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Wine Picks June 14, 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.

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Sangria lolea Real Fonda, La Rioja, Spain: A delicious sangria with notes of oranges and pineapple. Ready to go with ice and a sunny deck. Drink: 2017 - 2018 72785 7% S 750 mL $10.00 Score: 85/100. June 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Monte Creek Ranch Winery Blueberry Wine, Monte Creek, British Columbia, Canada: Blueberry essence in a glass. Doesn't taste very sweet, rather medium sweet. Serve well chilled with grilled meats or blueberry grunt dessert. This is your go-to if you love blueberries! Blueberry Wine food pairings: serve chilled and pair with fowl, salty feta, or Thai, roast turkey. Drink: 2017 - 2018 12% S 750 mL $15.99 Score: 86/100. June 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Red Wine

Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Calistoga, Napa Valley, California, United States: Classic California Cabernet. Cassis and blackberry aromas with a good tannic grip. Decant 2 hours or give it some cellar time. This is a flagship winery for California, and its superb craftsmanship shows in the glass. Lovely to sip while you're reading The Grapes of Wrath. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: rare porterhouse steak, pork tenderloin. Drink: 2017 - 2020 718452 14.5% XD 750 mL $74.95 Score: 92/100. June 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Abbotts & Delaunay Merlot 2015, Pays D'oc, France: Succulent and juicy southern French red wine made from the classic Merlot grape. Supple and full-bodied. Pair with grilled lamb or pork. Merlot food pairings: stewed meats, grilled rabbit, duck breast or a cheese platter. Drink: 2015 - 2019 13% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 91/100. June 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Abbotts & Delaunay Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Pays D'oc, France: Full-bodied, savoury and lip-smacking tasty! Aromas of wild cassis and tart blackberry. Terrific racy acidity for tangy meat sauces. Decant 1-2 hours. Yum! Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: stewed meats, grilled rabbit, duck breast or a cheese platter. Drink: 2016 - 2021 13% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 90/100. June 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Napa Valley, California, United States: A blockbuster Napa Valley Cabernet with classic aromas of cassis and blackberry. Layered and complex through the mid-palate with a long finish. Great gift wine. Pair with rare filet mignon and cashing in your Shopify stock. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: strong cheeses, barbecued steak, grilled lamb chops, Asian chicken salad.. Drink: 2015 - 2025 709881 13.8% XD 750 mL $179.95 Score: 93/100. June 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

House Wine Co. Cabernet Shiraz 2016, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A juicy, fleshy ripe Niagara red wine blend of Cabernet and Shiraz grapes. Full-bodied and smooth with attractive aromas of black plums. Pair with meat lovers' pizza. Drink: 2016 - 2019 219030 13% D 750 mL $13.95 Score: 88/100. June 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Bodegas Lozano Oristan Reserva 2011, La Mancha D.O., Spain: A robust Spanish red wine blend of Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from La Carrasca. Aromas of charred black fruit and full on toasty oak and smoke. Decant 1-2 hours. Pair with hearty stews and game meats. Food pairings: Roasted meats, stews, aged cheeses,. Drink: 2014 - 2018 445551 13.5% XD 750 mL $26.95 Score: 88/100. June 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Monte Creek Ranch Ranch Hand Red Reserve 2015, British Columbia V.Q.A., Canada: This robust BC red wine is a blend of the winery's best Marquette, Frontenac Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes. Aromas of fleshy black plums and purple plums. Supple and delicious. Pair with gourmet hamburgers. Drink: 2017 - 2020 14% D 750 mL $35.00 Score: 90/100. June 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ros├ęs

Monte Creek Ranch Winery Rose 2016, Thompson Valley, British Columbia V.Q.A., Canada: This off-dry BC rose offers tasty notes of field raspberries and cranberry. Lots of lip-smacking flavours. Perfect as a chilled aperitif or companion to seared tuna or grilled chicken. Rose food pairings: hot summer days, swimming pools, brunch. Drink: 2016 - 2018 13% M 750 mL $15.99 Score: 89/100. June 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sparkling Wine

Federiciane Penisola Sorrentina Gragnano, Campania Doc, Italy: A dark ruby red frizzante in the glass with aromas of sweet and sour cherry. Lots of acidity for food, from meat lovers' pizza and lasagna. Drink: 2017 - 2018 261396 10.5% MD 750 mL $16.00 Score: 86/100. June 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

Monte Creek Ranch Winery Hands Up White 2016, Thompson Valley, British Columbia, Canada: A floral and aromatic BC white wine blend of classic grapes. Medium-bodied and lively. Perfect for medium curries and spices. Drink: 2016 - 2018 13% M 750 mL Score: 90/100. June 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Monte Creek Ranch Winery Chardonnay Reserve 2015, Thompson Valley, British Columbia, Canada: Full-bodied and luscious BC white wine made from the Chardonnay grape. Aromas of butterscotch and smoke from toasty oak aging. Notes of golden apple and pear on the palate. Pair with roasted chicken. Drink: 2015 - 2019 13.5% D 750 mL Score: 90/100. June 2017. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Concilio Pinot Grigio 2016, Trentino D.O.C., Italy: Fresh and clean with classic Pinot Grigio clean lines of lime, lemon and grapefruit, no oak. Perfect as an aperitif or seafood match. Drink: 2016 - 2018 637595 13.5% XD 750 mL $12.95 Score: 87/100. June 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Monte Creek Ranch Winery Thompson Valley Riesling 2016, British Columbia V.Q.A., Canada: Such a pretty, off-dry, floral BC white wine made form the classic grape Riesling. Medium-bodied with lots of joyous refreshment. Pair with mild curries and seafood. Riesling food pairings: shellfish, spicy foods. Drink: 2015 - 2018 12.5% D 750 mL $16.99 Score: 89/100. June 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

House Wine Co. Riesling Pinot Grigio 2016, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Fresh melon and Asian pear notes on the nose of this lovely, off-dry Niagara white wine blend of Riesling and Pinot Grigio grapes. Perfect for mild curries or enjoy as a well-chilled aperitif. Drink: 2016 - 2019 219022 12% MD 750 mL $12.95 Score: 88/100. June 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

House Wine Co. Vidal Moscato 2016, Niagara, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A lovely, floral, off-dry, spritzy Niagara white wine blend of Vidal and Moscato grapes. Pair with fresh melon or grilled veggies. Great price! Drink: 2016 - 2018 279547 11.5% M 750 mL $11.95 Score: 87/100. June 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Winzer Krems Gruner Veltliner 2015, Niederosterreich, Austria: A lime fresh, crisp Austrian white wine made from the country's iconic Gruner Veltliner grape. Notes of white grapefruit on the palate. Medium-bodied, no oak. Pair with seafood and shellfish and vegetarian dishes. Drink: 2015 - 2019 375022 12% XD 750 mL $12.80 Score: 90/100. June 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


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