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

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!

White Wines

Stella Bella Sauvignon Blanc   VINTAGES#:  108159 $21.95 Western Australia, Australia

James Halliday gave this a score of 94. This Sauvignon Blanc has the citrus, tropical flavour profile -guava, gooseberry & grapefruit with a long finish to extend the enjoyment.

Colomba Bianca Resilience Insolia   VINTAGES#:  10952 $16.95 Sicily, Italy

Handpicked and 5 months on the lees in stainless. Vintage panel describes honeysuckle, orange blossoms peach, tropical fruit and cantaloupe with bright acidity, ‘gorgeous’ texture and balance. All this for $16. 95? Lucky us!!

Red Wines

Cantina San Paolo Aglianico 2017    VINTAGES#:  473132 $14.95 Campania, Italy Score 91

David Lawrason of winealign.com has highlighted this as great value, calling the aglianico grape the ‘nebbiolo’ (think Barolo) of the south. Lots of character and complexity here. In Euro style I would expect this wine to be best enjoyed with food. Try it with Osso bucco or spaghetti!


La Posta Estela Armando Bonarda 2017
   VINTAGES#:  261586 $15.95 Mendoza, Argentina

Bonarda is the 2nd most planted grape in Argentina and experts are predicting its star is on the rise. Refreshingly juicy, with good acid and tannins. Again I think this would be best enjoyed with food.

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