Wine Picks LCBO Vintages Release Dec 7th, 2019

Here are some suggestions for wines to stock up on for your Holiday activities. A little something for everyone!

All the wines listed below are from good producers from good regions and appear to be versatile enough to serve with a meal, with finger foods or just sip on their own. You pick how you want to enjoy!

Sparkling

Belcanto di Bellussi Extra Dry Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Superiore Veneto, Italy VINTAGES#:  53215 $19.95

Prosecco doesn’t get much better than this… a Superiore from the best region and Extra Dry tends to suit our North American palates. At this price you can stock up and serve with appetizers, brunch, midnight toasting or just afternoon sipping!

White Wine

2027 Cellars Wismer Vineyard Fox Croft Block Chardonnay 2017

Ontario, Canada  VINTAGES#:  421362 $22.95

Beside getting a 94 score from Rick VanSickle , he says $23 for this quality wine is CRAZY. 2027 Cellars are always good bets for quality and dependability but this one is ‘mind-blowing’. Would make a great gift or enjoy with any holiday meal or party.

Sidewood Sauvignon Blanc 2018

South Australia, Australia    VINTAGES#:  518357 $17.95

Most Sidewood wines we see score consistently in the mid 90s and this one is no exception. This Sauvignon Blanc has the tropical fruit and citrus profile as opposed to the green, grassy one. James Halliday calls it ‘highway robbery’ at this price.

Red Wines

Irony Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

California, USA   VINTAGES#:  12189 $19.95

A trusted producer with Paso Robles grapes is a combination that has a lot going for it. This one is described as ‘luscious dark fruit and chocolaty notes wrapped in velvety tannins.’ Yum…

Terrazas de los Andes Reserva Malbec 2017

Mendoza, Argentina   VINTAGES#:  29280 $19.95

James Suckling gave this a 93 score and describes dark-berry and spice aromas,..very silky and well defined..super fine tannins. Sounds like a winner to me.

Halos de Jupiter Côtes du Rhône 2017

Rhône, France   VINTAGES#:  276956 $17.95

60% Grenache/40% Syrah, this one is described as plummy and rich, lush and velvety.

Storia Antica Superiore Valpolicella Ripasso 2017  

  Veneto, Italy VINTAGES#:  273672 $17.95

Ripasso by nature of it process always has a bit more depth than many wines. This one has ‘ripe, sweet dark fruit with touches of chocolate and pepper spice…in a refined package.’

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

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.

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