Riesling From renowned German vineyards, this Riesling is captivating and complex. Crisp flavors of honey, peach, and lemon finish with a lingering minerality.
Oak: Unoaked | Body: Medium | Sweetness: Off-Dry
Features Yeast: QA23 Optional sweetening blend
Food Pairings Pad Thai, German sausages, Shrimp stir-fry, Edam cheese
Release Date: March 2018
Aglianico Cabernet Merlot
Campania | Tuscany | Veneto, Italy
Sweetness: Dry Alcohol: 14% Body: Full
Aglianico, a full-bodied Italian varietal, adds personality to classic
Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot in a bold crimson blend. With rustic
earthy flavours including spicy pepper, leather and tobacco to ripe plum
and black fruits, this blend’s fine tannins provide a pleasing and not
too astringent finish. The fruit and earth are in harmony creating a
beautifully balanced red wine.
Campania, in the southwest Italian peninsula, has volcanic soil, a
harsh climate and high altitude. These conditions are ideal for
Aglianico grapes, which gain an incredible flavour from stress on the
growing vines. The geography of Tuscany is made up of hills and is
perhaps the best known wine region in Italy. The range of climate zones
from Mediterranean to Continental creates excellent growing conditions
for an assortment of fine grapes that line the hillsides. The Alps offer
shelter to the vineyards in Veneto, shielding the grapes from
potentially harsh conditions that exist north of the mountains.
Pair this blend with intensely flavoured foods. Grilled red meats are a
delicious match, as are braised game meats. Roasted mushrooms are a
wonderful accompaniment with their earthy flavour. For cheese, sample
Rhone Valley, France
Sweetness: Dry Alcohol: 13.5% Body: Med-Full
THE WINE This
French varietal has a distinctive combination of fruit and spice in the
aroma making for a lively wine. The medium bodied red boasts flavours
of red fruit, with hints of anise and tobacco. Fine tannins leave
the palate balanced on the finish.
THE REGION The
Rhone Valley begins in the Alps and continues for more than 500 miles
along the Rhone River ending at the Mediterranean Sea. Southern Rhone
has a Mediterranean climate with warm summers, mild winters and less
rainfall than its northern counterpart. Vineyards line both sides of the
river and the Mistral wind from the north blows away moisture, brings
beautiful sunshine, and cools the landscape in the summers, which is
perfect for ripening grapes.
THE FOOD Grenache
is a brilliant wine to match with many types of cuisine. Try with
grilled, stewed and braised game meats as well as hearty stews. A
roasted lamb shoulder with rosemary would be a wonderful pairing.
Two Roads Red
Dry Creek Valley, California (with Grape Skins)
Sweetness: Dry Alcohol: 14.5% Body: Full
A real powerhouse, this blend has a bold taste and tannic backbone. The
addition of Petit Syrah softens the jammy notes that are characteristic
of Zinfandel and the Cabernet Sauvignon lends texture. Dark ripe berry
aromas blend with smoke and spice elements that lead into flavours of
black cherry, vanilla, and black pepper with a lasting finish.
Just south of Sonoma County, with only two roads and over 60 wineries
boasting 9,000 acres of vineyards, you will find the rich soils of Dry
Creek Valley. The region experiences warm days as the mountains block
strong ocean gusts from reaching the vineyards planted throughout the
hills. Fog from Sonoma often rolls into the valley in the afternoon,
bringing a gentle cooling effect that continues into the evening. This
fog slows the ripening process allowing the grapes to develop balanced
acidity while still benefiting from the California sun.
The tannins in this wine pair well with richer, more fatty foods –
think barbequed meats like densely marbled marinated steaks or braised
short ribs. A creamy mushroom stroganoff would also be a beautiful
match. When pairing with cheese, consider bold flavours like Parmesan,
Peau Rouge and Aged Cheddars.
Viognier Roussanne Marsanne
Northern Rhone & Savoie, France
Sweetness: Off-Dry Alcohol: 12.5% Body: Medium
This enchanting white Rhone blend marries three varietals, Viognier,
Roussanne and Marsanne into one tantalizing off-dry wine. Peach, pear
and honeysuckle in the bouquet make way for hints of spice, pear,
tangerine and fresh rose petal on the palate. Crisp and balanced, the
finish allows one to fully enjoy the floral and fruit flavours.
Northern Rhone, a smaller part of the larger Rhone Valley region, spans
just 40 miles long. To the west, you find Savoie in an alpine location,
bordering Switzerland. Both regions host vineyards planted on steep
mountains and hillsides, as much as 820 to 1804 feet in elevation.
Northern Rhone’s climate varies with warm summers, cold winters and more
precipitation than its southern sister. Savoie, despite its location,
has a warm microclimate - southern/southeastern sun and close bodies of
water help to regulate the cold and provide great fruit growing
The combination of varietals in this wine makes it quite versatile. Sip
it alongside tuna sashimi and California rolls as well as grilled or
baked haddock fillets. Grilled pork, veal and chicken are also natural
AVAILABLE JANUARY 2018
Chardonnay Chenin Black - Rawsonville, South Africa
Permeating the white wine world, CHARDONNAY is refreshing to layer with lesser known varietals like CHENIN BLANC, South Africa’s signature white. Grapes from the Rawsonville region, a small picturesque wine growing and farming community on the eastern ﬂanks of the Du Toitskloof Mountains in the Western Cape province, make up this blend. The Mediterranean climate brings cool rainy winters and warm dry summers to the vineyards creating a fruit driven white wine with a high but pleasant natural acidity. The thin-skinned grapes soak in rays of sunshine to ripen and are carefully picked at just the right time to leave a crisp and bright juice.
Carrying distinct cultivar characteristics, tropical fruit aromas marry with baked apple citrus zest and juicy peach. On the palate, the buttery complexity of CHARDONNAY is complemented by CHENIN BLANC’S tart acidity to make a beautifully balanced wine. Delicious to sip on its own or to enjoy with food, this is a crowd-pleasing and unique addition to any cellar. Enjoy with a variety of seafood dishes like grilled shellﬁsh or salmon ﬁsh cakes. If feeling decadent, try chicken poached in a butter sauce, as the wine’s bright acidity and fruity character will complement the richness of the sauce wonderfully.
AVAILABLE FEBRUARY 2018
Merlot - Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
Hawke’s Bay is the oldest wine producing region in New Zealand. The diverse volcanic earth varies between gravel, sand and clay offering an ideal environment for the vineyards ﬂooding the hillsides and banks along the ﬁve rivers winding through the landscape. Hawke’s Bay’s beautiful climate offers lots of sunshine and pleasant conditions year-round. The result is a region that produces some of the ﬁnest wines in the country and MERLOT contributes to this well-earned reputation. This popular and enduring varietal produces a soft yet rich and fruity juice that is pleasing to the palate. The MERLOT grapes thrive in a long growing season, with ﬂavours concentrating as the fruit develops.
Ripe fruit with spice and soft tannins take precedence in this MERLOT. The lingering ﬁnish brings dark oaky spice, as well as hints of mocha and licorice. Treat yourself and enjoy with slow-cooked beef and lamb dishes or a gorgeous Ossobuco. Roasted, slightly caramelized tomatoes on crostini drizzled with balsamic reduction is a simple starter that is impeccable with this wine. Looking for a cheese to pair? Try Gouda or smoked cheddar.
AVAILABLE JANUARY 2018
Petite Ruby - Riverland, Australia
In the Lower Murray oasis of south Australia you will ﬁnd the Riverland. Spanning across Victoria and New South Wales, and basking in the continental climate, bountiful vineyards ripen during the sunny dry days of the season, while the Murray River winds through this unofficial “super zone” providing much needed irrigation.
A true gem, PETIT RUBY CABERNET is a blend of Petit Verdot and Ruby Cabernet. The Ruby Cabernet takes the best qualities of its parents, Cabernet Sauvignon and Carignan, creating a structured, robust wine with soft tannins, while the Petit Verdot brings intriguing ﬂavours of dark berries and vanilla. Elegant fruit ﬂavours of currant, juicy plum and dark berries complemented by notes of spicy ground black pepper with hints of herb and vanilla, make this medium-full bodied wine a delight to enjoy with grilled meats. Try it with succulent rib eye steak for a wonderful weekend treat, or barbecue burgers for an equally delicious pairing. Having an Italian night and want to switch up the wine? PETIT RUBY CABERNET is delicious with classics like meat lover’s pizza and spaghetti Bolognese.
AVAILABLE MARCH 2018
Milagro Blanco - La Mancha, Spain
Muscat, Verdejo and Sauvignon Blanc are wonderful on their own but sing when blended together. Muscat is fruity and crisp, Verdejo has mineral and citrus notes, and Sauvignon Blanc is herbaceous with pleasing acidity. When married, their unique elements create an off-dry, soft, refreshing, fruit-forward wine with a bright bouquet and a complex ﬁnish. MILAGRO BLANCO carries notes of passion fruit and white ﬂower on the nose, and is supported by juicy melon, peach, fresh lime and grass with a hint of honey on the palate.
La Mancha is steeped in history and is believed to have been producing wine since the Roman empire. A challenging place to grow grapes, the region is found in hot and dry central Spain, south east of Madrid where the rivers provide much needed water. Hard working vines planted in water-absorbing limestone and chalk sub-soil produce grapes that boast concentrated ﬂavours that burst on the palate. The fruity and ﬂoral character of this white wine pairs exquisitely with moderately spiced Szechuan, Thai and Vietnamese dishes. Lighter meats like chicken and white ﬁsh with green salad dressed in light vinaigrette are natural matches for a fresh, tantalizing meal.
AVAILABLE APRIL 2018
Negroamaro - Apulia, Italy
Bellissimo Italia…delightful wine, delicious food and stunning sun-soaked landscapes. Apulia (or Puglia in native Italian) exempliﬁes all of these things and more. Explore Apulia, the heel of Italy’s boot and follow one of the longest coastlines of any wine region in the country. The Mediterranean Sea graces the region’s vineyards with cooling winds maintaining ideal temperatures for growing. Sunny, warm and dry with some of the most fertile soil in Italy, the area offers the perfect environment for ripening grapes as well as olive trees and wheat ﬁelds that coexist with vineyards in this agricultural centre.
NEGROAMARO is richly jewel-hued, full bodied and a classic varietal in Apulia. Mild hints of wood and spice on the nose play with fruity notes for a complex aroma. On the palate, ripe berry is complemented by ground baking spice and silky tannins with a long ﬁnish. NEGROAMARO is hearty, versatile and evokes feelings of the beauty of its home. This wine couples well with many cuisines, but Italian, of course, is a ﬂawless pairing. Choose an antipasto with spicy elements like salami or pepper marinated vegetables like eggplant. A simple but delicious peperonata can be enjoyed with crusty bread or as a side to roasted and grilled meat.
THE REGION: Blends reign supreme in Languedoc, a large coastal wine region in the south of France which stretches from the Rhône valley in the east to the Spanish border in the south west. A wide variety of grapes grow well in the exquisite Mediterranean climate and fertile soil.
THE WINE: Nocturnal is a classic blend with an unusual moonlit twist. The grapes were plucked from the vines in the cool of the night when sugar levels are more stable and acid levels are better. This results in a wine with richer flavour and aromatics. Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Cinsault deliver complex spicy aromas with fruity plum and black raspberry on the palate, balanced with earthy woodsmoke. The full body and lush tannins make the finish just long enough to savour all the nuances in this gorgeous wine.
FOOD PAIRING: Try gourmet burgers to complement the smoky flavours in the wine or serve with a Cassoulet to match the Nocturnal’s southern France origins. A well-marbled cut of red meat makes for a more upscale pairing, but don’t forget the candlelight.