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IMG_5974Style:Light & Crisp          Varietal:Alvarinho/Albariño   Rias Baixas;Spain, SpainBy:Bodegas As Laxas Sa

LCBO#: 288126                 $9.95        6 G/L Sugar   (XD)    12.5 %alc

Pale yellow gold, the varietal is noted for its distinctive aroma, very similar to that of Viognier, Gewurztraminer, Petit Manseng, suggesting apricot and peach. The wine is unusually light, and generally high in acidity with alcohol levels of 11.5–12.5%

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Stoneleigh Sauvignon Blanc 2014

Marlborough, New Zealand

Aromatic and flavourful style

#293043    $17.55   6 G/L Sugar  13 %alc

Pale straw colour. Very aromatic with great typicity of a NZ Sauvignon Blanc with gooseberry, grass, herbs and hint of tropical fruit on the nose; dry and medium bodied with a crisp finish.

Pairs  with an earthy gruyere (Gruyere de Grott) would also pair with lemon and dill herbed fish, fish tacos, summer salads, and Caesar salads.

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Willm Reserve 2013  – Gerwurtztraminer

Barr, Alsace AAC

#269852 LCBO vintages         21 G/L sugar m/s            12.5%alc                   $15.95

Style: Aromatic and flavourful

On the nose: roses, lychee, spice, grapefruit and exotic fruit; finishes dry with a long rose and grapefruit flavour.

Well paired with the ashed goat cheese ‘ Ashley’  (simply sublime), good as an aperitif or with spicey Asian cuisine.

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Campo Viejo Reserva 2009 DOCa  4th year release-18 months in french and american oak

#137810   12.4% alcohol     5 G/L sugar      $17.95

Full bodied and smooth Deep garnet colour, aromas of black cherry,  licorice( herbal fennel), currants, plum, pepper, leather, spice, wood-(church pew), mushroom, forest floor. Ripe red fruit flavours: cherry, vanilla, oak, pepper, toasted mushroom and tobacco leaf finish

Med high acidity, with dusty tannin flavour and fruit driven.

Chiorizo sausages, proscuttio, pimento, and Manchego, aged sheep’s cheese (hard).

Would pair well with dishes with red pepper, paprika, pimento, roasted leg of lamb (dried cherry, mustard and herb crust) paella, moroccan tagines, lamb moussaka. chicken with preserved lemons, boneless leg of lamb (mint, pinenut and currant stuffing)

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Ringbolt Cabernet Sauvignon 2012  (vintages)     Region: Margaret River Australia  by: Winemaker: Peter Gambetta    Negociants International

Style: Full-bodied & Firm                   Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon

#606624                      Sugar Content: 4 g/L                          $19.95                            14% alc

Colour: crimson red  and purple tints. With the nose giving fruit intensity of cassis, aromas of forestfloor. On the palate, the wine opens with  blackberry compote, sumptuousness of dark chocolate character and finishing with tannins that continue the experience long after the wine has left your mouth!

Great with Angus beef topped with garlic marron. Steak & Lake as it’s known in Margaret River.

Harvested: March & April 2012

Oak Treatement: Matured 9 months in French oak Hogsheads & Barriques (70%, 10% new oak), American oak Hogsheads (30% 21% new oak). Enjoy this wine now or with careful cellaring through 2022.

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Valpolicella Ripasso   2012 DOC    Veneto, Italy             By: Azienda Vinicola Farina S.R.L.

VINTAGES #: 999946           $16.95           13.0% alc            11 G/L sugar  Dry  Varietal: Corvina Blend

Medium-bodied & Fruity

Ripasso is a fascinating Italian winemaking technique that is also used now in other regions. The wine is ‘re-passed’ or fermented a second time on dried Amarone grapes, a process that enhances everything from the wine’s colour, ageability and deepening the flavour and concentration.

Notes of black cherry and dark berry aromas along with some anise, cloves and cedar brush, licorice and pepper spice.

Try it with roast rack of lamb or grilled veal chops.

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Sangiovese Farnese IGT;  Abruzzo, Italy     Primary varietal in Chianti

#512327     12.5 %alcohol     16G/L sugar  $7.99 but tastes like a $20 bottle of wine, rich and complex nose

Medium bodied and fruity style

Deep ruby colour with tart red fruit, cherry cranberry, raspberry, leather, violets, plum, tobacco and earth aromas, tea, mushrooms, dried green, rosemary, tarragon, tomato leaf herbaceous with a velvety texture.

Thin skinned, high acid, medium tannin and medium bodied.

Pairs with sun-dried tomato bruscetta (brings out the fruitiness), pasta sauce, salty smoked proscuttio. cheese pairing: Parmesan and Manchego.

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Beaujolais-Villages 2012 George Deboeuf AC

#122077          12.3% alc               4 G/L sugar           $13.95  Varietal: Gamay

Dark Ruby/garnet colour; young berry fruit, blueberry,cherry, bubblegum, pear; low tannin with a light body, sour cherry and red fruit on the palate. short finish and well balanced. good to very good.

Very food friendly: poached salmon, pulled pork and roast chicken. Cheese pairing was with feta and chevre (salt in cheese heightens perception of sweet in wine)

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Grahams LBV Late  Bottle Vintage  2008 Portugal

#191239   20% alcohol    95G/L  sugar    $16.95

Opaque purple colour; spicy plum raison (jammy), dried fruit, orange peel, chocolate, black cherry, bramble, cranberry and fruitcake aromas and flavours.

Full-bodied, lush, ripe and lingering fininsh. Good balance and expresses character.

High alcohol, medium intensity, 4-6 years on cask and not protected from oxidization.

Pair with Stilton, dark chocolate, orange and fig compote, grapes, almonds, dried and fresh figs.

Would also pair with casual dinners of pulled pork and burgers,  roast meats and stews and rich cheeses: Gorganzola, Blue, and beautifully with sweet deserts for ‘afters’

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