Tierra Sur Sparkling Wine Brut

imageLCBO#: 404103
Price: $17.95
Made in: Bío Bío Valley, Chile
By: Santa Alicia S.A.

A Chilean Sparkling with a nice looking bottle (classy label). Loads of orange notes in the nose with some sugars and mild yeast that come out eventually. Very well-balanced taste with some sourness, some dryness, not too much sweetness (except on the lips) and light yeast in the aftertaste. Not syrupy at all, so goes down very well. The yeast does get slightly stronger with time adding hints of nuts, tart. Pricier than most Chilean wines, but a great all-around Sparkling (worth the price).

Rating: 3.8/5

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Peninsula Ridge Cabernet Merlot VQA

imageLCBO#: 261305
Price: $14.95
Made in: Ontario, Canada
By: Peninsula Ridge Estates Winery
Year: 2013

This red wine blend is composed of Cabernet and Merlot, and it shows in the red colour… being not as dark like Cabernet Sauvignon. The Cabernet notes are present with tobacco and leather, but much milder. Lots of berries all around. Raspberries, cherries, blackberries, etc. Medium-light tannins and dryness. Goes down well and is nice with food. A pretty good blended red wine with a classy look.

Rating: 3.6/5

Pierre Sparr Crémant d’Alsace Chardonnay Brut

imageLCBO#: 416040
Price: $18.95
Made in: Alsace, France
By: CVB Maison Pierre Sparr Successeurs
Varietal: Chardonnay

This Crémant d’Alsace made of Chardonnay grape reveals yeast at first pour which disappears with time, letting the lemon citrus notes ring with the sweet grapes. The taste seems infected at first with a sour notes that is not real nice. This luckily goes away and the Sparkling balances itself with the fruity grapes showing some sweet juices. Hints of citrus and alcohol. Light yeast tartiness lingers. Not bad, but not worth the price… and the waiting to blend everything.

Rating: 3.3/5

Les fumées blanches Sauvignon Blanc

imageSAQ#: 00643700 (also available at the LCBO)
Price: $15.25
Made in: Vayres, France
By: François Lurton
Year: 2014

For those who have noticed, we do not do much French wines. We are of French roots, so nothing against them, but a lot we get here is overpriced for the quality. This one is an exception. Label caught our eye and who does not like a Sauvignon Blanc in summer. Pours a great fruity nose of typical Sauvignon Blanc with hints of smokey wood. Rich sweetness of grapes, well-balanced with the mild dryness and light sourness. Yep, just well-balanced all-around Sauvignon Blanc that we recommend.

Rating: 4.4/5

Kim Crawford Small Parcels Fizz

imageLCBO#: 381236
Price: $29.95
Made in: Marlborough, New Zealand
By: Kim Crawford Wines
Year: 2009

Celebrating a big b-day, decided to try a pricier Sparkling, from a winery we like so far. Sour nose with citrus notes over the white grapes which seems on the sweet side, with hints of candy berries. The taste starts off with the sourness, going through the sugary grapes and finishes with a mix of dry mouthfeel, mild alcohol and tart from the yeast. The aftertaste is the weak spot here. The sweetness and sourness is good, but overall, not the best balanced Sparkling. Especially for the price. Gets better with time, releasing some nice apple notes.

Rating: 3.7/5