Santi Nello Botter Prosecco

SAQ#: 10540730
Price: $15.55
Made in: Veneto, Italy
By: Casa Vinicola Botter Carlo & C. SPA

This Italian sparkling gives out lots of apple notes. Fruity aromas of apples. Not too sweet, not too sour with hints of pears. The taste starts off with apple sweetness, very light honey in the background and a nice sour finish does appear slowly as the sips go on. The yeast is nicely mild in here. Seems like nothing too special at first, but does show character as it goes. If you love apples, this one is for you.

Rating: 3.7/5

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Santa Julia Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

LCBO#: 242370
Price: $13.95
Made in: Mendoza, Argentina
By: Bodega Santa Julia
Year: 2016

This red Argentinian wine which is part of their Reserve series has a bouquet of cherries in the nose. So, pretty sweet with berry notes. Some decent tannins come and balance things back. Not much sweetness in the taste, but hints of berries lingers. Gets better and better at every sip. Quite nice for a higher end wine, but in the affordable price.

Rating: 3.6/5

Bernard-Massard Brut Cuvée de l’Écusson

LCBO#: 970970
Price: $19.95
Vintages
Made in: Luxembourg
By: Bernard-Massard S.A.

A Luxembourg Sparkling with a creamier head than most. Yeasty nose with mostly apples. Dry enough mouthfeel, but mostly crisp. Again, apples and yeast in the taste, all on the mild side. Light yeast lingers. Hints of bananas. Nothing really offensive, unless you prefer hardly no yeast. Easy to drink overall and presentable. Still, the Andrea Biasiotto Extra Dry Prosecco we just had a week ago, was way better and less expensive, all in the Vintages.

Rating: 3.3/5

Andrea Biasiotto Extra Dry Prosecco

LCBO#: 516559
Price: $16.95
Vintages
Made in: Veneto, Italy
By: Azienda Agricola Biasiotto S.A
Year: 2016

Apples, apples, apples. Yes, this beautiful Italian sparkling is full of apples. Everywhere. And there is nothing wrong with this. Yellow apples in the nose with the pear hints. These apples are also in the taste. A little yeast on the tongue in the finish, but nicely balanced. A decent dryness in the mouthfeel. Crisp and refreshing. All-around well done. Quite like this one… and my cat loved liking the chilled bottle.

Rating: 3.8/5

Vértice Cuvée Brut

LCBO#: 482679
Price: $12.75
Made in: Douro, Portugal
By: Caves Transmontanas

A Portuguese sparkling that seems to be a tad darker than most. Aromas of white grapes with hints of apples. Not as sweet in the mouth with some nice dryness with the grape flavours and some wood notes. The yeast is nicely hidden. For the price, there is not much bad stuff to say about this one. Pretty dry, woody more than yeasty, well-blended grapes. Yep, very nice for the price.

Rating: 3.7/5

Cabot Trail Maple Cream

LCBO#: 462424
Price: $29.95
Made in: Quebec, Canada
By: Les Spiritueux Ungava

This Original Cabot Trail Maple Cream has listed as ingredients, cream or milk, maple syrup, sugar, alcohol, casein, rum, caramel and natural flavours. Alright, so some form of alcohol, and then some rum. Smells like butterscotch out of the bottle. Then, the maple notes come out with some nuttiness. The cream does not look as creamy as others, a little more milky. The taste shows a little alcohol with the blend of butterscotch (caramel and rum), maple and nuts. Pretty good all-around, and less expensive than the Wayne Gretzky cream one – which has whiskey.

Wayne Gretzky Canadian Cream Liquor

LCBO#: 519298
Price: $34.95
Made in: Ontario, Canada
By: Andrew Peller Limited

A Canadian version of the famous Baileys Irish Cream, from hockey’s greatest – Wayne Gretzky. Same tanned cream colour. The aromas show more cherries with nutty notes and hints of cocoa. The flavours are a blend of these – reminding me of amaretto. This one is excellent in coffee, as it is straight up. It is a little more than Baileys, which means way more than Carolans… but definitely worth trying. Will have again for sure. Basically, this is now our go-to Irish cream with coffee, as made here with fresh cream, but also very well-balanced all-around with the cherry notes added.