Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Beware or Rejoice: California’s Coming – March 6, 2008

The rumours you have heard are true, the LCBO will have us California Dreamin’ from April 28 – May 25 as they launch “California Style” in 600 of their stores across Ontario. The promotion will encompass 140 California wines, including general list and Vintages product. California will also have their annual wine fair at the Royal York, in April, and be a spotlight during the Sante Festival held in May. California will be everywhere for all to see.

Tonight’s tasting featured many of the wines in the promotion, including new wines from recognizable names: Gnarly Head (Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon), Twin Fin (Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon, Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot), Francis Ford Coppola (Pinot Grigio, Rosso Shiraz) – along with new wines being listed for the first time: Smokin’ Loon (Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon), Sonoma Vineyards (Chardonnay, Merlot) and Little Black Dress (Merlot, Chardonnay).
And of course there was the stuff you know and love from Robert Mondavi, Ravenswood, Sterling, Toasted Head, Rosenblum, Sutter Home, Virgin, R.H. Phillips, Dancing Bull, Beringer, Fetzer and Beaulieu – just to name a dozen.

You’ll also notice some lower prices on some of your favourites, due to the promotion and our stronger dollar … so get ready - get set for the Americans (namely the Californians) are preparing to storm the Bastille we know as the LCBO.

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