New in LCBO

• You will receive 9 bonus AirMiles for every bottle purchased of the following Villa Sandi Prosecco between now and January 2, 2016

**** drink now Exceptional Value! 
Villa Sandi Prosecco Non-vintage
DOC Prosecco $13.95 (394387) 11.0% alcohol
This is a clean, fresh Prosecco from the area around Treviso. It asserts itself with zesty lemon and grapefruit aromas softened by ripe peach and honeysuckle. Tangy citrus, crisp green apple and a stony minerality excite the palate. It’s dry, well balanced with a lively mousse and a long, zesty fruit-laden finish. Enjoy this with an appetizer of prosciutto-wrapped melon. (Lisa Isabelle)

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Kellermeister ‘Barossa Vineyards’ ‘unoaked’ Chardonnay 2014
Barossa Valley, Australia $14.80 (400424) 14.5% alcohol
Aromas of baking spice, nutty notes and orchard fruit unleash a streak of racy, tang-laden lemon curd and crisp Granny Smith apple on the palate. It’s light-medium weight with fairly long tangy finish and aftertaste. This pours well with pan-seared trout or pickerel under a generous squeeze of fresh lemon. (Vic Harradine)

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Charles Smith ‘Kung Fu Girl’ 2014
Washington State $18.95 (394759) 12.0% alcohol
Piquant spice mineral notes and citrus aromas introduce a gorgeous surge of sweet and tang—grilled pineapple, nectarine and lemon pie filling. It’s absolutely delicious. Medium bodied and very nicely textured, this slightly off-dry gem sips well on its own and pours particularly well with spicy Asian dishes. (Vic Harradine)

**** drink or cellar 
Louis Martini Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 
Sonoma County, California $18.95 (292151) 13.0% alcohol
Charred toast, earthy notes and pipe tobacco on the nose, this delivers a mid-plus weight red with good mouth feel and a river of chewy, dense flavour—red and black cherry, black currant and baking spice. It sports a lengthy, dry finish that’s firm and taut with still evolving tannin. Aerate/decant three hours before serving. Will reward short term cellaring; pop corks summer of 2016. (Vic Harradine)

****1/2 drink now Exceptional Value! 
E and J Gallo ‘Apothic Dark Red Blend’ 2014
California $16.15 (392654) 14.0% alcohol
Black plum, mocha and cooked prune aromas provide segue for a rich, luscious wash of sweet, ripe fruit with black currant, dark cherry and wisps of espresso roast on the palate and persisting through the lengthy finish, smooth and creamy. There are wisps of dark toast and loads of fruit throughout. This crowd-pleaser will stand up to steak, burgers, grilled ribs or stew. (Vic Harradine)