Wine Picks LCBO Vintages Release Nov 23rd, 2019

There are lots of interesting specialty wines on offer in time for the upcoming Holiday Season as well as few good values wines you may not want to miss.

Here are my picks for good value wines <$35 from the LCBO Vintages Release for Nov 23rd, 2019.


You can’t always find these wines on offer so if you are a fan of sweet wines for apératif or digestif you may want to consider picking up a few for the Holidays or for the upcoming year.

  • Sommavite Santovino Vino Liquoroso, 500 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  927 $10.95 This Trebbiano based sweet wine is fortified to 16% abv. Sugar content is 59 grams/l so perhaps not a dessert wine. Vintages are suggesting you chille it and serve as an aperatif. I have tasted a sweet Trebbiano Vin Santo and it was deliciously defined by nutty caramel tones. I would think of pairing this with dried apricots, nuts, Stilton cheese with mango or pineapple. You get the idea.
  • The De Bortoli Noble One Botrytis Semillon 2016 (375  bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  917252 $29.95 ) weighs in at 10 % abv and 216 grams/l. The Noble One Botrytis is Australia’s version of Sauterne and is always held in high esteem. This one ws rated 95 by David Bicknell of

Gift Suggestions

There are a few outstanding Canadian wines that would make well received hostess or Christmas gifts for the wine lovers on your list. All have been recognized by various wine writers as outstanding examples of their kind, scoring 90+.

White Wines

Red Wines

Here are a few outstanding red wines all recognized as being special values and scoring 90+ points. Click on the wine name to go the reviewer’s full notes.

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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