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Wine Picks March 17, 2017

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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

Domaine Queylus Tradition Cabernet Franc 2013, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A nervy, racy cool climate Cabernet Franc with aromas of tart cherry. Good grip on the palate and mouth-watering juiciness. Decant 1 hour. Pair with grilled meats. Drink: 2014 - 2019 13% XD 750 mL $25.95 Score: 90/100. March 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Boutari Grande Reserve Xinomavro 2010, Naoussa P.D.O., Greece: Serve at 18 degrees with meats and cheeses. Juicy with attractive mouth-watering acidity with savoury notes of dried herbs and red and black fruit. Elegant wine for many dishes. Really worth trying. Great price. Some spice and smoke on the finish. Xinomavro food pairings: waldorf salad with sweet cranberries, minestrone soup, quinoa, herb and onion burgers. Drink: 2012 - 2018 140111 12.5% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 91/100. March 2017. Best Value Red Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Meerlust 2013, Stellenbosch, South Africa: A gorgeous South African red wine blend with aromas of dark fruit and smoke. Pair with a rare steak. Drink: 2015 - 2021 174283 14% D 750 mL $35.00 Score: 92/100. March 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sparkling Wine

13th Street Winery Cuvée 13 Rosé, Ontario, Canada: This Niagara sparkling wine uses the traditional method also used in Champagne of having the second fermentation occur in the bottle. Crisp with notes of tart strawberry and field berries. Robust yet still refreshing. Pair with fried chicken and potato chips. Rosé food pairings: soft cheese, grilled salmon steak, fresh fruit, veggies, pasta primavera. Drink: 2015 - 2019 147504 12.5% D 750 mL $24.95 Score: 90/100. March 2017. Best Value Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

Perseus Winery Pinot Gris 2016, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada: A lovely BC pinot Gris with aromas of ripe melon. The grapes are sourced from the winery's Star Block estate vineyard. Pair with fresh seafood. Pinot Gris food pairings: sunshine and a patio on a hot summer's day. Drink: 2017 - 2018 13.5% D 750 mL $18.99 Score: 90/100. March 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Creekside Estate Winery Iconoclast Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Winemaker Rob Power creates this zesty and floral white wine blend in the Twenty Valley region of the Niagara Escarpment. Perfect for shellfish. Drink: 2017 - 2019 13% D 750 mL $22.95 Score: 88/100. March 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Malivoire Wine Company Guilty Men White 2016, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: An intriguing and rich white wine with layers of flavour and complexity, especially for this price. This is a Niagara white wine blend of Riesling and Savignon Blanc. It's aromatic offering notes of white florals and fresh pear with smoke. Made by a much respected producer operating in a gravity-flow winery and farming sustainably. Food pairings: poultry, white fish, oysters and other seafood, foie gras, spicy Asian dishes. Drink: 2016 - 2019 192666 12% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 88/100. March 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Flat Rock Cellars Chardonnay 2015, Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Rich and buttery on the nose and palate without being heavy. A balanced and tasty Niagara Chardonnay that finishes with ripe peach notes and toffee from oak aging. Pair with roasted chicken. Chardonnay food pairings: grilled freshwater fish, roast chicken breast with button mushrooms. Drink: 2016 - 2019 681247 13.4% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 88/100. March 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Westcott Estate Chardonnay 2015, Vinemount Ridge, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: This lovely, full-bodied Chardonnay offers seductive aromas of toasted bread, green apple and smoke. Very Burgundian in its balance and Meursault in its elegance. This wine was aged in French oak barrels for 12 months. Pair with roasted chicken. Chardonnay food pairings: Asian dishes with black bean, steamed mahi mahi, pasta with tomato sauce, pork tenderloin. Drink: 2015 - 2020 427484 12.6% XD 750 mL $31.20 Score: 92/100. March 2017. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


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