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Cynthia Silversides

Cynthia Silversides

Cynthia Silversides is an accredited Sommelier certified by both the Court of Master Sommeliers (CMS) and Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers (CAPS). Passionate about great wine, food, and travel experiences, Cynthia is owner of Niagara Vino providing tutored wine tasting and tour services in the Niagara Peninsula wine region of Ontario, Canada.Follow me on Twitter and Facebook.

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With Halloween just around the corner, wicked wines, beastly brews, and spooky spirits can be fantastic fun for your Hallows’ Eve celebration! A round-up of chilling choices currently available through the LCBO (all photos and details from LCBO website):

Ghost Pines Chardonnay Winemaker’s Blend—LCBO#: 308122 | 750 mL bottle $19.95

STYLE – Full-bodied & Rich. Sweetness: Dry. Pale straw colour; intense oak, vanilla and butterscotch nose with some pear and tropical fruit on the palate followed by a medium-long, sweet vanilla finish. Alcohol/Vol 14.0% Made in: California, USA By: Louis M. Martini Winery

Bulls Blood Merlot-Keikfrankos Merlot—LCBO#: 139980 | 1000 mL bottle $10.45

STYLE – Medium-bodied & Fruity. Sweetness: Extra Dry. Clear ruby red colour; cherry and spice aromas; light sour cherry flavour. Alcohol/Vol 12.0% Made in: Hungary By: Egervin

Devil’s Corner Pinot Noir 2012—VINTAGES#: 317966 | 750 mL bottle $23.95

STYLE – Full-bodied & Smooth. Sweetness: Dry. Notes of redcurrants and herbs on the nose and palate. This displays the freshness and vibrancy that are quickly becoming hallmarks of Tasmania’s cool climate. Excellent varietal character with good structure and weight. Quite soft but not without tannins. Ideal with a variety of meaty fish dishes or with grilled chicken. (VINTAGES panel, June 2013). Alcohol/Vol 13.0% Made in: Tasmania, Australia By: Brown Brothers

Curious Beasts Blood Red Wine Blend—LCBO#: 392613 | 750 mL bottle $17.45

Sweetness: Dry. Deep ruby in colour; dominated by ripe red berry aromas; the palate is dry and full body with refreshing acidity and flavours that reflect the aromas; tannins add texture while remaining supple; long finish. Alcohol/Vol 13.5% Made in: California, USA

Halloween-inspired libations available at LCBO

Halloween-inspired libations available at LCBO









Devil’s Pale Ale—LCBO#: 615880 | 473 mL can $2.60

STYLE – Medium & Malty. Deep brown with creamy head; malty, nutty and caramel aromas; dry sherry and roasted nuts on palate; long finish. Alcohol/Vol 6.0% Made in: Ontario, Canada By: Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Crystal Head Vodka—LCBO#: 267302 | 750 mL bottle $54.95

STYLE – Smooth & Creamy. Clear and colourless; clean neutral grain aromas and flavours with a delicate touch of citrus; smooth, clean finish. Alcohol/Vol 40.0% Made in: Newfoundland, Canada

Devil’s Cut Bourbon Whiskey—LCBO#: 272161 | 750 mL bottle $29.95

STYLE – Bold & Sweet. Medium amber colour; vanilla, oak and toasted corn aromas; smooth sweet butterscotch and vanilla centre with medium length finish. Alcohol/Vol 45.0% Made in: Kentucky, USA By: Jim Beam Brands Co.

Spicebox Pumpkin Spiced Whisky—LCBO#: 353334 | 750 mL bottle $27.95

Alcohol/Vol 35.0% Made in: Quebec, Canada By: Maison Des Futailles

Make a spiked pumpkin tea by mixing 1 ounce of Pumpkin Whisky with iced tea in a tall glass filled with ice. Happy Halloween!


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