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Vintages Wine Picks August 30, 2014

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White Wine

Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars Chardonnay 2012, Okanagan Valley, BC VQA, Canada: Subtle, yet brilliantly expressive Chardonnay that would be divine with Black River Mozzarella cheese from Ontario! This cheese producer also makes mozzarella inflected with hot pepper and dried herbs. The regular Mozzarella is terrific on its own or as a pizza topping, then bring in the Blue Mountain Chardonnay, which is rich and mouth-filling but not heavy. This is a wine of beautiful contradictions ... I guess that adds up to complexity. Seductive aromas of toasted almond, pear and yellow apple. Surely Blue Mountain is one of our best Canadian wine producers. Drink: 2018-2020. 350108 13% XD 750 mL  $23.95 Score: 92/100. August 30, 2014 Top Rated White Wine. Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar  

Red Wine

Xavier 2010, A.P., Côtes Du Rhône, France: This robust red wine has seductive aromas of black cherry liqueur, dark spice and some oak. Very attractive, especially for the price. Decant 2 hours. Drink: 2013-2016. 297317 14.50% XD 750 mL  $16.95 Score: 90/100. August 30, 2014 Best Value Red Wine. Complete Cheese Pizza Wine Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar  

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