Buyers’ Guide to VINTAGES September 5th, 2020

A Bushel of Good Buys for The First Real Fall Weekend

By David Lawrason with Picks from Sara, Michael and John

The week after Labour Day week is always one of the most intense and stressful of the year, all amplified here in 2020 of course.  So, I want to keep this newsletter almost completely stress and issue free. You really just want to grab onto interesting, very good quality and good value wines as you stop to breathe this weekend. We really enjoyed this batch, and overall sensed a higher quality than in the summer releases.


Before moving to our picks, I want to let you know that we are rebounding nicely from the COVID cancellation of Vintages tastings. We have been able to taste over 60 wines from this release, (with another dozen or so previously reviewed) which is now a higher number than we were tasting at Vintages lab pre COVID.

Dozens of importers are delivering samples to our office or giving us permission to buy their wines with reimbursement to follow, and I really want to thank them for stepping up. It speaks to a certain respect for what we are doing. They know that they are not necessarily getting better reviews or ratings by providing samples. Some non-participants don’t bother for this reason.  But the vast majority that do participate understand that an objective local press, which tastes that very wine on the LCBO shelf at the time of release, and which speaks directly to thousands of their customers in Ontario, is providing a real service to their base.

So, without further adieu, here we go with our bushel of good autumn buys from the Sept 5th release.

Review of Vintages Sept 5 Release


Lafazanis Geometria Moschofilero 2018, Pgi Peloponnese, Greece
$17.95, Eurovintage Wines & Spirits
John Szabo – A classically fragrant, floral expression of moschofilero, a variety reminiscent of pinot gris, here very much in the Alsatian style, fleshy, ripe, round. There’s a vague impression of sweetness from ripe fruit, also lightly honeyed and waxy flavours, while length and depth are excellent in the price category. There’s a lot of wine here for the money.
Michael Godel – More than just aromatic moschofilero from the Peloponnese here in fact this floral and waxy example is downright expressive. Just a joy to swish and swirl, then of course swallow. Enjoy the love out of this Greek speciality.

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And that’s a wrap for this edition. Watch for review of the Sept 19 release on September 24.

David Lawrason
VP of Wine

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Sara’s Sommelier Selections
Michael’s Mix
Lawrason’s Take
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