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Wine Picks May 13, 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.

Red Wine

Flat Rock Cellars Gravity Pinot Noir 2014, Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: I've long been a fan of Flat Rock's Pinot Noirs, especially the Gravity which I think is even stronger in 2014 over last year. Aromas of fleshy cherry yet it's balanced with racy acidity. The winery uses the gentlest methods to press the grapes and make the wine via a gravity flow system rather than pumping (thus the name gravity on the label). Then the wine was aged in French oak barrels for 18 months. Medium ruby hue with cherry accents, polished tannins, silky smooth texture and medium bodied weight. Gorgeous cherry-berry aromas and flavours on the mid-palate. Then it finishes with wisps of black raspberry and vanilla toast. This red wine is so vibrant and so fantastically great year after year. Try it with roast chicken or turkey. Pinot Noir food pairings: duck risotto, planked salmon, roast chicken. Drink: 2014 - 2020 1560 13% XD 750 mL $34.95 Score: 92/100. May 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Two Sisters Vineyards Merlot 2013, Niagara River, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A luscious, smooth, full-bodied Niagara red wine made from the classic Merlot grape. Aromas of ripe black plums and smoke. Pair with grilled pork chops. Merlot food pairings: grilled lamb rack with rosemary-roasted potatoes, and sautéed rapini. Drink: 2019 - 2024 14% D 750 mL $52.80 Score: 91/100. May 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Westcott Vineyards Temperance Red 2016, Vinemount Ridge, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A spicy, fleshy Niagara red with ripe berry aromas and flavours. Juicy, smooth and medium-bodied. An interesting twist with a non-traditional blend of 50% Pinot Noir and 50% Gamay grapes. Aromas of black plum and blackberry. Pair with grilled meats. Food pairings: slow-cooked beef ragú, lamb cutlets, espresso and cocoa-rubbed flank steak, black bean soup. Drink: 2019 - 2023 469189 12.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. May 2019. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Icellars Estate Winery Arinna 2016, Icel Vineyard, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A spectacular and robust Niagara red wine blend of 50% Merlot, 29% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Cabernet Franc, and 4% Malbec grapes. Aromas of black cherry, violets and smoke. The wine was matured in both French and American oak barrels for 12 months. Only 425 cases produced. Decant for 1-2 hours and pair with a rare steak. Food pairings: chicken Kiev, meat-filled pasta with rich tomato sauce, grilled pork chops, gourmet burgers. Drink: 2019 - 2024 524421 14% XD 750 mL $42.00 Score: 92/100. May 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Stratus Red 2015, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: The 2015 vintage of this full-bodied Niagara red wine is a blend of 23% Cabernet Franc, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 2% Malbec and 11% Petit Verdot grapes. Excellent balance and length on the finish. This wine could age further with grace. Pair with a rare steak and decant 1-2 hours. Red food pairings: rare roast beef, lamburgers, beef Bourguignon. Drink: 2018 - 2025 131037 13.8% D 750 mL $47.95 Score: 90/100. May 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Hidden Bench Winery Terroir Caché Red Meritage 2015, Beamsville Bench, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: The 2015 vintage is a robust blend of blend of 36% Cabernet Franc, 34% Merlot and 24% Malbec grapes. Loaded with ripe black fruit and smoke. The wine is aged 20 months in French oak barrels. The grapes are sourced from organically certified, estate vineyards. Aromas of dark red berries and black plum. Decant 1-2 hours. Perfect for grilled meats. Food pairings: braised meats, herbed steaks, venison. Drink: 2018 - 2025 505610 13.9% D 750 mL $44.75 Score: 93/100. May 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Southbrook Vineyards Laundry Vineyard Gamay 2017, Vinemount Ridge, Niagara, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A bright, vibrant Niagara cool-climate Gamay with aromas of tart cherry and spice. Medium-bodied and supple. Pair with veal. Gamay food pairings: veal chops, pork roast, roast quail. Drink: 2019 - 2024 646323 13% D 750 mL $24.95 Score: 89/100. May 2019. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

13th Street Winery Cabernet Franc 2017, Creek Shores, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A full-bodied, cool-climate Cabernet Franc with some tannic grip - decant 1-2 hours. Aromas of tart blackberry. Fermented in tank. Pair with grilled meats. Cabernet Franc food pairings: duck, lamb. Drink: 2019 - 2024 13.5% D 750 mL $24.95 Score: 88/100. May 2019. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

13th Street Winery Sandstone Gamay 2016, Four Mile Creek, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: The vines for this lovely Niagara Gamay Noir were planted in 1993 and the depth of their fruit complexity and concentration come through in the wine. Rich and round. Fermented in barrels. Only 200 cases produced. Juicy and lip-smacking delicious. Pair with grilled pork chops. Drink: 2019 - 2022 130195 12.5% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 90/100. May 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

2027 Cellars Edgerock Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017, Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A lovely, plush Niagara Pinot Noir with aromas of ripe cherry. Pair with roast chicken or turkey. Pinot Noir food pairings: roast leg of lamb, grilled vegetable kebabs, mushroom and leek risotto. Drink: 2019 - 2024 561035 13% XD 750 mL $22.95 Score: 90/100. May 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Closson Chase The Brock Pinot Noir 2016, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A lovely, medium-bodied Prince Edward County Pinot Noir with aromas of tart cherry and spice. Pair with veal. Pinot Noir food pairings: planked salmon, braised veal chops in red wine, slow-cooked lamb shanks. Drink: 2019 - 2024 12% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 91/100. May 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Colio Estate Wines Bricklayer's Reward Meritage 2017, Lake Erie North Shore, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A rich, full-bodied southwestern Ontario red wine blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot grapes. Aromas of ripe plum, dark berries and mocha. Pair with roast beef. Meritage food pairings: Brazilian-style flank steak, rack of BBQ ribs, veal Porterhouse, grilled lamb, cheese. Drink: 2019 - 2022 13% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. May 2019. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cloudsley Cellars Pinot Noir 2016, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A new Niagara winery that's producing amazing wines out of the gate! Lovely light-bodied Pinot, supple. Aromas of cherry and vibrant fruit. This wine was aged 16-18 months in oak barrels. Pair with wild salmon grilled. Drink: 2019 - 2022 12% XD 750 mL $25.00 Score: 90/100. May 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cloudsley Cellars Twenty Mile Bench Pinot Noir 2015, Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Rose petal and fleshy cherry on the nose and palate. Vibrant and racy. Pair with grilled chicken. Oh my. Drink: 2019 - 2022 12.5% XD 750 mL $35.00 Score: 92/100. May 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cloudsley Cellars Homestead Pinot Noir 2015, Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Grapes for this heavenly Pinot Noir are grown in the Homestead Vineyard, owned by the renowned Wismer family, near Ball's Falls. More depth and minerality than the entry level Cloudsley Pinot. Aromas of dark cherry and spice and violets. Pair with veal. Drink: 2019 - 2022 11669 12.5% D 750 mL $50.00 Score: 92/100. May 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cloudsley Cellars Glen Elgin Pinot Noir 2015, Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Grapes for this lovely Pinot Noir are grown in the Glen Elgin Vineyard, owned by the renowned Wismer family, near Ball's Falls. More depth and minerality than the entry level Cloudsley Pinot. Lovely richness and full-bodied weight. Aromas of black cherry and smoke. Pair with beef burgundy. Pinot Noir food pairings: beef, cheese, poultry, pork tenderloin , game. Drink: 2019 - 2023 11666 12.5% XD 750 mL $50.00 Score: 93/100. May 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sandbanks Estate Winery Sleeping Giant 2017, Prince Edward County, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Purple plums and blueberries on the nose and palate of this robust, smooth, juicy blend of Foch and Baco Noir grapes from Prince Edward County. Lots of mocha, oak, smoke and dark fruit. Perfect for barbecued steak. Food pairings: BBQ steak, beef stew, spaghetti and meatballs. Drink: 2019 - 2022 164087 12.5% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 87/100. May 2019. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Hidden Bench Winery Felseck Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016, Beamsville Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A wine bred of non-active limestone with aromas of graphite, led pencil, dark cherry and smoke. Gorgeous balance and length of finish. Pair with someone special. Pinot Noir food pairings: veal medallions, lamb in a red wine sauce, roasted pork loin, Tourtière, prime rib roasted. Drink: 2018 - 2022 240218 13% XD 750 mL $39.00 Score: 92/100. May 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Megalomaniac Wines Frank Cabernet Franc 2016, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A full-bodied, luscious Niagara Cabernet Franc with the extract of flavour on the front not the back palate. Made form old vines that deliver that extra concentration. The vines are planted in dolamite and limestone soils. Savoury and juicy. Pair with grilled pork chops. Drink: 2018 - 2022 205021 13.5% XD 750 mL $27.95 Score: 90/100. May 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Megalomaniac Wines Reserve Cabernet Merlot 2016, Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A robust Niagara blend of 50% Cabernet Franc, 40% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. Aromas of dark fruit and toasty oak. Decant 1-2 hours and pair with a rare steak. Cabernet Merlot food pairings: roast turkey, partridge or pheasant, grilled chicken breast. Drink: 2017 - 2024 14% XD 750 mL $59.95 Score: 92/100. May 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Karlo Estates Lake on the Mountain Pinot Noir 2017, Prince Edward County, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Lots of seductive black cherry on the nose of this PEC Pinot Noir. Still a firm tannic grip so give it a couple of years to smooth out in the cellar. Pair with veal. Drink: 2019 - 2022 11.2% XD 750 mL $35.00 Score: 89/100. May 2019. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Redstone Winery Estate Syrah 2015, Lincoln Lakeshore, Niagara, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Great concentration and richness in this full-bodied Niagara Syrah. Velvet texture and well balanced with a long finish. Aromas of ripe black plums and smoke. Pair with grilled lamb. Drink: 2018 - 2024 437376 13% XD 750 mL $40.15 Score: 91/100. May 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Stratus Cabernet Franc 2016, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A big, blockbuster Niagara Cabernet Franc with noticeable tannins. Give this baby 2 more years in the cellar at least to smooth out. Aromas of blackberry and toast. Pair with a rare steak. Decant 1-2 hours. Drink: 2019 - 2024 412759 13.5% D 750 mL $38.20 Score: 91/100. May 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Stratus Gamay 2015, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A juicy, full-bodied but not heavy Niagara red wine made from the Gamay grape. Rich and dark with aromas of black cherry and some mocha. Pair with game meats. Gamay food pairings: Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin with Braised Pork Belly, Rosemary Fingerlings and Tomato Chili Jam. Drink: 2019 - 2023 312082 14% XD 750 mL $29.00 Score: 90/100. May 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Vieni Estates Appassimento Classic Method Private Reserve 2013, Vinemount Ridge, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A full-bodied Niagara red wine made with the appassimento method of drying the grapes to concentrate the flavour and alcohol. The wine was aged four years. It's a blend of Aglianico, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes. Aromas of dark fruit. Pair with roast beef. Drink: 2019 - 2021 16% D 750 mL $59.95 Score: 91/100. May 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Two Sisters Vineyards Estate Red 2013, Niagara River, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: This robust Niagara red wine leads with Merlot in the blend (60%), along with 26% Cabernet Sauvignon and 14% Cabernet Franc. It spent 40 months in French oak barrels. Aromas of dark fruit and toasty oak. Pair with a rare steak. Drink: 2019 - 2024 14.5% D 750 mL $30.00 Score: 91/100. May 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Karlo Estates Triumvirate 2017, Prince Edward County, Ontario V.Q.A.., Canada: A full-bodied red wine blend of mostly Cabernet Franc from Prince Edward County, along with some Merlot grapes. Pleasantly bitter black fruit, smoke and mocha on the nose. Pair with a juicy rare steak. Drink: 2019 - 2024 13% XD 750 mL $29.00 Score: 88/100. May 2019. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rosés

Two Sisters Vineyards Margo Rosé 2017, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A lovely, light-bodied Niagara rose with aromas of small field strawberries. This is a blend of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. The racy acidity balances the residual sugar, and makes this a vibrant companion for seafood. Drink: 2019 - 2021 13% D 750 mL $22.00 Score: 92/100. May 2019. Top Rated Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Westcott Vineyards Pinot Noir Rose 2018, Vinemount Ridge, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A gorgeous Niagara rose made from Pinot Noir grapes by Westcott's new winemaker Casey Kulczyk. Lovely aromas of small field strawberries. Racy acidity for seafood, shellfish and roast chicken. Pinot Noir Rose food pairings: roast chicken, grilled lamb chops, veal scaloppini. Drink: 2019 - 2021 13.5% XD 750 mL $25.00 Score: 91/100. May 2019. Top Rated Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Malivoire Wine Company Moira Rosé 2018, Beamsville Bench, Niagara, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A lovely Niagara rosé from one of Ontario's best producers. Aromas of sun-dappled field strawberries and rose petals. Dry and refreshing. Terrific on its own or with seafood. Drink: 2018 - 2021 767133 13% D 750 mL $24.95 Score: 91/100. May 2019. Top Rated Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tawse Winery Inc. Quarry Road Pinot Noir Rosé 2018, Vinemount Ridge, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: This elegant single vineyard Pinot Noir Rose from Tawse is a consistently great wine year after year. Aromas of cherry and field berries. Lovely finish. Pair with veal. Drink: 2019 - 2021 12.5% XD 750 mL $27.95 Score: 92/100. May 2019. Top Rated Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Huff Estates Winery Rose 2018, Prince Edward County, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A zesty, vibrant Prince Edward County rose made in an off-dry style. Aromas of small field berries and hue of translucent grenadine, as accurately described by the winery's Tim Askew. Mouth-watering. Pair with shellfish. Food pairings: pate, salads, cold chiken, leafy spring salad, tomatoes, and salmon. Drink: 2019 - 2021 63982 12.5% D 750 mL $19.00 Score: 89/100. May 2019. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Karlo Estates Patio Reserve Rosé 2016, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A spritely blend of 94% Semillon and 6% Malbec grapes grown in Prince Edward County. Lovely cherry aromas. Medium-bodied and smooth. Pair with roast chicken. Drink: 2019 - 2021 12% D 750 mL $19.00 Score: 90/100. May 2019. Top Rated Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

2027 Cellars Wismer Vineyard - Fox Croft Block Gamay Rosé 2018, Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario, V.Q.A., Canada: A vibrant Niagara rose is made from grapes from a single vineyard that's just 12.5 acres. Attractive candied strawberry notes. Pair with cold cuts. Gamay Rosé food pairings: roast chicken, steamed fresh crab, lobster on buttered toast. Drink: 2019 - 2023 12.5% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 88/100. May 2019. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

PondView Estate Winery Cabernet Franc Rosé 2017, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Candied raspberry on the nose and palate. Lots of acidity: roses and red grapefruit. Pair with grilled seafood. Cabernet Franc Rosé food pairings: lox and capers, grilled salmon steak, shellfish, fresh fruit, veggies, pasta primavera. Drink: 2019 - 2021 241802 12.5% M 750 mL $16.95 Score: 85/100. May 2019. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sparkling Wine

Henry of Pelham Winery Cuvée Catharine Carte Blanche Estate Blancs De Blanc 2013, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: The 2013 vintage of this spectacular Niagara sparkling wine is creamy, rich and layered on the palate. Blanc de blancs means that this was made only from white grapes, in this case, Chardonnay. This bubbly holds its own against Champagnes that much more expensive. Perfect as an aperitif or companion to seafood, shellfish and potato chips. Estate Blancs De Blanc food pairings: shellfish, fried foods, Asian fusion dishes, salad. Drink: 2017 - 2022 315200 11.9% D 750 mL $44.95 Score: 94/100. May 2019. Top Rated Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rosehall Run Ceremony, Prince Edward County, Ontario V.Q.A, Canada: This blanc de blanc Ontario sparkling wine is made from 100% Chardonnay grapes. Crisp, clean and refreshing. Pair with oysters. Ceremony food pairings: wide variety of meals such as pistachio-crusted scallops, roast chicken with garlic and almonds, and a variety of desserts. Drink: 2019 - 2022 575696 12.2% XD 750 mL $34.95 Score: 90/100. May 2019. Top Rated Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Colio Estate Wines Lily Sparkling Rosé, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A delightful sparkling rose from southwestern Ontario! This is a blend of Riesling and Cabernet Franc grapes. Aromas of small field strawberries. Dry and refreshing. Amazin prize, pretty package. Made using the Charmant method to add the bubbles. Pair with roast turkey. Drink: 2019 - 2022 536565 12% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 88/100. May 2019. Best Value Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Hidden Bench Winery Natur Zero Dosage Sparkling 2013, Beamsville Bench, Niagara, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: This Niagara sparkling wine is crisp, toasty and dry. The wine was aged for 56 months on its lees and one year in oak barrels. There is no dosage or sugar added. It's a blend of 70% Chardonnay and 30% Pinot Noir grapes. Aromas of brioche and golden apple. Enjoy as an aperitif or companion to seafood. Drink: 2019 - 2024 12% XD 750 mL $39.00 Score: 92/100. May 2019. Top Rated Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tawse Winery Inc. Pet-Nat 2017, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A toasty, yeasty sparkling Chardonnay from Niagara that's not disgorged. Light frizzante. Pleasant leesy finish. Pair with roast chicken. Food pairings: lightly spiced curry dishes, lamb stew, white turkey meat, tacos. Drink: 2019 - 2021 13% D 750 mL $24.95 Score: 90/100. May 2019. Top Rated Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

Stratus White 2015, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A lovely, floral Niagara white wine blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Chardonnay grapes, along with 10% Viognier. Intriguing and delicious. Pair with mild curries and spices. Drink: 2019 - 2023 660704 13% XD 750 mL $38.20 Score: 91/100. May 2019. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Malivoire Wine Company Pinot Gris 2017, Beamsville Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Crisp and fresh Niagara white wine made from the classic Pinot Gris grape. Fermented in stainless steel tanks to preserve fresh fruit and racy acidity for seafood. Medium-bodied. Pinot Gris food pairings: pork tenderloin, pasta with cream sauce, white meats, French onion soup, duck rillettes with apricot purée. Drink: 2018 - 2020 591305 12% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. May 2019. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Meldville Chardonnay 2017, Lincoln Lakeshore, Niagara, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A lovely, full-bodied, rich Niagara Chardonnay that was aged in 30% new French oak barrels, the rest 1,000 litre barrels that were second use for minimal impact. Aromas of freshly baked bread and golden apple. Pair with roast turkey. Drink: 2018 - 2022 13% D 750 mL $20.00 Score: 91/100. May 2019. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Meldville Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Lincoln Lakeshore, Niagara, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Crisp, fresh Niagara Sauvignon Blanc with peach aromas. About 20% was barrel aged and had skin contact for extra richness. Pair with seafood dishes. Drink: 2018 - 2020 13% D 750 mL $20.00 Score: 88/100. May 2019. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

North 42 Estate Winery Black Series Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Lake Erie North Shore, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Clean, fresh and vibrant southwestern Ontario Sauvignon Blanc. Aromas of crisp green apple. Medium-bodied. Pair with seafood. Drink: 2018 - 2020 13.5% D 750 mL $16.00 Score: 89/100. May 2019. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

North 42 Estate Winery Black Series Chardonnay 2018, Lake Erie North Shore, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Lovely peach and white floral notes on this full-bodied southwatern Ontraio Chardonnay. Pair with roast chicken. Drink: 2019 - 2022 12.5% D 750 mL $16.00 Score: 89/100. May 2019. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Redstone Winery Limestone Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Crisp, fresh Niagara Sauvignon Blanc with grapes grown in an old vines vineyard on the bench near Jordan Station. Aromas of lemongrass and nettle. Pair with shellfish. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: spring peas and goat cheese salad, melon and prosciutto, halibut tacos, grilled spot prawns. Drink: 2019 - 2021 424648 13% XD 750 mL $22.15 Score: 89/100. May 2019. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Redstone Winery Redfoot Viognier 2017, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Pretty, floral, medium-bodied Niagara Viognier with notes of peach blossom. Perfect for mild curries. Drink: 2018 - 2021 644633 13% XD 750 mL $20.15 Score: 91/100. May 2019. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Vieni Estates Semi Dry Riesling 2017, Vinemount Ridge, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A pretty, off-dry, light-bodied Niagara Riesling with white florals, low acidity. Pleasant sipper or pair with a light seafood dish. Riesling food pairings: mild curries, seafood farro, schnitzels. Drink: 2019 - 2021 9.5% M 750 mL $16.95 Score: 87/100. May 2019. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Westcott Vineyards Estate Chardonnay 2017, Vinemount Ridge, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Full-bodied, rich and round Niagara Chardonnay with aromas of freshly baked bread, butter, golden apple and pear. Match with roast chicken. Chardonnay food pairings: Asian dishes with black bean, steamed mahi mahi, pasta with tomato sauce, pork tenderloin. Drink: 2019 - 2023 12.5% XD 750 mL $27.95 Score: 91/100. May 2019. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Stratus Chardonnay 2016, V.Q.A., Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario, Canada: Gorgeous golden apple richness on the nose and palate of this full-bodied, luscious Niagara Chardonnay. Layers of fleshy ripe peach and Asian pear through the mid-palate. Notes of toasted almond and hazelnut on the finish. Match with roast turkey or chicken. Chardonnay food pairings: lemon-herbed roast chicken and cauliflower with capers and fresh parsley. Drink: 2018 - 2022 267856 13.5% XD 750 mL $42.20 Score: 92/100. May 2019. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Karlo Estates Three Witches 2016, Prince Edward County, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A delightful, floral white wine blend of Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Gewurztraminer grapes grown in Niagara and produced by this Prince Edward County winery. Light-bodied and refreshing. Perfect as an aperitif or companion to seafood. Drink: 2018 - 2020 12.5% D 750 mL $20.00 Score: 88/100. May 2019. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Closson Chase K.J. Watson Vineyard Pinot Gris 2017, Four Mile Creek, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario, V.Q.A., Canada: From Four Mile Creek, Niagara-On-The-Lake wine region, Closson Chase K.J. Watson Vineyard 2017 Pinot Gris has honey and apricot on the nose, dry, creamy and rich on the palate with lemon custard, tropical fruit and cake spice flavours and a mouth-watering finish. Perfect for seafood and pasta dishes. Pinot Gris food pairings: roast chicken, pan fried haddock fillets, pasta with cream sauce, salads. Drink: 2018 - 2021 469445 12% XD 750 mL $22.95 Score: 90/100. May 2019. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

The Foreign Affair Winery Enchanted 2017, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: The Foreign Affair's Enchanted 2017 is a crisp and dry white blend of 45% Riesling and 40% Sauvignon Blanc and 15% Chardonnay made in the "ripasso" style meaning the wine juice is re-passed over the appassimento skins and lees giving the wine added texture and complexity. Intense gooseberry, white florals, honey and grape fruit aromas flavours are rich on the palate wrapped up in a bright and balanced acidity. Chill and pair it with creamy seafood dishes. Food pairings: sushi, light, mild curries, Asian fusion. Drink: 2019 - 2024 389767 11.9% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 88/100. May 2019. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Fielding Pinot Gris 2017, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Try this medium-bodied Pinot Gris as an aperitif and pair with light-bodied cheeses or to accompany a variety of seafood canapes, it comes alive in the glass. This estate-bottled Pinot Gris is a balance of fresh white peach and pear, lemon and light fresh herbs with a zesty acidity. A lovely, fresh, well-made Pinot Gris from the Niagara Peninsula. Chill and enjoy now. Pinot Gris food pairings: mixed grain salad, grilled chicken and veggies. Drink: 2019 - 2020 251108 12.5% XD 750 mL $21.95 Score: 88/100. May 2019. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

13th Street Winery Viscek Vineyard Chardonnay 2017, Creek Shores, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Very fresh and vibrant Niagara Chardonnay with grapes grown in a 25 year-old vineyard. Aromas of green apple, freshly buttered bread and toast - very little new oak was used. Pair with roast chicken. Chardonnay food pairings: pasta with tomato sauce, pork tenderloin, beef bourguignon, stuffed chicken roasted.. Drink: 2019 - 2023 575902 12.5% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 90/100. May 2019. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

2027 Cellars Stonebridge Vineyard Chardonnay 2017, Four Mile Creek, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A richly textured and balanced Niagara Chardonnay.Full-bodied and round with aromas of golden apple. Pair with roast turkey. Chardonnay food pairings: roast chicken, steamed fresh crab, lobster on buttered toast. Drink: 2019 - 2023 13% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. May 2019. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Bachelder Mineralité Chardonnay 2017, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Lovely green apple notes and a kiss of oak on this full-bodied, supple Niagara Chardonnay. Great balance and finish. Pair with pasta in a cream sauce. Chardonnay food pairings: tuna steaks, swordfish, turkey dinner, beef, chicken breast. Drink: 2019 - 2024 13.5% XD 750 mL $25.00 Score: 91/100. May 2019. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Malivoire Wine Company Chardonnay 2017, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A lovely, almost full-bodied Niagara Chardonnay with toasted nuts and white peach. Very typical cool climate Chard. Golden apple, toffee and smoke on the finish. Perfect for roast turkey or chicken. Chardonnay food pairings: pork, poultry, white fish or shellfish.. Drink: 2019 - 2021 573147 12.5% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. May 2019. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

North 42 Degrees Riesling 2016, Lake Erie North Shore, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Lovely, mouth-watering, savoury Riesling from southwatern Ontario. Aromas of dried herbs and white peach. Pair with seafood. Drink: 2018 - 2022 493056 11% MD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 91/100. May 2019. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Two Sisters Vineyards Unoaked Chardonnay 2016, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Remarkably rich and creamy for an unoaked Chardonnay, likely due to the two months this wine spent on its lees and undergoing 50% malolactic fermentation. The grapes come from the Wismer and Foxcroft vineyards in Niagara. Lots of presence and a voluptuous mouth-feel with a long finish. Chardonnay food pairings: spaghetti with basil and zucchini. Drink: 2019 - 2022 423129 13.5% D 750 mL $39.00 Score: 91/100. May 2019. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Huff Estates Winery Pinot Gris 2017, Prince Edward County, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A crisp, vibrant, zesty Prince Edward County Pinot Gris with aromas of white peach, grapefruit and fresh lime zest. Very Alsatian in style. Mouth-watering acidity for seafood and shellfish. Drink: 2019 - 2021 134221 12.5% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. May 2019. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Huff Estates Winery Off Dry Riesling 2017, Prince Edward County, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: This off-dry Ontario Riesling is made in Prince Edward County with fruit from Niagara. Pale yellow in the glass. Aromas of honeysuckle, peach and pear. Racy acidity makes it an excellent match for seafood and Asian dishes. Riesling food pairings: Asian fare, Thai, Vietnamese, curry-based dishes or kebabs with mango chutney. Drink: 2019 - 2024 155606 12.5% MD 750 mL $20.00 Score: 91/100. May 2019. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Megalomaniac Wines Narcissist Reserve Riesling 2017, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: The vines for this terrific Niagara Riesling are planted on steep slopes with excellent drainage. Crisp and juicy character. Love the lime zest and minerality in this lovely Niagara Riesling. Pair it with fresh seafood and peering at your image in a reflecting pool. Riesling is a grape that reflects the terroir and place where it's cultivated, thus the wine's name and mirror image on the label. Riesling food pairings: roast chicken, spicy pasta dishes, shrimp tempura, grilled salmon. Drink: 2018 - 2024 67587 10.9% M 750 mL $18.95 Score: 92/100. May 2019. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sue-Ann Staff Estate Winery Robert's Block Riesling 2016, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Winemaker Sue-Ann staff a a superstar when it comes to Riesling! The vines for this Niagara white wine from the oldest block on the estate and named for her great, great, great grandfather. (She is a fifth generation winemaker.) They're low yielding, so the flavours are complex and concentrated. Aromas of lime zest, lemongrass, chives, apricot, and wet stone. Racy acidity for seafood and shellfish. Drink: 2019 - 2025 231415 11.1% D 750 mL $26.00 Score: 93/100. May 2019. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sue-Ann Staff Estate Winery Mabel's V.C.R. 2016, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Before winemaker Sue-Ann Staff, Mabel Staff was the last female born into the family in 87 years (meaning all the women married into the family and had sons). This is the last Viognier from the estate. This Niagara white wine is a blend of 43% Viognier, 33% Chardonnay and 24% Riesling grapes. It was fermented and aged 10 months in French oak barrels. Pair with Asian dishes and mild curries. Drink: 2019 - 2023 13.2% D 750 mL $28.95 Score: 91/100. May 2019. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Charles Baker Picone Vineyard Riesling 2015, Vinemount Ridge, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Unparalleled quality and flavour in this off-dry, mouth-watering Ontario white wine. Superb craftsmanship in this benchmark Niagara Riesling. You simply won't find better than this. Incredible depth and concentration of flavour yet ephemerally light in alcohol. The best of all worlds: pure hedonism without the headache. Pair with happiness. Riesling food pairings: roast chicken, spicy pasta dishes, shrimp tempura, grilled salmon with lemon sauce, duck liver pate. Drink: 2019 - 2023 241182 10.5% M 750 mL $37.20 Score: 96/100. May 2019. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Vineland Estates Winery Unoaked Chardonnay 2017, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Crisp and fresh with mouth-watering acidity. Some sweetness on the finish with peach and pear notes. No oak. Pair with a wide range of dishes from seafood and pastas. Drink: 2019 - 2021 669374 12% D 750 mL $14.95 Score: 87/100. May 2019. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sandbanks Estate Winery Riesling 2017, Prince Edward County, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A pretty, light-bodied, floral white wine with melon notes. Serve as a chilled aperitif or companion to seafood. Riesling food pairings: white fish, salmon, oysters, alfredo sauce with pasta. Drink: 2019 - 2021 139022 11.5% M 750 mL $14.95 Score: 88/100. May 2019. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


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