Discover our customers’ secret for building their unique wine cellars.

Each year at this time, our suppliers announce the special wines – produced based on demand and not included in their regular lines – which will be released December through March. The ingredients begin with 18L of juice (predominantly fresh, pasteurized juice from the named region) quality oak, special flavour-enhancing yeasts and branded peel-and-stick labels.

Many of our customers use these wines as the foundation for their personal wine cellars, and add to them with "regular” wines if necessary.

Reservations are mandatory. At Bloor West Winery, we do not ask for a deposit with your reservation, just your good-faith pre-order. Once the deadline date has passed, these wines will no longer be available.

This year, our Limited-Edition Wines are:

December 2017: France – Grenache

The Wine: This French varietal has a distinctive combination of fruit and spice in the aroma making for a lively wine. The medium bodied red boasts flavours of red fruit, with hints of anise and tobacco. Fine tannins leave the palate balanced on the finish.

The Region: The Rhone Valley begins in the Alps and continues for more than 500 miles along the Rhone River ending at the Mediterranean Sea. Southern Rhone has a Mediterranean climate with warm summers, mild winters and less rainfall than its northern counterpart. Vineyards line both sides of the river and the Mistral wind from the north blows away moisture, brings beautiful sunshine, and cools the landscape in the summers, which is perfect for ripening grapes.

The Food: Grenache is a brilliant wine to match with many types of cuisine. Try with grilled, stewed and braised game meats as well as hearty stews. A roasted lamb shoulder with rosemary would be a wonderful pairing.

The Stats: Alc./vol: 13.5%; Body: Medium-Full; Sweetness: Dry

The Investment: $208 for 23L (approx. 30 750mL bottles)

Please note that all prices stated in this section include everything – even the applicable taxes – except bottles. Bring your own or purchase a new, refillable set.

February 2018: Italy – Aglianico Cabernet Merlot

The Wine: Aglianico, a full-bodied Italian varietal, adds personality to classic Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot in a bold crimson blend. With rustic earthy flavours including spicy pepper, leather and tobacco to ripe plum and black fruits, this blend’s fine tannins provide a pleasing and not too astringent finish. The fruit and earth are in harmony creating a beautifully balanced red wine.

The Region: Campania, in the southwest Italian peninsula, has volcanic soil, a harsh climate and high altitude. These conditions are ideal for Aglianico grapes, which gain an incredible flavour from stress on the growing vines. The geography of Tuscany is made up of hills and is perhaps the best-known wine region in Italy. The range of climate zones from Mediterranean to Continental creates excellent growing conditions for the Cabernet Sauvignon. The Alps offer shelter to the vineyards in Veneto, shielding the Merlot grapes from potentially harsh conditions that exist north of the mountains.

The Food: Pair this blend with intensely flavoured foods. Grilled red meats are a delicious match, as are braised game meats. Roasted mushrooms are a wonderful accompaniment with their earthy flavour. For cheese, sample with Pecorino.

The Stats: Alc./vol: 14%; Body: Full; Sweetness: Dry

The Investment: $208 for 23L (approx. 30 750mL bottles)

March 2018: California – Two Roads Red

The Wine: A real powerhouse, this blend has a bold taste and tannic backbone. The addition of Petit Syrah softens the jammy notes that are characteristic of Zinfandel and the Cabernet Sauvignon lends texture. Dark ripe berry aromas blend with smoke and spice elements that lead into flavours of black cherry, vanilla, and black pepper with a lasting finish.

The Region: Just south of Sonoma County, with only two roads and over 60 wineries boasting 9,000 acres of vineyards, you will find the rich soils of Dry Creek Valley. The region experiences warm days as the mountains block strong ocean gusts from reaching the vineyards planted throughout the hills. Fog from Sonoma often rolls into the valley in the afternoon, bringing a gentle cooling effect that continues into the evening. This fog slows the ripening process allowing the grapes to develop balanced acidity while still benefiting from the California sun.

The Food: The tannins in this wine pair well with richer, more fatty foods – think barbequed meats like densely marbled marinated steaks or braised short ribs. A creamy mushroom stroganoff would also be a beautiful match. When pairing with cheese, consider bold flavours like Parmesan, Peau Rouge and Aged Cheddars.

The Stats: Alc./vol: 14.5%; Body: Full; Sweetness: Dry

Fermented on wet grape skins

The Investment: $248 for 23L (approx. 30 750mL bottles)

Which of these special, limited-editions wines will you add to your personal wine cellar? Just a reminder -- reservations are mandatory and the final date to reserve your choices is November 10, 2017.

Once the deadline date has passed, these wines will no longer be available.

At Bloor West Winery, we do not ask for a deposit with your reservation, just your good-faith pre-order:

By phone: 416-604-8463

By email: judy@bloorwestwinery.com

Cheers!