Previous Wine Packs

Two Sisters Vineyards

IN THIS MONTH’S THREE-PACK:

A sophisticated sauvignon blanc, rosé, and signature red blend from elite Niagara winery, Two Sisters Vineyards.

2017 Sauvignon Blanc
VQA Niagara Peninsula
$23

A standout sauvignon blanc with flavours of tropical fruit, lime, green herbs and almond right off the top. This zesty, intriguing white has surprising depth and complexity and will pair perfectly with ceviche or seared scallops with lemon and vodka sauce.

2018 Rosé
VQA Niagara-on-the-Lake
$27

Minimal skin contact offers just a hint of blush in appearance while the flavours of strawberry, cranberry and rhubarb soar in this dry rosé. Crisp and beguiling with excellent structure, you’ll want to savour this wine with crab cakes and quiche.

2016 Eleventh Post
VQA Niagara River 
$43

Predominantly merlot with cabernet franc and sauvignon supporting, this striking red blend is beautifully characterized by black fruits and spices – think cherry, currant, licorice and pepper. Match this expressive wine with nduja, fennel and olive pasta.        

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Southbrook Vineyards

IN THIS MONTH’S THREE-PACK:

A trendy orange wine, pinot noir and merlot from Niagara’s leading organic and biodynamic winery, Southbrook Vineyards.

2019 Skin Fermented Vidal
VQA Ontario
$29.95

From foot trodden grapes to wild fermentation with seeds and skins, this orange wine is as natural as it gets. Citrus, floral and savoury notes are supported by racy acidity and solid structure. Pair with pistachio-crusted black cod and olive tapenade.

2017 Laundry Vineyard Pinot Noir
VQA Lincoln Lakeshore
$35.00

Delight in this delicate, well-balanced cool climate pinot. Plummy red fruit leads to deeper notes of earth, black tea and spice. The perfect partner for crispy Peking duck and pulled pork.

2017 Triomphe Merlot
VQA Niagara Peninsula
$29.95

Barrel-aged for just five months, this merlot-gamay blend is gorgeously lush with dark fruit, dark chocolate and earthy tones. An impressive wine, silky in texture. Italian-style sausages with fennel or black bean veggie burgers will be a delectable pairing.

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Pondview Estate Winery

IN THIS MONTH’S THREE-PACK:

A sparkling brut, fumé blanc and cabernet sauvignon from Niagara-on-the-Lake’s Pondview Estate Winery.

2018 Bella Terra Sparkling Brut
VQA Ontario
$24.95

Pondview’s signature sparkler is light-hearted, fruit-driven and dangerously hard to set down. Made with vidal blanc, you can expect citrus and tropical fruit notes with a lovely, dry finish. Pop the cork and celebrate spring with bubbles and fun canapés.

2017 Bella Terra Fumé Blanc
VQA Niagara Peninsula
$34.95

Aged for almost two years in French oak, this sauvignon blanc is incredibly smooth and mellow with notes of grapefruit, vanilla and spice. Rich and well-balanced with a lengthy finish, it will pair superbly with coastal fare like lobster rolls and seared scallops.

2016 Bella Terra Cabernet Sauvignon
VQA Four Mile Creek
$39.95

This is a hearty, bold expression of a cool climate cabernet sauvignon. Ripe cherry, licorice, tobacco and spice cascade out of the glass. It’s drinking well now, but will age beautifully for 5+ years. The perfect partner for osso buco and other Italian fare.

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Trail Estate Winery

IN THIS MONTH’S THREE-PACK:

Explore Prince Edward County with a chardonnay musqué, unfiltered cabernet franc and baco noir from rising star Trail Estate Winery.

2016 Chardonnay Musqué
VQA Twenty Mile Bench
$26

Only 100 cases of this wild-fermented white were produced. Pear and apple on the nose lead to salted caramel and buttered popcorn on the palate. Richly textured with a gorgeous mouthfeel. Sip on its own or with elegant hors d’oeuvres.

2016 Cabernet Franc
VQA Twenty Mile Bench
$40

Black currant, fig, spice and smoke abound on the nose and palate with this dry, refreshingly unfiltered cabernet franc. Beautifully balanced with well-integrated flavours. Pair with Italian meatballs in tomato sauce or savoury bean and lentil dishes.

2018 Baco Noir
VQA Ontario
$30

Black raspberry, cassis and baking spice characterize this earthy, succulent red which is also unfiltered. Well structured with a pleasant finish. Perfect with smoked game meats and wild mushroom wellington.

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Icellars 3 featured wines

Icellars Estate Winery

IN THIS MONTH’S THREE-PACK:

Opulent wines from Niagara’s hidden gem, Icellars Estate Winery: a sauvignon blanc, cabernet franc and reserve red that will keep you cosy this month.

2017 Sauvignon Blanc
VQA Twenty Mile Bench
$35

This expertly crafted sauvignon blanc has richness and depth while still offering lifted aromatics of goldenberry, citrus and white peach. Pair this rarity (only 120 cases made) with Spanish tapas, fresh or smoked oysters and brunchy foods.

2016 Cabernet Franc
VQA Twenty Mile Bench
$30

An elegant, fulsome red with dark fruit and a lovely integration of earth and green notes. It’s showing excellent structure, intriguing complexity, and a long, luxuriant finish. Enjoy with roasted duck with hoisin or alongside a slow-cooked cassoulet.

2017 Reserve Red
VQA Niagara-on-the-Lake
$30

This wine is Icellars’ nod to Bordeaux-style wines – an elevated red blend primarily of merlot and cabernets that offers perfumed notes of red and black fruit, savoury herbs, and tobacco. Herb-crusted lamb chops with white truffle shavings will sing!

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Peller Estates

IN THIS MONTH’S THREE-PACK:

Kick off the new year with the best resolution yet – “drink only fabulous wine!” – and celebrate your dedication with this sparkling rosé, chardonnay and baco noir.

Signature Series Ice Cuvée Rosé
VQA Niagara Peninsula
$36

Predominantly pinot noir and chardonnay with a dash of gamay, this traditional method sparkler is enhanced with a dosage of vidal icewine. The raspberry, cherry and peach flavours on the palate will sing with creamy cheeses, seared scallops and spiced pork.

2017 Signature Series Chardonnay
VQA Four Mile Creek
$32

Delicately hand-crafted, this exceptional chardonnay spent a year in French oak on its lees. The wine has a rich texture, deep character and notes of toasty brioche, brown butter and vanilla. Pair with smoked salmon and caviar crepes to ring in the new year with style!

2018 Private Reserve Baco Noir
VQA Ontario
$24

Peller is treating Toronto Life Wine Club members to a limited edition reserve this month. Their luscious baco noir balances plummy dark fruit with spice and smoke and is the perfect match for grilled game meats. Winter barbecue, anyone?

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Windrush Estate Winery

IN THIS MONTH’S THREE-PACK:

A colourful gift of exclusive pinot grigio, rosé, and pinot noir from Hockley Valley’s Windrush Estates that will ensure you and yours have the merriest of holidays.

2017 Vintner’s Reserve Pinot Grigio
VQA Niagara Peninsula
$30

Apple, pear, and grapefruit blend seamlessly with baking notes of nutmeg and vanilla in this dry styling of pinot gris. Crisp, yet ample in flavour, the wine’s racy acidity makes it a perfect food partner that will pair well with cheese plates, seafood, and Asian curries.

2019 Rosé
VQA St. David’s Bench
$25

This limited edition pinot noir rosé was made and released exclusively to Toronto Life Wine Club members. Dry and lightly oaked, you’ll experience bold strawberry, rhubarb, and cranberry flavours. Pair this gem with holiday party appetizers and Yuletide dinner fare.

2018 Vintner’s Reserve Pinot Noir
VQA Niagara Peninsula
$35

Just in time for the holidays, a perfect pinot noir that is nuanced enough to sip on its own yet versatile enough to be food friendly. Expect a velvety mouthfeel with flavours of red cherry, earth, and savoury herbs. Pair it with mushroom stuffing, root vegetables and, you got it, the roast beast.


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Huff Estates Winery

IN THIS MONTH’S THREE-PACK:

A festive trio of chardonnay, rosé, and pinot noir from Prince Edward County’s Huff Estates that have been specially curated to pair with holiday fare.

2017 Unoaked Chardonnay
VQA Prince Edward County
$25.00
A lean, unoaked expression of the varietal that will delight lovers of dry Chablis-style chardonnay. Pear and citrus merge with deeper flavours of flint and minerality characteristic of the limestone-rich soils from the region. Start the festivities with this ideal match for hors d’oeuvres, cheese plates, and lightly smoked seafood.

2018 All Day Rosé
VQA Ontario
$18.00
This lovely blush of cabernet franc brings warmth to any holiday party. Summer fruit – think ripe strawberries and raspberries – sails out of the glass in this slightly off dry wine. Pair this small batch gem with latkes, blinis, and even cherry pie.

2017 Pinot Noir Reserve
VQA Prince Edward County
$40.00
Like the perfect dinner guest, this pinot noir is elegant and charming. Aged in French oak, the wine offers black fruit, spice, and earthy notes. Its versatility and smoothness lends itself perfectly to holiday meals of all kind from glazed salmon to roasted lamb to Christmas turkey with all the fixings.
  

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Stratus Vineyards

IN THIS MONTH’S THREE-PACK
Classic examples of the finesse that Stratus achieves in its wines, with a deeply complex merlot, a picture-perfect sauvignon blanc and a very rare botrytis-affected semillon.

Stratus Merlot 2015
VQA Niagara-on-the-Lake
$39.00
There’s so much complexity in this wine, you might not recognize it as merlot. Ripe plum, chocolate, cassis and black olive — this wine is fruit forward, concentrated and multi-layered. Pair with rich fall meaty fare.

2017 Stratus Sauvignon Blanc
VQA Niagara-on-the-Lake
$29.00
Sancerre in style, but resolutely Stratus in execution. It helps that winemaker JL Groux hails from the Loire. An elegant, refined wine with tropical tones and a clean and stony character. Pair with ceviches and grilled white fish.

2017 Stratus Botrytis Semillon
VQA Niagara-on-the-Lake
$35.00
A very rare wine from Stratus. This wine is sweet, but it’s not really a dessert wine. Laser precise with fresh apple, citrus, pineapple, marmalade and honeycomb. Pair with blue cheese, rich terrines and foie gras, or sweet and sour stir fry.

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Rosewood Estates Winery

In this month’s three-pack, you will receive an aromatic gewürztraminer-mead blend (yes, mead!), crisp riesling, and bold cabernet franc that will have you buzzing about Rosewood Estates Winery.

2018 Mead Blanc
$25.00
A silky blend of gewürztraminer grapes and estate honey fermented together. Wildflowers, fresh lime, and tropical fruit sail out of the glass leaving you with a hint of honey on the tongue. The perfect partner for Asian cuisine from spicy curries to sashimi and soy.

2016 Cabernet Franc
VQA Beamsville Bench, $40.00
The secret to this rich unfiltered red is minimal intervention in the winemaking process, natural yeast fermentation, and ample aging in French oak barrels. Ripe black fruit, spice, and smoke will liven up your palate and nothing will balance the tannins better than barbecued fare.

2017 Riesling AF
VQA Niagara Escarpment, $15.95
Not your average riesling. Wild yeast adds to the complexity of this wine. Expect tart granny smith apple, apricot, and citrus with racy acidity that pops on the palate. This is a wine made for delightful canapés and lazy Sunday brunches with friends.

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Malivoire Pack

Malivoire Wine Company

Two of Malivoire’s signature reds — the gorgeous Small Lot Pinot Noir and supple Stouck Merlot. Plus an elegant sparkler making a summertime debut.

Malivoire Stouck Merlot 2015
VQA Lincoln Lakeshore, $34.95
One taste of this wine and you will say to yourself “I need more merlot in my life.”
Silky smooth with generous berry fruit, a refined savoury quality, and just a touch of
(mostly old) oak. Gorgeous with roast meats, duck or mushroom pizza.

Malivoire Small Lot Pinot Noir 2017
VQA Beamsville Bench, $29.95
Another picture-perfect Malivoire pinot. Lots of cherry-cran fruit, blackcurrant,
dried herbs and a hint of cinnamon. Smooth and juicy. Pair with any wild mushroom
dish, roast poultry or vegetarian lasagne.

Malivoire Che Bello Sparkling Wine
VQA Ontario, $21.95
The sparkler of the summer! This is a new wine from Malivoire. Similar to a
Prosecco, made with a unique grape called chardonnay musqué. Pretty apple, lemon
and nutty notes. Great for sipping on its own or with light bites.

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Queenston Mile Vineyard

Here’s a sunny summer trio from the new Queenston Mile Winery and winemaker Rob Power, who also makes wine at Creekside: a mineral-packed white blend, supple textured rosé and berry-forward pinot noir.

Queenston Mile White 2017
VQA Niagara Peninsula, $25.00
When we talk about crisp cool-climate whites, this is what we’re talking about. A blend of five grapes, with bright apple and pear with citrus and mineral. An ideal summer sipper. Racy enough for salty snacks and soft cheeses.

Queenston Mile Pinot Noir Rosé 2017
VQA St. David’s Bench, $30.00
Made from 100% pinot noir, this delightful rosé delivers ripe sour cherries and wild raspberries backed with faint fresh herbs. Refreshing and delicious as a sipper or with light summer fare. Beautiful texture.

Queenston Mile Pinot Noir 2017 
VQA St. David’s Bench,  $40.00
A silky smooth pinot brimming with red and black berry fruit, soft leather and a touch of damp earth. Quite approachable now, though very youthful. Consider giving this six months or more, then fry up a duck breast.

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Closson Chase Vineyards

Three wines from Closson Chase, one of Prince Edward County’s most esteemed — and pioneering — wineries. This is cool climate winemaking at its best, where conscientious vineyard management yields tiny quantities of characterful wines, each one a unique beauty.

Closson Chase K.J Watson Pinot Gris 2018
VQA Four Mile Creek, $22.95
Perfumed but restrained, with apple, pear, pineapple, hay and white
flowers. Dry and minearally, with tree fruit and juicy green apple and a
honeysuckle finish. Great with seafood ceviche, fish taco, asparagus risotto.

South Clos Chardonnay 2017
VQA Prince Edward County, $39.95
Fragrant of wildflower meadow, with herbs, citrus and vanilla. Supple and
elegant, with fruit galore: apple, lemon/lime, pineapple, and sweet oak
spice. Long finish. Perfect with grilled white fish, Cornish hen, rack of lamb.

2015 Churchside Pinot Noir
VQA Prince Edward County, $44.95
Complex with layers of fruit and spice: cherries, plum, pomegranate, along
with earthy smoke and baking spice. Bright, pretty, bold and ageworthy.
Serve with beef carpaccio or tartare, duck breast or grilled wild salmon.

See Tasting Notes for Closson Chase Vineyards

Fielding Estates Winery

From the boutique Fielding Estate Winery, an award-winning sparkling rosé, an elegant food-friendly chardonnay and the perfect red wine to match with BBQ season (charcoal, of course).

Fielding Sparkling Rosé
VQA Niagara Peninsula, $33.15
A crisp, bright and award-winning sparkler that tickles your palate with pretty red berry fruit and super-fine bubbles. Steely, firm and minerally, great with raw shellfish, charcuterie and — what the heck — (sustainable) caviar on a blini. 

Fielding Estate Bottled Chardonnay 2017
VQA Beamsville Bench, $26.15
An incredibly nuanced and complex wine, generous with apple, pineapple, melon and pear. Some vanilla spice. Delicate, but with bite and texture. Pair with a beautiful roast chicken, grilled wild salmon, or soft cheeses.

Fielding Rock Pile Red 2017
VQA Niagara Peninsula, $25.15
A formidable red blend, predominantly merlot (45%) with cabernet sauvignon and malbec. Fruity, earthy and savoury with medium tannins. Give this a juicy ribeye cooked over charcoal, or lamb, wild boar, grilled portobello.

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Foreign Affairs

Foreign Affair

A selection from Niagara’s Foreign Affair Winery, which uses the Italian appassimento method: after being hand-harvested, a portion of the grapes are air-dried, which helps concentrate flavours. It takes months, but the results are worth it.

Foreign Affair Viognier 2017
VQA Niagara Peninsula, $23.95
This wine has aromas and flavours ranging from tangerine and white peach to pear and pineapple. It’s dry and focused- a perfect match for summer fare like fish tacos, Thai dishes and complex salads.

Foreign Affair Amarosé 2018
VQA Niagara Peninsula, $18.95
Bring on the sun with this bottle of liquid summer, made from pinot noir and chardonnay. The fruit is massive: wild strawberries, rhubarb, berry compote and fresh herbs. Enjoy on its own or with charcuterie, grilled fish or pizza.

Foreign Affair Temptress 2016
VQA Niagara Peninsula, $44.95
From the hot and sunny 2016 vintage, this robust blend of cabs franc and sauvignon, merlot, petit verdot and malbec channels Bordeaux, brimming with black cherry, plum and leather. It’s supple and smooth, great with game or a juicy steak.

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