Buyers’ Guide to VINTAGES November 28th, 2020

John Szabo’s Vintage’s Preview November 28th: Smart Buys Over and Under $30

By John Szabo MS, with notes from David Lawrason, Michael Godel

Plenty of wine continued to flow from glass to palate to spittoon this past month, including 860 wines for the Guide to Canada’s Best Wines, along with many dozens to fill the WineAlign Exchange subscription boxes with the best wines outside of the LCBO, and of course the Vintages Release tastings, which have become more comprehensive than ever. We also successfully dusted off the Think You Know Wine tasting series, for which Sara, David, Michael and I put our blind tasting skills to the test from the discomfort of our living rooms via Zoom and Facebook live, with hilarious, entertaining, informative and occasionally correct results. Last Saturday, nearly 500 people tuned in to watch and taste along with us, though you can always catch the video replays. Join us at 5pm on December 12th for the next episode; sign up early to learn which wines we’ll be tasting so you can buy and taste as well (just don’t tell us!). Our pens have also been flowing for special features: catch David’s latest Canadian Wine Insider discussing value and new and emerging regions and varieties. Sara gives us an opportunity to Rediscover the Médoc, that famous sliver of Bordeaux where things aren’t as motionless as you might think, and brings us up to speed on the general Vin de France category. I go deep on my new favourite topic, sustainability, in both Austria and New Zealand with a looking at what these two leading countries are doing for environmental and social good. And lastly, Wine Thieving podcast partner Sara and I launch a three-part series on the next generation of the Médoc. And finally, in this newsletter, we give you our top over and under $30 wines from the November 28th release, a collection of sharp values and smart splurges.

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Vintages Buyer’s Guide November 28th: Under $30 White

Jardin Inspector Péringuey 2019 Chenin Blanc, Stellenbosch, South Africa
$17.95, Abcon Wine Merchants
David Lawrason – Five-star value chenin, capturing the grape’s essential pear/quince fruit, linden flower and a certain waxiness and spice. It is medium bodied, rounded with a hint of sweetness, firm almost crunchy acidity and excellent length.


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That’s all for this report. See you around the next bottle.

John Szabo MS

Use these quick links for access to all of our Top Picks in the New Release. Non-Premium members can select from all release dates 30 days prior.

Sara’s Sommelier Selections
Michael’s Mix
Lawrason’s Take
Szabo’s Smart Buys

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