This Weekend's Pick

Wine of the Weekend

Cottage Block Merlot 2016 VQA

The countdown to the Canada Day long weekend is on! Is your fridge already stocked with local craft beer, Canadian ice wine, and a few bottles of Ontario VQA Red wine to go with dinner? If you are missing anything listed above it’s time to go shopping, and our wine pick for the weekend is the 2016 Cottage Block Merlot VQA. It’s the perfect Ontario red for the long weekend whether you are at the cottage or not!

Tasting Notes: You’ll find aromas of bright cherry and raspberry with hints of mocha and cedar. The fruit forward palate highlights lush forest berry and plum, with nuances of chocolate, leading to a long warm finish.

Enjoy With: Beef or lamb made with hearty flavourful sauces are best but hey, it’s a Canadian long weekend so it will pair well with burgers (with meat or with the new, trendy meatless variety).

Style: A medium-bodied, fruity red wine.

Terroir/Region: This Merlot comes from a special block of vineyards in Niagara-on-the-Lake which experience the warming influence of Lake Ontario. Little did the original ‘cottagers’ know that the location of their “Cottage Block” had such fantastic potential to grow grapes and make one of Ontario’s favourite red wines!

Producer: Cottage Block Merlot is made by Strewn Winery, one of the mainstays of the Niagara region. Located just outside Niagara-on-the-Lake, Strewn has become a hub for locals while remaining dedicated to producing quality VQA Ontario wines.

Availability: Cottage Block Merlot is available year-round in the Ontario VQA section of your local LCBO and for online ordering. Pick up your bottles today to give a Canadian boost to your Canada Day long weekend and to support our local wineries! Oh Canada!

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Price: $14.95

LCBO#: #303149

Size: 750mL

Alcohol Content: 13% alc./vol.