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38 VINTAGES

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2017

UNCORK SOMETHING GREAT • SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2017

BRITISH COLUMBIA

DIRTY LAUNDRY

THREADBARE VINES

GEWURZTRAMINER 2015

6

BC VQA Okanagan Valley

TASTING NOTE: This un-seam-ly (see what we did

there?) new addition to the Dirty Laundry collection

is grown on Gewurz vines that are 40+ years old.

It offers pretty notes of rose petals, lychee, apple,

peach and honey with a sprinkling of spice, and

makes a good match for pork sausages and

cabbage rolls. (Vintages panel, March 2017)

Aromatic & Flavourful

514992

(D)

750 mL

$19.95

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QUAILS’ GATE CHARDONNAY 2015

6

BC VQA Okanagan Valley

Quails’ Gate planted their first vines in 1961, but

their love affair with the soil goes back to 1908,

when Richard Stewart Sr. (affectionately known as

“Poppa Dick”) settled in the area. From working the

land, he would go on to establish one of the valley’s

most successful nurseries. Six decades later, his

son, Dick, switched over to growing grapes. Look for

this to be a sleek, bright Chardonnay brimming with

orchard and tropical fruit, and pair it with roast pork

loin or lobster tail.

Full-bodied & Rich

377770

(XD) 750 mL

$23.95

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CANADA

– REDWINE

ONTARIO

NORMAN HARDIE COUNTY UNFILTERED

PINOT NOIR 2016

6

VQA Prince Edward County

At a time when Ontario Pinot Noir is rising from

strength to strength and garnering high praise from

local and international critics alike, the wines of

Norman Hardie continue to be among the most prized

and most remarkable; his County Pinot Noir is the

standard-bearer for PEC. This wine is from the dry

2016 vintage, and you can expect it to be an elegant,

earthy wine with leading red fruit aromas and flavours

and a pure minerality. Always expressive, always

elegant and always exceptional.

Light-bodied & Fruity

125310

(XD) 750 mL

$45.00

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CANADA

–WHITEWINE

CONT’D

ONTARIO

THE FOREIGN AFFAIR

ENCHANTED 2015

6

VQA Ontario

TASTING NOTE: An enchanting blend of 70%

Riesling and 30% Chardonnay made in the “ripasso”

style famous in Veneto, Italy, this flavourful, bistro-

style beauty offers notions of zesty lime, apple and

apricot on the way to a long, vibrant finish. Great

value. Lightly chill and sip on its own or pair with

butternut-squash-and-bacon risotto. (Vintages

panel, June 2017)

Aromatic & Flavourful

389767

(D)

750 mL

$17.95

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THE TRAGICALLY HIP AHEAD

BY A CENTURY CHARDONNAY 2015

6

VQA Niagara Peninsula

TASTING NOTE: This wine was introduced in 2016 to

celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Hip’s classic

album

Trouble at the Henhouse

. It’s creamy and toasty

with aromas and flavours of green apple, lemon and

buttercream, and a long finish. Pair with roast chicken

or Gord Downie’s personal favourite meal of orzo with

onions, Italian sausage and mushrooms, and raise

a glass to this beloved Canadian album and to Gord’s

illustrious career. (Vintages panel, May 2017)

Full-bodied & Rich

483875

(XD) 750 mL

$19.95

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VIENI PRIVATE RESERVE

CHARDONNAY 2012

6

VQA Vinemount Ridge, Niagara Peninsula

TASTING NOTE: Cellared for over a year in French

oak, this big, bold Chardonnay from the hot, sunny

2012 vintage shows ripe peach, apple butter and

vanilla custard notes with a toasty undertone and

bright acidity. Pour it with pork chops, baked apples

and cheddar-and-cream mashed potatoes.

(Vintages panel, March 2017)

Full-bodied & Rich

520247

(XD) 750 mL

$29.95

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