Twist of Fate Winemaker’s White

LCBO#: 466318
Price: $9.95
Made in: Canada
By: Constellation Brands Inc.

This Canadian blend is composed of Pinot Grigio, Muscat and Chardonnay. The nose seems quite dry at first pour. Then, the fruity grapes grows and hints of charred barrels show up. The mouthfeel is a little crisp, but becomes syrupy. Grapes and caramel taste with some decent bitterness in the finish to blend things. Decent for the inexpensive price.

Rating: 3.5/5

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

Sandbanks Cabernet Franc VQA

LCBO#: 177485
Price: $14.95
Made in: Ontario, Canada
By: Alto Sandbanks Estate Winery
Year: 2015

This Canadian Cabernet Franc gives out peppery notes in the aromas with plums and mild hints of strawberries. The taste is pretty sweet overall, but not syrupy. Some decent dryness helps this with the light tannins. Berries lingers. Pepper and leather in the background. Not a bad fruity red wine. Just a little too sweet for our liking. A tad pricey overall.

Rating: 3.1/5

Skinny Grape Pinot Grigio

imageLCBO#: 283804
Price: $11.95
Made in: Ontario, Canada
By: Andres Wines Ltd

This low-carb white wine has only 80 calories per 142ml with 5 grams of carbohydrates. The aroma is quite nice and very well-representing of a Pinot Grigio with peach notes, apples and citrus. Where these wines take a little fall is the taste. The flavours start off quite well with the fruitiness found in Pinot Grigio with the natural sugars, but the finish is short. No lingering dryness, sweetness or sourness. Food does not help this, so preferred this one solo, chilled. Pretty decent for those on a low-carb diet though.

Rating: 3.3/5

Loon Vodka

imageLCBO#: 374728
Price: $45.25
Made in: Hearst, ON, Canada
By: Rheault Distillery
40% ABV.

This vodka from Northern Ontario is distilled four times in a single batch steel copper pot. It is a grainy vodka that gives out leafy aromas with lots of herbal notes. The flavours are also reminiscent of grass and plants with a little of the grain shining in the finish. Some mild sweetness is felt as well to balance things. This vodka is pretty smooth overall to sip, but with some character to stand out. Quite a good vodka that contains 0% methanol. Congrats on the Double Gold medal for the China Wine & Spirits Awards. Here’s to long life !!

Black Cellar Blend 4 Merlot


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LCBO#: 387167
Price: $10.95
Made in: Ontario, Canada
By: Roundpetal Wines

This Merlot is composed of 4 different blends. The label is pretty and classy for an inexpensive wine. Decent aromas of cherries and other berries at first pour. Mild vanilla notes, and eventually, hints of tobacco and leather comes out. Not much tannins, but still a nice mouthfeel with the balanced dryness. Black cherry taste with some softer red grape juices. Some yeast stays on the tongue with time, and that is the worst of this blend. Other than that, not bad as a table red wine.

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Mike Wear The Underdog White Wine VQA

imageLCBO#: 248476
Price: $13.95
Made in: Beamsville, Ontario, Canada
By: Mike Weir Wine

This blended white wine from Canada’s golf player Mike Weir gives out aromas of white grapes, light alcohol and hints of pears. The taste is much more milder, as in watery. Gets better as it warms up, so if you like warmer white wines, you might like this, as nothing is really offensive. Decent fruity sweetness, alcohol, dryness and sourness. All light, but there. Very nice label and an average light blended white wine. Just hard to pay full price for it.

Rating: 3.6/5