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Inniskillin Niagara Estate Winemaker's Series Two Vineyards Riesling 2010, V.Q.A., Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada: Petrol and peach: love it! Don't be put off if you haven't heard that description before; it's wonderful, especially for food. Terrific mouth-watering acidity makes it a match for seafood, salads and cream sauces. Wonderful! Drink: 2012-2016. 105387 11.50% XD 750 mL  $17.95 Score: 89/100. April 14, 2012 Best Value White Wine. Full Review
Featherstone Winery Black Sheep Riesling 2012, V.Q.A., Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada: So beautiful! This riesling has it all: juicy, peach and lime aromas, balance, complexity, length and lambs. (That was a baaaaah-d joke, I know.) Medium-bodied and packed with flavour. These folks are Riesling Masters: Ka-pow! Drink: 2013-2017. 80234 10% M 750 mL  $16.95 Score: 91/100. February 1, 2014 Best Value White Wine. Scrumptious Seafood Wine Full Review
Open Cab2-Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2011, Ontario, Canada: A mouth-filling red with layers of fleshy blackberries, blackcurrant and a lick of vanilla spice. This full-bodied number delivers lots of hedonistic pleasure for those who enjoy instant gratification. (Translation: You don't need to cellar this bottle!) The price is amazing for such a well-made wine. Perfect for potluck gatherings, book clubs and evenings when you want to wear your faded jeans. Pair with: pepper steak, lamb with rosemary, tacos, fajitas. Drink: 2012-2014. 134957 12%  750 mL  $10.95 Score: 88/100. October 31, 2012 Best Beef Wine Full Review
Sibling Rivalry Pink 2010, Niagara Escarpment, Canada: Pretty perfumed aromas of ripely sweet field strawberries and sun-kissed small raspberries. Mouth-watering and refreshing. Drink: 2010-2013. 171033 11.80% MS 750 mL  $13.95 Score: 88/100. June 22, 2012 Scrumptious Seafood Wine Full Review
Tantalus Vineyards Single Vineyard Riesling 2010, VQA, Okanagan Valley, BC, Canada: A cracking great Riesling, with come-alive lime zest and lemon aromas. Spectacularly juicy and mouth-watering with a finish of Granny Smith apple. Taste and see what BC is capable of when it comes to vibrant Riesling! Drink: 2011-2018. 626990067412 12.20% M 750 mL  $22.90 Score: 92/100. August 5, 2011 Full Review
Rosehall Run Defiant Pinot Noir 2011, VQA, Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada: Terrific vibrancy in this mouth-watering pinot! Aromas and flavour of tart cherry and cranberry. Medium-bodied, smooth and food-friendly. Drink: 2012-2015. 307769 12.50% D 750 mL  $18.95 Score: 88/100. July 30, 2012 Full Review
Cono Sur Bicicleta Pinot Noir 2011, Central Valley, Chile: Lovely juicy flavours of red and black cherries. Medium- to almost full-bodied and extremely smooth and supple. You can't beat the quality for this price. Drink: 2012-2014. 341602 13.50% D 750 mL  $10.95 Score: 88/100. March 7, 2013 Scrumptious Seafood Wine Full Review
Momo Seresin Estate Pinot Noir 2010, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: Big and juicy with pleasingly tart and vibrant cherry aromas and flavours. Mouth-watering acidity is fantastic for a range of dishes. Smooth and medium- to full-bodied. Very tasty. Absolutely needs food. Made by the film director of many famous movies, including several of the Harry Potter series. Drink: 2012-2016. 163972 14% D 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 92/100. September 28, 2013 Best Value Red Wine. Splendid Salad Wine Full Review

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