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Wine Picks June 12, 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.

Canada

Monte Creek Ranch Winery Riesling 2017, Thompson Valley, British Columbia, BC V.Q.A, Canada: A lovely, off-dry BC Riesling from the Thompson Valley. Aromas of peach and lime zest. Perfect for seafood dishes. Riesling food pairings: shellfish, spicy foods. Drink: 2018 - 2023 12.5% D 750 mL $16.99 Score: 90/100. June 2020. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Pelee Island Winery Lola Cabernet Franc Rosé 2017, South Islands, Lake Erie North Shore, Ontario, V.Q.A., Canada: A medium-bodied Ontario Rosé from Pelee Island with a crisp acidic attack on the palate. Aromas of small strawberry, cranberry and spice. Pair with seafood and shellfish. Cabernet Franc Rosé food pairings: charcuterie, grilled salmon, green salads topped with fresh steamed freshwater shrimp. Drink: 2018 - 2021 552497 12.5% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 88/100. June 2020. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Intersection Estate Winery Alluvia Merlot 2015, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia V.Q.A., Canada: A superb, richly concentrated BC Merlot that's unfiltered leaving in all the good stuff. Aromas of dark fruit, leather, cigar box. Pair with lamb. Merlot food pairings: marbled steak, roast pumpkin, rack of lamb. Drink: 2019 - 2027 15.7% XD 750 mL $28.90 Score: 92/100. June 2020. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Pillitteri Estates Winery Team Canada Red 2017, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario, V.Q.A., Canada: A full-bodied blend of Cabernet and Merlot grapes with rich dark aromas of mocha, black plum and dark berries. For every bottle sold, the winery donates $1 to the Canadian Olympic Foundation to support the country's athletes. Pair with grilled meats and thrilling final matches of women's soccer. Team Canada Red food pairings: meat lovers' pizza, hamburgers, grilled sausages, poutine. Drink: 2020 - 2022 13658 13.5% D 750 mL $14.95 Score: 90/100. June 2020. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Southbrook Vineyards Wild Ferment Cider 2018, Avalon Orchards, Innisfil, Canada: A gorgeous hard cider that's made from organically grown apples. Aromas of freshly picked apples, both Red Delicious and Granny Smith. Pair with field greens or cold cuts. Drink: 2020 - 2021 6% D 750 mL $13.95 Score: 90/100. June 2020. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Southbrook Vineyards Bubbly Pét Nat 2018, Beamsville Bench, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A lovely lightly sparkling wine with aromas of baked bread, Asian pear and lemon sunshine. Pair with shellfish. Drink: 2020 - 2022 11768 10% D 750 mL $29.95 Score: 91/100. June 2020. Top Rated Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sperling Vineyards Pinot Noir 2018, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia V.Q.A., Canada: Love this medium-bodied, silky smooth and vibrant Pinot Noir with a cherry, raspberry and pepper spice nose. Medium-plus acidity and food-friendly. Pair with roast duck. Pinot Noir food pairings: roast lamb, grilled veal chops, roast turkey. Drink: 2020 - 2023 382283 12.6% XD 750 mL $28.95 Score: 93/100. June 2020. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Hester Creek Estate Winery Pinot Gris 2019, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada: A terrific, vibrant BC white wine from Hester Creek. This Pinot Gris is medium-bodied with racy acidity for shellfish. Aromas of lemongrass and lime. It was fermented in stainless steel tank and was aged briefly on its lees. Only 6,000 cases were produced. Drink: 2020 - 2023 13.2% D 750 mL $15.00 Score: 90/100. June 2020. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

United States

Cupcake Vineyards Black Forest Decadent Red, California, United States: A lovely, rich, full-bodied Californian red wine with aromas of black cherry liqueur. Perfect for Mexican mole. Drink: 2019 - 2022 470088 13.5% D 750 mL $14.00 Score: 87/100. June 2020. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cupcake Vineyards Red Velvet 2015, California, United States: Lots of sweet berries and chocolate on the nose and palate of this toasty Californian red wine. Pair with Mexican mole. Drink: 2019 - 2021 260851 13.5% MD 750 mL $15.45 Score: 87/100. June 2020. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


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