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Vintages Wine Picks January 7, 2012

White Wine

Inniskillin Niagara Estate Okanagan Reserve Chardonnay 2009, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada: Enticing smoky buttered notes on the nose with ripe Asian pear, vanilla and almond on the palate. Full-bodied and richly layered. Pair with: planked salmon steaks, roast pork chops with homemade applesauce, roasted chicken, turkey, quail, lobster, crab, flavourful risotto. 127696 14% D 750 mL  $14.95 Score: 88/100. January 7, 2012 Best Value White Wine. Scrumptious Seafood Wine Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar  

Red Wine

Tommasi Ripasso Classico Superiore Valpolicella 2009, D.O.C., Veneto, Italy: Ripasso and Valpolicella production is unique to Tommasi; making contemporary wines for modern palates without betraying traditions or classic approaches. Rich with raspberry, plum and vanilla aromas and flavours it still exhibits the vibrant rustic tones that make it so identifiably Italian. This half-bottle size is perfect for intimate dinners. A savoury and delicious selection among half bottles. Lovely notes of bacon fat, blackberries and dark spices. Full-bodied, supply and juicy. Wonderful accompaniment to many dishes. Pair with: garlic and rosemary lamb. 69443 13% XD 375 mL  $10.95 Score: 89/100. January 7, 2012 Luscious Lamb Wine Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar  

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