This has become a new pastime for me – visit the LCBO and dare to purchase something in the 10-20 dollar range that is really great. Trust me, there are some out there – whether you are a seasoned veteran of the wine world, or a new quaffer, check out these available at your local LCBO.
CHRISTIAN MOUEIX SAINT-ÉMILION 2005
VINTAGES 979955 | 750 mL bottle
Price: $ 19.75
This is a great ‘generic’ (Christian Moueix’s words, not mine) Saint Emilion. Maybe not as elegant and polished as a Grand Cru, but it’s a pretty rare thing to find an 05 Bordeaux for under 20 bones these days. It’s a good wine, buy a couple drink one now save one for a year or two later.
MORGANTE NERO D’AVOLA 2005
VINTAGES 40816 | 750 mL bottle
Price: $ 15.25
Get into some wines from Sicily before they start rising in prices! Nero D’avola is gaining a reputation, this is a great example of the varietal. Well balanced wine, great value for the dollar!
CLINE SYRAH (V) 0
VINTAGES 733758 | 750 mL bottle
Price: $ 12.85
I’m not a huge fan of jammy overripe Syrah, and this doesn’t feel like one to me. Fruit forward to be sure, but not over the top. For 12 bones, you can’t go wrong!
PENFOLDS THOMAS HYLAND SHIRAZ (V) 0
VINTAGES 611210 | 750 mL bottle
Price: $ 20.95
Nice aussie shiraz – well balanced, and a nice polish to it for the price.
CASA DE LA ERMITA CRIANZA 2003
VINTAGES 956334 | 750 mL bottle
Price: $ 18.55
This is a Spanish crianza, 100% tempranillo. If you haven’t had the pleasure of meeting tempranillo before, do yourself a favour and grab one of these bottles. Fast becoming one of my favourite varietals. Very approachable with enough complexity to keep the snobs of the group interested too!
CAVE DE TAIN ESPRIT DE GRANIT SAINT JOSEPH
VINTAGES 17152 | 750 mL bottle
Price: $ 17.75
I was heading to a poker game a few months ago, and I was still in the mindset that I had to pay top dollar (60+) for a good wine. I stopped into the Mississauga Vintages store (the one that’s only vintages!) and the gentleman there recommended this one. I was skeptical, but I will tell you now it was great. Unbelievable value for the money. 100% Syrah – for fun, try this one and the Cline back to back. What a difference!!