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

Wine glasses filled for tasting

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 Nov 9th, 2019

Wine glasses filled for tasting

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 9th, 2019 LCBO Vintages Release

As the holidays approach the LCBO tends to stock premium wines and the prices go on an upward trajectory until the wine gods take pity on us and feature value wines in January. All this makes for a lot of ‘The Best’ and only a few of ‘The Rest’!  There is outstanding value in Roche de Bellene Mâcon La Roche Vineuse 2015 from Burgundy for $20.95 and in Palacios Remondo La Montesa Crianza 2016  Rioja, Spain at $25.95.

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