Benchmark Red Wines France, Spain, California: LCBO Vintages Feb 15

A terrific collection of both red and white wines from most regions of France is featured in this release. There are also terrific, full-bodied reds from several New World regions, such as Australia, California and Ontario. This is just a sampling of wine ratings, the most quoted Canadian source of reviews in the Vintages Magazine. I’ll be posting the rest soon. In the meantime, you can access the 65 wines that I reviewed for February 15 as a text wine list with my complete tasting notes, scores, food matches and the stock for each bottle in their closest LCBO stores. […]

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Wine Bottle and Label Images

Why do I need a bottle image for my wine review? A picture of the bottle for the wine you’re reviewing makes a big difference to how polished and professional your review looks. Compare a review with no image (the default generic bottle — please don’t update it ;) and one that has both the bottle shot and label image (click on the magnifying glass under the bottle to see the label). As well, a bottle shot makes it far easier for readers to find the wine you’ve reviewed when they’re in the liquor store and to remember it afterwards. […]

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Australia’s Red Wines: Food Pairings and Styles in LCBO Vintages Feb 1

Australian wines hit the spotlight in the LCBO Vintages Release February 1. We may think of red wines from Australia as being full-bodied, but there’s a wide range of styles now emerging from the various winemaking regions in the country. Try cool, crisp whites and balanced, medium-bodied reds from Australia’s cooler regions. You’ll be surprised at how well these wines pair with various dishes, not just a big steak or hamburger. This just a sampling of wine ratings, the most quoted Canadian source of reviews in the Vintages Magazine. VIP Members can access all 50 wines that I reviewed as a […]

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Best BC Wines Shine in the LCBO Vintages Jan 18

BC 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 […]

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Wine Reviews: Smart Buy Bottles and Value Wine Ratings: LCBO Vintages Jan 4

The best wines in January are priced under $20, the the smart buy value wines that help us tighten our belts and wallets. The LCBO often features bargain-priced wines at this time of the year, right after the holidays when we’ve blown our budget with champagne and expensive gift wines. What is value when it comes to wine? That’s subjective, but many of these bottles hit above their price-point in quality. Even types of wines that are usually more expensive like pinot noir, chianti and port are represented well in this release. Here’s a sampling of my best wine reviews […]

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Get Out of Your Wine Rut in 2014: Try These Wines

What are the best wines to try in 2014? Want get out of your wine rut? That’s our wine topic on the CTV News video clip above. We looked at great wines to try based on what you already like, similar to how Amazon recommends books: if you like this one, then you might like that one. Let me know about a new wine that you discovered this year in the comments below. Mil Vientos Bodega Merced Del Estero Torrontés Wine Review San Juan, Argentina Beautiful orange blossom and floral notes on the nose followed by perky, mouth-watering acidity on […]

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Champagne for New Years and Beyond

Got your champagne ready for New Year’s? Don’t wait until midnight to crack open a bottle of bubbly as champagne and sparkling wine are among the most food-friendly wines on the planet when it comes to pairing them with food. You can get a shopping list with my top champagnes and other wines showing the stock at your closest liquor stores when you join as a  VIP Member. This story from Canadian Press that was published in the daily newspapers across the country last week gives more tips on how to make your meals sparkle with champagne or other bubblies […]

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Gnarly Head Zinfandel, Cave Spring Cabernet Franc, Benjamin Bridge Nova 7: LCBO Vintages Wines December 7

Here are my top wine picks from the December 7 Vintages Release, the most quoted Canadian source of reviews in the magazine. VIP Members can access all 103 wines that I reviewed as a text shopping 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 […]

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Wine Reviews, Scores and Tasting Notes

Although parts of this post have been on my site  for years, I’m bringing it altogether and updating it so that it’s clear how I review wines. I am a member of the largest worldwide professional organization of wine writers, The Circle of Wine Writers, along with 276 other writers from more than a dozen countries, including both Canada and the United States. Members include Jancis Robinson, Hugh Johnson, Michael Broadbent, Steven Spurrier, Oz Clarke, Max Allen, Michael Fridjhon, Clive Coates, James Lawther, Roger Voss, Jamie Goode and others. I have been a member now for 9 years and adhere […]

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LCBO Best Wines: Wynns Chardonnay, Versado Malbec, Hidden Bench Pinot Noir: November 23 Vintages

Here are my top wine picks from the November 23 Vintages Release, the most quoted Canadian source of reviews in the magazine. VIP Members can access all 103 wines that I reviewed as a text shopping 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 […]

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