LCBO ANNOUNCES GRAND OPENING OF A LANDMARK STORE IN DOWNTOWN TORONTO

LCBO is welcoming it’s newest addition to its retail store network. The King and Spadina store is relocating two blocks south to 49 Spadina Ave. – Clarence Square. The 22,000 square foot store includes 13,935 square feet of retail selling space.

Housed on the main floor of the Steele Briggs Seed Company building, a Toronto heritage landmark, the space has been converted into one of the most impressive and enticing stores to-date. Located in the vibrant King West district, the new store serves the growing areas of Queen Street West, King Street West, the Entertainment District, and the Waterfront District.

The in-store features include:

Same Day Pick Up: The new location offers the Same Day Pick Up service, where customers have the option to place orders online at LCBO.com and visit one of the designated stores for pick up within hours of ordering.

Tasting Bar: A walk-around tasting bar in the Vintages section is a learning hub for year-round events and tastings, offering engaging experiences and opportunities to interact with makers, brand ambassadors and special in-store appearances.

Tasting Stations: Incorporated throughout the store, tasting stations spotlight new products for customers to sample and purchase.

Product Expansion: The new store is expanding the product offering, with over 1,900 products available for purchase with a large focus on VQA and Ontario Craft Brewer products for customers to bring local home.

Spirits Shops: Along with the established Whisky Shop, the store features the newly launched rum, gin and tequila shops with over 40 new, exclusive or premium selections.

Customers are invited to attend the grand opening on July 9 at 9:30 a.m. and enjoy week-long in-store tasting activations with brand partners and suppliers including: Stella Artois, Nütrl, Stoli, Pelee Island, Ketel One Botanicals, Family Wine Merchants, Côtes des Rosés and Steam Whistle Brewing.

49 Spadina by the numbers:

· 2,740 brands

· 134 VQA wines

· 219 Ontario wines

· 797 Vintages products

· 40 new spirits releases

· #1 LCBO store in Ontario Craft Beer sales

· 146 Local Ontario Craft Brewer listings

· 22,000 square feet

· 13,935 square feet of retail selling space

· 328 linear feet of beer refrigeration

· 40 linear feet of wine refrigeration

· 11 customer service checkouts

· 1 Same Day Pick Up Counter

· 42 employees, including 2 Product Consultants

Store hours are Monday – Thursday, 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.., Friday – Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m., Sunday, 10:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Moët Hennessy partners with LCBO to create exclusive experiences

Moët Hennessy Canada announced today the launch of the Luxury Discovery Suite, the first dedicated luxury champagnes, wines, and spirits shopping pop-up experience of its kind. Created in collaboration with the LCBO, this exceptional pop-up experience will be located at the Summerhill location from November 14th to December 8th, 2018.

Accessible to LCBO customers, the Luxury Discovery Suite is a lifestyle destination offering guests an exceptional experience with some of the most prestigious products offered at the LCBO. From everyday essentials to exceptional gifts, customers will discover everything they need to know about entertaining ahead of the busy holiday season with free tastings and exclusive dinners hosted by Moët Hennessy leadership.

“At Moët Hennessy we are always looking for ways to offer our customers exciting and exclusive experiences,” says Alexis de Calonne, Managing Director, Moët Hennessy Canada. “There is something very special about entertaining during the holiday season. We are thrilled to launch the first Luxury Discovery Suite with the LCBO to bring the magic of our brands to customers.”

“We are excited to partner with Moët Hennessy on this exclusive retail partnership,” says Carolyn O’Grady Gold, Vice President, Merchandising, LCBO. “These iconic global brands are perfect to help our customers create memorable moments this holiday season.”

The Luxury Discovery Suite will open to the public on Wednesday, November 14th and run until Friday, December 8th, 2018. Customers can sign up for exclusive brand tastings and purchase tickets for dinners with House representatives by visiting www.lcbo.com/LDS. Space is limited.

SCHEDULE
November 15th: Hennessy dinner hosted by Bernard Peillon, President Hennessy Cognac
November 22nd: Glenmorangie dinner hosted by Ruaraidh MacIntyre, Brand Manager
November 30th: Estates & Wines dinner hosted by Margareth Henriquez, President Estates & Wines
December 5th: Dom Pérignon dinner hosted by Alexis de Calonne, General Manager, Moët Hennessy Canada.

COMPLIMENTARY TASTING SCHEDULE
November 14th: Moët & Chandon
November 17th: Estates & Wines – Cloudy Bay
November 21st: Glenmorangie Extra-Mature Range
November 24th: Glenmorangie 18-Year-Old and Glenmorangie Signet
November 28th: Veuve Clicquot
December 1st: Ruinart Champagne
December 6th: Hennessy VSOP
December 7th: Hennessy XO

PAID TASTING SCHEDULE
November 14-18: Moët & Chandon MCIII / Paradis Imperial / Hennessy XO / VSOP / Belvedere
November 19-25: Krug Grand Cuvée 166ème Edition / Glenmorangie Signet / Quinta Ruban / Nectar’dor / Lasanta / 18 year old
November 26-2: Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame / Veuve Clicquot Extra Brut Extra Old / Ardbeg Corryvrecken / Ardbeg Uigeadal
December 3-8 Dom Pérignon / Dom Pérignon P2 / Hennessy Master Blender Edition #3 / Hennessy VSOP / Hennessy 200 year old

Wine Review: La Crema Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2014

90/100
This is an impressive wine at price and production level; a great go-to for many occasions. This pinot noir delivers aromas of earthy notes, wild strawberry, with hints of red plum and rose petals, around a light, bright core; while remaining soft and smooth in texture and intensity; finishing with flavors of cherry, cola, and tea.

Vintages Release Date:  October 1, 2016

La Crema Winery
Sonoma County, California
Variety: Pinot Noir
Style: Earthy & Spicy
13.9%

Wine Review: Southbrook 2014 Organic Connect White

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Bottle size:
 750 ml

Alcohol: 9.9%

Sweetness: Medium Dry

Type: White Wine

Style: Off-dry & Fruity

Winery: Southbrook Vineyards, Niagara

Certification:  Organic – ProCert

LCBO#: 249078   |   $15.95

Drink: 2016-2020

 

 

Tasting Notes:

A blend of odoriferous varietals include 58% Vidal, 21% Chardonnay, 12% Riesling, and 9% Sauvignon Blanc; nose is a fruit-driven bouquet of melon, peach and apricot; The palate is soft and round with hints of peach, apple and pear – slightly off-dry with refreshing acidity – flavours linger through to medium finish.

Rating: 89/100

Review by Liz Palmer
www.liz-palmer.com

LizPalmer_
@Lizpalmer_

 

Wine Review: Canadian Framboise [A Fruit Wine From Southbrook Vineyards, Niagara, Ontario]

IMG_9412Canadian Framboise

A Fruit Wine from Southbrook Vineyards, Niagara, Ontario

Style Sweet

Review by Liz Palmer

liz-palmer.com – June 1 2016

Rating: 92

This multi winning wine is produced entirely from Royalty Raspberries. Lovely ruby hue with fresh raspberry aromas. Nice medium body. The wine is finished sweet, with a slight tart edge with a long fruit finish. As a result, it is one of the few wines that can marry well with chocolate desserts. It can definitely enhance your summer cocktails, including mixing it with Champagne to create the classic ‘Kir Royale’

LCBO#: 341024   |   $17.95