John Szabo’s VINTAGES Prview – Jan 6th, 2018

New at VINTAGES
By John Szabo, MS

John Szabo, MS

John Szabo, MS

This first report of 2018 comes with an appropriate theme: “New at VINTAGES”. Sara, Michael and I have selected the best wines from the January 6th release that are making their debut at the LCBO.

If part of your new year’s resolution is to take the glass less poured and discover new favourite regions, grapes, styles or producers (as we hope it is), read on.

From all of us at the WineAlign team, here’s to a year of new encounters and great wine!

Buyers Guide to VINTAGES January 6th:

White wines

Dr. Siemens 2008 Serriger Würzburg Riesling Kabinett Feinherb, Mosel, Germany ($17.95)

John Szabo – It’s nice to see a mature, 2008 Saar riesling on offer here at such a great price, from the winery now known as Weingut Würzberg after the steep, grosse lage monopole vineyard of the same name. the origins of this wine. I love the developed, hot buttered toast flavours, like old Hunter Valley semillon, and the lovely balance on the palate in a barely off-dry style. I must say there’s a lot going on here for the money. Mature riesling fans can’t go wrong with this.…


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Happy New Year! That’s all for this report. See you next year, around the next bottle.

John Szabo, MS

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