LCBO Best Wines: Sebastiani Cabernet Sauvignon, Morgan Chardonnay, Burrowing Owl Syrah: November 9 Vintages

Here are my top wine picks from the November 9 Vintages Release, the most quoted Canadian source of reviews in the magazine. VIP Members can access all 79 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. Stock numbers are usually posted online a day or two before the release based on the LCBO doing so. You can also see my reviews for the October 26 LCBO Vintages Release or take a sneak peak at the November 23 LCBO Vintages Release. […]

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LCBO Best Wines: St Hallett Shiraz, Wither Hills Sauvignon Blanc, Featherstone Merlot: October 26 Vintages

Here are my top wine picks from the October 26 Vintages Release, the most quoted Canadian source of reviews in the magazine. VIP Members can access all 67 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. Stock numbers are usually posted online a day or two before the release based on the LCBO doing so. You can also see my reviews for the October 12 LCBO Vintages Release or take a sneak peak at the November 9 LCBO Vintages Release. […]

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LCBO Best Wines: Napa Cellars Zinfandel, Podere Chianti Classico, Luca Pinot Noir: Vintages October 12

Here are my top wine picks from the October 12 Vintages Release. VIP Members can access all 77 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. 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 reviews for the October 26 LCBO Vintages Release. They can also add my wine picks to their custom shopping list with one click and access that […]

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LCBO Best Wines: Gnarly Head Zinfandel, Oyster Bay Pinot Noir Vintages September 14

Here are my top wine picks from the September 14 Vintages Release. VIP Members can access all 53 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. Stock numbers are usually posted online a day or two before the release based on the LCBO doing so. You can also see the September 28 LCBO Vintages reviews. 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 […]

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LCBO Wines: Australia Shiraz, New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, Niagara Chardonnay Vintages September 28

Here are my top wine picks from the September 28 Vintages Release, the most quoted Canadian source of reviews in this release. VIP Members can access all 80 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. Stock numbers are usually posted online a day or two before the release based on the LCBO doing so. You can also see the September 14 LCBO Vintages reviews. They can also add my wine picks to their custom shopping list with one click […]

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LCBO Best Wines: Henry of Pelham and Oyster Bay Pinot Noir, Elderton Shiraz Vintages August 31

Here are my top wine picks from the August 31 Vintages Release. VIP Members can access all 53 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. Stock numbers are usually posted online a day or two before the release based on the LCBO doing so. 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. I’ve recently […]

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LCBO Best Wines: Stonier Pinot Noir, Emiliana Syrah Vintages August 17

Here are my top wine picks from the August 17 Vintages Release. VIP Members can access all 68 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. Stock numbers are usually posted online a day or two before the release based on the LCBO doing so. 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. I’ve recently […]

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Halifax Sommelier Pairs Wine and Seafood with Titanic Menu

Avery Gavel, assistant manager and sommelier at The Five Fishermen restaurant in Halifax, shares his insights about pairing wine and seafood, creating historic meals with wine and his take on Nova Scotian wines. What was your first wine experience? I grew up on a dairy farm in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, the oldest of five children. Wine wasn’t part of our family traditions, not even special celebrations. Communion in church was grape juice, even. My first wine experience was at The Five Fishermen in the early 1970s when I was 24 and on a double date. We ordered the cheap German […]

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Liquid Lingo of Italy: You Say Wine, I Say Vino

By: The Drink Wine and Giggle Gals Dove regna il vino non regna il silenzio.  (Where wine reigns, silence does not reign.) Italian Proverb The second stop in our linguistic tour of the world’s top wine-producing countries is Italy. Whenever the Drink Wine and Giggle Gals think about Italy, we think about the Italian philosophy of living referred to as la bella figura—“the beautiful figure”—that is about much more than dressing well, looking good and admiring all forms of physical beauty. La bella figura is also defined by behaviour, specifically how one comports oneself when ordering wine. Our first Italian […]

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Steve Bird Sauvignon Blanc, Templarios Cabernet, Dr L Riesling: Best LCBO Wines Vintages July 6

Here are my top wine picks from the July 6 Vintages Release. You can also get all 68 of my Best Value Wines and Top Rated Wines for red, white, rosé and sparkling wines that encompass many price points, styles and regions. Full Members can access all 68 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. (Stock numbers are usually posted online a day or two before the release based on the LCBO doing so.) They can also add my […]

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