Canada – VQA Short Hills Bnech, Niagara Peninsula
Fresh, delicate, lively and well balanced with peach, apricot, citrus and honey aromas. A light to medium bodied wine. May cellar up to a decade.
Silver: 2010 Ottawa Wine Challenge
Score: 90 out of 100, Evan Saviolidis, Tidings Magazine, Nov 2010
Score: 90 out of 100, David Lawrason, www.winealign.com, May 2010
Score: 4 out 5, Vic Harradine, www.winecurrent.com, Jan 2011
Definite Buy: My #1 Pick
Chile – Casablanca Valley
A light and bright gold coloured wine. Aromas of lime zest, jalapeno, minerals and fennel. Citrus, mineral and herb flavours.
Score: 90 out of 100, Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Mar/Apr 2010
Spain – DOCa Rioja
Wonderful wine with aromas of cherry, raspberry, espresso, vanilla and spice. Dry, ripe fruit tones, silky tannins and an impressive long finish. Serve with slow cooked roast beef and root vegetables or cellar 3-4 years.
Gold: 2009 Concours Mondial de Bruxelles
Score: 4 ½ out of 5, Susan Desjardins, www.winecurrent.com, Jan 2011
USA – Washington State, Columbia Valley
The wine exhibits flavours of pineapple, grapefruit, elderflower and spice which linger on the finish. Drink now or save 1-2 years. Serve with roast poultry.
Score: 90 out of 100, Harvey Steiman, www.winespectator.com, Feb 2010
Italy – DOCG, Veneto
Always a perennial favourite of mine for all sorts of celebration and special events. Pale straw in appearance with a lime tint. On the nose you will find nut, mineral and peach. The wine is medium bodied, dry with bitter almond and citrus flavours.
Score: 4 ½ out of 5, Tony Aspler, http://www.tonyaspler.com, Feb 2010
Italy – DOC Abruzzo
Intensely rich aromatic wine with notes of licorice, ripe fruits and smoky oak. This beautifully balanced wine has a long and dazzling finish with lovely notes of sweet spice and rich caramel. Serve with Beef Florentine or hard cheese.
Score: 5 out of 5, Susan Desjardins, www.winecurrent.com, May 2010
Gold: Vinitaly 2009