LCBO INTRODUCES NEW “SWEETNESS DESCRIPTORS” FOR WINE

Liz Palmer

LCBO is launching a new “sweetness descriptors” program starting April 29.  This program will provide useful tasting information to assist consumers when purchasing wine.

The new program will replace the current sugar code numbering system, which currently indicates wines as being a “0”, “1” or “2”…

This program, a first for LCBO, will consists of two elements. The first is a science-based descriptor system that reflects on how dry or sweet a wine tastes. There are five sweetness descriptors:

Extra Dry (XD) – No perceived sweetness, clean crisp acidic finish.
Dry (D) – No sweetness perceived, well rounded with balanced acidity
Medium (M) – Slight sweetness perceived
Medium Sweet (MS) – Noticeably sweet
Sweet (S) – Distinctively sweet

The second is a listing of the actual sugar content as  “grams of sugar per litre”. Both of these elements will be displayed on the redesigned bin tags located on store shelves, and in-store signs.

Initially, the sweetness descriptors and sugar content information will be used for all LCBO table wines, however, only the sugar content information will be available for LCBO non-table wines including sparkling, dessert and fortified wines. The program will also be extended to include all VINTAGES and VINTAGES ESSENTIALS wines as new releases are issued.

The sweetness descriptors initiative is part of “Wine Shopping Made Easy”, a promotion designed to help customers shop for wine in new ways and make shopping simpler. This promotion will be in all 622 LCBO stores across the province from April 29 to May 26.

VINTAGES’ 10TH ANNUAL AUCTION: OCTOBER 21 – 24 2011 [New exclusive lot: – 6 bottles of 1911 Moet & Chandon


 

 

 

 

VINTAGES’ 10th annual auction begins Friday, October 21 with a three-course dinner, and champagne reception featuring exclusive 100-point wines, including: Château Montrose 1990, Château Rieussec 2001; and Domaine de Pegau Cuvée da Capo 2000.

This is a rare opportunity to experience some of the best wines in the world.

Vintages Auction Details:

No tickets are required
Friday, October 21, 2011 8 pm (Lots 1-238)
Saturday, October 22, 2011 (Lots 239-1083)
Sunday, October 23, 2011 (Lots 1084-1907)

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Auction Location:

Waddington’s Auction House
275 King Street East, 2nd Floor
Toronto, Ontario

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Cellarage:

All wines are stored and shipped from temperature controlled facilities.

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Vintages Auction 100-Point Dinner Details:

Chef Massimo Capra
Friday, October 21, 2011
Champagne Reception: 5:30pm
Dinner: 6:00pm
Auction begins promptly at 8:00 pm

$375 per person

New BYO Policy – Vintages is thrilled to offer, for the very first time, a BYO policy during Friday evening of the sale.  Feel free to bring a special bottle to enjoy at the sale, and share with your tablemates.

To order dinner tickets:

Contact Vintages at 416-365-5767 or 1-800-266-4764 Monday-Saturday 9 am to 6 pm

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New Exclusive Lot:

The first lot of the Friday night session will be six bottles of 1911 Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage.  This Champagne is direct from the cellars of Moët et Chandon.  The estimate for this lot is $50,000 to $65,000.

The Moet Grand Vintage 1911 is exceeding rare, one of 10 remaining disgorged last January under the Grand Vintage Collection label.  The product comes in a beautiful custom leather case.

“It’s a stunning Champagne – an inspiration. I’m astounded by the fact that, after a hundred years, it overflows with vitality and energy, and boasts both impressive depth and amazing freshness,” Moët Chef du Cave Benoît Gouez.

Each of the 11 six-bottle cases are being offered to a different market around the world. The first case was auctioned at a gala dinner in Shanghai recently, selling for $100,000.

This will be the only case sold in Canada.

In addition, the winner of this lot is invited to experience courtesy of Moët & Chandon a private cellar visit including, a private Champagne tasting with a winemaker, lunch or dinner in Epernay, transportation from the airport to Moët & Chandon and back, and a one night in a 4 star hotel in Champagne.

In celebration of this event, special guests from Moët & Chandon will be joining us, and will be providing us with a special disgorgement of their 1992 Grand Vintage collection to pair with the appetizers for auction dinner.

Moet et Chandon Grand Vintage Collection 1992 “Really taut, tight wine, its mature toastiness embedded in a steely, mineral, very dry texture. The acidity is assertive, wonderfully refreshing, so crisp. It may be 18 years old, but it looks likely to age for several years yet” – 96 Pts Wine Enthusiast”

Liz Palmer
@champagnehouses