Long Weekend Wine Picks

happy Canada Day
Like a true Canadian, I am going to start my Canada Day Blog with an “I’m sorry”. This really should have come out on Wednesday so you could have shopped for the long weekend on Thursday and not the day when the liquor stores are closed. However luckily they re-open tomorrow morning – and if you are looking to replenish – here are a couple of suggestions and the price is right.

Masserie Pisani Primitivo, Puglia $13.95

Whenever I see a wine in Vintages at an extremely reasonable price, I pick up a bottle to sample, Some have gone unfinished, and then there is this one that compelled me to return to my local LCBO and clean out the shelf. This bold full-bodied wine took up a lot of space in my wine rack, but it didn’t last long.


Luccarelli Negroamaro Puglia IGT $9.95IMG_1795

When the temperature soars and you are looking for something refreshing, this General List wine makes  a terrific base for Sangria. It is also one of the LCBO’s most popular wedding wines. There are hundreds of Sangria recipes, and I must say no two batches of mine ever taste the same because I am one of those “little bit of this, little bit of that” cooks. But I always add a dash of Triple Sec,  a cup of freshly squeezed OJ (though other kinds work just fine too), lots of fruit and ice.

IMG_1796Corte Medicea Aros 2014, $14.95

Ok, so the bottle drips reveal I got a little excited pouring the second glass.  The medium-bodied wine is a Tuscan blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese and I will be heading back to Vintages for more.


Have a great long weekend!