New in LCBO

**** drink now Oh Canada!
Henry of Pelham Cabernet-Merlot 2015
VQA Niagara Peninsula $14.95 (504241) 13.5% alcohol
Inviting aromas of baking spice, graphite and dark cherry/berry fruit introduce a well-structured, deftly balanced flow of dark cherry and black currant interwoven with excellent acidity, persistent flavour and a mouth-watering finish. This is medium bodied and nicely textured with the price-quality balance tipped well in your favour. (Vic Harradine)

• The following white blend is from the Speck boys, Paul, Matt and Daniel, owners of Henry of Pelham Family Estate Winery. They have a reputation of over-delivering on quality at every price point with this wine certainly no exception.

**** drink now Oh Canada!
Sibling Rivalry ‘White Blend’ 2015 
VQA Niagara Peninsula $13.95 (126144) 11.5% alcohol 
This tasty blend of Riesling, Chardonnay and Gewürztraminer punches well above the price; pick up a few. It offers aromas of tropical fruit and yellow peach before coating the palate with a flavourful wash of sweet, ripe nectarine and yellow plum nicely balanced with grilled pineapple. It’s creamy smooth on the palate and lengthy on the fruit-filled finish and aftertaste. Chill well and enjoy with or without food. (Vic Harradine)

New in Private Order

• Order the following wines by the case for home, restaurant or office delivery. Free delivery in the GTA or delivered to your local LCBO for pick up. Order from VIP Wine and Spirits via email to Dave Coutts This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Via Nova Godello 2015
DO Valledeoras, Spain $16.95 13.0% alcohol
Aromas of honeydew melon and pear introduce a gorgeously textured wash of tang-laden grapefruit pith and lemon infused with steely/mineral notes racing across the palate persisting through the crisp, clean and refreshing finish that just doesn’t quit. Pour with prawn ceviche or freshly shucked briny oysters on the half shell. (Vic Harradine)

• The following wine is available by the case as a special offer by the agent to winecurrent subscribers for $11.95 a bottle by quoting this code – WC. It works out to, ‘pay for eleven bottles and receive twelve’, a practice quite common in retail stores in countries like Australia, given as a bonus for purchasing a case.

**** drink now Exceptional Value! 
Repartee ‘Vintner’s Reserve’ Sauvignon Blanc – Semillon 2015
Product of France $12.95 13.0% alcohol
This white blend—60% Sauvignon Blanc/40% Semillon—is incredibly well priced and certified organic. It dishes up aromas of grassy notes mingling with honeysuckle and mineral notes on the nose of this fully textured, full-fruited gem. The palate’s bathed with a medium-full bodied flow of ripe tropical fruit and tangy blood orange, bold, balanced and beautiful. The finish lingers, crisp and mouth-watering good. (Vic Harradine)

• Order the following wine by the case for home, restaurant or office delivery in Ontario along with those published in the previous newsletters from Nokhrin Wines or Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , if in the GTA phone 416 704-8617.

****1/2 drink now 
Domaine de Vénus ‘L’Effrontée’ 2012 

AOP Côtes du Roussillon, France $32.95 13.5% alcohol 
Aromas of ripe apple and pear precede a medium-plus bodied river of lemon yoghurt, apple crumble and baking spice coating the palate interwoven with racy white grapefruit. The oak’s seamlessly integrated with everything balanced on a pin. There’s good purity of fruit with structure and plenty of charm while the finish is lip-smacking good. Pour with roast chicken or chicken á la King. (Vic Harradine)

***** drink or cellar Exceptional Value! 
Domaine de Vénus ‘Passions’ 2010 

AOP Côtes du Roussillon, France $31.95 15.0% alcohol 
Ripe dark cherry aromas mingle with wisps of spice and smoky notes on the nose of this incredibly well-textured, fruit-filled thing of beauty. It coats the palate with a nicely structured and balanced-on-a-pin river of black berry jam, tangy red cherry and soft fine-grained tannin. It’s mid-plus weight and creamy smooth with flavours replayed through the lingering, delectable aftertaste. (Vic Harradine)

**** drink or cellar Exceptional Value! 
Quinta das Camélais Dão ‘Reserva’ 2013
Dão, Portugal $13.95 13.5% alcohol
This value-packed red blend spent a short time in French and American oak before bottling. Lively fresh aromas of graphite and mixed berry fruit precede a luscious, rich wash of red berries, piquant spice and wisps of satin-smooth tannin. It rolls over the palate medium-bodied and well textured with time on its side—pour now to 2021. Aerate/decant for three hours serving with meat-lovers pizza, burgers or grilled gourmet sausage. (Vic Harradine)