The coronavirus stockpiling has been fast and furious and judging by store shelves we all have enough toilet paper—but do you have a proper stash of wine?
As food and drinks businesses across the country shut their doors amid coronavirus fears, the wine industry is just one group that’s feeling financial pressure right now. But it’s also one that you can support from your couch. WineOnline.ca represents a large number of Niagara wines and imported wines and ship responsibly handled cases of wines, so you can replenish your wine fridge for the foreseeable future. Here’s a list of our favourite wine regions which are available for wine delivery across Ontario as well as Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Quebec and Saskatchewan when ordering your wine online:
Hacienda Lopez de Haro Rioja Blanco by Bodega Classica 2018
100% Viura from 50-80 year-old vines near San Vicente de la Sonsierra in Rioja Alta and aged for 3 months in French oak barrels. White fruit and flowers on the nose, following through on the palate with riper fruit, good stucture, freshness and complexity. Long, pleasant finish. This wine is a steal!
90 points / Best Buy – Peñín Guide 2020
Campo Arriba Old Vines by Señorío de Barahonda 2017
“Aromas of blood oranges, cedary and spicy oak and pomegranate with bright red cherries. The palate has a core of fleshy dark berries with sweet oak spices and supple tannins wrapping it all up. A blend of monastrell, syrah and tintorera.”
91 Points – James Suckling, Aug 2018
Gold Medal – Mundus Vini 2019
Pinot Grigio Terre di Chieti by Fontamara 2018
The wine is full, round and rich, with great minerality and intense flavours. Lush aromas of orange blossoms and honey with apricot, apple and spice on the rich, full palate. Great minerality, great acidity.
Barolo Tettimorra DOCG by Scarpa 1987
Direct from the Scarpa’s cellar. Splendid garnet red. Refined bouquet of violets, dried rose petals and liquorice, tobacco and balsamic notes with hints of clove that follow through on the palate. Great structure, very long finish.
Ventoux Rouge by Domaine de Cristia 2017
The Domaine de Cristia Ventoux 2017 is a blend of 60% Grenache and 40% Syrah. While the vineyards are situated in the southern Rhône Valley, the altitude and cooler temperatures of Mont Ventoux lend the terroir more northern characteristics of texture and finesse. It’s a yin and yang type of Rhone wine, with pretty aromatics, lower alcohol content, and plenty of power on the palate. Fans of Côtes du Rhône and Châteauneuf-du-Pape should take a look at this outstanding value!
Plan Pegau by Domaine du Pegau N/V
Crafted by Laurence Féraud of Domaine du Pegau, Plan Pegau has loads of character and personality, and offers a true and loud echo of the flavour and style of Domaine du Pegau Châteauneuf-du-Pape. An approachable, medium bodied wine with loads of cherry fruit, light peppery notes and a touch of Châteauneuf funk. Enjoy with game, hearty stews, and grilled meats.
Sketches of Niagara Riesling VQA by Tawse Winery 2016 (SAVE $84/CASE)
“This remains one of the great values in Niagara riesling. It’s very bright with impeccable acid-sugar balance, and so lively. From this warmer vintage expect more petrol than normal, plus ripe apricot and candied pineapple fruit and lemon. Fine balance here, with a touch of spritz, with excellent length. A great summer sipping style.”
91 Points – David Lawrason, WineAlign
Cuvée Auberge Saint-Gabriel Gamay Noir VQA by Tawse Winery 2016 (SAVE $84/CASE)
This Gamay was crafted from hand-harvested fruit from select Niagara Peninsula vineyards. Aged for 8 months in 20% new oak, this wine has notes of black cherry, dried herbs, peppercorns and a touch of toast. These aromas are followed by blackberry, liquorice and smooth tannins on the palate. One of the most versatile reds, Gamay is very approachable and expressive without being overpowering.
Bottle Price Was:
Bottle Price Now: $13.95 (SAVE $7/BOTTLE)
Case Price Was:
Case Price Now: $167.40 (SAVE $84/CASE)
As we all adjust to new precautions, let us highlight a few actions we are taking:
Giving you options for local wine delivery
For everyone’s safety we will just ask for your name rather than obtain a signature with deliveries done by our staff drivers in the GTA including York Region. Deliveries outside of these regions would be made by courier.
We provide drivers with disinfectants to help them keep our vehicles clean. We also provide hand sanitizers to our drivers to use between deliveries.
We already disinfect and sanitize our delivery vehicles using industry-approved products and have also introduced hospital-grade Clorox Wipes and Spray to our cleaning processes internally.
We are closely monitoring the guidance by the World Health Organization and CDC and other public health organizations, and taking actions recommended. We are also encouraging our team members to take any signs of illness seriously and seek medical attention as needed.
Importantly, the WHO and U.S. CDC have stated that the likelihood of the COVID-19 virus contaminating cardboard or other shipping containers is low. If there is a concern, disinfecting the shipment or using protective apparel when unboxing will reduce the risk of exposure.