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Quails' Gate Estate Winery Optima, Totally Botrytis Affected Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, VQA, Okanagan Valley, BC, Canada: Divine! A heavenly elixir of Garden of Eden peaches and apricots and clementines. Sinfully great. Drink: 2012-2022. 390328 14% XD 750 mL  $29.99 Score: 93/100. June 22, 2012 Full Review
Cidrerie St-Nicolas Pom’Or Tradition Cider 2001, Quebec, Canada: Love it! Pure sun-dappled apple goodness in this terrific cider. Zesty, refreshing and a fantastic low-alcohol alternative to wine. Food matches: pork tenderloin, roasted chicken, seafood, thai food, apple crumble, aperitif. 179473 7% M 750 mL  $13.95 Score: 89/100. August 4, 2012 Full Review
Keint-He Chardonnay 2009, Prince Edward County, Canada  12%   $20.00. March 1, 2012 Full Review
Harwood Estates Winery Marquesa 2011, V.Q.A. Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada  18% S  $29.00. March 1, 2012 Full Review
Casa-Dea Estates Winery Reserve Pinot Gris 2009, VQA, Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada Drink: 2012-2014. 237883 12.50% XD 750 mL  $24.95. March 1, 2012 Full Review
Jost Vineyards Vidal Icewine 2006, Malagash, Nova Scotia, Canada: A gorgeous, honeyed elixir of a dessert wine! Perfect with fruit-based desserts like berry compote. Drink: 2012-2017. 1001836 10% S 375 mL  $24.99 Score: 92/100. March 1, 2012 Full Review
Huff Estates Winery Zero De Gris 2009, Prince Edward County, Canada  12%   $34.95. March 1, 2012 Full Review
Smoke & Gamble Reserve Cabernet Merlot 2010, V.Q.A., Ontario, Canada: Lovely balance in this full-bodied, supple red. Lots of character but not heavy. Dark fruit, smoke with a long finish. A blend of 49.5% merlot, 37.2% cabernet sauvignon and 13.3% cabernet sauvignon. Drink: 2013-2016. 332825 13.60% XD 750 mL  $18.95 Score: 89/100. April 27, 2013 Complete Cheese Pizza Wine Full Review
Blomidon Estate Winery Blomidon, Chardonnay, Reserve 2009, Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia, Canada  1010100 12% M 750 mL  $22.99. March 1, 2012 Full Review
Domaine de Grand Pré Vintner's Reserve L'acadie Blanc 2010, Nova Scotia, Annapolis Valley, Canada: A clean, crisp white with great acidity for shellfish and seafood. Light- to medium-bodied. Food matches: shellfish, poultry and veal. Drink: 2012-2014. 3463000012 12% XD 750 mL  $15.91 Score: 89/100. March 1, 2012 Full Review
Sand Hill Vineyards 2009, Canada  13.50%  750 mL. March 1, 2012 Full Review
Thirty Bench Wine Makers Riesling 2011, Ontario, Canada: Lemon freshness rides on a river of pure mountain crisp air. Mouth-watering and juicy with a clean finish. Lovely! Drink: 2012-2017. 24133 11.10% D 750 mL  $18.95 Score: 90/100. March 1, 2012 Scrumptious Seafood Wine Full Review
Henry of Pelham Estate Winery Cuvee Catharine Brut Sparkling White, 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: 2010-2013. 217521 12% D 750 mL  $29.95 Score: 91/100. October 17, 2013 Gorgeous Gift Wine Full Review
Norman Hardie County Unfiltered Pinot Noir 2011, V.Q.A., Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada: Vibrant tart cherries on the nose with lively acidity on the palate for a wide range of dishes from planked salmon to roast chicken. One of the best pinots in Prince Edward County. Beautiful silk texture and medium body. Drink: 2012-2017. 125310 11.50% XD 750 mL  $35.00 Score: 92/100. April 13, 2013 Best Beef Wine Full Review
VIGNOBLE DU MARATHONIEN Vidal Icewine 2010, Quebec, Canada  10% S. March 1, 2012 Full Review
Blomidon Estate Winery Baco Noir 2010, V.Q,A. Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia, Canada  1008424 12% M  $19.98. March 1, 2012 Full Review
Le Clos Jordanne Le Grand Clos Chardonnay 2009, V.Q.A., Niagara Peninsula, Twenty Mile Bench, Ontario, Canada: Rich, complex and layered from a master. Ripe peach and Asian pear with toasted almond. Drink: 2012-2016. 34561 14% XD 750 mL  $65.00 Score: 93/100. November 24, 2012 Top Rated White Wine. Full Review
Gaspereau Vineyards Muscat 2011, Gaspereau Valley, Nova Scotia, Canada  1008448 12% D 750 mL  $19.99. March 1, 2012 Full Review
Gray Monk Estate Winery Ehrenfelser 2011, Okanagan, BC VQA, Canada Drink: 2011-2014. 12%  750 mL  $18.00. March 1, 2012 Full Review
Luckett Vineyards Phone Box Red 2010, Gaspereau Valley, NS, Canada: A rich, medium- to full-bodied red with very attractive aromas and flavours of red and black plums. Easy-drink and versatile with many meat dishes. Drink: 2012-2017. 5632489550001 13.50% D 750 mL  $20.00 Score: 87/100. October 31, 2012 Full Review
L'orpailleur Winery Blanc 2012, Quebec, Canada Drink: 2013-2015. 00827924004019 11%  750 mL  $17.00. March 1, 2012 Full Review
Laughing Stock Vineyards Syrah 2010, BC, Canada Drink: 2012-2020. 230110 XD  $35.00. March 1, 2012 Full Review
Recline Ridge Vineyards and Winery Shuswap Serenade 2007, BC, Canada  13%   $17.00. March 1, 2012 Full Review
Black Sage Pipe 2007, Okanagan, BC VQA, Canada: A gorgeous dessert wine made in a port-style. Perfect for a pecan flan or dark chocolate. Drink: 2013-2015. 713750 18% S 500 mL  $25.00 Score: 91/100. March 1, 2012 Divine Dessert Wine Full Review
Black Prince Winery Cabernet Franc 2010, V.Q.A. Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada    $29.95. March 1, 2012 Full Review
La Face Cachée de la Pomme Ice Cider 2011, Quebec, Canada: Fun! Essence of apple: the platonic ideal of apples. A delicious cider of green tart apples. Food matches: nuts, blue-veined cheeses. Drink: 2012-2017. 139305 11% S 375 mL  $24.75 Score: 93/100. March 1, 2012 Full Review

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