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• 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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Miguels ‘Vinho Tinto’ Barraida 2014 
DOC Barraida, Portugal $14.95 12.0% alcohol
Red berry fruit, gamy notes and mixed spice aromas introduce a medium-full bodied, nicely textured stream of ripe red and dark fruit—red currant and cherry interweaving with black plum, savory herbs and soft, ripe tannin on the palate along with racy tang on the aftertaste. It’s drinking now and pairs well with burgers, wings or red pizza. (Vic Harradine)

• Order the following wines by the case for shipping to your home, office or restaurant in Ontario via email - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , online from The Vine Agency, or by phoning them at +1 416 693 7994.

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Noelia Ricci ‘Bro’ Bianco 2014
DOC Sangiovese Superiore Romagna $39.95 13.0% alcohol
This intriguing blend of 95% trebbiano and 5% pagadebit—a local grape variety— was fermented with indigenous yeast spending five months on its lees before bottling. Subtle aromas of zesty citrus accented with fresh herbs entice the nose while flavours of green apple, lemon and a lovely saline/mineral note refresh the palate. Dry and crisp, yet round in texture, it finishes with mouth-watering tang. This pairs nicely with grilled octopus or other seafood dishes. (Lisa Isabelle)

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Noelia Ricci ‘il Sangiovese’ Sangiovese Superiore 2015
DOC Sangiovese Superiore Romagna $26.95 13.0% alcohol
Grapes from the best parcels of land on the estate were used to produce this fresh-tasting 100% sangiovese. Organic farming plus fermentation and ageing in stainless steel tanks helped fashion the aromas and flavours of fresh, crunchy red fruit intermingling with notions of mixed spice. Dry, medium-bodied with discernable tannin, it’s bright and tangy on the palate and finishes with a lengthy earthy, mineral aftertaste. This wonderful summer red would be a fine choice with beef carpaccio. (Lisa Isabelle)

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Noelia Ricci ‘Godenza’ Sangiovese Superiore 2014
DOC Sangiovese Superiore Romagna $39.95 13.0% alcohol
100% sangiovese grapes from the Godenza vineyard were used to produce this elegant, Tre Bicchieri-awarded red. Aged without oak, delicate, fresh fruit aromas of cherry, cranberry and strawberry meld with hints of violet and spice. Dry, medium-bodied, soft and smooth in texture, flavours of tart red fruit persist through the long, mineral-laden finish. Try this appealing and accessible red with grilled salmon. (Lisa Isabelle)

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Roccafiore Rosado di Sangiovese Rosé 2016
IGT Umbria $19.95 12.5% alcohol
Pale salmon-pink in colour, this 100% sangiovese Rosé from Umbria offers aromas of strawberry, red plum with floral and mineral notes on the nose. A nicely-balanced fruit-forward wash of red berry, plum and pink grapefruit, accented by dusty mineral notes, keeps the palate crisp and refreshing. Dry, medium-light bodied it finishes mid-plus length with a pleasant, savoury herbal aftertaste. Try this pleasing Rosé with seared tuna or a grilled vegetable salad. (Lisa Isabelle)

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Tenuta Cocci Griffoni ‘Le Torri’ Falerio Pecorino 2015
DOC Falerio Pecorino $16.95 13.5% alcohol
This blend of 85% pecorino and other white grape varieties offers aromas of orchard fruit, citrus and stone fruit with a pretty floral note. Dry, medium-light bodied, green apple, peach, grapefruit and mineral notes bathe the palate while a touch of pithiness persists through the lasting, tangy finish. Enjoy this well-balanced, good-value white with seafood risotto. (Lisa Isabelle)

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Tenuta Cocci Griffoni ‘Colle Vecchio’ Offida Pecorino 2014
DOCG Offida Peccorino $25.95 14.0% alcohol
Colle Vecchio is the vineyard where this estate’s unique DOCG was established, with pecorino being their signature wine. Lifted aromas of lemon, grapefruit, apple and subtle floral and herbal notions introduce this interesting white. Dry, medium bodied, the weighted texture anchors vibrant citrus flavours while a defined spine of acidity assures a clean, mouth-watering finish. A slight saline aftertaste makes this a lovely pairing with fruits de mer. (Lisa Isabelle)

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Tenuta Cocci Griffoni ‘Le Torri’ Rosso Pienco Superiore 2012
DOC Rosso Pienco Superiore $21.95 13.5% alcohol
This blend, 55% montepulciano / 45% sangiovese, matured 18 months in Slavonian oak barrels followed by four months in bottle before release. Cherry/berry fruit with notions of spice, dark chocolate and bergamot segue to juicy, ripe cherry and plum flavours overlaid with mocha and spice on the palate. Dry, medium-full bodied, it’s well balanced with a mid-plus length, warm finish. This value red would complement any summer barbeque. (Lisa Isabelle)

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La Guardiense Janare Falanghina del Sannio
DOP Falanghina del Sannio $16.95 13.5% alcohol
La Guardiense is a 50 year old co-operative winery with 1000 members producing high quality grapes. The dedication to quality is reflected in this good-value, Tre Bicchieri, award-winning white. Lifted aromas of ripe peach, pear and honeysuckle are introduced on the nose. Dry, medium-light bodied with good texture; flavours of orchard fruit reappear on the palate joined by a pleasant savoury herbal note. Versatile and food friendly, it offers a lengthy, lemon-flavoured mouth-watering finish. This exceptional-value gem delights on its own or paired with an array of summer fare. (Lisa Isabelle)

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La Guardiense Janare Fiano Sannio
DOP Sannio $16.95 13.5% alcohol
Fiano, a traditional grape of southern Italy, is used to produce this crisp, vibrant white. It opens with aromas of apricot and pear with hints of mineral while the palate offers flavours of ripe peach, quince and delicate notions of acacia flower. Dry, medium-light bodied, it finishes mid-plus length with a persistent citrus aftertaste. Serve as an aperitif or with grilled pork tenderloin with a fresh fruit salsa. (Lisa Isabelle)

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La Guardiense Quid Brut Falanghina Spumante Non-Vintage
DOP Sannio Benevento, Campania $19.95 12.0% alcohol
100% falanghina grapes were sourced to produce this fresh, fragrant sparkling wine produced in the Charmat method, undergoing a second fermentation in the tank, similar to Prosecco. Aromas of orchard fruit and citrus with floral and mineral undertones lead to flavours of green apple, white peach with a hint of brioche. Dry, light-bodied, lively and fun, a delicate mousse plays on the palate extending through the vibrant, cleansing finish. This delightful sipper doesn’t need a special occasion to be enjoyed. (Lisa Isabelle)