LCBO Food & Drink Holiday 2020

Good Val d’Oca Prosecco DOCG ( LCBO 340570, $19.35). From the heartland of the Veneto’s Prosecco region, this classic has more character than many, with floral and spiced pear notes and a taut minerality. It’s still fun, of course, especially in a Bellini or Mimosa. Better Henry of Pelham Cuvée Catharine Brut VQA ( LCBO 217521, $32.95). One of Ontario’s top traditional-method bubblies, the crisp, bright blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir de- velops almondy, bready notes from 30 months ageing on its yeasty lees. Complex aromas of apple and citrus abound. Best Taittinger Brut Réserve ( VINTAGES 365312, $65.40). Wine- writers’ reviews of this fabulous Champagne read like love letters. A high ratio of Chardonnay adds elegance, long ageing brings complexity; fleeting aromas of citrus, white flowers, peach, strawberry… Awesome value! Bubbles are for celebrations—indeed, they can turn ordi- nary moments into special occasions—but sparkling wine is also great with all sorts of food. Pop a cork with popcorn or potato chips, scrambled eggs, oysters or caviar! Sparkling wines for toastingan achievement—or just because…

Good Henry of Pelham Special Select Late Harvest Vidal VQA ( LCBO 395228, 375 mL, $19.95). Left to age on the vine until aromas and acidity are concentrated, the grapes are picked on a winter’s night when they’re mostly frozen. The result is an opulent, sweet-tart miracle full of lychee and peach flavours. Better Château d’Armajan des Ormes Sauternes ( VINTAGES 695833, 375 mL, $26.95). From a small family estate in the heart of the Sauternes appel- lation, this barrel-aged blend of Semillon, Sauvignon and Muscadelle is a sweet dive into dried apricot and candied orange peel with a hint of toffee in the finish. Best Cave Spring Riesling Icewine VQA (VINTAGES 447441, 375 mL, $49.95). Cave Spring is one of the world’s Riesling specialists: this wine is one reason why. Read these words as you sip and each one rings true: mar- malade, spiced pear, fig, caramel, dried apricots, ringing acidity, luscious sweetness. Sweet wines for dessert Or with certain savoury dishes, come to that. All three choices are superb with foie gras, blue cheese or a rich, truffled paté, but their amazing nuances may be best appreciated with no food at all.



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