The top 5 wines at the Wine Rack
The top wines at the Wine Rack will save you when the LCBO is closed and you need to grab a bottle in a hurry. These stores are all over Toronto, but tend to have a reputation for carrying mostly plonk. There's some truth to this, but there are plenty of exceptions that will come in handy when you're in a jam.
Here are my picks for the top wines at the Wine Rack.
As far as red wine goes at the Wine Rack, the black label series from Jackson-Triggs is tough to beat. You can choose from Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and a couple of blended variations. They're all bright and fruity wines, though the Merlot has a bit more structure than the others.
Niagara's cool climate tends to produce good quality Cabernet Franc. These wines can on occasion come off as overly vegetal, but this one is nicely balanced with lots of pepper notes and decent black fruit.
If you're the type who likes wine on the sweeter side, this Riesling is a good bet. It's got tons of pear and honey notes, but it's balanced with a lively acidity. This is a wine that does well with spicy foods but also with a turkey dinner over the holidays.
This is an oaky Chardonnay with those buttery popcorn flavours that are often associated with the grape. It's a natural to pair with salmon or a fish that's been prepared with bold flavour rather than something delicate, which this will blow through.
If you need a nicer wine and have to get at the Wine Rack, this Niagara region Syrah is probably the most interesting offering at these stores. You should be able to detect some characteristic tobacco and pepper notes on this one, which is also marked by a smoky bacon quality. The finish is a bit clipped, but there's lots to like here.
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