Pelee Island Pinot Grigio 2012

Wine finishes with a mildly bitter and floral touch.  Fairly well rounded and off-dry.

Alcohol/Vol 12%
At a Glance
Taste floral, pear, mineral
Smell peach, honeydew, pear
Food chicken salad
Sweetness offdry
Price $13.95
LCBO# 326413


Megalomaniac Homegrown Riesling VQA 2013

I had no idea this was going to be a sweet riesling but I enjoyed it for a glass and a half regardless.  It was liked by non wine lovers as well.  I would sip this on its own ice cold.  Keeps pretty well for 2 days in the fridge.
Alcohol/Vol 10.5%
At a Glance
Taste sweet white grape, pear, floral
Smell pear, mineral, sweet syrup
Food chinese
Sweetness sweet
Price $13.95
LCBO# 183061


Pillitteri Gewurztraminer Riesling 2012

A medium-sweet flavourful white wine.  Sip this on it’s own or enjoy it with apps or a ham dinner.  Keeps pretty well for 2 days in the fridge.
VQA wine.  Alcohol/Vol 12%
At a Glance
Taste pear, peach, honeydew
Smell pear, peach, honeydew
Food ham
Sweetness medium sweet
Price $12.95
LCBO# 349126


Torre Varano Taburno Falanghina 2009

Native to the Campania region of Southern Italy, the Falanghina grape makes full-bodied and well-structured wines.
Release Date: Aug 6, 2011
Tip: tulip glass
At a Glance
Taste apple, melon, floral
Smell pear, apple, mineral
Food calamari
Sweetness extra dry
Price $14.95
LCBO# 106351

Open Riesling-Gewürztraminer 2010

This VQA fuses two great varietals and the outcome is a success in my books since characteristics from both grapes are allowed to shine through. The palette is crisp all around with a slightly sweet yet tart citrus finish.
This bottle was well received by 3 of 3 white wine drinkers at the table.
Tip: Serve well chilled
At a Glance
Taste pear, tropical fruit, floral
Smell pear, citrus, lychee
Food thai, salad
Sweetness medium sweet
Price $11.95
LCBO# 134965

Pelee Island Gewürztraminer 2009

If you’re looking for a sweeter white wine with loads of honey and pear notes, look no further. Serve this nice and cold but take it easy, as the easy drinking nature hides it’s 12.5% alcohol content very well!
This is the non-VQA version, do I mind? nope. Watch for the hint of spice on the finish.
Tip: tulip glass
At a Glance
Taste sweet fruit, honey, pear
Smell pear, honeydew, honey
Food apertif, chinese, stir fry
Sweetness medium sweet
Price $10.95
LCBO# 135970

Ogio Pinot Grigio 2009

Here’s a white that when served cold is very crisp and acidic. The major flavours and aromas are definitely lemon and citrus.

Serve well chilled

Tip: tulip glass
At a Glance
Taste lemon, citrus
Smell pear, citrus, lemon
Food fish, pesto chicken
Sweetness off dry
Price $8.85
LCBO# 86199

Rosehall Run Chardonnay Cuvée County 2007

This crisp, fruit forward chardonnay from Prince Edward County is a good choice for a Sunday lunch
Varietal Composition: 59% Chardonnay; 41% Chardonnay Musqué
Release Date: March 1, 2009
At a Glance
Taste golden apple, floral, light oak
Smell white grapefruit, golden apple, pear
Food fish, salad, goat cheese
Sweetness dry
Price $17.95
LCBO# 132928

Strewn Riesling Gewürztraminer 2007

This fusion of whites provides a deep bouquet and crisp palette. It’s an ok buy, but I would recommend the Pillitteri over it and even Strewn’s regular riesling.
Best as an aperitif
Tip: balloon glass
At a Glance
Taste pineapple, apple, cinnamon
Smell tropical fruit, pineapple, pear
Food aperitif
Sweetness off dry
Price $11.95
LCBO# 467662

D’arenberg The Stump Jump White 2007

The thermometer broke the 0 mark this weekend, which means its time to get ready for summer by chilling some white wine. Wanting to ease in to the white wine season I picked a blend hoping for something easy going and well rounded.  This wine certainly achieved this.  Like it’s name, it did jump out of the glass, but in a good way.
Comprised of 62% Riesling, 18% Sauvignon Blanc, 8% Marsanne, 6% Viognier and 6% Chardonnay
Tip: Chill Well
At a Glance
Taste mixed citrus, lemon, light oak
Smell gooseberry, pear
Food cashews, tart fruit
Sweetness dry
Price $14.95
LCBO# 922203
Bottle Image

Spinelli Chardonnay Terre di Chieti

So far, Spinelli wines have offered good value for their almost unbeatable prices (by LCBO standards anyways). Here we have an unoaked chardonnay that is crisp and acidic. If you like chardonnay but find it too heavy, give this Italian a try as it doesn’t show any hints of oak, butter or vanilla – tell-tale signs that your wine is drowning in wood.
Sean mentioned that this vintage reminded him of the hard cider named Strongbow. I guess my taste and aroma notes are right on.
Tip: balloon glass
At a Glance
Taste apple, lime, citrus
Smell pear, golden apple
Food antipasto
Sweetness dry
Price $6.95
LCBO# 474239

Fetzer Valley Oaks Pinot Grigio 2007

If you’re a die hard fan of the extra crisp and acidic Italian pinot grigios out there, be prepared when you try out this fruit-forward Californian.
This vintage was definitely fun to drink with much of our time spent noses in glass.
Tip: serve chilled
At a Glance
Taste pear, grapefruit, apple
Smell pear, apple, orange spice
Food ham, butternut squash
Sweetness off dry
Price $12.05
LCBO# 34041

Domaine des Aspes Viognier 2006

It was Domaine des Aspes that first got me hooked on Viognier about 2.5 years ago. Viognier (like Riesling) can be produced in a range of styles from reserved and floral to bold and tropical. This particular version from France is well rounded, balanced sweetness against acid with clear citrus and peach.
I can’t encourage you enough to try the variety of grape. I turned to it when I just couldn’t drink another Chardonnay or Riesling. With its re-emergence in modern wine making this will be the come back kid for the next few years.
Tip: Enjoy on it’s own any day of the year.
At a Glance
Taste honeydew, white peach, green apple
Smell firm melon, pear, white flowers
Food Frittata
Sweetness dry
Price $14.95
LCBO# 712638
Viognier Label

Vina Carmen Chardonnay 2006

While many Chardonnays can be really overpowered by oak in the form of vanilla and butter this wine is well balanced and crisp. The finish has a great mild acidity that leaves behind a slight citrus note.
This certainly isn’t a fruit salad, but you will notice the apples and pears. A very easy drinking Chardonnay, and for the price a good deal. Very refreshing.
Tip: chill well
At a Glance
Taste green apple, pear, tropical fruit
Smell pear, honeysuckle
Food baked chicken with mushroom sauce
Price $9.90
Carmen Chardonnay

Oyster Bay Chardonnay 2005

Oyster Bay is a popular choice for the average buyer who feels like splurging a bit [yes, it’s a bit pricey], and this chardonnay from New Zealand’s Marlborough region is a nice change from the typical chard. If you’re used to drinking the chardonnays from North America you may find the majority are quite heavy on the oak, rich and buttery. Love it or hate it, it’s the number one selling white varietal in the world. Back to this wine, you find it much lighter because it’s only partially barrel fermented and not at all buttery but rather more fruity with a crispiness to it that is very enjoyable.
Another cool method the winemaker chose to preserve the fruitiness of this vintage was the decision to skip out on the cork and use a screw top. They’re not taking any chances down under 🙂 If you like this wine, try their Sauvignon Blanc, it’s on my to-do list.
Tip: balloon glass
At a Glance
Taste floral, melon, apple
Smell light floral, apple, pear
Food pork chops
Sweetness dry
Price $18.80
LCBO# 326728