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• Order the following two wines by the case for daily delivery to your home, office or restaurant in Ontario online via this link - 13th Street Winery.

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13th Street Winery Pinot Gris 2013
VQA Creek Shores $19.95 12.5% alcohol
This bone-dry Gris shows great poise and balance. Floral, mineral and citrus notes tantalize the nose. With fruit picked in two batches – one early to help define the well-developed spine of acidity, the second two weeks later providing fruity flavours of melon, pear and citrus. It’s well balanced and flavourful showing just a touch of spritz. A notion of grapefruit pith adds zest to the lasting finish. (Susan Desjardins)

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13th Street Winery ‘Sandstone Vineyard’ Gamay Noir 2014
VQA Four Mile Creek $29.95 (130195) 13.0% alcohol
Here’s a wonderful expression of Niagara Gamay Noir showing lifted aromas of ripe red berry and plum fruit, notions of turned earth and hints of vanilla. Mid-weight and dry on the palate, there’s breadth and depth of flavour—mixed berries, spice and dried herbs, a whiff of game and a dash of peppery notes. Light tannin and fresh acidity assure balance and underpin the long, tangy aftertaste. Serve with chicken tagine. (Susan Desjardins)

• Order the following two wines by the case for delivery to home, office or restaurant in Ontario online from Featherstone Estate Winery.

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Featherstone Sauvignon Blanc 2016
VQA Niagara Peninsula $17.25 (89011) 12.5% alcohol
This dry, medium-bodied summer sipper opens with expressive aromas of passion fruit, guava and acacia flower mingling with subdued herbal notes of hay and nettle. Creamy and smooth in texture, a vein of vibrant acidity keeps the palate fresh showcasing fleshy orchard fruit, pineapple and grapefruit on the lengthy vibrant, cleansing finish. Chill and serve on its own or with pan-sautéed seafood. (Lisa Isabelle)

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Featherstone Pinot Noir 2013
VQA Twenty Mile Bench $24.95 12.0% alcohol
Intriguing aromas of red cherry, cranberry and wild strawberry meld with spice, tobacco, leather and campfire smoky notes in this small-batch Pinot Noir from the Twenty Mile Bench sub-appellation. Dry and well-balanced, this mid-weight red shows juicy, bright flavours of tart cranberry and raspberry framed by lively acidity while delicate notes of spice, earth and smoke linger on the mid-plus length finish. (Lisa Isabelle)

• Order the following wine by the case for daily delivery to your home, office or restaurant in Ontario online via this link - Greenlane Estate Winery.

• Greenlane winemaker, Dianne Smith, has maintained her sense of humour, despite some of the devastation wrought on vines by Mother Nature in the last few years. As she says, ‘The Chardonnay has stood up to almost everything thrown at it– a tenacious beasty!’

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Greenlane Estate ‘Betrayed Tenacious C’ Chardonnay 2014
VQA Niagara Escarpment Twenty Valley $19.95 13.2 % alcohol
This medium-bodied, nicely balanced Chardonnay offers fruity aromas and flavours of stone and tree fruit mingling with mineral notes. The oak aging delivers creamy texture, buttery notes and hints of spice while clean acidity assures a bright, lingering finish. Serve with a cheese plate or grilled chicken salad with toasted almonds. (Susan Desjardins)

• Order the following two wines by the case for daily delivery to your home, office or restaurant in Ontario online via this link - Leaning Post Wines.

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Leaning Post Wines ‘Wismer Vineyard’ Riesling 2015
VQA Niagara Escarpment Twenty Valley $25.20 12.0% alcohol
Quite delightful and lively on its feet, this combines sweetness of fruit with notions of flowers and wet stone. Dry, light and bright, there’s a nice balance of refined citrusy acidity and flavours of apple and pear through the crisp, tasty finish. This is a versatile wine to serve on its own or with light salads. (Susan Desjardins)

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Leaning Post Wines Pinot Noir 2013
VQA Niagara Escarpment Twenty Valley (523183$30.20 12.5% alcohol
Produced from a blend of fruit sourced from two vineyards—Lowrey Vineyard and McNally Vineyard—this is a light-medium bodied, old-world style Pinot Noir. Showcasing aromas and flavours of sun-ripened red berries, earth, herbs and spice, it has a smooth, silky texture. Slight toasty notes mingle with notions of earth on the flavourful aftertaste. It’s a great match for grilled salmon or duck confit. (Susan Desjardins)