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

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Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio Valdadige

imageLCBO#: 106450
Price: $18.95
Made in: Fossalta Di Portogruaro, Italy
By: S. Margherita S.P.A.
Year: 2014

Found this one at the LCBO, written this was the most popular white wine sold there. We can see why after smelling and tasting a few sips. Very well balanced between the dryness, sweetness and sourness. The aromas are fruity and slightly reserved compared to other Pinot Grigio, so less candy fruity, but real nice perfumes. The taste is where it shines. The regular flavours of fruitiness found in Pinot Grigio, but just very well-blended all-around. Well recommended as a full classy fruity white wine.

Rating: 4.2/5

Rib Shack Red Vintage Blend

imageLCBO#: 392761
Price: $12.85
Made in: Western Cape, South Africa
By: DGB Wines
Year: 2014

Holy Moly this smells like candy ! Not complaining, but smells like those good bonbon that have a swirl of vanilla and berries. With time, this fake smell disappears and a blend of aromas of the wood chips, vanilla, burnt wood, berries and leather. The taste is mild at first, but gets stronger after breathing a while. A little dry and small tannins. Not as vanilla, not as fake. Lots of berries, lots of grapes. Seemed like an Australian wine at first, but finishes like a decent South African wine that is always good for the price. Just does not have a label like one.

Rating: 3.3/5