WINES OF THE WEEK

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Viña Cono Sur 2016 Bi­ci­cleta Viog­nier Colch­agua Val­ley, Chile ★★★★ out of 4 ON $11 (064287)

Con­sis­tently one of the best val­ues at the LCBO, Cono Sur’s Viog­nier is a great in­tro­duc­tion to an ex­otic and fra­grant white wine. Viog­nier typ­i­cally of­fers peach, apri­cot and flo­ral aro­mas and flavours, which yields an aro­matic and fruity white wine with crowd-pleas­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties. This cur­rent vintage packs more aro­matic charge than usual, which makes it truly ap­peal­ing.

João Por­tu­gal Ramos 2016 Loios Red Alen­tejo, Por­tu­gal ★★ ★ ★ out of 4 ON $9 (089912)

Here’s a bar­gain-priced fruity red wine that’s easy­go­ing and re­ally en­joy­able. Made in the typ­i­cal style for the Alen­tejo re­gion in south­ern Por­tu­gal, it’s a blend of Aragones (Tem­pranillo), Trin­cadeira and Caste­lao with­out any in­flu­ence of oak bar­rels. The re­sult is a nicely bal­anced red with a smooth tex­ture that’s a great can­di­date for en­ter­tain­ing around the bar­be­cue.

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