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Wine Picks July 20, 2010

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Note: This batch of wine reviews is not part of the bi-weekly Vintages Releases. Instead, it's a collection of wines outisde the Vintages section in store (general list) or wines sent to me directly from wineries that may not yet be available in liquor stores. Click on the Winery or Wine Agency link to get more info.

Dessert Wine

Cambas Mavrodaphne Korinthiaki 2008, Patras, Greece: Wonderfully delicious dessert wine! Lighter and sweeter than a tawny port, but offers those same gorgeous aromas of toffee, toasted almonds and caramel. A cinnamon-infused finish leaves you longing for more. Yum! Mavrodaphne Korinthiaki food pairings: almond or chocolate flavoured desserts. Drink: 2010 - 2014 178004 15% S 750 mL $10.95 Score: 89/100. July 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mission Hill Family Estate Reserve Reisling Icewine 2008, Okanagan Valley, Canada: A gorgeous icewine redolent of apricot perserves, honeysuckle, guava and praline cream. I can't think of a better way to end a meal, or a day. Drink: 2010 - 2016 9.5% S 375 mL $59.99 Score: 95/100. July 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Pillitteri Estates Winery Select Late Harvest Gewurztraminer 2008, V.Q.A., Niagara-On-The-Lake, Canada: Gorgeous aromas of lychee, lemon sherbert and apricot drops. Terrific acidity prevents it from being cloying and too sweet. Terrific dessert wine! Gewurztraminer food pairings: sponge desserts, blue cheese, stewed fruits. Drink: 2010 - 2014 6 27128 10620 1 10% S 750 mL $25.00 Score: 90/100. July 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Pillitteri Estates Winery Niagara-on-the-Lake Riesling Icewine 2007, V.Q.A., Niagara-On-The-Lake, Canada: Great finesse and balance in this lovely dessert wine! Aromas of lime drops, honeysuckle and apricot preserves. Riesling Icewine food pairings: aperitif, sponge cake, fruit salad. Drink: 2010 - 2016 6 27128 12310 9 12.5% S 200 mL $30.00 Score: 92/100. July 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Pillitteri Estates Winery Vidal Icewine 2007, V.Q.A., Niagara-On-The-Lake, Canada: An apricot-pineapple elixir with terrific acidity for balance. Such a wonderful after-dinner treat! Vidal Icewine food pairings: exotic fruit salad, crème caramel, Roquefort cheese, blue cheese, foie gras. Drink: 2010 - 2015 6 27128 12320 8 12.5% S 200 mL $25.00 Score: 91/100. July 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Featherstone Winery Select Late Harvest Cabernet Franc 2008, V.Q.A. Niagara Escarpment, Ontario, Canada: Lovely ripe cherries and cassis with a silk-line basket of field strawberries and raspberries. Sexy, seductive, delicious: what more do you want other than someone to share it with? Cabernet Franc food pairings: dark chocolate, raspberry chocolate cake, fruit flan. 11.5% S 375 mL $19.95 Score: 92/100. July 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Red Wine

Trius Winery at Hillebrand Trius Red Cabernet Blend 2008, V.Q.A, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario, Canada: Lovely black plums and berries roll through your senses with this full-bodied red. Rich and smoothly textured with good grip and structure. This is a consistently good producer year after year; one you can trust. Cabernet Blend food pairings: rare to medium grilled red meats, meat pies. Drink: 2010 - 2016 1050893 13.5% XD 750 mL $21.75 Score: 88/100. July 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Peller Estates Signature Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2007, V.Q.A, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario, Canada: Full-bodied with supple layers of mocha, fleshy ripe blackberries and vanilla smoke. Very mouth-filling and rewarding. Balanced with a judicious use of oak. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: rish winter stews, prime rib with Yorkshire pudding. Drink: 2010 - 2015 1038912 13.5% D 750 mL $38.00 Score: 88/100. July 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Big House Winery Red Syrah Blend 2008, California, United States: Smoky black cherries with a sprinkling of pepper and earth. Robust, smooth and delicious. Great balance and loads of flavour. Bring it on! Syrah Blend food pairings: grilled meats, lasagna Bolognese, grilled vegetables. Drink: 2010 - 2014 308999 13.5% D 750 mL $11.95 Score: 87/100. July 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Colio Estate Wines Lake & River - River Rock Red 2008, Lake Erie North Shore And Pelee Island, Canada: A tasty cherry-ripe red with smooth texture and a medium- to full-bodied weight. Good mouth-watering acidity. Great price. Food pairings: tomato-based pasta dishes, beef dishes, lamb, strong cheeses. 183103 12.8% 750 mL $10.95 Score: 82/100. July 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rodney Strong Wine Estates Pinot Noir 2008, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, Ca, United States: A full-bodied Pinot Noir with lusciously ripe black raspberries and black cherry liqueur running through its core. This wine has a lot weight for Pinot due to its alcohol level (14.9%) but that doesn't diminish its hedonistic pleasure. Velvet texture and a long finish. Decant for an hour. Drink: 2010 - 2013 954834 13.9% D 750 mL $24.95 Score: 90/100. July 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Nederburg Twenty10 Cabernet Sauvignon 2008, South Africa, South Africa: A smokey, toasty oak nose with notes of blackcurrants and dark plums. Full-bodied, supple and tasty. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: robust dishes such as pâtés, steaks, beef stroganoff, winter stews, roasts, mature cheeses. Drink: 2010 - 2014 187211 14% D 750 mL $14.95 Score: 86/100. July 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Pillitteri Estates Winery Sauvignon Blanc 2007, V.Q.A., Niagara-On-The-Lake, Canada: Herbal, zesty and refreshing! Nicely balanced with aromas of come-alive grapefruit and lime. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: seafood, prawns, grilled fish, chicken, vinaigrette salads. Drink: 2010 - 2013 6 27128 10820 5 12% D 750 mL $18.00 Score: 87/100. July 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Pillitteri Estates Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2007, V.Q.A., Niagara-On-The-Lake, Canada: Black cherry and blackberry aromas with dark chocolate and cigar box finish. Full-bodied and satisfying. Aged 15 months in American and French oak. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: medium rare steak, BBQ meats. Drink: 2010 - 2015 6 27128 11310 0 13.5% D 750 mL $20.00 Score: 88/100. July 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Pillitteri Estates Winery Cabernet Franc 2007, V.Q.A., Niagara-On-The-Lake, Canada: The acidic bite of this wine cries out for robust food. It offers rich mocha and black fruit aromas and velvet texture. A smoky finish. Cabernet Franc food pairings: meaty dishes, hot, red sauce pasta dishes, hot curry. Drink: 2010 - 2015 6 27128 11320 9 13.5% XD 750 mL $20.00 Score: 88/100. July 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mission Hill Family Estate Oliver & Osoyoos Select Lot Collection Syrah 2007, Okanagan Valley, Canada: A spectacular Syrah from one of Canada's best producers. This full-bodied red with hedonistically rich layers of blackberry, blueberry, violets and mocha almost overwhelms the senses, but fortunately leaves you in a steady enough state to ask for a top up. Richly structured and balanced, with incredible length, this is a cellar candidate. But why wait? Drink: 2010 - 2017 144179 13% XD 750 mL $36.99 Score: 92/100. July 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Shingleback Wine Red Knot Cabernet Sauvignon 2007, Mclaren Vale, Australia: Stunning depth and concentration of flavour in this robust red! Mouth-watering fleshy ripe blackberries and plums with some mocha richness on the palate. Velvet smooth with a lovely toasty finish. 91702 14% 750 mL $17.95 Score: 89/100. July 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Farnese Negroamaro 2008, Puglia, Italy: A pleasant quaffer with tart black cherries. Full-bodied and smooth. Great price. Negroamaro food pairings: savoury first courses, meat courses, mature cheeses. 143735 13% D 750 mL $7.95 Score: 84/100. July 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cusumano Nero d'Avola 2009, East-Central Sicily, Italy: Gorgeous blackberry and juniper aromas with an attractive tarry core. Fleshy ripe blackberries tumble over one another across your mouth. This is a steal at this price ... someone in accounting has obviously made a mistake so buy it while you can. Nero D'avola food pairings: grilled meats, tomato-based pasta, hard cheeses. Drink: 2010 - 2014 143164 14% XD 750 mL $9.95 Score: 89/100. July 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Torres Coronas Tempranillo 2005, Penedes, Spain: Mouth-wateringly juicy dark berries and black raspberries. A touch tannic so decant 1-2 hours to smooth the edges. Finishes with licorice and pepper. Full-bodied and magnificent for the price! Tempranillo food pairings: meat, stews, casseroles, creamy cheeses. 29728 13% M 750 mL $13.45 Score: 88/100. July 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Bassac Cabernet Sauvignon 2008, Vin De Pays Des Côtes De Thongue, France: This organic Cabernet offers lip-smacking delicious aromas of blackberries and cedar forest with some black and purple fleshy plum notes in the background. Full-bodied and smooth. Great price! Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: creamy cheeses, French onion soup, slow roasted meat dishes, hearty vegetarian dishes, spicy tomato-based pasta dishes. 164152 13% 750 mL $12.95 Score: 86/100. July 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Henry of Pelham Winery VQA Niagara Peninsula- Henry of Pelham Speck Family Reserve Cabernet Merlot 2007, Niagara Escarpment, Canada: Dark brooding fleshy fruit such as cassis and blackberries. Great structure with a pleasantly bitter finish that refreshes. Decant for 1-2 hours first. Full-bodied. Speck Family Reserve Cabernet Merlot food pairings: braised lamb shanks with rosemary and roasted garlic accents, good quality chocolate. Drink: 2010 - 2015 616433 14% D 750 mL $50.00 Score: 89/100. July 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rosemount Estate Shiraz Cabernet 2008, South Eastern Australia, Australia: Lovely purple plum, blueberry, blackberry and cassis aromas on this full-bodied, supple wine. This wine is a blend of 60% Shiraz and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon. Polished tannins and a lengthy finish make this a supremely satisfying wine. Drink: 2010 - 2015 214270 13% D 750 mL $12.95 Score: 87/100. July 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rosemount Estate Grenache Shiraz 2008, South Eastern Australia, Australia: Gorgeous cherry liqueur runs through the heart of this well-priced wine with supple layers of dark plums and some spice. Judicious use of oak is woven well throughout. Perfect for movie night. Drink: 2010 - 2014 476838 13.5% D 750 mL $12.95 Score: 87/100. July 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rosemount Estate Cabernet Merlot 2009, South Eastern Australia, Australia: A solid producer delivers with this full-bodied, supple, savoury red that offers aromas of black and purple plums and licorice. Good grip on the palate with a satisfying finish. Great for barbecues and steak dinners. Drink: 2010 - 2014 552000 13% D 750 mL $12.95 Score: 87/100. July 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Boutari Xinomavro 2007, Naoussa, Greece: Full-bodied, earthy and dry. Classic Old World style, not fruit-forward. Some dark spices on the finish makes it ideal for hearty meat dishes. Xinomavro food pairings: grilled lamb, chicken kebabs. Drink: 2010 - 2014 23218 13.5% XD 750 mL $11.95 Score: 85/100. July 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ruffino Il Ducale Sangiovese Merlot Syrah 2006, I.G.T., Tuscany, Italy: Thrillingly delicious! Aromas of black cherry, sun-dried tomato, black olive, smoke and earth. Smooth, full-bodied and mouth-wateringly tasty. A long, satisfying finish that will make you believe you're basking under the Tuscan sun. Sangiovese Merlot Syrah food pairings: lasanga, meat lovers pizza, sausages, pasta with tomato sauce. Drink: 2010 - 2016 27797 14% XD 750 mL $18.75 Score: 90/100. July 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Fielding Estate Winery Meritage Cabernet blend 2007, Niagara Peninsula, Canada: Leanings toward Bordeaux, but definitely rooted in Niagara. Savoury, dark, subtle with an undefinable whispered something on the nose that draws you closer to understand. Black plum, dark spice, supreme balance, yet meaty. Keep doing whatever it is you're doing here. Drink: 2010 - 2020 876584000923 13.5% XD 750 mL $59.95 Score: 90/100. July 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Errazuriz Carmenere 2009, Aconcagua Valley, Chile: An excellent full-bodied red, with gorgeous notes of fleshy ripe black plums, dark spices and some anise. Loaded with flavour, this wine keeps giving and giving ... until it's gone so stock up. Drink: 2010 - 2014 162838 13.5% XD 750 mL $12.95 Score: 88/100. July 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Errazuriz Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, Aconcagua Valley, Chile: A terrific value for this full-bodied, well-structured red! Aromas of dark berries and smoke make it an ideal companion for hearty meat dishes. Drink: 2010 - 2014 262717 14% XD 750 mL $12.95 Score: 87/100. July 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Errazuriz Estate Merlot 2009, Curico Valley, Chile: A round, supple, full-bodied red with juicy ripe aromas of black plums and berries. Perfect for casual get-togethers and backyard barbecues. Drink: 2010 - 2014 297887 13.5% XD 750 mL $12.95 Score: 87/100. July 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Errazuriz Max Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2008, Curico Valley, Chile: A terrific, full-bodied Cabernet with classic aromas of blackberries, cassis and blackcurrant. Beautifully structured with a satisfyingly long finish. Great wine for dinner parties and steak dinners. Drink: 2010 - 2016 335174 14% XD 750 mL $17.85 Score: 90/100. July 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Errazuriz Max Reserva Shiraz 2007, Curico Valley, Chile: I love this wine! It's juicy, generous and packed with flavour. Succulent fleshy dark berries roll across your mouth wrapped in savoury smoke and some pepper. This wine has a tendency to disappear surprisingly quickly. Drink: 2010 - 2016 614750 14% XD 750 mL $17.85 Score: 91/100. July 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rosés

Jacob's Creek Shiraz Rosé 2009, South Eastern Australia, Australia: Full-bodied with mouth-watering notes of dark berries and cranberries. Tasty goodness in a glass. Shiraz Rosé food pairings: creamy pasta dishes, mushroom risotto, pork. Drink: 2010 - 2012 37622 12.2% D 750 mL $11.95 Score: 85/100. July 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Stoneleigh Marlorough Pinot Noir Rosé 2009, Marlborough, New Zealand: Pretty field berry and cherry aromas with a lovely, zingy acidity for refreshment. Vibrant, alive and bone-dry. The Ultimate Picnic Wine! Pinot Noir Rosé food pairings: South Island gravad lax and a fresh green salad in a light vinaigrette. Drink: 2010 - 2013 122275 12.7% 750 mL $16.95 Score: 89/100. July 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Campo Viejo Tempranillo Rosé 2009, La Rioja, Spain: Love it! Late summer ripe raspberries and strawberries waft up from the glass. Bone-dry, mouth-watering and absolutely delightful! Incredible value and quality for the price. Drink: 2010 - 2014 175620 13.5% D 750 mL $11.95 Score: 89/100. July 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tinhorn Creek Vineyards Oldfield Series 2Bench Rosé 2009, V.Q.A., Okanagan Valley, Canada: A lovely rosé bursting with fresh, summer-ripe field raspberries. Terific aperitif or refreshing companion to many dishes. Food pairings: baguettes with pate, dungeness crab, lentil salad. Drink: 2010 - 2012 176750 14.5% XD 750 mL $20.00 Score: 87/100. July 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Douloufakis Enotria Rosé Kotsofali Syrah 2009, Crete, Greece: A tasty, casual sipper and aperitif with ripe strawberry notes. Kotsofali Syrah food pairings: fish, green salad, white meat and white sauce. Drink: 2010 - 2012 169391 13.5% D 750 mL $11.95 Score: 85/100. July 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Pillitteri Estates Winery Niagara-on-the-Lake Merlot Bianco 2007, V.Q.A., Niagara-On-The-Lake, Canada: Bursting with cranberry and fresh field raspberry aromas. Dry and refreshing. Merlot Bianco food pairings: seafood, crab, white sauce pasta, cheeses. Drink: 2010 - 2012 6 27128 11750 4 12.5% D 750 mL $12.00 Score: 86/100. July 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Nederburg Twenty10 Dry Rosé 2008, Paarl, Darling, South Africa: A vibrant, robust rosé that has the full-rich flavour of Cabernet but not the tannins. Rosé food pairings: fish, white meat, Italian cuisine, salads, Oriental dishes. Drink: 2010 - 2012 186932 13.5% D 750 mL $14.95 Score: 85/100. July 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

Thirty Bench Wine Makers Riesling 2009, V.Q.A, Beamsville Bench, Ontario, Canada: Lovely pure lines of green apple and white peach aromas. Zippy, mouth-watering and refreshing. Just what you want on a warm summer day. Riesling food pairings: sushi, stuffed chicken, pan fried fresh water fish. Drink: 2010 - 2013 1057660 11.1% MD 750 mL $18.50 Score: 88/100. July 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Thirty Bench Wine Makers Small Lot Riesling 2009, V.Q.A, Beamsville Bench, Ontario, Canada: Gorgeous concentrated flavours of white peach, wet stone, flint, lime, and lemon zest. Wonderful way to finish a day or a week. Makes a great aperitif or companion to many dishes. Riesling food pairings: lightly spiced steamed mussels, lemon shrimp skewers. Drink: 2010 - 2015 1057684 11.6% MD 750 mL $30.00 Score: 90/100. July 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Thirty Bench Wine Makers Riesling 2007, V.Q.A, Beamsville Bench, Canada: Lime-zippy with wake-up aromas of lemongrass, chives and some flinty minerality. Terrific aperitif! Riesling food pairings: lemon shrimp skewers, lightly spiced steamed mussels. Drink: 2010 - 2014 1057660 11.1% MD 750 mL $30.00 Score: 88/100. July 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Nederburg Twenty10 Sauvignon Blanc 2010, Durbanville, Stellenbosch, Paarl, Darling, South Africa: Lovely notes of gooseberries and fresh-cut grass. Very refreshing! Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: seafood, creamy fish, chicken, salads, veal. Drink: 2010 - 2013 187229 12.5% D 750 mL $14.95 Score: 85/100. July 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Colio Estate Wines Lake & River Moonlight White 2009, Lake Erie North Shore And Pelee Island, Canada: Pretty melon and grapefruit notes. Makes a great aperitif, light sipper. Good value for the money. Food pairings: chicken, white fish, creamy pasta, oriental dishes. 183095 11.8% D 750 mL $10.95 Score: 85/100. July 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Big House Winery White Malvasia Bianco Muscat Canelli Viognier Rousanne 2009, California, United States: Staggeringly great value for the quality and taste of this wine! Lovely aromas of white flowers, lychee and melon mingle for hedonistic happiness. Terrific aperitif or companion to many dishes, from seafood to salads. Malvasia Bianco Muscat Canelli Viognier Rousanne food pairings: fresh fish, spicy fare, fruit salads. Drink: 2010 - 2013 173286 13.5% MD 750 mL $9.95 Score: 87/100. July 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Grooner Gruner Veltliner 2008, Niederosterreich, Austria: Zesty, come-alive notes of tart Granny Smith apple, grapefruit and lime. Pure fruit refreshment, without any oak. Terrific aperitif or accompaniment to many dishes, from seafood to salads. Drink: 2010 - 2013 168625 12.1% D 750 mL $12.95 Score: 86/100. July 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mission Hill Family Estate Reserve Viognier 2008, Okanagan Valley, Canada: Gorgeous profusion of floral aromas on the nose, followed by notes of lychee, baking spices and almond. A long and lovely finish helps you glide back over to the bottle for a top up. Oh yes. Drink: 2010 - 2016 776545993014 13% XD 750 mL $15.99 Score: 91/100. July 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mission Hill Family Estate Reserve Pinot Blanc 2008, Okanagan Valley, Canada: One of the best Canadian Pinot Blancs I've tasted, if not the best. Voluptuously fat, luscious texture wraps around your sense and delivers aromas of fresh, ripe melon, white field flowers and dappled sunshine between breezy trees. Bring it on! Drink: 2010 - 2014 776545991188 14% D 750 mL $18.99 Score: 91/100. July 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Errazuriz Chardonnay 2009, Casablanca Valley, Chile: A balanced and pleasant Chardonnay with green apple and melon notes. Nicely balanced oak gives it a richness without heaviness. Perfect with corn on the cob. Drink: 2010 - 2013 318741 13.5% XD 750 mL $10.95 Score: 87/100. July 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Pillitteri Estates Winery Fusion Gewurztraminer Riesling 2009, V.Q.A., Niagara-On-The-Lake, Canada: A blend of 54% Gewurztraminer and 45% Riesling with a small dosage of 1% Riesling icewine. This is a brilliant wine with classic aromas of rose petal, lychee and lime zest. It's zippy and refreshing yet deeply flavoured. Lovely! Gewurztraminer Riesling food pairings: Asian cuisine, seafood, curry. Drink: 2010 - 2014 349126 11.5% MD 750 mL $13.00 Score: 90/100. July 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tinhorn Creek Vineyards Pinot Gris 2009, V.Q.A., Okanagan Valley, Canada: Melon-fresh sipper with no heavy oak or alcohol. Refreshment in a glass: pure, clean and crisp. Much more interesting than Pinot Griogio, so now's the time to get out of your rut and try something new. Pinot Gris food pairings: mushroom risotto, BBQ fish, quiche, creamy pasta, curry dishes. Drink: 2010 - 2012 530683 13.6% D 750 mL $16.99 Score: 87/100. July 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tinhorn Creek Vineyards Gewurztraminer 2009, V.Q.A., Okanagan Valley, Canada: A seductive white with rose petal and lychee aromas. It's classic Gewurztraminer but not over the top. Lovely balance, finesse and a long spice-infused finish. Wonderful! Gewurztraminer food pairings: tandoori chicken, spot prawns, sunomono salad, pork and fruit dishes. Drink: 2010 - 2012 530675 13.3% MD 750 mL $16.99 Score: 88/100. July 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tinhorn Creek Vineyards Chardonnay 2009, V.Q.A., Okanagan Valley, Canada: Nicely balanced Chardonnay with fresh green apple and lime zest aromas. Judicious use of oak weaves its lightly smoky way through this voluptuous wine. Chardonnay food pairings: dungeness crab, grilled halibut, oysters, rotisserie chicken, roast turkey. Drink: 2010 - 2013 530691 14.3% D 750 mL $16.99 Score: 89/100. July 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tinhorn Creek Vineyards Oldfield Series 2Bench White Chardonnay Sauvignon Blanc Blend 2009, V.Q.A., Okanagan Valley, Canada: A refreshing white with aromas of white grapefruit and melon. Great aperitif or companion to many dishes, from seafood to chicken. Chardonnay Sauvignon Blanc Blend food pairings: halibut, crab cakes, grilled chicken, sushi, cheese fondue. Drink: 2010 - 2013 307157 12.3% D 750 mL $22.99 Score: 87/100. July 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

The Good Earth Vineyard & Winery Andrewes Vineyard Chardonnay 2008, V.Q.A., Niagara Peninsula, Canada: A balanced Chardonnay with aromas of green apples and peach. A judicious use of oak. Pleasant quaffer. Chardonnay food pairings: creamy pasta dishes which may include asparagus, smoked salmon or seafood, mushroom tarts, mushroom risottos, corn bread, white bean dip with baguette, turkey with a rich rice stuffing, chicken or turkey pot pies. Drink: 2010 - 2012 400007 12% D 750 mL $22.00 Score: 85/100. July 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

The Good Earth Vineyard & Winery Anna Weiss Vineyards Riesling 2009, V.Q.A. Niagara Peninsula, Canada: A zippy, lime-fresh Riesling with terrific mouth-watering acidity and a clean finish. Light and carefree: great aperitif! Riesling food pairings: lemon-stuffed chicken, oysters, calamari, grilled, poached and fried fish, lightly spiced shrimp skewers, brie on water crackers. Drink: 2010 - 2010 400005 11.8% D 750 mL $20.00 Score: 87/100. July 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Henry of Pelham Winery VQA Niagara Peninsula- Henry of Pelham Speck Family Reserve Chardonnay 2007, Niagara Escarpment, Canada: Mouth-watering and gorgeous! Terrific aromas of green melon, apricot and white peach. Deep minerality with a light touch. No oak, yay! Lime zest finish. Top me up! Speck Family Reserve Chardonnay food pairings: sweet pea soup, smoked fish, lobster. Drink: 2010 - 2015 616466 14% XD 750 mL $35.00 Score: 90/100. July 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Graffigna Centenario Centenario Reserve Pinot Grigio 2009, San Juan, Argentina: A mild, refreshing white with white melon and lime notes. Terrific aperitif! Pinot Grigio food pairings: light fish, chicken dishes. Drink: 2010 - 2013 164756 13.5% D 750 mL $12.95 Score: 86/100. July 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Fielding Estate Winery Riesling 2009, Niagara Peninsula, Canada: Power, concentration, finesse .. what more do you want? Lovely mineral depth and river stones after spring rain aromas. Peach and lime festival for your mouth and a lemon zing to finish. Keep it coming! Drink: 2010 - 2015 876584000794 10.5% MD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 90/100. July 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Fielding Estate Winery White Conception 2009, Niagara Peninsula, Canada: So very pretty with aromas that would waft up from a field of daisies fluttering in the wind. This is the stuff of slow swinging hammocks in July and sun-bleached daydreams. Vibrant, refreshing and then, because you've finished it surprisingly quickly, you'll want a nap. Drink: 2010 - 2014 8765840001142 12.5% D 750 mL $18.95 Score: 88/100. July 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Fielding Estate Winery Viognier 2009, Niagara Peninsula, Canada: Jumps out of the glass and pulls you head first! Magnificent concentration and seductive aromas of lychee and rose petal scattered on a bed of happiness. Criminally great ... should be licensed to chill. Drink: 2010 - 2013 876584001135 13.5% D 750 mL $30.95 Score: 92/100. July 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Carl Reh Riesling Kabinett 2008, Mosel, Germany: Love it! Terrific aromas of lime zest, green apples, melon and flint draw your closer to the glass. Harmonious, balanced and lively with just a touch of sweetness that makes this wine ultra-versatile for food, from glazed ham to Asian spices. Riesling Kabinett food pairings: sushi, trout. Drink: 2010 - 2016 174854 8.5% MD 750 mL $12.95 Score: 89/100. July 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sea Glass Sauvignon Blanc 2009, Santa Barbara, United States: Unctuous and rich for Sauvignon Blanc, which is simply delightful because it still delivers terrific refreshment! Lovely aromas of gooseberry and fresh-cut grass. Perfect for many dishes from seafood to salads. Amazing price. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: sushi, trout. Drink: 2010 - 2014 173575 13.5% XD 750 mL $14.05 Score: 89/100. July 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rodney Strong Wine Estates Charlotte's Home Sauvignon Blanc 2009, Sonoma County, Ca, United States: An enticing smoky nose wraps around melon and Granny Smith apple notes. A refreshing herbal finish makes this a terrific aperitif. Drink: 2010 - 2012 839712 13.5% D 750 mL $18.05 Score: 88/100. July 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


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