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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

 


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

 


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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