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Wine Picks March 6, 2020

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Note: This batch of wine reviews is not part of the bi-weekly Vintages Releases. Instead, it's a collection of wines outside the Vintages section in store (general list) or wines sent to me directly from wineries that may not yet be available in liquor stores. Click on the Winery or Wine Agency link to get more info.

Sparkling Wine

Flat Rock Cellars Riddled Sparkling 2017, Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: This Ontario bubbly is made from 100% Chardonnay wine grapes and is fresh, crisp with bright apple, ripe stone fruit, toasty, creamy flavours on the palate. So named "Riddled" as a tribute to the process of making sparkling wine, especially the traditional ways in Champagne, where bottles were turned periodically, or riddled, as they rested upside down on their lees (sediment) before disgorging that sediment and putting the final big cork in the bottle. Sparkling food pairings: seafood, mushroom risotto, cold chicken sammies. Drink: 2020 - 2022 383315 12% D 750 mL $34.95 Score: 90/100. March 2020. Top Rated Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Red Wine

Vineland Estates Winery Cabernet Franc 2017, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Rich and deep Niagara Cabernet Franc with dark fruit and smoke aromas. The 2017 vintage was a cool year though with some warmth in the fall. Full-bodied and smooth. Pair with grilled pork chops. Drink: 2020 - 2023 594127 12.5% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 88/100. March 2020. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

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