I am not an expert, just a discerning wine lover or amateur de vin (as the French say), but everyone has a different palate, likes and dislikes so it must be understood that any of my recommendations are personal. I just hope that you find them useful or at the very least - interesting. I also hope you enjoy my photos. It is more fun sharing then keeping them backed up on a hard drive.

Monday, September 19, 2011

LCBO Go Local: Ontario QPR Wines

If you live in Ontario you have seen the ads encouraging people to drink local wine. This is a good step forward on the LCBO's part since Ontario is one of the few regions of the world where the local wines do not dominate the market. We, instead are importers and that is marvellous because we get incredible exposure to so many of the world's wonderful wines, but it also means that many Ontarians don't focus on trying the great wines in our own backyard. I have heard lots of excuses as to why (which I won't drone on about here) but one of the common themes is that we do not make affordable, quality wines, but if that was ever true, it certainly has changed, as proven below...

Lailey Unoaked Chardonnay - 2010, Niagara Peninsula - $16.00
Vibrant nose of elderflower, green apple and pear that come through on palate. Pleasing clean, mineral finish.


Sandbanks Estate Winery - Riesling - 2009, Prince Edward County - $14.95
Honeysuckle, peach and mineral on the nose. Beautiful lemon - lime, honeyed finish. Off dry.


Sandbanks Estate Winery - Shoreline White - 2010, Prince Edward County - $13.95
Enticing perfumed nose with lemon zest apple and pear, white flower. Pleasing, palate with slightly spicy finish



Vintage Ink - Mark of Passion - Merlot/Cabernet - 2009, Niagara-On-The Lake - $17.95
Spicy, black cherry, blackberry. Palate follows through but with hint of mocha and chocolate.


Pelee Island Winery -  Vinedresser Cabernet Sauvignon - 2008, Pelee Island - $16.35
Plum, black fruit, cherry and wood smoke on the nose. Spicy fruit on palate. Youthful tannins.



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