KRONE ROSÉ BRUT 2017, Méthode Cap Classique, Tulbagh, Western Cape, South Africa


Cost: $19.95
Grape: 85% Pinot Noir, 15% Chardonnay
Category: Sparkling Wine
Location: LCBO Vintages
Country: South Africa
Region: Tulbagh, Western Cape
Format: 750 mL
Producer: Twee Jonge Gezellen
Alcohol:  11.0 % Alcohol/Vol.

For those that like vintage Champagne rosés but cost 75% less

Positives: Dark salmon to rust in colour with a fine mousse. Wine features yeast, toasted hazelnut, brioche, strawberry, cherry, nectarine and red apples.

Negatives: None

Interesting Point: The historic Twee Jonge Gezellen farm in Tulbagh is the home of Krone, a collection of notable, vintage-only South African Méthode Cap Classiques made from grapes grown and night-harvested in this distinctive terroir.

Ageability: Drink now or over the next 10 years on its own or pair it with maple flavoured bacon.

My Opinion: Highly Recommended

Best Buy

Tasted: August 18, 2019

LCBO: 130047

KIM CRAWFORD ROSÉ 2018, Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand


Cost: $17.95 (Sale price: $15.95 until Aug 18, 2019)
Grape: Merlot & Malbec
Category: Rosé Wine
Location: LCBO Vintages
Country: New Zealand
Region: Hawke’s Bay
Format: 750 mL
Producer: Kim Crawford Winery
Alcohol: 13.0 % Alcohol/Vol.

Love this wine as it’s easy drinking, dry yet juicy

Positives: This salmon colour rosé features strawberry, watermelon, nectarine, Honeycrisp apple and peaches.

Negatives: None

Ageability: Drink now or over the next couple of years on its own or pair it with grilled pork chops

My Opinion: Highly Recommended

Best Buy

Tasted: August 15, 2019

LCBO: 650325

KACABA ESCARPMENT CABERNET/SYRAH 2016, VQA Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada


Cost: $30.15
Grape: 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Syrah, 11% Cabernet Franc
Category: Red Wine
Location: Winery
Country: Canada
Region: Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
Format: 750 mL
Producer: Kacaba Vineyards & Winery
Alcohol: 13.5 % Alcohol/Vol.

Lots of red fruit, spice with firm tannin gives this Ontario Cab/Syrah complexity

Positives: This wine features cherry, strawberry, pomegranate, blackberry, black & white pepper, turmeric, pencil shavings, leather, cinnamon with a smoked oak nose.

Negatives: None

Ageability: Drink now or over the next 5-7 years on its own or pair it with grilled marinated leg of lamb

My Opinion: Recommended

Tasted: August 13, 2019

HENRY OF PELHAM SPECK FAMILY RESERVE CHARDONNAY 2017, VQA Short Hills Bench, Niagara Region, Ontario, Canada


Cost: $29.95 (Clearance Price $21.00)
Grape: Chardonnay
Category: White Wine
Location: LCBO Vintages
Country: Canada
Region: Short Hills Bench, Niagara Region, Ontario
Format: 750 mL
Producer: Henry of Pelham
Alcohol: 13.3 % Alcohol/Vol.

Steady as she goes; one of the top Canadian Chards

Positives: This wine features lemon, green apples, yellow plums, pineapple, peach, pear, vanilla, oak spice, ginger and dill all with a long finish.

Negatives: None

Ageability: Drink now or over the next 5-7 of years on its own or pair it with Lobster Thermidor

My Opinion: Highly Recommended

Best Buy at Clearance Price & Top Pick

Tasted: August 2, 2019

LCBO: 616466

HENRY OF PELHAM ROSÉ 2018, VQA Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada


Cost: $14.95 (Sale Price: 12.95 until Aug 18)
Grape: Pinot Noir, Gamay Noir, Riesling, Pinot Gris
Category: Rosé Wine
Location: LCBO General List
Country: Canada
Region: Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
Format: 750 mL
Producer: Henry of Pelham
Alcohol: 11 % Alcohol/Vol.

A Provence style rosé that’s nice, easy drinking, crisp but juicy

Positives: This wine features strawberry, cherry, cranberry, Honeycrisp apple and rose pedals on the nose.

Negatives: None

Ageability: Drink now or over the next couple of years on its own or pair it with BBQ pork ribs

My Opinion: Highly Recommended

Best Buy and Amazing buy at the sale price

Tasted: August 7, 2019

LCBO: 613471

SONOMA-CUTRER RUSSIAN RIVER RANCHES CHARDONNAY 2016, Sonoma County, California, United States of America


Cost: $27.95 (Sale price until Aug 18, 2019: $24.95)
Grape: Chardonnay
Category: White Wine
Location: LCBO Vintages
Country: United States
Region: Sonoma Coast, Californian
Format: 750 mL
Producer: Sonoma-Cutrer
Alcohol: 14.2 % Alcohol/Vol.

An elegant cool climate style Chard from Sonoma

Positives: This wine features lemon-lime, Honeycrisp & green apples, Bosc pear, nougat, hazelnut, oak spice, ginger and dill.

Negatives: None

Ageability: Drink now or over the next 5-7 of years on its own or pair it with Pan Seared scallops with Cauliflower puree.

My Opinion: Recommended

Tasted: August 3, 2019

LCBO: 608653

GEYSER PEAK WALKING TREE CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2015, Alexander Valle, Sonoma County, California, United States of America


Cost: $29.95
Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon
Category: Red Wine
Location: LCBO Vintages
Country: United States
Region: Alexander Valle, Sonoma County, California
Format: 750 mL
Producer: Geyser Peak Winery
Alcohol: 14.5 % Alcohol/Vol.

Disappointing showing of a wine I use to love

Positives: This wine features plum, dark cherry, blackberry, black figs, mocha, turmeric, leather and vanilla.

Negatives: Lots of heat from the 14.5% alcohol

Interesting Point: Vintages 2008 & 2007 that I wrote reviews in 2013 & 2012 respectively, the price was $19.95 and the alcohol was great at 13.5%. Taste was just wonderful, unfortunately it seems Geyser Peak has decided to join the rest of the California clan to make sure their wines, red & white are 14.5% alcohol or higher, and raised their prices by $10. So sad.

Ageability: Drink now or over the next 5-7 of years on its own or pair it with rib-eye steak.

My Opinion: On the Fence

Tasted: August 2, 2019

LCBO: 161323

THREE THIEVES CHARDONNAY 2017, California Republic, United States of America


Cost: $15.80 (Sale price until July 21, 2019)
Grape: Chardonnay
Category: White Wine
Location: LCBO General List
Country: United States
Region: California Republic
Format: 750 mL
Producer: Rebel Wine
Alcohol: 13.5 % Alcohol/Vol.

Great value Chard that delivers tons of flavour for the price & it’s not your typical commercial, mass produced California Chard

Positives: This soft, rich and creamy wine features toasted butter, lemon, peach, mango, oak spice, ginger and dill.

Negatives: None

Ageability: Drink now or over the next 2-4 of years on its own or pair it with Jerk chicken.

My Opinion: Recommended

Best Buy

Tasted: July 29, 2019

LCBO: 633560

RIDGEVIEW BLOOMSBURY ENGLISH SPARKLING WINE 2014, Sussex, England


Cost: $50 US
Grape: 58% Chardonnay, 28% Pinot Noir, 14% Pinot Meunier
Category: Sparkling Wine
Location: Jacques Scott, Cayman Islands
Country: England
Region:Sussex
Format: 750 mL
Producer: Ridgeview
Alcohol: 12 % Alcohol/Vol.

A delightful creamy Champagne style from England

Positives: A light golden colour with a fine mousse that features brioche, toasted buttered bread, peach, lemon, kiwi, green & golden apples, honey and macadamia nut cookie

Negatives: None

Interesting Point: Beringer Bros. Chardonnay is picked at the peak of flavour development from top sites across California and fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks with 25% malolactic fermentation. 20% of the wine is aged for 60 days in second-pass charred American Oak barriques, which previously held Bourbon.

Ageability: Drink now or over the next 10-15 of years on its own or pair it with .

My Opinion: Highly Recommended

Top Pick

Tasted: July 25, 2019

BERINGER BROS BOURBON BARREL AGED CHARDONNAY 2016, California, United States


Cost: $26.24 US
Grape: Chardonnay
Category: White Wine
Location: Jacques Scott, Cayman Islands
Country: United States
Region: California
Format: 750 mL
Producer: Beringer Brothers
Alcohol: 14.5 % Alcohol/Vol.

A unique concept of imparting Bourbon barrel flavour into a Chard, & I’m happy to say it works. Love the Bourbon shape of the bottle & the old style label.

Positives: This wine features a cross between lemon meringue pie & apple pie, with apricots, pineapples, mangos, crème brûlée, vanilla bean, caramel and ginger.

Negatives: A little high with the 14.5% alcohol, but it is well integrated

Interesting Point: Beringer Bros. Chardonnay is picked at the peak of flavour development from top sites across California and fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks with 25% malolactic fermentation. 20% of the wine is aged for 60 days in second-pass charred American Oak barriques, which previously held Bourbon.

Ageability: Drink now or over the next 3-5 of years on its own or pair it with ginger garlic backed chicken.

My Opinion: Recommended

Tasted: July 24, 2019