Wine Picks LCBO Release August 5, 2017

This release features the wines of  Argentina.  Almost any of them appear to be good value, scoring in the 90s for the most part in a very reasonable $20 range.  I have singled out a couple that scored consistently high among various reviewers.  Oddly, many had a wide range of scores despite high rating from Decanter World Wine Awards.

There are also many offerings from less familiar regions such as Croatia, Bulgaria, India – I call them quirky varietals….if you are feeling adventurous go ahead and experiment. (I personally usually only indulge in these if I am sitting in a taverna in said region!)



392548   Score 90   $19.95

Tony Aspler of Quench Magazine says ‘This is a charming sparkler at a great price. It represents a nose of new leather and honey with a floral note. Creamy mouthfeel, medium-bodied, dry, elegant and well-balanced.’


277707  Score 94  $19.95

Bob Campebell of bob says  ‘Restrained, fruity Sauvignon Blanc that shows surprising power demonstrated by a very lengthy finish. Impressive purity and bright, high energy flavours suggesting ripe tree fruit flavours, with underlying aromatic herbal character.’

YALUMBA VIOGNIER 2015 ( Australia)

954644   Score 92     $24.95 2
Joe Czerwinski, of Wine Enthusiast describes ‘Gingery spice and floral notes bring a dimension of  complexity without oak, and the wine’s fruit remains citrusy, fresh and focused through the long finish. Editors’ Choice.’  John Szabo of Winealign also rates this wine highly calling it a ‘text book example of the varietal.’

Henri Ehrhart Réserve Particulière Gewurztraminer 2015

392118  Score 91 $21.95

Vintage panel notes say ‘Quite floral with rose petal, herb garden and spice aromas. There’s a kiss of sweetness here, but the wine is ultimately dry and finishes pure, crisp and long.’


Te Mata Estate Cape Crest Sauvignon Blanc 2014

490318  Score 92    $30.95


Vigna di Pallino Riserva Chianti 2014 DOCG (Italy)

514331  Score 91   $26.95

This is getting consistent high scores from various reviewers.  James Suckling of says ‘A delicious Chianti with blueberry and dried cherry character. Medium body, fresh acidity and a chewy finish. Very well done for the vintage.’


SERIE A BONARDA 2015  (Mendoza, Argentina)

355560  Score 91  $16.95

Apparently the best Bonarda comes from Santa Rosa.   This is 100% Bonarda. Decanter Wrold Wine Award notes describe it as ‘Complex … violets and roses as well as dark cherries. Beautiful  refreshing acidity, creamy texture, fine grained tannins and a refined finish, loaded with flowers. A
sophisticated version of Bonarda.’


431742  Score 91  $17.95

This is getting consistent high scores around the web. Roger Voss of Wine Enthusiast says ‘Black fruits show well freshened with acidity and balanced with the dry, final tannins.’


492652 Score 90  $17.95 2
Vintage panel notes: ‘Woodsmoke, warm earth, black olive, black cherry and spice emerge in this complex, gracefully mature wine. It’s smoky, spicy and still quite structured on the palate. In its prime drinking window now, it should impress through 2019.’

Cellar Suggestions

(Uco Valley, Mendoza Argentina)

980334         Score 95          $24.95 2

James Suckling of says this is ‘a  dense and textured cab with chewy and rich tannins…full body, hazelnut and clove character with the black currants. Very long and
gorgeous. Needs three or four years to come together.’  Me thinks if you give this its cellar due you will end up with a very fine wine…


442459   Score 96  $18.95

Here is a chance to pick up a real winner from Uco Valley in Argentina.  Based on various reviews you could drink this now but the tannins are described as a bit chewy yet.  Give it a couple of years to let it come into its own for optimum enjoyment.

Decanter World Wine Award notes say ‘Remarkable balance and precision here. Fresh, clean cherry fruit sings on the nose. Waves of intense red fruits and flowers abound on the palate, complemented by spices and oak very well integrated. A sumptuous Malbec/Touriga Nacional blend with great structure, finely grained tannins and lively freshness.’



484980   Score 92  $24.95

Critics agree that cellaring this for a couple of years will allow for fuller development and softening of this signature wine from Austria. Ann Krehiehl of Wine Enthusiast describes ‘Flinty overtones  signal the freshness of the wine which has yet to show its true colors. But the tight, taught, focused and zesty palate promises lots of refreshment. There is a generosity here between zest and pepper, with concentrated pear and citrus. Superclean finish.

Wine Descriptors – Aromas, Flavors and Textures

Wine Aroma Wheel  and charts courtesy of Wine Folly. Click to enlarge.

Original Source: Wine Aroma Wheel by Wine Folly

Wine Profiles of Popular Varietals

The following charts indicate what you would expect to find as far a flavor in some of the most popular wine varietals.  (Click to enlarge).  Use this to compare what you are finding against the classic profile for that wine.

Original Source: Flavor Profiles of White Wines | Wine Folly

Original Source: Wine Flavor Profiles of Red Wines | Wine Folly

Wine Descriptions and What They Mean

Use this chart to help find the correct descriptors for aromas, flavours, textures and styles of the wine you are tasting. (Click to enlarge).

Original Source: Guide to Over 120 Wine Descriptors


Valentine Discount on Nesco Appliances Feb 2, 2017

This Nesco promotion is for a limited time, while supplies last.  This is not an affiliate posting. I just got the promotion in their newsletter and there are some really good deals.  You all know how much I love my Nesco pressure cooker. I do not have experience with any of their other products but I am toying with the idea of the induction cook top… and the roaster looks like a steal at $39.99.

Do your research… this is fyi only!  Feel free to share with friends! Continue reading “Valentine Discount on Nesco Appliances Feb 2, 2017”


Wine Picks LCBO Release Oct 29 2016

This release is featuring wines of the Bordeaux region.  There are bordeaux wines in the value category but bordeaux wine prices can also reach up into the stratosphere.

Here is my attempt to simplify understanding the various appellations in the Bordeaux region, which may help understand the pricing hierarchy. Continue reading “Wine Picks LCBO Release Oct 29 2016”