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Lynn van der Linde

Lynn van der Linde Certified Sommelier

Alazanis Valley Off Dry

United Stars Alazanis Valley Off Dry Red 2018

Alazanis Valley, Kakheti, Georgia
289 days ago

Lynn scored this wine: 88/100

Made from Republic of Georgia indigenous grape variety, A fun taste of a grape variety rarely seen in Canada. Fruity aromas of raspberries, cherries and a hint of cotton candy, carry through to a cherry flavoured finish. Medium bodied, with a hint of sweetness, making this a perfect pairing with a wide variety of foods, including soft cheeses, margherita pizza and veggie burgers.

St. David's Bench Vineyard

Château des Charmes St. David's Bench Vineyard Gamay Noir Droit 2019

St. David's Bench, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada
301 days ago

Lynn scored this wine: 90/100

Gamay is an amazing wine paired with barbecued fare, and this gem from Niagara region doesn’t disappoint. Earthy aromas of wet forest floor and rhubarb transform into a juicy cherry flavour finish. Gamay is a wonderful alternative to Pinot Noir - pair with turkey dinner, cheesy hors d’ouevres or anything barbecued. Tasted June 2023.

Conundrum White 2021

California, United States
309 days ago

Lynn scored this wine: 89/100

Floral and tropical aromas blend together in this white California blend - mainly Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Quite the conundrum! Lingering citrus and starfruit flavours. Pair with summer salads or fish tacos. Tasted June 2023.

Cerro Añon Gran Reserva

Bodegas Olarra Cerro Añon Gran Reserva 2015

Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain
480 days ago

Lynn scored this wine: 90/100

A luxurious wine from start to finish. Lush aromas of blackberries, cedar, black pepper and liquorice swirl together, carrying through to bursting fruit on the palate. Beautifully balanced, and a wonderful expression of this Rioja region gem. Pair with meat sauce pasta. Tasted December 2022.

Château des Charmes Blanc de Blancs Sparkling 2016

Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada
726 days ago

Lynn scored this wine: 91/100

A beautiful traditional method sparkling made from Chardonnay grapes. Heady aromas of green apple, honey, and salt air pull through on the palate with mouthwatering green apple flavours and a crisp citrus finish. Pair with turkey dinner or creamy chowder. An everyday celebration wine! Tasted April 2022.

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