The Best and The Rest Jan 11, 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.

The January 11, 2020 LCB) Vintages is loaded with excellent value wines. There are 12 recommended here with 90+ points under $20, some well under. So..if you received an LCBO gift card for Christmas you are in luck. Consider stocking up!

There are 2 cru Beaujolais under $20 and many others just over the $20 mark.

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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.

Sparkling

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 www.thewineloverskitchen.com  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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The Best and The Rest Vintages Release December 2019

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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.

The majority of these wines are available on Dec 7th. Some wines will be released throughout the month of December. The Dec 7th release has lots of good Sparkling wines. There is sure to be one that will fit your taste and budget.

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The Best and The Rest – LCBO Vintages Release Nov 23rd, 2019

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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.

Nov 23rd, 2019 LCBO Vintages Release

Italy and France dominate the podium in this release including an Italian Solaia that I have declined to score since several highly respected reviewers, far more experienced than I, have already awarded it 100 points!

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The Best and The Rest LCBO Vintages Release Aug 17, 2019

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The Best and The Rest

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.

Aug 17th, 2019 LCBO Vintages Release

This release  includes a stand out Sparkling Crémant de Bordeaux for only $16.95 and an aged Riesling for  $19.95 that I thought would be twice as much. There is also a high scoring Bordeaux for $34.95 and an amazing Zinfandel  for $29.95.

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