Private Order

• Order the following wines—plus those in previous newsletters—by the case (some in cases of six) for home, restaurant or office delivery in Ontario from VinoLuna wine agency. Contact via website, VinoLuna, by Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  , or in the GTA phone 416 587-6691.

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Hispanobodegas ‘12 Linaje’ Verdejo 2016
DO Rueda, Spain $14.95 12.5% alcohol
Floral notes, minerality and spice box introduce a medium bodied, medium-textured flow of apricot, lemon curd and white grapefruit. It finishes in a tangy blaze of lemon citrus and grapefruit pith. Pour alongside prawn ceviche or sushi. (Vic Harradine)

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Bodegas Félix Lorenzo Cachazo ‘Entreflores’ Verdejo 2016
DO Rueda, Spain $14.95 13.0% alcohol
Sprigs of herbs, fresh mint and floral aromas provide segue for a lively rush of lemon-lime, pineapple and tangy white grapefruit streaking across the palate, persisting through the lip-smacking finish. This is good value, sleek and lean with plenty of nerve and verve making it the perfect accompaniment to freshly shucked oysters under a squeeze of fresh lemon and a dot of hot sauce. (Vic Harradine)

• The following Alba Vega Albariño is from the wine region of Rías Baixas, tucked up in the NW corner of Spain cheek to jowl with the Portuguese wine region of Vinho Verde.

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Alba Vega Albariño 2016
DO Rías Baixas, Spain $16.95 13.5% alcohol
This is mid-weight with exceptionally fleshy texture. Aromas of floral notes, minerality and citrus make way for a bracing line of citrus and passionfruit acidity blazing across the palate with laser-like focus. It softens on the back palate with Meyer lemon and key lime pie notes. Pours extremely well with grilled or pan-seared fish or prawns under a squeeze of fresh lemon. (Vic Harradine)

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Tenuta Bosco Albano Pinot Grigio 2016
IGT Venezia Giulia, Italy $16.95 12.5% alcohol
Spice, traces of honeysuckle and peach aromas open the door for a creamy-smooth river of fresh and lively, palate-bathing flavours of ripe pear, green apple and tangy grilled pineapple garnished with a squeeze of lemon acidity. This is medium bodied with much in its favour—there’s good mouthfeel, a balance of fruit and acidity and finishes pleasant, flavourful. Pour with lighter-styled appetizers or sip on its own. (Vic Harradine)

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Collovray & Terrier ‘Deux Roches – Tradition’ Bourgogne Chardonnay 2015
AOP Bourgogne, France $19.95 13.5% alcohol
Nutmeg, cinnamon, traces of oak and caramel aromas set the table for a smorgasbord of flavour with baked apple and ripe pear adorned with piquant spice and toasty oak on the palate. This is medium-bodied with good mouthfeel and a dry, lengthy finish layering on sweet vanilla, lemony citrus and peach skin. (Vic Harradine)

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Collovray & Terrier ‘Deux Roches – Tradition’ Mâcon Villages Chardonnay 2015
AOP Mâcon Villages, France $19.95 13.5% alcohol
Green apple, citrus, spice and floral notes open the floodgates to a spice-packed stream of lemon-lime, Granny Smith apple and grapefruit notes. It’s medium weight and nicely textured sporting a balanced, lengthy finish with a bit of a mineral/citrussy bite on the clean, crisp aftertaste. Pour with mussels steamed in white wine. (Vic Harradine)

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Collovray & Terrier ‘Deux Roches’ Saint-Véran Chardonnay 2015
AOP Saint-Véran, France $24.95 13.5% alcohol
Baking spice, toasted oak and hints of vanilla unfurl a delicious wash of honey-drizzled pit fruit, green apple and pear mingling with soft lemon and grilled pineapple on the palate with wisps of pith and peach skin on the long, balanced aftertaste. It’s medium-bodied with good mouthfeel and a crisp and refreshing finish. (Vic Harradine)

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Collovray & Terrier ‘Deux Roches’ Saint-Véran Vieilles Vignes Chardonnay 2015
AOP Saint-Véran, France $25.95 13.5% alcohol
This old-vines gem showcases deft balance, purity of fruit, depth and complexity. Lifted aromas of cinnamon, nutmeg and oaky notes abound. A lovely, balanced and beautiful, tangy flow of white peach, ripe pear and sweet vanilla bathe the palate decorated with spice and good citrus acidity. This is medium-bodied with good texture and a lengthy, balanced-on-a-pin finish and aftertaste.

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Collovray & Terrier ‘Deux Roches’ Pouilly Fuissé Chardonnay 2015
AOP Pouilly Fuissé, France $31.95 13.0% alcohol
Exotic spice and baked apple aromas open this tang-laden, gorgeously textured Chardonnay. It races across the palate with lemon/grapefruit acidity mingling with tart, Granny Smith apple before infusing the finish and aftertaste with mirrored replays. Give it a go with prawn and chorizo paella. (Vic Harradine)

• Order the following wine by the case for home, restaurant or office delivery in Ontario 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.

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Pfaffmann Scheurube 2015
Qualitätswein Pfalz, Germany $17.95 11.0% alcohol
Floral, mineral and green apple on the nose, this bathes the palate with a racy, tang-laden wash of white grapefruit, ripe apricot and tangerine orange. It’s medium bodied with good mouthfeel and plenty of nerve and verve persisting through the lemon-laced, lengthy, crisp and refreshing finish and aftertaste. Pour with breaded and pan-seared calamari. (Vic Harradine)

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Pfaffmann Herrenberg Riesling Halbtrocken 2015
Qualitätswein Pfalz, Germany $18.95 12.0% alcohol
Floral and honey note aromas open the door for a flood of sweet and tang—ripe peach and mango juxtaposed with tangy acidity—meeting in the mid-palate and a forming a harmonious partnership through the delectable finish. This is very good value, medium weight with generous mouthfeel sporting a glorious off-dry style. Pour with spicy Asian cuisine or charcuterie. (Vic Harradine)

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Pfaffmann Bischofskreuz Chardonnay Trocken 2015
Qualitätswein Pfalz, Germany $19.95 12.5% alcohol
Aromas of honey-drizzled apricot and white peach make way for a full-bodied, fully textured river of apple, pear and notions of baking spice bathing the palate interwoven with lemon curd and pineapple persisting through the crisp, clean and mouth-watering finish and aftertaste. This delivers on many counts—good value, balance, lovely texture, purity of fruit, a lengthy clean finish. Pour with roast chicken or crown roast of pork. (Vic Harradine)

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Pfaffmann ‘Selection’ Silberberg Chardonnay Trocken 2015
Qualitätswein Pfalz, Germany $19.95 13.5% alcohol 
Baking spice, floral notes and orchard fruit aromas abound on the nose of this medium-bodied, heavenly textured, great-value Chardonnay. A delightful mouthful of baked apple, poached pear and apricot mingle with sharp spice and lemony citrus tang on the palate infusing the lingering, balanced and beautiful finish. Pour alongside breaded pork cutlets or veal parmigiana. (Vic Harradine)