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Enfin! The LCBO has finally opened a French-centric booze boutique in its 275 Rideau Street liquor emporium in Ottawa (sixteen other types of destination stores preceded it!).

This means that those of you living in the vicinity of the nation’s capital or visiting it can now purchase our 2015 ‘La Soif’ Rosé, Forget-Brimont Brut 1er Cru and Rosé Brut 1er Cru at the LCBO Rideau Street store by the bottle. James Potyka is the manager of this French Boutique and is looking forward to meeting you. He can be reached at 613-789-5226 if you have any questions or would like additional information about his exciting venture.


Growler stationThursday, July 13th, 2017 marked the opening of LCBO’s newest Products of the World specialty store, Destination France. The destination boutique at the LCBO near the Byward Market in Ottawa offers approximately 590 wines and spirits from France, including over 200 products that are only available in-store at this location. This selection is one of the best single-store assortments of French wines and spirits available in North America.

Many of the products are from LCBO’s Consignment Program, which means this is the first time they have been available for customers to purchase in LCBO stores. Previously, the products would have only been available in bars and licensed restaurants.

Products have been chosen to appeal to a wide range of tastes and budgets and will be regularly updated to keep the assortment interesting. The store is staffed with knowledgeable customer service representatives and product consultants who can offer expert advice on these new offerings.

With the opening of the France boutique, LCBO’s Products of the World specialty store program now boasts 17 destination stores, including Italy, East Asia and Germany. For more information and to see a full list of Products of the World stores, click here.

For the latest news from LCBO, follow them on Twitter @LCBOnews or in French @infoLCBO

At Last ... 'La Soif' Rosé is Back!
Your Intrepid Taster at the Gates
We are delighted to bring you once again the delicious, refreshing 2015La Soif’ Rosé from Domaine Les Lys. Hélène and I visited the winery last month and can enthusiastically attest to the thirst-quenching attributes of this beauty from southern France.

Domaine Les Lys
We found out about Domaine Les Lys entirely by accident. Several years ago we were invited to a raucous Swiss fondue party by the Chabriers (owners of Domaine Chabrier Fils) and bumped into one of the owners of the Les Lys winery, located not far from the Chabriers. He convinced us to try his wines. We enjoyed them very much, particularly the Rosé and Chardonnay-based white wine. So, we happily took them on and their wines have been delighting our Members ever since.

Our Hostess, Marie-Hélène Veyrunes
For years the winery had sold the majority of its wines in bulk to the SAQ in Quebec. But like the Chabriers, the proprietors knew that with a little care and attention, not to mention oodles of Euros, they could produce excellent wines from the mature Grenache, Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc Muscat Petit Grain and Pinot Gris planted on their properties (situated in the Duché d’Uzès and Cévennes applations). And, as it turns out, they were right. 

Marie-Hélène Veyrunes and Thomas Faure had worked at the winery for several years and when the owners decided to sell, they couldn’t pass up the chance to realize their life-long dreams. They pulled together the required resources and acquired this excellent vineyard and wine making facility that is located in the countryside near Uzès in southern France. The winery has been producing delightful wines for several years now, but based on our recent tasting, It think that Marie-Hélène and Thomas have been able to take them to an even higher level.

2015 ‘La Soif’ Rosé – 12.5% Alc./Vol.     LCBO #377654        $15.95/$95.70 case of 6

‘La Soif’ (the thirst) is a strange name for a marvellous wine whose primary purpose will be to slake your thirst during the dog days of summer. Made from old vines Grenache and Syrah from vineyards converted to organic farming in 2010, it is a most refreshing, satisfying rosé that is showing lovely red fruit, peaches, wet stones and light citrus nuances and a nice crisp finish. While a fashionably pale salmon colour, this is not weak stuff made from young vines. The Syrah is between twenty-nine and thirty-nine years old and the Grenache is thirty-eight (average yield is only 35 hl./ha.). And, 2015 was a very, very good vintage for these varietals in southern France. This IGP Cévennes comes with a convenient screw cap to preserve its freshness (and make it wonderfully easy to get at!). I love this wine! It will go brilliantly with Asian cuisine, ham and salmon or by itself on a hot summer’s day.

Ordering Your Favourite Arthur's Cellar Libations Via order your favourite Arhtur's Cellar libations currently available for immediate delivery at the LCBO, just click the very subtle ‘Order Now’ tags included at the end of the product descriptions. Or, you can go to and insert the respective product number in the ‘Search’ box at the upper right.

If you would prefer, just send me an email telling me what you would like and I’ll be pleased to order it from the LCBO for you. Just let me know if you want it delivered to your door by Canada Post ($12) or sent at no cost to your preferred LCBO store (please tell me which one that is). Then send us a cheque or an electronic funds transfer (I’ll confirm the amount after ordering).

Here’s how works. We will supply the LCBO with selected wines and you or anyone else in Ontario can order and pay for them on-line via the ‘’ site. The major benefit to you is that the wines will already be here at the LCBO warehouse and will be delivered in a short amount of time. By paying a $12 delivery fee, they will ship it (regardless of quantity as long as the order is for $50 or more) by way Canada Post to any address in Ontario and it will be delivered within four business days. Or, you can avoid the shipping fee by having the wine sent to any LCBO store you designate. The store will call you once it is ready to be picked up. This process will take from one to two weeks (possibly up to four weeks in remote areas). Another benefit is that you will no longer have to provide us with the LCBO Lab Waiver email.

Please get in touch with me if you have any questions, would like additional information or would like my help ordering your wine. The LCBO will assist with any post-ordering issues. Contact them at ‘helloLCBO’.

Salvation Wines

When Brian Jutzi, a very active Arthur’s Cellar Wine Club Member heard that we would be jettisoning several of our wineries, he bravely volunteered to take them on. He and his wife Cindy have launched ‘Salvation Wines’ and already have wines from Domaine de Tara and Domaine de Poulvarel on order and on their way to Ontario. Brian also intends to use the ‘’ ordering and distribution program.

Here are a few words from Brian:

Salvation: The act of saving, preservation or deliverance from harm, ruin or loss."

Brian and Cindy Jutzi
Inspired by Peter Mayle’s book ‘A Year in Provence’, my wife Cindy and I travelled to France where we discovered many small family run wineries. It was during our visit to Domaine de Tara that we spied the Arthur Sellers Wine Club business cards on full display. This was fabulous news as we could enjoy the fine wines of southern France back home. We have been sharing wines of the region with family and friends ever since.

Jim’s email “SADLY WINDING DOWN AFTER ALL THESE YEARS!” was truly sad news... it was one of the most distressing emails I have ever read.

I decided to offer an alternative. Rather than Jim and Hélène throwing in the towel, I asked Jim if he would consider passing the baton instead. He agreed and thus ‘Salvation Wines’ was born. Our mission is to preserve the enjoyment of these wines that so many have come to love.”

If you would like to find out more about Salvation Wines and get on their emailing list, please contact Brian directly at

The 2015 Vintage in Southern France
We spent some time in southern France this past May sampling many young, fresh 2015 wines from the area (it is truly a selfless task we perform on behalf of our wine club Members), some recently bottled and others from tanks and casks. They were generally terrific – both reds and whites. The 2015 growing season had been close to ideal (hot in July and part of August with little rain) and harvesting was a bit earlier than usual under favourable conditions. Last fall, during the vendange, I had predicted that 2015 was going to be a very good year for Grenache and it turned out I was right. But, to my surprise, the Syrah turned proved to be every bit as good if not better. In that these are the two principle grapes for the reds from southern France, the resulting wines are very, very good, not unlike those of 2009 at this stage of their development. My two 2015 favourites were the Domaine Palon Vacqueyras and the Domaine Roger Sabon Châteauneuf du Pape ‘Prestige’.

Important Note
The LCBO is the only entity authorized to sell beverage alcohol in Ontario. Arthur Sellers & Company and Arthur’s Cellar Wine Club do not sell or markup beverage alcohol, but rather, arrange for customers to purchase it from the LCBO. Our prices indicated above and on our website include the LCBO sale price plus a fee to cover the cost of sourcing, handling and marketing the wine. The LCBO’s sale prices are available on request.

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