Smart Buys

We asked some of our Product Consultants to share their favourite picks under $20. From organics to VQA to bold reds and more, these wines all over-deliver on quality for the price. Read on to discover what our wine experts recommend and get ready to meet your new favourite go-to!

Organic Wines

"Organically farmed wines are made without the use of toxic pesticides, synthetic preservatives, chemical fertilizers, hormones or antibiotics, by producers who make every effort to preserve the ecological integrity of the land. That’s a lot of extra work, so you’d think organic wines would all be terribly expensive. Thankfully that’s not the case. The organic wines I’ve selected are all food-friendly with intense, complex aromas and flavours that one might not expect for under $20. These are a smart choice for the planet and a smart buy for you."

— Shane, Product Consultant

LCBO Product Consultant, Shane

Bonterra Chardonnay

"Bonterra's organic winemaking practices bring out the vibrant fruit flavours in this California Chardonnay from Vintages. Its smoky, buttery and tropical fruit aromas make it an ideal match for one of my favourite meals to make at home – creamy mushroom, chicken and green pea risotto."

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Era Sauvignon Blanc

"This lively white wine is made with organically grown grapes at a family-run winery in Sicily that's known for its quality wines. With its crisp, lemon acidity and orchard fruit aromas, it's a perfect match for seafood. And you can't beat the price!"

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Southbrook Connect White VQA

"Here's a great vegan blend from Southbrook Vineyards in the Niagara Peninsula – the first winery in Canada to get organic certification. It's fresh and approachable with herbal, citrus and yellow plum flavours. I love to pair this wine with seafood."

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Domaine Jean Bousquet Malbec

"This fabulous red is a great example of how an organic wine's true flavours shine through. With some extra time aging in the bottle (or a serious decanting), the layered aromas of blackberry, lilac, red plum and honey lift right out of the glass."

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Novas Gran Reserva Carmanere-Cabernet

"This Carmenere-Cabernet comes from Emiliana Vineyards, an organic pioneer in Chile and you can taste the quality. The smoky, oaky, chocolate and cassis aromas are only matched by the intensity of the flavours and the length of its finish."

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J.P. Chenet Cabernet-Syrah

"This balanced organic red offers great value which explains why it's one of the world's best-selling French wines. It has intense notes of baking spice, fig, herb and anise wrapped up in a dry, medium-bodied and soft-tannin package. It's my go-to with charcuterie and cheese."

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Ontario VQA Picks

"As a product consultant, I've had the chance to taste thousands of products from around the world and local wineries. Yes, many of the imports are very good, but in most cases I have found that the Ontario VQA products are equal to or surpass them both in quality and price. A believer in putting my money where my mouth is, I only buy Ontario VQA products whether I'm entertaining or looking for a gift. Here are some excellent wines for Easter dinner."

— William, Product Consultant

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G. Marquis The Silver Line Pinot Noir

"This is my number-one-selling Pinot Noir in my Vintages section. A classic New World-style Pinot with hints of the Old World, it's flavourful, well balanced and at $19.95, an excellent price. It's a great example of one of Ontario's signature varietals."

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Fielding Unoaked Chardonnay

"This is an amazing wine that truly overdelivers. It's crisp, with hints of steely minerals and green apples. When people are looking for a Chablis I will introduce this wine, usually by asking if they'd like to try something similar for about half the price."

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13th Street Burger Blend Gamay Pinot Noir VQA

"Here's another example that shows you can get a great Ontario VQA wine without burning a hole in your wallet. It's an approachable, flavourful wine, with lush berry flavours, balanced acidity and a slight touch of earthiness. It's a great price for the quality and for many customers it becomes a regular."

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Three of Hearts Rosé

"This is my number one selling VQA rosé. The bottle alone catches everyone's eye. What's inside the bottle certainly brings a smile: bright red berry aromas and flavours and a wonderful mouth feel. A perfect wine for Easter brunch, it's also a good choice year-round."

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The Foreign Affair The Conspiracy

"Wines like this show how much talent we have in Ontario. This Ripasso-style red is medium- to full-bodied and very smooth with dark fruit aromas and a touch of earthiness. The winery has quite a story behind it and that alone is why many customers try it, but what they taste keeps them coming back for more."

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Jackson-Triggs Sparkling Reserve VQA

"This wine is bright, crisp and flavourful and priced at the lower end of other sparkling wines, but it's right up there with what it delivers in quality. It's great for celebration toasts, pairs well with a wide variety of foods and is a good bubbly to drink on its own."

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Bold Reds

"These affordable reds all overdeliver on quality through taste. There is a complexity to these wines that allows you to taste a richness and smoothness that you wouldn’t get from simpler wines. It also makes them approachable, food-friendly and great sippers."

— Susan, Product Consultant

Confidencial Reserva

"A welcome new addition to Vintages Essentials from Portugal, this red is perfect for serving with a charcuterie platter and has characteristics of dark fruit and wonderfully balanced acidity. It’s one of my new favourites – and look at the price!"

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Famille Perrin Réserve Côtes du Rhône

"This is a rich, smooth wine from the Rhône region of France. It's a beautiful everyday wine with classic aromas and flavours of plum and blackberry and makes a great pairing with beef bourguignon. A true gem for the price!"

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Solid Ground Cabernet Sauvignon

"This bottle is definitely on solid ground and drinks like a $30 bottle of Cali Cab. It’s rich, bold and full-bodied with upfront spice, cedar, herbs and plum fruit, and a very smooth finish. This is a very food-friendly wine – my customers love it!"

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Fantini Farnese Numero Uno Primitivo IGT

"This primitivo is ‘numero uno.’ It’s a delightful wine from the Puglia region of Italy that's smooth, full bodied and rich. The toast, chocolate, prune, spice and herb notes, and soft finish, make this a wonderful choice when you're serving beef or lamb."

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Henry of Pelham Baco Noir VQA

"This Baco Noir is my go-to wine and showcases what Ontario does best. It’s extra dry with floral, spice, wild berry and chocolate notes and a smoky finish. This is a perfect sipper and a great pick to enjoy alongside lamb or a juicy steak."

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Tom Gore Cabernet Sauvignon

"The grapes in this wine are sourced from the Central and North Coasts of California, which give it a beautiful richness that I love. It's fruit forward and round with hints of chocolate on the finish that make it irresistible."

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Mediterranean Wines

"People have the mistaken idea that European wines are expensive, when in fact they can find great value. These bottles from the Mediterranean, France, Italy, Spain and Greece, offer stellar quality at an excellent price."

— Sherry, Product Consultant

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The Wanted Zin Old Vines Zinfandel

"Primitivo/Zinfandel is the hottest grape in Southern Italy and this one overdelivers with a bang. It's silky smooth and bold with upfront aromas of dark lush berries, black pepper and toasted wood, followed by a dry finish. Sip it or savour it alongside burgers, beef, lamb or pasta."

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Casal Garcia Vinho Verde

"This wine is so underrated. It's one of the best-selling Vinho Verdes in the world and it's light with floral, green fruit and nutty aromas and notes, and a touch of carbonation. Pair it with raw shellfish, sushi or salads."

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Kourtakis Apelia Moschofilero White Peloponnese IGP

"Here's a well-priced bottle for fans of dry whites. This Greek wine is ripe with citrus and mineral notes and mushroom, floral and herb aromas. Try it with a fresh dish, like spring pea soup or tomato bisque."

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Chateau D'Aigueville Cote du Rhone Villages Red AOC

"You're getting incredible value for this red blend from Rhone, France, a region known for its food-friendly wines. It's fruity, elegant and intensely aromatic with a medley of smoke, juniper, prune and tobacco aromas and concentrated dark fruit flavours. Try this one with braised beef or pepper steaks."

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Campo Viejo Rioja Tempranillo

"Spain's Rioja region is well-known for making high-quality wines. This red is made with 100% Tempranillo grapes, which are known for producing approachable wines with intense dark fruit flavours. If you're a fan of Cabernet Sauvignon, you'll like Rioja."

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