Summer Wines Under $20

If there is anything better than a good bottle of wine, it’s certainly a good bottle of wine that doesn’t break the bank. You certainly don’t need to be utilitarian toward the nectar to leave LCBO with a few bottles in hand and money left in your pocket for cheese, charcuterie, and other goods for an afternoon in a park or a balcony. Here is a list of wines we’re drinking this summer under $20 not just because we’re on budget but also because we know what’s good for us.

Anselmi San Vincenzo — $16.95

Made with Garganega grapes, those familiar with Soave will find that Anselmi San Vincenzo is a good alternative with distinct aromas of lavender and tropical fruits. The dry white wine has a touch of sweetness that goes well with light meals and it’s surprisingly great with raw dishes, like sushi or ceviché.

Roscato Rosso Igt Provincia Di Pavia — $14.95

I had a chance to try Roscato Rosso at iYellow Wine Cave the other day and, though I’m not usually a fan of sweeter wines, it won me over completely with its ruby color, berry flavors, and tantalizing bubbles, which it gets from a secondary fermentation process. It’s best chilled and, though I haven’t tried this myself yet, I imagine its fruity notes will be a fantastic addition to an afternoon sangria.

Clos de Beauregard Vieilles Vignes Muscadet Sèvre et Maine 2015 — $16.95

This extra dry bottle is nothing short of a great muscadet. It has a unique minerality and saltiness in addition to notes of apples that earned it 75th place in the 2016 Wine Enthusiast Top 100 Best Buys, which may seem like a small thing until one considers how many bottles of wine are produced in the world each year (something like 31 billion). If you want to expand your white wine palette, this is the place to start.

Kuhlmann-Platz Riesling 2014 — $16.95

This Alsatian riesling is from Cave Vinicole de Hunawihr, a cooperative dating back to 1958, which has since earned a fine reputation for its quality. This particular bottle has notes of honey and fresh fruits, which would be perfect to drink in an afternoon while waiting for things to happen or slouching toward the dinner table.

Château Lamartine Prestige du Malbec 2013 — $19.95

Cahor is a lesser known region in France — it was ravaged by frost and politics alike, which left its economy and reputation in the ditch for a while — but its history dates back to the Ancient Romans. Its wines are known as black wine for their inky color and depth. This particular bottle is a good representation of Cahor’s malbec wines. It is tannic and smoky but also layered with black fruits. This rich wine was also wood aged, which gives it an extra layer of depth.

Top 10 Holiday Wine Picks

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Written By Angela Aiello

The holiday season always brings a beautiful sense of completion to the year.  This time of year is all about warmth, reflection and appreciation. Both your fashion choices and your palate will transition to the winter and colder months. We are meant to look back on the year with gratitude for what has been given to us, while looking forward to close out the year in celebration. This is a time for gathering with family and friends, and supporting one another along our journey. Wine is one of the very best gifts to give and receive, and there is always a reason to buy two bottles – perhaps one for a friend, and one for yourself! Great wine is said to be a blend of quality, taste and value, and these wines will definitely not disappoint.

1. Taittinger Champagne – $59.95

Nothing signifies the holidays quite like a bottle of Champagne! This is one of my favourite Champagne houses. Small bubbles, a perfect taste profile and flawless blend of grapes (Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier) make this the perfect gift for someone who has helped make this year special and successful. Keep a bottle on hand for yourself, because you know you worked hard too #PopTaittinger #TaittingerTime

2. Henry of Pelham Cuvée Catharine Rosé Brut – $29.95

Sparkling wines from Ontario are simply world class. This pink sparkling wine is one of my go-to bottles and is sure to impress anyone who opens it. It is a blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay made in the traditional Champagne method and not only looks lovely but also tastes lovely.  This makes a great gift for the boss, family member or wine-loving friend. #VQA #OntarioWine

3. Joiy Sparkling – $19.95

This 4 mini bottle pack of bubbly available in the gift section of the LCBO is fun and delicious. Sip with a straw or a wedge of citrus as per Winemakers instructions (and I agree to both!). This is the great holiday party accessory to bring and/or serve. Their tag line for the wine is bottle happiness and it sure is! This modern version of sparkling is from New Zealand and has really great packaging too. This is a very cool gift option for your bestie who will ultimately share it with you! #joiyWine

4. Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc – $19.95

Impress any white wine drinker with this fantastic bottle of Sauvignon Blanc. Smell beautiful white flowers, soft peaches and light & lovely citrus. A wonderful pairing with your holiday cheese boards and whites meats like roasted turkey and chicken as well as oysters. Everyone will love this bottle of wine it’s simply delicious.

5. Chloe Chardonnay – $17.95 (+ 8 Bonus AirMiles until Jan 2)

A pure delight from California’s Sonoma County, Chloe is a beautiful chardonnay that has body, fruit and class. I love the label, the branding, the taste and the price! This is a fuller bodied wine so serve it in nice big glasses and not too cold. With nice spice and vanilla notes, this is a great bottle to share or give to someone who loves chardonnay and you can also open this bottle with all of your holiday meals.

6. Paul Mas Estate Cabernet Merlot  – $13.95

A wine I’d sip, serve, share and highly recommend for all your home holiday parties at home. From a single vineyard in the South of France, this is a well crafted, beautifully smooth blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot aged in French oak barrels. Experience luxury with this wine by pairing this wine with red meat dishes, evening entertainment by the fire, dark chocolate and cheese.  It truly over performs for the price. #PaulMasStyle

7. Penfolds Bin 9 Cabernet Sauvignon Gift Pack- $23.95

A very exciting gift option for the new wine collector. Sourced from multiple of different vineyards across Australia’s South Australia region with a large portion sourced from the historical soils of McLaren Vale. This is a contemporary expression of Cabernet Sauvignon with suppleness and happiness in every sip. Besides it’s Penfolds, so what else would you expect but perfection! Bin 9 can be enjoyed young or cellared for 5-10 years and to boot it comes in a gift box.

8. Finca Hispana Tempranillo  – $16.05

Up for an adventure? Sip this great bottle from Spain’s Rioja region and get transported away to an old world adventure. It is rustic and lively and made from the Tempranillo grape. Serving up delicious tapas this holiday? This is a great sipping and pairing option. The woman on the front of the label is the winemaker and it’s only one in a series of wines making it to the LCBO over the coming year. #FincaHispana

9. Ruffino Chianti Classico Reserva D’oro 2010 – $44.95

An Italian wine lovers dream. This 2010 tastes like pure bliss and is the perfect gift for that person on your list that already has everything. It’s a great discovery bottle that has been aged at the winery and then released to us (we all know it’s incredibly hard to cellar wine without drinking it before it’s best before date). This wine can be cellared for a few more years, or it can be enjoyed right now.  Best enjoyed with a wine lover who appreciates old world wine style. No food pairings needed, however a fireside romance is highly recommended.

10. Taylor Fladgate 10 Year Old Tawny $34.95

Port is a masterpiece, and Tawny port is my absolute favourite. A bottle from Taylor Fladgate, one of the most respected producers of Port, is the absolute perfect gift. Called Tawny because of its colour, Port is made with many indigenous grapes from the beautiful Douro Valley in Portugal. The grapes grow on very steep hills and are handpicked. It is fortified and blended with wine that is at minimum 10 years old and aged in oak casks. After years of age, the wine finally reaches a mature tawny colour. The final taste is smooth with mellow and complex flavours. It pairs well with blue cheese and is a perfect after dinner delight.

Making wine awesome since 2006 Writer, Educator, Host, and Founder of the iYellow Wine Club Angela Aiello has-been Involved in the world of wine & food for over fifteen years. From TV to Radio to print, she’s got the world of food and drink at her finger tips. Follow her on Instagram or Twitter at @SuperWineGirl 
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