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