The Great Cono Sur Show

conosur2Chile’s Cono Sur winery is producing the best line up of $10 wines in the world. And four of them are at the LCBO. I’ve been touting the Pinot Noir for several years – now it’s time to add Merlot, Shiraz and Viognier to your list.

Cono Sur redesigned their labels with the 07 vintage to incorporate the bicycle – a symbol of the winery’s eco-friendly practices. Vineyards are being converted to organic and Cono Sur purchases carbon off-set credits that support renewable energy projects around the world.

CONO SUR 08 Viognier, Chile 64287 $9.95
Peachy and pleasant. An easy drinking wine that fits between the lushness of Chard and the ease of Grigio. Would be a huge hit at parties and with non-regular wine drinkers. Would be ideal for Thanksgiving.

CONO SUR 07 Merlot, Chile 457176 $10.10
Merlot in a lively, go for the gusto type of wine. The usual plummy quality takes a back seat. A great everyday red for pizza or burgers.

CONO SUR 07 Shiraz, Chile 64295 $10.10
Much richer that the other reds. Tons of fruity, spicy flavours – and fireside warmth. Best on winter nights with a big steak.

CONO SUR 08 Pinot Noir, Chile 341602 $10.05
When the 07 first arrived it was a bit too fruity sweet but it has become more Pinot like – slim with a lively, lighthearted feeling. Refreshing and playful. Lightly chill and party on.

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