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Wine Picks September 16, 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.

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Domaine RITT Cidrerie & Vergers Le Libertin, Quebec, Canada: A spritely, lively sparkling cider with green apple goodness. Happiness in a bottle ;) 6.5% OD 355 mL Score: 87/100. September 2020. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Red Wine

Cono Sur Block 28 Carmenère 2018, La Rinconada, Cachapoal Valley, Chile Carmenère food pairings: meat-lover's pizza, braised meats, grilled game sausage. Drink: 2020 - 2023 14079 14% XD 750 mL $22.95 September 2020. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

St Hallett Gamekeeper's Shiraz Grenache Touriga 2018, Barossa, South Australia, Australia: A sassy Shiraz-dominant with Grenache and a "splash" of Touriga Nacional red wine blend from the Barossa. Love the bright red berry, cherry compote, minty and spicy flavours on the palate. St Hallett has been producing wines from the Barossa since 1944. Shiraz Grenache Touriga food pairings: meaty lasagna, grilled pepper steak, lamb cutlets, onion dip. Drink: 2020 - 2023 24117 13.5% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 91/100. September 2020. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Hester Creek Estate Winery Block 3 Reserve Cabernet Franc 2017, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, BC V.Q.A., Canada Cabernet Franc food pairings: enjoy with roast duck, pheasant or lean cuts of beef. Drink: 2019 - 2024 14.2% D 750 mL $25.99 September 2020. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Hester Creek Estate Winery Selected Barrels Cabernet Merlot 2018, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, BC V.Q.A., Canada Selected Barrels Cabernet Merlot food pairings: strip steak, bbq ribs, cornish hen. Drink: 2020 - 2024 626037003021 13.8% D 750 mL $17.99 September 2020. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Featherstone Estate Cabernet Franc 2018, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada Drink: 2020 - 2030 64618 12.3% XD 750 mL $21.95 September 2020. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Wakefield Winery Shiraz 2018, Clare Valley, South Australia, Australia: A generous, full-bodied, smooth and savoury Australian Shiraz from the cool climate of the Clare Valley. Aromas of ripe fleshy black plums. Terrific value. Absolutely delicious. Pair with grilled steak and hamburgers. Shiraz food pairings: hamburgers, pizza, black bean soup, cheese. Drink: 2020 - 2023 943787 14.5% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 91/100. September 2020. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Fleur de California Pinot Noir 2016, Monterey County, California, United States: This is one juicy California Pinot Noir mouth-watering with cranberry, bright red berry, earthy and toasty oak spice flavours on the palate. Great acidity for food. Pair grilled chicken dishes. Pinot Noir food pairings: rack of lamb, veal Porterhouse, wild mushroom and leek risotto. Drink: 2020 - 2022 214775 13.5% XD 750 mL $27.95 Score: 90/100. September 2020. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

19 Crimes Cabernet Sauvignon 2019, South Australia, Australia Drink: 2021 - 2023 461525 14.5% XD 750 mL $20.00 September 2020. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Mayne-Vieil 2014, Fronsac, Bordeaux A.C., France Food pairings: smoked meats, prime rib, roast leg of lamb. Drink: 2022 - 2027 14469 14.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 September 2020. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Wakefield Winery Shiraz 2019, Clare Valley, South Australia, Australia Shiraz food pairings: hamburgers, pizza, black bean soup, cheese. Drink: 2021 - 2024 943787 14.5% D 750 mL $19.95 September 2020. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rosés

Bonterra Rosé 2020, Mendocino County, California, United States Rosé food pairings: pasta Primavera, grilled chicken dishes, veggie kebabs from the grill. Drink: 2021 - 2023 25116 13% D 750 mL $21.95 September 2020. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sparkling Wine

Medici Ermete & Figli Arte e Concerto Lambrusco 2018, Reggiano Lambrusco, Emilia-Romagna D.O.C., Italy Lambrusco food pairings: creamy cheeses, seafood hors d'oeuvres, salads, grilled prawns. Drink: 2020 - 2022 208967 11.9% M 750 mL $19.95 September 2020. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Hester Creek Estate Winery Ti Amo 2019, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia V.Q.A., Canada Drink: 2020 - 2021 101422 11% D 750 mL $19.99 September 2020. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

Montevina Winery Chardonnay 2017, California, United States Drink: 2020 - 2022 13.5% 750 mL $19.99 September 2020. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Henry of Pelham Estate Fume Sauvignon Blanc 2019, Short Hills Bench, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Another lovely vintage for this outstanding Niagara Sauvignon Blanc! Aromas of lemon sunshine and smoke. Pair with oysters. Fume Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: lean, white-fleshed fish with mild flavours, oysters, fresh green salads, goats milk cheeses and chicken pates. Drink: 2020 - 2022 12.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. September 2020. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Invivo Sauvignon Blanc 2019, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: grilled shellfish, salads, herbed flatbreads, quiche. Drink: 2020 - 2022 14199 13% D 750 mL $17.00 September 2020. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Divino Silvaner Trocken 2018, Franken Qualitätswein, Germany: Inside the retro-groovy bottle is a lip-smacking, off-dry, tasty German white wine made from one of the country's most iconic grapes Silvaner. Aromas of honeysuckle, white lilies and lime zest. Pair with grilled chicken. Silvaner Trocken food pairings: pan-fried panfish, smoked whitefish, seafood salad. Drink: 2020 - 2022 15391 12.5% D 750 mL $16.95 Score: 88/100. September 2020. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tzafona Cellars Nava Blanc 2017, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A lovely, light-bodied, floral white wine blend of Vidal and Riesling. This is a Kosher wine. Pair with seafood. Blanc food pairings: pad Thai, spicy Korean ribs, mild curries. Drink: 2020 - 2022 581231 12.7% M 750 mL $19.95 Score: 87/100. September 2020. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Brokenwood Semillon 2018, Hunter Valley, New South Wales, Australia: Smoky with lanolin and lemon and beeswax. Gorgeous yet low in alcohol. Racy acidity for seafood. Voluptuous mouth-feel. Semillon food pairings: grilled chicken, grilled whitefish, salads. Drink: 2020 - 2024 657726 10.5% XD 750 mL $27.95 Score: 92/100. September 2020. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Eradus Sauvignon Blanc 2019, Awatere Valley, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: A vibrant, medium-bodied Sauvignon Blanc, made from grapes grown entirely in New Zealand’s Awatere Valley. Fragrant on the nose with dried florals, white-flesh stone fruit, tropical fruit, soft orange, flinty, mineral flavours finishing long and mouth-watering on the palate. Chill and enjoy now. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: seafood pasta in creamy sauce, tempura vegetables, pan-fried panfish. Drink: 2020 - 2022 225557 13% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 91/100. September 2020. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tzafona Cellars Unoaked Chardonnay 2015, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A clean, crisp unoaked Niagara Chardonnay with notes of green apple. Medium-bodied with good acidity for roast chicken. The winery's name Tzafona comes from the Hebrew word meaning northward and refers to the cool climate of the appellation in which the vines for this wine are planted in the Niagara Peninsula. Chardonnay food pairings: asparagus and onion galette, grilled seafood, southern fried chicken. Drink: 2017 - 2022 485276 13% XD 750 mL $22.95 Score: 88/100. September 2020. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tzafona Cellars Riesling 2017, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A soft, light-bodied Niagara Riesling with mild acidity. Tzafona translates to northward in the ancient Hebrew language. This kosher Riesling offers aromas of golden apple and white pear. Match with seafood. Riesling food pairings: pork schnitzels, grilled lemon-herb chicken, mildly spiced dishes. Drink: 2019 - 2023 445569 12% M 750 mL $19.95 Score: 88/100. September 2020. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sprucewood Shores Estate Winery Sauvignon Blanc 2018, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Sprucewood Shores winery is located at one of the farthest southern locations in Canada for winemaking, Amherstburg on the Detroit River. This is a crisp, frsh. mouth-watering Sauvignon Blanc. with aromas of melon, white peach and Asian pear. Match this with shellfish or seafood. Drink: 2019 - 2022 517409 11.75% D 750 mL $14.95 Score: 87/100. September 2020. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Emmolo Sauvignon Blanc 2019, Napa Valley, California, United States Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: seafood, light pastas, spring green salads, goat cheese and baguette. Drink: 2020 - 2023 96016 14% XD 750 mL $24.95 September 2020. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rosehall Run Nedelko Vineyard Gewürztraminer 2019, Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada Drink: 2021 - 2024 14.5% D 750 mL $28.00 September 2020. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


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