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Wine Picks July 10, 2015

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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

Benjamin Bridge Borealis Vidal Icewine 2009, Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia, Canada: This stunning Nova Scotian dessert wine is named in honour of the Northern Lights, Aurora Borealis. It features luxurious aromas of apricot preserves, marmalade and clementine jam. Winemaker Jean-Benoit DesLaurier has demonstrated superb craftsmanship that hedonists will appreciate. Pair with star gazing and fruit flans, cobblers and crumbles. Drink: 2012 - 2019 1008812 12% S 200 mL $35.00 Score: 93/100. July 2015. Top Rated Dessert Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Le Chat Botté Vin De Paille 2013, Monteregie, Quebec, Canada: Such a pretty dessert wine! Lovely aromas of honeyed apricot and peach jam. Pair withis with cheddar or blue cheese as well as fruit-based desserts like fruit flans and cobblers. Drink: 2014 - 2021 13% S 375 mL $35.00 Score: 89/100. July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Harwood Estates Winery Marquesa 2012, Prince Edward County, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A rich, port-style dessert wine from Prince Edward County. Terrific depth and concentration of blackberry jam and plum preserves. Perfect for blue cheese and chocolate-based desserts. Drink: 2012 - 2017 31259014814 19% S 375 mL $29.00 Score: 89/100. July 2015. Best Value Dessert Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Other Wines/Drinks

Neige Recolte D'hiver 2012, Monterigie, Quebec, Canada: Essence of apple pie in a glass. Lovely dessert wine/cider with refreshing notes of various types of apples. Pair with, what else, apple pie, apple cobbler and apple flan. Drink: 2012 - 2015 00744367 9% S 375 mL $19.95 Score: 88/100. July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Red Wine

Long Dog Vineyard Top Dog Riserva Pinot Noir 2009, Prince Edward County, Ontario V.Q.A.: Vibrant cranberry and sour cherry aromas and flavours that are the beautiful hallmark of Prince Edward County Pinot Noir. Racy, mouth-watering acidity for roasted chicken or more exotic quail and wild game dishes (if you can cook). Drink: 2012 - 2018 31259014814 12.9% XD 750 mL $25.00 Score: 91/100. July 2015. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Casa-Dea Estates Winery Pinot Noir 2011, V.Q.A., Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada: Love the sour cherry cherry and tart cranberry aromas and flavours on this Prince Edward County Pinot Noir. Silky and smooth. This wine finished as one of the top three wines to pair with cheddar cheese. Drink: 2012 - 2017 296210 12.2% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Closson Chase Closson Chase Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012, Prince Edward County, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A medium-bodied, satin smooth Prince Edward County Pinot Noir. Aromas of tart cherries and racy mouth-watering acidity. Layered with a long finish and nice balance. Pair with planked salmon. Pinot Noir food pairings: pan-seared duck breast with a wild mushroom pan jus. Drink: 2014 - 2018 180756000247 12.7% D 750 mL $29.95 Score: 90/100. July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Running With Bulls Tempranillo 2013, Wrattonbully, South Australia, Australia: A rich, full-bodied Spanish red wine made from the country's icon Tempranillo grape. Aromas of dark fleshy fruit and smoke. Perfect for smoked and grilled meats and a variety of Spanish tapas. Tempranillo food pairings: roasted rosemary lamb or Spanish-style tapas, especially jamón Serrano. Drink: 2015 - 2018 400267 14% D 750 mL $17.85 Score: 89/100. July 2015. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Concha Y Toro Winemaker's Lot 148 Carmenère 2012, Rapel Valley, Chile: Gorgeously rich and full-bodied Chilean red wine made from the country's signature red grape, Carmenere. The grapes are grown in the estate's Las Pataguas Vineyard. This wine offers savoury, meaty blackberry liqueur aromas and dark spices. This is an amazing wine for the money. Pair with hearty meat dishes. Carmenère food pairings: wine-braised beef, turkey with heavy sauces, wild boar, bison chili. Drink: 2014 - 2018 30957 14% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 92/100. July 2015. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Torres Gran Coronas Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, Penedès, Spain: The grapes for this lusciously ripe Spanish Cabernet Sauvignon grow on vines planted on the belvedere on the Mas la Palana estate. Aromas of blackberry jam, dark spice and some pepper. Pair with grilled meats. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: lamb Bolognese, grilled New York strip loin, hard cheese, braised pork shanks, veal chops. Drink: 2014 - 2018 36483 14% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. July 2015. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Beronia Reserva 2010, Rioja, Spain: Tannic and warm Spanish red wine, with black fruit, toasty oak and layers of mouth-watering juiciness. This is a Spanish red wine blend of Tempranillo, Graciano and Mazuelo grapes. The wine was aged for 18 months in barrel and another 20 months in bottle before being released from the winery. Pair with rack of lamb. Food pairings: blackened leg of lamb, spicy meat dishes, beef tenderloin. Drink: 2013 - 2017 50203 14% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 88/100. July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Chanson Reserve Du Bastion Pinot Noir 2012, Burgundy, France: Tart cherries and sour cranberry notes in this medium-bodied, smooth Burgundian Pinot Noir. Pair with duck. Pinot Noir food pairings: veal medallions, lamb in a red wine sauce, roasted pork loin, Tourtière, prime rib roasted. Drink: 2013 - 2017 50575 12% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 86/100. July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Kaiken Malbec 2012, Mendoza, Argentina: Juicy with lip smacking tasty aromas and flavours of juicy black fruit in this Argentine red wine made from Malbec grapes. Lots of mouth-watering acidity. Full-bodied, round and rich. Great price. Pair with grilled pork chops. Malbec food pairings: cheese pizza , tagliatelle alla Bolognese, chicken herb-rubbed roast, hamburger, roasted veal. Drink: 2013 - 2017 58339 14% D 750 mL $14.95 Score: 88/100. July 2015. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

7 Deadly Zins Old Vine Zinfandel 2012, Lodi, California, United States: Produced by Michael David Winery, this smoky Californian red wine offers campfire hickory smoke on the nose, perfect for telling ghost stories. Black fleshy fruit. Dark spice, full-bodied and supple. Perfect for barbecued meats and meat lovers pizza. Zinfandel food pairings: spaghetti Bolognaise, aged cheddar, grilled lamb loin, grilled duck breast, Italian sausage burgers. Drink: 2013 - 2017 59311 15% D 750 mL $24.95 Score: 91/100. July 2015. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Monte Antico 2010, Tuscany, Italy: Juicy with black fruit and lots of acidity. Tannic grip on the palate. Pair with pasta in a meat or tomato sauce. Drink: 2013 - 2016 69377 13% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 86/100. July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Luigi Bosca Reserva Malbec 2012, Mendoza, Argentina: Solid value, full-bodied, savoury Argentine Malbec that improves every year. The wine is aged for 12 months in French oak casks. Pair with grilled meats. Malbec food pairings: cheese pizza , tagliatelle alla Bolognese, chicken herb-rubbed roast, hamburger, roasted veal. Drink: 2013 - 2017 79293 14% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 88/100. July 2015. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Majella The Musician Cabernet Shiraz 2012, South Australia, Australia: Juicy and savoury with fleshy, lusciously ripe black plums and blackberry. This robust Australian red wine is a beautiful blend of Cabernet and Shiraz grapes. It's layered, rich and round. Pair with a rare steak. Drink: 2014 - 2018 142018 14% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Louis Jadot Bourgogne 2012, Burgundy, France: Tart and lots of acidity and tannic. Somewhat green, but pleasant if you love a mouth-watering, acidic Old World Pinot Noir. Pair with planked salmon. Food pairings: veal medallions, lamb in a red wine sauce, roasted pork loin, Tourtière, prime rib roasted. Drink: 2013 - 2018 162073 12% XD 750 mL $22.95 Score: 88/100. July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Marchesi di Barolo La Tradizione Barolo 2009, Piedmont Docg, Italy: Loads of tannin here that needs cellar time smooth out. Violets, black chary fruits, truffle. Pair with wild boar with shaved truffle. Decant 2 hours. Barolo food pairings: herbed roast beef, roast veal, hamburgers, aged meats and cheeses, venison. Drink: 2014 - 2018 168179 14% D 750 mL $34.95 Score: 88/100. July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Muga Reserva 2011, Rioja, Spain: Full-bodied with toasty black fruit and oak. Decant 1-2 hours and pair with rare steak. This is a Spanish red wine blend of 70% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha, 10% Graciano and Mazuelo grapes. The wine was aged 24 months in French and American oak casks. Pair with grilled lamb. Drink: 2013 - 2017 177345 14% XD 750 mL $23.95 Score: 87/100. July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Irony Merlot 2012, California, United States: Supple, juicy and full-bodied with black plums and smoke. Pleasantly bitter finish. Firm grip on the palate. Pair with meat lovers' pizza. Merlot food pairings: Brazilian-style flank steak, rack of BBQ ribs, veal Porterhouse, grilled lamb, cheese. Drink: 2013 - 2017 183186 14% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 87/100. July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Southbrook Vineyards Triomphe Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, Ontario, Canada: Mocha but ripe Niagara Cabernet, with no bell pepper notes. Tannic, decant 2 hours savoury and lots of acidity. This is an organic wine. Pair with free range beef. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: lamb Bolognese, grilled New York strip loin, hard cheese, braised pork shanks, veal chops. Drink: 2014 - 2017 193573 13% XD 750 mL $22.95 Score: 87/100. July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Columbia Crest Winery H3 Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Washington, United States: Lots of rich mocha and coffee flavours from toasty oak aging. Fleshy dark berries and vanilla spice on the palate and finish. Full-bodied and supple. Pair with grilled meats or Mexican mole. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: lamb Bolognese, grilled New York strip loin, hard cheese, braised pork shanks, veal chops. Drink: 2014 - 2017 210047 14% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. July 2015. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

McManis Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, California, United States: Mocha and chocolate from oak aging with some fleshy ripe black plums. Full-bodied and smooth. Pair with a pepper steak. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: lamb Bolognese, grilled New York strip loin, hard cheese, braised pork shanks, veal chops. Drink: 2014 - 2017 212126 14% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 87/100. July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, California, United States: Smoky with charred black fruit and good savoury character and balance. Pair with a rare steak. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: lamb Bolognese, grilled New York strip loin, hard cheese, braised pork shanks, veal chops. Drink: 2013 - 2017 255513 14% D 750 mL $34.95 Score: 89/100. July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

E. Guigal 2011, Cotes Du Rhone, France: Cherry-berry rustic with a firm tannic grip. Full-bodied yet supple. Ideal for grilled meats. Food pairings: grilled hamburger, barbecued lamb cutlets, pork chops. Drink: 2013 - 2017 259721 14% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. July 2015. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Hidden Bench Winery Pinot Noir 2012, Beamsville Bench, Niagara, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Chocolate from oak aging then black cherry. Lots of acidity. Medium-bodied and relatively smooth. Pair with grilled seafood. Pinot Noir food pairings: veal medallions, lamb in a red wine sauce, roasted pork loin, Tourtière, prime rib roasted. Drink: 2013 - 2018 274753 14% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 90/100. July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cathedral Cellar Kwv Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Western Cape, South Africa: Coffee mocha aromas on the nose, but not too much. Tannic grip but that will smooth out with 1-2 hours decanting. Great value and taste for the money. Pair with grilled pork chops. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: lamb Bolognese, grilled New York strip loin, hard cheese, braised pork shanks, veal chops. Drink: 2014 - 2017 328567 14% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 88/100. July 2015. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Perrin & Fils 2012, Cotes Du Rhône, France: Cedary, rustic and robust with notes of tart blackberry and wild cassis. Pair with grilled meats. Drink: 2014 - 2017 363457 14% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 87/100. July 2015. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Santa Carolina Reserva De Familia Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Maipo Valley, Chile: Firm tannic grip on the palate, with black tart fruit and toasty oak aromas, full-bodied and savoury. Great wine for the price. This wine was aged in oak barrels for 14 months. Pair with a juicy, rare steak. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: lamb Bolognese, grilled New York strip loin, hard cheese, braised pork shanks, veal chops. Drink: 2014 - 2018 408658 14% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 90/100. July 2015. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Zenato Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico 2010, Veneto, Italy: Baked prunes and blackberry pie with dried fruit and spice. Very baked and full-bodied. Pair with wild boar or brontosaurus burgers. Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico food pairings: polenta dishes, pasta with a tomato sauce, roasted venison, beef daube, leg of lamb. Drink: 2014 - 2020 413179 16% D 750 mL $49.95 Score: 91/100. July 2015. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tedeschi Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico 2010, Veneto, Italy: Stewed pruned and dried black fruit, somewhat tired but full and mouth-filling. Pair with roast beef or prime rib. Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico food pairings: polenta dishes, pasta with a tomato sauce, roasted venison, beef daube, leg of lamb. Drink: 2014 - 2019 433417 16% D 750 mL $39.95 Score: 88/100. July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Catena Malbec 2013, Mendoza, Argentina: Solid, smoky, good acidity black charred fruit, balanced. Pair with a rare filet mignon. Malbec food pairings: cheese pizza , tagliatelle alla Bolognese, chicken herb-rubbed roast, hamburger, roasted veal. Drink: 2014 - 2018 478727 14% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 87/100. July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Julian Chivite Gran Feudo Reserva 2008, Navarra, Spain: Extremely tannic: decant 2 hours. Toasty oak and black fruit. Full-bodied with mouth-watering acidity. Pair with a rare steak. Drink: 2013 - 2016 479014 13% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 86/100. July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Zenato Ripassa Valpolicella Superiore 2011, Veneto, Italy: A solid value with full-bodied concentration and heft with ripe black fruit. Made using the Appassimento method. Pair with roast beef. Ripassa Valpolicella Superiore food pairings: pizza topped with steak strips and garlic, spicy sausage , prime rib roast, hearty winter stew. Drink: 2014 - 2019 479766 14% D 750 mL $24.95 Score: 89/100. July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Collection Ivory Label Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, California, United States: The best Coppola wine I've tasted yet. Full-bodied, smoky with good acidity and a firm tannic grip. Decant 1-2 hours. Pair with a pepper steak. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: lamb Bolognese, grilled New York strip loin, hard cheese, braised pork shanks, veal chops. Drink: 2014 - 2018 521021 14% D 750 mL $24.95 Score: 90/100. July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Malivoire Wine Company Gamay 2013, Niagara, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Tart cherry with a firm tannic grip. Full-bodied: this is no wimpy Gamay. Lots of pleasure. Decant 1 hour, pair with grilled pork chops and you're good to go. Gamay food pairings: grilled salmon, antipasto plate, meaty tomato based pasta. Drink: 2013 - 2017 591313 12% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 87/100. July 2015. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Esporão Reserva 2012, Alentejo, Portugal: Somewhat warm on the nose and palate from the relatively high alcohol content at 14.5%. Black cherry liqueur and toasty oak aromas. Full-bodied and smooth. Pair with grilled meats and enjoy. Drink: 2013 - 2017 606590 14% XD 750 mL $25.95 Score: 87/100. July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Penfolds Thomas Hyland Shiraz 2012, South Australia, Australia: Campfire hickory smoke on the nose with a savoury, meaty weave through the palate. Charred black fruit. So seductive, so rich and full-bodied, yet also so balanced. Pair with a rare, juicy steak. Shiraz food pairings: lamb cutlets, hamburgers, espresso and cocoa-rubbed flank steak, black bean soup, cheese. Drink: 2014 - 2018 611210 14% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 91/100. July 2015. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Kim Crawford Pinot Noir 2014, Marlborough, New Zealand: Cherry-berry on the nose with mocha aromas from oak aging. Almost full-bodied and smooth. Love the balancing acidity. Perfect for grilled lamb. Pinot Noir food pairings: veal medallions, lamb in a red wine sauce, roasted pork loin, Tourtière, prime rib roasted. Drink: 2014 - 2018 626390 13% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. July 2015. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Castelgiocondo Marchesi De' Frescobaldi Brunello Di Montalcino 2010, Tuscany, Italy: Extremely tannic: needs cellar time. Don't rush this baby, and you'll be rewarded. Black chary fruit and toasty oak with lots of body and layered complexity. Decant 2 hours when you (finally) do open it (please). Pair with game meats and truffle-inflected dishes. Brunello Di Montalcino food pairings: grilled steak, roast leg of lamb, hard cheese, veal piccata. Drink: 2017 - 2022 650432 15% XD 750 mL $49.95 Score: 90/100. July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

J. Lohr Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, California, United States: Chocolate and mocha from lots of oak aging. Full-bodied and fairly smooth and supple though it could benefit from 1 decanting. Pair with grilled pork chops. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: lamb Bolognese, grilled New York strip loin, hard cheese, braised pork shanks, veal chops. Drink: 2014 - 2017 656561 14% D 750 mL $21.95 Score: 87/100. July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Perez Cruz Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Maipo Valley, Chile: Solid performer year after year and especially at this price point. Savoury, meaty, juicy Chilean Cabernet that's grown in the Maipo Alto region of the country where it enjoys a Mediterranean climate and piedmont stony soils. Pair with brisket. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: lamb Bolognese, grilled New York strip loin, hard cheese, braised pork shanks, veal chops. Drink: 2014 - 2018 694208 13% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 90/100. July 2015. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Perrin & Fils Les Sinards 2012, Chateauneuf-Du-Pape, Rhône Aoc, France: Big tannic grip: this red wine blend of Syrah and Mourvèdre grapes (among others) from the southern Rhone Valley needs cellar time then decanting 2 hours. Pair with prime rib. Drink: 2014 - 2018 926626 14% XD 750 mL $36.95 Score: 91/100. July 2015. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rodney Strong Wine Estates Pinot Noir 2012, California, United States: Cherries dipped in chocolate sauce from lavish oak aging. Full-bodied and smooth. Great for Mexican mole. Drink: 2014 - 2018 954834 14% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 89/100. July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Pirramimma Petit Verdot 2012, South Australia, Australia: The alcoholic warmth is on the nose of this robust Australian red wine, but so too is fleshy black fruit, dark spice and toasty oak to carry it. Pair with a rare steak. Petit Verdot food pairings: veal marsala, grilled sirloin steak, mild curry dishes, coq au vin. Drink: 2014 - 2018 365378 14% D 750 mL $26.95 Score: 90/100. July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Terra D'aligi Tatone Montepulciano D'abruzzo 2011, Abruzzo, Italy: Lots of mocha and chocolate flavours from oak aging, some dark fruit. Supple, full-bodied. Pair with meat lovers' pizza. Montepulciano D'abruzzo food pairings: pasta with Bolognese sauce, rabbit stew, roast chicken with olives. Drink: 2013 - 2017 994616 14% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 87/100. July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Stags' Leap Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Napa Valley, California, United States: Savoury and meaty Californian red wine made from the state's classic red wine grape Cabernet Sauvignon. This robust wine offers black fruit aromas and some acidity on the palate for dishes with some tang, like a meat and tomato sauce. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: lamb Bolognese, grilled New York strip loin, hard cheese, braised pork shanks, veal chops. Drink: 2014 - 2019 996405 14% XD 750 mL $49.95 Score: 90/100. July 2015. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rosés

Benjamin Bridge Cabernet Franc 2014, Gaspereau, Nova Scotia, Canada: This Nova Scotia Cabernet Franc Rosé has lovely aromas of tart cherry and cranberry, along with racy, mouth-watering acidity for seafood. It shows a pretty pale pink-light orange in the glass. Finishes with blood orange notes. Very refreshing. Drink: 2014 - 2016 10.5% D 750 mL $22.99 Score: 90/100. July 2015. Top Rated Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sparkling Wine

Huff Estates Winery Cuvee Janine Rosé 2013, Prince Edward County, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: The grapes for the 2013 vintage of the Huff Rosé sparkling wine were picked at a ripeness level of 18.3 brix and given a dosage of 9 grams per litre. Only 3,000 cases were made of this Prince Edward County bubbly. A lovely rosé sparkling wine from the County: truly one of Ontario's best bubbly producers. This wine is made from 100% Pinot Noir grapes grown in Prince Edward County and the winery uses the traditional Champagne method of the second fermentation taking place in the bottle. The wine then rested 30 months on its less to add richness. Aromas of field ripe berries and some crispness on the finish. Pair with smoked meats. Drink: 2013 - 2018 405035 12% D 750 mL $29.95 Score: 90/100. July 2015. Top Rated Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

Kacaba Vineyards Jennifer's Pinot Gris 2014, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Pretty and fresh and refreshing Pinot Gris. Although it may look like rosé, this is a crisp white wine. Notes of melon and white peach. Mouth-watering acidity that makes this a great aperitif on its own or companion to seafood. Pinot Gris food pairings: chicken, pork, spicy Asian food or succulent seafood dishes such as prawns and other shellfish. Drink: 2015 - 2017 215053 12.5% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 87/100. July 2015. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Black Hills Estate Winery Viognier 2011, Black Sage Bench, BC V.Q.A., Canada: A light, subtle BC white wine made from Viognier grapes. Lightly floral and some white peach. Nice aperitif or companion to mild goat cheese. Drink: 2014 - 2018 13% XD 750 mL $25.00 Score: 88/100. July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Benjamin Bridge Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Gaspereau Valley, Nova Scotia, Canada: Crisp and fresh with notes of lime citrus and racy mouth-watering acidity for salads and seafood. This is a small lot wine that sells out quickly. Drink: 2014 - 2017 11% XD 750 mL $28.00 Score: 88/100. July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Konzelmann Estate Winery Pinot Blanc 2013, Niagara, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Lovely, fresh and crisp Niagara white wine made from Pinot Blanc grapes. Great aperitif or pair with mozzarella or creamy cheeses. Notes of fresh white peach and lime. Drink: 2013 - 2016 12% MD 750 mL $12.15 Score: 88/100. July 2015. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Coteau Rougemont La Côte Chardonnay 2012, Monteregie, Quebec, Canada: A buttery, luscious Quebec Chardonnay that offers lots of pleasure in the glass. Aromas of ripe pair, butterscotch and vanilla smoke. Pair with roasted chicken. Drink: 2014 - 2019 14% XD 750 mL $24.00 Score: 88/100. July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Lailey Unoaked Chardonnay 2013, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Crisp, clean and refreshing Niagara white wine made from Chardonnay grapes. No oak aging, so this is pure cool-climate fruit. This wine was one of the top six finalists for the bext wine to pair with feta cheese. Chardonnay food pairings: pasta, hodge podge, lobster with mayonnaise, roasted chicken, pork with a creamy lemon sauce. Drink: 2013 - 2016 299776 13% D 750 mL $14.95 Score: 87/100. July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Henry of Pelham Winery Riesling 2009, Short Hills Bench, Niagara, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A benchmark Riesling from Niagrar with terrific aromatic vibrancy! There's a rich, firm core of minerality here. The grape yield is kept to just 2 tons per acre to concentrate the flavor. It's also press fractioned to use the best juice and whole cluster pressed. A long, creamy finish. Pair with fresh seafood and shellfish. Riesling food pairings: briny shrimp, scallops, mussels and clams are great with this wine, roast pork as well as pasta with white sauce. Drink: 2013 - 2019 643361 12.2% MD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 91/100. July 2015. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mission Hill Family Estate Family Reserve Pinot Gris 2013, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada: A spritely acidic attack on this medium-bodied BC white wine made from Pinot Gris grapes. Aromas of white pear and some lime. This wine was one of six finalists for Canada's best wine to pair with feta cheese. Also match it with roasted chicken. Drink: 2013 - 2016 537076 13.5% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 87/100. July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Frisky Beaver White 2013, Niagara, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A floral blend of blend of pinot gris, chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, and gewurtztraminer grapes. This Ontario white wine is medium-bodied with a beeswax finish. Pair with light seafood dishes. Drink: 2013 - 2015 400119 13% D 750 mL $13.95 Score: 85/100. July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Les Brome Reserve Chardonnay 2012, Cantons De L'est, Quebec, Canada: A full-bodied Quebec Chardonnay with attractive aromas of green apple and vanilla smoke. This wine was one of six finalists as the best pairing for cheddar cheese. Drink: 2014 - 2017 14% XD 750 mL $24.00 Score: 88/100. July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Willm Réserve Riesling 2013, Alsace, France: Juicy with lemon brightness and lime and green apple underpinnings. So lovely and refreshing, mouth-watering but the acidity is balanced and just right for food like seafood, salads and shellfish. Riesling food pairings: roast chicken, spicy pasta dishes, shrimp tempura, grilled salmon with lemon sauce, duck liver pate. Drink: 2014 - 2018 11452 12% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 88/100. July 2015. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Megalomaniac Wines Narcissist Riesling 2013, Ontario, Canada: The Riesling grapes for this Niagara white wine grow in the winery's Edra's Vineyard. This is an amazing value: great juicy mouth-watering acidity with white peach and stone fruit. Pair with shellfish and mirrors or self-reflecting ponds. Riesling food pairings: roast chicken, spicy pasta dishes, shrimp tempura, grilled salmon with lemon sauce, duck liver pate. Drink: 2014 - 2018 67587 11% M 750 mL $17.95 Score: 89/100. July 2015. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cave Spring Estate Riesling 2013, Ontario, Canada: Light, breezy and soft: perfect aperitif, not a lot of acidity. Notes of white pear. Very pleasant aperitif or companion to light seafood dishes. Riesling food pairings: roast chicken, spicy pasta dishes, shrimp tempura, grilled salmon with lemon sauce, duck liver pate. Drink: 2013 - 2018 286377 12% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 88/100. July 2015. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Bonterra Chardonnay 2013, California, United States: Balanced and tasty with some butterscotch and fresh green apple aromas on the nose and palate of this Californian Chardonnay. The grapes for this white wine are farmed organically, as are all other grapes and wines this winery makes. Consistently good producer. Pair with free range chicken. Chardonnay food pairings: scallops with a sesame ginger dressing, grilled seafood, spinach and pepper jack stuffed chicken, beef bourguignon. Drink: 2014 - 2018 342436 14% D 750 mL $18.95 Score: 88/100. July 2015. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Toasted Head Chardonnay 2013, California, United States: Lots of campfire smoke and toasty oak on the nose with more on the palate and finish from oak aging. The barrels are toasted: not just the staves on the sides but also the ends or heads, thus the wine's name. Full-bodied with some apple on the palate, but mostly wood. Pair with smoked meats. Chardonnay food pairings: scallops with a sesame ginger dressing, grilled seafood, spinach and pepper jack stuffed chicken, beef bourguignon. Drink: 2014 - 2017 594341 14% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 87/100. July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sonoma-Cutrer Russian River Ranches Chardonnay 2013, California, United States: Nutty with hazelnut and toasted almond on the nose of this Californian Chardonnay from oak aging, with green apple notes on the palate and lots of heft and body. Pair with grilled chicken. Chardonnay food pairings: scallops with a sesame ginger dressing, grilled seafood, spinach and pepper jack stuffed chicken, beef bourguignon. Drink: 2014 - 2017 608653 14% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 87/100. July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Anselmi San Vincenzo 2014, Veneto, Italy: A soft Italian white wine without a lot of acidity. Some white floral notes. Pleasant aperitif. Drink: 2014 - 2016 948158 12.5% D 750 mL $16.95 Score: 83/100. July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Bollini Pinot Grigio 2014, Trentino Doc, Italy: A soft Italian white wine made from Pinot Grigio grapes, with some lime lift, refreshing, crisp and clean. Pair with fresh fish dishes. Pinot Grigio food pairings: pasta with cream sauce, grilled chicken breast, summer salads, pork burgers, oysters on the half-shell. Drink: 2014 - 2016 951319 13% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 87/100. July 2015. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


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