Super-Tasting Sunday: Wines to Get Your Game On

wine tasting feb 1While millions watched the Superbowl yesterday, our crack team of Sommeliers gathered for a Super-Sunday Tasting of more than 70 wines, quarterbacking hundreds of wine reviews posted live on the site as well as shares on Twitter, Facebook and other social media.

You can get the complete shopping list of these wines showing how many bottles are in stock at your closest liquor stores. Our next team tasting will be April 12.

In the video above, Kristin Perrin, a Certified Sommelier who judges the Algonquin College Sommelier Program Service Exam, talks about her favourite wine of the tasting: Benjamin Bridge Sparkling Wine from Nova Scotia.

wine tasting kitchenAmid tables of bottles, glasses, spittons, smartphones, tablets, and even a few retro pencils and pads, the team worked their way through a wide range of wine styles, price points and regions to find the best values for our readers.

Certified Sommelier and Wine Events Planner Monique Ippolito talks about pairing wine with the seasons, and even your moods.

wine tasting twoHalf time for us was grabbing a slice of cheese and baquette …

Sommelier Instructor Olivier de Maisonneuve has found a terrific wine for your Valentine’s Day dinner: Henry of Pelham Baco Noir Reserve.

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Sommelier in training Courtney Flood talks about Barossa Valley Estate Shiraz and food pairings.

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Sommelier Lori Kilmartin talks about Heartland Stickback, an Australian red wine blend of Shiraz, Cabernet and Dolcetto.

Certified Sommelier Doug McMillan talks about Henry of Pelham’s Cabernet Merlot blend.

Here are some of our previous team tastings:

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Below are all of the wines we tasted together on Sunday. Click on “Full Review” for each wine to see the team’s tasting notes, scores, food pairings and recipes:

White Wine

Henry of Pelham Estate Winery Chardonnay 2013, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario VQA, Canada: Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar

E. & J. Gallo Winery Bear Flag Soft White Blend, California: Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar

Errazuriz Chardonnay 2013, Casablanca Valley, Chile: Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar

Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc 2014, Marlborough, New Zealand: Sensational Shellfish Wine Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar

Villa Maria Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar

Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2014, Marlborough, New Zealand: Scrumptious Seafood Wine Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar

Oyster Bay Chardonnay 2013, Marlborough, New Zealand: Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar

Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand:  Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar

McWilliams Pinot Grigio 2013, South Eastern Australia: Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar

Henry of Pelham Estate Winery Pinot Grigio 2013, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario VQA, Canada: Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar

McWilliams Hanwood Estate Chardonnay 2012, South Eastern Australia: Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar

Ghost Pines Chardonnay 2013, Napa, Sonoma, Monterey, California, United States: Charming Grilled Chicken Wine Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar

Mirassou Winery Pinot Grigio 2013, California, United States: Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar

Henry of Pelham Estate Chardonnay 2013, Short Hills Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar

Henry of Pelham Estate Winery Riesling 2013, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario VQA, Canada: Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar

McWilliams Hanwood Moscato 2013, South Australia, Australia: Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar

Folonari Pinot Grigio 2013, Veneto, Italy: Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar

Ruffino Classico Orvieto 2013, Umbria, Italy: Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar

Franciscan Chardonnay 2013, Napa Valley, California, United States: Profound Pasta and Cream Sauce Wine Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar

Nobilo Regional Collection Sauvignon Blanc 2014, Marlborough, New Zealand:  Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar

Red Wine

E. & J. Gallo Winery Bear Flag Red Blend, California, United States: Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar

Henry of Pelham Estate Winery Cabernet Merlot 2012, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario VQA, Canada: Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar

Barossa Valley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Barossa Valley, Australia: Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar

Henry of Pelham Reserve Baco Noir 2012, Niagara, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada:  Heavenly Hamburger Wine Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar

JJ Mcwilliam’s Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2013, Australia: Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar

Ruffino Il Ducale 2011, Tuscany, Italy: Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar

Dancing Bull Zinfandel 2012, California, United States: Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar

Barossa Valley Estate Ebenezer Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Barossa Valley, Australia: Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar

Barossa Valley Estate Shiraz 2012, Barossa Valley, Australia: Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar

McWilliams Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, New South Wales, Australia: Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar

McWilliams Hanwood Estate Shiraz 2013, South Eastern Australia, Australia: Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar

Fifty Shades of Grey Red Satin 2011, California, United States: Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar

Folie À Deux Zinfandel 2012, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California, United States: Heavenly Hamburger Wine Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar

Trapiche Pure Malbec 2013, Argentina, Argentina: Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar

Vieni Estates Aglianico 2011, Vinemount Ridge, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada: Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar

Durbanville Hills Shiraz 2011, South Africa: Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar

Wynns The Gables Cabernet Shiraz 2011, Coonawarra, Australia: Best Beef Wine Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar

Castelgiocondo Frescobaldi Brunello Di Montalcino 2009, Tuscany DOCG, Italy: Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar

Oyster Bay Merlot 2013, Hawkes Bay, North Island, New Zealand: Best Beef Wine Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar

Axia Alpha Estate Syrah Xinomavro 2010, Florina P.G.I., Greece: Complete Cheese Pizza Wine Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar

Henry of Pelham Estate Winery Baco Noir 2013, VQA, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario, Canada: Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar

Franciscan Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Napa Valley, California, United States:  Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar

Simi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California, United States: Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar

Nobilo Icon Pinot Noir 2013, Marlborough, New Zealand: Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar

Chateau Timberlay 2011, Bordeaux AOC, France: Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar

Cusumano Nero D’avola 2013, Sicily, Italy: Plush Pork Wine Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar

Carnivor Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, California, United States: Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar

Mayor De Castilla Crianza 2010, Ribera Del Duero, Spain: Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar

Villa Maria Private Bin Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand: Best Beef Wine Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar

Barossa Valley Estate Grenache Shiraz Mouvedre 2012, Barossa Valley, Australia: Heavenly Hamburger Wine Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar

Alceño 12 Meses Monastrell 2011, Jumilla D.O., Spain: Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar

Wynns Coonawarra Estate Shiraz 2012, Coonawarra, South Australia, Australia: Best Beef Wine Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar

[yellow tail] Big Bold Red, New South Wales, Australia: Heavenly Hamburger Wine Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar

Beronia Reserva Tempranillo 2009, D.O.C.A., Rioja, Spain: Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar

Wynns Coonawarra Estate Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Coonawarra, South Australia: Luscious Lamb Wine Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar

Trapiche Extravaganza 2013, Argentina, Argentina: Best Beef Wine Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar

Oyster Bay Pinot Noir 2013, Marlborough, New Zealand: Scrumptious Seafood Wine Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar

Napa Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Napa Valley, California, United States:  Best Beef Wine Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar

Barossa Valley Estate Ebenezer Shiraz 2007, Barossa Valley, South Australia: Best Beef Wine Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar

Trapiche Broquel Malbec 2012, Mendoza, Argentina: Best Beef Wine Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar

Henry of Pelham Estate Winery Pinot Noir 2012, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario VQA, Canada: Scrumptious Seafood Wine Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar

Louis M. Martini Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Sonoma County, United States: Best Beef Wine Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar

Southbrook Vineyards Connect Red 2013, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario VQA, Canada: Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar

Gayda Syrah 2012, Languedoc, France: Outstanding Organic Wine Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar

Heartland Stickleback Red 2012, South Australia: Best Beef Wine Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar

Clos Du Bois Merlot 2012, Sonoma County, California, United States: Plush Pork Wine Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar

Casas del Bosque Gran Reserva Syrah 2012, Casablanca Valley, Chile: Plush Pork Wine Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar

Louis M. Martini Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, Napa Valley, California, United States: Best Beef Wine Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar

Apothic Wines Apothic Red California 2013, United States: Heavenly Hamburger Wine Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar

Mirassou Winery Pinot Noir 2013, California, United States: Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar

Alamos Malbec 2013, Mendoza, Argentina: Best Beef Wine Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar

Alamos Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Mendoza, Argentina: Heavenly Hamburger Wine Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar

Whitehaven Pinot Noir 2012, Marlborough, New Zealand: Charming Grilled Chicken Wine Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar

Ruffino Ducale Oro Riserva Chianti Classico 2010, Tuscany, Italy: Perfect Pasta and Tomato Sauce Wine Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar

Ruffino Ducale Riserva Chianti Classico 2011, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar

Torres Infinite 2012, Catalunya, Spain: Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar

Laguna De La Nava Gran Reserva 2008, Valdepenas, Spain: Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar

Rosés

Kim Crawford Pansy! Rose 2014, Hawkes Bay, North Island, New Zealand: Scrumptious Seafood Wine Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar

Harwood Estates Winery Friends Rosé 2013, Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada: Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar

Sparkling Wine

Benjamin Bridge Brut Reserve 2008, Gaspereau Valley, Nova Scotia, Canada:  Scrumptious Seafood Wine Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar

Oyster Bay Cuvée Rosé Sparkling Wine, New Zealand: Sensational Shellfish Wine Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar

Oyster Bay Brut Cuvée Sparkling, Marlborough, New Zealand: Splendid Salad Wine Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar

Benjamin Bridge Brut 2008, Nova Scotia, Canada: Sensational Shellfish Wine Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar

Barefoot Cellars Bubbly Pinot Grigio, California, United States: Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar

Dessert Wine

Creekside Cabernet Icewine 2012, Lincoln Lakeshore, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada:  Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar

Henry Of Pelham Icewine Cabernet 2013, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Divine Dessert Wine Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar

Henry of Pelham Estate Winery Riesling Icewine 2013, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario VQA, Canada: Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar

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