June 2017

Popular wines

Ontario’s Most Popular Wines: Carolyn Evans Hammond

Pssst. Have you ever wondered what are the most popular bottles of wine in Ontario right now? I do. So I dug into my relationships with the industry to find out, and then I interviewed a die-hard fan of each. Here’s the juicy truth: the top five selling bottles (by volume sold) and a rundown of who drinks each and why.

1. 2014 Apothic Red, Calif. (LCBO 234369 $ 17.15 in store and online)

Kristi Foley, 47, works for a medical billing company as a claims agent

“My favorite thing about [Apothic] it’s so versatile! It goes with anything. It’s easy. I’m not a wine connoisseur or anything so I don’t know which wine is supposed to go with what. But I just think this wine goes with everything and is so sweet. If you just have a drink, it’s nice; and we also have chicken with, shrimp or meat. We served it at our Christmas cocktail party and everyone loved it. It’s good!”

2. 2016 Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand (Vintages Essential 35386 $ 19.95 in store only)

Barb Goggin, 49, owner and principal instructor of the Groggin Carroll School of Irish Dance

“I was introduced to this wine by other mothers who are also dancers at school and by my sister-in-law who has always been a religious drinker of this wine and still is. Traditionally, I had been a Pinot Grigio drinker and never really liked Sauvignon Blanc – including other New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs. Then I tasted Kim Crawford and it was really light, really refreshing, not too fruity or heavy – a bit like a Pinot Grigio but with a little more body. I don’t like I drink red wine, so I drink it with everything: steak, barbecue, pasta and chicken. “

3. 2014 J. Lohr Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon, California (Vintages Essential 656561 $ 23.95 in store only)

Robert Antolini, 58, works as a financial planner

“It’s a very accessible wine and I think a very good price. Because everyone is talking about Brunellos, Bordeaux and Napas – and I love Napa wine – but it’s pretty easy to find a good wine for $ 100, isn’t it? it is a good wine; that’s something, isn’t it? It’s a little more fruity, you must like it. It’s fruity. You know, tasty. Some people might like something drier. But for the price, it’s just great. I, “I’ve never had someone who doesn’t like it when I serve it, unless they’re a wine snob. And the world is teeming with it.”

4. 2016 Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio Valdadige, Trentino, Italy (Vintages Essential 106450 $ 19.95 in store only) Text goes here

Katrina China, 21, works at Starbucks and attends college

“I usually drink it at home with dinner with my family – like with family dinners. We tend to buy this wine a lot, maybe because we’re Italian – ‘Santa Margherita’, you know? don’t like wine red very much; we’re white wine drinkers. And we like it because it’s not sweet-it’s, what do you call it? Dry. Not too fruity. fat, we eat it with a full meal – a salad with dressing, pasta, and meat like chicken or veal – and this wine pairs well. “

5. 2016 [Yellow Tail] Shiraz, Australia (LCBO 624544 $ 11.95 in store and online)

Oddly enough, 800,000 bottles of this product were sold in Ontario from April 2016 to April 2017, but I couldn’t find a single soul willing to admit drinking it, despite repeated efforts. Why? Probably the stigma – it’s a bottle snobs love to snub. My last tweet: “Does anyone know anyone who drinks this wine? »Met this quick public shame starting with this response from a follower who describes himself as a professor of philosophy and an oenophile. He wrote: “Fortunately not since the impoverishment of a graduate school. It tastes like a Lowney cherry blossom (remember that?) Blendered.” Ouch. I say drink and let drink.

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