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Gaylene's Pick

Don Simon sangria  Spain

Tasting Notes: A sangria on a hot sunny day is incredibly refreshing. Whether you serve up carafes with this goodness at your next party or add a recipe tag and resent it as a gift, there’s many ways to celebrate this refreshing summer beverage.

Price: $14.49

 


Warren's Pick

Zonin Valpolicella Ripasso 2015  Italy

Tasting Notes: 70% Corvina, 20% Rondinella, and 10% Molinara The grapes are hand picked, crushed, and fermented, thus, preserving its fresh and young character. The grapes then undergo a cold pre-fermentation for approximately five days; total contact with the skins is maintained for about 20 days. By the time the skins are drawn off, the highly aromatic wine has obtained excellent color and structure. It is placed in cold storage for four months before undergoing the "ripasso" process, which entails fermenting the wine on Amarone must for a period of 20 days, resulting in increased color, aroma, body, and fruit flavor. Once the wine is prepared for aging, it matures for 18 months in casks and barrels, which adds complexity, structure and refinement. Afterwards it undergoes an additional month in the bottle before release. Intense ruby brightened by purple reflections Ample and remarkably complex with vinous tones; well-defined scents of cherries, mature plum, fig with notes of violet and dried tobacco against a tenuous background of dark chocolate Dry on the palate with a fine and harmonious balance, great strength, and a sturdy body; reveals stewed wild berries, smoking tobacco, and exotic spices, leads to plush and moderate tannins; demonstrates persistence and complexity on the palate Suggest decanting 1 to 2 hours Perfect match for roasted meats and pasta with garlic sauce

Price: $18.99

 


Alison's Pick

Adorada Rosé  California USA

Tasting Notes: This Rosé opens with spice and ginger on the nose, balanced by fragrant aromas of red fruit and antique red rose. The palate is succulent and lightly sweet, with juicy watermelon and honeycomb flavors, framed by a zesty hint of white pepper. It is sleek and sexy with a drape of black wax over the top and one shoulder of the bottle which complements the fresh, light honeysuckle pink colour of the wine.

Price: $19.99

 


Georgie's Pick

Isle of Jura Origin 10 Year  Scotland

Tasting Notes: The Isle of Jura is nestled off the West Coast of Scotland - where I come from! It’s only 60 miles from Glasgow as the crow flies, but 60 miles has never felt so far away. With only one road, one pub, one distillery and one big whirlpool, Jura is as beautiful as it is remote. Which explains why the deer outnumber the 200-strong population by a country mile! I love chasing them too! George Orwell even went so far as to name it ‘the most un-get-at-able place’ while he wrote his classic novel 1984 here. The original distillery has stood in its spot since 1810 but fell into ruin. In 1963, the folks at Jura decided to resurrect it and with it, helped to revive the local community. Jura Origin signifies the rebirth of the Jura distillery and rebuilding of the community; each bottle carries the ancient Celtic symbol for beginnings. Distiller’s Notes: Colour: Warming golden glow. Nose: Soft nuances of American white oak with a smooth, sweet aroma of honey. Taste: A refined, smooth and clean tasting liquid with gentle oak flavours, followed by highlights of caramel and soft liquorice. The warmth of roasted coffee beans lingers long in the mouth. Cheers and Woof!

Price: $67.99

 


Derek's Pick

Dirty Laundry Hush Rose  Canada

Tasting Notes: A blend of Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cab Franc gives this Okanagan rose great structure. It’s bold flavours of fresh picked strawberries, red currant & watermelon satisfies big time when the temperatures start rising. It’s definitely meant for the patio to enjoy on it’s own or paired with spicey foods like a chorizo pizza.

Price: $27.99

 


Barbara's Pick

Chateau La Tour de Mons Margeaux  France

Tasting Notes: 56% Merlot 38%Cabernet Sauvignon 6% Petit Verdot This Bordeaux is aged 12 months in French oak. The nose has black pepper, blackberry, spicy herbs and bell peppers. The palate is on the lightish side with raspberry, blackberry and sweet strawberry on the finish. Pairs well with beef,lamb and poultry. A light but still robust Bordeaux.

Price: $43.99

 


Ken's Pick

Casa Ramos Pinto Duas Quintas 14% abv.  Douro Valley, Portugal

Tasting Notes: "Duas Quntas" translates to "Two Farms'. Quinta de Ervamoira is hot, dry, and low altitude. Quinta dos Bons Ares is cooler, windier, and high altitude. The result: a big, complex, structured red wine. Grapes varieties: Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional. Eye: inky magenta, indigo violet. Nose: black plum, black licorice, vanilla, black olive, hint of truffle oil. Palate: full, round, ripe black currant, pencil lead, espresso, bitter chocolate, truffle confirmed, medium full tannins, good grip. Medium long finish. This wine needs a bit of airing out before consumption, or give it 6 - 8 years cellaring after vintage date. Delicious!!

Price: $22.99 750 ml.

 


Devin's Pick

Sid's Something Else Craft Vodka Refresher  Canada

Tasting Notes: Just as the name suggest, this product is definitely something else! Light and refreshing with a taste of mandarin and grapefruit. Add some tequila for a tasty paloma. Definitely a great choice for summer this year!

Price: $16.99

 


Lorne's Pick

Zenato San Benedetto Lugana 2016  Italy

Tasting Notes: White wine from Lugana is a rarity here; it's a relatively small area in northern Italy, divided between Lombardy and the Veneto, with the wines made from the Trebbiano grape, which is called Turbiana locally. The colour is pale straw. The nose is mineral with a hint of apple, and as the wine warms in the glass and opens up, there is a hint of caramel. The minerality of the nose is evident on the palate, too, which is well balanced, with strong acidity. As the wine opens, the palate becomes fruitier, with notes of apple, peach and citrus. This will be a refreshing summer patio wine, but it also has the structure to go well with seafood, pasta, or chicken dinners. Excellent value for the price!

Price: $18.47

 


Alison's Pick

Toricella Chardonnaydi Toscana IGT  Italy

Tasting Notes: Stunning. Unusual. 70% Chardonnay 30% Sauvignon Blanc aged 8 months in barrel. With it’s amazing minerality, this is an age worthy white wine that should be considered in anyone’s cellar. But I'm drinking some this weekend!

Price: $34.99

 


Georgie's Pick

Antiquary 12 Year Old Blend  Scotland

Tasting Notes: Awarded 92 points in Jim Murray's Whisky Bible, I'm sharing this with my Grand Dog Father this weekend. It's a rounded, smooth blend,with a slightly sweet finish that has a mellowness one expects from a well balanced whisky. Each whisky in the blend has been aged minimum 12 years and selected to combine the strengths and subtleties of Scotch whisky at its best. Woof & Cheers!

Price: $49.99

 


Derek's Pick

Gin Mare  Spain

Tasting Notes: Mare is a Mediterranean gin flavoured with four principal botanicals: basil, thyme, rosemary and, most unusual of all, the Arbequina olive. Alongside juniper, cardamom and citrus, these different botanicals create a strangely satisfying gin. Possibly one of the most smooth and delightful gins I’ve tasted.

Price: $47.99

 


Ken's Pick

Andeluna Cellars Andeluna 1300 Malbec 2016, 13% abv.  Val de Uco, Mendoza, Argentina

Tasting Notes: The Uco Valley is home to several of Argentina's top producers. The valley is noted for vineyard altitude: 1300 metres (4,300 ft) above sea level for this particular expression. Eye: cranberry, deep violet, magenta rim. Nose: kirsch, vanilla, red bell pepper, sweet tobacco. Palate: plums, black cherry reduction, black licorice, full, round mouth feel, medium grain tannins, medium length finish. Good value! Some depth and short term ageing potential; drink now, or hold up to four years after vintage date. Think burgers, ribs.

Price: $21.99 750 ml

 


Lorne's Pick

Banfi Chianti Classico 2015  Italy

Tasting Notes: Deep red wine with strong legs and a purple, youthful rim. Black cherry on the nose, with a hint of smoke. The palate is predominantly cherry with a bit of citrus. The wine is noticeably acidic, and will stand up well to pasta with a tomato-based sauce. The tannins are quite soft, making the wine very approachable now. This is a relatively straightforward Chianti, a bit more fruit forward than the usual Classico style. It's easy to enjoy and excellent value for the price.

Price: $20.50

 


Barbara's Pick

Empress 1908  Canada

Tasting Notes: The Empress 1908 gin was created by Victoria Distillers in collaboration with the Fairmont Empress Hotel in Victoria British Columbia. This beautiful gin is comparable to a London Dry and is delicious in many classic cocktails. The indigo colour comes from butterfly pea flowers and will change colour when mixed with anything acidic. You will taste notes of juniper, grapefruit, ginger, cinnamon and rose.

Price: $57.99

 


Gaylene's Pick

rosso Nobile chocolate   Germany

Tasting Notes: ROSSO NOBILE al Cioccolata is a noble red wine with finest chocolate aromas. The intensive flavor of dark berries and the soft vanilla notes of red wine are carefully blended with finest chocolate aromas to create an irresistible taste experience. Be seduced twice by ROSSO NOBILE a Cioccolata – casual evenings and romantic hours will turn into moments of true pleasure.

Price: $17.99

 


Devin's Pick

(Fie Franco) P.F Bobal 2015  Spain

Tasting Notes: This unique grape makes a wine that shows hints of forest fruits and cedar. It's very well assembled in mouth, with the complexity of rustic and purity of the vineyards of "foot franc" (Pie Fanco). It has been aged 11 months in French oak. 94 points. This wine hit me on a personal note. The aromas bring me back to a time when I lived in rural North Carolina. Backyard bonfires at night, the smell of burning cedar wood. A very nostalgic experience.

Price: $28.99

 


Warren's Pick

The Ned  New Zealand

Tasting Notes: The Ned is classic New Zealand-style sauvignon blanc. Clear pale lemon in colour; pronounced aromas of green pepper, citrus, passion fruit and gooseberry; on the palate, extra-dry, with medium acidity and medium body; flavours of white grapefruit, tropical fruit and lime.

Price: $19.00

 


Barbara's Pick

Zacapa  Guatemala

Tasting Notes: This bold and fruity rum is made in Guatemala and aged for 23 years. On the nose it opens with brown sugar and toffee and finishes with toasted marshmallow and dark honey. The palate begins with burnt sugar and cocoa and finishes earthy and nutty. Enjoy this delicious rum with dessert or all on its own, it is a real treat!

Price: $85.99

 


Alison's Pick

Pewsey Vale The Contours Riesling Museum Reserve Vintage 2011  Australia

Tasting Notes: A Riesling for True Riesling Lovers and Appreciators! Pale straw in colour with green hues. Enticing aromas of freshly squeezed lemon with a hint of white flowers. Bottle aged characters of toast, clove oil and lemon grass have started to emerge. The palate shows great length and depth with concentrated power, pristine fresh lime juice overlaid with toasted brioche, sage oil and lemon grass. The wine finishes with a fresh natural acidity which balances the flavour intensity. Released in 2016 after 5 years of bottle age, this wine will gracefully continue to age for many years for those who appreciate bottle aged Riesling.Try with Foie Gras or duck breast with five spice glaze or fresh gnocchi with olive oil and shaved truffles. Vegan and Vegetarian Friendly

Price: $39.90

 


Georgie's Pick

Redbreast 12 Year Old Single Pot Still Irish Whisky  Ireland

Tasting Notes: I know I'm a Scottish Dog! But as a friendly salute to my Irish friends and a toast to St Patrick's Day, I've selected an Irish Whisky this month! Redbreast is a beautifully balanced single pot still Irish whiskey, with a warm, generous texture, rich, sweet flavours and a spicy kick. In the view of many connoisseurs, the finest Irish whiskey available. Besides, it sounds like it's describing me! Woof!

Price: $102.99

 


Warren's Pick

Squeeling Pig Pinot Noir  Central Otago, New Zealand

Tasting Notes: this "crazy named" pinot noir is bursting with ripe cherry,coffee & chocolate on the nose. On the palate, silky, bursts of red berry fruits, and French oak spice. (aged in Oak 10 months)

Price: $23.99

 


Derek's Pick

Klinker Brick Old Vine Zinfandel  USA

Tasting Notes: The 2014 Old Vine Zinfandel is a blend of 16 different vineyard blocks of old vine zinfandel vineyards with an average age of 86 years. With berries and spice on the nose, dark, sweet fruit fills the palate with just a hint of black pepper. This wine has a long, lingering finish. Whether you pair with a burger, ribs, barbecue or a roaring fire, this wine is sure to please. It goes down easy so a second bottle may be handy.

Price: $28.99

 


Ken's Pick

Babich Black Label Sauvignon Blanc 2016 13% abv.  Marlborough, New Zealand

Tasting Notes: Babich Black Label Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc was first produced in 2005 and for a time was exclusive to restaurants and bars. A small portion of juice was fermented in old oak barriques to contribute to the weight and complexity of the wine. Eye: light straw, lemongrass, light green tints. Nose: green apple, gooseberry, papaya, white peach. Palate: Clean, soft, washed gravel, gooseberry, lime rind, dried pineapple, cantaloupe, kiwi fruit. Juicy and invigorating. A very good Sauvignon Blanc with a nice balance. Drink now.

Price: $22.99 750 ml.

 


Devin's Pick

Velvet De Vendome Frizzante  Spain

Tasting Notes: It is a light sparkling wine with an elegant azure blue tonality. Balanced in its acidity, supplemented with its light sweet taste.The nose has tropical to citrus notes with subtle hints of grass. It is an innovative new generation wine to pair well with desserts. This wine will add a fun twist to any party that will sure catch people's eye!

Price: $23.99

 


Lorne's Pick

TYKU Coconut Nigori Sake  Japan

Tasting Notes: This is a flavoured sake with a lovely herbal nose, noticeable coconut and a hint of lemon. The palate is well balanced but with refreshing acidity and a noticeable flavour of coconut. In the glass, this sake has the typical Nigori cloudy, milky appearance, with a slight yellow tinge. Like other Nigoris, it needs to be shaken well before serving, and should be served well chilled. (You'll find it in the cooler at our store, already chilled.) With its noticeable acidity, this sake would stand up well to sushi and fish dishes, but the coconut infusion makes it a great stand-alone drink, as well.

Price: $19.99 / 330 mL

 


Georgie's Pick

Glenmorangie Nectar D'or  Scotland

Tasting Notes: This is a delicious whisky when I'm feeling like some spicy tasting Scottish marmalade, but with a good nip to it! O my nose I smell lime and orange peel, coconut and sultanas, with spice and rich dried-fruit notes. On my palate, Spice up front, with ginger and nutmeg leading to toasted almonds and lemon. Finish: Sweet vanilla and lemon zest fading to white chocolate and spice.

Price: $105.99

 


Alison's Pick

Fontanafredda Briccotondo Piedmonte Barbera  Italy

Tasting Notes: A perfect choice for chilly winter February evenings and comfort food! Plums and cherries reign on the palate, with fine acidity, but not with that over-the-top tartness. The black pepper and fruit spiced with bits of cardamom are perfect flavours for Spaghetti Bolognese or mushroom risotto. Saluti!

Price: $18.99

 


Barbara's Pick

Chum Churum Soju  South Korea

Tasting Notes: Also known as Korean vodka. It has a very smooth taste and is lower in calories and in proof than vodka. It is delicious mixed with fruit juices such as watermelon, kiwi and lemon in cocktails. Enjoy a Korean Soju while watching the Olympics in Seoul!

Price: $10.99

 


Warren's Pick

Chateau l Oiseliniere de la Ramee  France

Tasting Notes: a very fine French 2015 Muscadet from the Loire Valley Dry,sappy,and fresh on palate, with hints of white flowers Ideal with seafood, but pairs well with other dishes

Price: $$23.99

 


Ken's Pick

Yalumba Old Bush Vine Grenache 2015 14% abv.  Barossa, Australia

Tasting Notes: Grenache is a grape varietal that does extremely well in Barossa's warm, dry climate. The vines are trained free standing, close to the ground; those used in this wine are between 35 - 80 years old. Color: Cranberry, burnt Sienna, magenta rim. Nose: Violets, bramble, black cherry, red currant, sandalwood. Palate: Soft, smooth entry, fine grain tannin, cranberry reduction, red currant, dried plum, clove notes. very much a 'drink now', but has the added advantage of medium term cellaring potential (3 - 5 years after vintage date). Great with Panini sandwiches, roast vegetables, roast chicken. Suitable for vegetarian and vegan diets.

Price: $23.99 750 ml

 


Gaylene's Pick

Carmen Grand Reserva Carignan 2014  Chile

Tasting Notes: Intense deep purple colour . Elegant nose showing red fruits, cassis and graphite. fresh palate,great texture, soft yet vibrant tannins. Pairs well with risottos or game meats

Price: $20.99

 


Lorne's Pick

Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey  Ireland

Tasting Notes: This blended Irish whiskey is exceptionally smooth, with added richness from partial finishing in Sherry casks, and the luscious buttery flavour that is typical of Irish whiskeys. Excellent value for the price.

Price: $39.99 / 750 mL

 


Derek's Pick

Las Rocas Garnacha  Spain

Tasting Notes: Las Rocas Garnacha offers vibrant aromas and flavors of dark cherry and blackberry. Well-integrated nuances of oak and round tannins underscore these decadent fruit flavors to create a rich, well-structured wine. Having first tasted this wine at a tapas bar in Canmore, Alberta, I couldn’t get enough. It paired well with the charcuterie and chorizo meatballs. If you don’t mind BBQing in -20C, this wine will go great with most grilled offerings. Great value!

Price: $20.99

 


Warren's Pick

Vermentino Chardonnay  Italy

Tasting Notes: This Chardonnay is in the top 25 picks of Italian white wines in 2017! Fresh, bright, green apple and peaches, stone fruits. Nice mineralogy , reminds of new world sauvignon blanc. Enjoy chilled with seafoods, or just alone as a "sipper"

Price: $20.95

 


Barbara's Pick

Amancaya  Argentina

Tasting Notes: A dark, juicy, concentrated red wine. Black cherry, violet, mint, dark chocolate and vanilla oak on the nose and palate. A wonderful full, smooth, round red for a steak dinner or just for drinking with good friends.

Price: $26.99

 


John's Pick

Highland Park Valkyrie Single Malt  Scotland

Tasting Notes: Nose: Chocolate and some nutmeg off the bat before the smoke develops, balanced by dried apricot, plum and, increasingly, zesty orange too. Palate: Plump dried fruits are complimented by vanilla, dried apple and waves of smoke and wood spice. Finish: Liquorice and more fruit too, plus a return of some chocolatey notes. Overall: More pronounced smoke than you’d find in a regular Highland Park, as you'd expected, but it never threatens to dominate proceedings – this is no chimney of a dram, far from it. The smoke is always balanced.

Price: $108.99

 


Alison's Pick

Niepoort Tawny Dee Port  Portugal

Tasting Notes: Brick red/tawny in colour, with delicate nutty aromas and a hint of dried fruits. On the palate, very well balanced with a youthful fruity, luscious character, which integrates well with a long spirity finish. In the 375 ml bottle, this is a delight to sip by a fire on a January night, with or without the last piece of Christmas cake.

Price: $17.99 (375ml)

 


Georgie's Pick

Robert Burns Single Malt Whisky  Scotland

Tasting Notes: Robbie Burns, Poet Laureate of Scotland! This single malt is endorsed by the world Robert Burns Federation as an official Arran Single Malt. It's light, aromatic and very versatile. You can sip it on it's own, as a cocktail or paired with a meal. It looks like golden sunshine, smells sweet and cramy, like honey, toffee and pecans, summer fruits. Tastes of the sweetness of apples and citrus. Like the Bard himself, this is Poetry in a Glass!

Price: $54.99

 


Grant's Pick

Vincente Faria Animus Douro  Portugal

Tasting Notes: A modern, fruit-driven Douro red that is soft, round and silky with lots of ripe red and black cherry fruit in a medium-bodied frame Exceptional value!

Price: $15.99

 


Ken's Pick

Rabl Langenlois Grüner Veltliner D.A.C. 2016 12.5% abv  Kamptal Region Austria

Tasting Notes: Kamptal, named for the river Kamp that traverses it, is a wine growing region centered in the town of Langenlois. The DAC ( Districtus Austria Controllatus) is the official appellation for Kamptal Grüner Veltliner, and was established in 2008. The varietal has gained popularity and for a time was the darling of the wine community: restaurants carried (and still carry) Gru-v, a common contraction of the proper name. Eye: straw gold, lemon grass tints. Nose: Bosque pear, honeysuckle, golden delicious apple, snap pea. Palate: Clean and brisk. Washed stone, pear skin, dragon fruit, kiwi, cantaloupe. Smooth entry, nice balance between juicy fruit and tangy acidity. Medium finish. A solid effort, food friendly. Try with turkey salad, other salads, poached chicken, light pork dishes, grilled fish, soft cheeses.

Price: $$22.49 750 ml.

 


Alison's Pick

Bottega Gianduia  Italy

Tasting Notes: Perfect for the holidays! A chocolate and hazelnut (think traditional Italian Nutella-like spread from Turin) liqueur made with Bottega's grappa. It's creamy, oh so chocolaty and delicious over ice, or ice cream!

Price: $36.00

 


Conner's Pick

Flying Dutchman no. 3  Netherlands

Tasting Notes: 3 year old rum from Zuidam distillery in the Netherlands. Very dark amber in the glass, reminiscent of a certain Tennessee whiskey. Nose reveals a great deal of cherry, brown sugar and a touch of sherry notes. Palate enters with a touch of heat and spice, cherries return and give way to honey sweetness. Finish lingers but doesn't drag.

Price: $59.99

 


John's Pick

Foxtrot Chardonnay 2015, Okanagan Valley.  BC, Canada

Tasting Notes: This wine from the 2015 vintage with a medium to light lemon colour has aromas of stone and citrus fruit, rounded out by tropical fruit framed by light spicy notes from the barrel aging. These flavours continue on the palate with a complex minerality framed by a full round mid palate and a refreshing crisp finish. This wine can be consumed in the near term or aged for 5 to 8 years. Perfect food wine for white wine lovers at your holiday table!

Price: $49.99

 


Warren's Pick

Robert Mondavi Private selection Cabernet Sauvignon  California

Tasting Notes: Aged in bourbon barrels, this rich California red has notes of cassis, black cherry, vanilla and oak. It makes a great gift for the barbecue-and-bourbon fan. Big hit at a recent tasting in our store!

Price: $26.99

 


Ken's Pick

The Prisoner Red Blend 2014 15.2% abv  Napa Valley

Tasting Notes: David Swift Phinney is the creator of this wine which became an instant cult classic. It's inspired by the "mixed blacks" first made by the Italian immigrants who settled in the Napa Valley. Although the label has changed hands, David still remains behind the scene. Zinfandel base, with Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Syrah, and Charbono supporting. Nose: big, with vanilla, marionberry, black cherry, and plum. Palate: concentrated, dark fruit pie, stewed blueberry and black cherry, hints of cocoa, tannins present and firming up the massive fruit. This is a luscious wine that would be a great Christmas gift; better yet, buy two: one for you, one for that lucky someone.

Price: $$67.99 750 ml

 


Barbara's Pick

Eau Claire Christmas Gin  Canada

Tasting Notes: A true gift of Christmas. The ancient spices of Frankincense and myrrh in a traditional London style gin. It leaves with a mouth feel of balsamic and lemon. A great gift for your favourite gin lover or the adventurous friend looking for something new.

Price: $33.99

 


Gaylene's Pick

Le Coq D'or Pineau des charentes congnc  France

Tasting Notes: The Hardy Pineau Blanc Le Coq d'Or is a delightful way to enjoy the 'little brother of Cognac'. A classic Pineau, created with all the passion and knowledge that Hardy Cognac are famed for, this is a drink to be enjoyed in many ways. Enjoy over ice or with a mixer, or it's especially good as a component in a cocktail. Black Le Coq d'Or also pairs exceptionally well with desserts - try it with a Tarte Tatin or a Red Berry Pie.

Price: $18.99

 


Warren's Pick

Seven Falls Cellars Cab Sauvignon  Washington State USA

Tasting Notes: opens with dark notes of coffee and cocoa, then transcends into black fruits, cherry, plum, with hints of mint, herb,spice aged in French Oak and American oak Elegant finish filled with notes of nut and spices Great price point!

Price: $$23.70

 


John's Pick

Auchentoshan The Bartender's Malt  Great Britain

Tasting Notes: A Blend created by 12 bartenders from five countries were brought together to create The Bartender's Blend, using whiskies spanning five decades Nose: Dried apricot, milk chocolate, honey and green tobacco leaf. Palate: Delicate cherry blossom and buttery brioche, undercut by zesty notes of ginger, resulting in an edgy and expanding whisky. Finish: Longlasting warmth.

Price: $72.99

 


Conner's Pick

Suntory Toki  Japan

Tasting Notes: Pale gold blended whisky from Suntory, comprised of Chita grain, and Hakushu and Yamazaki malts. Nose is banana and caramel with the faintest hint of smoke. On the palate, a silky mouth feel enhances the fruit notes providing lychee, more banana and vanilla. Finish is a bit short, giving corn and mild smoke. A very well balanced blend.

Price: $65.99

 


Ken's Pick

Guarda Rios Signature Vinho Tinto 2015 I.G. Vinho Regional Alentejano  Portugal

Tasting Notes: For centuries, Alentejano`s main link to the wine world was in the production of cork. Thanks to ambitious privately owned estates, however, by 2010 the region commanded a large share of the domestic wine market and an expanding export share. The wines are charming and fruit forward, and this is no exception. A blend of Syrah, Touriga Nacionale, Aragones, and Alivcante Bouchet. Eye: medium dense ox-blood, magenta rim, black coffee notes. Nose: herbal: sage, thyme, plum skin, red licorice, black cherry. Palate: nice balance. Good mouthfeel, medium grain tannins, plum, currant, chokecherry, compote, pomegranate. Drink now. Had it with a deli meat pizza and it fit right in! 13.5% abv.

Price: $$18.99 750 ml

 


Alison's Pick

Luc Belaire Sparkling Rose  France

Tasting Notes: It's sparkling and it's beautiful in the glass! A dramatically beautiful sparkling rose: a rich, vibrant pink color. A rich red fruit bouquet precedes an elegant palate of strawberry and black currant, resulting in a perfect harmony of aroma, taste, body,and finish: refreshing but not too sweet. A delicious, delicate blend of three of France's most famous rose grapes: Syrah, Cinsault, and Grenache, aged for the perfect effervescence and blended with a 100% Syrah dosage. We have half sizes, 750 mls and 1.5 litres which are on sale!

Price: $$29.99

 


Gaylene's Pick

Blazon  California

Tasting Notes: A passionate expression of a great Lodi Pinot Noir. This wine creates a lasting impression with substantial flavors and aromas, yet has a delicate palate. Perfectly balanced, medium bodied flavors of black currant accented with a hint of spiciness. Deliciously smooth, rich, and velevety for a sensational finish. This wine is wonderful straight out of the bottle, but has complexity to improve over several years. Pairs well with grilled salmon, roast beef, chicken cooked in red wine, or any dish that features mushrooms as the main flavor element. Some additional food that match well as Pinot Noir are roasted and braised preparations of lamb, pheasant, and duck, as well as grilled, meaty fish such as salmon, shark and swordfish.

Price: $17.99

 


Barbara's Pick

Louis Bouillot  France

Tasting Notes: A sparkling Burgundy! Creamy,salmon coloured Cremant with cherry, strawberry, fresh bread and juicy red grapefruit. Dry and crisp and perfect for toasting special occasions or just sipping before dinner.

Price: $22.99

 


Grant's Pick

Los Heraldos Hermandad Malbec - 2015  Argentina

Tasting Notes: This scrumptious malbec has an intense violet colour with black/blue shades. Ripe black fruit aromas (blackberries, ripe cherries & plums) with floral hints of violets and some spicy notes. Barrel aged in French oak for 18 monnths.

Price: $39.99

 


John's Pick

La Crema Chardonnay, Monterey, California  USA

Tasting Notes: On the nose, lemon, grilled pineapple and oyster shell. On the palate, peach, papaya and crisp tangerine notes are complemented by a touch of spice, brioche and complex minerality. Balanced acidity lingers on a long ¬finish.Wonderful addition to the thanksgiving table!

Price: $25.99

 


Cole's Pick

Liquormen's Ol Dirty Canadian Whisky  Canada

Tasting Notes: "This isn’t another celebrity whisky. Instead, it’s a Canadian whisky with a patriotic flavor profile. The palate is amped up by a raw spicy edge that’s implied on the nose of caramel and rye bread spices. If other whiskies are described as spice bombs, then this whisky in TNT. After the fuse has been lit, it doesn’t waste time transitioning to sweet vanilla and young rye grains. Ol’ Dirty cleans up on the backend gliding politely into timeless citrus pith."

Price: $35.99

 


Conner's Pick

Jura Superstition  Scotland

Tasting Notes: Dark amber in the glass, but still brilliantly clear. The nose pushes honey and cinnamon sugar at you with mild, barely noticeable smoke. On the palate, the honey remains at centre stage, backed by oak and evergreen notes while the smoke becomes stronger. Finish is quite warm, of medium length and very pleasant. Bottled at 43%.

Price: $89.99

 


Barbara's Pick

Summerhill Ehrenfelser  Canada

Tasting Notes: This luscious fruity wine can be paired nicely with ham or turkey or some spicy Thai food. It displays notes of apricot, gooseberry, citrus, peach and cantaloupe. This wine can also be enjoyed as a sipper with friends.

Price: $24.99

 


Gaylene's Pick

Bogle Zinfandel  California

Tasting Notes: Greeted with sun-ripened raspberries and freshly ground white peppercorns on the nose, this Zinfandel is saturated with flavors of red berries and cranberries. Laced with a hint of savory herb in the background, the traditional tones of juniper lead to a full and ripe finish, while 12 months of aging in two year old barrels wraps the wine in spicy oak and a touch of vanilla wafer.

Price: $26.99

 


Ken's Pick

Tardencuba Verdejo 2016  Rueda, Spain

Tasting Notes: Characterful and fashionable, Verdejo is Rueda's pride and joy. Its distinctive blue-green bloom presumably inspired its name. Eye: pale straw, gold/green tinges. Nose: Layered: peach, apricot, snap pea, washed gravel, golden delicious apple. Palate: Grilled pineapple, quince, lemon curd, grapefruit pith. Clean, medium full body, good balance between acid and fruit. Juicy, medium lengthy finish. By all accounts, can be aged, but is delicious right now. 13% abv.

Price: $$20.49 750 ml.

 


Alison's Pick

Lyric Pinot Noir  Santa Barbara County, California USA

Tasting Notes: Hailing from Etude's California's Central Coast Santa Barbara region, Lyric Pinot Noir is elegant with silky tannins and bright acidity. It is rich in ripe cherry, red raspberry and strawberry notes. Youthful yet complex with delicious hints of cinnamon, cardamon, sandalwood and cola on the palate. This versatile wine can be enjoyed with a variety of different foods. A winner with Thanksgiving Dinner!

Price: $28.99

 


Warren's Pick

Mas Buscados Tempraniillo Petit Verdot  Spain

Tasting Notes: A great "little gem" from Spain, and priced so well! From the La Mancha region in Spain, a fine little blend, Tempranillo (95%) and Petit Verdot (5%) Lighter translucent blood red, blackberry on the nose. Slightly sweet tannins, not over ripe, with red currant and other red fruit flavours. Gentle acidity, a fine young wine! Think antipasto platters, although will pair with beef, pasta, and poultry .

Price: $$14.99

 


Grant's Pick

Amalaya Blanco de Corte Torrontes/Riesling 2014  Argentina

Tasting Notes: Amalaya translates to “hope for a miracle” in the indigenous language of the now extinct tribe – the Calchaqui. Intense gold in colour with tints of green. On the nose this wine is intense and complex with aromas of citrus and grapefruit typical of Torrontes. Delicate and silky on the palate with great freshness and crisp acidity on the distinctly mineral finish. 95 pts Decanter Magazine

Price: $16.99

 


Alison's Pick

OZV Zinfandel  Lodi, California, USA

Tasting Notes: As ripe as it is fruity, but sufficiently fixed on blackberries to stay on the varietal track, this broad, slightly viscous, full-bodied Zin fits the district style perfectly. From Lodi, California. A great pairing with barbecue and I like just sipping on this one!. At at this special price, it's a little gem that really over-delivers!

Price: $15.99

 


Ken's Pick

Fairview Goats Do Roam White Blend 2015  Coastal Region, South Africa

Tasting Notes: Fairview is one of the most innovative wine farms in South Africa, making consistently good to excellent wines. The 2015 expression, a word play on Cotes Du Rhone, is comprised of Viognier 61%, Roussane 20%, and Grenache Blanc 19%. Eye: Golden Delicious apple skin, marigold/lime. Nose: A melange of white peach, apricot, honeydew melon, snap pea, washed stone. Palate; clean, good balance of acid and fruit, medium full body, Pink Lady apple, quince, melon. juicy and very approachable. This wine delivers good complexity for a fair (and Fair Trade!) price. Drink now, cellar up to 3-5 years after vintage date. Check it out!!

Price: $$15.99 750 ml.

 


John's Pick

Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon  USA

Tasting Notes: Nose: Quite thick and full. There is a beautiful sweetness with notes of toasty oak, toffee, spicy stewed fruits, a touch of resin and a lovely crème anglaise character. Palate: Full and sublimely smooth with notes of stewed Bramley apples, malmsey, a touch of aniseed and a hint of spice. Finish: Good length with toasty oak notes and a creamy sweetness.

Price: $57.99

 


Conner's Pick

Siete Misterios mezcal doba yej  Mexico

Tasting Notes: Clear mezcal espadin with tight, lingering pearls and very light body. Nose is smokey, beyond that it reveals very distinct agave, citrus and herbaceous notes with a touch of sea salt. As it enters the palate it becomes deceptively sweet while retaining the smoke; citrus becomes more pronounced and bruised mint nudges the agave out of the spotlight before sliding down with amazing softness. Finish lasts and lasts, with a drying effect that makes you want more. Bottled at 90 proof

Price: $52.99

 


Warren's Pick

Woodford Reserve Double Oak Bourbon  USA

Tasting Notes: An innovative approach to "twice barrelled" bourbon creates the rich and colourful flavour. First matured in charred oak barrel, then a second barrel deeply toasted. Deep amber in colour, rich notes of dark fruit, caramel,honey,chocolate,marzipan, and toasted oak. Tastes full bodied with mix of vanilla, dark Carmel, hazelnut, apple, fruit and spices. Long and creamy finish with hint of honeyed apple.

Price: $$73.89

 


Grant's Pick

Zorzal Eggo Tinto De Tiza - 2014  Argentina

Tasting Notes: A very complex, beautifully balanced blend of Malbec, Cab Franc & Cab Sauv with vibrant red – and blackcurrants combined with dark plums and a lean, mineral finish. The fruit character is extremely rich but is also bright and bouncy, exuding freshness. Refined and with lovely purity, this has great sweetness on the finish and a lifted hint of violets. Grown-up and very well done. 96 pts Wine Decanter – Top 10 Exciting wines for 2016

Price: $33.99

 


Barbara's Pick

Tapiz Alta Cabernet Sauvignon  Argentina

Tasting Notes: Very intense red colour with aromas of fresh red and black fruits and a hint of eucalyptus. It's oak aging brings out notes of chocolate, coffee and vanilla. It has soft tannins and the palate is balanced.

Price: $25.99

 


Ken's Pick

Col Solaire Winery Shining Hill 2011 Red Mountain Red Wine 14.5% abv.  Washington State, U.S.A.

Tasting Notes: Col Solare is a partnership between Tuscany's Marchesi Antinori and Washington State's Chateau Ste. Michelle. Shining Hill is the English translation of “col solare”. Red Mountain, one of the Columbia Valley's most celebrated sub-appellations, is an ideal spot for growing Cabernet Sauvignon. It is named for the red-hued native grass that grows on its slopes. 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Cabernet Franc, 8% Merlot. Eye: Opaque Indigo/purple. Nose: layered with plum, black cherry, menthol, espresso, graphite, vanilla, espresso. Palate: sinewy, muscular, and extracted, with medium full tannins, plum skin, black currant, blackberry, bitter chocolate. Good length to the finish. Drink now, better to wait: 7 - 12 years after vintage date.

Price: $$58.99

 


Warren's Pick

Passi-Reali Vendemmia Appassimento  Italy

Tasting Notes: An organic red wine from Italy where the grapes are left to dry on the vine before the vinification process begins. Aromas of black pepper and ripe fruit. Smooth mouthfeel, with blackberry and dark plum, along with some herbal notes. Medium finish. A great summer BBQ wine!

Price: $21.99

 


John's Pick

Monde eau, Syrah, 2013  Columbia Valley, Washington

Tasting Notes: Layered aromatics of dark fruit, nutmeg, dark chocolate, with a touch of black pepper and a hint of vanilla on the nose. A complex wine with slight earthy tones and long finish, reminds me of a good Hermitage. Try with roasted leg of lamb with garlic, shallot and herb demi glaze.

Price: $21.99

 


Conner's Pick

Cu Bocan virgin oak  Scotland

Tasting Notes: Limited release, non chill filtered, slightly peated single malt from Tomatin. Dark gold colour, bordering on amber. Nose is citrus forward, lime and lemon, with lots of vanilla and fleeting herbal notes. Very soft entry on the palate, it hits the tongue with next to no heat. Dark roast coffee, milk chocolate and nutty notes are the stars here with just enough smoke to notice. Finish is short, sweet and smoky. Bottled at 46%.

Price: $89.99

 


Alison's Pick

Round Two - Barossa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2013  Australia

Tasting Notes: An amazing, affordable single vineyard wine from Barossa, Australia's premier wine growing region. This Cabernet Sauvignon is earthy, with nose of cassis, blackcurrant and mint. It's ripe and the dark fruit characteristics dominate on the palate while the fine tannins give structure to the wine without overpowering it. A great BBQ wine for the summer!

Price: $23.99

 


Barbara's Pick

Norman Hardie Pinot Noir  Canada

Tasting Notes: Derived from rocky limestone this wine is rather deceptive. It begins with bright fruit then evolves into a complex Pinot Noir. There is an absence of oak but a terrific mineral saltiness

Price: $39.99

 


Cole's Pick

Rumchata  USA

Tasting Notes: Though modeled after horchata, a Mexican drink made with ground almonds, rice and cinnamon, this liqueur is made with rum and cream. It has an opaque, milky appearance, almondy notes and a spiced aroma. Thick, velvety and tongue-coating, this liqueur-like rum evokes egg nog and goes down easy.Serve over ice, with coffee or enjoy alone. This delicious liqueur will not let you down.

Price: $29.99

 


Grant's Pick

Errazuruz, Wild Ferment Chardonnay  Casablanca Valley, Chile

Tasting Notes: 2015 - 91 pt.s Wine Decanter Magazine A cool climate chardonnay that has spent time on the lees to give it extra complexity and dimension – resulting in richly textured and intense buttery characters and ripe apple and citrus fruit. An inexpensive yet great alternative to Burgundy!

Price: $26.99

 


Gaylene's Pick

Trader Vic's Macadamia nut  US

Tasting Notes: The first thing you notice about this spirit is the bottle. It's a heavy glass decanter-style bottle with a sturdy stopper. A very nice presentation. Upon opening, the scent of toasted nuts is immediately apparent. It's a very pleasant aroma, like roasting chestnuts at Christmas time. Its Very smooth and buttery, with a prominent flavor of sweet nuts and a hint of vanilla. It has a silky texture that makes it go down very easily, despite an alcohol content of 26.5% (53 proof). Creamy Crispy Crunch 1 oz. Trader Vic's Macadamia Nut 1 oz. Trader Vic's Coconut Rum 1 oz. Irish cream Coffee Mix liquors and add coffee. Top with whipped cream. sweet, nutty and delicious.

Price: $37.99

 


Barbara's Pick

Nova 7  Canada

Tasting Notes: Subtly effervescent and off dry with perfect, refreshing balance. Sip on its own in the summer or enjoy with aromatic Southeast Asian cuisine featuring ingredients such as cilantro, lime and lemongrass.

Price: $27.49

 


Conner's Pick

Sazerac straight rye  USA

Tasting Notes: American rye whiskey from the company of the same name. Very deep amber colour bordering on fresh motor oil and sticks readily to the glass. Nose is amazingly rich with candied ginger, orange zest, faint caramel and a touch of peach. Ginger forward on the palate giving way to exceptional rye spiciness and vanilla. Finish stays for what seems like days with a noticeable heat. Water takes away a bit of the edge while retaining all the flavour. Bottled at 90 proof.

Price: $61.99

 


Warren's Pick

Zuidam Dutch Courage Aged Gin  Netherlands

Tasting Notes: this delightful gin is aged and matured in 200 litre oak casks, after windmills help grind the various grains, keeping an old school feel start to finish. It is then bottled at 44% proof notes of Carmel,vanilla,coming through alongside crisp herbal juniper notes make this a natural for a gin and tonic on the deck. Oh those lazy hazy days of summer!!

Price: $68.99

 


Alison's Pick

Tardencuba Verdejo  Spain

Tasting Notes: A fresh white wine made from Verdejo white grape varietal that is native to Spain. This wine is a fine example of the wonderful Verdejo wines from the Rueda wine region. With an intense nose and aromas of tropical fruit, like pineapple, it is a very fresh wine with a fruity, long finish. Great pairings with cheeses, starters, salads and seafood. A great summer wine. Serve at 6-8 degrees celcius.

Price: $21.99

 


Ken's Pick

Sokol Blosser 2012 Dundee Hills Pinot Noir  Oregon, U.S.A.

Tasting Notes: The Dundee Hills lie on the Western edge of the broad Willamette Valley, and are noted for their ruddy colored clay-like Jory loam soils. Typically, wines made here are soft, smooth, and readily drinkable, yet retain cellaring potential.This 2012 expression is a beauty. Appearance: semi-opaque, cranberry, pomegranate. Nose: violet, raspberry coulis, red plum, blueberry. Palate: supple and graceful, soft entry with medium acidity and smooth tannins reaching mid-palate. Notes of strawberry reduction, prune, red currant, loam, truffle. The palate promises further concentration of these elements with cellaring. Drink now, or defer gratification for up to 8 - 10 years after vintage date. Pair with seared tuna, beef bourgignon, pork tenderloin.

Price: $$42.99

 


John's Pick

Millstone 100 Rye Whisky  The Netherlands

Tasting Notes: Nose: Deliciously fragrant with orange blossom, roasted lemon and a touch of thyme. Hints of brown sugar sweetness. Palate: More lemon notes develop on the palate paired with pine. Cardamom spiciness. Maybe even a touch of Fino sherry? Finish: Waxy fruit and another kick of cardamom.

Price: $109.90

 


Grant's Pick

Zorzal Eggo Franco Cab Franc  Mendoza, Artgentina

Tasting Notes: Herbaceous notes on the nose like green pepper and black pepper. Good structure and great acidity that gives a lot of freshness. Soft tannins with raspberries and ripe black currant. Barnyard and earthy wine! 95 pt. Decanter Magazine

Price: $32.99

 


Alison's Pick

Jaboulet Parallel 45 Rose  France

Tasting Notes: It's summer! Time for Roses! I am really enjoying this fresh, lively Rose wine from Cote du Rhone. It's named for the latitude which runs 2 kms from Domaines cellars at Tain L'hermitage. Sourced from 2 farms on the property from vines over 20 years old and sustainably managed, this fresh, minerally rose with floral notes of wild berries, pepper and cherries. 50% Grenache 40% Cinsault and 10% Syrah, it's a classic Provencal style Rose. Enjoy for sipping, with appetizers, salmon, shrimp, pork or chicken dishes on the barbeque. Sante!

Price: $18.99

 


Warren's Pick

Selbach Riesling  Germany

Tasting Notes: Floral, honeydew, petrol, and lemon notes chased with green apple, citrus, slate and nectarine flavours describe this Riesling. It’s smooth, crisp and balanced with bright acidity and a spicy finish making it a sublime food wine. Enjoy it with Dungeness crab, barbecue and mild cheeses.

Price: $19.89

 


Barbara's Pick

Amaro Montenegro  Italy

Tasting Notes: The exact recipe is a secret but we do know Amaro Montenegro contains 40 herbs and botanicals. On the nose it is very floral with rose, lavender,coriander,black pepper, licorice abd saffron. On the palate it is floral and not too sweet with a light mouth feel. It is a bitter and and finishes with a subtle earthy spice. Enjoy on the rocks, neat or in a cocktail.

Price: $36.99

 


John's Pick

Corral de Campanas ,Tinta de Toro, Spain  Spain

Tasting Notes: The purple-colored Corral de Campanas is 100% Tinta de Toro, 50% aged in tank with batonnage and 50% in French and American oak, half new. It gives up a fragrant perfume of cedar, scorched earth, espresso, cherry, and cassis. Forward, smooth-textured, and sweetly-fruited, this easy-going, pleasure-bent wine will drink well for another six years.

Price: $23.99

 


Ken's Pick

Grey Owl Meadery Bochet Honey Wine 2016  Alder Flats, Alberta

Tasting Notes: Mead is a venerable brew made from honey; its history stretches back thousands of years. Alberta is Canada's largest producer of honey, and the most productive honey province. Alberta’s commercial beekeepers produce an average of 144 pounds of honey per hive each year – twice the world average. So it's a no brainer to be in the mead making business. This Bochet (beau-shay) is a 'burnt honey' mead. Color: deep bronze/golden. Nose: hints of caramel, buerre brulee. Palate: smooth, lovely, with depth. Hints of rancio, roasted apricot, toasted almond. It's similar to an Olorosso, but with some sweetness. Pair with butternut squash soup, cheese platters, Spanish style tapas. Drink now.

Price: $25.99

 


Conner's Pick

Hibiki Japanese Harmony  Japan

Tasting Notes: A lighter coloured, medium to full bodied blended whisky from Suntory. On the nose, a prominent green apple scent with undertones of ripe pear and faint vanilla. As it enters the palate, it warms the mouth gently with more developed vanilla and smokey back leading to a pleasant but fleeting finish.

Price: $119.99

 


Cole's Pick

Pama Pomegrannite  USA

Tasting Notes: A delicious liqueur made from pomegranate juice, tequila and vodka. The taste starts tart and sweet then launches into a tart tequila flavor. It is easy to drink and complements a variety of drinks. This is a great additive to champagne, or to just enjoy on the patio with some ice and cranberry juice.

Price: $42..00

 


Monika's Pick

Alquezar Rose  Spain

Tasting Notes: Fruity raspberry, & semi-sweet on the palate - this slightly frizante rose, made from a combination of Cabernet and Tempranillo, grapes is the perfect for summer. A perfect companion for spicey foods, salads or even on its own with some fresh berries!

Price: $17.99

 


Cole's Pick

Hangar One Straight Vodka  USA

Tasting Notes: A handcrafted vodka created from the spicy Viognier grape, with interesting tropical notes on the nose and a smooth finish with a substantive aftertaste. This vodka mixes fantastically with a wide selection of citrus juices or can be enjoyed alone.

Price: $56.99

 


John's Pick

Prichard's Spiced Rum  Tennesee, USA

Tasting Notes: Smooth aged rum with natural vanilla,caramel and tropical fruit notes great for rum punch poolside or sipping it straight.

Price: $$36.00

 


Barbara's Pick

Zaya Gran Reserva  Guatemala

Tasting Notes: Vanilla, allspice and maple syrup tones on the nose become wood and cocoa on the palate. The finish has roasted orange peel and a subtle heat. Enjoy with nuts and hard cheeses.

Price: $72.99

 


Warren's Pick

The Ned 2015 Pinot Rose  Marlborough New Zealand

Tasting Notes: Rose wines are a delightful "sipper" on the deck this summer again! "The Ned"has a classic bouquet of rose tinged summer berry fruits and cream, and combines with a neatly rounded fleshy palate balanced by a bright, crisp acidity and dusting of ultra fine Pinot Noir tannin. Serve chilled.

Price: $$19.99

 


Alison's Pick

Zenato Riserva Lugana  Italy

Tasting Notes: From 100% Trebbiano grapes from the oldest vines in the Poderi Massimo vineyard near Lake Garda Italy, this is one of my all time favourite white wines. Luscious and intense flavours of stone fruit, vanilla and white flowers are beautifully layered on the palate. It is a brillant gold colour with a magnificent floral bouquet. Enjoyed solo, or pair it with Rotisseri Chicken, veal scallopini, calamari or scampi. It's a treat you should not miss!

Price: $38.99

 


Ken's Pick

Los Haroldos Estate 2014 Blend  Mendoza, Argentina

Tasting Notes: A blend hearkening back to mid-late 19th Century Bordeaux, when Malbec was more an ingredient in the recipes. 60% Malbec, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Petite Verdot. Eye: deep violet/black, with burnished magenta rim. A 'glass-coater'. Nose: good depth with blueberry reduction, black cherry, vanilla, mint leaf. Palate: Cherry confirms nose, bramble, mocha, plush, full body, soft tannins, nice balance. Drink now; cellar potential possibly 5 years from vintage date. Pair with hamburgers, ribs, lamb chops, cheddar cheese, mild gouda. You could even try squeezing some 60-70% dark chocolate in there.

Price: $$19.99

 


Monika's Pick

The Great King St. Artist's Blend  Scotland

Tasting Notes: On the nose the 'Great King St. Artists Blend' is a gentle, slightly sweet, & creamy whiskey with light, elegant notes of citrus fruits and a touch of vanilla. Carrying flavors of soft grain, apple crumble, vanilla & cream, without excess alcohol burn, this whiskey is a beautiful and silky sipping whiskey. Neat or on the rocks, its great fresh whiskey for the upcoming summer.

Price: $62.99

 


Warren's Pick

Ca' Momi Cabernet Sauvignon 2014  California

Tasting Notes: a beautiful plush cabernet from California. tones of raspberry, plums with notes of earth and smoke on the nose. round tannins provide structure without any rough edge. Ideal choice for slow simmered stews, roasts. Drink now or will age nicely.

Price: $$29.99

 


Ken's Pick

Viña Carmen Gran Reserva Carmenere 2014 D.O. Apalta Valley, Colchagua  Chile

Tasting Notes: Carmenere was very important in the Medoc and Graves before the twin scourges of oidium and phylloxera in the late 19th century. It found a new home in Chile and has become a signature varietal. This wine is opaque, almost black, with a vibrant magenta rim. Nose: black licorice, date, plum, tobacco, hint of eucalyptus. Palate: full body, medium firm and fine grained tannins, plum echoes the nose, currants, mocha. long silky finish. Drink now, suitable for short to mid term cellaring. Think baby back ribs, marinated rib eye steaks. BBQ season is a`comin...

Price: $$18.99

 


Barbara's Pick

Richmond Plains Blanc de Noir  New Zealand

Tasting Notes: Made from 100% Pinot Noir grapes in a white wine style this wine is best served nicely chilled as an aperitif or summertime sipper. On the nose it is very aromatic with citrus blossom, green pear and biscuit characteristics. The palate is full and fruity with pear, baked apple, peaches and nectarine. This wine finishes with an exoctic spice and tropical flavour.

Price: $27.99

 


Brian's Pick

Luis Pato Vinhas Velhas Branco (2015)  Portugal

Tasting Notes: Most of Luis Pato’s wines are built for the long haul, and the Vinhas Velhas white, made from three indigenous Portuguese grapes, Bical, Cercial (or Cerceal), and Sercialinho, is no exception. With bracing acidity reminiscent of a dry-grown Australian Riesling that will cut through the fattiest of foods, this is a perfect complement to Easter dinner, and can be cellared for some years under good conditions.

Price: $21.99

 


Alison's Pick

Rombauer Chardonnay  Carneros, California

Tasting Notes: Love this Chardonnay! It's a creamy-textured, charming style that’s easy to drink yet is deceptively complex and layered, with a mix of vanilla-scented oak and vibrant peach, nectarine, honeydew and apricot flavors. Long on the finish. Wine Spectator Gives it 93 points. Try it with my favourite pairing- chunk of French bread spread with roasted garlic and a slice of Cambozola cheese! Heaven!

Price: $$53.99

 


Grant's Pick

Le Volte dell'Ornellaia  Italy

Tasting Notes: Toscana IGT 92 pts – Wine Decanter The youngest and third wine of the great Tenuta dell'Ornellaia, Le Volte A is a blend of Sangovese, Merlot & Cabernet Sauvignon. Half done in oak and half in concrete. Easy drinking, fresh and fruity. Medium to light body, Drink now. Great with pizza, steak florintina

Price: $28.99

 


cbelanger's Pick

Tanqueray Rangpur  Great Britain

Tasting Notes: A subtle, yet memorably zesty citrus twist that makes it ideal for a classic martini, a highball, or an invigorating short on the rocks.The Rangpur lime, which smooths out the gin, is actually a hybrid fruit between a lemon and a mandarin orange.

Price: $35.99

 


Warren's Pick

Xanadu Cabernet Sauvigon  Australia

Tasting Notes: A generous full bodied red wine full of inky forest fruits, layered with blackcurrant pastilles and dark chocolate characters. The combination of the dense fruit characters and supple tannins linger through to a persistent Cabernet finish. A smooth sipper, enjoy with red meats (think BBQ steak) or on its own!

Price: $$27.88

 


Alison's Pick

50th Parallel Estate Pinot Noir 2014  Canada

Tasting Notes: A bright, juicy, spicy Pinot that slides down easily.Red cherry/raspberry rhubarb fruit with soft edges. Very drinkable and ready to go with grilled duck, pork or chicken or sipping slightly chilled. Solid northern BC pinot style.

Price: $$31.99

 


Jeff's Pick

Martinez Alesanco Gran Reserva  Spain

Tasting Notes: A magical Gran Reserva from Rioja. This Tempranillo with a touch of Garnacha is aged for 36 months in oak and rested for 6 years. It is a very elegant wine with a complex nose and a lingering aftertaste. Wonderful in a glass, phenomenal with beef.

Price: $45.99

 


Brian's Pick

Teeling Single Grain Irish Whiskey  Republic of Ireland

Tasting Notes: Finished in ex-Cabernet Sauvignon casks from California, which impart some bright fruit notes to the nose, this is clearly a corn-heavy grain whiskey both on the nose and on the palate, with Christmas spice giving way to red fruit and the tannins from the wine casks ensuring the sweetness mid-palate doesn’t dominate.

Price: $69.99

 


Barbara's Pick

Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc  New Zealand

Tasting Notes: Zesty lime and grapefruit aromas on the nose. The palate is fresh and focused with ripe citrus, stone fruit, fennel and mineral notes on a nice, long finish.

Price: $36.49

 


Grant's Pick

Truchard Cabernet Sauvignon  USA Napa Valley Carneros

Tasting Notes: This vintage of Napa Cabs is arguably one of the best. This wine has aromas of plum, cherry, and cassis; highlighted with cedar, tobacco and vanilla. The mouth is layered with jammy flavors of raspberry, red currants, and black cherry. Ripe tannins focus the palate and provide a lengthy finish of spice and red fruit.

Price: $34.99 ($31.99 Wine Club)

 


Ken's Pick

Gray Monk Siegerrebe 2015 VQA Okanagan Valley, B.C.  Canada

Tasting Notes: Siegerrebe (zee-guh-RAY-buh) (your'e welcome) is a cross between Savagnin Rose and Madeleine Angevine and has been known to achieve robust, to say the least, levels of sugar when fully ripe. (Sieger, in German, = 'champion'.) This, potentially, can lead to almost dessert wine sweetness, but in the hands of Gray Monk, the grapes are subdued. Eye: soft, light gold, with straw bale notes. Nose: lychee, honeysuckle, apricot, white peach, washed stones. Palate: clean, mineral, McIntosh Apple, peach, orange marmalade. Low acid. Medium short finish. Drink now. Drink chilled. Great with moderately spicy dishes; think enchiladas, burritos, mild curries. Also excellent with fruit salad, or light mousses, aged cheeses. Buy a few and be ready for the patio!!

Price: $$22.99

 


Jeff's Pick

Royal Dragon Vodka  Lithuania

Tasting Notes: A Winter Harvest Rye vodka from Lithuania. 5 times distilled provides an elemental softness and purity with a presentation that is spectacular.

Price: $119.99

 


Cole's Pick

360 Double Chocolate Vodka  American

Tasting Notes: A wonderfully smooth vodka with a delicious chocolate flavor. Its a 35% abv. vodka that you would never know was there. Perfect mix for a black Russian, white Russian or a vodka martini, hot chocolate or to enjoy on its own.

Price: $37.99

 


Alison's Pick

Castillo de Monseran  Spain

Tasting Notes: I describe this wine as my "go to". Easy drinking, fruit driven wine with herbal overtones, bursting ripe berry and plum fruit of the Garnacha. Soft and round on the palate, this wine has limited extraction and tannin to enhance youthful consumption. Year after year it's consistent and certainly doesn't break the bank! Goes great with tomato based pasta dishes, cold cuts, mixed tapas or just because you want a glass of wine!

Price: $$11.99

 


Barbara's Pick

Nobilo Icon Pinot Noir  New Zealand

Tasting Notes: Clear garnet-ruby in colour with violet, cherry and blackberry on the nose. It has a beautiful light spicy finish with smooth tannins and good acidity. It would pair well with placed salmon, glazed ham, pork or to begin with appies.

Price: $31.99

 


Warren's Pick

Chateau De Gaudou  Cahors, South Western France

Tasting Notes: This bold structured red wine is a blend of Malbec (85%) and Merlot (15%) Aged in oak for 14 months, this deep purple wine has notes of black and red fruits, with vanilla and spice. Enjoy with beef and cheeses. This lovely wine deliveries without breaking the bank!

Price: $$17.44

 


Brian's Pick

Kilchoman Sauternes Cask Matured  Scotland

Tasting Notes: A limited release of 6 000 bottles, this whisky was aged entirely in ex-Sauternes casks. The unctuousness, intense sweetness, and density imparted by the Sauternes brings out some of the sweetness of the malt, emphasising its underlying citrusy, maritime character, and integrates marvellously with the heavily peated spirit. Bottled at 50% abv rather than 46%, the higher alcohol content lightens the flavour profile on the palate.

Price: $139.99

 


Ken's Pick

Carpineto Vino Nobile Di Montepulciano Riserva 2011 D.O.C.G.  Italy

Tasting Notes: Elegant. Color: deep sanguine, brick magenta on rim. Nose expresses layers: dark chocolate, black licorice, blackberry, tomato paste, sandalwood, kirsch. Palate: round and full, with fine grain integrated tannins, notes of black currant, cranberry reduction, dried dates, black olive brine, and a pleasant chokecherry compote note on the medium length smooth finish. Drinks very well now; will continue to gain for 2 - 3 years (and possibly more) in good cellar conditions. Pairs with a range: braised beef, pasta and marinara sauce, roast lamb or pork, hard cheeses. This wine is food friendly!

Price: $$38.99

 


Grant's Pick

Los Haroldos Estate Blend  (Mendoza, Argentina)

Tasting Notes: 96 pts. Decanter Awards This delicious blend is comprised of Malbec (60%), Cabernet Sauvignon(25%) and Petit Verdot (15%), it is silky-smooth and complex - with a nose of dark spiced dark fruit, and a palate of plum, blackberry and vanilla. Aged 6 months.

Price: $$19.99

 


Grant's Pick

Robert Modavi Maestro (2013)  Napa Valley, USA

Tasting Notes: Arguably one of the best California vintages ever, this special 50th anniversary bottling by the iconic California producer, who was instrumental in putting Napa on the world wine map. It is a very approachable Bordeaux-style blend of 59% Merlot, 25% Cab Franc - with Cab Sauv, Petit Verdot and Malbec taking up the rest. Plums, black berries, dark chocolate, oak spices on the nose and the palate. Full bodied, savoury texture with ripe acidity and polished tannins.

Price: $ $73.99

 


Alison's Pick

Rustenberg Buzzard Kloof 2013 Syrah  South Africa

Tasting Notes: Hailing from "the red wine bowl" of South Africa, the syrah vines were imported from France before the turn of the century. Named after the buzzards that circle and play in the thermals above the vineyard, these vines have been planted in the coolest and least sun exposed slopes in Rustenberg. The result is a consistent and full bodied Syrah. Deep purple and inky, initially strong and meaty developing complex aromas of cinnamon, violets and cloves. Concentrated and gratifying length. Decant first. Ages 8-12 years.

Price: $$35.99

 


Jeff's Pick

Brinley Gold Shipwreck Spiced Rum  St. Kitts

Tasting Notes: A rum blend aged for 4 years in American whiskey and bourbon barrels. It is blended as a mixing rum but, is smooth enough to be enjoyed over ice. A great winter warmer!

Price: $45.99

 


Warren's Pick

Gigondas Meffre Laurus  France

Tasting Notes: often referred to as "poor man's Chatauneuf du Pape", this French blend of Grenache (62%) and Syrah (38%)Is dense and bright, full nose of black olives and spicy plum. On the palate, lively freshness and firm structure. Finish is long with medium tannins.

Price: $$29.99

 


Barbara's Pick

SLH Hahn  Central Coast, California

Tasting Notes: Deep aromas of dark cherry and strawberry that lead to soft notes of cedar, mocha and leather. A medium bodied, yet balanced wine with a leong finish.

Price: $39.99

 


Ken's Pick

Bodega Borsao Tres Picos Garnacha 2014  Spain

Tasting Notes: Fruit forward with ripe plum, dried Morello cherry and dried cranberry leading the way; supple fine grain tannins mid palate give a firm but smooth structure. Plush mouth feel.This wine is drinking nicely at the moment but does portent short to medium cellaring. Could pair with charcuterie, roast lamb or pork, hard cheeses

Price: $$27.49

 


Grant's Pick

Pata Negra Reserva Rioja  Spain

Tasting Notes: Huge value here in a maturing, complex and quite rich traditional Rioja. Aromas of cured meat, leather, peppery spice... A delightful blend of Tempranillo, Graciana and Grenache.

Price: $23.49

 


Alison's Pick

The King's Ginger Liqueur  Netherlands

Tasting Notes: I love anything Ginger! Originally commissioned in 1903 by the Royal Physician to stimulate and revivify His Majesty King Edward VII when he was exposed to the elements on morning rides in his new horseless carriage. Made in the Netherlands by Berry Bros. & Rudd, it is made from macerated ginger in high end spirit and lemon oil is added for an uplifting citrus note. 41%alcohol. Great paired with chocolate or added to whisky, mulled wine or hot apple cider for a lovely winter warmer.

Price: $51.99

 


Warren's Pick

Le Petit Berticot  France

Tasting Notes: Fresh and crisp Sauvignon Blanc. Citrus and straw aromas, slight minerality. Clean acidity, smooth finish, with hint of lemon.

Price: $16.09

 


Jeff's Pick

Licor 43  Spain

Tasting Notes: An incredibly versatile liqueur. A family recipe of 43 different Mediterranean citrus fruits and botanicals.

Price: $43.99

 


Barbara's Pick

Knob Creek Smoked Maple Bourbon  USA

Tasting Notes: The flavor is light and doesn't taste artificial nor is it too aggressive. The flavor is sweet and rounded out by real whiskey flavors. It is a great sipping whiskey but will be a standout for interesting and unique cocktails.

Price: $52.99

 


Brian's Pick

Champagne Delamotte Blanc de Blancs Le Mesnil-sur-Oger (NV)  France

Tasting Notes: Managed by Champagne Salon (along with Champagne Krug, one of the two pre-eminent Champagne houses) and Laurent-Perrier, the Delamotte Champagnes represent exceptional value for money. There is a cultural image of Champagne – light, fizzy, frothy. Many Champagnes defy that image; the Delamotte Blancs de Blancs, from the greatest Grand Cru Champagne village for Chardonnay-based Champagnes, however, doesn’t: with considerable elegance and finesse, it brilliantly fulfils them.

Price: $87.99

 


Ken's Pick

Campo Alegre Toro 2009  Spain

Tasting Notes: This Tempranillo has robust black-fruit aromas of berry and cassis that come with a mild animal note and leathery scents. This is jammy and big in terms of mouthfeel, while flavours of raisin, berry and chocolate finish meaty and loamy.

Price: $29.99

 


Alison's Pick

Painted Wolf Cape Hunting Red 2009  South Africa

Tasting Notes: In honour of our September trip to South Africa – This is a 5 blend red: Pinotage: 40% Shiraz: 24% Merlot: 23% Grenache: 7% Mourvedre: 6% A bright fruit packed, full-bodied spicy blend with good balance and a long finish.

Price: $33.99

 


Ken's Pick

Robert Foley 2012 The Griffin  California

Tasting Notes: Five grape blend. 47% Merlot, 35% Petite Sirah, 9% Charbono, 8% Cab Sauv, 1% Petit Verdot. One of Napa’s finest winemaker’s, Bob Foley makes deep, fruity, “heady” wines. The Griffin boasts straight-forward blueberry, black raspberry, black cherry liqueur flavors along with black licorice, black tea and black pepper sensations. It’s rich, juicy, full-flavored and smooth.

Price: $49.99

 


Grant's Pick

Eggo Zorzal Franco 2014  Argentina

Tasting Notes: “Incredibly perfumed for a Cabernet Franc, as the nose is very floral and made me think of a Malbec rather than a Cabernet Franc. The spiciness of all these Eggo wines comes from the grapes and the fermentation and aging in cement, as none of the wines see any oak. And I tell you one thing, you do not miss the oak or the complexity or anything, it’s all here.” – 94 pts Robert Parker

Price: $32.99

 


Warren's Pick

Passi-Reali Vendemmia Appassimento  Italy

Tasting Notes: An organic red wine from Italy where the grapes are left to dry on the vine before the vinification process begins. Aromas of black pepper and ripe fruit. Smooth mouthfeel, with blackberry and dark plum, along with some herbal notes. Medium finish. A great summer BBQ wine!

Price: $21.99

 


John's Pick

Prichard's Spiced Rum  Tennesee, USA

Tasting Notes: Smooth aged rum with notes of caramel, natural vanilla and tropical fruits, great on its own or try it in a rum punch poolside!

Price: $$74.99 regular price this rum is now on sale for $36.00

 


Alison's Pick

Zenato Riserva Lugana  Italy

Tasting Notes: 100% Trebbiano grapes, from the oldest vineyard on the Poderi Massoni Vineyard near Lake Garda, Italy, this is one of my all time favourite white wines. It is elegant, sophisticated and bursting with an intense floral bouquet, with flavours of stone fruit, vanilla and white flowers. Luscious and layered, it can be enjoyed solo, or paired with Rotisserie Chicken, Veal Scallopini, Calamari or Scampi.

Price: $38.99

 


Ken's Pick

Carpineto Vino Nobile Di Montepulciano Riserva 2011 D.O.C.G.  Italy

Tasting Notes: Elegant. Color deep sanguine with brick magenta on the rim. Nose expresses layers: dark chocolate, black licorice, blackberry, tomato paste, sandalwood, kirsch. The palate is full, round, with integrated fine tannins, juicy black currant, cranberry reduction, dried dates, black olive brine, and a pleasant chokecherry compote note on the smooth, medium length finish. Drinks exceptionally well now; will continue to improve in good cellaring conditions for 2 - 3 years, and perhaps longer. Pair with many foods; pasta with marinara sauce, veal scaloppini, roast lamb, hard cheeses. This wine is food friendly!

Price: $$38.99

 


Gaylene's Pick

Carmen gran res carignan  Chile

Tasting Notes: Intense deep deep purple colour. Elegant nose showing red fruits, cassis and graphite. Fresh palate, great texture, soft yet vibrant tannins. Pairs well with risottos or game meats.

Price: $20.00

 


Barbara's Pick

SLH Hahn Pinot Noir  Central Coast, Cakifornia

Tasting Notes: Deep aromas of dark cherry and strawberry with subtle notes of cedar spice, mocha, and leather. Rich and red fruit flavors that lead to medium body and tannins. A concentrated but balanced wine with a nice long finish.

Price: $39.99

 

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