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  • Monday, September 9, 2013

Sept. 14 LCBO Wine Picks: Ontario Wines

The next Vintages release will be on LCBO shelves on . This edition is titled "Shine ON" and focuses on Ontario wines that shine brightly on the world stage. It appears to be somewhat of an annual event as last September there was a special release including strictly only Ontario wines.

This year, the celebration begins with over 130 restaurants across Ontario, from September 15 to October 12, offering local wines by-the-glass to pair with local food. Furthermore, the LCBO and Wine Country Ontario are jointly hosting public walk-around tastings at the beginning of October in both Toronto and Ottawa. And if that's not enough, there's also the annual Niagara Grape & Wine Festival that runs for 3 weekends this month. Of course, all of this stems from the fact that it's harvest season for grape growers here in Ontario and many new wines are released around this time of the year.

In this release, there are 23 Ontario wines featured, and 8 made my list of wine picks. When looking at white wines in Ontario, in general, you will find that Ontario makes Chardonnay and Riesling very well. In red wines, Ontario makes Cab Franc and Pinot Noir quite well. Among my picks, you will find 2 Rieslings (both medium in sweetness) and a Chardonnay from Niagara. You will also find a very delightful Prince Edward County Chardonnay from renowned producer Norm Hardie.

In reds, there is a Pinot Noir from Niagara, while Foreign Affair Winery brings us "The Conspiracy", which is made in a ripasso-style (Appassimento-method) of winemaking that is gaining in popularity within the region and consists of 85% Cab Sauv and 15% Cab Franc.

And finally, one cannot mention Ontario wine without including Icewine in the conversation. Ontario is known globally for its Icewine and is most often made using the Vidal grape, such as Reif Estates Winery's version in this release. On the other hand, Stratus' Red Icewine is a blend of Cab Franc, Cab Sauv, and Syrah.

From the rest of the release, three French red wines are Aidie L'Origine (Tannat and Cab Franc blend) from Southwest region; the Estanilles L'Impertinent (30% Syrah, 20% Grenache, 15% Carignan, 15% Cinsault, and 20% Mourvèdre) from Midi; and the Vacqueyras (Grenache, Syrah, old vines Cinsault and Mourvèdre) from the fabulous 2010 Rhône region. From Spain, the Ónra Negre is a blend of Grenache, Merlot and Cab Sauv; the Lan Gran Reserva is a blend of 80% Tempranillo, 10% Mazuelo (Carignan) and 10% Garnacha; and the JC Vizacarra is 100% Tempranillo.

Remember, if you plan on buying wines from this or any Vintages release, it's best-practice to purchase them the day they are released (Saturday), as many wines are only available in limited quantities, and extremely popular wines can sell out on the first day.

Enjoy my picks for this week, and I hope to see you in Niagara for the wine festival in a couple of weeks!

Red Wine:
  • AYDIE L’ORIGINE 2010 - AC Madiran, Southwest, France (#343566) (XD) - $15.95
  • ÓNRA NEGRE 2009 - DO Costers del Segre, Spain (#343079) (XD) - $16.95
  • THE FOREIGN AFFAIR THE CONSPIRACY 2011 - VQA Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada (#149237) (XD) - $19.95
  • CHÂTEAU DES ESTANILLES L’IMPERTINENT 2010 - AP Faugères, Midi, France (#344879) (XD) - $19.95
  • COYOTE’S RUN RED PAW VINEYARD PINOT NOIR 2011 - VQA Four Mile Creek, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada (#079228) (XD) - $22.95
  • ALAIN JAUME & FILS GRANDE GARRIGUE VACQUEYRAS 2010 - AC, Rhône, France (#233916) (XD) - $24.95
  • LAN GRAN RESERVA 2005 - DOCa Rioja, Spain (#928622) (XD) - $27.95
  • BODEGAS VIZCARRA JC VIZCARRA 2010 - DO Ribera del Duero, Spain (#214650) (XD) - $28.95
  • CORTE PAVONE BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO 2007 - DOCG, Tuscany, Italy (#237263) (XD) - $49.95

White Wine:
  • MIGUEL TORRES SANTA DIGNA RESERVA SAUVIGNON BLANC 2012 - Curicó Valley, Chile (#177444) (XD) - $13.95
  • FLAT ROCK RIESLING 2012 - VQA Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada (#043281) (M) - $16.95
  • FEATHERSTONE BLACK SHEEP RIESLING 2012 - VQA Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada (#080234) (M) - $16.95
  • CONCHA Y TORO MARQUES DE CASA CONCHA CHARDONNAY 2012 - Limarí, Chile (#342857) (XD) - $19.95
  • BACHELDER NIAGARA CHARDONNAY 2011 - VQA Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada (#302083) (XD) - $29.95
  • NORMAN HARDIE UNFILTERED CHARDONNAY 2010 - VQA Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada (#184432) (XD) - $35.00
  • DOMAINE BERNARD DEFAIX CÔTE DE LECHET RESERVE CHABLIS 1ER CRU 2010 - Cuvée Vieilles Vignes, AC, Burgundy, France (#017541) (XD) - $33.95
  • RAMEY SONOMA COAST CHARDONNAY 2010 - Sonoma Coast, California, USA (#288035) (XD) - $41.95

Sparkling Wine:
  • CHÂTEAU GAUDRELLE BRUT CRÉMANT DE LOIRE - AC, Loire, France (#339986) (D) - $19.95

Dessert Wine:
  • REIF VIDAL ICEWINE 2011 - VQA Niagara River, Ontario, Canada (#544791) (S) (200 mL) - $24.95
  • STRATUS RED ICEWINE 2012 - VQA Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada (#056689) (S) (200 mL) - $39.95

  • QUINTA DE VENTOZELO VINTAGE PORT 2003 - Not Filtered, DOC Douro, Portugal (#336354) (S) - $48.95

The rest of the wines from this release can be found here.


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