Wine Picks <$35 from LCBO Vintages Release March 21st, 2020

Well in these strange times of Covid 19 Pandemic many of us are self isolating. So having decent wine on hand may be more important than ever!

Media tasting for the LCBO releases have been discontinued until further notice so the recommendations for today’s release are based on a combination of tried and true producers and other wine writer reviews.

Here are my picks for good value wines <$35 from the March 21st LCBO Vintages Release

Sparkling

Conde de Haro Brut Cava 2016 VINTAGES#:  168559 $19.95 Spain

Spain’s Cava’s are reliably good value and easy, approachable sipping. Jeb Dunnock describers this one as fruity and clean and ‘beautiful’, scoring it a 92.

White Wines

Wakefield Clare Valley Estate Chardonnay 2018   |   VINTAGES#:  711556 $16.95 South Australia, Australia

Wakefield is an outstanding producer of Jaraman series fame. This Chardonnay is described as Rich and Full-bodied, with tropical and peachy notes. It has been rated at 90 so for $16.95 it looks like a good bet!

Cathedral Cellar Chardonnay 2016    VINTAGES#:  328559 $17.95 Western Cape, South Africa

Decanter World Wine Awards gave this a 94 score and describe vanilla, butterscotch and wood spices. And… you typically can’t go wrong with Cathedral Cellar.

Gérard Bertrand Réserve Spéciale Viognier 2018   VINTAGES#:  147975 $14.95 Roussillon, France

French Viognier is usually a nicely structured medium bodied white. David Lawrason describes ripe melon , cloves and mint. Sounds like a lot going on for this price!

Red Wines

Yalumba Organic Shiraz 2018  VINTAGES#:  280883 $17.95 South Australia, Australia

Yalumba is always a reliable bet and this Shiraz is described as having great depth and ‘plenty of ripe, pepper-spiced fruit and bright acidity’.

rard Bertrand Fitou Grenache/Carignan 2018   VINTAGES#:  403683 $17.95 Midi, France

Whenever I see anything from Fitou sub-region I snap it up. Having visited this region I know it to produce substantial, good value wines. Gerard Bertrand is kind of the benchmark for well crafted, good value wines from Southern France. This blend is praised for its expression of terroir, ripe fruit and spices.

Oyster Bay Pinot Noir 20187  VINTAGES#:  590414 $20.95 Marlborough, New Zealand

You gotta love a Marlborough Pinot Noir coming in at $21 dollars. James Suckling gave this a 90 and describes strawberries, cranberries with floral and toffee notes.

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