This Weekend's Pick

Wine of the Weekend

Fresita Sparkling Wine

Valentine’s day, our annual reminder to stop and appreciate those we love, whether it’s a partner, family member or friend, is just around the corner. These moments present the perfect opportunity to pop open a bottle of Fresita sparkling wine. Fresita, which is Spanish for strawberry, combines crisp sparkling wine with strawberries from Patagonia, Chile. The result is charmingly fruity, light in alcohol and ideal for sharing with that special someone. To further sweeten the deal, buying a bottle also gets you 10 Bonus Air Miles!


Tasting Notes:  Fresita combines Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Moscatel grapes with hand-picked strawberries from the foothills of the Andes mountains for a low-alcohol, intensely flavoured sparkler.

Enjoy With:  Easily enjoyed on its own or with hors d’oeuvre and desserts. Did someone say chocolate covered strawberries?

Style:  The winemaking team ferments each grape variety separately before carefully blending them for a second fermentation and the addition of strawberry pulp, which is left in the wine (and the bottle). This process creates a sparkling wine with a deep rose-pink colour which is refreshing and strawberry sweet.

Terroir/Region:  Growing grapes in Chile’s renowned Maipo and Colchagua valleys, the staff at Viña Casal de Gorchs is able to use the effects of the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Andes mountains to the east to create balanced and refreshing sparkling wines.

Producer:  After immigrating to Chile from Spain, the Rabat family was determined to continue its winemaking traditions in its adopted home. Now, after founding Viña Casal de Gorchs over 80 years ago, the family is at the top of its game. It only produces sparkling wines and you will taste this dedication in every sip.

Availability:  Fresita sparkling wine is available all year round in the Sparkling Wine section of your local LCBO. As mentioned, snagging a bottle before February 24th gets you an extra 10 Bonus Air Miles!

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Price: $14.95

LCBO#: 383901

Size: 750 mL

Alcohol Content: 8.0% alc./vol.