The Bar Cart: Cozy up this fall with warming wines and spirits

The Bar Cart: Cozy up this fall with warming wines and spirits

Crowd-pleasing and easy-drinking, these delightful bevvies are perfect for autumn meal pairings or sipping on their own

With days getting shorter and red and orange leaves lining our trees, it’s time to relax and unwind with loved ones over good food and drinks. Grab these top picks for fall at the LCBO and celebrate those special moments that connect us.

Angelo Montepulciano DAbruzzo $13.95

An Italian classic for food pairing, this super-juicy, easy-to-drink wine boasts an intense and inviting red hue from ripe black cherries and raspberry fruit. It has a smooth, round texture with a light dusting of Montepulciano spice and an aroma of berries with a touch of smoke, making it a divine pairing for pasta, pizza and every kind of meat. Available online at the LCBO here.

Bonterra Organic Cabernet Sauvignon $22.95

Aromas of spicy dark fruit, dried herbs, smoky oak and chocolate greet the nose, while juicy blackberries, currants and a touch of mocha entice the palate in this smooth, full-bodied red. Balanced with a soft finish, its luscious flavours pair well with grilled dishes, like portobello mushroom burgers or organic steaks and roasted potatoes. Pick up a bottle online at the LCBO.


Islay Mist 8 Year Old Scotch Whisky $39.20

Established in 1927, this quintessential blend is a favourite in any whisky lover’s collection, with smoke and peaty undertones between layers of mellow oaky maltiness. Aged for a minimum of eight years, with a balanced medium-light body—with hints of dried orchard fruit, sweet malt, roasted nuts and caramel—it sips well on its own or can be mixed in an old-fashioned or a penicillin cocktail. Find it online at the


Prugneto Romagna DOC Sangiovese Superiore $19.85

An authentic Italian wine from Emilia-Romagna, home of Parmesan, prosciutto and balsamic vinegar, this Prugneto boasts a bright ruby-red colour with an intense bouquet of fine red fruits. On the palate, the freshness pairs well with soft tannins and notes of violet, cherry and plums, followed by a long and spicy finish. Discover this wine at the LCBO online.

Red Knot McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon $21.25*

This dark ruby red breathes rich aromas of blackberry, cassis and dark chocolate, complemented by a subtle frame of French and American oak. A classic example of McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon, this medium- to full-bodied wine is perfect for any occasion—crowd-pleasing whether served immediately or cellared for years to come.
*Available for $19.25 from Oct. 8 to Nov. 4 at the LCBO.