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Wine Picks March 7, 2013

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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

Barbadillo Eva Oloroso Cream Sherry, Jerez, Spain: A nutty and toasty dessert wine with classic cream sherry aromas such as dried figs and roasted almonds. Nice after-dinner drink. Drink: 2012 - 2020 738260 19% S 750 mL $17.00 Score: 88/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Other Wines/Drinks

Peller Estates Signature Cabernet Franc 2010: A smooth, robust red with mocha and espresso notes from oak aging. Underneath are fleshy black plums. Smoky finish. 960617 13.7% XD 750 mL $40.00 Score: 88/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Red Wine

Inniskillin Niagara Estate Cabernet Franc 2010, V.Q.A., Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada: Fantastic robust red, especially at this price point! Gorgeous aromas and flavours of black plum, smoke and mocha. Full-bodied yet so smooth and supple. Great party wine, especially if you're having a BBQ. Drink: 2012 - 2015 317016 12.5% D 750 mL $13.95 Score: 89/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cono Sur Vision Pinot Noir 2010, Chili, Chile: Lusciously sweet and ripe cherries with a generous silky texture. Some rose petal and cinnamon spice on the finish. Medium-bodied. Drink: 2012 - 2016 419010 14% D 750 mL $19.90 Score: 90/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Peller Estates Signature Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, V.Q.A., Niagara, Ontario, Canada: Robust and smoky with black plum and tart blackberry aromas and flavours. Very supple on the palate. Full-bodied with a good finish. 225466 13.5% D 750 mL $40.00 Score: 89/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Jackson-Triggs Black Series Reserve Merlot 2011, V.Q.A., Niagara, Ontario, Canada: A robust, black fruit, peppery red with lots of character and an amazingly great price. Full-bodied yet smooth and supple. This wine cries out for a juicy steak! Drink: 2012 - 2015 109959 13.7% XD 750 mL $13.95 Score: 88/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Apothic Wines Apothic Red California 2009, California, United States: A round, plummy, medium-bodied blend of zinfandel, merlot and syrah grapes that delivers plenty of pleasure. Some mocha notes and a generous, mouth-filling smooth texture. Yum! Apothic Red California food pairings: pepper steak, hamburgers, grilled pork chops, meat lovers pizza. Drink: 2011 - 2013 234369 13% D 750 mL $14.95 Score: 88/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Castillo De Monseran Garnacha 2011, Cariñena, Spain: Terrific for the price point! Full-bodied with dark fruit and smoke. Some cherry-berry flavours on the palate and finish. Smooth and supple. Great party wine. Garnacha food pairings: tomato-based pasta dishes, cold cut platters, mixed tapas. Drink: 2012 - 2015 73395 12.9% XD 750 mL $9.25 Score: 87/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Chateau Joinin Regional Blended Red 2009, Bordeaux, France: Rustic, robust and tannic: drinks nicely after 2 hours decanting. Great price for Bordeaux. Needs a juicy rare steak. Drink: 2013 - 2015 305524 13.8% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 87/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Chateau Pipeau Grand Cru Meritage 2010, St. Emilion, Bordeaux, A.O.C., France: Classic and complex. Needs some cellar time as well as decanting 2 hours once opened. Aromas of mocha and toast from the oak aging on the nose mingle beautifully with the dark fruit and violets. Multiple layers and satisfaction. Great dinner party wine. Meritage food pairings: filet mignon, coffee-rubbed steak. Drink: 2014 - 2018 302018 13% XD 750 mL $34.95 Score: 92/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Paul Mas Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2011, Pays D'oc, France: Dark chocolate, mocha and espresso on the nose from generous oak aging. Dark fleshy plums and berries wrapped in smoke on the palate. Great wine for hearty meat dishes, including meat lovers' pizza. Excellent price. Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot food pairings: grilled steak or pork chops. Drink: 2013 - 2016 293134 14% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 88/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Antonin Rodet Syrah 2011, Pays D'oc, France: Rustic and full-bodied with pleasantly tart black cherry aromas and flavours as well as smoke and tar. An immanently gulpable wine at a great price. Decant 1 hour. Syrah food pairings: hamburgers, prime rib. Drink: 2013 - 2015 293035 13.5% XD 750 mL $11.95 Score: 87/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Perrin & Fils Les Sinards 2010, Châteauneuf-Du-Pape, A.O.C., France: Gorgeous liquid velvet with many layers of complexity and pleasure. Full-bodied and balanced with lots of dark fruit, smoke, violets and mystery. Decant 2 hours and impress your guests. Food pairings: pepper steak, roast beef. Drink: 2013 - 2016 926626 13.5% XD 750 mL $34.95 Score: 92/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Peninsula Ridge Shiraz 2010, Niagara, Ontario, V.Q.A., Canada: Loaded with oak, toast and smoke on the nose along with dark chocolate and mocha notes. Black fruit and tar on the palate. Great for hearty meat dishes. Full-bodied. Nice price. Shiraz food pairings: pepper steak, roast beef. Drink: 2013 - 2015 70052 12.5% XD 750 mL $13.95 Score: 87/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ravenswood Zinfandel 2011, California, United States: Absolutely superb and classic Californian zin! Purple and black fleshy plums aromas along with blueberries and brambleberries. Full-bodied and ultra-smooth. Perfect for pizza and hamburgers. Yum! Zinfandel food pairings: hamburgers, prime rib. Drink: 2013 - 2015 359257 13.6% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 90/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Konzelmann Estate Winery Shiraz 2011, Niagara, Ontario, V.Q.A., Canada: An under-priced gem of a full-bodied red! Smoky with fleshy black fruit, this barrel-aged wine has lots to offer. Lip-smacking delicious with a very dry finish. Wow. Shiraz food pairings: hamburgers, prime rib. Drink: 2013 - 2015 144857 13% XD 750 mL $13.20 Score: 88/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mud House Pinot Noir 2010, Central Otago, New Zealand: Stunning, especially for the price! Aromas of fleshy ripe black cherries and raspberries. Medium- to full-bodied with a satin smooth texture. Some dark spice on the finish. Yum! Pinot Noir food pairings: roast chicken, planked salmon. Drink: 2013 - 2016 190462 14% XD 750 mL $17.90 Score: 90/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ringbolt Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, Margaret River, Australia: Classic! Gorgeous blackcurrant and blackberry with mint on the nose. Full-bodied, smooth and complex on the palate. Awesome dinner party wine. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: pepper steak, roast beef. Drink: 2013 - 2016 606624 14% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 91/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Pelee Island Winery Gamay Noir Zweigelt 2011, Pelee Island, Ontario, V.Q.A., Canada: Big black pepper and tart black cherries on the nose. Medium- to full-bodied and smooth on the palate. Pleasant sour cherry finish. Gamay Noir Zweigelt food pairings: pepper steak, roast beef. Drink: 2013 - 2015 79426 13% XD 1500 mL $19.95 Score: 87/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Fifth Leg Old Dog New Tricks Shiraz 2011, Western Australia, Australia: Terrific lush black fruit and smoke! Full-bodied and velvet smooth. Terrific dry finish. Perfect for pizza, hamburgers and great conversation. Shiraz food pairings: pepper steak, roast beef. Drink: 2013 - 2015 281345 14.5% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 89/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Whitehaven Pinot Noir 2010, Marlborough, New Zealand: Gorgeous, wow! Luscious of fleshy black cherry aromas and flavours. Velvet smooth and medium-bodied. So much satisfaction packed in a glass. Love the balance here too: not too heavy, so right for so much dishes. Pinot Noir food pairings: roast chicken, planked salmon. Drink: 2013 - 2017 245696 14% XD 750 mL $23.85 Score: 92/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Stags Leap Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, Napa Valley, California, United States: Superb, balanced, classic. Full-bodied with fleshy black fruit, smoke and espresso. Definitely a cellar keeper. Decant 2 hours. Great dinner party wine or gift wine. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: filet mignon, coffee-rubbed steak. Drink: 2013 - 2018 996405 13.9% XD 750 mL $49.95 Score: 93/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cardinal Zin Big House Zinfandel 2011, California, United States: Incredibly great price for such a delicious, full-bodied red! Smoky with toasty oak, mocha and fleshy black plum aromas. Smooth on the palate. Ready to go when you are. Zinfandel food pairings: hamburgers, prime rib. Drink: 2013 - 2015 272401 13.5% XD 750 mL $12.95 Score: 89/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Zinfatuation Zinfandel 2010, Amador County, California, United States: Juicy blueberry pie and purple plums on the nose and palate. Full-bodied, juicy and smooth and mouth-watering. Great with pizza. Zinfandel food pairings: hamburgers, prime rib. Drink: 2013 - 2015 274746 13.9% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 89/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Pepperwood Grove Old Vine Zinfandel 2011, California, United States: Loaded with dark chocolate, mocha and toasty oak from generous oak aging, followed by fleshy black fruit and a coffee finish. Great price. Zinfandel food pairings: hamburgers, prime rib. Drink: 2013 - 2015 308205 13.5% XD 750 mL $12.95 Score: 87/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

J. Lohr Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Paso Robles, California, United States: Opens with seductive black fleshy plums, blackberries and blackcurrants wrapped in mocha and smoke. Full-bodied and smooth with terrific balance and mouth-watering action. Great for hearty meat dishes and when you want to be good to yourself. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: pepper steak, roast beef. Drink: 2013 - 2016 656561 13.5% XD 750 mL $21.95 Score: 90/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Masi Malbec Corvina 2011, Uco Valley, Argentina: Black fruit, smoke, oak and tar on the nose with terrific full-bodied weight and layers of black fruit flavour on the palate. Terrific price. Perfect for pizza night. Malbec Corvina food pairings: hamburgers, prime rib. Drink: 2013 - 2015 620880 13.5% XD 750 mL $13.95 Score: 87/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Seven Deadly Zins Old Vine Zinfandel 2010, Lodi, California, United States: Wow! Coffee smoke and fleshy black plums on the nose. Layers of pleasure and full-bodied richness on the palate. Long finish. Top me up please! Zinfandel food pairings: hamburgers, prime rib. Drink: 2013 - 2016 59311 14.5% D 750 mL $21.95 Score: 92/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cafe Culture Pinotage 2011, Western Cape, South Africa: Love wine? Love coffee? Then this is your wine. Smells and tastes uncannily like coffee in a good way. Warm and rich, but don't add milk and sugar. Pinotage food pairings: coffee-rubbed steak or pork. Drink: 2013 - 2015 292466 13.5% XD 750 mL $12.95 Score: 87/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Argento Bonarda 2011, Mendoza, Argentina: You can't beat this price. Full-bodied with lush dark fruit and toasty oak. Nuff said. Bonarda food pairings: hamburgers, prime rib. Drink: 2013 - 2015 292458 13.5% XD 750 mL $9.95 Score: 85/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Enzo Vincenzo Valpolicello Ripasso 2010, D.O.C., Italy: Stunning for the price! Full-bodied with smoky, seductive black fruit. Full-bodied and smooth. Buy a case and smile smugly. Valpolicello Ripasso food pairings: meat lovers' pizza, pasta with tomato sauce. Drink: 2013 - 2016 12443 13% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 89/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rosehall Run JCR Pinot Noir 2010, Prince Edward County, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Pleasingly tart and vibrant cherry aromas and flavours with mouth-watering acidity that's perfect for a wide range of dishes from planked salmon to roast chicken. Silky and medium-bodied with a satisfying cranberry finish. Drink: 2012 - 2016 326504 12.5% XD 750 mL $39.00 Score: 90/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Peller Estates Private Reserve Pinot Noir 2010, V.Q.A., Niagara, Ontario, Canada: Cherry-berry with some strawberry jam aromas and flavours. Medium-bodied, smooth and supple. Great for planked salmon or roast chicken. 355008 12.2% XD 750 mL $24.80 Score: 88/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Jackson-Triggs Black Series Reserve Shiraz 2011, Okanagan, BC V.Q.A., Canada: Full-bodied, smooth and supple with attractive aromas and flavours of fleshy black plum and blackberry. Perfect for the BBQ! Drink: 2013 - 2015 593103 12% XD 750 mL $14.99 Score: 89/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Quails' Gate Estate Winery Stewart Family Reserve Pinot Noir 2011, V.Q.A. Bc, Okanagan Valley, Bc, Canada: Such a lovely wine ... one for sighing over rather than describing. Medium-bodied, velvet smooth with racy black cherries that roll and caress over your tongue. Perfect for planked salmon or seafood, as well as lamb. Pinot Noir food pairings: sautéed pioppino mushrooms, mustard & pistachio crusted roast lamb. Drink: 2014 - 2018 639658 14% XD 750 mL $44.99 Score: 93/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Penfolds Thomas Hyland Shiraz 2010, South Australia, Australia: A robust red with attractive aromas of dark red and black fruit, smoke and a touch of mint. Smooth on the palate with layers of satisfaction. A terrific wine with hearty meat dishes, such as beef or lamb. Drink: 2012 - 2015 611210 14.5% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Quinta das Arcas Monte Penedo Gordo Reserva Alicante Bouschet Touriga Nacional Syrah 2010, Alentejo, Portugal: Smoky with mocha and dark chocolate aromas on the nose. Full-bodied but smooth. A well-made wine that would drink nicely with hearty meat dishes. Alicante Bouschet Touriga Nacional Syrah food pairings: meat sausages, red meats, tapas. Drink: 2013 - 2016 5603238473544 14.5% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cono Sur Cono Sur 20 Barrels Pinot Noir 2009, Casablanca Valley, Chile: Luscious and full-bodied with terrific depth of flavour and length on the finish. This is New World style all the way: fleshy ripe black cherries dance across your palate and play with your senses. Fabulous dinner party or gift wine that will appeal to many people. 20 Barrels Pinot Noir food pairings: mushroom dishes, planked salmon, roast chicken. Drink: 2012 - 2017 684530 14% D 750 mL $27.95 Score: 92/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cono Sur Bicicleta Pinot Noir 2011, Central Valley, Chile: Lovely juicy flavours of red and black cherries. Medium- to almost full-bodied and extremely smooth and supple. You can't beat the quality for this price. Pinot Noir food pairings: pasta, grilled poultry, seafood and mild fish. Drink: 2012 - 2014 341602 13.5% D 750 mL $10.95 Score: 88/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Gabbiano Riserva Chianti Classico 2009, Tuscany, Italy: Full-bodied with dark fruit, smoke, earth and some dark spice. Robust and demanding of hearty meat dishes. decant 2 hours. Drink: 2012 - 2016 450873 14.2% XD 750 mL $21.95 Score: 90/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rigamarole Rigamarole Red 2010, Okanagan, BC V.Q.A., Canada: Robust and small with smoky black cherry notes. Great for pizza night. Drink: 2012 - 2014 776545996022 13% D 750 mL $14.99 Score: 86/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rosemount Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2012, South Eastern Australia, Australia: Terrific wine for the price! Robust red yet smooth and supple. Aromas of dark, smoky fruit. Excellent party wine. Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot food pairings: barbecued steak, roast lamb, gourmet hamburgers. Drink: 2013 - 2015 552000 13% D 750 mL $12.95 Score: 87/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Bluenose Wines Carreras Ranch Zinfandel 2008, California, United States: A blockbuster red loaded with black cherry and blackberry liqueur flavours and intensity. The alcohol is high on this wine, but for those who a full-palate punch, this is your go-to red. Great with grilled meats. Zinfandel food pairings: osso buco, pasta bolognese. Drink: 2013 - 2016 705105511931 16.5% XD 750 mL $30.69 Score: 89/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rosemount Estate Shiraz 2011, South Eastern Australia, Australia: Full-bodied and delicious! Aromas and flavours of black plum, blackberry and some toasty oak. Nicely balanced with layers of pleasure. Shiraz food pairings: gourmet hamburgers, tagine, lamb, roast beef. Drink: 2013 - 2014 302349 13.5% D 750 mL $15.95 Score: 89/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rosés

Inniskillin Niagara Estate Estate Series Pinot Noir Rose 2012, V.Q.A., Niagara, Ontario, Canada: Vibrant aromas and flavours of field-fresh strawberries and raspberries. Mouth-watering, dry and crisp with a terrific medium body. Makes a great aperitif served well chilled or companion to seafood and salads. Pinot Noir Rose food pairings: feta and watermelon salad, gazpacho, seared scallops with grapefruit salsa, angel hair pasta with smoked salmon or smoked chicken. Drink: 2012 - 2014 988133 12.5% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 87/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Quails' Gate Estate Winery Rose 2012, Okanagan Valley, BC V.Q.A., Canada: Fresh field strawberries with a tart crispness. Medium-bodied, lovely and ephemeral. Great aperitif for the patio or deck. Rose food pairings: fresh garden salads, seafood. Drink: 2012 - 2014 170316 12.5% D 750 mL $15.99 Score: 88/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Reif Estate Winery Fortune Cabernet Rose 2011, V.Q.A., Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario, Canada: Pretty sipper with wild field raspberry notes. A touch of sweetness is nicely balanced by mouth-watering acidity. Great as an aperitif or companion to salmon. Cabernet Rose food pairings: summer patio sipping to grilled salmon, pork tenderloin or even lamb chops on the BBQ. For the vegetarian, try stuffed red peppers.. Drink: 2012 - 2014 779320001331 12.5% D 750 mL $12.95 Score: 86/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sparkling Wine

Huff Estates Winery Cuvee Janine Rose 2010, Prince Edward County, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A spectacular sparkling rose with lovely lifted notes of wild tart raspberries. Crisp and refreshing with terrific balance. This is a bargain considering you'd pay two to three times this much for champagne of equal quality. Drink: 2013 - 2017 405035 12% D 750 mL $29.95 Score: 92/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Bottega Diamond Prosecco, Venezie, Italy: Crisp, clean and refreshing. Amazing price for such a lovely sparkling wine. Prosecco food pairings: shellfish, seafood. Drink: 2013 - 2015 291815 12% XD 750 mL $18.60 Score: 88/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

Wolf Blass Sauvignon Blanc 2012, South Australia, Australia: Grassy and herbal with gooseberry aromas and flavours. Nice mouth-watering acidity. Medium-bodied and refreshing. A touch of campfire smoke on the finish. Drink: 2012 - 2014 611475 12% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 88/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Matua Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand: Crisp and zesty with come-alive aromas and flavours of lime and lemongrass. Medium-bodied, no oak. Excellent aperitif or companion to many dishes from seafood to vegetarian. Drink: 2012 - 2014 619452 13% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 90/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

900 Grapes Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Marlborough, New Zealand: Mouth-watering and zesty with bright, vibrant aromas and flavours of lime, gooseberry, lemon zest and chives. Medium-bodied, no oak. Great aperitif or companion to seafood and salads. This wine is available via restaurants rather than in the LCBO. Drink: 2012 - 2014 941530549280 13% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 91/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Fifth Leg Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Western Australia, Australia: Crisp and clean with lime and citrus notes, not very grassy. Refreshing on its own or with field greens or spinach quiche. Drink: 2012 - 2014 212613 12.5% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 89/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Jackson-Triggs Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada: A fresh, zesty white with crisp, mouth-watering aromas and flavours of lime and grapefruit. Nice aperitif or companion to seafood and salads. This is the Black Label Series of wines. Drink: 2012 - 2014 593111 13.7% XD 750 mL $12.30 Score: 87/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tawse Winery Inc. Quarry Road Chardonnay 2010, V.Q.A., Niagara Escarpment, Ontario, Canada: A gorgeous profusion of hazelnut and green apple brightness on the nose. This is followed by rich, voluptuous layers of tropical fruit and butterscotch goodness. The wine was barrel-fermented and aged 12 months in French oak (20% of which was new) and underwent a partial malolactic fermentation. Available through the winery and Vintages go to market. Chardonnay food pairings: crab cakes, grilled salmon, seafood and shellfish platter. Drink: 2012 - 2017 111989 13% XD 750 mL $34.95 Score: 92/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

McWatters Collection Sundial Vineyard Chardonnay 2011, V.Q.A., Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada: Full-bodied, rich and round with aromas of green apple, white peach and toasty oak. Very generous and layered with a long finish. Chardonnay food pairings: poultry, seafood, pork, rich creamed pastas, and saffron mussels in a Chardonnay infused cream broth. Drink: 2012 - 2016 61602 13% D 750 mL $29.99 Score: 90/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Ehrhart-Pfohl Riesling 2011, Alsace, France: Dry and crisp with attractive notes of lime zest and lemongrass. Medium-bodied, no oak. Drink: 2012 - 2015 282186 12.5% XD 750 mL $13.95 Score: 87/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Trius Winery at Hillebrand Chardonnay 2011, V.Q.A., Niagara, Ontario, Canada: Smoky with toasty oak and some green apple aromas. Full-bodied and mouth-watering. Nice with roast chicken. Drink: 2012 - 2014 497248 13% 750 mL $14.25 Score: 87/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Peller Estates Signature Series Sur Lie Chardonnay 2010, V.Q.A., Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario, Canada: Full-bodied with toasty oak and green apple aromas and flavours. Nice with roast chicken. Chardonnay food pairings: wild mushroom bread stuffing, holiday turkey, creamy mushroom soup, cream sauces on pasta tossed with smoked salmon or scallops, grilled firm fillets of fish on cedar plank; roasted game hen with pine nut stuffing. Drink: 2009 - 2011 1038936 13.8% D 750 mL $31.75 Score: 87/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Peller Estates Private Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2011, V.Q.A., Niagara, Ontario, Canada: Fresh and clean with white melon and lemon notes. Light- to medium-bodied. Drink: 2012 - 2014 11445 13.1% XD 750 mL $18.75 Score: 86/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cono Sur Vision Viognier 20010, Colchagua Valley, Chile: Gorgeous concentration and depth of flavour. Aromas of rose petal, baking spice and lychee with some lovely white floral notes on a long finish. Perfect with Asian dishes. Drink: 2012 - 2016 671131 13.5% XD 750 mL $18.90 Score: 91/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sterling Vineyards Vintner's Collection Chardonnay 2011, Napa Valley, California, United States: Full-bodied, lusciously mouth-filling and tasty, especially for the price. Aromas of toasty oak, green apple and white peach on the nose and palate. This is a chardonnay that will please many palates and pair well with a wide range of dishes. Long finish. Chardonnay food pairings: roast chicken, lobster dipper in melted butter, corn dishes. Drink: 2012 - 2016 669242 13.5% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 90/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Bluenose Wines Dry Creek Valley Chardonnay 2010, Sonoma County, California, United States: Full-bodied with lots of oak, butter and green apple notes on the nose and palate. Good balance with nice acidity for food. Some hazelnut and toasted almond through the mid-palate. Good smoky finish. Chardonnay food pairings: salmon or chicken with cream, mustard sauce, tarragon flavoured seafood. Drink: 2013 - 2016 1017175 SKU NS 14.4% XD 750 mL $24.17 Score: 88/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Inniskillin Niagara Estate Estate Series Riesling 2011, V.Q.A., Niagara, Ontario, Canada: Lovely mouth-watering juiciness and generosity of flavour! Lime, lemon and green apple on the nose and palate. Medium-bodied offering great refreshment and versatility with food, from seafood to salads. Riesling food pairings: cheese dishes like white cheddar mac and cheese; seared scallops and crab cakes with corn and fennel; grilled veal chops. 83790 12% D 750 mL $13.95 Score: 88/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Jackson-Triggs Reserve Riesling 2011, V.Q.A., Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario, Canada: Lovely crispness with a lemon, stone nose and palate. Bone-dry and refreshing yet very packed with citrus flavour. Nice lime lift on the finish. Riesling food pairings: spicy Asian fusion, maple glazed ham, grilled seafood. Drink: 2012 - 2014 526277 11.4% MD 750 mL $11.45 Score: 89/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Beringer Founders' Estate Chardonnay 2010, California, United States: Gorgeously concentrated and rich chardonnay with full-bodied weight and texture. Aromas of butterscotch, vanilla smoke and green apple on the nose and palate. Terrific for the price point! Chardonnay food pairings: grilled chicken or fish, rich risotto. Drink: 2012 - 2015 534230 13.9% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 90/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Quails' Gate Estate Winery Chenin Blanc 2012, Okanagan Valley, BC V.Q.A., Canada: Crisp, clean and refreshing with lime and white grapefruit notes. Medium-bodied with lovely balance. Great aperitif or companion to seafood and salads. Chenin Blanc food pairings: oysters, shellfish. Drink: 2018 - 2020 391854 12.5% 750 mL $18.95 Score: 88/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Quails' Gate Estate Winery Dry Riesling 2012, Okanagan Valley, BC V.Q.A., Canada: A superb dry white that's packed with flavour and character. Lemon-petrol on the opens up to a lime sunshine lift on the palate. This wine will make your mouth water just smelling it. Very versatile with food, from seafood to roast turkey to on its own as an aperitif. Lovely! Drink: 2015 - 2023 308312 12.5% XD 750 mL $16.99 Score: 93/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Quails' Gate Estate Winery Gewurztraminer 2012, Okanagan Valley, Bcvqa, Canada: Just perfect! Aromas and flavours of light baking spices, white flowers and lychee. Medium-bodied and packed with flavour. Perfect for Asian fare and medium curries. Gewurztraminer food pairings: camembert, mushroom, salami and praga ham thin crust pizza. Drink: 2013 - 2018 585745 13% D 750 mL $16.99 Score: 92/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Lakeview Cellars Reserve Riesling 2011, V.Q.A., Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada: Light and refreshing with lovely floral notes and a touch of sweetness. Some lime blossom on the finish. Nice aperitif or companion to seafood. Riesling food pairings: grilled turkey burgers with a side of tabouli salad. Drink: 2013 - 2015 294074 12% D 750 mL $16.95 Score: 87/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rigamarole White 2011, Okanagan, BC V.Q.A., Canada: Crisp and refreshing with a lime lift on the palate. Medium-bodied and clean. Great pairing for seafood or salads as well as medium spicy dishes. Food pairings: Asian, Thai, Indian fare. Drink: 2012 - 2014 776545996015 12.5% D 750 mL $14.99 Score: 87/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

FRESH Wines Moscato 2012, V.Q.A., Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada: So pretty, floral and fresh! Nice touch of sweetness for mild curries and Asian fare. Lovely aperitif on a sunny patio. Served well chilled. Moscato food pairings: grilled halibut topped with pink grapefruit salad. Drink: 2012 - 2014 7453714512 11.5% S 750 mL $11.95 Score: 87/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Dan Aykroyd Wines Sauvignon Blanc 2011, V.Q.A., Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada: Crisp and clean with lime and white grapefruit notes. Nice aperitif. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: grilled shrimp skewers with lemon garlic aioli. Drink: 2012 - 2014 74047 12.7% D 750 mL $12.95 Score: 84/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Chateau St. Jean Fume Blanc 2010, California, United States: Lovely orchard fruit, citrus and some smoke on the nose. Full-bodied and luscious on the palate with a lime-crisp finish. Drink: 2012 - 2014 537639 13.6% XD 750 mL $21.95 Score: 91/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Quails' Gate Estate Winery Stewart Family Reserve Chardonnay 2011, Okanagan Valley, Bc, Canada: Spectacularly rich and full-bodied yet perfectly balanced and showing great finesse. Aromas and flavours of butter-toffee, green apple and some smoke. Layers of pleasure on the palate. Long finish leaves you yearning for more. Chardonnay food pairings: grilled honey orange chicken salad or poached salmon with a caper butter sauce. Drink: 2014 - 2018 639641 13% XD 750 mL $32.95 Score: 93/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Joseph Drouhin Chardonnay 2011, Chablis, Burgundy, France: A clean, crisp, unoaked and balanced chardonnay with green apple and white peach notes. Steely and mouth-watering. Very versatile with food. Chardonnay food pairings: shellfish. Drink: 2012 - 2015 284026 12.5% XD 750 mL $25.95 Score: 89/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Santa Barbara Collection Chardonnay 2010, Santa Barbara County, California, United States: Green apple notes on the nose with just enough toast oak. Medium- to full-bodied. Chardonnay food pairings: roast chicken, lobster in butter. Drink: 2011 - 2014 308114 14.5% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 87/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Brumont Gros Manseng Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Gasgone, France: Crisp, clean and zippy with white grapefruit and lime notes. Medium-bodied. Good aperitif. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: shellfish, vegetarian dishes. Drink: 2011 - 2014 297234 12% XD 750 mL $12.70 Score: 85/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Garofoli Verdicchio 2011, Dei Castelli Di Jesi, D.O.C., Italy: Clean and crisp with lime green notes and mouth-watering acidity. Verdicchio food pairings: shellfish, vegetarian dishes. Drink: 2011 - 2014 277293 13% XD 750 mL $12.55 Score: 84/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Yonder Velt Gruner Veltliner 2011, Austria, Austria: Clean and crisp with lime green notes and mouth-watering acidity. Gruner Veltliner food pairings: shellfish, vegetarian dishes. Drink: 2011 - 2014 275131 12.5% XD 750 mL $12.85 Score: 84/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Giesen Riesling 2011, Marlborough, New Zealand: Magnificent, especially at this price! Lime, green melon, chives and spritely sunshine fill the glass. Mouth-watering and dry. Wow. Riesling food pairings: shellfish, vegetarian dishes. Drink: 2012 - 2015 277673 10% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 90/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


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