cellar this should turn out really well in a year or two.

terraNobleTerra Noble 07 Carmenere Gran Reserva, Chile
957050 $16.95
wine style: RICH RED
Big, bold, plummy red. Imagine Merlot on steroids.

wallaceWallace 07 Shiraz/Grenache, Barossa Valley, Australia
47605 $24.95
wine style: RICH RED
The Barossa expression ““ hearty manly and heart-warming. Wine to get you through a Canadian winter.

Sandeman 2000 Quinta do Vau, Vintage Port, Portugal
973768 $29.95
wine style: SWEET
Vintage style Port that’s already at peak ““ mellow sweet and mighty seductive.

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