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Wine Picks January 3, 2019

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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.

White Wine

Quails' Gate Chardonnay 2016, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia V.Q.A., Canada: A gorgeous, full-bodied BC Chardonnay with aromas of golden apple, freshly baked bread with melting butter and smoke. Pair with roast chicken. Chardonnay food pairings: turkey burgers, crab cakes, chicken breast, lobster in butter sauce, cheese. Drink: 2017 - 2022 377770 14% D 750 mL $24.95 Score: 92/100. January 2019. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Red Wine

Castello Di Gabbiano Chianti Classico 2014, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: This is an earthy, smoky Chianti Classico Riserva with dried berries, sweet spice, earthy mushrooms, leather and vanilla on the nose and palate. Produced by Castello Di Gabbiano, this dry, medium-bodied Tuscan red is a crowd pleaser with a value-added price and a perfect pairing to a meat lover's pizza wine. The Castello di Gabbiano estate is located in the heart of the Chianti Classico region in Tuscany. The historical “Castello” dates back from the 12th century but has been restored into a spectacular hotel which includes its own restaurant, a swimming pool, as well as the winery itself and over 100 hectares of vines and olive groves. All the winemaking work is done on the premises so guests also witness the whole process from picking grapes to bottling. Drink now and for the next three years. Chianti Classico food pairings: roast beef, cheesy pizza, stuffed roasted turkey, pasta in tomato sauce. Drink: 2018 - 2025 216309 14% D 750 mL $22.95 Score: 92/100. January 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

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