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Lynn Van Der Linde

Lynn Van Der Linde Certified Sommelier

14 days ago

Lynn scored this wine: 90/100

Most de-alcoholized wine doesn’t carry the same “oumph” as the real deal, but make no mistake... this one is a true delight! Flavours of green apples and brioche, with persistent bubbles. Perfect at your next celebration, or paired with stir fry or blackened salmon. Tasted January 2021.

Black Cellar Amber

Ontario, Canada
21 days ago

Lynn scored this wine: 87/100

A fun orange wine to try! A white wine that has had contact with the grape skins in the wine making process. Pairs well with Mexican or Indian fare - the sweetness in the wine compliments these spicier dishes. Aromas of clementine, pear, and honey transform into an apricot palate with a zip of lime on the swallow. Try it at your next Taco Tuesday, and priced right for a Tuesday night wine at under $13. Tasted January 2021.

Winemaker's Blend

Thirty Bench Winemaker's Blend Red 2018

Beamsville Bench, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada
27 days ago

Lynn scored this wine: 91/100

A beautiful Ontario expression of a Bordeaux blend, usually referred to as a Meritage here in Canada, made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot grapes. Rich aromas of black raspberries, cassis, cedar, and a hint of eucalyptus lead to a peppery raspberry finish. Wonderful paired with beef dishes or portobello mushroom burgers. Tasted December 2020.

27 days ago

Lynn scored this wine: 92/100

You had me at Salted Caramel. A delight on its own or added to your coffee, this is a treat of the senses. Buttery caramel and white chocolate swirl in the glass and palate. A lovely hostess gift or a holiday morning coffee treat. Tasted December 2020.

27 days ago

Lynn scored this wine: 91/100

Before bottling, this Canadian whisky has a finishing step of soaking in barrels previously used to make red wine, imparting a delightful marriage of aromas and flavours. The combination conjures memories of enjoying a Toblerone bar! Caramel, pine nuts, nugget, and vanilla swirl in the glass, finished with a dried apricot palate. Delight guests with a sip of this at your next dessert course, or as a campfire treat this summer. Tasted December 2020.

Lynn Van Der Linde

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Rodney Strong Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

Winner World's Best Drink Writer
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Best Wine Literature Book Gourmand World Cookbook Awards
Online Writer of the Year Louis Roederer International Wine Writing Award