Red Wine

Adventures in the LCBO

I picked up some wines at my local LCBO yesterday and I thought where better to share my finds than right here.

I bought two reds (on impulse, really) while wandering the aisles. This is often how I make my purchases – I’ll float in and out of the racks, perusing bottles, reading labels and picking up the ones that are that sweet combination of interesting and not-too-expensive.


The Finds

Campo Viejo Guardian Reserva

Looking good, you two!

This time around I picked up a bottle of Guardian Reserva 2012 (a blend) and Campo Viejo 2013 Tempranillo.


Campo Viejo 2013 Tempranillo

Campo Viejo 2013

Love that yellow.

I’ll admit, I chose this one mainly because of advertising. I’ve recently seen campaigns for this wine, both in print ads and in social media campaigns, and they totally wore me down. Ok, Campo Viejo, OK! I’ll buy your freaking wine, IS THAT WHAT YOU WANT? (… of course it’s what you want…)

I did have some other reasons besides my weak will. Campo Viejo is a maker whose wines I’ve had and enjoyed before. On top of that, I know I like reds from the Rioja region of Spain, especially Tempranillos. Plus, it was on sale! Win-win.


Guardian Reserva 2012 Blend

Guardian Reserva 2012

I only realized there is a face on the label when taking this photo. My observation skills could use some work.

With this wine it was the label that originally drew me in. I was shopping with a friend and we both thought this label was super pretty. I challenged her to try it and decided I should too so that we could compare our impressions.

I also like that it’s from 2012 – age x affordability = a winner in my books. Despite being a blend (and we all know my feelings about blends) the grapes used are listed on the back, which I very much appreciate. Beyond that I noticed that this wine is from the Colchagua Valley in Chile, a region I know I like. So even though this particular wine is new to me, I made an educated guess in choosing to buy it.

Guardian Reserva 2012

Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenere and Merlot and Cabernet Franc, YUM!

Plus, it was also on sale. How can you go wrong??


Campo Viejo Guardian Reserva

Woop woop, wine buys!

I haven’t tried either wine yet, but if you want to know my thoughts when I do you can follow me on Vivino, where I log most of the wines I drink.


Campo Viejo Guardian Reserva

I am excited about these wines!

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  • Reply Chelle September 13, 2015 at 6:58 pm


    I was pleasantly surprised with how much I like that red wine to be honest. As I said to you, it was a lot “thicker” than I was expecting (does that mean fuller bodied? Hell if I know!) and it I was pleasantly surprised with my lack of headache this morning! (Not that it mattered much with soccer being cancelled and all…) That logo is amazing though – I’m glad you got a better shot of it as mine came out very pixelated.

    • Reply meg September 13, 2015 at 7:51 pm

      I’m so glad you did! And it’s general list, so it’ll be in stock for a while. Another wine to add to your roster – always a plus! I’m mere moments away from trying it myself and so looking forward to it.

      I totally understand what you mean by ‘thick’, and agree that it probably is a marker that it’s a more fuller bodied wine. Did the flavour linger in your mouth after a sip? That’s definitely the mark of a full bodied wine. Sometimes it’ll feel like a wine has just set up camp on my tongue, regardless of how long it’s been since a sip – I kind of love that.

      • Reply Chelle September 13, 2015 at 7:58 pm

        I *think* it did? But I wasn’t much thinking about it!

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