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Tuesday, October 3, 2023

WORLD WINE WATCH TOP WINES AT VINTAGES: under/over $20 for OCTOBER 7, 2023 release.

WORLD WINE WATCH TOP WINES AT VINTAGES:  under/over $20 for OCTOBER 7, 2023 release.

By DEAN TUDOR, Gothic Epicures Writing My "Wines, Beers and Spirits of the Net", a guide to thousands of news items and RSS feeds, plus references to wines, beers and spirits, has been at since 1994. These notes for good wines available through  LCBO Vintages (on a bi-weekly basis)  can always be found at  or at No winery can buy their way into – or out of – this publication.

Scores are a combination of MVC (Modal Varietal Character, e.g. a Southern Rhone would taste like a Southern Rhone) and QPR (Quality/Price Ratio value in the marketplace above or below its price).


Wines Under $20
Fizz+515254    VILARNAU BARCELONA RESERVA BRUT ORGANIC CAVA Penedès Traditional method, DO, Spain $15.95    MVC/QPR: 89    
W+89011    FEATHERSTONE SAUVIGNON BLANC    2022 Vegan, VQA Niagara Peninsula    $17.95     MVC/QPR: 91
W+32024    COLIO RESERVE CHARDONNAY 2020    Graveyard Vineyard, VQA Niagara Lakeshore    $19.95     MVC/QPR: 92
W+35299    VIENI RIESLING    2021    VQA Vinemount Ridge, Niagara Peninsula    $17.95    MVC/QPR: 89
R+34258    MASTRONARDI MERLOT CABERNET    2021 VQA Ontario $18.95 MVC/QPR: 89
R+186114    JIP JIP ROCKS SHIRAZ/CABERNET    2021    Single vineyard, Padthaway, South Australia    $17.95    MVC/QPR: 89
R+906073    FAMILLE PERRIN LA GILLE GIGONDAS    2020    Rhone $32.95        MVC/QPR: 89
R+143099    MAS DES BRESSADES CUVÉE TRADITION    2020    Rhône    Costières de Nîmes    $17.95    MVC/QPR: 90
R+561290    LOUIS BERNARD LOUIS CÔTES DU RHÔNE-VILLAGES    2020     Rhône    $16.95     MVC/QPR: 89
R+460170    SANTA RITA MEDALLA REAL GRAN RESERVA CABERNET SAUVIGNON    2021    Chile     Maipo Valley    $18.95    MVC/QPR: 89

Wines Over $20
W+ 369850    KIM CRAWFORD PINOT GRIS    2021    New Zealand Marlborough, South Island    $21.95     MVC/QPR: 89
W+415901    CAVE SPRING SELECT LATE HARVEST RIESLING    2017    Estate grown, VQA Lincoln Lakeshore, Niagara Peninsula  $24.95     MVC/QPR: 90
W+20455    LE CLOS JORDANNE JORDAN VILLAGE CHARDONNAY    2020    VQA Niagara Peninsula    $29.95    MVC/QPR: 91
R+265074    CLOSSON CHASE CHURCHSIDE PINOT NOIR    2021    Vegan, unfiltered, VQA Prince Edward County $45.00    MVC/QPR: 89
R+33994    BACHELDER WISMER-FOXCROFT 33% WHOLE CLUSTER CRU GAMAY NOIR    2020 Single vineyard, VQA Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Escarpment    $29.95    MVC/QPR: 89
R+361246    AUNTSFIELD SINGLE VINEYARD PINOT NOIR 2021    New Zealand    Marlborough    Southern Valleys, South Island $34.95    MVC/QPR: 89
R+33922    PRÉLUDE À GRAND-PUY DUCASSE    2015 Second wine of Ch. Grand-Puy Ducasse, AC Pauillac    $59.95    MVC/QPR: 89
R+33009    GASSIER FLEUR DE SYRAH  2021 Rhône Costières de Nîmes    $22.95    MVC/QPR: 89
R+32533    DONNA FUGATA DEA VULCANO 2020    Sicily    DOC Etna Rosso    $29.95     MVC/QPR: 89
R+503904    CHÂTEAU CLARKE 2016    Listrac-Médoc  $54.95 MVC/QPR: 92
R+117960    CREEKSIDE LAURA'S RED 2018 VQA Niagara Peninsula $25    MVC/QPR: 89
R+937128    FORIS ROGUE VALLEY PINOT NOIR    2021    Oregon Estate grown     $26.95    MVC/QPR: 89

LIMITED TIME OFFERS: Some Recommended  Wines from the LCBO's Limited Time Offers  selections...these  are good value...on sale  through Sunday October 8...

W+250699 Banfi Principessa Gavia Gavi Piedmont, now $19.95, save $3.
W+326728 Oyster Bay Chardonnay Marlborough NZ, now $18.95, save $3
W+24133 Thirty Bench Winemaker's Blend Riesling Beamsville VQA, now $18.95, save $3
R+167189 Dandelion Vineyards Lionheart of the Barossa Shiraz, now $20.95, save $3
R+63891 Emiliana Coyam Organic Red Blend Colchagua Chile,  now $31.95, save $3
R+322586  Montes Alpha  Cabernet Sauvignon  Colchagua Chile,  now $19.95, save $3
R+590414 Oyster Bay Pinot Noir Marlborough NZ,  now $19.95, save $3

Note: The following LTOs are on sale from Oct 9 through Nov 5:

Fizz+213983  Cave Spring Blanc de Blancs Brut Sparkling VQA Trad Method, now $29.95, save $3
Fizz+395384  Luc Belaire Rare Rose Sparkling France, now $37.95, save $3
W+31667  Alta-Yari Gran Torrontes Mendoza Arg, now $24.95, save $3
W+962886  La Crema Sonoma Coast Chardonnay, now $32.95, save $3
R+352583  Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma, now $49.95, save $5
R+177295  Rivera Il Falcone Riserva Castel del Monte Puglia, now $23.95, save $3
R+652883  Belle Glos Clark & Telephone Pinot Noir Santa Barbara, now $54.95, save $5
R+954834  Rodney Strong Estate Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, now $26.95, save $3
R+353201  Ruffino Riserva Ducale Oro Gran Selezione Chianti Classico, now $49.95, save $3
R+303800  Trius Red VQA Niagara, now $24.95, save $3
R+225086  Umberto Cesari Liano Sangiovese/Cab Sauvignon Emilia-Romagna, now $24.95, save $5

** Some New Wines I Tasted Over the Past Season ---


The Date and Time: Monday June 12 Noon-4P
The Event: 2023 Northwest Wine Expedition Trade Tasting: Oregon and Washington
The Venue: The Globe and Mail Centre, 17th floor
The Target Audience: wine trade and wine media
The Availability/Catalogue: paperless through BottleBooks, which listed very few prices beyond a range from "$$ to $$$$$"
The Quote/Background:
The Wines:  I tasted mainly Chardonnays and a few other interesting white, rose and sparkling wines.

**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-A to Z Wineworks Bubbles NV
-Adelsheim Chardonnay 2020
-Adelsheim Chardonnay Staking Claim 2019
-Angela Vineyards Chardonnay Willamette 2019
-Chateau Ste Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Horse Heaven Hills 2021
-Citation Oregon Chardonnay 2015
-Cristom Vineyards Eola Amity Hills Chardonnay 2021  $59
-Milbrandt Estates Chardonnay 2019
-Milbrandt Family Chardonnay 2020
-Sokol Blosser Bluebird Cuvee Brut Sparkling 2020
-Traveri Cellars Blanc de Blancs Brut Zero Dosage NV
-Traveri Cellars Blanc de Noir Brut NV
-Troon Vineyard Biodynamic White Blend Kubli Beach Applegate Valley Oregon 2021 [marsanne, roussanne, vermentino]
-Valdemar Estates Columbia Valley Chardonnay 2021 $65
-Valley View Winery Domaine Rogue "Quercia" Chardonnay Applegate Valley 2021

***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-A to Z Wineworks Chardonnay Oregon 2021
-Airfield Estates Chardonnay 2021
-Brittan Vineyards Chardonnay 2021
-Centerstone Willamette Valley Un-Oaked Chardonnay 2018
-Chateau Ste Michelle Columbia Valley Chardonnay 2021
-Domaine Drouhin Oregon Arthur Chardonnay 2021
-Erath Winery Oregon Pinot Noir Rose 2021
-Evolution White 2021
-Evolution Willamette Valley Chardonnay 2021
-Foris Vineyards Chardonnay 2021
-L'Ecole No 41 Chenin Blanc Old Vines Yakima Valley 2022
-Pike Road Willamette Valley Chardonnay 2021
-Pomum Cellars Idilico Albarino 2022
-Rex Hill Seven Soils Chardonnay 2019
-Stoller Family Estate Dundee Hills Chardonnay 2021
-Traveri Cellars Blanc de Blancs NV
-Traveri Cellars Rose NV
-Valley View Winery Viognier 2019

The Food: there were enormous cheeseboards from the Cheese Boutique with an assortment of salumni and cold cuts, pre-cut cheeses (including a dynamite truffle cheese), strawberries, blackberries, veggie platters (crudites and cooked/pickled/grilled).
The Downside: the media room was only available for a few people.
The Upside: a good selection of wines and producers, interesting conversations.
The Contact Person:
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 85

Dean Tudor,  Prof Emeritus T'karonto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson) School of Journalism
Treasurer of Wine Writers' Circle of Canada

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