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

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Jacob’s Creek Chardonnay Pinot Noir Brut Cuvée

LCBO#: 210633
Price: $14.95
Made in: Australia
By: Jacob’s Creek Wines

This Australia Sparkling has a very nice presentation with a real cork, and cage. The grape nose is pretty sweet with the Chardonnay notes. The taste has a nice sourness to balance the sweetness. The dryness is light and the finish is short. Tart remains on the tongue, with some mild yeast lingering. Nothing too wild and lacking a little dryness to be a great one. Still, quite presentable anytime.

Rating: 3.6/5

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

La Cuvée Mythique 2013

imageLCBO#: 426031
Price: $15.95
Made in: Pays d’Oc, France
By: Les Vignerons De La Mediterranee

Bought this one for our annual Halloween party with friends, as the little cape was nice around the bottle, and the orange and black label. Decided to have this one with our leftover cheese and pate from that party, as says good with spicy foods, pork and hard cheeses. We are covered here. Smells pretty, but overly sweet with the red grapes and some sugars. The taste is where we hit a wall. Tasted weak, watery with some metallic notes in the finish. Decided to have without the food after a while, and the flavours became a little better. Still hardly any tannins, but some bite with somewhat dryness. Still, not one we would buy again.

Rating: 2.3/5

Belcanto Valdobbiadene Superiore

imageLCBO#: 53215
Price: $18.95
Made in: Veneto, Italy
By: Belussi Spumante

Celebrating our first day on the deck of 2015. It’s been a long, bad winter. This makes us happy. Along with the sun, this Sparkling gives out aromas of yeast, but the apples take over quickly. The same fruit is found in the taste well-blended with the grapes. Starts sweet, goes through some sourness to finish a little dry with some yeast tart on the tongue. An easy drinking, well-balanced above average Sparkling. Well recommended for a group bubbly gathering.

Rating: 3.8/5

Oyster Bay Sparkling Cuvée Rosé

imageLCBO#: 280172
Price: $21.95
Made in: Marlborough, New Zealand
By: Oyster Bay Wines

This Sparkling Rosé from New Zealand has a very light pink colour. Lots of yeasty aromas at first with mild berries. The taste is similar with the light raspberry and strawberry notes. Yeast lingers in the aftertaste. Not too sweet and a good dryness in the mouthfeel. The yeast eventually disappears in the nose, and sugar and vanilla appear. A good dry sparkling with the hints of berry sweetness.

Rating: 4.1/5

Sophora Sparkling Cuvée

20140330-153757.jpgLCBO#: 353656
Price: $19.95
Made in: Aukland, New Zealand
By: Lion Nathan Wine Group

This Sparkling from New Zealand is blended from Chardonnay (52%) and Pinot Noir (48%) grapes. Colour is a little darker than usual with a nice creamy head. Big aromas of apples with hints of vinegar. Things calm down eventually and very light vanilla comes to caress the apples. The taste is a little sour, but mixed with some sweetness. Body seems a little too thick overall, but a little dryness just comes and saves the syrupy mouthfeel. A stronger all-around Sparkling with nothing offensive, but just lacking a bit of balance. Recommended to those who like lots of fruits (apples, grapes) and less dry.

Rating: 3.7/5