OTTAWA -- > Cupcake Vineyards Red Velvet 2015

California, United States

Lots of sweet berries and chocolate on the nose and palate of this toasty Californian red wine. Pair with Mexican mole.

Alcohol: 13.5%
Sweetness: Medium Dry
Drink: 2019-2021
Remarkable Roast Chicken Wine
Price: $15.45
Score: 87/100
LCBO: 260851

Nipozzano Vecchie Viti Riserva Chianti Rúfina 2014

Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy

A juicy, robust, vibrant Chianti Reserva that's ready for more cellar aging: it has lots of potential, yet it's also ready to drink now. Aromas of black fruit, tar and smoke. The 2013 vintage was solid. The grapes for this wine come from the oldest vines on the Nipozzano estate, and the wine is aged for 24 months in oak barrels, according to ancient Tuscan tradition. Decant 1-2 hours. Pair with gourmet pizza.

Alcohol: 13.5%
Sweetness: Extra Dry
Drink: 2018-2025
Voluptuous Veal Wine
Price: $29.95
Score: 92/100
LCBO: 395186

Rabl Löss Grüner Veltliner 2019

Langenlois, Kamptal D.A.C., Austria

From Langenlois, Kamptal wine region, Rabl Löss 2019 Grüner Veltliner is dry and zesty with fresh pear, tart apple, fine herb and white pepper flavours finishing long on a mineral note. The Rabl family have been growing grapes in the Kamptal region of northeast Austria for over 300 years. This Grüner is sourced from loose, sandy soils known locally as "löss."

Alcohol: 12.5%
Sweetness: Extra Dry
Drink: 2021-2024
Scrumptious Seafood Wine
Price: $15.95
Score: 91/100
LCBO: 295709

Trius Distinction Sauvignon Blanc 2019

Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada

From Niagara-on-the-Lake wine region, Trius Distinction 2019 Sauvignon Blanc is ripe and juicy with tropical fruit, ripe grapefruit, fine herb and spicy flavours on the palate. 30% of the SB grapes were barrel fermented giving a nice, rounded mouthfeel on the palate. Very versatile and so good now. Chill and enjoy with salads, grilled chicken or fish tacos.

Alcohol: 11.5%
Sweetness: Extra Dry
Drink: 2021-2022
Splendid Salad Wine
Price: $19.95
Score: 90/100
LCBO: 19379

Steorra Brut Sparkling

Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California, United States

From Russian River Valley, Sonoma County wine region, Steorra is a fresh and fragrant floral blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, with bright lemon and grapefruit citrus flavours on a creamy mousse. The finish is long and vibrant. Chill and enjoy with seafood appetizers.

Alcohol: 12.2%
Sweetness: Dry
Drink: 2021-2023
Scrumptious Seafood Wine
Price: $26.95
Score: 90/100
LCBO: 19310