500 Best-Value Wines in the LCBO: 2008

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Your definitive guide to the best-value wines on the shelves of the Liquor Control Board of Ontario.

Two of Canada's well-known wine writers join forces in The 500 Best-Value Wines in the LCBO, a comprehensive, up-to-date guide to getting the best bottle for your buck. Rod Phillips and Vic Harradine combine years of wine tasting and wine writing expertise to deliver down-to-earth reviews and answers to the most common questions, including how ...

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Overview

Your definitive guide to the best-value wines on the shelves of the Liquor Control Board of Ontario.

Two of Canada's well-known wine writers join forces in The 500 Best-Value Wines in the LCBO, a comprehensive, up-to-date guide to getting the best bottle for your buck. Rod Phillips and Vic Harradine combine years of wine tasting and wine writing expertise to deliver down-to-earth reviews and answers to the most common questions, including how to serve and store wine.

Their wine reviews use a five-star rating system and are arranged in an easy-to-follow format. The book features:

  • a wide range of wine styles
  • easy-to-understand reviews
  • specific food matches
  • room for tasting notes


Whether you're an inquiring wine novice or an experienced consumer, this is your compass for navigating the aisles of the LCBO.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781552858660
  • Publisher: Whitecap Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/19/2007
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Rod Phillips is the wine columnist for the Ottawa Citizen. He is the author of two books on wine and his articles and reviews have appeared in Wine Access, Tidings, Vines, Fine Wine, France Today and Wine Spectator. He judges in wine competitions in Canada and Europe.

Vic Harradine has written wine articles for Vines and Wine Access, the Ottawa Sun and Ottawa Citizen. He is a graduate, now Director, of the Sommelier Program at Algonquin College in Ottawa. Vic is past-President and now a Governor of the National Capital Sommelier Guild. He judges wine and travels often, visiting the world's wine regions.

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Introduction

Introduction

This book lists the best values within the huge range of wines in LCBO stores. If you buy the same wine time after time, this book will show you others in that style. If you decide to be adventurous and try something new, reduce your risk by sampling the wines in this book.

We've written these reviews in a straightforward way, and we encourage you to read our wine descriptions as well as our ratings. Because many people are interested in what to eat with a particular wine, we've suggested food to pair with each.

We hope you find this book enjoyable and useful. If you find a wine you think should be included in future editions, please tell us about it. You can reach us at [omitted from on-line distribution].

Cheers!

Vic and Rod

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How We Rated the Wines

It might sound like a lot of fun to taste more than a thousand wines over a short period, and it was hard to convince our friends it was work. But it was daunting. We tasted each wine, discussed it, and decided whether or not it should go in the book. If it made the cut, we compared tasting notes and agreed on the star rating. One of us wrote the review, then we both signed off on it once we were happy with it. In short, we both stand behind each rating and review.

A wine's quality depends on the complexity of its flavours and texture and the balance among its components (fruit, acidity, and tannins). A wine that's complex and finely balanced has better quality and scores higher than one with little complexity and poor balance.

Wine reviewers and judges usually rate wines by their intrinsic qualities, regardless of price. In this book,however, we've rated wines by both quality and price to give you a score that reflects our assessment of their value. For example, a wine that's four stars in quality and costs sic, gets a higher score than a wine of the same quality at $20. At the same time, the value ratings here are also a general guide to intrinsic quality, because the adjustment for price is usually a matter of only a half star. No wine that's five stars in quality would be demoted to three-star value because it was expensive.

Here's what our star system means:

***** -- Highly complex and finely balanced. It's hard to imagine better value.
****½ -- Very complex and well balanced. Excellent value.
**** -- Complex and well balanced. Very good value.
***½ -- Some complexity and fair balance. Above average value.
*** -- Straightforward and well made. Good value.

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