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Alamos Seleccion Malbec 2010, Mendoza, Argentina: A robust red with great depth and complexity at an excellent price point. The grapes for this red are grown in the the San Carlos region in the Uco Valley. Syrah add so much character to this blend with fleshy blackberries and cherries. It's full-bodied, balanced and smooth. Perfect for barbecues. Drink: 2012-2016. 322800 13.50% XD 750 mL  $16.95 Score: 91/100. June 8, 2013 Best Value Red Wine. Best Beef Wine Full Review
Fielding Estate Winery Gewürztraminer 2010, V.Q.A., Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada: Classic gewurz! Rose petal, lychee and baking spices. Some kind of wonderful with Asian dishes, spicy and hot. Lovely floral finish. Drink: 2013-2016. 146753 12.50% D 750 mL  $15.95 Score: 91/100. June 8, 2013 Best Value White Wine. Splendid Salad Wine Full Review
Château des Charmes Cuvée D'andrée Rosé 2012, V.Q.A., Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario, Canada: Very pleasant with field strawberry notes. Dry and refreshing. Try it with cold cuts. Drink: 2013-2014. 333260 13% D 750 mL  $14.95 Score: 87/100. June 8, 2013 Smart Buy Wine Full Review
Flat Rock Cellars Riesling 2012, V.Q.A., Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada: Soooooo lovely! Apricot and honeysuckle aromas give this wine a lovely, natural fruit fleshiness and sweetness, but this wine is never cloying as it's beautifully balanced with mouth-watering acidity for a wide range of dishes. Luscious and seductive with a medium body and long finish. Highly recommended. Drink: 2012-2017. 43281 11% MD 750 mL  $16.95 Score: 91/100. January 4, 2014 Best Value White Wine. Charming Grilled Chicken Wine Full Review
Fielding Estate Winery Rosé 2012, V.Q.A., Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada: Fleshy ripe/sweet field strawberries. Light- to medium-bodied and refreshing. Dry finish. Try it with roast chicken. Drink: 2013-2014. 53421 12.50% D 750 mL  $15.95 Score: 88/100. June 8, 2013 Best Value Rosé Wine. Scrumptious Seafood Wine Full Review
Vineland Estates Winery St. Urban Riesling 2009, V.Q.A., Niagara Escarpment, Ontario, Canada: Vintages Wine Panel: Intense nose featuring pronounced minerality, lime, apricot and pear. Off-dry with a lively acid freshness bringing the wine into balance. Low alcohol (8.4% alc./vol.) is a nice asset. Juicy and tasty with good mineral tones coming to the fore. Medium bodied with a medium, aromatic finish. It will also reward 5+ years in a cellar. My note: Truly one of Niagara’s riesling masters. This incredible white is packed with flavour: bursting at the seams! Yet it’s also incredibly refined and ephemeral. Angel juice Drink: 2011-2015. 38117 8.40% MD 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 91/100. October 1, 2011 Full Review
Vineland Estates Winery Pinot Meunier 2011, VQA, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario, Canada: A peppery, spicy, medium-bodied red with lovely aromas of damson plum and red currant. Wonderfully different. Supple and smooth with some dried herbs on the finish. Get out of your merlot rut with this wine. Drink: 2012-2017. 779327110050 13% XD 750 mL  $17.95 Score: 90/100. December 16, 2012 Full Review
Vineland Estates Winery Elevation St. Urban Vineyard Riesling, V.Q.A., Niagara Escarpment, Ontario, Canada  38117 8.40% M 750 mL  $19.95. September 15, 2011 Full Review
Vineland Estates Winery St. Urban Riesling 2011, V.Q.A., Niagara Escarpment, Ontario, Canada: Truly one of Niagara’s riesling masters. This incredible white is packed with flavour: bursting at the seams! Yet it’s also incredibly refined and ephemeral. Angel juice. Lots of minerality through the core and a laser-like focus on fruit purity, especially lime and lemon. I love that it's low alcohol yet packed with flavour. A spectacularly vibrant wine that bursts from the glass with lime blossom, lemon zest, white flowers and green apple. Try this lovely white with fresh seafood, shellfish, roast chicken or turkey. Drink: 2011-2016. 38117 8.40% MD 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 91/100. December 31, 2012 Scrumptious Seafood Wine Full Review
Vineland Estates Winery Pinot Blanc 2008, V.Q.A., Niagara Escarpment, Ontario, Canada: Clean and crisp with mild aromas of white melon. 164467 11% D 750 mL  $16.95 Score: 87/100. April 28, 2012 Full Review
Oyster Bay Pinot Noir 2011, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: Toasty oak on the nose wraps around fleshy ripe black cherries. Full-bodied, mouth-watering juicy and smooth with a great finish. Smoky and toasty. Terrific with a wide range of dishes. Yum! Long finish. Drink: 2012-2017. 590414 13.50% XD 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 91/100. August 31, 2013 Scrumptious Seafood Wine Full Review

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