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Top 20 Ontario Wines

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Flat Rock Cellars Riesling 2014, Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: The winery sent me the 2014 vintage of this lovely riesling to taste and evaluate, which is fortunate since it was the 2013 vintage at the LCBO tasting. Green apple and white pear. Love it. Building an inukskuk is now a ritual at the end of harvest for this winery: lifting the heavy stones requires a team effort. Pair with roast turkey and fun. The winery does whole cluster pressing to extract pure flavour, and only of the first 600 litres per tonne of fruit. Ed allows the juice to settle during a long, slow fermentation. The 2014 vintage is a blend of two distinct blocks of 21B clone vines nowin their early teens as the winery describes them. Finishes with fresh pink grapefruit notes. Drink: 2014-2019. 43281 11% D 750 mL  $16.95 Score: 91/100. September 17, 2016 Best Value White Wine. Sensational Shellfish Wine Full Review
Tawse Winery Inc. Spark Brut 2012, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Tastes like ocean spray on a late September afternoon: refreshment on your palate while the sun warms your shoulders with slanted amber rays. Drink: 2014-2018. 384966 12.50% D 750 mL  $24.95 Score: 91/100. September 19, 2015 Best Value Sparkling Wine. Terrific Turkey Wine Full Review

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