The Best and The Rest Jan 25, 2020 LCBO Vintages Release

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Here are the highlights of the wines that I sampled at the media tasting for this LCBO Vintages Release.  This is based on the sub-set of wines Vintages put on offer for review.  The Best are the highest scoring based on my tasting experience. The Rest are the remaining wines I happened to review and include wines of interest and value.

France and Italy tend to be the stars of this release but there are some seriously good value wines from Australia and a number of wines under $20 that just missed the 90 point mark.

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Wine Picks < $35 for LCBO Vintages Release Jan 25th, 2020

Four bottles of wine from Jan 25,2020 LCBO Vintages release

This release I have featured 3 grapes that many of us may be unfamiliar with. Since I have had the opportunity to join the media tasting lab for Vintages releases I would say my first major AHA has been how many lesser known grapes, especially Italian, are actually intriguing and very good value. So at the prices below you can afford to experiment!

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Wines to Carry You Through the Holidays

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Here is a roundup of great value wines that are perfect for holiday parties, meals and gifts.


Desiderius Pongrácz Brut Cap Classique Sparkling Chardonnay/Pinot Noir Western Cape, South Africa  VINTAGES#:  404111  $16.95

This has generous toasty bread notes on the nose and palate.  Quite lively and a little bit spicy with great tension and acidity.  Remember this one for your holiday oyster pairing! For that matter make it your Holiday house sparkling at this price! Very good value.  Tasted Nov 22, 2019  90

Belcanto di Bellussi Extra Dry Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Superiore Veneto, Italy VINTAGES#:  53215 $19.95

Prosecco doesn’t get much better than this… a Superiore from the best region and Extra Dry tends to suit our North American palates. At this price you can stock up and serve with appetizers, brunch, midnight toasting or just afternoon sipping!

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