Bouvet Crémant de Loire Excellence Brut

LCBO#: 303636
Price: $19.95
Made in: Loire, France
By: Bouvet-Ladubay

This Crémant de Loire is pretty much all apple notes for scent with hints of grape sourness and leather. The taste is also fruity with the apples and grapes. Nicely blended between the sweetness, mild sourness and light dryness. All well-balanced, but nothing crazy outstanding for this French bubbly. There are better Crémant out there for the under twenty dollars range.

Rating: 3.6/5

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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

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

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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

Harry’s Hurricane Spiced Rum

LCBO#: 318642
Price: $19.95
Made in: Canada
By: Kittling Ridge Ltd.

Reviewed this on Tuesday, as it was National Rum Day. Purchased this rum bottle a few years back, when available at the LCBO and was quite inexpensive. Also being from my country, did not expect much of it, as this spirit is not our forte. Little did I know I was wrong and this is quite a great rum for the price. Butterscotch aromas with the alcohol warming, spices and vanilla notes. The mouthfeel is surprisingly not that much of a burning. Actually, quite smooth overall. Maybe a little watered-down, but still, nice flavours of caramel, vanilla and spices. Easy to sip as is, but a great bargain if you wish to mix as well.

Mionetto Prosecco D.O.C. Treviso

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Price: $18.85
Made in: Veneto, Italy
By: Mionetto S.P.A.

This Italian Sparkling starts off with the typical yeast aromas, which disappear after breathing and releases a sweet, sugary nose with apples and hints of dryness. This continues in the taste without being way too sweet, with notes of peaches and honey. The body is still thicker than wanted, not helping the dry mouthfeel, but at least not too, too syrupy. Because of this, needs to be real cold to enjoy. Not our favorite to drink this way, but overall well-balanced for a simple, easy-drinking Sparkling. Enjoy real, real cold.

Rating: 3.7/5

Santa Carolina Petit Verdot Gran Reserva

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Price: $15.95
Made in: Rapel Valley, Chile
By: Vina Santa Carolina

We are used to Santa Carolina as inexpensive good easy-drinking wines, so was quite surprised to find this one in the Vintages at the LCBO. Beautiful aromas of red grapes with a smooth sweetness to it. Very light hints of leather. The taste is a little milder than the nose. Light tannins creating a bit of dryness with the grapes. A bit of bite in the finish with the alcohol (on the bitter side) but a watery aftertaste as the short end. Notes of cherries and yeast.

Rating: 3.9/5