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What are you favorite under $20 wines at the LCBO?

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What are you favorite under $20 wines at the LCBO?

Ok RFD needs this thread. I often find myself at the LCBO and lost when it comes to wine as I am a primarily a beer drinker.
I will be doing a wine run this week and I would like to know of some good under $20 wines at the LCBO.
If you do list your favorite wines please list the country of origin first to make it easier for us who go browsing the LCBO.
I am by no means a wine connoisseur and I don't care about what a wine pairs with personally. I'm just an average Joe who buys cheap wine and for those of you in a similar situation, this thread is for you.
I will start by listing some of my favorites.

Australia - Yellow Tail Cabernet Sauvignon (red label) - $12.00 I always keep a few of these on the wine shelf, cheap and excellent, a staple in our home.
Italy - Zenato Veneto Rosso - Usually about $13.50 and everyone I introduce it to loves it.
Australia - Red Knot Cabernet Sauvignon or Shiraz - $17.80 because of the higher price, I buy it when it goes on sale, it's an amazing wine, just try it.
California - Cupcake Red Velvet - 15.95 and well worth the price. Always keep a bottle or two in the shelf.
California - Woodbridge By Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon - $13.75 - Another staple on the wine rack, I use it a lot to cook with.
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Pelee Island Chardonnay was perfectly delicious. Bought it in Ottawa, tried it later and couldn't find more bottles until Kenora on our way to B.C.
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Nov 28, 2011
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Any Ripasso.
$15-20 range excellent value for money.
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I would suggest to go beyond what is stocked in the LCBO regular section, if your LCBO has a 'Vintages' section and try some of those wines there.
Vintages releases new offerings every 2 weeks, of course there are many wines released that are $$$$, but there are some that are under $20 and very interesting. Unfortunately, once they are sold out, they are gone. But that is the fun of it, trying new releases to see what you like.

Like this one for $19.99: ... iVZQjdOnD4
A nice 2015 Bordeaux from St. Emilion region.

This is the release from Nov 25: ... age-1.html

The next release is Dec 9.

Good way to explore and grow your wine palette
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The wife lives and dies by Oyster Bay, I believe it's a Sauve Blanc, it's about $18.
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Ok I and just going to say if you can find it go for “The Grinder” Pinotage. It is a Vintage that flies off the shelf as soon as it comes it. It is only $13.95. I was from NB and had other Pinotage wines and was looking for a affordable Pinotage when I moved to ON. I know you can get it in ON, QUE and NB for sure. ($13.95 ON) ... j3JACtyaEc

Also for those that picked Casillero del Diablo brand spend the extra $2 on this. So $15.95 which goes on sale often for $2-$3 off. ... j3JvytyaEc

I can name a lot more that are in the $14-$20 Range but the trick is when they go on sale (Which almost all do) $2-$4 off buy the ones you like and keep 6-12 or so on hand and you will always have the one you like at a affordable price.

Like this is definitely ok but if your on a budget or pinch try this Radio Boka Tempranillo for $10.55 which is on sale for $8.55. I would place it in the $13-$15 range for sure. ... j3LMityaEc
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I'm not much in to US wines but recommended from a friend and have tried their Red, Dark Red and White and absolutely loved them and they are all under $20 and the regular red is now $2 off so I might have to pick up a few bottles now that I see it on sale.

I see they have two new bottles (flavours) called Crush Red Blend and Inferno Red, might have to pick up one of each to test out.

I usually like to go in to the vintages and pick out the highest rated wine for the cheapest price just to see what all the rave is about.
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I use Log in (free), select your store, type of wine and budget, and it pulls up ratings on wines in that category that are in stock.
Led to a couple of interesting finds.
Free Nortel tips and tricks blog, as well as second opinion on a move to VoIP (for my RFD friends).
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Tried the Kim Crawford Pinot Noir (Vintages, $20.95) with turkey dinner. Very good cool climate Pinot Noir, dry, excellent tannic structure, very fresh fruit, no jamminess. Complemented the turkey nicely, good acidity. Definite rebuy.

Went to buy more today but the LCBO was closed.