To clear the shelves of discontinued labels, Ontario’s booze monopoly is having a massive sale. Here are three of the best bets.
Montes Classic Series Sauvignon Blanc 2010, $8.45
This Chilean white was previously a steal at $10.45; now they’re practically giving it away. Serve with smoked salmon.
Ponce notes: “While most new-world Sauvignon Blancs unleash a storm of fruit, this one has a heavy French accent, with aromas of freshly cut hay, lemony acid, and beguiling notes of celery.”
Trout Valley Riesling 2009, $9.95
Down from $11.95, this Kiwi white will be missed: The LCBO rarely carries anything from New Zealand’s Nelson region. Try it with a porchetta sandwich.
Ponce notes: “While it was made halfway across the planet, it tastes remarkably similar to a Niagara Riesling. Expect aromas of citrus and pear, with steely minerality and vibrant acidity.”
Parducci Sustainable Red 2006, $11.95
This blend of Zinfandel, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Carignan was originally priced at $15.45. Pour with mushroom risotto.
Ponce notes: “Considering the beefy grapes and the sunshine-state provenance, one expects a linebacker of a wine. But it’s more of a lithe quarterback, with fresh fruit, zippy acid, and beautiful balance.”