January 18 2014 Vintages CatalogueBC wines take the spotlight in the LCBO January 18, and among my best wine reviews and ratings for this release. The range of wineries in British Columbia is astonishing, as is the breadth of their wine styles.

Both new and established producers are represented in this release of wine, from sparkling wine to robust reds and ethereal whites. Now’s your chance to try the best BC wines on offer here.

This just a sampling of wine ratings, the most quoted Canadian source of reviews in the Vintages Magazine. VIP Members can access all 88 wines that I reviewed as a text wine list with my complete tasting notes, scores, food matches and the stock for each bottle in their closest LCBO stores.

They can also add my wine picks to their custom shopping list with one click and access that list on their smartphone. This is one of the benefits of becoming a VIP Member. Inventory stock numbers are usually posted online a day or two before the release based on the LCBO doing so. You can also take a sneak peak at my wine reviews for February 1.

sue-ann Staff

Sue-Ann Staff Loved By Lu Riesling 2012 V.Q.A., Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada Love it! Crisp and mouth-watering with melon notes that soften the acidity with some balancing sweetness. Perfect for seafood and mild curries. Great wine… Sue-Ann Staff Loved By Lu Riesling 2012 Review and Rating

wynns

Wynns Coonawarra Estate Shiraz 2012 Coonawarra, South Australia, Australia Savoury black fruit with a satisfying meaty note on the mid-palate. Cassis and blackberry tickle the senses and lead into a long smoky finish. Such great finesse and… Wynns Coonawarra Estate Shiraz 2012 Review and Rating

coopers Creek

Coopers Creek Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand Classic New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc from a consistently good producer. Herbal, chive and lime-lemon notes. Medium-bodied and… Coopers Creek Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Review and Rating

burrowing owl

Burrowing Owl Estate Winery Pinot Noir 2010 V.Q.A., Okanagan Valley, BC, Canada Liquid satin in a glass. Fleshy field cherries with a luxuriously smooth texture. Not heavy yet so full of character. Extremely elegant and versatile with… Burrowing Owl Estate Winery Pinot Noir 2010 Review and Rating

giocondas

Le Gravillas Vieilles Vignes 2011 Gigondas, Rhone, France I’m lovin it! Juicy, savoury and mouth-watering: loaded with blackberry and black cherry aromas. Good grip on the palate: decant for…  Le Gravillas Vieilles Vignes 2011 Review and Rating