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MAIPE RESERVE CHARDONNAY/VIOGNIER 2013 :: ARGENTINA
VINTAGES 379073 | 750 mL bottle | $15.95 | drink
Pale straw and loaded with floral and pineapple layers, rich and full with great length, incredible value at $15.95.
CHÂTEAU DE TREVIAC CORBIERES 2011 :: FRANCE
VINTAGES 670505 | 750 mL bottle | $17.95 | drink or hold
Deep purple/black, full of mixed berries and herbes de Provence, dry and full with a sweet centre,and a very long finish. Delicious with hearty meat stews or charcuterie and cheese.
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GRUHIER CRÉMANT DE BOURGOGNE EXTRA BRUT 2010 :: FRANCE
VINTAGES 375428 | 750 mL bottle| $20.95 drink now | Beppi Crosariol 91
Beppi Crosariol’s Note:The core is sweet lemon pastry but the wine is bone-dry,with a lovely whiff of bread dough and a satisfyingly chalky texture. Complex and balanced, this is serious French bubbly for half the price of entry-level Champagne.The Globe & Mail, June 21, 2014.
THE ROYAL OLD VINES STEEN CHENIN BLANC 2013 :: SOUTH AFRICA
VINTAGES 376871 | 750 mL bottle | $13.95 | drink now or hold | 90 Robert Parker
Ripe fresh pear and honeyed layers on the nose, dry and lush with a slight spritz and saltiness, pleasant and subtle butterscotch on the finish. Easy to like, buy by the case.
GREYWACKE SAUVIGNON BLANC 2013 :: NEW ZEALAND
VINTAGES 164228 | 750 mL bottle | $24.95 | drink now or hold | 91 David Lawrason, 91 Michael Godel, 4.5 STARS Rod Phillips
Intriguing layers of smoky grapefruit, fairly intense dried sage notes, nervy and briny on the palate, rich and delicate with a touch of spritz and a tangy finish. Brilliant Savvy from long-time Cloudy Bay winemaker, Kevin Judd.
JEAN-MAX ROGER CUVÉE CM. SANCERRE 2012 :: FRANCE
VINTAGES 196667 | 750 mL bottle | $27.95 | drink now or hold | 5 STARS Rod Phillips
Delightful notes of Elderflower water with a touch of spice, zesty and refreshing with medium-fullness throughout the crisp and zingy finish.
MONTEBUENA RIOJA CUVEE KPF 2012 :: SPAIN
VINTAGES 211029 | 750 mL bottle| $14.95 drink now | Stephen Tanzer 90
Brilliant deep ruby with fresh berry and smoky aromas. Smooth with ripe cherry fruit. well-structured, med-full-bodied and very easy drinking.
MAIPE RESERVA BONARDA 2011 :: ARGENTINA
VINTAGES 361212 | 750 mL bottle | $18.95 | drink and hold
From 100% hand-harvested old vine Bonarda, deep red/purple, intense berry, herb and spice layers, tons of wild berries and violets, superb on the palate with great length, definitely worth the detour to this grape varietal and at this price.
MAC NA MARA RUM FINISH BLENDED GAELIC SCOTCH WHISKY:: SCOTLAND
LCBO 677609 | 700 mL bottle | $39.25 | 93 Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2013
Fans of Te Bheag unite and get this while you can. Rich amber hue. Clear toffee, smoky caramel layers, faint touch of rum comes through too. Smooth, soft and fine structure, brown sugar hints. Finish is rum-infused with great length.
TEELING SMALL BATCH IRISH WHISKEY :: IRELAND
VINTAGES 375139 | 700 mL bottle | $54.95 | GOLD Medal Irish Blended Irish Whiskey Spirits Masters 2013, 89 Whisky Advocate
A real crowd-pleaser, bright yellow gold, tropical notes from the Rum finish, banana, vanilla and spice., 46% yet very smooth with sweet notes, dangerously easy to drink, don’t miss it.