Wine Picks LCBO Vintages Release Aug 17, 2019

Ever try Marsanne?  or Cabernet Franc?  Here is your chance with the LCBO Vintages Release Aug 17, 2019.

Good Bets Under $35

White Wines

Kew Marsanne 2016,  Ontario, Canada  750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  485334 $19.95

This Marsanne gained high praise from David Lawrason of and a score of 90. Kew makes amazing sparkling wines and Fumé Blanc so the description of this as excellent value showing vanilla and spice, creaminess, citrus and licorice all add up to a complex wine.

Paco & Lola Prime Albariño 2016,

 Rias Baixas, Spain   VINTAGES#:  645119  $27.95

Albariño is a great choice for a summer sipper.  Paco and Lola is always reliable but this ‘premium’ offering is from free-juice only from their oldest vineyard so will be even brighter and fresher.  Look for fruity crisp melon and citrus notes.

Red Wines


Château de Ségure Vieilles Vignes Fitou 2017

Midi, France |   VINTAGES#:  370254  $17.95

Midi and Fitou are always good value for rich and often quite complex red wines.  This Carignan, Grenache and Syrah blend won Gold at the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles, 2018.

Fabre Montmayou Reserva Cabernet Franc 2016

VINTAGES#:  492736   $18.95

Cabernet Franc is said to be the new darling of wine lovers.  Its star is rising and more and more producers are getting on the band wagon.  Think Cabernet Sauvignon weight, often with cedar and green bell pepper savoury notes.  This one was given a 95 score by Decanter World Wine Awards 2018 and they describe great depth and harmony along with floral notes, cassis and clove.  Best enjoyed with food apparently.   Break out a hearty steak or stew for this one.


Click on the wine name above to  link to that product on the LCBO site so you can read the full review and check for availability.  To find that wine in your area just click on the Select Store button on the right margin.  A dialogue box will come up. Add your postal code to get a list of stores closest to you that have it in stock.

Or you can now order LCBO products on-line  .  Of late LCBO have indicated all release wines are available for on-line  ordering.

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