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VINTAGES Essentials are a collection of hand-selected, finely crafted wines and spirits from around the world. Proven favourites. Always available.

The right wine can be a great addition to any meal. From light to full-bodied, aromatic to off-dry, there's a wine for every taste and occasion. We'll show you pairings for delicious but simple recipes matched with different VINTAGES Essentials. Discover the collection at most LCBO locations.

Seafood & a Floral, Fruity Bubbly

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FOSS MARAI EXTRA DRY PROSECCO

A super-popular wine, and it's easy to see why. This lively sparkler suggests delightful aromas of pear, stone fruit, apple and mineral with lifted floral tones. Fresh and crisp, it's a perfect sipper, but this customer favourite will also delight alongside appetizers or as part of a meal featuring seafood dishes.

729392   750 mL $ 19.95

Sliders & a Spicy, Smoky Red

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BERONIA RESERVA

A super-popular wine, and it's easy to see why. This lively sparkler suggests delightful aromas of pear, stone fruit, apple and mineral with lifted floral tones. Fresh and crisp, it's a perfect sipper, but this customer favourite will also delight alongside appetizers or as part of a meal featuring seafood dishes.

50203  750 mL  $ 19.95

Pizza & a Refined, Oaky Crianza

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LAN CRIANZA

Spending a year or more in oak before mellowing at least twelve more months in bottle prior to release, this Spanish beauty made from 100% Tempranillo delivers spicy red berry fruit. A tremendous value, it will delight with smoked meats or ribs.

166538  750 mL $ 15.95

Vampire Bites & a Full-Bodied Red

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THE GRINDER PINOTAGE

Pinotage is a unique South African crossing of Pinot Noir and Cinsault. Along with the familiar 'coffee' aromas and flavours, this Pinotage also delivers impressive dark and red fruit notes. Made in an approachable style, it's perfect for smoked pork ribs or grilled steak.

269076  750 mL $ 13.95

Winter Ratatouille & a Dark Cherry Pinot

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BELLE GLOS MEIOMI PINOT NOIR

This decadent and immensely popular take on Pinot Noir is crafted by Joseph Wagner of the family behind Caymus. Loaded with chocolate, dark cherries and berries, it's a generous wine with soft tannins. Enjoy tonight with baby back ribs, grilled salmon or rib-eye steaks.

130138   750 mL $ 26.95

Quesadillas & a Smokey Chilean Cabernet

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SANTA CAROLINA RESERVA DE FAMILIA CABERNET SAUVIGNON

At the heart of Santa Carolina is the desire of founder Luis Pereyra Cotapos to produce Bordeaux-style wines in the new world; since 1875, this has been a driving force behind the winery's great success. Initially the premium quality Reserva de Familia were wines for family consumption only. Rich notes of blackberry, pepper spice and cassis with ample doses of Maipo's characteristic herbal qualities. A fine match for grilled lamb.

684597  750 mL $ 18.95

Buttery Lobster & a Lemony, Oaked-Chardonnay

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MER SOLEIL RESERVE CHARDONNAY

New packaging with a new title, this Mer Soleil 'Gold' Barrel Fermented Chardonnay has become Reserve Chardonnay. It's a decadent style, offering aromas of buttered rum, tropical fruit, sweet spice honeysuckle and tangerine peel. The palate is equally rich and creamy but with lively acidity to keep it fresh. Score - 90. (Daenna Van Mulligen, winescores.ca, Feb. 3, 2014)

958975   750 mL $ 34.95

Beef Tenderloin & a Refreshing, Spicy Cabernet

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FRANCIS COPPOLA DIAMOND COLLECTION IVORY
LABEL CABERNET SAUVIGNON

This classically styled Cali Cab features aromas of cassis, cherry, spice and woodsmoke. It's dry and fruity, with supporting tannins and refreshing acidity. A crowd-pleasing wine that will fit perfectly with casual meals or those that are just a little up-tempo. Try it with grilled, stuffed peppers or alongside gourmet burgers with caramelized onions.

521021  750 mL $ 24.95

Grilled Rib Eye & a Generously Fruity Red

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COLUMBIA CREST H3 CABERNET SAUVIGNON

Columbia Crest has risen from strength to strength since opening their doors in 1983, and their excellence is typified by this polished, focused and appealing Cab Sauv. VINTAGES customers have fallen in love with this smooth, generously fruity wine with its chocolate and touches of coffee, and it's easy to see why. Enjoy with a coffee-and porter-braised brisket.

210047  750 mL $ 19.95

Easy Beef Bourguignon & a Smokey, Cedar Pinot

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LOUIS JADOT BOURGOGNE PINOT NOIR

Great value in red Burgundy here. Lovely aromas and flavours of red berry, cedar smoke and a touch of spiced plum in this expressive and elegant Pinot. Enjoy with grilled beets, mushroom burgers or roast beef sandwiches.

162073  750 mL $ 22.95

Peppercorn Roast Beef & a Dense, Berry-Filled Red

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CATENA CABERNET SAUVIGNON

Nicolás Catena utilizes the fruit of four different vineyards, at altitudes ranging from 945m to 1,524m above sea level, to create this full-bodied and concentrated wine. This will offer generous notes of black fruit, cassis and spicy black pepper along with sensual tannins. Enjoy this complex wine with grilled pepper steak.

985002  750 mL $ 19.95

Marinated Steak & A Savoury Aussie Blend

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MAJELLA THE MUSICIAN CABERNET & SHIRAZ

The Musician plays all of the desired Coonawarra notes to perfection, and then some. Excellent depth and complexity to the aromas and flavours, with ripe blackberry and herbs shining in an elegant and structured frame. This is an approachable wine for everyday drinking that over-delivers time and time again. Match this exceptional value to herbed roast beef cooked rare, or cellar for 2-3+ years.

142018  750 mL $ 27.95

Baked Scallops & A Refreshing, Herbal White

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ASTROLABE PROVINCE SAUVIGNON BLANC

This is a cross-Marlborough blend, so don't expect the green notes of the Kekerengu and Awatere wines; instead, perfume, cassis and minerality in a silky texture. Drink: 2014-2015. Score - 91. (Tasting panel, decanter.com, March 27, 2014)

10421  750 mL $ 22.95

Lobster Tacos & a Buttery Chardonnay

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KENDALL-JACKSON VINTNER'S RESERVE CHARDONNAY

This 100% barrel-fermented Chardonnay delivers the richness one wants from California along with plenty of sunny fruit and lively freshness. Creamy and round with notes of buttered toast and tropical fruits. Give this a try with char-grilled corn on the cob, or with grilled chicken.

369686  750 mL $ 19.95

Stuffed Mushrooms & a Luscious, Black-fruit Cab

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WYNNS COONAWARRA ESTATE BLACK LABEL

Refined, showing finesse, this plays its black currant and blackberry fruit against hints of mineral and herb. The finish is wrapped in fine tannins. Best from 2015 through 2020. Score - 91. (Harvey Steiman, winespectator.com, June 30, 2013)

84996  750 mL $ 27.95

Mediterranean & a Ripe, Juicy Chianti

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ROCCA DELLE MACÌE CHIANTI RISERVA

One of Italy's most famously food-friendly red wines, Chianti is a welcome guest at any table. This one shows layers of spice, chocolate, wild berry and cherry. A brilliant choice with eggplant parmigiana sandwiches or grilled beef and mushroom kebabs.

111641   750 mL $ 15.95

Filet Mignon & a Balanced, Black-fruit Napa Cab

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LOUIS M. MARTINI CABERNET SAUVIGNON

This Napa Cabernet represents one of the greatest values the region has to offer. Layered, complex and stunning from beginning to end, it offers up rich black fruits and cedar in a sumptuous and elegant package. Balanced and structured, this is a classy Cabernet that's built to make a splash. Enjoy with filet mignon and blueberry compote.

232371  750 mL $ 29.95

Thanksgiving Turkey & a Rich, Fruity Pinot

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NORMAN HARDIE UNFILTERED NIAGARA PINOT NOIR

Norman Hardie is one of the masters of Ontario Pinot Noir, and precious few producers are in the same stratum. His Niagara Pinot is made in a big and rich style with vivid fruit and tremendous structure provided by grippy tannins.

208702  750 mL $ 39.00

Leftover Turkey & a Citrusy Chardonnay

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KIM CRAWFORD EAST COAST UNOAKED CHARDONNAY

Lively with white flowers, citrus, melon and green apple, this Chardonnay comes from one of New Zealand's most iconic producers. Makes a mouth-watering sipper, or enjoy with grilled seafood or chicken.

991950   750 mL $ 19.95

Steak & a lush Napa Valley red

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IRONY MERLOT 

This classic Napa Merlot is intensely aromatic and packed with flavour, delivering a full arsenal of black fruits, mocha, raspberry and vanilla. There's nothing insincere here -- this is an honest, straightforward and approachable wine that will be a hit with baked ham, burgers or grilled beef.

183186  750 mL $ 19.95

Tomato Salad & Fresh, Crisp Italian White

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BOLLINI PINOT GRIGIO

This Neil and Maria Empson brand has always offered solid value. Look for an attractive nose of pear and honey with just a hint of quince. The palate is a mix of ripe pear, red apple and mineral/butter flavours. A great food wine for pastas or chicken dishes or light appetizers.

951319   750 mL $ 16.95

Lamb & a big, bold Australian red

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TWO HANDS GNARLY DUDES SHIRAZ 

Named for the fierce and twisted-looking old vines from which the wine's fruit is sourced, Gnarly Dudes is a tightly focused, intense Shiraz that brings boatloads of Barossa's famed notes of roasted fruits, plum and blackberry. Big, bold and impressive, this is a finely crafted powerhouse from one of the best-known Australian producers of premium quality wines. Enjoy this with grilled steaks.

660043  750 mL  $ 24.95

Sausage rigatoni & a spicy ripasso

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MONTE ZOVO SA' SOLIN RIPASSO VALPOLICELLA

Ripasso is all the rage these days, and this one is brimming with cherry, herbs and cranberry all masterfully integrated with spicy pepper and meaty notes. The upfront style makes this a very pleasant sipper, and it will also work splendidly with pizza or grilled meats.

650713  750 mL $ 17.95