DAVID LAWRASON previews the LCBO’s newest additions.
As summer turns to fall and green leaves change to red, so do wine fans shelve their green wines of summer in favour of heartier autumn reds. So we bring you a selection of highly recommended, brand new reds at the LCBO, noting some interesting trends as we go.
But first, a trend within the LCBO itself. A breath of fresh air — actually a stiff wind of change — is blowing through the selection process. This year, for the first time, there was a mass one-time infusion of new Australian wines (I wrote about the month-long promotion in Ottawa Magazine’s May 2011 edition, now available online), with similar campaigns slated for other wine-producing countries in the months ahead. But, most importantly, many new, well-chosen, good-value labels are popping up on LCBO shelves on an almost weekly basis. Someone at HQ is buying well — almost having fun, it seems.