Tasting notes: Garnet colour, Aromas of sour cherry and spices; dry, medium-bodied, soft and silky red displays intriguing flavours of ripe cherry; long-lasting finish.
$18.95 at the LCBO.
The LCBO responded to my enquiry about why the wines promoted as 'Best Buys' in Bon Appetit magazine's December issue are so much more expensive here... if they are even available in Ontario at all.
Here's an excerpt (for full reponse click 'comments' below):
You have asked about cross-jurisdictional price differences for the
products you have identifed. By way of explaining these, we would first like to note that our retail prices are based on prices charged to us by our suppliers. To these supplier prices, standard federal taxes and provincial markups and taxes are applied. We have attached a copy ofour current Pricing Examples to illustrate them. We do not have details of the tax structures that apply to beverage alcohol in the various U.S. states.
However, the differential in prices you have cited is likely due to a difference
in the tax structure applied to wines in Ontario versus that applied to wines in
the U.S. state or states in which the magazine has sourced its prices... The
profits from the sale of our products are turned over to the provincial
government. These revenues help pay for Ontario's roads, schools, hospitals
and other important social programs and infrastructure projects.
Good, at least I know some of the money is being put to good use.