Here’s a pair of really good, affordable locals that are available in most LCBOs.
Charmes Aligote (white) has been in my annual guide for over a decade and the 2010 vintage may be their best ever. Now all estate grown, it’s a shade fuller and drinking like a premium Pinot Grigio. Perfect for house wine. Check it out if you’re buying Santa Margarita at $15.
Charmes Gamay borders on raunchy. Certainly the most rustic local Gamay I’ve ever tasted. Not for everyone but a must-try for fans of the backroads. With a cheese and charcuterie platter, you’ll be in heaven.
CHATEAU DES CHARMES 10 Aligote, St. David’s Bench Vineyard, Niagara-on-the-Lake 296848 $13.55
CHATEAU DES CHARMES 09 Gamay Noir, VQA Niagara 57349 $12.55
Hey, Billy. Has Charmes given up on their Gamay Droit distinction and just blended both of their Gamay varietals to create this wine “wearing boots”? Sounds like a comfortable fit for this woodsy guy; I’ll make a point of trying it on this fall.
Hi Andrew, I believe they have for now. Try the one I recommended.
Bang-on, Billy! This Gamay may not be called “droit” but it made me sit up straight and take notice. Good call. Real personality to this wine. Thanks for helping me with my shopping list!
Right on Andrew – a ‘you’ll notice me’ wine.
right on Andrew. A ‘you’ll notice me’ wine