Did you tune into CHCH Morning Live with Angela this am? She featured some of her favourite local Fall wines. These lighter reds + high acid whites are the perfect transitional wines to get you ready to embrace the colder season with open arms.

Cave Spring Estate Bottled Riesling

Tasting Note: Cave Spring’s fine Rieslings have won much international acclaim. This one, from vines that are 20+ years old, features peach, grapefruit, floral and stony mineral flavours. Shines with turkey burgers, cassoulet or baked ham.

Find it for $18.95 at the LCBO here!

Southbrook Triomphe Chardonnay 2015

Tasting Note: Such a nice wine at a delicious price point, look for a nose of bright apple, creamy pear and a smidge of peach, smoky/leesy notes and integrated oak spice. Shows elegance on the palate with creamy orchard fruits, seamless spice, and a juicy finessed finish. Score – 90. (Rick VanSickle, winesinniagara.com, Feb. 6, 2017)

Find it for $24.95 at the LCBO here!

FRESH Adventures Crisp White 

Tasting Note: This aromatic white is layered with white flower blossom and tropical fruit character accompanying preserved peach sweetness. This casual white is made for simple enjoyment but will also pair well with flavourful Asian inspired dishes.

Find it for $12.95 here!

Flat Rock Pinot Noir

Tasting Note: Innovative Flat Rock Cellars specializes in crafting elegant Pinot Noir. This elegant wine is a great introduction, with its flavours of raspberry, beetroot, smoked meat and spice. This works well with grilled salmon or with veal in a red wine reduction.

Find it for $20.95 at the LCBO here!

Château des Charmes St. David’s Bench Vineyard Gamay Noir Droit 2015

Tasting Note: Gamay Droit is the only vinifera grapevine variety to be born here in Canada – right on St. David’s Bench, in fact! It yields wines with dark cherry fruit, earth and smoky spice notes, and this one is unoaked to preserve its unique character. Michèle Bosc of Château des Charmes suggests pairing it with hearty lasagna or a double-cut Ontario pork chop topped with a mushroom and herb sauce.

Find it for $17.95 at the LCBO here!

Malivoire Gamay

Tasting Note: Not widely seen outside France, Gamay thrives in Ontario and has become somewhat of a specialty. Ripe and refreshing, with juicy red berry fruit and peppery spice. Shines with grilled gourmet sausages, roast beef with mashed potatoes or lamb souvlaki.

Find it for $17.95 at the LCBO here!


Tawse Grower’s Blend Cabernet Franc 2013

Tasting Note: Smooth, plush and supple cool-climate Niagara Cabernet Franc. Aromas of mocha, fleshy ripe plum and berries. Perfect for grilled pork chops. Drink: [until] 2021. Score – 92. (Natalie MacLean, nataliemaclean.com, Nov. 9, 2016)

Find it for $28.30 at the LCBO here!



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