The sun is shining, temperatures are creeping up to what we could consider “seasonal” here in Toronto and, most excitingly, we have partnered with Lacey Estates Winery, a true gem from Prince Edward County, to offer free shipping all week long when you buy six or more bottles of wine! Use coupon code FREE15 at checkout.
Lacey Estates is dedicated to producing great quality wines at very reasonable prices. Almost all of their wines are under $20, so go ahead and try them out! Now that the shipping is all taken care of, here are our top wine picks from Lacey Estates.
Lacey Estates are definitely making a name for themselves with this grape. I had their 2011 Gewürztraminer at a tasting in May and it was certainly bold, I loved it. On the nose, hints of peaches and honey while on the palate it's decidedly spicy with notes of pear, lychee, nutmeg, and cloves. If you really want the flavours to pop, try it with soft creamy cheeses or with Asian-inspired fare. Jake Skakun raved about this wine earlier too! ($19.95, 13% ABV)
As Michelle Bouffard wrote in her piece about Lacey Estates Winery a couple of weeks back, the Lacey family cherishes their Chardonnay and the grape is considered, along with Pinot Noir, one of the darlings of the Prince Edward County region. While their 2012 version has tropical notes of banana and melon, buttery, caramelized flavours also come through from the oak aging. This wine would work wonderfully alongside herb crusted halibut with just a hint of lemon zest. ($20.00, 12.5% ABV)
This is a light, dry Pinot Noir with a distinct smokiness. On the nose, cherries and red berries abound. The 18 months spent in French oak rounds out the flavours in this well-balanced wine. BBQ fare, like a juicy burger or grilled salmon, would be the perfect match for this medium-bodied, fruity red. ($22, 12.0% ABV)
The 2010 Dorland Red is a blend of two vintages of Lacey Estates' Baco Noir. It's a fruit forward, easy-drinking wine with distinctive notes of black fruits like blackberries, black plum and black currant, as well as leather and tobacco. The wine has spent 16 months in French oak and is nicely balanced - at under $14, this wine is a steal! Try it with a roasted leg of lamb topped with mint chutney. ($13.95, 12.8% ABV)