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Top 20 Canadian Wines to Pair with Cheddar

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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
Domaine de Grand PrĂ© Vintner's Reserve Castel 2013, Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia, Canada: Full-bodied with tart cherry and cranberry. Lots of mocha, carraway and dark chocolate notes from generous oak aging. Pierre Castel bred this grape by crossing the century-old French grape Cinsault with a native North American from the Vitus Rupestris family. Castel is little known because of its early bud break and is susceptible to late spring frosts. It also ripens early to mid-season and develops a deep purple colour. Drink: 2014-2017. 1005894 12.50% XD 750 mL  $20.00 Score: 87/100. June 18, 2014 Full Review

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