Catedral Reserva Red Wine Blend 2019

At a Glance
Overall cherry, smoke, plum, dried fig, jammy
Notes There’s a bit of heat at first followed by a burst of dark red fruits then a quick hit of liquorice. A lot going on here. Bit more complexity than you usually see at $12
Sweetness dry – 10 g/L
Food roasted beets, quinoa salad
Price $12.45
LCBO# 219816
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Santa Rita Secret Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2020

At a Glance
Overall tropical fruit, lemon, gooseberry
Notes A nice little wine. Easy to sip. Bright hit of acidity amongst the tropical fruit flavours and hints of citrus. While I really enjoyed it, I’d pick this Organic Sauvignon Blanc in a head-to-head.
Sweetness extra dry – 4 g/L
Food paella, scallops, arugula salad
Price $14.90
LCBO# 16189
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Goats Do Roam Red Wine 2020

At a Glance
Overall deep purple, plums, blackcurrant, black cherry, anise
Notes The firs word that popped in to my head when I tasted this wine was “inoffensive”. It’s a Goldilocks wine. Not too sweet, not too dry, not too anything. This is in no way an insult. A great pick when you don’t know what your guests like or what to pair with dinner. The name is likely a play on the French Côtes du Rône – cute.
Sweetness extra dry – 4 g/L
Food lamb, roast chicken, shawarma
Price $13.95
LCBO# 718940
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Beronia Tempranillo Rioja 2019

At a Glance
Overall sour cherry, vanilla, alcohol finish
Notes overpriced for the quality of the wine.

what else you got on the menu?

nothin?

ginger ale please

Sweetness extra dry – 5g/L
Price $13.80
LCBO# 243055
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Taylor Fladgate Late Bottled Vintage Port 2015

At a Glance
Overall black cherry, dark grapes, sweet then finishes acidic
Notes I learned from experience that an open bottle of port keeps quite well in the fridge for about 2.5 weeks.  during that time I enjoyed this bottle as a digestif.

 

p.s. if love getting your digestif on, try amaro (an Italian herbal liqueur)

Sweetness sweet – 100g/L
Price $18.90
LCBO# 46946
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Adobe Reserva Organic Sauvignon Blanc 2020

At a Glance
Overall citrus, grapefruit, honeydew, white pepper
Notes First thing notice is how inviting the smell is. Bright and clean taste with a nice balanced aftertaste. Light touch of pepper makes it very interesting! Summer crowd pleaser & patio sipper. Organic wine bonus points.
Sweetness extra dry – 2 g/L
Food fresh fruit, vegetable salads, soft cheeses
Price $13.95
LCBO# 266049
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Solid Ground Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 (Chuck’s Take)

At a Glance
Overall blackberry, oak, blueberry, dark cherry
Notes lush, juicy, ripe dark berry. Perfect amount of oak and didn’t bring too much vanilla to the wine. An overall excellent benchmark value California cabernet sauvignon.

 

 

But what did Sean think?

Sweetness extra dry – 6 g/L
Food pizza
Price $17.95
LCBO# 13305
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Trapiche Reserve Malbec 2019

At a Glance
Overall Medium purple, vanilla, raspberry, tart black cherry, touch of spice, smooth finish
Notes You can tell when a bit of effort is made on wines at this price point. This is a great wine when you want to switch up your usual weeknight red.
Sweetness extra dry – 5 g/L
Food Jambalaya rice, smoked sausage, cured meats
Price $11.45
LCBO# 614651
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H3 Horse Haven Hills Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

At a Glance
Overall Deep inky purple, cherries, blueberries, vanilla, cassis
Notes When I see Washington and Oregon wines I will grab one. A typical cab that hits all the right notes. The alcohol is high and hits your nose right away. Smooth and easy to drink. Crowd pleaser for sure.
Sweetness dry – 9 g/L
Food meaty pastas, carbonara, meat pie
Price $19.95
Online LCBO: 210047

Columbia Crest

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La Vieille Ferme Blanc 2020

At a Glance
Overall Pale yellow, peaches, pears, unripe cantaloupe, hint of banana
Notes This is a value wine. Mass produced and aims to please everybody by being a little bit of everything. Nice acidity, easy to drink, but the flavours can seem artificial at times.
Sweetness extra dry – 2 g/L
Food variety of cheese, crackers, jams
Price $12.45
LCBO# 298505
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