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10 Wines to Toast Canada

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Quails' Gate Estate Winery Pinot Noir 2011, Okanagan Valley, BC VQA, Canada: Gorgeous depth and concentration of flavour, yet not heavy. Fleshy ripe black cherries, violets and some dark spice. This is seductive pinot. Pair with something naughty. Drink: 2013-2018. 585760 14% XD 750 mL  $24.95 Score: 93/100. August 17, 2013 Top Rated Red Wine. Full Review
Hidden Bench Winery Terroir Caché Meritage 2009, V.Q.A., Beamsville Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada: So alive and vibrant: wow! The aromas for this robust red jump out of the glass. Vibrant and fleshy black fruit, yet there's great freshness. Smooth and supple and almost endless. Good concentration yet not heavy. Yes, yes, yes! Drink: 2013-2017. 505610 13.50% XD 750 mL  $32.95 Score: 93/100. April 27, 2013 Top Rated Red Wine. Heavenly Hamburger Wine Full Review
13th Street Winery Pink Palette Rosé 2012, V.Q.A., Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada: Jammy strawberries on the nose with crisp, dry mouth-watering tart strawberries on the palate. Medium-bodied and refreshing. Perfect for cold chicken sandwiches beside a babbling brook. Drink: 2013-2014. 275834 12.50% XD 750 mL  $14.95 Score: 89/100. May 11, 2013 Best Value Rosé Wine. Splendid Salad 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 12.50% MD 750 mL  $16.95 Score: 91/100. January 4, 2014 Best Value White Wine. Charming Grilled Chicken Wine Full Review
Henry of Pelham Estate Winery Estate Riesling 2010, V.Q.A., Short Hills Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada: Drink: 2013-2017. 557165 11.50% M 750 mL  $17.95. April 12, 2014 Spectacular Spicy Wine Full Review
Featherstone Winery featherstone Sauvignon Blanc 2012, VQA, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario, Canada: Fresh lime citrus notes with some smoke on the finish. Medium-bodied and mouth-watering. Terrific for salads and seafood. Drink: 2013-2015. 89011 12.50% M 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 89/100. June 22, 2013 Splendid Salad Wine Full Review
Burrowing Owl Estate Winery Merlot 2010, Okanagan Valley, BC VQA, Canada: A robust, full-flavoured merlot that's rich and complex. There's a meaty note mid-palate: intriguing and satisfying, especially when you're enjoying pork tenderloin or prime rib. Aromas of dark plum and blackberry with some smoke on a long finish. Superb craftsmanship Drink: 2014-2020. 585737 14% XD 750 mL  $39.95 Score: 93/100. September 12, 2013 Full Review
Inniskillin Niagara Estate Reserve Series Pinot Gris 2012, VQA, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario, Canada: Zesty lemon and lime vibrancy with a crisp, clean finish. Medium-bodied. Some white peach on the mid-palate. Excellent value. Works as a refreshing aperitif or companion to seafood and vegetarian dishes. Drink: 2013-2015. 177766 14% MD 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 89/100. September 14, 2013 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

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