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Vintages

Our Top 20 Picks from the April 16 Vintages Release

We saw a clever tweet recently that read, “Whoever said April is the cruellest month, must have lived in Southern Ontario.” And man, is that true. The weather stations said it was the first time it snowed in April since 2005 …  but now Spring is finally in the air! If the Weatherman is t be trusted,...

Our Top Wine Picks from the February 20 Vintages Release

This week Vintages highlights Australia and the wealth of wine coming from Down Under. While it was the iconic juicy and powerful Shiraz of Barossa that really shot Oz to fame on this side of the world, there’s so much more to the winemaking country than just the plump red wine. Indeed, hilly Eden Valley...

Our Top 20 Picks from the November 14 Vintages Release

From Big Bottles to Bubbly, ’tis the season for celebrating This week’s Vintages release was so large the LCBO divided it into two tasting days for wine media. Usually, we only get one day to squeeze in the 100 or so wines being released every other week. Not this time! Now that we’re, what… six weeks away...

Our Top 20 Best Buys for the September 5 Vintages Release

This week’s Vintages release seems smaller than usual. Maybe that’s because it doesn’t have a specific theme like the releases usually do. Still, there are some great wines being released this weekend – some we like for their terrific value, others are intriguing cellar dwellers. Let us know what wines you’re sipping lately – and if...

Our Top 20 Picks from the August 22 Vintages Release

CANADA Gray Monk Pinot Blanc, VQA Okanagan Valley, BC 2013 $19.95 Vintages 321612 One of the most impressive white wines of the release, this is flat out delicious. The winery is in the north end of the Okanagan, where crisp, Germanic style whites do really well and Gray Monk is known for producing some of the best....

Our Top 20 Picks from the August 8 Vintages Release

Excellent finds under $20 and a handful of gems worth the investment. Here’s our top picks for this week’s Vintages release. ONTARIO Rosewood Süssreserve Riesling, VQA Niagara Escarpment, Ontario 2014 $14.95 Vintages 258806 Süssreserve means a bit of unfermented juice was added to the finished wine to add sweetness and depth. Don’t shy away from...

Best 20 Wines of the July 25 Vintages Release

This week’s Vintages release at the LCBO is very impressive. Really interesting whites (Viura, Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc), under $25 Bordeaux (yay!), and one of our favourite sparklers all hit the shelves today. Happy shopping. Bailly Lapierre Réserve Brut Crémant de Bourgogne, Burgundy, France NV $19.95 Vintages 991562 We’re always a bit delighted when this...