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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
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 11% MD 750 mL  $16.95 Score: 91/100. January 4, 2014 Best Value White Wine. Charming Grilled Chicken Wine Full Review
Featherstone Winery 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 13% M 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 89/100. June 22, 2013 Splendid Salad Wine 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 13% 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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