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9 Gift Wines That Never Fail to Impress

Natalie MacLean

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Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars Brut, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia Bc V.Q.A., Canada: This crisp and refreshing sparkling wine is a blend of 61% Pinot Noir, 36% Chardonnay and 3% Pinot Gris, and made in the Méthode Traditionnelle and is designated BC VQA. It spent two years resting on its lees to give it richness and creaminess that challenges the best of N.V. Champagnes. A zesty, refreshing bubbly with vibrant green apple notes. Clean finish. Great price. It offers low alcohol but lots of taste and a persistent mousse. What's not to love about one of Canada's best sparkling wines? Drink: 2013-2016. 206326 13% XD 750 mL  $27.95 Score: 93/100. October 11, 2014 Top Rated Sparkling Wine. Scrumptious Seafood Wine Full Review
Benjamin Bridge Nova 7 2013, Gaspereau Valley, Nova Scotia, Canada: This lovely honeysuckle, apple blossom pleasure is never cloyingly sweet. It's also just slightly effervescent, enough spritz to make it refreshing and give a zip to your palate. It's a lovely pairing for the Canadian Feta Apetina, which can be crumbled by hand and is divine with virgin olive oil and some herbs. Benjamin Bridge finishes with pretty floral notes and white peaches basking in Annapolis Valley sunshine. Perfect as an after-dinner drink on its own when you don't want anything heavy, or pair it with a fruit-based dessert like fresh peaches and cream. Drink: 2013-2017. 256289 6.50% S 750 mL  $25.95 Score: 92/100. August 22, 2015 Top Rated Dessert Wine. Divine Dessert Wine Full Review

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