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

Piger Henricus Gin

LCBO#: 398842
Price: $44.95 (750ml bottle)
SAQ#: 13222711
Price: $30.75 (500ml bottle)
Made in: Quebec, Canada
By: Les distillateurs subversifs
ABV: 43%

This microdistilled gin from Quebec, Canada has a blend of juniper, coriander, angelica, lemon peel, cardamon and… parsnips. The aromas are mild with a mix of gin and vodka. More going on in the taste that reveals the gin side, but nicely balanced. Stays mild for a while and the heat takes longer to kick in. The parsnips is lightly felt in the lingering. An interesting addition and good to sip on its own. Or mix.

Rating: 3.7/5

Pelee Island Ecco VQA

LCBO#: 225946
Price: $14.95
Made in: Ontario, Canada
By: Pelee Island Winery

This Canadian bubbly seems like a blend of Pinot Blanc and Auxerrois. Big orange nose at first, but when this calms down, the yeast mixes with the grapes to give this a fancy cheese hint. The taste has this little unbalacement with the yeast and fruity notes. The mouthfeel has a sharpness to it, almost bitter in the middle. The dryness is medium with all of this. Becomes a little too sweet with time. Bottle labels are fun and in a party mode at least.

Rating: 2.8/5

Cygnus Organic Brut Nature Cava

LCBO#: 352856
Price: $16.95
Made in: Barcelona, Spain
By: U Mes U Fan Tres

This Spanish Organic Sparkling available in the Vintages section at the LCBO, is composed of Parellada, Macabeo and Xarel-lo varietals. Fruity aromas of apples and pears. The taste is more on the sour side of things. Less fruity in the mouth, but some of the grapes. Tarty mouthfeel, but not much almonds notes from the yeast. Pretty good overall, kind of forgetting this is an organic wine. Vell worth the price. 

Rating: 3.7/5

Sieur d’Arques Première Bulle Brut

LCBO#: 497727
Price: $18.95
Made in: Roussillon, France
By: Sieur D’Arques SAS

A French Bubbly in a green bottle with some pink colours that make this one stand out. Yeasty nose that blends well with the fruitiness of the grapes giving out apple notes with hints of soft vanilla. A nice dry mouthfeel. So well balanced between the fruity sweetness, the mild sourness and some peppery flavours. All-around, a very good Sparkling that is well-worth the price. Would definitely purchase again. A must try.

Rating: 4.3/5

Zonin Prosecco Cuvée 1821 Brut

LCBO#: 277186
Price: $14.95
Made in: Italy
By: Casa Vinicola Zonin SPA

Fresh mild apple aromas that are not too sweet, nor too sour, with light sugars or sweet yeast balancing things. The same for flavours, mild apples with a short finish. A little dryness, and not syrupy at all. Very easy to drink as pretty refreshing, with hints of citrus. Nothing special other than that, but nice for bubbly starters.

Rating: 2.8/5