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Vintages Release November 1, 2013

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Red Wine

Henry of Pelham Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2011, V.Q.A., Niagara, Ontario, Canada: A full-bodied red wine blend of cabernet and merlot at a great price. Aromas of dark fruit and some toasty oak. Balanced and delicious. Drink: 2013 - 2016 504241 13% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 87/100. November 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Painted Rock Estate Winery Ltd. Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, Okanagan Valley, BC V.Q.A., Canada: A robust, savoury red wine with delicious, meaty, black fruit aromas and flavours. There's something extra special here that's not about being big and robust: it's structured muscle and focused power. Needs cellar time. Spectacular. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: charbroiled meats with a peppercorn sauce or a heavier tomato-based stew like ratatouille. Drink: 2014 - 2024 864496 13.9% XD 750 mL $39.90 Score: 93/100. November 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Painted Rock Estate Winery Ltd. Merlot 2011, Okanagan Valley, BC V.Q.A., Canada: A seductive nose of wild black plum and savoury herbs. Fullbodied and smooth with a satisfying bite on the finish that reminds you that this wine is more than one thing. Complex, rich, deep and mouth-watering. Endlessly fascinating. Merlot food pairings: smoked meats, barbecue and rich, flavourful stews. Drink: 2014 - 2024 512319 14% XD 750 mL $39.90 Score: 93/100. November 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ch√Ęteau des Charmes Generation Seven Nouveau Gamay 2013, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A vibrant, quaffable nouveau with dark cherry and peppers notes. Smooth and mouth-watering, this is an excellent value and one of the best Ontario nouveaus. Gamay food pairings: hamburgers off the grill, spaghetti with meatballs or your favourite pizza. Drink: 2013 - 2013 318600 12% XD 750 mL $11.95 Score: 87/100. November 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

The Fool Reif Gamay Nouveau 2013, Niagara, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: This medium-bodied red wine features fleshy sweet aromas and flavours of cherry and strawberry. This is the Canadian version of beaujolais to drink now. Drink: 2013 - 2014 220483 12% XD 750 mL $11.75 Score: 86/100. November 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Georges Duboeuf Gamay Nouveau 2013, Beaujolais, France: Bright and cheery and meant for quaffing bistro-style. Tart cherries, smooth with juicy, mouth-watering acidity for food. Drink now Drink: 2013 - 2013 891846 12.5% D 750 mL $9.95 Score: 85/100. November 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Villages Nouveau 2013, Burgundy, France: The best of classic beaujolais nouveau to crack open. Zippy cherry flavours. Finishes with a smile. Terrific with bistro dishes. Drink: 2013 - 2013 932780 12.2% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 87/100. November 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

Coopers Creek Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: Grassy and herbal but not overly so in this zesty, well-respected New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Finishes with lime lift and zest. Even the acids are well balanced here. I smell vegetarian quiche. I'm hungry (and thirsty). Drink: 2013 - 2015 957407 13% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 89/100. November 2013. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


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