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Vintages Wine Picks August 6, 2011

White Wine

13th Street Winery White Palette 2010, V.Q.A., Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada: Vintages Wine Panel: Each variety, including Gewurz, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay all seem to have their moment in the sun here. Aromas of peach, sweet herbs, peapods, spring flowers, grapefruit and exotic spice are on offer. Ever so slightly off-dry, fresh and fruity with good weight. Will also make a fantastic warm-weather sipper. My note: Extremely pretty! Floral with lychee and rose petal aromas. Good acidity and so versatile with food. Medium-bodied. Lovely! Pair with: pork tenderloin, spring salad topped with duck breast. Drink: 2011-2015. 207340 12% D 750 mL  $14.95 Score: 88/100. August 6, 2011 Best Value White Wine. Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar  

Red Wine

Blind Trust Red Laughing Stock 2008, V.Q.A., Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada: A spectacular blend of Bordeaux grapes. (You can find out which grapes and the proportion when you remove the capsule... No peaking in the store!) Gorgeously ripe aromas of blackberries and cassis wrapped in a luxuriously long smoky blanket. One for the cellar. Drink: 2012-2016. 230110 14% XD 750 mL  $40.00 Score: 93/100. August 6, 2011 Top Rated Red Wine. Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar  

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