North of 7 Triple Beam Gin

LCBO#: 413542
Price: $39.95
Made in: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
By: North of 7

Hmm… a local distillery that makes a gin. Why not! Our first from this place, written batch #16. With local ingredients and the juniper from Wakefield. Smells herbal and berry-ish like gin should. Oh wow, full flavour of these botanical beauties! So smooth, with a nice warming touch. The herbs just linger forever. This is such flavourful spirit… worth drinking alone.

Rating: 4.2/5

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Villa Sandi Cuvée Oris 

LCBO#: 738542
Price: $16.75
Made in: Veneto, Italy
By: Villa Sandi SPA
Year: 2015

A beautiful presentation with the unique bottle and classy label. Apple and grape aromas with some banana notes and hints of melon. All good from there, but the taste brings this down a notch. Starts milder, but does get a little stronger. Not much in there though. Alcohol, apples, light honey and some yeast in the finish. Dry, yes, but not much else in this one. Ok, if you like a mild tasting bubbly.

Rating: 3.3/5

Mausberg Crémant d’Alsace

LCBO#: 171785
Price: $17.95
Made in: Alsace, France
By: Sica Baron De Hoen

This Crémant d’Alsace has a huge warm head that has good retention for a Sparkling. Beautiful fruity aromas from the grapes, well-balanced with the light yeast and some citrus notes. Nicely dry in the finish. Again, the grapes, citrus and mild yeast for taste. Well-blended between the fruitiness and sourness. This is quite a nice bubbly all-around. Would definitely have again.

Rating: 4.2/5

Villa Maria Lightly Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc

LCBO#: 429969
Price: $17.95
Made in: Marlborough, New Zealand
By: Villa Maria Estates Ltd.

A New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc that is lightly bubbly. The aromas are full of fruitiness showing off the grapes of summer. Seems very sweet, but the taste does not show this as much. Citrus flavours with hints of vanilla. Still rich compared to a Sparkling and the yeast is better hidden. Also, the bubbles are not as tiny and abbondant. Crisp, fruity and refreshing for the warm season. Quite nice!

Rating: 3.7/5

Ungava Canadian Premium Gin

LCBO#: 374231
Price: $34.95
Made in: Canada
By: Les Spiritueux Ungava

This Canadian Premium Gin includes Nordic juniper, Arctic blend, Labrador tea, Crowberries, Cloudberries and Wild Rose Hip. Its colour is different from common gin, as it is a nice flashy light golden-yellow one. Alcohol is felt in both the nose and taste, but this gin is all-around smooth, as in more warning than burning. Floral notes with some spices. Also lots of citrus. All very well-blended. Pretty smooth in a dirty Martini.

Rating: 3.9/5

Smoky Bay 

found at IGA and Metro stores
Price: $11.89 (1L)
Made in: Australia
By: Smoky Bay

This Australian red wine has a sweet nose from the cherries, plums, with hints of leather, and some alcohol dryness. The taste is sweet as well with all the dark fruits, but watered-down. Decent light dryness in the mouthfeel. Slightly tarty in the finish. For a real cheap wine, that seems to be a blend, it is not too bad. Not a great one though.

Rating: 2.9/5

Domaine du Tariquet Sauvignon

LCBO#: 484139
Price: $13.95
SAQ#: 00484139
Prix: 13.55$
Made in: Eauze, France
By: Château du Tariquet
Year: 2015

This French Sauvignon gives out mild, kind of weird, citrus aromas. The taste is much better with the Sauvignon Blanc flavours. Citrus, light grassiness with nice fruitiness. Decent dryness, but the finish is quite short. Nothing exceptional, but refreshing as should be. A little too tarty and mild overall.

Rating: 3.4/5