Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc, Liberty School Syrah, Cave Spring Riesling: Best LCBO Wines Vintages Release May 26

Here are my top picks from the May 12 Vintages Release. You can also get all 73 of my Best Value Wines and Top Rated Wines for red, white, rose, sparkling and dessert wines that encompass many price points, styles and regions. I’ve also already posted my picks for June 9 Vintages Release.

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2010 Lingenfelder Riesling Kabinett, Pfalz, Germany

Mild and tasting; perfect aperitif. Light-bodied with some fleshy ripe peach sweetness. Pair with: soft cheeses, pork roast with peach salsa. Drink: 2012-2016.  87593 11%  MD  750 mL  $17.95  Score: 88/100. May 26, 2012  Best Value White Wine


2011 Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand

Classic New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc from one of the leading producers. This half bottle size is perfect for nights own your own. Lemon and lime zest brighten the heart of this wine and any day. Pair with: seafood, salads, veggie-based finger foods. Drink: 2012-2015.  160085  13%  XD  375 mL  $9.95  Score: 90/100. Best Value White Wine



2009 Robert Mondavi Fumé Blanc, Napa Valley, California

Smoky with a lemon-bright finish. Long and contemplative on the palate with lovely flavours of lime and melon that roll over one another. Drink: 2012-2018.  147488  14.5%  XD  750 mL  $44.95  Score: 91/100. Top Rated White Wine



2008 Cave Spring Riesling, Beamsville Bench, Ontario

Canada’s best riesling! Lemon light cuts through a cloudy day and washes over your senses. Petrol (don’t be afraid) and lime and loveliness. Drink: 2012-2018.  566026  11.5%  MD  750 mL  $29.95  Score: 93/100. Top Rated White Wine



2010 Umani Ronchi Montepulciano, Abruzzo, Italy

Want a tasty, full-bodied, reasonably priced Italian red for pizza or pasta? This is your wine! Stunning for the price. This organic wine has just 16 mg/l of free sulphur. Pair with: organic burgers, gourmet sausages. Drink: 2012-2015.  134585  13%  XD  750 mL  $13.95  Score: 88/100. Best Value Red Wine


2008 Liberty School Syrah, California

Juicy and succulent with aromas and flavours of fleshy dark plums. Loaded with mulberry and blackberry notes that glide and slide along polished tannins with a medium- to full-bodied weight. Lovely! Drink: 2012-2015.  942383  13.5%  D  750 mL  $18.95  Score: 90/100. Best Value Red Wine



2010 Two Hands Shiraz Angels’ Share, Mclaren Vale, Australia

A gusher of a wine with mouth-watering fleshy ripe aromas and flavours of blackberries and dark raspberries. Loaded with flavour and character. Smooth and full-bodied with a delightfully long finish. You’ll want to hold on to this wine with two hands, lest someone try to snatch it from you! Drink: 2012-2016.  9480  14.6%  XD  750 mL  $27.95  Score: 93/100. Top Rated Red Wine


2010 La Crema Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, California

Whenever I see La Crema pinot noir on a restaurant list, I know it’s going to be a great meal, no matter what we’re having food-wise. This subtle red is silky smooth enough not to clash with seafood yet it’s loaded with fleshy cherry flavours for meatier dishes. Perfection though is roast chicken or planked salmon. Absolutely phenomenal for this price. Pair with: chicken, duck, pork. Drink: 2012-2016.  719435  13.9%  D  750 mL  $29.95  Score: 93/100. Top Rated Red Wine



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