Last Updated on 2020-10-25 by Linda
True Confession I am not always the best at opening my newsletters on a timely basis but this week “WINE” caught my eye. OK does that surprise anyone at all? I didn’t think so. I mean it’s not like I haven’t written about wine before lol. I mean honestly I share wine stories everywhere I goo from Deer Creek to Niagara and all places in between. Well Living in Yellow, basically Erin and her team did a wine haul. Now that’s a concept I can get behind for sure.
I thought I would do all my Canadian Gals a favour, test out a few and share the Canadian price point with you. Yep now my American friends can truly appreciate the value of liquor in the US of A. The differences between being American and Canadian, wine edition.
Living in Yellows Wine Haul Canadian Edition
Now I should start out with a major disclaimer, I am not a lover of Sweet Reds nor Moscato so it may be an unfair review. The point here is to showcase the wines that Erin and the LIY Team have selected with a Canadian flair (or price). So lets get started shall we.
Cabernet Sauvignon Reviews.
The wines selected were ones I had sampled before. Not sure if that is a good or bad thing actually. Moving forward all prices in Canada are based on the LCBO in Ontario, because hello that is where I live. Depending on your Province or Territory you may be able to get some of these at a different price. (also links are not affiliates because sadly LCBO does not need to have an affiliate program they are a money printing enterprise I swear)
- Barefoot Cabernet Sauvignon $5.99 in the US and $9.95 in Canada (or $7.94 us equiv). They did not like this one and truth be told neither did I. I like the Barefoot Pinot Grigio but their reds, not my style for sure.
- Yellow Tail Cabernet Sauvignon $5.99 in the US but a hefty $ 23.95 in Canada ( or $18.15 US). Again not a fan favourite of the team. For me, if I was paying 6 bucks I probably would have a few bottles in the wine cellar for certain casual nights. At our price point I am a true NOT.
- My Pick Robert Mondavi Private Selection Cabernet Sauvignon $9.99 in US, $18.95 in Canada (converted to US 14.86) . The gals are correct this is slightly more Dry than the others and probably why it would be my recommendation. Medium deep ruby red colour with a touch of sweet cherry, hints of black pepper and spicy oak aromas. It is dry, full bodied with cassis fruit flavours and cedar notes in the finish.
- LIY PICK: Josh Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon$13.99 in US and $18.95 in Canada ( converted to US is $14.86). This was a new to me and one I would try again. I do like a more dry cab sauv so of course not my fav but it was worth trying.
Chardonnay for Under 15.00
Next up was their Chardonnay reviews. Probably a better comparison between us as it is a wine I enjoy as do they.
- California Roots [Target Brand] $5.00 / Well sadly not available to us in Canada, so that really sucks. Their review was good and I am intrigued. A more fruity chardonnay might be a nice summer option. Now I am really anxious for the borders to open or Target to ship alcohol to Canada duty free.
- Chateau Ste. Michelle $9.99 and 19.95 in Canada (15.13 US) Not their top choice but as an Old Lady I didn’t find it bad. Little more fruit forward but great with Chicken. Would I have it on repeat, undecided at that price point. Actually not true coming from Ontario I love our Chardonnays so I am sticking to Canada here.
- Butter Chardonnay $14.99 another Not in Canada but based on their review let’s pass. I mean you have to trust them right?
- LIY and ALOL PICK: Kendall Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay $11.99 and 12.95 in Canada (9.82 US) Now this one I am unsure of because the 2017 is a fabulous price an well worth picking up a few bottles but they also have a 21.95 bottle making it a tad more expensive. Honestly I tried the 20117 barbecue I wanted to stick to under $20.00 where possible
Moscato for the Wine Haul
I am going to have to be totally frank I do not drink Moscato’s at all. Tried it once and went nope, not for this gal. I have added it to Sangria but that doesn’t give you a fair comparison now does it? I am going to go with the Millenial’s on this one, Me I have no opintion.
- Barefoot Moscato $5.49 in US and $10.95 Canadian (equals 8.30 US) Good, crisp summer wine! They liked it but would they for 8 bucks? I am thinking it is still going to be a summer staple
- Roscato $10.99 Not available in Canada but from what I understand that should not cause you any angst. Not a recommended wine.
- Cupcake Vineyards $10.99 Not in Canada again, guess we are not huge Moscato fans. Sweet, but not too sweet from the LIY crew.
- Their PICK: Risata $14.99 because we do not have this one either I cannot comment. Sweet, light, refreshing, and little bit bubbly. They stated they are not huge sweet wine fans but find this one the best of the lot. For me my recommendation if you want to spend 18.00 on white wine head to a Riesling from Ontario.
Sweet Reds are a NO
The one category I was truly dreading even worse than Moscatos. Sweet Reds are a real thing in many parts of the US. I know this for a fact because every time we go to a Vineyard in Pennsylvania and New York that is what is popular.
So I gathered the list and went to the LCBO. Well there is a God ( and please don’t strike me down) . Not one of the bottles on the list were available. This gal could not sample any of the selection. I will leave you the list but for the review you will have to head over to Living in Yellow, while the reviews are not overly positive they are hilarious. I actually pictured their tasting must have been similar to Irish People Try.
- TIEBREAKER: Barefoot Sweet Red Blend $5.49
- Reggae Red Easley Red Table Wine $6.99 /
- Oliver Soft Red $7.99
- TIEBREAKER: Roscato $10.99 // ABV: 7%
Canada Vs US for Wine
It is crazy and quite interesting that spirits are a huge savings in the US of A. I mean who hasn’t picked up a gallon of Vodka for 12 bucks as Duty Free. To give you a comparison a 750 Ml Bottle of Smirnoff or a 26 oz to Americans is $27.75 or 21.00 in American dollars. How insane is that. Bet you wouldn’t even drink it if you had to pay our prices.
Wine on the other hand is not usually far off. Good thing because the duty would kill us, almost 50%. Totally not worth getting wine and bringing it back. That actually saddens me because the US does have a lot of great Vineyards and I would love to stock them in my wine cellar.