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Wine Picks July 10, 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.

Red Wine

Rodney Strong Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, Sonoma County, California, United States: This is a robust and full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon with a blackberry, cedar brush, dark cocoa and savoury spice flavours on the palate. Consistent vintage after vintage and a crowd pleaser. Founded in 1959 Rodney Strong Vineyards, the Klein family have been overseeing operations since 1989. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: pulled pork, burgers, hard cheese, grilled rare steak, smoked beef ribs. Drink: 2019 - 2026 226944 13.5% D 750 mL $26.95 Score: 92/100. July 2022. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Emiliana Coyam Organic Red Blend 2018, Rapel Valley, Chile: This gorgeous, full-bodied Chilean red wine blend is made from organically grown grapes, mostly Syrah and Carmenère but also Cabernet, Mourvèdre and Petit Verdot. The wine is named in honour of the oak forests in Colchagua. Aromas of dark spice and fleshy ripe black fruit. Pair with grilled meats. Organic Red Blend food pairings: roast leg of venison with sautéed mushrooms and sweet onions, roast pheasant, fried wild rabbit on toast. Drink: 2022 - 2029 63891 14.5% D 750 mL $29.95 Score: 94/100. July 2022. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Trapiche Gran Medalla Malbec 2017, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina: Trapiche Gran Medalla 2017 Malbec is a full-bodied, powerful and juicy Malbec with fleshy dark cherry, ripe blueberry, dark plum, cedar and savoury spice on the palate. Finishes spicy and smooth. Just outstanding. Malbec food pairings: roasted game meats, tourtière, boeuf bourguignon. Drink: 2021 - 2024 467977 14% XD 750 mL $28.95 Score: 95/100. July 2022. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Teyssier 2018, Montagne-Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux A.C., France: From the Montagne-Saint-Émilion wine region in the Bordeaux, Château Teyssier 2018 is a fragrant, medium-plus-bodied 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc red wine blend with crushed violets, warm plum, mocha and sweet spice aromas on the nose. Elegant and plushy on the palate with juicy plum, dried herbs, sandalwood, cinnamon, nutmeg, orange zest and well-integrated oak spice flavours on the palate. Enjoy with a roast Chateaubriand. Food pairings: pizza, pasta, rare steaks, pork tenderloin, hard cheese. Drink: 2024 - 2030 226035 13.5% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 92/100. July 2022. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Porcupine Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon 2020, Coastal Region W.O., South Africa: Porcupine Ridge 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon is amazing value at $17. The grapes for this vintage were sourced from the Coastal wine region of South Africa. Look for fresh, bright and juicy blackberry, black currant, spicy and dark chocolate flavours balanced with food-friendly acidity on the palate. Enjoy with grilled meats. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: grilled chicken, hearty meat dishes, grilled game burgers. Drink: 2022 - 2026 146894 14% D 750 mL $16.95 Score: 91/100. July 2022. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Meinklang Organic Blaufrankisch 2020, Burgenland, Austria: Low in tannin and acidity, this easy-drinking organic Blaufrankisch wine has ample blackberry aromas with blueberry, plum and mushroom on the palate. Pair with wood planked salmon from the grill. Blaufrankisch food pairings: grilled portobello burgers, salmon steak, thin crust cheese pizza. Drink: 2022 - 2025 24708 12% XD 750 mL $25.95 Score: 90/100. July 2022. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Hester Creek Estate Winery The Judge 2019, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, BC V.Q.A., Canada: A spectacularly rich and complex red wine blend of 41% Merlot, 31% Cabernet Sauvignon and 28% Cabernet Franc grapes from the heart of BC's Okanagan Valley. This wine offers aromas of dark berries and plums wrapped in seductive notes of smoke and black spice. Decant 1-2 hours. Enjoy with hearty meat dishes and hard cheeses. The Judge food pairings: Braised short ribs or well aged cheeses.. Drink: 2024 - 2032 133124 14.6% D 750 mL $44.00 Score: 95/100. July 2022. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Casa Santos Lima Colossal Reserva 2017, Lisboa, Portugal: Casa Santos Lima Colossal Reserva 2017 has colossal flavour with rich dark cherry, blueberry, blackberry, fine herbs and spice on the palate at not such a colossal price ($16). Powerful with rich tannins. Enjoy with a sausage cassoulet or game roasts. Food pairings: grilled steak, roast leg of lamb, hard cheese, veal piccata. Drink: 2022 - 2024 548867 14.2% D 750 mL $16.95 Score: 89/100. July 2022. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Stave & Steel Canadian Whisky Barrel Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, California, United States: A full-bodied Californian Cabernet that's aged in Canadian whisky barrels. Aromas of fleshy ripe plums and smoke. Pair with barbecued ribs. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: pork ribs, grilled burgers, chicken wings, shepherd's pie. Drink: 2022 - 2025 13733 15.5% D 750 mL $20.95 Score: 91/100. July 2022. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Bodacious Cabernet Sauvignon, Ontario, Canada: This red wine offers aromas of blackberry jam and coffee beans. It's made from Cabernet Sauvignon grapes that are grown in Canada and internationally: CIC (cellared in Canda). There's no vintage date. Pair with hamburgers. Drink: 2022 - 2023 429795 13% M 750 mL $11.95 Score: 83/100. July 2022. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Renner & Rennersistas Organic Zweigelt 2020, Austria: An organic, juicy, easy-drinking medium-bodied Austrian red wine made from the Zweigelt grape. Aromas of plum and dark cherry with some pepper spice on the finish. Perfect for grilled meat and veggie dishes. Zweigelt food pairings: veal stew with root vegetables, roast chicken, pork sausages. Drink: 2022 - 2024 24655 13% XD 750 mL $27.90 Score: 90/100. July 2022. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rennersistas Organic Superglitzer 2020, Burgenland, Austria: Rennersistas Organic Superglitzer 2020 is produced from a blend of Saint-Laurent, Zweigelt and Blaufrankisch grapes. An easy-drinking natural organic wine with blueberry aromas and red berry on the palate. Pour with kebabs and bugers from the grill. Superglitzer food pairings: striploin steak, bison burgers, veggie pizza. Drink: 2022 - 2024 24656 13% XD 750 mL $29.40 Score: 89/100. July 2022. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rosés

Trius Rosé 2021, Niagara Pensinsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A pretty label on this Niagara rose. Medium-bodied with cherry-berry aromas. Pair with roast chicken. Rosé food pairings: fish and chips, crab cakes, shrimp cocktail, grilled chicken. Drink: 2022 - 2024 341743 12% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 88/100. July 2022. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Quails' Gate Estate Winery Rosé 2021, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada: Full-bodied for rosé, but medium-bodied when you consider the entire spectrum of wine styles. In other words, this BC rosé is packed with flavour, but also refreshing. Delightfully flavourful with aromas of field raspberries and some nutmeg. The most un-boring rosés I've tasted. Pair with halibut. Rosé food pairings: lox and capers, grilled salmon steak, fresh fruit, veggies, pasta primavera. Drink: 2022 - 2024 275842 13% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 91/100. July 2022. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sparkling Wine

Trius Brut Sparkling, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A crisp, fresh and vibrant Ontario bubbly with aromas of toasted bread, green apple and lime zest. Made using the traditional Champagne method of the second fermentation in the bottle. Pair with shellfish or fried chicken. Sparkling food pairings: poached salmon, sushi, veggie platter, shellfish. Drink: 202 - 2025 284539 12% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 92/100. July 2022. Top Rated Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Chateau Ste. Michelle Brut Sparkling, Washington State, United States: Crisp and clean. Uses the method classique. Produced by Domaine ste michelle in Washington State. Wow, especially for this price. Sparkling food pairings: cold chicken and watercress sandwiches, smoked salmon on baguette, seafood hors d'œuvres, shrimp cocktail, egg dishes. Drink: 2022 - 2024 557637 11.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. July 2022. Top Rated Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage Extra Brut Champagne 2012, Champagne A.C., France: A superb Grand Vintage (2012) Extra Brut with a smoky, fresh baked-bread nose. Zesty and fresh with ripe apple, peach, honeyed, toasty nut flavours on a lively mousse. Chill and enjoy now and for the next eight years. Champagne food pairings: pasta with cheese-based sauce, caviar, lobster thermidor, sushi. Drink: 2019 - 2027 69773 12% D 750 mL $95.95 Score: 94/100. July 2022. Top Rated Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Emmolo No 4 Sparkling, California, United States: Produced by the Wagner Family of Wine, Emmolo No 4 is a traditional method sparkling wine produced from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes. Bright and dry with a lively, vibrant mousse of ripe apricot, pear, mandarin zest, baked bread and pastry flavours with a mineral vein that runs throughout this delish sparkler. Chill and enjoy with roast chicken. Sparkling food pairings: fish tacos, smoked salmon on baguette, brunch dishes. Drink: 2022 - 2024 15418 12% D 750 mL $49.95 Score: 91/100. July 2022. Top Rated Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Peller Family Reserve Rosé Bubbles, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Aromas of fresh strawberry and cherry with peach and pear flavours. Chill and enjoy with grilled chicken dishes or on its own. Rosé Bubbles food pairings: charcuterie and cheese board, veggie pizza, green salads. 25517 12.5% M 750 mL $14.95 Score: 88/100. July 2022. Best Value Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

Rudi Heinisch Haide Gruner Veltliner 2020, Weinviertel, Austria: Lemon and floral aromas with lychee and lime zest on the palate. Chill and pour with seafood dishes. Gruner Veltliner food pairings: roast chicken, herbed fish, veggie sandwiches. Drink: 2022 - 2024 24633 12.5% XD 750 mL $27.10 Score: 91/100. July 2022. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Bodacious Pinot Grigio, Ontario, Canada: A medium sweet, non-vintage white wine blend. Pair with light seafood. 473223 12% M 750 mL $8.25 Score: 84/100. July 2022. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

J. Lohr Riverstone Arroyo Seco Monterey Chardonnay 2019, Arroyo Seco, Monterey County, California, United States: A citrusy, tropical fruit, ripe peach, creamy and toasty Chardonnay. Produced by winemaker, Kristen Barnhisel, this is a balanced and well-crafted California Chard. Chardonnay food pairings: roast chicken, fish and chips, salmon patties. Drink: 2022 - 2024 258699 13.5% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. July 2022. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Thirty Bench Small Lot Wood Post Riesling 2018, Beamsville Bench, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A gorgeous Niagara Riesling with notes of fresh lime, lemongrass and Granny Smith apple. Zesty, juicy and refreshing. Perfect for seafood and vegetarian dishes. Riesling food pairings: fresh spring rolls and plum sauce; clove-studded baked ham; spring pea risotto; lemon chicken; turkey with a dried fruit stuffing; grilled salmon with citrus glaze; bouillabaisse; chicken skewers with lemon thyme walnut pesto. Drink: 2021 - 2028 1081417 10.3% D 750 mL $29.95 Score: 95/100. July 2022. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc 2020, Marlborough, New Zealand: A lovely New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc with tropical and citrus flavours rather than the grassy, herbal ones. Fresh with racy acidity for shellfish and seafood. Medium-bodied with no oak. Clean and crisp. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: grilled tuna, herbed chicken, veggie pesto pizza. Drink: 2022 - 2024 415745 12.5% D 750 mL $18.50 Score: 91/100. July 2022. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Meinklang Burgenland White 2020, Neusiedlersee, Burgenland, Austria: A lively blend of Gruner Veltliner, Welschriesling and Muskat grapes in this organic white wine. Aromas of peach, lemon and florals. Dry and mouth-watering. Pair with seafood and field greens. Burgenland White food pairings: roast chicken, spinach quiche, seafood dishes. Drink: 2022 - 2023 24707 11% D 750 mL $20.15 Score: 90/100. July 2022. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Fresh Beginnings Moscato, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: An Ontario VQA Moscato from Fresh Winery, part of the Lakeview Wine Co. Floral and fruity aromas with fresh melon, pear, and peach preserves on the palate. Pour with a fruit and cheese plate, and ham dinner. Moscato food pairings: spring rolls, honey garlic chicken, spicy nachos. 341776 11.5% M 750 mL $13.95 Score: 88/100. July 2022. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Viña Leyda Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Leyda Valley, Chile: So vibrant and fresh, this Chilean Sauvignon Blanc almost jumps out of the glass to meet you more than half way. Aromas of fresh cut grass, lemon zest and sunshine. Pair with shellfish and seafood. Incredible value. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: seafood pasta in creamy sauce, tempura vegetables, seafood hot pot. Drink: 2017 - 2018 515247 13.5% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 90/100. July 2022. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


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