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Henry of Pelham Winery Cuvee Catharine Brut Sparkling, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario, VQA, Canada: This sparkling gets better every year, even though it's not vintage-dated. Lovely finesse and mousse with green apple vibrancy. The grapes were hand-picked in 50 pound lugs so they weren't bruised. The winery does press fractioning meaning the first bit of the juice (the head) and the last bit (the tail) aren't used in the wine just the juiciest, tastiest part of the juice. They also use the traditional Champagne method to make the wine. The wine spends 30 months on the lees which gives it a creamy texture. Serve as an aperitif on its own or add 1 oz. of Riesling Icewine or 1 oz of Cabernet Franc Icewine to 3 oz of Cuvee Catharine to make a Kir Catharine. Drink: 2016-2022. 217521 12% XD 750 mL  $29.95 Score: 92/100. February 6, 2017 Top Rated Sparkling Wine. Gorgeous Gift Wine Full Review
Cave Spring Cellars Riesling 2014, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario VQA, Canada: A lovely, off-dry Niagara Riesling from one of the province's best producers of this genre. Aromas of fleshy ripe peach and pear. Served as a chilled aperitif or companion to seafood. Drink: 2016-2022. 234583 11% MD 750 mL  $14.95 Score: 90/100. October 30, 2017 Best Value White Wine. Full Review
Cave Spring Cellars CSV Riesling 2014, Beamsville Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Gorgeous riesling from Niagara. Petrol, wet stone love. Racy acidity for seafood and anything that pleases your palate. Drink: 2014-2022. 566026 11.50% D 750 mL  $29.95 Score: 92/100. January 8, 2017 Top Rated White Wine. Celebrated Chicken and Cream Sauce Wine Full Review
Reif Estate Winery Reserve Gewürztraminer 2015, Niagara River, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A floral, zesty Niagara Gewurztraminer with attractive aromas of white peach, baking spice and lychee on the palate. Very Alsatian in style and elegance. Finishes with rosewater notes. Pair with Asian dishes. Drink: 2016-2021. 360255 13% D 750 mL  $18.95 Score: 91/100. March 16, 2018 Best Value White Wine. Plush Pork Wine Full Review
Gray Monk Gewürztraminer 2015, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia V.Q.A., Canada: A lovely, light, floral BC Gewurztraminer with aromas of lychee, rose petal and baking spices. Medium-bodied and delicious. The 2015 vintage of the Gray Monk Gewürztraminer has a lovely pale golden hue in the glass. Finishes with Asian pear, lychee and roses. Perfect for Asian dishes, curries and spicy dishes. Drink: 2016-2019. 321588 13.50% D 750 mL  $21.95 Score: 88/100. October 14, 2017 Calm Curry Wine Full Review
Gérard Bertrand Syrah Grenache 2013, Languedoc, Midi A.P., France: Savoury and juicy with meaty, dark spice character. Amazing QPR: quality price ratio. Pair with prime rib. Drink: 2017-2020. 413237 14.50% D 750 mL  $16.95 Score: 91/100. September 16, 2017 Best Value Red. Voluptuous Veal Wine Full Review
Il Palagio Message In A Bottle 2015, Tuscany I.G.T., Italy Drink: 2018-2021. 517029 13.10% D 750 mL  $23.95. March 17, 2018 Full Review

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