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Christmas Wine Essentials

ShareThe LCBO has over 100 wines that they stock all the time in the vintage section.  I have chosen a few for your holiday entertaining.  You will find them somewhere. Terra D’aligi Tatone Montepulciano D’abruzzo 2008, Doc, Italy. $15.95 (994616) A nice … Continue reading

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4 Tasty Grey Cup Wines

ShareDescendientes De J. Palacios Pétalos 2010, Do Bierzo, Spain.  $23.95 (675207) Earlier this year, I had the pleasure of meeting and tasting with the artistic maker of these wines, Alvaro Palacios.  His vibrant personality is contagious and his wines exude his raw … Continue reading

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Some French Wines to Dance With

ShareSimonnet Febvre Chablis 2010, Ac, Burgundy France, $19.95 (41780) Here we are now, entertain us.  A nice steely sipping Chardonnay from France here.  Like a high school dance.  Its clean, fresh, lighthearted and smells like teen spirit.  ”With the lights out, … Continue reading

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Perfect Fall Weather Wines

SharePaxton AAA Shiraz/Grenache 2010, Mclaren Vale, South Australia, $19.95 (149898) The triple A has to insure this wine is quality.  Cool fall days is the time for Shiraz.  It’s like watching Modern Family while eating a mon cheri with both arms in … Continue reading

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Warm and Friendly Wines

SharePolkura Syrah 2009, Marchigue, Colchagua Valley, Chile, $23.95 (283978) Oh this feels good when you drink it.  It’s like sitting on Grandpa’s lap in front of the fire.  It’s warm, smokey, and has a comforting mentholy like Bengay scent.  Grab … Continue reading

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Smooth Saliva Producing Wines

ShareChâteau D’anglés Grand Vin 2007, Ac Languedoc La Clape, France $19.95 (286492) La Clape c’est très bon.  Like Sade dining on some steak au poivre.  It’s sweet and sophisticated and has a creamy mouthful with a peppery finish.  Pair this Smooth Operator … Continue reading

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2 under $20 Spanish Wines

ShareCasa De La Ermita Idílico Crianza Selección 2006, Do Jumilla, Spain, $19.95 (286161) A nice blend here from the Jumilla region of Spain.  Back to school and this wine reminds me of Sesame Street.  It has a nice round nose like Ernie, … Continue reading

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Portuguese Gem

ShareQuinta De Ventozelo Touriga Nacional 2008, Doc Douro, Portugal, $18.95 (657452) What a tasty, affordable number from Portugal here.  Its like Willy Wonka getting spanked with a basting brush.  Its got licorice, chocolate, and a whack of bruised herbs.  Delicious bottle to … Continue reading

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Warm Weather Cool Down Wines

ShareDe Bortoli Windy Peak Pinot Noir 2010, Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia $17.95 (48587) This is a great light summer sipper from a very established producer Down Under.   A great deal too.  Like the Beatles eating Chinese food with a little help … Continue reading

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Pinot-tastic Vino

ShareRodney Strong Estate Pinot Noir 2009, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, USA, $21.95 on sale! (954834) A perfect burger and summer salad wine.  Serve well chilled.  Like listening to some Warrant while watching the Euro Cup (who doesn’t do that!). … Continue reading

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