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Wine Picks May 12, 2022

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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.

Dessert Wine

Voga Italia Moscato Frizzante 2019, Provincia Di Pavia, Italy: Very pretty sweet peach and honeysuckle. Slight effervescence gives it a refreshing lift as an aperitif. Medium-bodied. Moscato Frizzante food pairings: Duck a l'orange, pork dumplings, hot and sour soup, red velvet cake. Drink: 2022 - 2024 267781 7.5% MS 750 mL $14.00 Score: 87/100. May 2022. Best Value Dessert Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Red Wine

Strewn Winery Three Terroir 2015, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A juicy, full-bodied NIagara red wine blend with aromas dark fruit and toast. Decant for 1 hour and pair with grilled meats. Drink: 2018 - 2023 468918 13.4% XD 750 mL $46.00 Score: 91/100. May 2022. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Reif Estate Winery First Growth Merlot 2016, Niagara River, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A stunning Niagara Merlot that's richly textured and beautifully textured. Aromas of fleshy ripe dark plums and smoke. Pair with grilled pork chops. Drink: 2021 - 2028 149013 14.5% D 750 mL $100.20 Score: 93/100. May 2022. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Zorzal Vineyard & Winery Cabernet Franc 2018, Tupungato, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina: Love the spicy, fine herb and floral nose on Zorzal's Eggo 2018 Cabernet Franc with lots of pepper spice flavours on the palate. Tannins are fine and balanced. This Cab Franc was aged just under one year in concrete eggs. Drink or hold. Cabernet Franc food pairings: crown roast of pork, slow-braised lamb shanks in red wine, grilled venison steaks. Drink: 2022 - 2025 17139 14.5% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 95/100. May 2022. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Lakeview Cellars Grand Reserve Red 2017, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A superbly crafted Niagara red wine blend of 40% Merlot, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 24% Syrah grapes. Aromas of cassis, blackberry and smoke. Full-bodied and complex. Decant 1-2 hours. Pair with game meats and grilled steaks. Drink: 2019 - 2025 13% D 750 mL $39.95 Score: 92/100. May 2022. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Laura Hartwig Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, Colchagua Valley D.O., Chile: Laura Hartwig 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon is an excellent single vineyard Chilean Cab under $17. Dry, medium-plus-bodied with juicy vibrant dark plum, red berry, earthy violet and wild herbs on the palate. Tannins are fine and velvety. Drink or hold. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: prime rib, bison burgers, hard cheeses. Drink: 2021 - 2022 13428 13.5% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 89/100. May 2022. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Viña Tarapacá Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2019, Maipo Valley D.O., Chile: A savoury and juicy cabernet sauvignon with aromas of fleshy black plums and blackberries. A full-bodied red wine that's smooth and imminently gulpable. Finishes with smoke and spice. Terrific for such a bold red wine from Chile's Maipo Valley with depth and length in the glass and on the palate. Try it with grilled ribs. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: pizza, pasta, rare steaks, pork tenderloin, hard cheese. Drink: 2022 - 2025 18721 14.5% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 90/100. May 2022. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rosés

Caves d'Esclans The Palm by Whispering Angel Rosé 2020, Côteaux D'aix-En-Provence, Provence A.C., France: From Côteaux D'aix-En-Provence wine region, Whispering Angel The Palm 2020 is a fun, elegant and beautifully balanced rosé produced by the Caves d'Esclans. Little sister to Whispering angel, this medium-bodied rosé is a juicy blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah that is vibrant with ripe strawberries, red berries, lime zest, fresh melon, citrusy and mineral flavours on the palate wrapped up in food-friendly acidity. Chill and enjoy with grilled salmon or chicken dishes. Rosé food pairings: grilled salmon, seafood hor d'oeuvres, salads, grilled chicken. Drink: 2021 - 2023 562595 13% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 90/100. May 2022. Top Rated Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Trius Rosé 2020, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: The 2020 Trius Rosé is a heady bouquet of fresh strawberries and light florals. It’s medium-bodied with juicy, refreshing acidity to pair with seafood, fields greens, or enjoy on its own as a chilled aperitif. Rosé food pairings: avocado toast, prosciutto wrapped honeydew, double cream brie. Drink: 2022 - 2023 341743 12% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. May 2022. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Creekside Rosé 2020, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Creekside 2020 rosé is a vegan-friendly Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris blend under $16. Look for bright red berry, pink grapefruit, fine herbs and white pepper spice flavours balanced with food-friendly acidity. Chill and enjoy with charcuterie or summer salads. Rosé food pairings: salmon steaks, sausages, lightly savoury cheeses like white cheddar or smoked provolone. Drink: 2021 - 2022 48819 12% D 750 mL $15.95 Score: 90/100. May 2022. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Xoxo Botanicals Peach Orange Blossom, Ontario, Canada: Love this peach-flavoured wine! So pretty and vibrant with notes of fresh peach and apricot. Lovely on it's own as a chilled aperitif or create your own cocktail. 17554 6% M 750 mL $10.95 Score: 89/100. May 2022. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sparkling Wine

Domaine de Grand Pré Champlain Brut Sparkling Wine, Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia, Canada: Almond toasty with mouth-watering notes of green apples and lime zest. This wine is named after Samuel de Champlain who mapped Nova Scotia during the earliest French and Acadian settlements. The wine is a blend of Seyval Blanc and L'Acadie Blanc. A solidly-made bubbly that makes a terrific aperitif. Sparkling Wine food pairings: aperitif, oysers, seafood, fruit desserts, cheeses. 11.5% D 750 mL $29.50 Score: 88/100. May 2022. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Segura Viudas Brut Reserva Cava, Penedes D.O., Spain: Superb value! Toasty, earthy, dry and refreshing sparkling wine that's a fraction of the cost of Champagne. Lovely yeasty notes on the nose with some toasted apple and almond on the finish. Stock up for your parties and weddings now. 216960 12% D 750 mL $16.95 Score: 90/100. May 2022. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tenuta S. Anna Prosecco Extra-Dry, Veneto D.O.C., Italy: Crisp and toasty with a touch of melon sweetness. Perfect for fresh seafood. Prosecco Extra-Dry food pairings: appetizers, asparagus dishes, seafood courses. 388710 11% MD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 89/100. May 2022. Best Value Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mionetto Prestige Prosecco Brut Doc Treviso, Veneto, Italy: A terrific value for this Italian sparkling wine with toasty, crisp refreshment. Perfect for seafood and shellfish. 483339 11% MD 750 mL $18.00 Score: 89/100. May 2022. Best Value Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

La Marca Prosecco, Veneto D.O.C., Italy: A crisp, dry Italian sparkling wine with notes of lemon zest and lime. What an amazing bubbly for the price. Ideal for celebrations and gifts. Perfect as a chilled aperitif or companion to seafood. 487694 11% M 750 mL $18.95 Score: 89/100. May 2022. Best Value Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

Westcott Vineyards Block 76 Chardonnay 2020, Vinemount Ridge, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Full-bodied, rich and round Niagara Chardonnay with aromas of freshly baked bread, butter, golden apple and pear. Match with roast chicken. Chardonnay food pairings: Asian dishes with black bean, steamed mahi Mahi, pasta with tomato sauce, pork tenderloin. Drink: 2022 - 2026 32522 13% XD 750 mL $47.95 Score: 91/100. May 2022. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Drea's Wine Co. Drea's Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A lovely, vibrantly fresh Niagara Sauvignon Blanc with aromas of classic gooseberry and lime zest on the nose. Medium-bodied and ultra-refreshing. Pair with seafood, shellfish and roast chicken or turkey. Order directly from the winery. Drink: 2020 - 2022 16452 12.5% XD 750 mL $26.50 Score: 91/100. May 2022. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Wayne Gretzky Estates No. 99 Riesling 2019, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A superb Ontario Riesling, especially at this price point! Aromas of lime zest and lemon sunshine. Perfect for seafood, shellfish, roast turkey and vegetarian dishes. Drink: 2021 - 2024 144865 11% M 750 mL $15.95 Score: 91/100. May 2022. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Weszeli Felix Grüner Veltliner 2019, Niederösterreich, Austria: Weszeli Felix 2019 Grüner Veltliner is produced from the Niederösterreich region in Austria. On the nose the wine is showing lovely aromas of soft lemon-lime zest and white pepper, light-bodied and spritzy on the palate with subtle mineral notes. Very refreshing. Chill and enjoy on its own or with spring greens salads. Grüner Veltliner food pairings: salads, crab cakes, feta cheese. Drink: 2022 - 2024 18385 11.5% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 90/100. May 2022. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Blomidon Tidal Bay 2019, Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia, Canada: A zesty, come-alive Tidal Bay from one of the province's top producers. A heady blend of L'Acadie Blanc, Seyval Blanc, and New York Muscat grapes. Aromas of apple blossom, peach and Atlantic sunshine. Pair with fresh seafood. Drink: 2022 - 2024 1013995 10% MD 750 mL $22.99 Score: 91/100. May 2022. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Relax Riesling 2019, Mosel, Germany: A lovely off-dry German Riesling with aromas of fresh peach and apricot. Racy acidity for seafood. Light-bodied and pretty. As they say, relax! Drink: 2020 - 2023 649111 9.5% MD 750 mL $12.95 Score: 89/100. May 2022. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Fresh Opportunities Riesling Gewurztraminer, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Lovely sweet peach and field daisy aromas. Straight-up pleasure in a glass. Riesling Gewurztraminer food pairings: spicy thai food, sweet potato fries with chipotle mayonnaise, butternut squash soup. Drink: 2022 - 2024 572156 11% M 750 mL $13.95 Score: 85/100. May 2022. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


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