John Szabo’s VINTAGES Preview March 30th

By John Szabo MS, with notes from Michael Godel, David Lawrason and Sara d’Amato

John Szabo, MS

John Szabo, MS

It’s been a busy few weeks at the WineAlign office as we’ve ramped up our tastings outside of the LCBO, tapping multiple sources to bring you ever-expanding coverage of the worldwide wine scene – Canadian government store shelves are just a part of the mix. Consignment portfolios, private imports, online shopping, grocery stores and local wineries add massively to your options, and we’re here to guide you to the best. And we know that you’re a gourmet traveller, and want to know which wines and wineries to seek out on your next wine country adventure. Well, we travel, too. A lot in fact. So we can help you plan your next escapade.

Last week we published massive coverage of Tuscany – Chianti Classico and Brunello – from an international perspective, and coming up we’ll have coverage from exciting Austria, as well as from the annual Cuvée Tasting in Niagara Falls happening tomorrow, where Ontario winemakers pick their favourite wines to bring to the table. If you’re free tomorrow night, why don’t you join us? Details here. So keep coming back to WineAlign for everything wine you need to know. And today, see the WineAlign crü’s top picks from the March 30th Vintages release.

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March 30th Buyer’s Guide: Sparkling

Drappier Brut Nature Pinot Noir Champagne, Zero Dosage, France ($57.95)
John Szabo – Drappier was one of the pioneer Champagne houses to produce a zero dosage cuvée, that is, no sugar added after disgorgement. This latest release is lovely, not at all lean or shrill, but rather beautifully balanced, and even generous. Flavours span a typical spectrum led by toasty-brioche and Viennoiserie, moving into red berry and ripe citrus fruit, grapefruit and lemon peel. Acids are comfortable and length and depth are excellent. A very classy wine, perfect for the pre-dinner slot, and equipped to move into fish and white meat courses. …


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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.

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

New Release and VINTAGES Preview


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