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COMING BACK SOON

Champagne A.D. Coutelas Origin’ Brut NV  

 

LCBO#  793406     l    $52.95

91 points DECANTER

LE SAVOIR-BOIRE is so pleased to bring back this delicious and wallet-friendly champagne to the LCBO’s Destination Collection!  When released last year, Origin’ sold through in no time and this time, more of it and at an even more attractive price. (Thanks to foreign exchange fluctuations!).

 

Champagne A.D. Coutelas is a boutique, highly awarded, family-owned and operated grower champagne house situated in the north western part of the Marne department.  The small village of Dizy hosts many notable champagne producers. The Coutelas family has been growing their own grapes and making champagne here since 1809 and now the 8th, current generation continues to honour the wealth of knowledge and expertise passed on to them from their ancestors. Today Damien and Angélique  Coutelas are at the helm and are continually experimenting with new styles and vintages. An allegiance to authenticity, quality and tradition is their guiding light.

 

A perfect champagne to keep on hand for all the upcoming year-end festivities and celebrations - stock up now because it won’t last!

 

Tasting Note:  On the nose it is fresh, with fine bubbles and lots of citrus and floral notes.  On the palate, a continuation of the nose - freshness, citrus and a very persistent and powerful finish. For toasts, appetizers, oysters and seafood;  fish and white meat/fowl preparations in cream sauces, cheeses and of course any fruit based dessert. 12% alc./vol.

Available online and at France Destination Store (Ottawa - Rideau & King Edward)

Champagne
A. D.
Coutelas 

Champagne

France

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Domaine Bader Pinot Blanc AOP Alsace 2020 

 

LCBO#  28300     l    $19.95

A family owned, organic winery located in the small picturesque village of Epfig, between Strasbourg and Colmar, not far from the Swiss border.   The Bader domaine has been growing grapes since the 17th century and passed on through the generations, until Pierre Scharsch took over the reins in 2004. Pierre hails from a well-known family of growers in the north of Alsace. He chose to keep the Bader name to honour the family’s hard work. The wines are delicate, elegant and beautiful expressions of the Epfig terroir.

 

Tasting Note:  Dry, supple and crisp, this wine shows fresh, ripe yellow fruit that is complex. A good match with appetizers served on the patio, or with white fish, white meat dishes, sushi, and Asian food. 14.2% alc./vol.   4 gr r/s.

Domaine Bader Pinot Blanc

Alsace

France

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Domaine Bader Riesling AOP

Alsace 2020 

 

LCBO#  28298    l    $21.95

A family owned, organic winery located in the small picturesque village of Epfig, between Strasbourg and Colmar, not far from the Swiss border.   The Bader domaine has been growing grapes since the 17th century and passed on through the generations, until Pierre Scharsch took over the reins in 2004. Pierre hails from a well-known family of growers in the north of Alsace. He chose to keep the Bader name to honour the family’s hard work. The wines are delicate, elegant and beautiful expressions of the Epfig terroir.

 

Tasting Note:  Dry and mineral. Nose with a fresh expression (lemon zests) and minerality. The palate shows both sides, mineral and fruity, with a good volume. Fine and tense, the wine is harmonious with a beautiful citrus fruit and lemon grass flavours.  it matches perfectly with the local cuisine (Sauerkraut, Baeckeoffe). It is also a winner with seafood and white meat/poultry with cream sauces. 13.1% alc./vol. and 5 gr residual sugar.

Available online and at France Destination Store

Domaine Bader Riesling

Alsace

France

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Jérôme Arnoux ‘Chantemerle’ 2017, AOC Arbois, Jura

 

LCBO#  287143     l    $28.70

The wines from the Jura appellation are very much on trend with sommeliers, restauranteurs and curious wine lovers alike. We are fortunate to have a decent selection at the LCBO, mostly online. Classic grapes such as Chardonnay result in wines that are very different from one’s accepted understanding of what a Chardonnay should taste like.  The soils and the climate contribute greatly to making the final product an unusual, attractive and food friendly wine.  Not to mention a great dinner party conversation piece. Other native grapes such as Savagnin, Trousseau as well as Pinot Noir do exceptionally well in this less well-known wine region. The Jura is rich in expressions of these grapes:  sparkling, dry, sweet, oxydised wines are all well represented - something for every course of the meal!

 

Jérôme Arnoux has been making his eponymous organic wines at his own winery: Le Cellier des Tiercelines in Arbois, an appellation of the Jura, for over 6 years. Prior to that, he was crafting wines for over 20 years for other Jura producers - his excellent reputation precedes him. Jérôme produces 13 different wines - fine and elegant examples of native grapes, using only indigenous yeasts and little or no added sulphites.  His wines are highly rated in France in the various respected publications. As an added bonus, his wines remain affordable for the region.

 

It only stands to reason then that I am absolutely thrilled to introduce the organic wines of Jérôme Arnoux/Cellier des Tiercelines to the Ontario market! Here are the two wines that are currently available online and at the France Destination store in Ottawa (Rideau & King Edward):

A beautiful Chardonnay aged in oak barrels for 12 months, full of character. On the nose: apple, citrus, lychee and peach. The palate is dry with salty notes, lots of ripe fruit, such as peach and kiwi. A captivatingly elegant, atypical Chardonnay. This wine is an ideal complement to a quiche, cheese soufflé, gratin or grilled fish. Chantemerle also pairs perfectly with creamy snails, crayfish or scallops and beautifully accompanies a thin slice of raw Jura ham. 13% alc./vol.

Jérôme Arnoux  Cellier des Tiercelines

Jura

France

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Jérôme Arnoux ‘Trousseau Exception’ 2019, AOC Arbois, Jura 

 

LCBO#  287150      l    $28.70

The wines from the Jura appellation are very much on trend with sommeliers, restauranteurs and curious wine lovers alike. We are fortunate to have a decent selection at the LCBO, mostly online. Classic grapes such as Chardonnay result in wines that are very different from one’s accepted understanding of what a Chardonnay should taste like.  The soils and the climate contribute greatly to making the final product an unusual, attractive and food friendly wine.  Not to mention a great dinner party conversation piece. Other native grapes such as Savagnin, Trousseau as well as Pinot Noir do exceptionally well in this less well-known wine region. The Jura is rich in expressions of these grapes:  sparkling, dry, sweet, oxydised wines are all well represented - something for every course of the meal!

 

Jérôme Arnoux has been making his eponymous organic wines at his own winery: Le Cellier des Tiercelines in Arbois, an appellation of the Jura, for over 6 years. Prior to that, he was crafting wines for over 20 years for other Jura producers - his excellent reputation precedes him. Jérôme produces 13 different wines - fine and elegant examples of native grapes, using only indigenous yeasts and little or no added sulphites.  His wines are highly rated in France in the various respected publications. As an added bonus, his wines remain affordable for the region.

 

It only stands to reason then that I am absolutely thrilled to introduce the organic wines of Jérôme Arnoux/Cellier des Tiercelines to the Ontario market! Here are the two wines that are currently available online and at the France Destination store in Ottawa (Rideau & King Edward):

A wine matured in barrels for 12 months, with great intensity both on the nose and in the mouth. Strawberry, red currant and cherry form an elegant and powerful bouquet. An aromatic quality that lasts in a rich and full mouth, backed by ripe tannins and a fine acidity. This wine will accompany grilled red meats, game and cheese such as Morbier, or in Canada, Douanier Rousseau.  Enjoy now or age for 5-8 years. Serve slightly chilled at around 15 degrees celsius. 12.5% alc./vol.

Jérôme Arnoux  Cellier des Tiercelines

Jura

France

L.N. Mattei  Cap Corse  Rouge ‘Le Seul Vrai’

 

LCBO#  28295      l    $37.45

One of the oldest distilleries in Corsica,  L.N. Mattei was established in 1872 in Bastia, Corsica.  A family owned and managed company producing apéritifs, and now gin, whisky and other local digestifs. Very  popular in Corsica, mainland France and gaining traction around the world, available for the first time in Ontario.  The marketing and labeling is striking with imagery invoking the advertising poster style of the 50’s. This apéritif wine is often used in cocktails, or spritzes and of course on its own, the OG way.

Tasting Note:  A wine-based aperitif made with local Muscat and Vermentino grapes. The grape juice is blended with cinchona bark, Corsican citron and a secret selection of local fruits, plants and exotic spices. Warming on the palate with a subtle bitter note on the smooth sweet finish. Enjoy chilled or on ice with orange zest.

Available online and at France Destination Store

L.N
Mattei

Corsica

France

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Cuvée Johan Adam Hauck VDP.Gutswein 2014 

 

LCBO#  155241    l    $29.80

3 Grapes -  Gault & Millau

4 Stars Eichelmann

Weingut Siegrist is a family owned and managed winery since 1974, when Thomas and Gisela Siegrist chose an uncommon path for their vini - and viti- cultural methods.  First, rebelliously for the region, they chose to focus on grape growing only, not mixed agriculture as was the norm. Thomas Siegrist wanted to make wines according to nature. Wines with a home and an origin. Wines with character and uniqueness. To achieve this, he chose to use barriques in the winemaking process.  At the time, this was considered quite a deviation in the German wine world.  Thomas Siegrist did not give up and is now one of the founding members of the German Barrique Forum - because this process accepted elsewhere to produce the best wines is now not only allowed but highly valued in Germany. Today, their daughter Kirsten and son-in-law Bruno have joined the winery to continue Thomas’ vision.

 

This red wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Madeleine and Dornfelder.  Pinot Madeleine may be unfamiliar to many: also known as Pinot Noir Précoce or Frühburgunder among other synonyms.  It is grown mostly in Pfalz, Rheinhessen and Mosel regions in Germany, and a little bit in Switzerland. Like Pinot Noir, it is temperamental, low yielding and susceptible to diseases. Its advantage is that is ripens a good 3 weeks earlier than Pinot Noir. With the Cabernet Sauvignon and Dornfelder, it makes for a rich, dark wine, already nicely aged, ready to enjoy.

 

Tasting Note:  A classy red wine that enchants with its dark red shimmering robe and elegant aromas of blackberries, sour cherries and wild herbs. It presents itself with a clear structure and pronounced depth and impresses with a tangy, spicy aftertaste. Successful use of barriques - 20 months. The ideal accompaniment to meat dishes of all kinds, cheese & sausage assortments, pasta or simply to enjoy in front of the fireplace!. 13% alc./vol.

Weingut Siegrist

Pfalz

Germany

 
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Dornfelder VDP.Gutswein 2015

 

LCBO#  155225   l   $24.75

3 Grapes  - Gault & Millau

4 Stars - Eichelmann

 

Weingut Siegrist is a family owned and managed winery since 1974, when Thomas and Gisela Siegrist chose an uncommon path for their vini - and viti- cultural methods.  First, rebelliously for the region, they chose to focus on grape growing only, not mixed agriculture as was the norm. Thomas Siegrist wanted to make wines according to nature. Wines with a home and an origin. Wines with character and uniqueness. To achieve this, he chose to use barriques in the winemaking process.  At the time, this was considered quite a deviation in the German wine world.  Thomas Siegrist did not give up and is now one of the founding members of the German Barrique Forum - because this process accepted elsewhere to produce the best wines is now not only allowed but highly valued in Germany. Today, their daughter Kirsten and son-in-law Bruno have joined the winery to continue Thomas’ vision.

 

Dornfelder is a red native grape to Germany, a cross between the Helfensteiner and Heroldrebe grapes (both crosses themselves), created in 1955 by  August Herold.  It’s the 2nd most grown grape variety in Germany and does particularly well in Pfalz and Rheinhessen. The result is a deeply red coloured wine with a soft, rich mouthfeel.  Dornfelder is often aged in oak to achieve more complexity and structure.  A wine that benefits from aging, allowing for mellower tannins.  Here, the wine is 6 years old, perfectly ready to enjoy now. The best part is the low alcohol: 12.5%alc./vol.

 

Tasting Note: Aromas of ripe red and black cherries. Cassis, subtle oak and coconut, creamy and bound. Ending with aromas of plum confit and nougat. A very soft, velvety red wine with a delicate and long-lasting finish. Pairs well with pastas, pizzas, cheeses, red meat.  Could even benefit from a bit of chilling in the hot summer weather. 12.5% als./vol.

Weingut
Siegrist

Pfalz

Germany

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Siegrist Pinot Blanc

VDP.Gutswein 2019 

 

LCBO#  957877    l   $25.15

3 Grapes  - Gault & Millau

4 Stars - Eichelmann

 

Weingut Siegrist is a family owned and managed winery since 1974, when Thomas and Gisela Siegrist chose an uncommon path for their vini - and viti- cultural methods.  First, rebelliously for the region, they chose to focus on grape growing only, not mixed agriculture as was the norm. Thomas Siegrist wanted to make wines according to nature. Wines with a home and an origin. Wines with character and uniqueness. To achieve this, he chose to use barriques in the winemaking process.  At the time, this was considered quite a deviation in the German wine world.  Thomas Siegrist did not give up and is now one of the founding members of the German Barrique Forum - because this process accepted elsewhere to produce the best wines is now not only allowed but highly valued in Germany. Today, their daughter Kirsten and son-in-law Bruno have joined the winery to continue Thomas’ vision.

 

Tasting NoteFirst a subdued, gentle perfume then a surprising opening on the palate with green apple, pear and honey melon. Juicy and powerful, lively and complex with a refreshing acidity and lightly mineral finish. Pairs well with fish, seafood, poultry, white meats and of course any Asian foods such as sushi. Makes for a great summer sipper. Also known as Weissburgunder.

12.5% alc./vol.

 

Weingut
Siegrist

Pfalz

Germany

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Siegrist Sauvignon Blanc

VDP.Gutswein 2019

LCBO#  957885    l   $27.45

3 Grapes  - Gault & Millau

4 Stars - Eichelmann

 

Weingut Siegrist is a family owned and managed winery since 1974, when Thomas and Gisela Siegrist chose an uncommon path for their vini - and viti- cultural methods.  First, rebelliously for the region, they chose to focus on grape growing only, not mixed agriculture as was the norm. Thomas Siegrist wanted to make wines according to nature. Wines with a home and an origin. Wines with character and uniqueness. To achieve this, he chose to use barriques in the winemaking process.  At the time, this was considered quite a deviation in the German wine world.  Thomas Siegrist did not give up and is now one of the founding members of the German Barrique Forum - because this process accepted elsewhere to produce the best wines is now not only allowed but highly valued in Germany. Today, their daughter Kirsten and son-in-law Bruno have joined the winery to continue Thomas’ vision.

 

Tasting Note: Intense fragrance of blackcurrant blossom, exotic fruits, lychee, mango and kiwi. Generous mouth feel, complex with refreshing acidity and light mineral finish. Serve with goat cheese with honey, fish, seafood, white meat, Asian cuisine, sushi. The German take on Sauvignon Blanc - ripe and tasty. 13% alc./vol.

 

Weingut
Siegrist

Pfalz

Germany

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Siegrist Leinsweiler Riesling Eigensinn VDP.Ortswein 2019 

LCBO#  957501   l   $34.25

3 Grapes  - Gault & Millau

4 Stars - Eichelmann

 

Weingut Siegrist is a family owned and managed winery since 1974, when Thomas and Gisela Siegrist chose an uncommon path for their vini - and viti- cultural methods.  First, rebelliously for the region, they chose to focus on grape growing only, not mixed agriculture as was the norm. Thomas Siegrist wanted to make wines according to nature. Wines with a home and an origin. Wines with character and uniqueness. To achieve this, he chose to use barriques in the winemaking process.  At the time, this was considered quite a deviation in the German wine world.  Thomas Siegrist did not give up and is now one of the founding members of the German Barrique Forum - because this process accepted elsewhere to produce the best wines is now not only allowed but highly valued in Germany. Today, their daughter Kirsten and son-in-law Bruno have joined the winery to continue Thomas’ vision.

 

Tasting NoteA masterpiece of Riesling which demonstrates perfectly the precious mussel limestone terroir. A bouquet of herbs and yellow stone fruit combined with straightforward minerality. Very complex and elegant. The expressive minerality of the terroir completes this Riesling giving incredible depth and finesse. Pair with fish and white meat dishes: Blanquette de Veau (veal ragout), Lotte de Mer (monkfish) in lemon sauce or Rabbit in a Riesling cream. 13% alc/vol.

Weingut
Siegrist

Pfalz

Germany

 
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Assyrtiko 2021 PGI Macedonia

LCBO#  27475   l   $22.95

 

An organic, family owned and managed winery just south of Thessaloniki, on the northwestern coast of the Aegean in Nea Michaniona.

 

Tasting NoteComplex nose with aromas of dried citrus, bergamot peel and sweet aromas of honey and vanilla. Typically crisp on the palate with zesty acidity and mineral character. Vegan friendly. 14% alc./vol. 2 gr r/s.

Available online and at Greece Destination Store

Aslanis 
Family
Winery  

Macedonia

Greece

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Limnio 2020 PGI Macedonia

LCBO#  227476   l   $23.95

 

An organic, family owned and managed winery just south of Thessaloniki, on the northwestern coast of the Aegean in Nea Michaniona.

 

Tasting NoteThe aroma is reminiscent of sour cherry, coffee, black pepper, leaves of bond tobacco, cinnamon and cloves. The wine is peppery in the mouth, slightly bitter, sharp tannins. Pleasant aftertaste. Vegan friendly. 14.5% alc./vol.  4 gr r/s.

Available at Greece Destination Store

Aslanis 
Family
Winery  

Macedonia

Greece

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Malagousia 2021 PGI Macedonia

Organic

LCBO#  27472   l   $21.95

 

An organic, family owned and managed winery just south of Thessaloniki, on the northwestern coast of the Aegean in Nea Michaniona.

 

Tasting NoteFruity palate with pleasant acidity and aromas of white fruit and citrus. Refreshing after-taste. Vegan friendly. 13.5% alc.vol. 2 gr r/s.

Available online and at Greece Destination Store

Aslanis 
Family
Winery  

Macedonia

Greece

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Wassmann Cabernet Franc 2016

DHC Villány 

 

LCBO#  937168    l    $57.05

Available online and in select stores

SILVER Medal - PAR Wine Award International (Wine System AG)

Susann Hanauer and her husband Ralf Wassmann moved to Hungary from Germany and set up their eponymous biodynamic winery in Pécsdevecser (Villány - Siklós) in 2002 and the rest is history.  Through the Destination Collection/eCommerce program at the LCBO, we are able to bring in wines that would otherwise perhaps not be available in Ontario, in limited quantities, giving adventurous wine lovers the opportunity to discover gems from around the world.   Ralf and Susann’s winery is Demeter certified and holds the DHC Villány origin certification. Their wines contain minimal sulphur and the corks are chlorine free - low intervention natural wine production allowing the biodynamically grown grapes to speak for themselves.

 

Wassman’s Cabernet Franc is a wine of powerful elegance, fit for any choice beef, lamb or pork cut.

Tasting Note: From WEIN-PLUS - “Firm, slightly tobacco-like scent of black berries and a little red pepper with delicate bacon and floral nuances. Ripe, firm, very juicy fruit, fine tannin, noticeable acid and clear minerality, persistent on the palate,  hints of red pepper, herbal nuances, depth, poweful, peppery-spicy notes, very good, firm, tangy-juicy and slightly smoky finish with cocoa notes.“ 14% alc./vol.

 

Wassmann
Pince

Villány

Hungary

 
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Wassmann Kékfrankos 2015

DHC Villány 

 

LCBO#  910645    l    $38.85

Available exclusively online

GOLD Medal  -  PAR Wine Award International (Wine System AG)

Susann Hanauer and her husband Ralf Wassmann moved to Hungary from Germany and set up their eponymous biodynamic winery in Pécsdevecser (Villány - Siklós) in 2002 and the rest is history.  Through the Destination Collection/eCommerce program at the LCBO, we are able to bring in wines that would otherwise perhaps not be available in Ontario, in limited quantities, giving adventurous wine lovers the opportunity to discover gems from around the world.   Ralf and Susann’s winery is Demeter certified and holds the DHC Villány origin certification. Their wines contain minimal sulphur and the corks are chlorine free - low intervention natural wine production allowing the biodynamically grown grapes to speak for themselves.

 

Kékrankos is a red grape also known as Lemberg and Blaufränkisch in Germany and Austria.

Tasting Note: From WEIN-PLUS - ‘Zehr Gut!”: “Clear, cool and quite firm scent of cherries and dark berries with slightly herbal and floral nuances, hint of bacon and a hint of pepper. Tart, slightly acidic, yet slightly covered fruit with a bite and youthful, fine-grained tannins, cool style, good sustainability, still yeasty tones, some salinity in the background, has freshness, quite elegant style, a hint of paprika and olives in the background, very good finish with a bite. Needs some time .” 12% alc./vol.

 

Wassmann
Pince

Villány

Hungary

 
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ELDA Cantine  ‘ Contralto’ Negroamaro IGP Puglia 2017 

 

LCBO#  302959   l    $17.65

ELDA Cantine is a family-owned sustainable winery located slightly inland in the small ancient town of Troia, province of Foggia (the northern part of Puglia).  Marcello Salvatori, an engineer previously active in the sustainable energy industry, found a new calling with with his winery, named in honour of his mother Elda.  Here, along with enologist Rosalia Ambrosino and the winemaking team, beautiful, food friendly wines are crafted from native grapes with Mediterranean flair. Along with the wines, ELDA Hotel has come to join the vision - Marcello has restored a historic refuge to its previous glory and transformed it into a luxury hotel, nestled in the ecosystem of the State Biogenetic Reserve of the Umbra Forest.

In music, the term “contralto” is used to describe the heaviest of the female voices, and refers to not only to the singer but also to her particular register. Drinking this Negroamaro is like hearing a voice that is heavy and dense, yet soft and deep all at once. 100% Negroamaro grapes grown on chalky soils at over 400 metres altitude on the estate. Classic red wine vinification including maceration and temperature controlled fermentation processes, ageing in steel for 6 months and in the bottle for the final 6 months.


Tasting Note: Ruby red colour. On the nose: complex and intense, with elegant fruity notes (plum, blackberry, blackcurrant), mingling with spicy aromas and others such as leather and straw so typically characteristic of Negroamaro. On the palate: soft and warm, with just the right amount of tannins and a lingering finish. Excellent with  robust first and second courses, game and roasts, mature cheeses. Serving temperature: 16°-18° C. 14.5% alc./vol.

Available online and the Italy Destination store in Woodbridge (Hwy 7 &  Innovation Drive)

 

ELDA
Cantine 

Puglia

Italy

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ELDA Cantine ‘Garbino’ Primitivo IGP Puglia 2018 

 

LCBO#  302934   l    $18.35

ELDA Cantine is a family-owned sustainable winery located slightly inland in the small ancient town of Troia, province of Foggia (the northern part of Puglia).  Marcello Salvatori, an engineer previously active in the sustainable energy industry, found a new calling with with his winery, named in honour of his mother Elda.  Here, along with enologist Rosalia Ambrosino and the winemaking team, beautiful, food friendly wines are crafted from native grapes with Mediterranean flair. Along with the wines, ELDA Hotel has come to join the vision - Marcello has restored a historic refuge to its previous glory and transformed it into a luxury hotel, nestled in the ecosystem of the State Biogenetic Reserve of the Umbra Forest.

The ‘Libeccio’ is a wind that comes from the southwest, also known as the “Garbino” on the Garganico coast, a warm wind like the warm nuances of this Primitivo wine.  100% Primitivo grapes grown on medium textured calcareous tufa soils at over 400 metres altitude on the estate. Temperature-controlled fermentation with maceration on the skins. 6 months ageing in stainless steel tanks followed by 6 more months in the bottle. 


Tasting Note: Ruby red with violet reflections. On the nose: intense and complex with notes of red fruits such as cherries, sour cherries and blackcurrant.  On the palate: velvety, pleasant, soft with a lingering finish. Ideal with appetizers, semi-aged cheeses, meats. 13.5% alc./vol.

Available online and the Italy Destination store in Woodbridge (Hwy 7 &  Innovation Drive)

 

ELDA
Cantine 

Puglia

Italy

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ELDA Cantine ‘Il Primo’ Nero di Troia IGP Puglia 2018

 

LCBO#  302942    l    $18.45

ELDA Cantine is a family-owned sustainable winery located slightly inland in the small ancient town of Troia, province of Foggia (the northern part of Puglia).  Marcello Salvatori, an engineer previously active in the sustainable energy industry, found a new calling with with his winery, named in honour of his mother Elda.  Here, along with enologist Rosalia Ambrosino and the winemaking team, beautiful, food friendly wines are crafted from native grapes with Mediterranean flair. Along with the wines, ELDA Hotel has come to join the vision - Marcello has restored a historic refuge to its previous glory and transformed it into a luxury hotel, nestled in the ecosystem of the State Biogenetic Reserve of the Umbra Forest.

‘Il Primo’ was the first Nero di Troia produced by the winery, the first step taken on their wine journey. 100% Nero di Troia grapes, grown on chalky soils at over 400 metres altitude on the estate.  Brief maceration with temperature controlled fermentation in steel, ageing for 6 months in steel and at least 3 months in the bottle. 


Tasting Note: Deep, intense ruby red. A mature and intense nose, pleasant notes of red fruit lending freshness and persistence of aroma. On the palate: clean, fleshy Nero di Troia; fruity, rich in young but well-contained tannins. Well-balanced, clean, with a nice long finish. Best enjoyed with roasted and grilled meats, seasonal vegetables, and semi-mature cheeses. 14% alc./vol.

Available online and the Italy Destination store in Woodbridge (Hwy 7 &  Innovation Drive)

 

ELDA
Cantine 

Puglia

Italy

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Il Drago e la Fornace Rosso Foco Etna DOC 2018  

 

LCBO# 28004      l    $38.95     

Il Drago e la Fornace is an unusual winery concept;  Design, art and wine from various regions in Italy, based in Tuscany.  Their wines are sourced from exceptional wineries and bottled with stunningly designed labels, representing the finest appellations from each selected region.  Rosso Foco hails from Sicily, an iconic wine from the slopes of Etna, rich in volcanic soils.  


Tasting Note: The indigenous grape varieties Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio are used to express the rich and intense character of their volcanic soil and climate. Persistent fruitiness complimented by balsamic notes on the palate with a good balance of freshness and presence of tannins on a lengthy finish. Serve with grilled lamb, or any dish you would match with Pinot Noir, although arguably this wine will provide more of a conversation piece. This delicious wine comes in at 13.5% alc./vol. and less than 2 gr residual sugar. The 2018 is refined and elegant, can definitely age further, although delicious now.

Available online and at Italy Destination Store

 

Il Drago e
la Fornace 

Sicily

Italy

 
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IXSIR Altitudes White 2020

 

LCBO#  25711    l    $25.95     

90 points International Wine Challenge (IWC)  

 

Vintages Frontline Release September 24  

A modern winery  based in Batriun, IXSIR’s mission is to reveal the best terroirs of Lebanon, some long since forgotten. Practising sustainable agriculture, the vineyards are located at an altitude of 1,800 metres, the highest in the Northern Hemisphere. A 17th century traditional Lebanese house presides over a contemporary winery, which has been named as one of the greenest buildings in the world by CNN, consuming 75% less energy than any other winery in the world, starting the vinification process with gravity fermentation.


Tasting Note: Blend of Viognier, Muscat and Obeideh. This blend of a Lebanese indigenous grape and two noble southern varieties presents an elegant swirl of golden glittering robes. Breathing an exquisite bouquet of floral aromas with hints of Muscat and notes of grapefruit, this floral and fruity blend translates into a balanced and sharp palate hinted with spicy undertones. A soft touch of acidity gives the wine a pleasant freshness.

 

IXSIR

Lebanon

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EL IXSIR 2015

 

LCBO#  21421    l    $79    

93 points James Suckling      

A modern winery  based in Batriun, IXSIR’s mission is to reveal the best terroirs of Lebanon, some long since forgotten. Practising sustainable agriculture, the vineyards are located at an altitude of 1,800 metres, the highest in the Northern Hemisphere. A 17th century traditional Lebanese house presides over a contemporary winery, which has been named as one of the greenest buildings in the world by CNN, consuming 75% less energy than any other winery in the world, starting the vinification process with gravity fermentation.


Tasting Note: A fresh, vivid red with lots of blackberry, blueberry and spice aromas and flavors. Full-bodied, layered and very intense. Gorgeous and serious finish. Very transparent and focused. Syrah, cabernet sauvignon, and merlot. Drink or hold. 14.7% alc./vol. 2 gr r/s. Score - 93. (jamessuckling.com, Sept. 8, 2020)

Classics Release September 1 - available in stores now

 

IXSIR

Lebanon

 
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Prestige Collection Sauvignon Blanc 2019 Hawke’s Bay

 

LCBO#  26742    l    $40.95     

94 points, Sam Kim

 www.wineorbit.co.nz

This New Zealand organic certified winery is the labour of love of Taizo Osawa, a Japanese wine lover with a background in civil engineering and computers.  He traveled the new world in search of the perfect vineyard and settled on Hawke’s Bay.  He purchased 100 acres from Carggy Range, hinting at the great potential of wines to come. With the assistance Rod McDonald, a NZ Winemaker of the Year, he created Osawa Wines. Today, there are 2 lines of wines, much is exported to Japan and for the first time, to Ontario, to the delight of all discerning New Zealand wine lovers. The Prestige Collection is the winery’s premium offering.


Tasting Note: 'It'sfabulously complex and engaging on the nose showing grapefruit, crunchy apple, lime peel and flinty aromas, leading to a wonderfully weighted palate delivering vibrant fruit intensity together with richly textured mouthfeel, finishing impressively long and structured.’  Sam Kim, Wine Orbit. 13% alc./vol. 0 gr r/s

Available online and at New Zealand Destination Store

 

Osawa
Wines

Hawke's Bay

New Zealand

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Prestige Collection Pinot Noir 

2018 Hawke’s Bay

 

LCBO#  26743    l    $44.95         

94 points, Sam Kim

 www.wineorbit.co.nz

This New Zealand organic certified winery is the labour of love of Taizo Osawa, a Japanese wine lover with a background in civil engineering and computers.  He traveled the new world in search of the perfect vineyard and settled on Hawke’s Bay.  He purchased 100 acres from Carggy Range, hinting at the great potential of wines to come. With the assistance Rod McDonald, a NZ Winemaker of the Year, he created Osawa Wines. Today, there are 2 lines of wines, much is exported to Japan and for the first time, to Ontario, to the delight of all discerning New Zealand wine lovers. The Prestige Collection is the winery’s premium offering.


Tasting Note: 'Immensely complex and engaging, the wine shows dark berry, charcuterie, dried herb, mushroom and toasted almond characters on the nose. The concentrated palate delivers flowing mouthfeel and refined texture, well supported by seamlessly woven tannins. Impressive and satisfying’.  Sam Kim, Wine Orbit.  13% alc./vol. 0 gr r/

Available online and at New Zealand Destination Store

 

Osawa
Wines

Hawke's Bay

New Zealand

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Astronaut Baga Bruto DOC

Bairrada 2018

LCBO#  26706    l    $22.50

This fun sparkling is technically a Blanc de Noir as Baga is a red grape native to the Bairrada and Dão regions in central Portugal. The wine is bottle fermented and aged 36 months in the same bottle before disgorgement and release. A very affordable and elegant sparkling with a very snazzy label, sure to impress.

 

Tasting Note: White peach colour. Fine fizzy mousse. On the palate: light red fruit, lemon, brioche flavours. Long, fresh, salivating. Creamy. All-purpose festive sparkling. Ideal pairing from starters to dessert. Serve at 6-8ºC. 12% alc./vol.

Bairrada

Portugal

Astronaut
 

 

Astronaut Vinho de Talha 2016

DOC Alentejo    

VINTAGES# 20946      l    $93

95 points - Mark Squires/Robert Parker

 

Aníbal Coutinho, founder and owner, is an internationally recognized Portuguese oenologist and wine critic and now virtual winemaker, collaborating with top wineries around the world to produce his own line of wines: Astronaut Wines.  He also organizes highly respected wine competitions in Portugal. Already available in Quebec, we are now fortunate to have a fine selection of his wines at the LCBO at the Portugal Destination Store.  Winemaking notes: Natural full bunch wine. Fermentation and 6 months aging in Roman 1000 litre amphorae. 1 year in stainless steel tank and then 6 months of bottle ageing.This is the second order by Classics of this exceptional wine.

 

Tasting Note: The 2016 Astronauta Vinho de Talha is a field blend, mostly old-vines (80 years) Moreto aged in clay amphorae. The winery describes the process this way: 'Total skin and stems fermented and clay aged. Sealed inside with resin and honey wax, protected on top with olive oil, Roman style. [It spent] six months on the amphora, 18 months on steel.' It comes in at 14.5% alcohol. This is beautiful on all fronts. It has velvet for texture, serious tannins and dried strawberry/cherry flavors on the finish. There's a touch of garrigue, too, and a nod to restrained Grenache. Focused, precise and long on the finish, this is also brilliantly structured. It's not impossibly hard, but it is nowhere near ready. The tannins stop short of truly astringent, but they are too much right now. It's penetrating on the finish too. Drink date: 2021-2036. Score - 95. ‘(Mark Squires, robertparker.com, Aug. 30, 2019).  14% alc./vol. 

Vinho de Talha is a collector’s item, a wine for the connoisseur of Portuguese wines, a wine to savour with the best roasts, grilled meats and aged cheeses.

Available through Classics Collection starting November 3 online.

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Alentejo

Portugal

Astronaut
 

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Lisboa 2017 

LCBO#  134105    l    $21.30

Gold - Sélections Mondiales des Vins 2017

 

The classic Portuguese red grape, hailing from the Dão region. This award-winning wine was fermented in stainless steel tanks with delicate exposure to American oak prior to bottling.  

 

Tasting Note: Dark purple, intense red berries, chocolate and spice on the nose. Varietal characters of bergamot and violet. Juicy, fleshy mouthfeel with a long-lasting, lively and medium tannic finish. Pairs superbly with feijoada, tripe, red meats, roast goat and lamb, cheeses. Very good company for steaks with flavourful, spiced sauces. Serve at 18 ºC. 13.5% alc./vol.

Lisboa

Portugal

Astronaut
 

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Goedverwacht, J & G

Chardonnay 2018   

LCBO#  189265     l    $17.75

3 Stars - John Platter

Goedverwacht Estate is a family owned winery, situated in the Robertson Valley on the banks of the Breede River. The farm has been owned by the Du Toit family for three generations.

In the 1960’s, Gabriël Hendrik du Toit, a civil engineer, followed his dream of becoming a wine farmer by buying two neighbouring farms, totalling 70 ha, in the beautiful Breede River Valley, between Robertson and Bonnievale. He added a third property to start a dairy farm and called it Soek Die Geluk ( which translates to ‘look for the happiness’), since he firmly believed that he would find happiness in this enterprise. Today Soek die Geluk is a well-known export label to the Netherlands.

Between 1989 and 2015, Jan and Gawie du Toit, the current owners, added five more farms to the original properties and at present the farms cover a total of 380 ha. Of this, 280 ha is under irrigation and 180 ha under vineyards.

Goedverwacht, translated into English means Great Expectations which is one of their main wine series.  The J & G  series is named after Jan and his son Gawie, respectively the 2nd and 3rd generations of the Du Toit family and who now own and manage the estate.

 

Tasting Note: A full-bodied yet refined Chardonnay with enticing citrus and minerality on the nose. Subtle oak aromas lend complexity to the wine. The palate is creamy but with a good line of acidity. Ideal with spicier dishes or white fish. 13.5% alc./vol. Enjoy now.
 

Robertson

South Africa

Goedverwacht Family
Winery

 
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Grande Provence Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

LCBO#  155076      l    $32.35

Platinum Award SAWI (South African Wine Index)

Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate is a venerable winery and luxury retreat located in the Franschhoek valley (French Corner) in the Western Cape - one of the most qualitative wine regions in South Africa. Founded over 325 years ago by a French Huguenot priest from Provence, escaping religious persecution. At his death in 1732, he left behind an amazing legacy in the form of the Grande Provence manor, built in the Cape Dutch architectural style, and acres of vineyards for future generations to cultivate. Today the estate is owned by Belgian and Dutch business groups - they have created a stunning retreat with luxury accommodations, fine dining, art gallery, farm shop, and of course, their award-winning wines.  The Grande Provence tasting room is one of the most visited in South Africa. 

Vinification

The grapes are harvested from southwest facing vineyards in the Franschhoek valley. The well-drained, decomposed sandstone soils are ideal for the cultivation of Cabernet Sauvignon. Thys Smit, head winemaker, implements appropriate canopy management to achieve berries with deep colour and concentrated fruit flavours. What makes this wine unique is the location of the vineyard next to a row of eucalyptus trees. During summer, the trees suck up all the water from the surrounding soil. High summer temperatures cause the eucalyptus trees to ‘sweat’ through the leaves, producing a mist that is blown over the vineyard. The fine droplets landing on the grapes, impart the unique minty taste to the wine. This wine was matured in French oak barrels for 24 months.

Tasting Note: Here’s a perfect medium-bodied red wine to accompany the best barbecues starting now. The nurturing velvety tannins and elegant finish will wrap you in pure gustatory comfort. This wine teems with raspberries, cherries, mulberries and plums with notes of fruitcake, pencil shavings and tobacco. 14% alc./vol. Enjoy now or cellar for 5-8 years.

 

Serving Suggestion: This plush red wine sips beautifully on its own or enjoy it with hearty roasts, steaks or lamb skewers bedecked in mushroom and rosemary, barbecued meats and sausages.

Franschhoek

South Africa

Grande Provence Heritage
Estate

 
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Heron Hill Pinot Noir Reserve 2017 

LCBO#  124114     l    $38.15

89 Points, Year's Best US Pinot Noir (Best Buy) Wine & Spirits 2020

Nestled in the beautiful Finger Lakes wine producing region of New York, specifically in Hammondsport, at the southern tip of Keuka Lake, Heron Hill is an award-winning winery growing grapes since 1972 and producing wines since 1977 to the delight and pleasure of critics and consumers alike.

 

Jo and John Ingle met at university in Colorado in 1969 and decided to settle in the Finger Lakes, after a life-changing summer of picking Concord grapes in a neighbour’s vineyard. In 1972, they planted their first vines on 20 acres, with the initial intention to sell grapes to wineries.  However after a few years, when there were grapes ready for harvest, thanks to a glut of grapes in the New York market, they were unable to unload their crop. Their solution?  Build a winery.  And that is how Heron Hill Winery came into existence. The winery practises sustainable agriculture and makes environmentally green choices at every level of growth and production. Heron Hill’s Tasting Room, housed in a 100-year old barn on Canadaigua Lake has won numerous awards for its beauty, scenery and of course wine and hospitality. Well worth a visit once travel is permitted again.

 

And there is a Canadian connection too! Heron Hill’s new winemaker Jordan Harris is from Ontario. A graduate from Niagara College, he previously led the team at Tarara Winery in Virginia before joining Heron Hill Winery.  He was recognized as one of Canada’s top up-and-coming winemakers.  He was also named ‘Top 40 under 40 Tastemakers’ by Wine Enthusiast and was awarded ‘Top 100 Most Influential Winemakers in the USA’ through Intowine.com

For the first time, after many awarded wines and a very strong presence in the Finger Lakes wine community, one of their wines is available in Ontario online and in select stores.

Tasting Note: Blend of Pinot Noir grapes from two different vineyard sites on Seneca Lake and Cayuga Lake in the Finger Lakes. Fermentation of 14 days on the skins. 14 months aging in French oak, 13% alc./vol. and no residual sugars.

Light bodied in structure with mineral and warm spice aromas. Cherry and plum fruit dominate the palate with round tannins. For summer - perfect cedar planked salmon on the grill; in the fall and winter - eggplant parmesan. roast turkey, baked salmon, light pork dishes, cheeses.

 

Finger Lakes

New York 

Heron Hill Winery