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SPARKLING WINE

OYSTER BAY SPARKLING CUVÉE ROSÉ

New Zealand

TASTING NOTE: A lovely persistence of tiny

bubbles beading along the sides of the glass

in this toasty New Zealand sparkling wine.

Aromas of citrus spice and strawberry flan. The

chardonnay grapes in this blend come from

Hawkes Bay region, while pinot noir grapes

hail fromMarlborough. Lovely persistence of

flavours and bubbles. Crisp, clean finish. A

solid value for a sparkling wine: crisp, clean

and fresh. Trywith fried fish, potato chips, roast

turkey and NewYear’s resolutions. Stock up

now for the holidays! Score:

91

(Natalie

MacLean,

nataliemaclean.com

, July 8, 2017)

Medium-bodied & Flavourful

750 mL (D)

$21.95

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FRANCIS COPPOLA SOFIA BLANC DE

BLANCS SPARKLING 2016

Monterey County, California

When his daughter was a little girl, Francis

Ford Coppola made her a promise that he

would someday make a sparkling wine and

name it after her. Clearly, he’s a man of his

word. Today, this zesty, floral Blanc de Blancs

– a blend of 70% Pinot Blanc, 15%Riesling

and 15%Muscat – is a favourite for parties

and weddings.

Light & Fruity

750 mL (M)

$29.95

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CANADA

–WHITE WINE

ONTARIO

HIDDEN BENCH ESTATE

RIESLING 2015

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VQA Beamsville Bench, Niagara Escarpment

TASTING NOTE: ... The estate Riesling is a

blend of the three estate vineyards and has a

nose of lime, peach, grapefruit and oozes

limestone minerality. It’s austere on the palate

with perfect balance between ripe fruit and

acid with citrus, minerals and peach flavours

through a zestyfinish. Score:

90

(Rick VanSickle,

winesinniagara.com

, May 8, 2017)

Aromatic & Flavourful

750 mL (XD) $23.95

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CANADA

– REDWINE

ONTARIO

TAWSE GROWERS BLEND

PINOT NOIR 2015

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VQA Niagara Peninsula

TASTING NOTE: Tawse has been named

Winery of the Year at the National Wine Awards

of Canada four times in the last seven years.

A remarkable accomplishment, and one made

possible by wines such as this ripe, elegant

Pinot Noir. A popular demonstration of Tawse’s

characteristic precision winemaking, this is

concentrated and complex, with telling, layered

brambly fruit, earth, cedar and spice tones.

Lithe and refined with an elegant, deftly articu-

lated mouthfeel. Superb balance throughout

provided by excellent acidity. (Vintages panel,

Oct. 2017)

Medium-bodied & Fruity

750 mL (XD) $25.55

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USA

– REDWINE

CALIFORNIA

JOEL GOTT 815

CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2015

California

TASTING NOTE: A true cross-California blend,

this wine brings together fruit from Napa, Lake

County, Sonoma, Santa Ynez, Happy Canyon,

Monterey, Paso Robles and Lodi. It’s ripe and

velvetywith notions of cherry pie, date squares

and blackcurrant jelly, all with a chocolaty

undertone. Sip now through 2022 with slow-

cooked red meats or a selection of charcuterie

and cheeses. (Vintages panel, Oct. 2017)

Full-bodied & Smooth

750 mL (XD) $24.95

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WASHINGTON

CHATEAU STE. MICHELLE

CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2015

Columbia Valley

TASTING NOTE: Rich and plummy, beautifully

rounded and very satisfying. The tannins are

silky and the wine is ready to enjoy but is not

without pleasant grip. Harmonious, and

offering excellent concentration. Complex and

ethereal in texture. All is in balance and the

wine demonstrates very good typicity.

Recommended. Tasted June 2017. Score:

91

(Sara d’Amato,

winealign.com

, June 29, 2017)

Medium-bodied & Fruity

750 mL (XD) $21.95

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