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Andrea Shapiro

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Botanicals

Xoxo Botanicals Raspberry Rhubarb

Ontario, Canada
18 days ago

Andrea Shapiro scored this wine: 86/100

A fruit forward Raspberry-Rhubarb flavoured wine from Peller Estates’ XOXO Wines. The Botanicals line, is a new take on fruit and herb/floral blends for balance. Plenty of red fruit essences with a tart rhubarb finish to balance the sweetness. For fun, put this with equal parts of sparkling wine and add a splash of raspberry liquor for a modern take on a Kir Royale. Cheers!

Botanicals

Xoxo Botanicals Peach Orange Blossom

Ontario, Canada
19 days ago

Andrea Shapiro scored this wine: 87/100

Pale salmon with a peachy hue, the XOXO Botanicals Peach Orange Blossom flavoured wine has bright aromas of peach (of course!) honey and white flowers. It pretty much smells exactly as you might expect with fruity flavours of mango and apple. Light with a mouthwatering finish. For fun, add an ounce of vodka with ice, shake and serve with a wedge of fruit. Enjoy!

Botanicals

Xoxo Botanicals Strawberry Hibiscus

Ontario, Canada
21 days ago

Andrea Shapiro scored this wine: 86/100

A light and refreshing strawberry fruit flavoured wine with a hint of spritz. From Peller Estates’ XOXO line. Low in alcohol at only 6% ABV The Botanicals are new and offer elements of tartness and earthiness to balance the sweetness. In this case, an element of Hibiscus flowers adds a fun dimension against the strawberry; both on the nose and in taste. This can be easily elevated, shake over ice with an ounce of vodka and garnish with a strawberry for a fun fizzy refreshment, or simply chill and add ice. Cheers!

Whisky Oak Aged Red

Wayne Gretzky Estates Whisky Oak Aged Red 2018

Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada
22 days ago

Andrea Shapiro scored this wine: 90/100

From Wayne Gretzky Estates, this is a Cabernet-Merlot blended red wine that has been aged in the estate's own whisky cask barrels. On the nose the bouquet opens up with a multitude of aromas; dark cherries, blackberries and smoky toasty oak. Flavours reveal dried strawberries, dark bramble berries and a touch of chili infused cocoa at the back. Full bodied with robust, spicy tannins and a dark plummy finish. It’s intricate, complex and multi layered. For an exciting experience, pair this with whisky marinated rib eye steaks, or barbecued roasted ribs with hickory-mesquite infused sauce. Enjoy! - tasted February 2021

22 days ago

Andrea Shapiro scored this wine: 88/100

From Wayne Gretzky Estates’ Okanagan Valley, a blend of Similkameen and Okanagan Valley locally grown Cabernet Franc (55%) and Syrah (45%). Slightly spicy aromas with blackberry, red cherry and smoky cedar. Flavours are bright with continued red fruit, sweet smoke and lingering earthy spices that offer a hint of heat. Medium bodied, with medium backbone of acidity and a tannic structure that follows suit. This will complement a variety of foods. Try it with beef and pepper medley stir-fry. Cheers! - tasted February 2021

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Sauvignon Blanc

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