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

Quinta Da Aveleda Vinho Verde

LCBO#: 89995
Price: $11.60
Made in: Portugal
By: Aveleda S.A.
Year: 2015

A Portuguese white wine with a fresh fruity nose that reminds me of Sauvignon Blanc. Sweet grapes aromas with hints of sourness. The sour notes are quite present in the flavours, over the fruitiness. Some nice mild dryness in the finish. Light yeast lingers giving out very mild nuttiness. Refreshing and pretty good overall.

Rating: 3.6/5

Val d’Oca Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore Brut

LCBO#: 340570
Price: $17.50
Made in: Veneto, Italy
By: Cantina Sociale Valdobbiadene
Year: 2015

This Italian Sparkling wine is always a good one to get at the LCBO. Brunello Imports makes it easy to get this in Ontario. Aromas are sweet and fruity with apples and hints of pears. Thankfully, the taste is not as sweet. Just fruitiness with some decent dryness. Yeast lingers on the tongue. This bubbly is nothing too crazy, too out of this world… but very well-balanced overall.

Rating: 3.6/5

Pelee Island Monarch Vidal VQA

LCBO#: 393405
Price: $11.45
Made in: Ontario, Canada
By: Pelee Island Vineyard Inc.
Year: 2015

This Ontario Vidal has pear, apple notes with sweetness from the grapes. The taste is quite sweet with the fruits and alcohol is noticeable. A slight dryness comes and help to kill the syrupy aspect of this white wine. Yeast lingers on the tongue. Still, a little too sweet overall to enjoy completely. Exactly like their Monarch Red we did last year, way too rich to be a good one.

Rating: 2.3/5

Inniskillin Late Autumn Riesling 

LCBO#: 219543
Price: $14.25
Made in: Ontario, Canada
By: Inniskillin Estate Wines
Year: 2015

Purchased a 2013 bottle a few years back and quite liked it. This 2015 one is fruity smelling with notes of apples, honey and some tropical light fruits. The taste is sweet, but not syrupy. These grapes flavours are refreshing and wet at first, going into some nice medium dry finish with very light alcohol. The raisins then linger on the tongue. This is one I don’t mind having every year heading for winter. A good comfort wine. P.S. The 2013 bottle I kept did not cellar well.

Rating: 4.1/5

Forward Pinot Grigio Riesling

LCBO#: 427344
Price: $11.45
Made in: Ontario, Canada
By: Pelee Island Vineyard Inc.
Year: 2015

This Canadian blend of Pinot Grigio and Riesling gives out pear notes in the nose at first. Citrus does eventually appear with some sour hints and decent fruity sweetness. The mouthfeel has a nice dryness with the citrus flavours. A little too much yeast lingers in the end, but overall – this is quite drinkable for the price.

Rating: 3.6/5

Veramonte Sauvignon Blanc

LCBO#: 367748
Price: $6.95
Made in: Casablanca, Chile
By: Alto De Casablanca S.A.
Year: 2015

This Chilean Sauvignon Blanc smells fresh and fruity like most of this style. Aromas of pears and citrus with some decent sweetness. The mouthfeel is crisp with some nice dryness. Flavours of citrus with some light bitterness. A little tarty in the finish. Not bad for the price, easy to sip, but nothing exceptional overall. Lacking a little sweetness/fruitiness.

Rating: 3.3/5