I’m putting our contest search for the best values on hold again this week because there are some not-to-be-missed treats coming your way this Saturday, courtesy of LCBO Vintages department.
I don’t usually write about $25 or even $17 wine because they seldom deliver, but this is one time to go on a splurge.
A new Niagara winery has created an excellent edition of this wine for only $25 — it’s OK to use the ‘only’ word when discussing Pinot Noir. Discover its seductive charm for yourself this Saturday at Vintages stores. For the full scoop on Clos Jordanne visit www.billysbestbottles.com(Weekly Wine Picks). Clos Jordanne’s winemakers Thomas Bachelar and Isabelle Meunier will be pouring their wines at Summerhill LCBO this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The second reason to visit a Vintages location this Saturday is the array of wonderful reds at $16.95. Dare to try something new — all of the following are rich.
Starting in Italy, meet Tedeschi Valpolicella. It has the richness and warmth of Ripasso while retaining a lively spirit.
Mas Janeil has the drinkability of a Rhône wine with more flesh and curves. It is crafted to be as appealing as your favourite Shiraz.
Spains’s Bodega San Gregorio’s bright flavours are not masked in oak. For this wine, bring on the rack of lamb!
Finally an unusually good and appealing Californian Cabernet. Jekel is mellow, seductive and full of charm. Think Zin and fun times with beefy foods.
Billy Munnelly is author, wine critic and publisher of Billy’s Best Bottles Wineletter and Billy’s Best Wines For 2005. Visit www.billysbestbottles.comfor information about his in-home wine-tasting seminar. To receive a free copy of Billy’s Best Bottles Wineletter, e-mail email@example.com
• LE CLOS JORDANNE VILLAGE RESERVE 04 PINOT NOIR
LCBO No.: 33894
• TEDESCHI 03 VALPOLICELLA ‘CAPITEL dei NICALO’
LCBO No.: 984997
• MAS JANEIL 04 COTES du ROUSSILLON-VILLAGES
LCBO No.: 992800
•BODEGA SAN GREGORIO 04 ‘MANGA del BRUJO’
LCBO No.: 15073
• JEKEL 03 CABERNET SAUVIGNON
LCBO No.: 967893