Wine Picks LCBO Vintages Release Aug 31, 2019

Four wines you might not want to miss from the LCBO Vintages Release Aug 31st, 2019.

Good Bets Under $35

White Wines

Les Vignerons du Castelas Côtes du Rhône Blanc 2017

Rhone, France   VINTAGES#:  142125  $15.95

This white Grenache blend is described as unctuous, crisply concentrated lemony and waxy by Anne Lee Iijima of Wine Enthusiast who awarded  it a score of 90 and a Best Buy vote.  This would be a great food wine with grilled scallops or white fish.

Santa Carolina Gran Reserva Chardonnay 2017

Itata Valley Chile,  VINTAGES#:  928580  $18.95

Santa Carolina is always a reliable Chilean choice. Vintages panel are calling this ‘gorgeous, beautifully integrated, balanced..punching above its price point … with oak, spice and a hint of saline minerality. ‘  Sounds like a good bet to me!

Red Wines


Thorn-Clarke Sandpiper Shiraz 2017

Barossa, South Australia  VINTAGES#:  10436  $17.00

James Halliday of gave this a 94 point score and a Value + rating.  He describes ‘scented pepper, spice and black cherry ‘A solid producer with grapes from Barossa and Eden Valley.

Château Saint-Roch Roubials 2016

Roussillon, France    VINTAGES#:  644567  $24.95
Saint Roch from Roussillon has offered us many solid value wines over the past years.   This 90 % Grenache blend was awarded 92 points by Joe Czerwinski of who describes ‘knockout aromas’ structure and silkiness and a ‘surprising sense  of elegance’.  All that and more for $24.95!

Just 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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