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  • Quails' Gate Chardonnay 2002 Limited Release
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My three wine picks for this week are all Canadian and all good value (under $12).

Quails' Gate Chardonnay 2002 Limited Release (Okanagan Valley, British Columbia)
$14.45 (CSPC# 37770)
A straw colour with a creamy, buttery nose; a full-bodied wine offering the flavour of butterscotch with a citrus core of acidity. Good length and nicely balanced. Good value. ***½
Food match: roast chicken, crab cakes

Reif Trollinger x Riesling 2002 (Niagara Peninsula, Ontario)
$9.95 (Available at the winery – 905-468-7738)
I don't know why Klaus Reif doesn't call this wine Kerner, which is the name of this grape grossing, but it's a nifty wine at the price. Light straw colour with a nose of ripe peaches. The taste is off-dry, full-bodied and mouth-filling with honey and apple flavours; good length. Good value ***½
Food match: pork and apple sauce, glazed ham

Château des Charmes Pinot Noir 2000 (Niagara Peninsula, Ontario)
$11.95 (CSPC # 195511)
This wine comes on more like a Beaujolais (Gamay grape) than a Pinot Noir but the price is right. Deep ruby in colour with a peppery, black cherry nose. Medium-bodied with ripe sweet fruit, black cherry and raspberry flavours; soft tannins; quite forward. Could also be served lightly chilled. Good value. ***½
Food match: barbecued salmon steaks, weiner schnitzel.

 

 

 

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