And in the wake of an economy ravaged by a pandemic, people are understandably more price-sensitive than normal. It rides the scale somewhere between medium and full bodied, with medium tannins and medium-plus acidity making it an easy food-pairing wine. Still bursting with acidity, its juicy blend consists of 85% Sangiovese, 10% Cabernet and 5% Merlot. It shows pretty red berries, plums, light herbs and bramble on the nose. Babich Malborough Sauvignon Blanc 2018 — Malborough, New Zealand ($17.95) It’s a 2015. Dry but still juicy with smooth tannins, medium-plus in body but still well textured, this traditional Rhône blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre has an almost port-like concentration on a nose that’s rich in dried plum, cherry and blackberry. A 100% Monastrell (Mourvèdre in France), this is a vegan-friendly, medium+ bodied red. Not the texture of a high-end Cab, to be sure, but lots for the money. Six months of aging in predominantly French barrels has helped integrate the concoction and soften the tannins. Half Cab Sauv and one-quarter each of Syrah and Carmenere, this is a wonderfully symbiotic relationship at a stupid-cheap price. While a tad leaner than what you might see out of Argentina, there’s lots here, opening with a forest floor nose of eucalyptus, anise, blackberry, black currant and smoke, and winding down with an earthy finish. The information-packed pocket guide highlights 200 of the best wines at the LCBO and supermarkets. There’s a Cab Franc-like richness here, with medium tannins at most. 88 (Rick VanSickle), Ken Forrester Old Vine Reserve Chenin Blanc 2018 – Stellenbosch, South Africa ($17.95) The concentration of the recipe owes to the grapes being dried for a month, while up to 18 months of aging in Slavonian oak brings it all together. There are three ways that a wine gets into this monthly report of wines that are always in the stores either on the LCBO â¦ It’s off-dry, but a clean wet slate finish keeps any sweetness in check. A very well-priced dry Prosecco that once again delivers. 89 (Ted McIntyre), Emiliana Novas Carmenere / Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 — Colchagua Valley, Chile ($15.95) That can mean a $2,000-per-night resort suite in Fiji, but also an undervalued $15 bottle of Ontario Cabernet Franc. A blend of 30% each of Corvina, Corvinone and Rondinella, with the remaining 10% a variety of four other grapes, this is a rich, earthy composition of dark cherry, red currants, tobacco, black olives and spice, with an acidity that helps it hit another level with food. This Sicilian number is slightly spicy and intense. 89 (Ted McIntyre), Michele Chiarlo Le Orme 2016 Barbera d’Asti — Piedmont, Italy ($15.95) 89 (Rick VanSickle), Castaño Hecula Monastrell 2017 — Yecla, Spain ($14.95) The finish is long and layered. Here's some help with a guide to the best (New World) red wines you'll find for less than $50 You’re unlikely to find any more stock of this vintage in Ontario, but Marthinus van der Vyver, who manages North America for the winery, says “the 2019 (vintage) is very similar to the 2018, as the weather was pretty much the same, as well as the yield. 90 (Ted McIntyre), Boekenhoutskloof The Wolftrap White 2018 — Svartland, Western Cape, South Africa ($13.95) Characteristic of Beauj with fruit-forward notes of black and red berries and a touch of spicy, ground black pepper, this red is dangerously gulp-able. The 14.5% alc. A portion of the sales from this wine goes to Feed Ontario, formerly the Ontario Association of Food Banks, which, to date, has provided over 120,000 meals for Ontarians in need. It’s even touch smoother and longer-finishing than recent vintages. Shop Now A classic Rhône blend of spicy Syrah and fruity Grenache, Marius (named after Michel’s somewhat scandalous grandfather), is juicy and fresh with silky smooth tannins. “An entry-level red made by winemaking royalty Michel Chapoutier, this punches well above its weight for style and class. From the native home of Malbec in Southcentral France, this vintage straddles somewhere between midweight and full-bodied. Master Sommelier Sabato Sagaria has referred to Pinot Grigio as “basically Italian for water.” But Matahiwi’s Pinot Gris is anything but. Wines without alcohol can often taste flat â¦ The nose ranges from lemon drops and orange blossoms to honeysuckle and white flowers, while the palate balances a silky texture with zesty tropical fruit expressions of pineapple, pear and lemon. This is one of the â¦ Should have fairly universal appeal to red wine fans. Villa tends to give their grapes a little extra hang time, which helps develop the fruit. To learn a thing or two about stocking our bar cart on a budget, we asked sommeliers and wine directors to weigh in on the best cheap wines that taste expensive. Blu Wave: An iconic bottle of bubbly has blazed a trail for Piera Martellozzo, Great 8: 5 Ontario Values and 3 International Stars, It’s Chile this December 1st…and a bit Italian, Good, Better, Best: November 14 Wine Reviews. 89 (Ted McIntyre), Domaine Autrand Côtes Du Rhône 2017 — Rhône, France ($15.95) L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Volume Extra Strong Hold Hairspray, $16. Seems redundant to say this, but it’s bone dry on the palate with crushed red berries and flinty salinity in a fresh, vibrant, vivacious style. “It’s tough to find nice bubblies under $15, but I believe we have a winner here. With the shutdowns, Henderson has taken her tastings to Instagram Live every Wednesday at 8 p.m. EST. Above $18, most tend to desire a little more detailed information and reliable sources, be it the advice of an actual LCBO staff member or personal online research. 88 (Ted McIntyre), 2027 Cellars Gamay Rosé Wismer Vineyard 2019 (Fox Croft Block) — Jordan Station, Ontario ($18, online ordering) Buy on ReserveBar Buy on Wine.com Buy on Minibar Delivery. We recently released some of the Reserve Chenin 2007, which we had in our library stock, and it was amazing to see how well this wine ages.” The 2019 vintage should hit store shelves within the month. An ideal summer patio bubbly at a moderately safe 11.5% alc. content, but it’s hardly noticed, which is good and bad, since this can disappear quickly in the glass. Originally one of the â¦ Finding cheap wine at the LCBO can be a frustrating experience if don't have a list of go-to bottles. This is a moussey prosecco with a strawberry perfume and a touch of dry minerality to give it some sophistication. “I just featured this on my Instagram Live as a terrific option to pair with roast lamb. Expect blackberries, blackcurrants, violets, cassis and cedar. In the case of this Tempranillo, LAN’s most famous wine, that aging began with stainless steel tank fermentation, followed by 14 months in hybrid oak barrels, followed by nine more months of bottle conditioning. Follow suit and start a virtual wine party of your own—why not start with one of these? A great vintage for this ruby red and violet-hued Barbera from northwest Italy’s Michele Chiarlo Winery. 89 (Ted McIntyre), Featherstone Sauvignon Blanc 2019 — Vineland, Ontario ($17.95) As usual with Mottiar, the taste is not as sweet as the aromas might suggest, and a grapefruit-like strain on the finish wipes the palate clean. And the pope is Catholic. 90 (Ted McIntyre), Vineland Estates Semi-Dry Riesling 2018 — Vineland, Ontario ($14.95) "Jean-Luc Colombo is a great producer, â¦ Everything on this Top 36 list rates highly on the value chart, but this one’s really up there. Lighter in colour (as are most 2018s) with a pure and inviting nose of red plums, strawberry/rhubarb and light savoury notes. The combination makes it ideal as a refreshing summer white, but with great food-pairing flexibility—especially oysters. A brilliant wine thatâs new to the LCBO and actually alcohol-free is the NV Leitz Eins-Zwei-Zero Sparkling Rosé from Germany (LCBO 12549 $12.95). My colleague Rani Sheen describes this as her “house wine”— a term that’s fitting in more ways than one. Made by KWV, one of South Africa’s oldest wineries, the 2018 vintage was a topsy turvy one defined by low yields and small berries, but producing notable concentration, with four months of oak to provide a little structure. Ahead, the pros â¦ Here are the 20 best cheap wines you can get right now: Gruet Blanc de Noirs NV (A) ($16) If your heart says Champagne but your budget says otherwise, look no further. This Chardonnay leans toward the dry side and has a hint of vanilla, making it a must-have, affordable â¦ We're currently offline. This is admittedly an Ontario-friendly list (with 33 of 36 wines available at the LCBO and the remainder available online from an Ontario winery). This one from Inniskillin has flavours of apple and lemon and that telltale Niagara minerality that makes Ontario just so awesome for chardonnay.”, Shop Now Depth and balance are once again the keynote speakers of the 2018 presentation of this perennially value-laden, midweight white. Tedeschi even notes that you can age this from 7-10 years. Great price for what you’re getting here. On a scale out of 100, we consider a minimum rating of 87 points to be required to qualify for this list. 89 (Ted McIntyre), Calamus Ball’s Falls Red 2017 — Jordan Station, Ontario ($17, online ordering) 89 (Ted McIntyre), Susana Balbo Crios Torrontes 2019 — Argentina ($14.95) In our social media experience, that number is $18. It’s fresh and vibrant on the palate with grapefruit, kiwi, gooseberries, integrated herbs and spice and mouth-watering acidity on the finish. Alas, “the Cab Franc supply I got for 2019 will be short lived,” Mottiar concedes, so look for a return to a more balanced blend in 2020. Iconic Argentine winemaker Susana Balbo was a pioneer in transforming the traditional Torrontés grape into a popular variety from her native land. Get our best â¦ The fruit slowly and steadily emerges from the glass, as its 14.1% alc. And lucky for us Reverse Wine Snobs there are plenty of cheap â¦ Which is great news for red-wine drinkers, as it just keeps maturing—and it already had a year on oak and nearly 12 months of bottle aging before being released by the winery. Huge value for the price. The nose ranges from lemon drops and orange blossoms to honeysuckle and white flowers, while the palate balances a silky texture with zesty tropical fruit expressions of pineapple, pear and lemon. Indeed, the just-released edition—a ripe watermelon hue in the glass with a trace of watermelon on the palate—is an essentially dry, refreshing burst of strawberry and cherry. A great match for a smoked meat sandwich. See our, Stephanie Duong’s Rich and Creamy Carbonara, 14 At-Home Beauty Products We’re Currently Loving. A bed of blackberries and blueberries with a wink of plum to add seduction. Here are 25 of the best Sauvignon Blancs you can buy right now, with reviews â¦ Henderson, one half of The Wine Sisters, is a former broadcast journalist turned sommelier who runs tours, tastings and wine events. It has an inviting nose of grapefruit, gooseberries, herbs, guava, kiwi and subtle spice notes. Get the latest beauty and fashion news, trends, and more—straight to your inbox! Here at The Lush Life, we value the finer things in life. There’s a 14% alc. Shop Now Aside from sharing my own recent finds (mostly red and mostly organic) I also turned to a wine expert, The Wine Sistersâ Erin Henderson, for the best wines under $15 at the LCBO. Pepper seeps through during the long finish. ... several dozen syrah is how high quality and also highly rated does not come cheap. Because wine white is best enjoyed cool, avoid placing your hands around the wine glass lest you warm up the wine with your body heat. Recognizing that it was a particularly good vintage, Monte Antico’s Ontario agent, Woodman Wines & Spirits, secured a extra-large batch of this Tuscan Sangiovese a couple years back, meaning it’s still in the marketplace. There’s some lime and minerality added to the equation on the palate, where a soft, creamy mousse finishes dry and long. This cab franc tastes like strawberries and unfolds like a promising, sunny summer afternoon—making it worth that extra 95 cents. At just $10, this wine is shockingly good for the price. Deep ruby in the glass and bursting with acidity, this juicy Maipo Valley Cab has seen 60% of the wine aged in contact with French oak for 10 months, with the remainder kept in stainless steel tanks to extract the fresh and fruity component. Shop Now The term âOld Worldâ denotes wines made in France, Italy, and other Mediterrean countries. Made from red grapes pinot nero (Italian for pinot noir) and the indigenous Rabaso grape native to northern Italy. As with most wines, youâll find differences between âOld Worldâ and âNew Worldâ pinot grigio. Effective November 1, 2020 all AIR MILES Collectors will get 1 AIR MILE ® Reward Mile for every $30 spent in a single transaction (excluding taxes and container deposit fees, gift card purchases, sales to â¦ And we want The Lush Life to be interactive, so let us know what you think. Ontario wine expert Rick VanSickle, publisher of Wines in Niagara, has once again added his expertise to the roster, with five of his own picks for the 2020 edition. This leaner, unoaked wine, with an alluring viognier nose of star fruit, lemon, lavender, anise and white pepper, is medium weight, warm and fleshy, with considerable spice, lemon and â¦ Melon and apple share the stage with notes of caramel, honey and a little vanilla courtesy of its subtle oaking. The result here is a wonderful balance of fruit, acidity and herbaceousness, with a clean, palate-cleansing lime/guava/grapefuit to get you drooling, and notes of green apple and pear in supporting roles. And the slight spritz in Vinho Verde makes for a fun spring sipper.”, Shop Now There’s even some peach on the palate, and a clean finish. But then Yalumba has pioneered this grape in the region, and this has been called the best-value Viognier on earth for a reason. Gifting wine is a daunting task. Each bottle of this Evan Williams bourbon lists barrel numbers, the date it entered the barrel, and the date of bottling. It’s quite bold, silky and certified bio-organic and vegan. The nose starts off slow, but eventually notes of spicy plum, smoky dark red cherry, stewed strawberry, vanilla and cinnamon can be coaxed up the glass, all framed by medium tannins. Yes, you read that right. A high price doesn’t mean it’s always great, and a low price doesn’t always mean it’s substandard. Crianza is a Spanish wine classification indicating a wine has been aged for at least two years, with one of those spent in oak casks. A juicy, dry, earthy, herb-laden organic wine. 88.5 (Ted McIntyre), Sella & Mosca Cannonau di Sardegna 2017 — Sardinia, Italy ($17.95) If you’re looking for full-bodied, it’s probably not your thing. Smoked black cherry dominates the palate of this intense, dark Tempranillo. Wines that are too sweet (especially the cheap ones) can leave ya with a headache. That was easily achieved in a year like 2019, with loads of acid.” The 2018 vintage was not an easy one for Niagara winemakers, with Riesling grapes having to be picked early due to wet weather, but the fruit is still rich, and savvy winemaking has ensured a round, bright edition that evokes ripe Fuji apple and lemon/lime zest. This fresh, exotic, subtropical three â¦ Aromas of pears, golden apples and wild flowers receive a sprinkling of lemon/lime zest to refresh. Gathered from a selection of four vineyards, the grapes are steel-fermented with a minimum of 16 months of aging. content warms the palate. Shop Now Superb value. Below that, customers unfamiliar with a product require little incentive—perhaps a passing recommendation, an attractive label or the highest possible critic’s rating that the LCBO marketing folks could slap on the bottle. There’s an unusual level of complexity here for a sub-$20 wine, some of that attributable to a healthy aging process that includes two years in large Slavonian oak barrels and several more months in the bottle. Good wine doesn't need to be expensive, and we had a wine expert round-up 25 bottles of cheap wine to prove it. Twenty percent of the fruit was barrel-fermented in neutral Canadian oak barrels. The fruit is a blueberry/blackberry/strawberry blend, with aromas of forest floor, menthol, clove, tobacco and fig. Pinot gris digs Oregon. I first tried this refreshing Ontario rosé at a party hosted by Glossier (and, much like with eyebrow products, I trust them to have good judgement in such matters). Tannins are restrained and the 14% alcohol well integrated. In many ways, this is the flagship red at Calamus and smartly priced. 91 (Ted McIntyre), Tarapaca Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 — Maipo Valley, Chile ($13.90) please note that we only deliver in ontario / vous devez avoir au moins 19 ans pour acheter de l'alcool. But while the appetite for alcohol has only increased in recent months, there remains a buckling point of affordability for most. You can access the 114 wines that I reviewed as a text wine list with my complete tasting notes, scores, food matches. Hold your glass by the stem. Crafted in the more robust Alsace, France style, it is complex, soft in texture and exhaling melon, underripe pear, nectarine and even some grassy notes—a wine with the character to stand up for itself and not get pushed around by other grapes. But quite good quality for the price. Ken (Forrester) and the team are doing a great job at making this wine in such a consistent level of quality and value. By Jonah Flicker on January 27, 2020 The â¦ A silver medallist at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards, this is a classic expression of both Malborough and Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc, with grapes split between the Wairau Valley (citrus and tropical fruits) and Awatere Valley (lemongrass, herbs and hot peppers). “This has a saltiness that I love, but I don’t know where it comes from,” says winemaker Kevin Panagapka. This is admittedly an Ontario-friendly list (with 33 of 36 wines available at the LCBO â¦ There’s a fine line when it comes to picking Viognier. 89 (Ted McIntyre), Cono Sur 2018 Organic Cabernet Sauvignon/Carménère/Syrah — Chile ($13.95) Todayâs report pulls best buys from Steveâs Top 50 which is a standing WineAlign list based on quality/price ratio of the 1,600 or so wines in LCBO Wines and the VINTAGES Essentials Collection. You may unsubscribe from promotional messages at any time. A blend from both cool- and warm-climate vineyards in South Australia, its indigenous yeasts help to fashion an elaborate brew. Eucalyptus, blueberry, blackberry and cedar, it’s mouthwateringly juicy. That means our friendly neighbourhood liquor giant is releasing a slew of sub-$20 wines â¦ veuillez noter que nous ne livrons pas À l'extÉrieur de â¦ Whatever the experience, the reviews are honest, informative and, hopefully, fun to to read, watch and listen to. When Malivoire winemaker Shiraz Mottiar lost a large supply of Cabernet Franc in 2018 after ownership of two farms changed hands, he came up with a lively, balanced blend of 45% Cab Franc, 35% Gamay Noir and 20% Pinot Noir to continue to fashion his hugely popular Ladybug rosé. Mid- to full-bodied and smooth, there’s a concentrated ripe blackberry and violets to the nose, with a framing of medium tannins. Buy on Drizly Buy on Wine.com Buy on Minibar Delivery. Dried, earthy fruits including dark cherry and currants blur the line between red and dark fruit. There’s a fine line when it comes to picking Viognier. Itâs a perennial cellar bargain, and in recent vintagesâlike this powerful 2014âthe château is making some of its best wine ever. 89 (Ted McIntyre), LAN Crianza 2016 — Rioja, Spain ($16.95) The wines weâve chosen cost less than $20 per bottle in Ontario and are on average 37% less than more expensive wines with similar Vivino ratings. Henderson explains that it’s “naturally lower in alcohol (this one is under 10 per cent ABV), so it’s a good option for an easy daytime beverage. There’s also a wild garrigue accent as well, a common attribute to Southern France reds. Oh,[...], In presenting my very first seminar, one designed to showcase[...], Daniela Cester, Export Director for Piera 1899 wines, is the[...]. 91 (Ted McIntyre), Marisco The Ned Sauvignon Blanc — Malborough, New Zealand ($16.95) A little late and you get a flabby wine. My love of wine is a bit like my mom’s love of gardening–I supplement enthusiasm for experience. Lip-smacking good. (Boy, aren’t you glad you found this article, eh?) Serious value here. Shop Now Worth much more than the price tag. I am neither a sommelier-manqué nor an amateur collector. Quite smooth on the palate, where cassis joins the collage of deep, dark flavours. A little late and you get a flabby wine. Hand-harvested and aged without any oak means that the fruit really shines. “I’ve always believed that Cab Franc provided the best structure to build on for our Ladybug,” Mottiar notes. The Best Cheap Alcohol of 2020, According to Bartenders The 10 Best â¦ Pretty much full bodied. This perennially great value from Southern France—a hair short of full-bodied—is a blend of predominantly Grenache and Syrah with about 10% Carignan to add complexity. The Best Red Wines to Drink This Year From Cabernet Sauvignon to Malbec to red blends, these are the reds we're excited about for 2020. Can you tell I’m on an organic wine kick? And with 18 being a lovely golf number, we’ve again assembled two full rounds of superb values to satisfy all tastes, from bubbly to rosé, with selections from nine different countries included. 89 (Ted McIntyre), The Vinecrafter Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 — Western Cape, South Africa ($9.95) There’s the initial heat of the 15% alcohol of this intense 80% Grenache/20% Syrah blend, but it blows off to reveal a concentrated fruit that lies midway between prune and plum. $8.50 | Setúbal, Portugal | 87 Points. Think smoked, stewed plums, dried red fruit and red licorice. So without further ado, here is our 2020 edition of 36 Under 18. Good, honest Niagara Chardonnay. Buy some of these top-rated bottles from Franzia, Dark Horse, Kendall â¦ Should You Put a Cork in it, or Just Screw Off? 90 (Rick VanSickle), Malivoire Ladybug Rosé 2019 — Beamsville, Ontario ($16.95) 89 (Ted McIntyre), German wine, you ask? 89 (Ted McIntyre), Yalumba The Y Series Viognier 2019 — South Australia, Australia ($15) But it’s well-layered with an earthy combo of black cherry, blackberry. To be more specific, it’s a luscious, full-bodied red with a toasty finish. Ruffino Chianti uses a blend of 70 per cent Sangiovese (the main red grape of chianti) with 30 per cent merlot which results in a plush, mid-weight wine that has fruit forward flavours of red and black cherry, with that characteristic earthy note of great chiantis.”, Shop Now A combination of oak and steel aging contributes to both structure and fresh dark red fruits, with accents of Caffè Mocha. The Best Cheap Alcohol of 2020, According to Bartenders The 10 Best Japanese Whiskies to Drink in 2020 The 15 Best Single Malt Scotch Whiskies to Drink in 2020 Liquor.com. Look for a complex variety of aromas to this great midweight arrangement, including cherry lipstick, raspberry, redcurrant and some cranberry tartness to round it out. Great, inexpensive red, white and rosé. The price of a bottle of wine is oftentimes incongruent to the quality inside. Medium tannins and a lengthy finish. The Best Malbec Under $20 - The 2020 Reverse Wine Snob Picks! A lovely acidity, as expected, but there’s that typical fleshy body of The Ned that sustains it to a long, crisp, mineral-laden finish. Ah, Vinho Verde—no undergrad house party was complete without a bottle of the crisp, highly crushable stuff. 88 (Rick VanSickle), Tedeschi Capitel Nicalò Valpolicella Superiore 2018 — Veneto, Italy ($17.95) If you love great wine, travel and golf, this is the place. Send us an email and we'll get back to you, asap. By also providing 28-pages of basic wine information, What Wines â¦ 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. But then Yalumba has pioneered this grape in the region, and this has been called the best-value Viognier on earth for a reason. I do adore the intriguing, bonfire toasted plum/cherry nature of this wine, as well as the aromatic complements of coffee, eucalyptus, dark chocolate and vanilla. Blended from 12 different wines, this dry bubbly leads off with Granny Smith apple, pear and tropical fruits, with notes of honey and toast. © 2020, The Kit, a division of Toronto Star Newspapers Limited,One Yonge Street, 4th floor, Toronto, ON, M5E 1E6, 416-945-8700, Sign up to receive The Kit newsletter, which features exciting offers, promotions, and other information from The Kit, our affiliates and other friends. Add in some mocha, leather and eucalyptus. But, regardless of where you live in the world, if you can get your hands on these wines, we think you’ll agree that they’re exceptional values. But they say that necessity is the mother of invention, and if this global crisis has one tiny upside, it’s that it has made me better at sleuthing out good, inexpensive bottles. The cashmere cardigan of wine, truly. is quite well concealed in the mix. 88 (Ted McIntyre), M. Chapoutier Les Vignes de Bila-Haut Côtes du Roussillon-Villages 2017 — Languedoc-Roussillon, France ($15.95) Your personal information will be used to better tailor the offers, promotions and other communications and materials that we deliver. Taste more like a four-year-old white than a new release. “A very good quarantine wine” is how I described this Spanish Monastrell. It shows a lighter colour of pale salmon in the glass and comes in an attractive package with a black label on clear glass. Region: Willamette Valley, OR. Thanks to help from a couple local wineries, he was able to return to his traditional Cab Franc-dominated recipe for the 2019 vintage, with 65% of the wine composed of the grape, and 27% Gamay and 8% Pinot Noir rounding it out. It has coastal influence, making it a cooler â¦ There’s 12 hours of skin contact to reveal the pretty pink colour of the wine. Great pairing for spicy Asian cuisine or ceviche. 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