Astoria Prosecco DOC

LCBO#: 593855
Price: $15.35
Made in: Italy
By: Astoria Vini

This Italian Prosecco comes in a dark green bottle with lots of gold. The opening on the bottle is quite thick in glass, harder for pouring. Aromas of grapes and apples, mild in fruitiness. The taste has some nice sweetness with apples again, hints of sourness and a crisp mouthfeel. Nothing too special, but goes down nicely if you like something milder.

Rating: 3.3/5

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Segura Viudas Brut Reserva

LCBO#: 216960
Price: $15.75
Made in: Spain
By: Heredad Segura Viudas

A Spanish bubbly with a classy looking green bottle. The first thing you see at first pour is the head seems bigger than most. After it calms down, you can see that the bubbles are bigger size, more like beer carbonation than a sparkling. This does calm down as well and smaller bubbles finally appear. Apple nose with hints of cucumber juice. Flavours are on the sour side, with the apples still present as a base. Very light yeast does linger after all of this. Fairly dry mouthfeel and becomes nice all-around, as the sourness balances itself out.

Rating: 3.8/5

Madison Park Breakfast Gin

SAQ#: 13535864
Price: $48.25
Made in: Quebec, Canada
By: 1769 Distillery

A new gin from Montreal, Quebec with bergamot and infused in the end with a blend of teas to give it its amber colour. If you are an Earl Grey tea drinker like me, you will love the smell with bergamot, lemon notes like lemongrass. The taste has these touches of this tea, but smoother. A little warming, but not too intense. This is quite a different gin that is real interesting… and very worth trying.

Rating: TBA

Santi Nello Botter Prosecco

SAQ#: 10540730
Price: $15.55
Made in: Veneto, Italy
By: Casa Vinicola Botter Carlo & C. SPA

This Italian sparkling gives out lots of apple notes. Fruity aromas of apples. Not too sweet, not too sour with hints of pears. The taste starts off with apple sweetness, very light honey in the background and a nice sour finish does appear slowly as the sips go on. The yeast is nicely mild in here. Seems like nothing too special at first, but does show character as it goes. If you love apples, this one is for you.

Rating: 3.7/5

Santa Julia Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

LCBO#: 242370
Price: $13.95
Made in: Mendoza, Argentina
By: Bodega Santa Julia
Year: 2016

This red Argentinian wine which is part of their Reserve series has a bouquet of cherries in the nose. So, pretty sweet with berry notes. Some decent tannins come and balance things back. Not much sweetness in the taste, but hints of berries lingers. Gets better and better at every sip. Quite nice for a higher end wine, but in the affordable price.

Rating: 3.6/5

Bernard-Massard Brut Cuvée de l’Écusson

LCBO#: 970970
Price: $19.95
Vintages
Made in: Luxembourg
By: Bernard-Massard S.A.

A Luxembourg Sparkling with a creamier head than most. Yeasty nose with mostly apples. Dry enough mouthfeel, but mostly crisp. Again, apples and yeast in the taste, all on the mild side. Light yeast lingers. Hints of bananas. Nothing really offensive, unless you prefer hardly no yeast. Easy to drink overall and presentable. Still, the Andrea Biasiotto Extra Dry Prosecco we just had a week ago, was way better and less expensive, all in the Vintages.

Rating: 3.3/5

Andrea Biasiotto Extra Dry Prosecco

LCBO#: 516559
Price: $16.95
Vintages
Made in: Veneto, Italy
By: Azienda Agricola Biasiotto S.A
Year: 2016

Apples, apples, apples. Yes, this beautiful Italian sparkling is full of apples. Everywhere. And there is nothing wrong with this. Yellow apples in the nose with the pear hints. These apples are also in the taste. A little yeast on the tongue in the finish, but nicely balanced. A decent dryness in the mouthfeel. Crisp and refreshing. All-around well done. Quite like this one… and my cat loved liking the chilled bottle.

Rating: 3.8/5