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Wine Picks March 16, 2021

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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.


Peller Estates Private Reserve Riesling 2019, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A lovely Niagara Riesling with aromas of lemon and lime zest. Pair with seafood or enjoy on its own. Riesling food pairings: soft cheeses, roast chicken, pork chops, vegetarian dishes and lively conversation. Drink: 2020 - 2024 641969 11% D 750 mL $20.95 Score: 90/100. March 2021. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


Echeverría Elementos Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, Maipo Valley, Chile: A juicy, full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon-driven red, elegant and velvety on the palate with blackberry, blueberry, ripe plum and vanilla flavours. Pour with a wild mushroom bisque. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: roast beef, pizza, roast duck, grilled game sausages. Drink: 2021 - 2024 10764 13.9% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. March 2021. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


Château Clarke Baron Edmond de Rothschild 2015, Listrac-Médoc, Bordeaux A.C., France: A rich and intense red wine blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot from Listrac-Médoc in the Bordeaux wine region. Look for ripe raspberry, blackberry and toasty oak flavours long on the palate. Needs some time in cellar -- three years to start showing its best. The estate has belonged to the Edmond de Rothschild family since 1973. Food pairings: beef tenderloin, prime rib roast, stuffed saddle of rabbit. Drink: 2019 - 2023 503904 14% XD 750 mL $54.95 Score: 93/100. March 2021. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


Mega Spileo Cuvée Iii White 2019, Achaia, Peloponnese, P.G.I., Greece: A zesty and fresh blend of local Malagousia and Assyrtiko wine grapes with some Chardonnay sourced from the Peloponnese P.G.I. wine region. Look for white florals, nectarine and fine herb flavours creamy on the palate. Grapes are vinified separately, fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks with three months on the fine lees. Cuvée Iii White food pairings: turkey burgers, crab cakes, chicken breast, grilled whitefish. Drink: 2020 - 2023 14186 13% D 750 mL $18.95 Score: 89/100. March 2021. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


Atalaya Laya Almansa 2018, Almansa D.O.P., Spain: Produced from Garnacha (Grenache) Tintorera and Monastrell grapes planted in Spain's Almansa wine region from vineyards 1000 metres above sea level, this is a dry, medium-plus-bodied, juicy and velvety red wine blend with concentrated blueberry, dark plum, black raspberry, earthy florals and vanilla flavours wrapped up with a lingering spicy finish. Enjoy now with a grilled pork tenderloin. Food pairings: meat pizza, grilled portobello mushroom burgers, lamb Bolognese, hard cheese. Drink: 2021 - 2022 132605 14.5% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 92/100. March 2021. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

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