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Lori Kilmartin

Lori Kilmartin WSET3 Sommelier

Solà Fred 2017

Montsant D.O., Spain
46 days ago

Lori scored this wine: 87/100

You don't often see 100% Carignon in the LCBO so I scooped this up - not to mention the great price. Aromas of dried cherry and an underlying earthiness. Medium to full body with medium acidity. Unoaked so lots of fruit coming through on the palate. The tannins are very evident making this a great wine to pair with a food that has a bit of fat on it. That or decant for an hour to let them settle out a bit! Tasted March 2019.

Old Vine Estate

1853 Old Vine Estate Malbec 2014

Mendoza, Argentina
214 days ago

Lori scored this wine: 90/100

I bought this wine on the recommendation of a friend. I think he's on to something! 100% Malbec from Valle de Uco, Mendoza Argentina - this is a great value wine that comes from a single vineyard planted in 1910. The reference to 1853 is a tribute to the Malbec variety, the most iconic grape in Argentina, planted for the first time in 1853. The bottle itself is classic and the wine dark and opaque. Full bodied and aromatic. Aromas of ripe dark plum and expresso. Soft tannins but evident with balanced acidity. Long fruit finish. Pair with anything bbq'd! Tasted September 16, 2018


Road 13 Vineyards GSM 2016

Golden Mile, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada
214 days ago

Lori scored this wine: 90/100

I often head to the French section of Vintages to pick up GSM (Grenache, Syrah, Mouvedre) blends as they are usually reasonably priced and very versatile food wines. This is the BC version and they have done it well! Soft tannins and balanced acidity. Aromas of spice and pepper and dark fruit. Black plum and vanilla flavours - it gives a perception of sweetness but the sugar level is only 2.8 g/l I would definitely buy this wine if it was available locally! Tasted September 16, 2018.


Alejandro Pesquera Crianza 2014

Ribera Del Duero D.O., Spain
214 days ago

Lori scored this wine: 93/100

Instead of a Cabernet Sauvignon with your next steak - try this! Delicious Tempranillo that will leave you wanting more! A good friend said she bought 6 bottles - I hope she left some in the store. Ripe dark berries; blackberry, black cherry, plums and vanilla with a touch of smokiness. Tannins are evident but smooth. Luscious mouthfeel with plenty of juicy fruit. I'm envisioning washing down a bbq'd medium steak or ribs slathered with smokey bbq sauce. Tasted September 16, 2018.

Selection Silène

J.L. Chave Selection Silène Syrah Shiraz 2016

Crozes-Hermitage, Rhône A.C., France
214 days ago

Lori scored this wine: 91/100

Gorgeous aromas wafting from the glass! Blackberry, plum, black pepper and spices. Medium body with soft tannins. Lots of fruit; juicy blackberry and blueberry and a with a long fruit finish. Tasted September 16, 2018.

Lori Kilmartin

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Memorable Wine

Tignanello - Marchesi Antinori


First Wine

Chardonnay - what else!


Unusual Wine Experience

VinItaly 2013 - 3 days with over 4,000 Italian wineries in one location!


Current Fav Wine

Anything Italian

Winner World's Best Drink Writer
Four-Time Winner James Beard Foundation
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Six-Time Winner Bert Greene Award
Best Wine Literature Book Gourmand World Cookbook Awards
Online Writer of the Year Louis Roederer International Wine Writing Award