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

Gin Mare

LCBO#: 481598
Price: $53.45
Made in: Barcelona, Spain
By: Global Premium Brands
ABV: 42.7%

Beautiful unique bottle from Barcelona, Spain. Blended from Arbequina olives, thyme, rosemary, basil, cardamom, coriander and juniper – so lots going on here. These spices can be felt in the nose with the olives polishing the rest. Quite herbal and sharp in the taste with the warming kick coming a bit later. This takes away from the typical juniper notes of gin. Quite interesting but lacking a little balance to drink alone. Bring the tonic!

Rating: 3.9/5

Twist of Fate Winemaker’s White

LCBO#: 466318
Price: $9.95
Made in: Canada
By: Constellation Brands Inc.

This Canadian blend is composed of Pinot Grigio, Muscat and Chardonnay. The nose seems quite dry at first pour. Then, the fruity grapes grows and hints of charred barrels show up. The mouthfeel is a little crisp, but becomes syrupy. Grapes and caramel taste with some decent bitterness in the finish to blend things. Decent for the inexpensive price.

Rating: 3.5/5

Quinta Da Aveleda Vinho Verde

LCBO#: 89995
Price: $11.60
Made in: Portugal
By: Aveleda S.A.
Year: 2015

A Portuguese white wine with a fresh fruity nose that reminds me of Sauvignon Blanc. Sweet grapes aromas with hints of sourness. The sour notes are quite present in the flavours, over the fruitiness. Some nice mild dryness in the finish. Light yeast lingers giving out very mild nuttiness. Refreshing and pretty good overall.

Rating: 3.6/5

Stellina Di Notte Prosecco DOC

LCBO#: 485359
Price: $15.95
Made in: Veneto, Italy
By: V.N.P. Valsa Nuovo Perlino SPA

Classy sparkling bottle with simplistic label. This Italian Bubbly has loads of green apples with the grapes and hints of pears, bubblegum. Fruity flavours from the grapes and apples, but not to sweet. Mild dryness with yeast in the finish, lingering. Nutty notes because of this. First sip showed lots of yeast, but gets better as it goes. Not bad at all, but some better out there for the price.

Rating: 3.3/5