Pelee Island Ecco VQA

LCBO#: 225946
Price: $14.95
Made in: Ontario, Canada
By: Pelee Island Winery

This Canadian bubbly seems like a blend of Pinot Blanc and Auxerrois. Big orange nose at first, but when this calms down, the yeast mixes with the grapes to give this a fancy cheese hint. The taste has this little unbalacement with the yeast and fruity notes. The mouthfeel has a sharpness to it, almost bitter in the middle. The dryness is medium with all of this. Becomes a little too sweet with time. Bottle labels are fun and in a party mode at least.

Rating: 2.8/5

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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

Cygnus Organic Brut Nature Cava

LCBO#: 352856
Price: $16.95
Made in: Barcelona, Spain
By: U Mes U Fan Tres

This Spanish Organic Sparkling available in the Vintages section at the LCBO, is composed of Parellada, Macabeo and Xarel-lo varietals. Fruity aromas of apples and pears. The taste is more on the sour side of things. Less fruity in the mouth, but some of the grapes. Tarty mouthfeel, but not much almonds notes from the yeast. Pretty good overall, kind of forgetting this is an organic wine. Vell worth the price. 

Rating: 3.7/5

Sieur d’Arques Première Bulle Brut

LCBO#: 497727
Price: $18.95
Made in: Roussillon, France
By: Sieur D’Arques SAS

A French Bubbly in a green bottle with some pink colours that make this one stand out. Yeasty nose that blends well with the fruitiness of the grapes giving out apple notes with hints of soft vanilla. A nice dry mouthfeel. So well balanced between the fruity sweetness, the mild sourness and some peppery flavours. All-around, a very good Sparkling that is well-worth the price. Would definitely purchase again. A must try.

Rating: 4.3/5

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

Villa Sandi Prosecco

LCBO#: 194191
Price: $9.45
Made in: Italy
By: Villa Sandi SPA

This Italian Prosecco has mild fruity aromas with grapes, apples and pears. The taste is also fruity with more of the apples, but the finish is short. Nutty yeast lingers. A decent dryness gets better with time. Quite easy to drink this one with no big faults. Just a tad mild all-around. Some light sweetness, sourness. Really good for the price, as an entry level bubbly.

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