Previous Wine Packs

Queenston Mile Vineyard

IN THIS MONTH’S THREE-PACK: 

A rare vertical of the heartbreak grape — 2016 Pinot Noir, 2017 Pinot Noir, and 2018 Mile High Rosé — from Niagara’s acclaimed pinot noir house, Queenston Mile.  

2018 Mile High Rosé  
VQA Ontario
$35 

Delightfully uncomplicated, this Charmat method bubbly sings with ripe red berry fruit and zings with a palate cleansing touch of acidity. Pop the cork and enjoy with pals over shrimp cocktail, lox with caviar and warm brie with marmalade preserves.   

2017 Pinot Noir
VQA  St. David’s Bench 
$40 

 Luscious yet refined, this gorgeous pinot is a testament to the ideal growing conditions of the 2017 vintage. Notes of violet, plum and tobacco lead into a silky mouthfeel and lingering finish. Pair with miso-glazed salmon and caramelized Brussels sprouts.  

2016 Pinot Noir 
VQA St. David’s Bench 
$45  

Boldness defines the 2016 vintage with its earthy notes of slate, cola, cigar box and cinnamon, and its audacious and unapologetic tannins. Match it with flavourful mains like rabbit au vin, smoked duck and herbed wild rice with truffles.   

See Tasting Notes for Queenston Mile Vineyard
Big Head Wines

Big Head Wines

IN THIS MONTH’S THREE-PACK: 

Niagara’s Big Head Wines treats you to a zesty chenin blanc, rich cabernet sauvignon, and expertly crafted Bordeaux-style red.   

2019 Chenin Blanc  
VQA Niagara Lakeshore
$24.80 

 Rarely seen in Niagara, this Loire Valley varietal is brilliantly expressed by winemaker Andrzej Lipinski. Kumquat, pear, and yellow apple round out the citrus and herbaceous notes. Lively and dry, it’s a delight with niçoise salad or creamy chicken parmesan.  

2018 Big Head Red
VQA Niagara Peninsula
$21.80 

Ripasso and Appassimento winemaking methods were applied in this bold blend of cabernets, merlot, and syrah. The wine has a delectable richness and concentration characterized by ripe black fruit, earth, and eastern baking spice. Pairs beautifully with fennel and sausage orecchiette.     

2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Select
VQA Niagara Peninsula
$47.80 

 Generous notes of raspberry, fig, plum, black berry fruit, and black pepper spice abound in this fulsome, complex cabernet. Dry with grippy tannins, it’s a lovely match with ribeye steak and grilled portobello mushrooms with garlic butter.  

See Tasting Notes for Big Head Wines
Stratus Wine Club Pack

Stratus Vineyards

IN THIS MONTH’S THREE-PACK: 

A curated selection of oaked sauvignon blanc, bold unfiltered gamay and savoury cabernet franc from Stratus in Niagara-on-the-Lake.   

2019 Stratus Sauvignon Blanc  
VQA Niagara on the Lake 
$29 

Ten months in French oak has rounded the citrus and tropical notes beautifully without diminishing the tantalizing punch of acidity. It’s an easy sipper with surprising depth that calls for oysters, artichoke salad and pesto pizza with goat cheese.  

2019 Stratus Gamay Unfiltered
VQA Niagara on the Lake
$29 

This luscious gamay does not walk quietly; heavy-hitting flavours of cassis, tobacco, earth and spice delight the palate. Well-structured and balanced, it’s heavenly with soft cheeses and charcuterie, smoked trout and roasted sausage with fennel.  

2019 Stratus Cabernet Franc
VQA Niagara on the Lake
$39 

 Notes of clove and menthol develop into jammy black fruit, anise and savoury green herbs in this elegant cab. A mellow red with integrated tannins and a pop of cherry on the finish. Savour with grilled wild asparagus and pork chops with black olives and feta. 

See Tasting Notes for Stratus Vineyards
Grange of Prince Edward

Grange of Prince Edward

IN THIS MONTH’S THREE-PACK: 

A fresh and summery trio of County favourites: chardonnay, wild ferment orange wine and cabernet franc from Grange of Prince Edward Estate Vineyard & Winery.  

2016 Chardonnay  
VQA Prince Edward County 
$27 

Astounding aromatics on this unoaked, unfiltered white with lavender, lilac, lemon drops and candied pear on the nose. Ample acid with citrus tartness and a dash of white pepper keeps it interesting. Pair with crab cakes or crispy chicken with mushroom sauce.  

2019 Still Waters
Limited Edition Release
$30 

The orange hue in this picnic dream comes from extended skin contact with chardonnay and pinot noir grapes. Wild yeast brings an extra funk to the zesty palate of citrus, strawberry, cantaloupe and green herbs. Bring on the cold cuts, summer salads and hot dogs.   

2017 Cabernet Franc
VQA Prince Edward County
$30 

A bold and unhurried red that has enjoyed 30 months in neutral French oak. Plummy red and black fruit, earth, spice and smoke delight the palate. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. A match with classic bistro food or sausages and kebabs on the barbie. 

See Tasting Notes for Grange of Prince Edward

Foreign Affair Winery

IN THIS MONTH’S THREE-PACK: 

A refreshing sparkling brut, rich chardonnay, and unique petit verdot all touched by the Appassimento process from Foreign Affair Winery.  

2019 Sparkling Rosé   
VQA Ontario  
$24.95 

Predominantly made from crushed dried riesling grapes balanced with pinot noir, this dry and tangy bubbly has wild strawberry, lemon curd, rhubarb and apricot on the palate. A natural mate with creamy cheeses, charcuterie and summer salads.   

2019 Chardonnay
VQA Niagara Peninsula
$26.95

Grilled pineapple, flambéed bananas and lemon custard delight the palate with this expressive chardonnay. The texture is beautifully creamy and the mouthfeel lush and opulent with a lingering finish. Pair with bacon-wrapped scallops and fish tacos with tropical fruit salsa. 

2016 Petit Verdot 
VQA Niagara Peninsula 
$34.95 

This earthy expression of petit verdot with a splash of cabernet franc presents a plummy, black fruit nose with fennel, green herbs and black pepper on the palate. Highly structured with upright tannins, it’s a match with prime rib or wild mushroom risotto. 

See Tasting Notes for Foreign Affair Winery
Fogolar Wines - Wine club feature

Fogolar Wines

IN THIS MONTH’S THREE-PACK: 

A beautiful riesling, strawberry-lifted rosé and complex cabernet franc from ultra small-batch boutique wine label, Fogolar Wines in Niagara  

2019 Hughes Vineyard Riesling   
VQA Lincoln Lakeshore  
$19.95 

Tantalizing and delicate with notes of white flowers, tropical fruit, citrus and peachDry with a hint of sweetness on the finish. Wonderful balance with a light, unctuous mouthfeel. Enjoy with barbecued salted squid with a squeeze of lime or apple-stuffed pork tenderloin 

2019 Picone Vineyard Cabernet Franc Rosé 
VQA Vinemount Ridge 
$21.95 

A saignée that is as pretty in the glass as it is on the palate. Gorgeous strawberry, rhubarb and citrus finishes with a vanilla swirl and touch of spice from ten months of oak aging. Only 40 cases made. Pair with tangy chickpea salad and seafood paella 

201Picone Vineyard Cabernet Franc 
VQA Vinemount Ridge 
$43.95 

This deeply flavoured cabernet franc has it all: fig, cassis, black cherry, earth, cedar, graphite and black pepperExcellent structure and balance with ample tannin and acid make it a natural food partnerMatch with root vegetable tian or smoky barbecued meats. 

See Tasting Notes for Fogolar Wines

Sue-Ann Staff Estate Winery

IN THIS MONTH’S THREE-PACK: 

Esteemed winemaker Sue-Ann Staff showcases the best of Niagara’s terroir with a versatile pinot grigio, earthy gamay noir, and divine cabernet franc.  

2020 “The Lenny” Pinot Grigio   
VQA Vinemount Ridge  
$19.95 

Fruit forward and dry with racy notes of tart green apple, golden berry and lemon zest riding on a current of minerality, this food friendly wine has solid structure and healthy acidity. Enjoy with barbecued prawns and salmon poké 

2019 Split Rail Gamay Noir
VQA Niagara Peninsula
$26.95 

Ash and earth, black peppercorn, and ripe red and black berry fruit characterizes the beautifully woven flavours in this fresh gamay. Lovely balance. It’s a mellow wine, great for sipping on its own or over a Swiss and Gruyère fondue with herbed vegetables.  

2017 The Chestnut Tree Cabernet Franc
VQA Niagara Peninsula
$44.95 

This rich, succulent wine is a gift; jammy black fruit, spice, and smoke undulate across the palate. The mouthfeel is weighty and velvety with an elegant body and lingering finish. Pair this Niagara standout with herb-crusted grilled lamb and British mint sauce. 

See Tasting Notes for Sue-Ann Staff Estate Winery

Traynor Family Vineyard

IN THIS MONTH’S THREE-PACK:  

An exciting trio from Prince Edward County: a red pétillant naturel, unfiltered pinot gris, and rustic gamay noir from avantgarde winery Traynor Family Vineyard  

2020 Red Pet-Nat   
VQA Ontario  
$40 

A cheerful and vivacious red pét-nat with bubblegum nose and palate of ripe red berry fruit. Über fizzy and marvellously uncomplicated, this vidal dominant blend of pinot noir and gamay is the life of the single household party. Salty snacks and appies, please!  

2020 Pinot Gris 
VQA Niagara Peninsula 
$25 

Tangerine, golden berry, pear and yellow apple characterize this lightly oaked expressionBottled unfiltered to maximize the wine’s natural flavour, it has a light mouthfeel and crisp finish. Pair with pan-fried cod ‘n’ chips with kale salad and dill pickle dressing. 

2020 Gamay Noir 
VQA Niagara Peninsula 
$30 

This silky, unfiltered gamay is a refreshing take on the varietal. Oak aged for just three months, the bright red and black berry fruit shines with a dash of spice that’s reminiscent of old-school Beaujolais. Lovely with lentil dahl, seared salmon and creamy tarragon chicken. 

See Tasting Notes for Traynor Family Vineyard
Creekside Wince Club Wines

Creekside Estate Winery

IN THIS MONTH’S THREE-PACK:
An opulent riesling, tropical sauvignon blanc and hearty malbec from Creekside Estate Winery’s exclusive “Under Current” label.

2019 Under Current ‘Breakaway’ Riesling
VQA Creek Shores
$30

Aromatic and abundantly flavourful with stone fruit, candied orange and a touch of honey on the finish. Ample acidity gives the wine a lively, spritzy mouthfeel. Perfect with a Santa Fe salad and grilled Cuban ham sandwich.

2018 Under Current ‘Long Row’ Sauvignon Blanc
VQA Creek Shores
$30

Notes of papaya, passion fruit and citrus are woven beautifully into this small batch gem. A hint of caramelization comes from light barrel aging. Creamy and rich, it’s a match with pork and pineapple stir fry and asparagus risotto with strong cheese.

2016 Under Current Malbec
VQA Creek Shores
$40

Raspberry jam, hints of cinnamon and clove delight the palate in this expression of malbec, a varietal rarely found in the Niagara region. Earthy and herbal with a supple mouthfeel, it’s lovely alongside miso-baked aubergine and lamb rogan josh.

See Tasting Notes for Creekside Estate Winery

13th Street Winery

IN THIS MONTH’S THREE-PACK: 

Warm up with a rich riesling reserve, spicy pinot noir gamay and luxuriant meritage from 13th Street WineryClub members are invited to a private virtual tasting with the winemaker – sign up to join in!     

2018 Riesling   
VQA Creek Shores  
$34.95 

Lightly oaked in French casks, this dry riesling presents bright flavours of lemon and lime leading to deeper notes of baking spice, cinnamon nut brittle and vanilla bean. Enjoy this gem with bloomy rind cheeses and deep fried delights. 

2019 Pinot Noir Gamay 
VQA Niagara Peninsula 
$24.95 

Lively notes of candied cherry, balsamic reduction and black pepper emerge on the nose and palate with this classic Burgundian blend. A natural partner with wild mushroom galette and balsamic-glazed halibut. 

2018 Meritage 
VQA Creek Shores 
$39.95 

Merlot and cabernet franc are the dominant varietals in this dry red blend with cabernet sauvignon supporting. A myriad of flavours from spiced plum and savoury green herbs to cocoa and woodsmoke dovetail nicely into a lingering finish. Pair with Sunday’s roast beef dinner.  

See Tasting Notes for 13th Street Winery

Villa Bacchus Winery

IN THIS MONTH’S THREE-PACK: 

Villa Bacchus Winery kicks off the new year with a wine box of outstanding value featuring a sumptuous gewürztraminer, opulent cabernet franc and lush Bordeaux-style blend 

 2019 Gewürztraminer  
VQA Niagara-on-the-Lake  
$24.95 

 A perfume of rose and tropical fruit greets the nose while flavours of lychee, pineapple, papaya, citrus and a dash of clove emerge on the palate. Expertly crafted, this dry white has an enchanting balance, depth and elegance. Lovely with sushi or Thai food. 

2017 Cabernet Franc 
VQA Niagara Lakeshore 
$54.95  

Earning its high value, this wine has an elegant sophistication. Red and black fruit abound with subtle layers of graphite and pencil shavings, earth and anise. Exquisite mouthfeel with a lingering finish. Pair with slow cooked osso buco. 

2016 Rosso Grande
VQA Niagara Peninsula
$29.95 

 Petit Verdot takes centre stage in this Bordeaux-style red blend. Strawberry and rhubarb deepen into spicestone, tobacco and smoke on the palate. Beautifully balanced and complex with tempered tannins, it’s a perfect partner with barbecued meats and garlic-based sides. 

See Tasting Notes for Villa Bacchus Winery
Tawse Winery wines

Tawse Winery

IN THIS MONTH’S THREE-PACK:  

Tawse Winery spreads holiday joy with a curated trio of sauvignon blanc, pinot noir and cabernet franc reserve wine 

2019 Grower’s Blend Sauvignon Blanc  
VQA Niagara Peninsula  
$27.15 

 lifted tropical note distinguishes this wine; papaya and pineapple play alongside tart citrus, gooseberry and minerality. Crisp and dry with a racy acidity, it’s a natural pairing with goat cheese tarts or shrimp and basil risotto.    

2017 Quarry Road Pinot Noir 
VQA Vinemount Ridge 
$29.15

Red and black berry fruits are accented with earth and smoky notes in this rich pinotAged 16 months in French oak, the wine is bold on the palate with ample tannins yet a silky mouthfeel. A lovely match for roasted pork with herbs and fennel.  

2017 Grower’s Blend Cabernet Franc 
VQA Niagara Peninsula 
$36.15 

This luxuriant red is the perfect partner for earthy, fall cuisine. Plum, strawberry and hints of tobacco carry through the palate into a long, smooth finish. Pair this structured wine with grilled vegetable pizza or orecchiette with sausage and chicory. 

See Tasting Notes for Tawse Winery
Alvento wines

Alvento Winery

IN THIS MONTH’S THREE-PACK:

A gift of exceptional value from Beamsville’s Alvento Winery; a traditional method sparkling, appassimento-style cabernet sauvignon and beautifully aged nebbiolo. 

2018 Celeste
VQA Niagara Peninsula
$45.95

A delicate, focused traditional method sparkler that features chardonnay with a dash of pinot noir. Citrus, stone fruit and minerality emerge on the nose and palate. Bone dry with a fine mousse, this bubbly is made for cocktail foods and salty snacks.   

2018 Boreas
VQA Niagara Peninsula
$47.95

A bold blend of two cabernet sauvignons; one a concentrated appassimento-style and the second traditionally produced. The result is a luscious, jammy wine with abundant black fruit, mint, tobacco and spice. The perfect partner to ribeye steak with horseradish. 

2012 Aria
VQA Niagara Peninsula
$56.95

Aptly named, this wine is sophisticated and elegant with a long finish – and 100% nebbiolo, an Italian grape rarely found in these parts. It’s structured and complex with refined flavours of fig, earth and anise that will mesh beautifully with apple-braised pork shanks. 

See Tasting Notes for Alvento Winery

Henry of Pelham Estate Winery

IN THIS MONTH’S THREE-PACK: 

An autumnal selection of reserve wine from Henry of Pelham curated to pair beautifully with Thanksgiving celebrations of all kinds.  

2017 Speck Family Reserve Riesling
VQA Short Hills Bench
$27.95

An intriguing fusion of old world and new world practices – this grape is a Mosel clone grown in a Burgundian-like cool climate on a vineyard site that pushes the needle on ripeness levels. Light yet impactful, the citrus and tropical notes will play exquisitely with tempura and spicy noodle dishes.   

2018 Speck Family Reserve Chardonnay 
VQA Short Hills Bench 
$29.95 

A classic chardonnay that is weighty and round with a smooth, rich mouthfeel. Oak aging plays a supportive role, allowing delicate flavours of yellow apple, pear, buttery brioche and baking spice to present fully. Pair with your holiday hamturkey, or vegan lentil loaf.   

2019 Speck Family Reserve Pinot Noir 
VQA Short Hills Bench 
$34.95  

While certainly cellar-worthy, this wine is drinking beautifully right now. Wonderfully concentrated with balanced flavours of red and black berry fruits and earth, this structured pinot is silky with a lengthy finish. A perfect match with grilled salmon and wild rice with mushrooms.

See Tasting Notes for Henry of Pelham Estate Winery

Bachelder

IN THIS MONTH’S THREE-PACK: 

Thomas Bachelder shows his Burgundian roots with his exclusive “Les Villages” collection of gamay, chardonnay, and pinot noir. Club members are invited to a private virtual tasting with him – sign up to join in!    

2017 “Les Villages” Chardonnay
VQA Niagara Peninsula 
$34.95  

The “Les Villages” style of pulling the best grapes of a single varietal from multiple vineyards results in this complex yet harmonious expression. Beautiful layers of butter, lemon and minerality greet the nose and palate. Pair with sole meuniere or seared scallops.  

2017 “Les Villages” Gamay Noir
VQA Niagara Peninsula 
$22.95 

Sourced from vineyards predominantly in Vineland, this aged and finely-perfumed wine shows red berry fruits with candied notes, plum, earth and stone. It’s elegant and textured and will sing with picnic fare like patésoft cheeses and ham paninis.  

2017 “Les Villages” Pinot Noir 
VQA Niagara Peninsula 
$34.95 

In line with the laser focus that is synonymous with Bachelder’s wines, this pinot noir is precision-driven. Aged 20 months in Burgundian oak, luscious aromatics of red and black fruit lead to a savoury finish. Pair this silky, refined red with chicken Dijon or Japanese sukiyaki.

See Tasting Notes for Bachelder

Marynissen Estates Winery

IN THIS MONTH’S THREE-PACK:

Marynissen Estates Winery shares their best reserves with an all-platinum series lineup of chardonnay, cabernet franc and cabernet sauvignon.

2015 Platinum Series Chardonnay
VQA Niagara Peninsula
$29.95

Lovers of rich, toasty chardonnay, rejoice! This wine was carefully aged for 18 months and was awarded a rare 92 points by wine critic Tony Aspler. The citrus and tropical fruit undertones will sing with seafood paella or spinach and ricotta ravioli in a creamy pesto sauce.

2017 Platinum Series Cabernet Franc
VQA Niagara Peninsula
$34.95

Opulent in both aroma and flavour, expect plum and black fruits to complement hints of cocoa and cedar. Enjoy this rare gem (only 100 cases were made) outside on a sunny day with a cheese plate and barbecued fare.

2017 Platinum Series Cabernet Sauvignon
VQA Niagara Peninsula
$39.95

Marynissen is home to the oldest planting of cabernet sauvignon vines in Canada, the same vines that produce this bold, full-bodied wine. Notes of dark fruit, tobacco and spice are supported by excellent structure. The perfect partner to a prime rib meal or pepper-crusted ahi tuna.

See Tasting Notes for Marynissen Estates Winery

Ravine Vineyard Estate Winery

IN THIS MONTH’S THREE-PACK:
Experience the winemaking elegance of Ravine Vineyard Estate Winery with a limited
edition riesling, cabernet rosé and cabernet franc.

2019 Patricia’s Block Riesling
VQA St. David’s Bench
$35
This riesling is all about delicacy; it’s light-bodied and finely balanced, but lush with green apple, apricot, lime and a kiss of wildflower honey. It’s dangerously quaffable on its own or paired alongside honey ginger chicken or fresh seafood with a squeeze of lime.

2019 Ravine Cabernet Rosé
VQA Ontario
$25
This is the summer lovin’ dry rosé you’ve been dreaming of – it’s bright and crisp, but with a touch of oak aging for added depth. Ripe cherry, strawberry, and mandarin is supported with ample acidity. The perfect vino to pair with light summer bites like garden salads and grilled salmon with citrus salsa.

2018 Ravine Cabernet Franc
VQA Niagara-on-the-Lake
$38
Expect aromas of fruit, herbs, earth and spice to carry gracefully through to the palate in this subtle and layered wine. Expertly crafted and textured with a harmonic balance, it’s a natural pairing for charcuterie, cheese plates and barbecued fare.

See Tasting Notes for Ravine Vineyard Estate Winery

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.        

See Tasting Notes for Two Sisters Vineyards

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.

See Tasting Notes for Southbrook Vineyards

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.

See Tasting Notes for Pondview Estate Winery

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.

See Tasting Notes for Trail Estate Winery
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!

See Tasting Notes for Icellars Estate Winery

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?

See Tasting Notes for Peller Estates

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.

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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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