Professor B’s Monthly Wine and Beer Recommendations
The Vintages division of the LCBO selects fine wines from all over the world and releases them bi-weekly.
All are imported in relatively small quantities and distributed to select stores throughout the province.
Anyone in the province can order these wines through his/her local store, if that the brand is not offered there.
Whites and sparkling wines:
Brut, 2007, Argyle, Willamette Vineyards, Oregon
Smells of brioche, pear, apple, and white peach emanate from the glass. It is crisp, light, balanced and refreshing. A fine sparkling wine at a reasonable price.
0258160, $ 31.95
Helen’s Harmony Viognier, 2008, Small, Barossa Valley, South Australia
Offers honey, peach, pear, white pepper and fennel seed aromas. Medium-bodied, crisp and dry with a fine balance and pleasant finish.
0269332, $ 19.95
Les Grands Groux Sancerre, 2009, Domaine Fouassier, Loire Valley, France
Aromas of apples dominated this finely balanced, refined wine. The finish is long and satisfying. Highly recommended with white-fleshed pan-fried fish, or a la Meuniere.
0267948 $ 24.95
Hochheimer Kirchenstuck Riesling Auslese, 2003, Domdechant Werner, Rheingau, Germany
Absolutely delightful aromas of dried apricot, tangerine, peach compote, nut, lime, and petrol emanate from the glass. Medium-sweet with an excellent acid backbone. This wine can be enjoyed on its own or with moderately spiced Thai or Chinese specialties.
0931386, $ 27.95
Shiraz, 2009, Epsilon, Barossa Valley, South Australia
A modern fruit-driven Shiraz smelling of ripe berries. Well-extracted, and deeply flavoured with a satisfying mouth feel and long finish. Can be cellared for 3- 5 years, but is ready to enjoy with food, especially grilled or roasted beef.
0039552, $ 24.95
Stonedweller’s Shiraz, 2008, Plunkett Fowles, Stratbogie, Victoria, Australia
Aromas of crushed blackberry and mulberry greet the nose from this deep purple-black wine. Intense and full bodied with spicy notes in the mouth. This wine has a long and satisfying finish. It can be paired with wild game stews, medium-rare grilled steaks and roasted beef.
0265967, $ 19.95
Baker’s Gully Vineyard Shiraz, 2009, Tapestry Vineyards, McLaren Vale, South Australia
Rich full bodied, deeply flavoured, intense wine smelling of violets, black olives and plums,
0247155, $ 17.95
Vignetti Di Campomaggio Rosso, 2007, Castellani, Tuscany, Italy
Aromas of cherry, cocoa, vanilla and cedar dominate. On the palate, the wine is dry with good acidity and balance. Long aftertaste.
0072371, $ 19.95