For most people, wine, or for that matter any alcoholic beverage must be enjoyable and represent good value. In many cases consumers buy the least expensive brand, which more often than not fails to satisfy the palate.
As a wine writer, I am privileged to taste hundreds, actually thousands of wines every year. Often wines that come to my attention are not only those that taste great, but those that are reasonably priced and represent good value.
Unfortunately, they are not available everywhere. You have to make an effort to source them. In countries that have free-enterprise alcoholic beverage distribution system i.e the Untied Kingdom, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, some states in the U.S.A, Japan and a few others, merchants will do everything they can to bring in the wine you request, but will price the wine to commensurate for their efforts.
In Ontario and for matter throughout Canada, except Alberta, all alcoholic beverages are distributed and sold by monopolies.
Yet, in Ontario, now in a few select provinces you can import your preferred alcoholic beverage through an agency and always through the monopoly.
Actually, today, monopolies have become tax collection agencies, as in all provinces alcoholic beverages are taxed very heavily.
Here id a list of wines available in Ontario.
No descriptions are provided due to space constraints.
Prosecco, Villa Sandi, Veneto, Italy
Cremant de Loire, Chateau de Mongueret, Loire, France
Brut Prestige, G.H. Mumm, California, U.S.A
Brut Premiere, L. Roederer, California, U.S.A
Gold Series Sparkling Merlot, Jackson-Triggs, Ontario, Canada
Grand Brut, Perrier et Jouet, Champagne, France
Kir Royal, Lejay-Lagoutte, Burgundy, France
Danzante Pinot Grigio, Frescobaldi, Tuscany, Italy
Green Label, Deinhard, Mosel, Germany
Sauvignon Blanc, Phillip de Rothschild, Bordeaux, France
Les Fumes Blanches, Sauvignon Blanc, Lurton, France
Macon Lugny St Pierre, Bouchard Pere et Fils, Burgundy, France
Pouilly Fuisse, Bochard Pere et Fils, Burgundy, France
Champ Royeaux, William Fevre, Chablis, Burgundy, France
Pinot Gris, L. Beyer, Alsace, France
Vouvray Chenin Blanc, Bougrier, Loire, France
Sauvignon Blanc, Durbanville Hills, South Africa
Pinot Gris, pelee island Winery, Ontario, Canada
Chardonnay, Le Clos Jordanne, Ontario, Canada
Twisted, Flat Rock Cellars, Ontario, Canada
Reserve Chardonnay, Mission Hill Winery, British Columbia, Canada
Conundrum, California, U.S.A.
Chardonnay Russian River Ranches, Sonoma-Cutrer, Sonoma County, California, U.S.A
Toasted Head Chardonnay, California, U.S.A
Dundee Hills Pinot Noir, Sokol Blosser, Oregon, U.S.A
Meditrina, Sokol Blosser, Oregon, U.S.A
Chianti Classico Riserva, 2006, La Porta du Vertine, Tuscany, Italy
Village reserve Pinot Noir, 2009, Le Clos de Jordanne, Ontario, Canada
Tic-Toc Cabernet Sauvignon, 2009, Robert Oatley, Victoria,
Ultra Malbec, 2009, Kaiken, Mendoza, Argentina
Shiraz, 2008, Robert Oatley, Victoria, Australia
Malbec, Kaiken, Mendoza, Argentina
Torre di Ciardo, 2006, Fattorie Marchesi Torrigiani, Tuscany, Italy
Brunello di Montalcino, 2005, Carione, Tuscany, Italy
Monterey Pinto Noir, 2008, Hahn Winery, California, U.S.A
Cuvee Angelique, Chateau de l’Ile, Corbieres, France
Taylor’s 10-year-old Tawny, Douro Valley, Portugal
Taylor’s 20-year-old Tawny, Douro Valley Portugal
Taaylor’s 30-year -old Tawny, Douro, Portugal
Taylor’s 40- year- old Tawny, Douro, Portugal
(Above four port wines are also available in a gift package in 375 ml bottles)
Vintage 2003 Port, Jose Maria de Fonseca with collaboration of van Zeller, Dour, Portugal
Taylor’s First Estate, Douro, Portugal
Warre’s Otima 10 –year- old Tawny, Douro Portugal
Noval Black, Quinta Noval
Quinta do Noval Tawny Port