Vértice Cuvée Brut

LCBO#: 482679
Price: $12.75
Made in: Douro, Portugal
By: Caves Transmontanas

A Portuguese sparkling that seems to be a tad darker than most. Aromas of white grapes with hints of apples. Not as sweet in the mouth with some nice dryness with the grape flavours and some wood notes. The yeast is nicely hidden. For the price, there is not much bad stuff to say about this one. Pretty dry, woody more than yeasty, well-blended grapes. Yep, very nice for the price.

Rating: 3.7/5


Cabot Trail Maple Cream

LCBO#: 462424
Price: $29.95
Made in: Quebec, Canada
By: Les Spiritueux Ungava

This Original Cabot Trail Maple Cream has listed as ingredients, cream or milk, maple syrup, sugar, alcohol, casein, rum, caramel and natural flavours. Alright, so some form of alcohol, and then some rum. Smells like butterscotch out of the bottle. Then, the maple notes come out with some nuttiness. The cream does not look as creamy as others, a little more milky. The taste shows a little alcohol with the blend of butterscotch (caramel and rum), maple and nuts. Pretty good all-around, and less expensive than the Wayne Gretzky cream one – which has whiskey.

Wayne Gretzky Canadian Cream Liquor

LCBO#: 519298
Price: $34.95
Made in: Ontario, Canada
By: Andrew Peller Limited

A Canadian version of the famous Baileys Irish Cream, from hockey’s greatest – Wayne Gretzky. Same tanned cream colour. The aromas show more cherries with nutty notes and hints of cocoa. The flavours are a blend of these – reminding me of amaretto. This one is excellent in coffee, as it is straight up. It is a little more than Baileys, which means way more than Carolans… but definitely worth trying. Will have again for sure. Basically, this is now our go-to Irish cream with coffee, as made here with fresh cream, but also very well-balanced all-around with the cherry notes added.

Baileys Almande

LCBO#: 455428
Price: $31.95
Made in: Illinois, USA
By: R & A Bailey & Co Ltd

This version of Baileys is made in the United States. It is also dairy free. The first thing we noticed was that even recommended for coffee, it did not seem to blend well with all the coffees we tried. Mild chunks – if you know what I mean. Made with almond oil, and not from almond milk. Vodka is the alcohol used in this one. The nose is quite nutty with the mild vanilla aromas. The taste has the cherry notes at first found in most Irish Cream, with the almonds lingering on the tongue. It is a nice sipper, but not one we would mix with our coffee Sunday mornings – like we do religiously.

Blackstone Pinot Noir 2013

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LCBO#: 358937
Price: $9.95 ($7.29 US)
Made in: California, USA
By: Constellation Brands Inc.

Purchased at Albertson on our trip to Vegas. Sweet aromas of cherries among the red grapes. Notes of alcohol with hints of leather. Cherry flavours as well with some caramel. A nice dry mouthfeel, but not too crazy. Quite a nice Pinot Noir for the price in the States. Noticed it was not that much more in Canada when we returned, at the LCBO.

Rating: 3.7/5

Raven Wicked White

LCBO#: 438077
Price: $15.00
SAQ#: 13299179
Prix: 16.45$
Made in: Ontario, Canada
By: Andrew Peller Limited
Year: 2015

A blended white wine from Ontario, Canada that has a beautiful nose of floral notes like Sauvignon Blanc and hints of yellow apples. The flavours are quite fruity with some nice sweetness, but not syrupy. Not too dry as well, but not a boring wetness either. Light sourness shows up, giving this white wine a refreshing aspect on this heat waved autumn.

Rating: 4.1/5

Cupcake Black Forest

LCBO#: 470088
Price: $14.95
Made in: Livermore, California, US
By: Cupcake Vineyards
Year: 2014

This blended red wine from California starts off with a nice rich aroma of cherries, blackberries among other darker fruits. The label has some class, but a little too busy, and too many different fonts. We keep on going down from there, but not so low. Some good sweetness from the fruits, but the finish is quick and not like written on back label – “long and complex”. Decent dryness but wish the finish was more. Too bad, as was looking good at first.

Rating: 3.4/5