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Top 20 Canadian Wines to Pair with Cheddar

Natalie MacLean

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Two Sisters Vineyards Cabernet Franc 2010, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario VQA, Canada: A smoky, mocha-rich, full-bodied Cabernet Franc with generous layers of flavour and complexity. This may well be the best Cab Franc I've tasted from Ontario: impressive for a new winery just out of the gate in Niagara. Decant 1-2 hours. No herbal or bell pepper here; just rich, ripe fruit, amazing structure and a finish to last longer than a country lane running beside the vineyard. Drink: 2014-2020. 13.50% D 750 mL  $48.00 Score: 92/100. February 6, 2015 Top Rated Red Wine. Full Review
Poplar Grove Winery The Legacy 2011, Okanagan Valley, BC VQA, Canada: Savoury and smoky with dark fruit and toasty oak, yet surprisingly vibrant. This is a robust BC red wine blend of 43% Merlot, 41% Cabernet Franc, 13% Malbec and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine was matured in French oak barrels for 21 months followed by another 18 months of aging in the bottle before being released from the winery. Only 550 cases of the 2011 vintage were produced. Drink: 2015-2020. 353110 14.50% D 750 mL  $49.90 Score: 92/100. May 20, 2015 Top Rated Red Wine. Full Review

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