OTTAWA -- Submission Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
California, United States

A powerful California Cabernet Sauvignon with ripe black fruit, vanilla, baking spice, smoky and toasty oak flavours on the palate. Wine grapes were sourced from Sonoma, Napa, Paso Robles and Lodi. Pair with grilled lamb chops.

Alcohol: 14.5%
Sweetness: Dry
Drink: 2020-2026

Best Beef Wine 

Price:  $19.95
Score:  87/100
LCBO:   628230

Zonte's Footstep Blackberry Patch Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
Fleurieu Peninsula, South Australia, Australia

The wine is named for King Arthur's legend: whomever could pull the sword Excalibur from the stone under the Avalon Tree, would rule as king. Also named for Australia's great gumtrees. A rich and juicy red wine blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon with the balance in Tempranillo. Vibrant with bright cassis, savoury herbs and dark spice flavours on the palate. Pair with roast boar.

Alcohol: 14.5%
Sweetness: Extra Dry
Drink: 2020-2030

Plush Pork Wine

Price: $19.95
Score: 90/100
LCBO:  353193

Wildass Sauvignon Blanc 2017
Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada

Not a typical Sauvignon Blanc, but delicious nevertheless. Crisp with tropical, ripe apple, peach and flavours with a lemony buttery finish. Stratus was the world's first fully LEED-certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) winery from 2005.

Alcohol: 12.9%
Sweetness: Dry
Drink: 2020-2021

Splendid Salad Wine

Price: $16.95
Score: 90/100
LCBO:  376814

Pfaff Pinot Blanc 2018
Alsace A.C., France

A crisp, refreshing Alsatian white wine with aromas of lime zest and peach. Light-bodied with racy acidity for seafood.

Alcohol: 12.5%
Sweetness: Dry
Drink: 2020-2021

Scrumptious Seafood Wine

Price: $16.95
Score: 89/100
LCBO:  10703

Williams & Humbert Walnut Brown Medium Sweet Sherry
Jerez D.O., Spain

A lovely oloroso sherry that's not as sweet as a cream cherry; rather it has a terrific dark nutty, black toffee goodness (thus Walnut Brown). Try this sometime instead of tawny port with hard cheeses, toasted nuts or crème brûlée.

Alcohol: 19.5%
Sweetness: Medium Sweet
Drink: 2017-2021

Divine Dessert Wine

Price: $14.95
Score: 88/100
LCBO:  437467