Margaret Swaine’s Wine Picks: Favourites for under $20

These customer favourites at the LCBO, all priced under $20, have proven their worth. Find them among this Saturday’s Vintages release via

Domaines des Malandes Chablis 2010
$18.95 (89 Points)
This classy Burgundy estate, established in 1972 by Lyne Marchive, delivers exactly what you want in a chablis. Medium bodied, focused with good steely intensity, it has dry, clean flavours of citrus and minerals. Balanced and refreshing throughout, it’s perfect for fish, oysters and other seafoods.

McManis Viognier 2011
$18.95 (89 Points)
McManis Family Vineyards, located in the River Junction appellation just south of Lodi, Calif., was founded in 1990 by a fourth-generation family of farmers. This 100% viognier varietal has seen no oak. Full bodied and fleshy in texture, it tastes of juicy peaches and pears with notes of honey. Floral in the nose, it has a balancing acidity that keeps it fresh to the finish.

Liberty School Zinfandel 2009
$18.95 (88 Points)
From vineyards in Paso Robles and Lodi, this fruit-driven zinfandel has a forward bouquet of raspberries, Bing cherries and blackberries. Soft and approachable on the palate, it has a jammy berry flavour with well-integrated oak, which gives it some structure. A ready to drink, friendly red enjoy with barbecue ribs, burgers and kebabs.