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Wine discussion from LCBO

Post any gems you have found at the LCBO that are reasonably priced. I've tried the majority of 10$ ontario wines and haven't been blown away yet. I've also found that men and women usually enjoy different wines so I'd really appreciate a women's perspective.

The only wine I've truly loved is the J. Lohr Merlot 2007 for 20$ and it's finally in stock again.

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  1. We just enjoyed a bottle of Sketches Rose from Tawse last night. I was very pleasantly surprised. Full flavoured yet crisp. Very nice rose.

    1. The BODEGAS Castano La Casona Monastrell (143743) from Spain is $8.70 and a bit bitter on its own for my liking, but fantastic with heavier, fattier food.

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      1. re: Crispier Crouton

        That's a rose also, isn't it Crispier Crouton?

        1. re: millygirl

          Nope, that's a full-on red 100% Monastrell (aka Mouvedre) ... and also my go-to cheap red here in expensive Ontario. You may be thinking of LA CASONA ROSE LCBO 175760, which is also a nice crisp dry rose.

          1. re: burningrome

            Yes, that's it! Can you tell, I've been in to the roses of late. However with today's rain and cold, I think it's time to move on.

      2. I'm rather fond of the Echeverria Reserva Syrah. $16 ish. We find it goes really well with meat pasta.
        http://lcbo.ca/lcbo-ear/lcbo/product/...

        1. I don't agree at all that men and women enjoy different wines any more than men and women enjoy different foods. As for suggestion, try:

          M. CHAPOUTIER LES VIGNES DE BILA-HAUT CÔTES DU ROUSSILLON-VILLAGES 2008 VINTAGES 168716 $ 15.00

          It's a medium bodied Rhone blend, cherry/plum fruit, decent tannins on the finish to give it some backbone and a very good buy at this price point. If you want more suggestions, the Wine Spectator bulletin board usually has a few LCBO threads going.

          1. Recently I've been using Alan Kerr's tasting reviews of the latest Vintages releases. I find his tastings are quite accurate and he samples a lot of wines each time. I think his posts show up 2 days before the Saturday release date. Here's the link: http://blogs.gangofpour.com/

            I don't think you're gonna find too many wines at $10 that you'll be "blown away" by. Perhaps increasing your budget to around the $15-25 range might get you better success (as per the Merlot you like).