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Vintages Release February 6, 2015

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Red Wine

Georges Duboeuf Hob Nob Pinot Noir 2012, Languedoc Igt, France: A fabulous value for Pinot Noir! Silky, medium-bodied, smooth and bursting with ripe fleshy cherry aromas and flavours. Perfect for roast chicken or grilled salmon. Drink: 2012 - 2016 184069 12.5% D 750 mL $12.95 Score: 88/100. February 2015. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Pasqua Amarone Della Valpolicella 2009, Veneto, Italy: Full-bodied Italian red wine with aromas and flavours of black fruit liqueur, smoke, tar and anise. Pair with hearty meat dishes. Drink: 2014 - 2018 360958 15% XD 750 mL $34.85 Score: 89/100. February 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sumac Ridge Estate Winery Private Reserve Pinot Noir 2013, Canada: A medium-bodied BC red wine made from the difficult grape Pinot Noir. Aromas of tart cherry and field raspberry. Pair with planked salmon. Drink: 2013 - 2017 392415 13% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 88/100. February 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Maverick Estate Winery Pinot Noir 2013, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada: Smooth and almost full-bodied BC red wine made from the classic, but difficult grape, Pinot Noir. Aromas and flavours of cherry liqueur and mocha from oak aging. Velvet smooth. Pair with grilled chicken. Drink: 2014 - 2019 13.8% D 750 mL $29.00 Score: 89/100. February 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Two Sisters Vineyards Merlot 2010, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Ultra plush with a velvet texture on the tongue, this Niagara Merlot will seduce you. Almost full-bodied with voluptuous layers of fleshy black plum and blackberry. This family-owned and operated vineyard is located along the northern tip of the Niagara River appellation. Merlot food pairings: grilled lamb rack with rosemary-roasted potatoes, and sautéed rapini. Drink: 2014 - 2020 832651000036 13.5% D 750 mL $48.00 Score: 91/100. February 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Two Sisters Vineyards Cabernet Franc 2010, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A smoky, mocha-rich, full-bodied Cabernet Franc with generous layers of flavour and complexity. This may well be the best Cab Franc I've tasted from Ontario: impressive for a new winery just out of the gate in Niagara. Decant 1-2 hours. No herbal or bell pepper here; just rich, ripe fruit, amazing structure and a finish to last longer than a country lane running beside the vineyard. Cabernet Franc food pairings: pappardelle with rabbit ragu and oyster mushrooms. Drink: 2014 - 2020 832651000029 13.5% D 750 mL $48.00 Score: 92/100. February 2015. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Two Sisters Vineyards Eleventh Post 2011, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Savoury, meaty, mouth-watering, juicy, alive! The fresh, vibrant Niagara red wine is a blend of of 52% Cabernet Franc, 24% Merlot and 24% Cab Sauvignon grapes. Gorgeous aromatics of fleshy black plum and some mocha from oak aging. Following a dry summer in the 2011 vintage, later harvesting and low yields enables the Two Sisters winery still still pick fruit at peak ripeness. Great texture, long finish. Pair with grilled pork chops. Food pairings: Grilled rib eye with potato croquette, swiss chard and roasted carrots. Drink: 2014 - 2018 832651000012 13.5% D 750 mL $39.00 Score: 91/100. February 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cusumano Syrah 2013, Sicily, Italy: Extraordinary value for the money in this southern Italian red wine. Syrah delivers a velvet mouth texture and lots of fleshy ripe dark plum flavours. Perfect for roast beef. Drink: 2013 - 2016 145490 14.5% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 87/100. February 2015. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sparkling Wine

Two Sisters Vineyards Lush Sparkling Rose 2010, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A robust rose sparkling wine from Niagara with attractive notes of field raspberries and strawberries. Toasty and well-structured with a refreshing finish. Sparkling Rose food pairings: grilled octopus, shaved fennel, radish, celery, lemon, and parsley. Drink: 2014 - 2017 832651000098 13% D 750 mL $35.00 Score: 89/100. February 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Maccari Raboso, Veneto, Italy: A lovely Italian sparkling wine with fleshy ripe aromas and flavours of raspberries and strawberries. This bubbly works well as a chilled aperitif, or serve it with nuts and cheeses. Great price. Drink: 2014 - 2016 11% M 750 mL $21.95 Score: 88/100. February 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

Huff Estates Winery Pinot Gris 2012, Prince Edward County, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Lovely white peach refreshment, green apple goodness follows on the palate. Medium-bodied. Perfect aperitif. Pinot Gris food pairings: roast chicken, roast pork. Drink: 2013 - 2016 134221 12.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. February 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Two Sisters Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Good acidity and freshness in this Niagara Sauvignon. More lime citrus and green melon than herbal or grassy. Vibrant acidity to pair well with vegetarian dishes and seafood. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: oven roasted mushrooms with parmesan and bread crumbs. Drink: 2013 - 2016 832651000067 12.5% D 750 mL $29.00 Score: 88/100. February 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Two Sisters Vineyards Foxcroft Riesling 2013, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Lovely flint, wet stone, white peach nose on this vibrant Niagara Riesling. Mouth-watering and juicy with just a touch of sweetness that you'll adore as it's beautifully balanced with the acidity. Ultra-food-friendly. Think oysters, scallops, seafood, salads.... Drink: 2014 - 2020 832651000050 10.6% MD 750 mL $24.00 Score: 93/100. February 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Two Sisters Vineyards Unoaked Chardonnay 2013, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Green apple fresh and vibrant with a shooting shaft of lime citrus lift through the middle of the lovely Chardonnay from Niagara. Pure and intense, this would make a great apertif or companion to seafood or shellfish. Chardonnay food pairings: spaghetti with basil and zucchini. Drink: 2014 - 2016 832651000081 12.5% D 750 mL $24.00 Score: 89/100. February 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Two Sisters Vineyards Chardonnay 2013, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Liquid satin seduction! This gorgeous Niagara Chardonnay has it all: mouth-coating texture, vibrant aromatics of green apple all wrapped in a smoky shawl. Great balance, structure and finish. Pair with roast chicken. Chardonnay food pairings: Sicilian rice balls with smoked mozzarella, tomato sauce, and basil. Drink: 2014 - 2018 832651000074 13% D 750 mL $32.00 Score: 92/100. February 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


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