Picks from LCBO/Vingages
Conde de Caralt Brut Cava VINTAGES 664623 | $12.95 | Penedes, Spain
This crisp, refreshing sparkling wine is made of the traditional Spanish cava grapes â€“ Macabeo, Parellada, and Xarel-lo. It is brilliant straw in colour, with a well balanced mousse, and clean and elegant on the nose and palate, with flavours of green apple and a hint of toastiness.
Ironstone â€œObsessionâ€ Symphony 2004 VINTAGES 355784 | $14.95 | California, U.S.A.
A unique grape created by crossing the Muscat of Alexandria with Grenache Gris. The result is a super-aromatic wine with exotic floral and tropical fruit aromas and flavours. It is made in a slightly off dry style, and the sweetness makes this wine perfect with spicy cuisine such as Thai and Indian.
Coopers Creek Pinot Noir 2004 VINTAGES 599969 | $19.95 | Marlborough, New Zealand
Quite approachable in its youth, this wine offers aromas and flavours of sweet black cherry and plum, oak, and earthy, meaty notes. It is medium bodied with soft tannins, and a long finish with lingering fruit flavours. Great with lamb, mushrooms, and spicy chicken.
Chapel Hill Shiraz 2001 VINTAGES 743989 | $18.95 | McLaren Vale, Australia
This Shiraz offers a rich, spicy nose with ripe berry and lingering licorice flavours. The integration of oak, fruit characters, and silky tannins result in a harmonious, elegant wine. Delicious on its own, or pair it with roast meats, venison, or strong cheeses.
Westside Red 2002 VINTAGES 682831 | $19.95 | Paso Robles, California
Inspired by the wines of the RhÃ´ne Valley in France, this wine is a blend of MourvÃ¨dre, Syrah, and Grenache. Itâ€™s medium bodied and has juicy berry flavours and a smooth mouthfeel. A perfect pairing for robust beef and game dishes, duck, or ratatouille.
Conca dâ€™Oro Prosecco di Conegliano Veneto, Italy $16.15 | 11% alc
A sparkling wine with delicate and lively bubbles, and fresh, fruity aromas including green apple, grapefruit, banana, and acacia flowers. It is slightly off-dry with well balanced acidity and lingering green apple flavour. The perfect refreshment for hot days on the patio, or a festive way to start a dinner.
Te Mania Sauvignon Blanc Nelson, New Zealand $18.35 | 12.5% alc
A crisp, refreshing wine with fresh, tangy aromas including ripe lemon, apricot, and grassy notes. On the palate it is very dry and light, with lots of acidity and tangy, grassy, lemony flavours. Well balanced with clean and pure fruit flavours that linger on the finish. A nice accompaniment to seafood, herbed chicken, vegetarian dishes, and smoked salmon.
Angels Gate Riesling VQA 2004 Niagara, Canada $13.95 | 12.5% alc
Stainless steel fermented to maximize the natural fruit character, this Riesling is both crisp and dry, with just a touch of balanced sweetness. It has an intense nose of tangy lime, grapefruit, with subtle floral notes. On the palate, the wine is well-balanced with excellent acid structure. Perfect with asian inspired cuisine, salmon, and trout.
McManis Family Viognier 2004 San Joaquim, California $19.95 | 13.9% alc
An exotic, full bodied white wine, this Viognier is satisfying and intriguing. Look for aromas of apricot, honey, and underlying mineral and floral notes. The apricot on the nose carries over to the flavour of this rich wine, adding complexity to the pear and grapefruit flavours. The finish is long and faintly flinty. Try this wine with asian or indian inspired cuisine or seafood.
Murphy-Goode â€œTin Roofâ€ Pinot Noir RosÃ© 2003 Russian River, California $18.40 | 13.5% alc
This rosÃ© has the crisp, fresh characteristics and the light body of white wine while capturing the deeper flavour characteristics of Pinot Noir. Enjoy refreshing acidity with flavours of strawberry, cherry, and a crisp finish. The perfect picnic wine, this is a great companion to a variety of foods, from delicate flavours to highly spiced.
Conde de Siruela Tinto 2003 Ribera del Duero, Spain $15.95 | 14% alc
Made of 100% Tempranillo grapes, this wine has a complex nose of balsam, vanilla, smoke, bacon fat, and cedar. On the palate, the powerful plummy fruit flavours come through. Smooth with a long, full, elegant finish. A perfect pairing for braised and roasted red meat dishes.
Mitchell Peppertree Shiraz 2003 Clare Valley, Australia $25.50 | 14.3% alc
This wine takes its name from the old peppertree which grows in the vineyard at Watervale, and itâ€™s a happy coincidence that this wine shows spicy, peppery characters classic to Shiraz wines. This wine is full bodied with blackcurrant, plum, and cherry fruit flavours, rich spice, and a heady, long finish.
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