WESTCOTT TEMPERANCE 2016, VQA Vinemount Ridge, Niagara Region, Ontario, Canada


Cost: $19.95
Grape: Pinot Noir, Gamay
Category: Sparkling Wine
Location: Winery
Country: Canada
Region: Vinemount Ridge, Niagara Region, Ontario
Format: 750 mL
Producer: Westcott Vineyards
Alcohol: 12.5% Alcohol/Vol.

A blend between to lighter style red wines, which results in a complex wine that is a pleasure to drink

Positives: Dark cherry, plums, raspberry, blackberry, cloves, dried herbs, Champagne mushrooms with light tannins and violets on the nose.

Negatives: None

Interesting Point: Lightly chill this wine

Ageability: Drink now or over the next 3-5 years on its own or pair it with veal parmigiana.

My Opinion: Highly Recommended

Best Buy

Tasted: February 18, 2019

13th STREET WINERY PINOT NOIR 2015, VQA Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada


Cost: $24.95
Grape: Pinot Noir
Category: Red Wine
Location: Winery
Country: Canada
Region: Niagara Peninsula
Format: 750 mL
Producer: 13th Street Winery
Alcohol: 12.5% Alcohol/Vol.

An expressive Pinot full of flavour with a touch of spice

Positives: Cherry, raspberry, mulberry, cinnamon, cloves, leather, vanilla and violets on the nose.

Negatives: None

Interesting Point: Slightly chill the wine

Ageability: Drink now or over the next 3-5 years on its own or pair it with smoked oysters.

My Opinion: Highly Recommended

Best Buy

Tasted: February 17, 2019

STREWN SPARKLER NV, VQA Ontario, Canada


Cost: $24.00
Grape: Sauvignon Blanc
Category: Sparkling Wine
Location: Winery
Country: Canada
Region: Ontario
Format: 750 mL
Producer: Strewn Winery
Alcohol: 12.5% Alcohol/Vol.

A delightful crisp & refreshing sparkling wine made in the Sancerre style rather than NZ

Positives: Pale yellow with a green tinge and fine mousse featuring light yeastiness, lemon/lime, pear, green apples, pink grapefruit, flint and limestone.

Negatives: None

Interesting Point: Made in the Cuvé Close (Charmat) method

Ageability: Drink now or over the next 5-7 years on its own or pair it with raspberry point oysters.

My Opinion: Highly Recommended

Best Buy

Tasted: February 17, 2019

MARYNISSEN ESTATES MERLOT 2015, VQA Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada


Cost: $17.95
Grape: Merlot
Category: Red Wine
Location: Winery
Country: Canada
Region: Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
Format: 750 mL
Producer: Marynissen Estates
Alcohol: 13% Alcohol/Vol.

One of the best Merlot’s under $20, and it’s Canadian!

Positives: Really nice smoky nose that features plums, cherry, raspberry, cloves, cinnamon and vanilla.

Negatives: None

Interesting Point: Buy 6 pack and the cost comes to $12 per bottle, which I would put into the amazing price for the wine category.

Ageability: Drink now or over the next 5-7 years on its own or pair it with roasted duck made with salt, pepper, paprika and butter.

My Opinion: Highly Recommended

Best Buy & Top Pick

Tasted: February 16, 2019

DUFOULEUR PÈRE & FILS BRUT CRÉMANT DE BOURGOGNE NV, Méthode Traditionnelle, Aoc à Nuits-Saint-Georges, Burgundy, France


Cost: $19.95
Grape: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Aligoté
Category: Sparkling Wine
Location: LCBO Vintages
Country: France
Region: à Nuits-Saint-Georges, Burgundy
Format: 750 mL
Producer: Dufouleur Pere & Fils
Alcohol: 12% Alcohol/Vol.

A simple yet pleasant sparkling wine made in the traditional method

Positives: Pale gold in colour with fine mousse that features light yeast & buttered toast, lemon, peach, pear and Spy apples.

Negatives: None

Ageability: Drink now or over the next 3-5 of years on its own or pair it with strawberries

My Opinion: Recommended

Tasted: February 10, 2019

LCBO: 631762

HAUTE COUTURE FRENCH BUBBLES BLANC NV, Méthode Traditionnelle , France


Cost: $24.95 (Clearance price: $20.00)
Grape: unknown
Category: Sparkling Wine
Location: LCBO General List
Country: France
Region:
Format: 750 mL
Producer: Haute Couture Bubbles
Alcohol: 11% Alcohol/Vol.

A simple wine made for those that like sweetness in their sparkling wine and none of the yeastiness

Positives: Gold in colour with average mousse that features peach, pear and golden apples

Negatives: Not worth the price

Interesting Point: More like a Prosecco rather than a sparkling wine made in the traditional method.

Ageability: Drink now or over the next couple of years

My Opinion: Not Recommended

Tasted: February 10, 2019

LCBO: 617258

KACABA RESERVE SYRAH 2015, VQA Niagara Escarpment, Ontario, Canada


Cost: $44.95
Grape: Syrah
Category: Red Wine
Location: Winery
Country: Canada
Region: Niagara Escarpment, Ontario
Format: 750 mL
Producer: Kacaba Vineyards & Winery
Alcohol: 13.6% Alcohol/Vol.

A high end Canadian Syrah featuring a beautiful nose & an amazing great taste

Positives: A full, rich body wine featuring plum, dark cherry, strawberry, blackberry, crack black peppers, white pepper, anise, Allspice, dark chocolate and violets & smoked ambers on the nose.

Negatives: None

Ageability: Drink now or over the next 10 years on its own or pair it with lamb chops with rosemary and garlic.

My Opinion: Highly Recommended

Top Pick

Tasted: February 9, 2019

DOMAINE MONTROSE PRESTIGE ROSÉ 2017, IGP Côtes De Thongue, Languedoc-Roussillon, France


Cost: $16.95
Grape: 70% Grenache, 25% Rolle, 5% Syrah
Category: Rosé Wine
Location: LCBO Vintages
Country: France
Region: Côtes De Thongue, Languedoc-Roussillon
Format: 750 mL
Producer: Domaine Montrose
Alcohol: 13% Alcohol/Vol.

Crisp, dry with a nice citric & mineral flavour

Positives: Pale apricot in colour featuring tangerine, apricot, strawberry and shale.

Negatives: None

Interesting Point: Old Grenache planted on pebbly siliceous clay terrace. Rolle selected on a dark volcanic hillside.

Ageability: Drink now or over the next couple of years on its own or pair it with grilled guinea fowl breast with roasted vine tomatoes and crispy ham.

My Opinion: Recommended

Best Buy

Tasted: February 1, 2019

LCBO: 491076

CHANDON BLANC DE NOIRS NV, California, United States of America


Cost: $32.95 (Clearance price: $26.75)
Grape: Pinot Noir & Pinot Meunier
Category: Sparkling Wine
Location: LCBO Vintages
Country: United States of America
Region: California
Format: 750 mL
Producer: Chandon Winery
Alcohol: 12% Alcohol/Vol.

A wonderful, dry yet bright sparkling wine made in the traditional method

Positives: Pale gold in colour with fine mousse and featuring cherry, strawberry, white currants, white peach, light brioche & yeast, limestone and rose petal on the nose.

Negatives: None

Interesting Point: US Operation of Moët & Chandon

Ageability: Drink now or over the next 7-10 of years on its own or pair it with grilled chicken with chimichurri sauce.

My Opinion: Highly Recommended

Top Pick

Tasted: January 27, 2019

LCBO: 100693

MANCURA GRAN RESERVA


Cost: $17.95 (Clearance price: $14.40)
Grape: Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Merlot
Category: Red Wine
Location: LCBO Vintages
Country: Chile
Region: Casablanca Valley
Format: 750 mL
Producer: Mancura Winery
Alcohol: 14% Alcohol/Vol.

It’s like biting into a twig, very bitter

Positives: None

Negatives: Bitter

My Opinion: Not Recommended

Tasted: January 26, 2019

LCBO: 515767