David Loan’s LCBO picks

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Karlo Es­tates 2015 Caber­net Franc This is Karlo Es­tates’ flag­ship wine, pro­duced by renowned wine­maker Derek Bar­nett, and it’s fab­u­lous. Rich, well­ripened fruit, chewy tan­nins, and just a hint of County lime­stone make this an easy pair­ing with late-au­tumn fare. Vintages 524389/ $31.95 La Ferme du Mont 2016 Première Côte Wines of the south­ern Rhône Val­ley aren’t well known among con­sumers, so they tend to be very good value — low price, high qual­ity. Typ­i­cal of the re­gion, this is made with Gre­nache and Syrah and tastes of straw­ber­ries, red li­corice, and a whiff of smoke. La Ferme du Mont is a ris­ing star in the re­gion, and this is why. Ex­cel­lent with bar­be­cue. Vintages 251645/ $18.95 Vieni Es­tates Sparkling Ries­ling Vieni’s sec­ond-gen­er­a­tion Ital­ian fam­ily wine­mak­ers do a fan­tas­tic job of copy­ing wine styles from the old coun­try. This Pros­ecco-type sparkler is gen­tle and fruity, with flavours of fresh ap­ples and lemon zest. A great value for a great wine. Ter­rific with hors d’oeu­vres or just fun at a party. Vintages 520411/ $16.95 Kew Vine­yard 2014 Marsanne An un­com­mon grape for On­tario, it’s also un­com­monly good! This lovely white ta­ble wine has won nu­mer­ous gold awards for Kew be­cause of its com­plex­ity and el­e­gance. You’ll find flavours of trop­i­cal fruit, pear, lemon, and caramel. En­joy it with a cream-based soup or starter course. Vintages 485334/ $20.15

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