Best LCBO Wine Reviews: Vintages Ratings March 6

You can access the 106 wines that I reviewed as a text wine list with my complete tasting notes, scores, food matches.


If you are a Paid Member, you can add my wine picks to your custom shopping list with one click and access that list on your smartphone to find the stock for each wine in your closest LCBO store.

You can also see my wine reviews for February 20th.


These are just some of the benefits of supporting out wine community as a Paid Member.


Inventory stock numbers are usually posted online a day or two before the release based on the LCBO doing so.


Curious about what my scores mean or my tasting process?
Find out here.

Here is my review that is featured in this issue of LCBO’s Vintages Magazine:

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Dream Wine Careers with Susie Barrie & Peter Richards Part 2

Introduction Why are podcasts one of the best ways to learn about wine? How do English sparkling wines compare to Champagne, and should you seek them out? Why is the Master of Wine qualification valuable beyond the studies? What’s behind the low pass rate for the Master of Wine qualification? In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, I’m chatting with Susie Barrie and Peter Richards, Masters of Wine for part two of our two-part conversation. You can find the wines we discussed here.   Watch Party Join me for the debut Watch Party of the video of this conversation that I’ll […]

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Best Bargain Wines Under $20 (Video Tips)

We all love a bargain, that’s why those designer outlet stores are so popular. But can you find bargains when it comes to wine? On CTV News, I share my best tips for finding them.   Natalie, can we really find bargains in the liquor store?   Yes and no. The two questions I’m asked most frequently is, “Can you recommend a great wine that costs less than $5?” The answer is: “no, unless all you want is a wet tongue.”   The second is: “What is your favorite wine?” The answer: “The one someone else pays for.”     […]

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Having a Wine Blast with Susie Barrie & Peter Richards

Introduction Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have a career in wine, whether as a TV or radio personality, writer, author, podcaster, event organizer, speaker or consultant? Well, our guests tonight have done it all and you’re in for a treat with colourful stories from their brilliant careers! In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, I’m chatting with Susie Barrie and Peter Richards, Masters of Wine for part one of our two-part conversation. You can find the wines we discussed here.   Watch Party Join me for the debut Watch Party of the video […]

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Video: Wine + Cheese > Who Wore It Best? Perfect Pairings

Wine and cheese: two of life’s greatest pleasures … On CTV’s The Social, we search for the perfect pairing with a fun take on the fashion quiz: Who wore it best? Which one of two wines paired best with a particular cheese? Find out who got it right and who didn’t ;) 7 Unusually Great Wine & Cheese Pairings Guide Here are the wines we featured on the show … see links below for reviews and to find them in your local liquor store. Cheddar Hard cheeses like cheddar become not just stronger, but also more balanced in terms of […]

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Best LCBO Wine Reviews: Vintages Ratings February 20

You can access the 84 wines that I reviewed as a text wine list with my complete tasting notes, scores, food matches. If you are a Paid Member, you can add my wine picks to your custom shopping list with one click and access that list on your smartphone to find the stock for each wine in your closest LCBO store. You can also see my wine reviews for February 6th. These are just some of the benefits of supporting out wine community as a Paid Member. Inventory stock numbers are usually posted online a day or two before the […]

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Can You Lose Weight While Drinking Wine?

Do we have to give up wine if we want to shed a few pounds? No! Click on the arrow above to watch the video … On CTV’s The Social, we put this notion to the test with a fun quiz show format on calories and wine. How many answers can you get right? Three of the wines we’ll taste are marketed as “diet wines” with just 70-80 calories: SkinnyGrape, SkinnyGirl and one other, plus two ringers. Two wines are not diet wines, but are naturally low in calories. The names of two wines give them away, but can you […]

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Does the shape of a wine glass really matter? (Video)

Does the shape of a wine glass really matter? On CTV’s The Social yesterday, we conducted the ultimate taste test with the hosts. Click on the arrow above to play the video. Wines featured in our tasting included:           La Marca Prosecco, Veneto D.O.C., Italy Even after I started learning about wine, I’d always secretly believed that varietal-specific stemware was an unnecessary expense, fueled by snobs and glassware companies. Then one evening, a friend poured some Bordeaux for me in a large, elegant glass at a dinner party. As soon as the gorgeous aromas wafted up […]

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Low Alcohol Wines: How Low Can You Go Before You Sacrifice Taste?

  You may be abstaining from alcohol as part of the Dry January trend. But what if you don’t want to give up wine completely? Are low-alcohol wines a good option?           Mionetto Prestige Prosecco Brut Veneto, Italy           Why are low alcohol wines becoming increasingly popular? Part of it is health, whether it’s recalibrating after the holidays or an ongoing desire to consume less alcohol or fewer calories so they’re looking for wines that market themselves like these wines from Peller are not only labeled as “Light” at just 8% alcohol, […]

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Open That Bottle Night with Dorothy Gaiter and John Brecher

Introduction Do you have a bottle of wine that you’ve been holding onto for a special occasion? Are you curious about how much an old bottle you’ve been keeping in your cellar is worth and whether you should open it soon? Would you like to take a peek behind-the-scenes at how two of the world’s most successful wine columnists taste wines? In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, I’m chatting with Dorothy Gaiter and John Brecher, journalists, authors and wine columnists. You can find the wines we discussed here.   Watch Party Join me for the debut Watch […]

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