Total 2021 Uncork Canada Donations: $7,800

2021 Trophy Wine Basket

Suggested Retail Value: $279
Top Bid: $230

Red Wine of the Year    

Dark Horse Vineyard, BC​     2016 Red Meritage​     $60.00​

Vibrant dark fruits, spice, vanilla, and some toasty notes on the nose. The palate is a complex mix of dark fruits, sweet vanilla, some pleasant earthiness with subtle tobacco and spice. The tannins are silky smooth, and the acid is in perfect balance with the wine. This is a full-bodied red that has a long finish.

White Wine of the Year     

Wild Goose Vineyards and Winery, BC​     2020 Gewürztraminer ​     $20.69​

This Gewürztraminer has fairly pronounced aromas of rose, gala apple, yellow grapefruit, fresh baked apple pie, ginger and crushed gravel. This is an off-dry, medium bodied wine with medium+ acidity. The palate offers rose, ginger, apricot, baked apple and baking spice with a long finish.

Cider of the Year    

West Avenue Cider, ON​     2015 Northern Lights  ​   $56.00​

This Cognac barrel-aged ice cider is just about the greatest ice cider I have ever tasted. It’s extremely rare and made with frozen heritage apples, barrel fermented and aged. It pours a dark golden colour and has a heady nose of baked apples, brown sugar, caramel, baking spices and rich, mature aromas that swirl and intensify as you stick your nose in the glass. I poured this for friends and watched their faces light up as we sat on the back patio late at night and enjoyed with hand-made fruit tarts. They could not believe what they were drinking. It’s rich, hedonistic and lavish on the palate and tasted of warm and spicy apple pie and cinnamon that is honey sweet but nicely balanced and in a perfectly mature state. So decadent. 

Reviewed by Rick Vansickle@Rickwine

Dessert Wine of the Year     

Peller Estates Winery,​ ON​     2019 Andrew Peller Signature Series Riesling Icewine​     $89.85

The tender Riesling grapes for this Icewine were picked in Niagara-on-the-Lake when the temperature first dipped to -10°C. After each grape was pressed while still frozen to release its individual drop of pure extract, the juices were fermented at a cool temperature to retain fruit concentration before aging in stainless steel tanks. This wine's fruit flavours of orange, nectarine and lemon drop make it a wonderful choice for mixing with vodka into an Icewine Martini. It's also delicious with rich paté, foie gras, creamy blue cheeses, manchego and aged Canadian cheddar. With the dessert course, it's a natural match for lemon pound cake, apple strudel, pineapple upside cake and poached pears. ​

Fruit Wine of the Year        

Forbidden Fruit Winery, BC​   2020 Flaunt Organic Sparkling Plum​      $22.00​

This sparkling wine is rich in plum bubbles, with refreshing notes of cranberry, strawberry and tropical fruit. Sure to be a party favourite.

Sparkling Wine of the Year    

Gray Monk Estate Winery, BC​     2018 Odyssey Rose Brut.      ​$29.90​

It is a fabulous blend of Pinot Meunier, Gamay Noir and the traditional grape, Pinot Noir. This wine was made in the classic sparkling wine method to retain the fruitiness of the grape varieties. The wine displays fresh melon and berry flavours followed by a smooth creamy palate and crisp finish. It is complementary to a wide range of foods and occasions. Serve chilled.

Overview

The bad news was that this year's Uncork Canada had to be postponed to June 2022 due to increasing uncertainties about event restrictions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. The good news is that the wine donated to the All Canadian Wine Championship is still available to the Uncork Canada fundraising event. So the Committee decided to hold a weekly wine event to recoup the funds usually received through this event.
 
Each week a case of assorted wines and a wine basket will be put up for proposed donations to the Charitable Fund. An online form will be used to submit your donations pledges. Proceeds will be distributed in accordance with the guidelines previously set forth each Uncork Canada event.
 
The details of each wine package are provided below including their ACWC award, description and tasting notes. The details will change each week as different packages are offered.
 
 It will be blind donation (you will not know the current highest donation proposed), but to make life easier the highest donation will be posted nightly on this site. Pledges for donations run from 8:00 am Monday to 8:00 pm Friday. The highest donation pledges will be revealed at closing time. The pledgers will be invoiced for payment directly to the Club.
 
Currently the event is only open to Rotary Clubs of Picton, Belleville and Wellington regular and honourary members (as listed in Clubrunner).

Weekly Wine Offerings

November 22 - 26

Wine Basket #13 - “Heavy Hitters”

Suggested Retail Value: $272
Top Donation: $200
 
DBL GOLD 🥇🥇        Kismet Estate Winery, BC        2017    Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve    $59.99
Aged in French and American oak barrels for 24 months, this is  deeply structured and muscular version of Cabernet Sauvignon, with warm dark berry, plum, leather and tobacco flavours that take on momentum toward refined tannins.
 
GOLD 🥇              Cassini Cellars, BC        2017    Maximus          $46.00
MAXIMUS is about complexity, balance, elegance, character. This classic Bordeaux/Meritage style wine has intense aromas of black currant, black pepper, strawberry jam, vanilla, cocoa and tobacco. This full bodied wine finishes with a nice oaky balance, with a long lingering silky finish with soft and subtle tannins.
 
GOLD🥇               Kalala Organic Estate Winery, BC        2015    Aspire  $28.90
A rich, bold blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah with aromas and flavours of plum, blueberry and cherry.  Abundant tannins would suggest decanting before serving with heartier foods. Quite enjoyable now but also an excellent wine to age; 3-5 years is suggested.
 
Blend: 52% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Malbec, 10% Syrah, 8% Cabernet Franc. Aromatics of black berry and plum and coffee notes. On the palate enjoy dark cherry, black currant, dark cocoa and an elegant finish of balanced oak and soft tannin.
 
                                Magnotta Winery Corp, ON       2016    Magnotta Meritage Gran Riserva VQA         $31.95
Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon. Black currant, blackberry and oak spice, ideal with the finest steak, lamb and wild game dishes

Case of Wine #13 

Suggested Retail Value: $351
Top Donation: $260

 

DBL GOLD🥇🥇       Kacaba Vineyards, ON           2020    Select Series, Cabernets         $15.95
Savour aromas of dark berries & chocolate, with hints of anise and leather. The palate is full, showing blackberry and dark plum. Dense layers of fruit and texture with smooth velvety tannins.
 
DBL GOLD🥇🥇       Peller Okanagan, BC   2019                Family Reserve VQA Chardonnay      $13.80
Aromas of green and golden apple, stone fruit and smoke. Pair with roast turkey or chicken.
 
DBL GOLD🥇🥇       Meldville Wines , ON 2019                Riesling           $21.80
Colour is a very pale yellow with green hints, the nose is pretty with green apple and yellow plum and white floral notes. The palate is beautifully balanced with flavours of crunchy green and yellow apple, green plum and lots of citrus notes on the finish. This would pair amazingly with a charcuterie platter on a sunny afternoon. It would also pair well with Sushi.
 
GOLD🥇              Road 13 Vineyards, BC           2020    Road 13 Rosé  $23.99
This Rosé was stainless steel fermented to ensure we could deliver on fresh acidity, intoxicating aromatics and bursting flavours. Fresh Ruby Red grapefruit, citrus, and wild strawberry on the nose meet rhubarb pie, guava with loads of tropical fruit on the palate.
 
GOLD 🥇             Baillie-Grohman Estate Winery, BC  2019    Terraces Pinot Noir    $28.00
The 2019 Pinot Noir Terraces is a deep ruby red. Cherry, plum, dried herbs and oak spice show through on the nose. The palate is medium bodied with great acidity and supple tannins. This wine carries through to a long rich, velvety finish.
 
GOLD 🥇             Jackson-Triggs Okanagan Estate Winery, BC 2018    Grand Reserve Shiraz       $26.99
The Grand Reserve Shiraz is full and rich on both the nose and the palate. Red fruit and cherry complement the well integrated oak notes, backed up by chocolate and mocha aromas. On the palate, this wine exhibits bold flavours of cherry and coffee with good weight, rich mouth feel and a lingering finish.
 
SILVER🥈             Nk'Mip Cellars, BC      2020    Winemakers Dreamcatcher   $21.99
The nose is filled with aromas of lime citrus, pineapple, and freshly cut grass. The entry is mouthwatering and bursts with flavours of juicy peach, mandarin orange and more lime. Sweetness and acidity leads to a very balanced finish that leaves you craving more. This wine is a blend of 35% Riesling, 20% Ehrenfelser, 18% Sauvignon Blanc, 18% Pinot Blanc, 8% Chardonnay and 1% Semillon .
 
SILVER 🥈            Volcanic Hills Vineyard & Cellars, BC 2018    Lava Red         $28.74
Our easy drinking go-to wine.  Expect to discover aromas of cherry, raspberry, fig, almond paste, and bacon on the nose. On the palate this mildly sweet wine is balanced with soft tannins and mouth-watering flavours of cherry, chocolate covered raisins, raspberry, and a touch of smoke and anise on the smooth finish.
 
SILVER 🥈           Pondview Estate Winery, ON 2020    Sauvignon Blanc         $19.95
This Niagara Sauvignon Blanc displays characteristics of lemon blossom and passionfruit on the nose. The palate is extra dry with a bright acidity, layered with notes of lemongrass and passionfruit, finishing with a light minerality.
 
BRONZE 🥉         Lulu Island Winery, BC           2016    Viognier Icewine        $85.00
This distinctive grape dances on your palate with tasting notes of Mango, Honey, Apricot
 
BRONZE 🥉         Colchester Ridge Estate Winery, ON 2017    Grand CREW   $39.75
The 2017 Grand Crew is a blend of estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot from our 12-acre, family-run vineyard in the hot Lake Erie North Shore wine region. Our CREW carefully tasted through each French and American oak barrel to hand-select our favourites for further ageing. The finished blend is full of rich fruit and oak flavors, complex, and seductive with a smooth, silky mouth feel.
 
BRONZE 🥉        Legal Smile Wine Co., ON      2020    Groove            $25.00 (out of Lighthall Vineyard Winery)
Picked from unique limestone soils, this charmat method, dry sparkling is made from a blend of Riesling, Pinot Gris, and Chardonnay. Packed with bright citrus, white flowers, and fuzzy peach flavour, this bubbly is fit for all occasions and goes down nice and easy.
November 15 - 19

Wine Basket #12 (7 Bottles) - "The Locals"

Suggested Retail Value: $218
Top Donation: $80
 
SILVER🥈     Keint-He Winery & Vineyard, ON     2018 Greer Road Pinot Noir     $50.00
Ruby red in colour with slight opacity. The nose shows mushroom, peat moss, sweet tarts and cocoa. A delicate and nuanced wine, with light tannin and a smooth texture. Balanced oak with ripe cherry on the palate. Decant for best results.

BRONZE🥉     Huff Estates Winery, ON       2017 Cuvee Peter F Huff        $40.00
The 2017 vintage, a Méthode Tradionnelle Blanc de Blanc, is highlighted with aromas of tart apple spritzed with grapefruit supported by toasted nuances. An electric buzz of acidity is punctuated by flavours suggesting Granny Smith apple, citrus (lemon, lime). An upbeat swish of bubbles. 

BRONZE🥉      Del-Gatto Estates Ltd., ON       2020 Riesling      $21.80
Refreshing and vibrant apple, grapefruit and orange blossom on the nose. Residual sugars this year lends to more intense flavours of green apple, citrus and passion fruit.

BRONZE🥉      Loch Mor Cider Co..ON       2019 Pommeau 375ml          $30.00
A fortified cider, barrel aged for at least twelve months. Strong & sweet. Perfect for after dinner or with a strong cheese.

                     Hubbs Creek Vineyard, ON       2018 Allegra     $21.95b
This fun summer sipper is eloquently named "Allegra", meaning joy. Blended after ferment then aged in stainless steel for 30 months. Allegra is very quaffable, with loads of fliny minerality and citrus character. It is wonderful on its own or with light food fares, delicate meats, cheeses, and seafood. 

                     Karlo Estates, ON       2018 Triumvirate      $29.00
Triumvirate, an ancient Roman term referring to three Emperors ruling together for balanced government, is a blend of three Bordeaux grape varieties: Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. This is a classic “Meritage” and is a “right bank” Bordeaux style blend as it leads with Merlot. We call this one “The Snob” because it is made in the old-world style with a proper cork and all the acids and tannins in place to give it the bones to lie down in your cellar easily. This wine will only get smoother and more complex and is perfect for impressing the red wine lover on your list.

                      Lighthall Vineyards, ON       2020 Riesling    $24.80
The epitome of cool climate Riesling. Ripe honeydew, green apple, and a touch of white pepper on the nose are met with huge Jollyrancher-esque citrus flavours. Fresh lime and early season nectarines round out the palate on this refreshing expression.

Case of Wine #12

Suggested Retail Value: $313
Top Donation: $225
 
DBL GOLD🥇🥇     Niagara College Teaching Winery, ON     2019 Balance Sauvignon Blanc     $18.95
This wine was fermented in a combination of small French oak barriques and larger casks. The barrel lots were matured for 9 months on light less before blending. The nose shows classic aromas of citrus, green mango, gooseberry, cut grass and lime leaves. The palate is mid-weight, clean and refreshing with a great concentration of tropical fruit, grapefruit and herbaceous flavours.
 
GOLD🥇     Moon Curser Winery, BC     2019     Syrah     $27.99
A medium-bodied, rich and elegant vintage of Moon Curser Syrah, with a medium ruby colour in the glass. The lower fruit yields experienced in the Okanagan in 2019 have created lovely aromas of dark fruit and gorgeous floral notes. The palate has a beautiful concentration of savoury flavours such as fresh cigar, dark wood and violets backed up by soft, approachable tannins with a rich, round midpalate. The balanced acidity causes the wine to linger with a finish of clove and a light smokiness from the oak that invites you in for another sip. Bigger and richer than usual, yet approachable and definitely punching above its weight class, our 2019 Syrah drinks wonderfully now but will continue to develop in the bottle if cellared over the next seven years.
 
Hints of tartness on the back of the tongue. Luscious mouth feel, very sweet with notes of caramel and cinnamon. An aftertaste of crème brulée, with a smoky and spicy finish. amber-hued, with a good balance of acidity. Enjoy as an aperitif or serve with foie gras, aged cheese or desserts, such as Tarte Tatin. Serve well chilled
 
SILVER🥈     Dirty Laundry Vineyard, BC      2020 Hush Rosé     $19.99
Aromas of strawberries. Rhubarb & watermelon with subtle hints of candied fruit. The palate boasts of bright red apple, watermelon rind, & blood orange. With the addition of more Similkameen Cabernet Sauvignon than in past vintages, you will find it translates to a beautiful light to medium bodied wine with a crisp & balanced acidity on the finish.
 
SILVER🥈    Huff Estates Winery, ON     2017 Cuvee Janine     $30.00
Invitingly rock melon in colour, this all County bubbly is primed to entertain with aromas of red currant, pomegranate, cranberry and subtle floral notes. It dances its way to flavoursome peach, hints of apricot, wild strawberry bathed with red apple skin. Serve well chilled for a shock of refreshment.
 
BRONZE🥉           Black Market Wine Co. BC        2019 Secret Society Red       $28.90
Dark fruity aromas of cherry and blackberry, with subtle cedar notes. On the palate, this wine is luscious and supple, offering flavours of cherry, leather and hints of pepper. Nicely balanced between the fruit, tannins, acidity and oak, this mysterious blend is enjoyable right out of the bottle and will cellar for up to 5 years.
 
BRONZE🥉           Cedar Creek Estate Winery, BC        2020 Estate Riesling    $19.99
Before a single grape is picked from our decades-old vines, the northern Okanagan climate delivers its unique magic. Northern latitude, bright sunshine, and an optimal position on the east side of Okanagan Lake deliver bright acidity and pristine, fresh flavours and a texture that lingers, finishing clean, fresh and juicy.
 
BRONZE🥉           Dark Horse Estate Winery, ON       2019 One Horse Town Baco      $21.75
The wine is robust with ripe berry, spice and vanilla aromas. Dry with a medium-full body and supple tannins and a balanced finish with great length.  An excellent wine on its own, it will pair well with grilled meats or vegetables or a hearty tomato pasta.
 
BRONZE🥉           Gehringer Bros. Estate Winery, BC        2020 Classic Riesling    $14.99
Riesling enjoys delicate armies of peach and honey, mingled with apple, kiwi and floral notes. Its unique acidity stimulates the taste buds, and is balanced by a subtle sweetness, enhancing the flavours.
 
BRONZE🥉           Keint-He Winery & Vineyard     ON       2017 Portage Pinot Noir        $25.00
This wine is a blend of Pinot Noir fruit grown in Keint-he’s four estate vineyards. A bright garnet colour, with long dangling legs. Sour cherry and cran-rhubarb on the palate. Dry with healthy acidity.
 
BRONZE🥉           Van Westen Vineyards, BC        2017  V     $34.90
Our 9th vintage of this Bordeaux blend has created a complex and intense wine not only to be enjoyed now but is also built to age. A complex and elegant wine packed with savoury notes of ripe plum and cassis, coupled with dried herbs, dark chocolate and baking spice. Flavours of black cherry and currants are layered with hints of charred meat, rosemary, earth and a touch of leather meld together with integrated oak on the long finish. A full body with ripe structured tannins and crisp acidity make this a wine built for aging. 48% Merlot 19% Cabernet Franc 17% Malbec 8% Cabernet Sauvignon 8% Petit Verdot 
 
BRONZE🥉           Wild Goose Vineyards and Winery, BC        2020    Autumn Gold     $20.69
One of Canada’s most popular white blends, Autumn Gold is equal parts Riesling, Gewurztraminer and Pinot Blanc. This is a clean, crisp, white wine that carries aromas of orchard fruit, apricot and anise. Your palate will taste spice, candied ginger, and a hint of rose. The amazing fruit makes it the perfect wine to have on the patio with lots of family and friends, or at traditional festive gatherings where you are roasting a big bird!
November 8 - 12

Wine Basket #11- "What the Foch"

Suggested Retail Value: $67
Top Donation: $50
 
BRONZE🥉     Alderlea Vineyards, BC     2018 Clarinet     $24.15
Hand-tended old vines produce this dark, ripe and full-bodied wine.  Concentrated aromas of sweet blackberries and a hint of coffee are followed by bold fruit flavours and a touch of black pepper on the finish.  The full fruit flavours and low tannins make this red wine ideal for patio-sipping or pairing with poultry, veal or pasta.
 
                        Monte Creek Ranch Winery, BC     2018 Foch     $19.99
Aromas of raspberry jam, dark plum and white pepper greet you on the nose. Experience light cranberry, red currant flavours on the palate, finishing with a light peppery note.
 
                        Rossignol Estate Winery, PEI      2019 Marechal Foch  $23.00
A hardy, cold climate grape suitable for our maritime climate. This dry, full bodied red is developed through an extended cold soak and new oak barrel aging. This provides a smoky structure and depth to make an excellent accompaniment for beef or lamb.

Case of Wine #11 - 

Suggested Retail Value: $335
Top Donation: $200
 
A premium block of Merlot was crushed directly to the press, given minimal skin contact, then pressed and blended with small portions of juice drained (saignée) during cold soak from blocks of Merlot (74%), Cabernet Sauvignon (10%), Syrah (8%), Cabernet Franc (5%) and Pinot Noir (3%). Fermented cool in stainless steel leaving a small amount of residual sugar (11 g/L) remaining, for an off-dry finish.
 
GOLD🥇     La FRENZ Winery, BC        N/V      Liqueur Muscat $24.90
Modelled after the enticing and well-known fortified muscats of the Rutherglen region in Australia, the alluring and concentrated aromatics of dried apricots and steeped Earl Grey tea with a hint of vanilla, draw you into savour this gorgeous fortified wine.
 
GOLD🥇     The County Cider Company Inc. ON       2017 Barrel Aged Ice Cider    $49.95
A medley of Northern Spy, Russet and Ida Red apples. These varieties of apples do not fall when ripe, but remain on the tree through freezing temperatures. Hints of tartness on the back of the tongue. Luscious mouth feel, very sweet with notes of caramel and cinnamon. An aftertaste of crème brulée, with a smoky and spicy finish. amber-hued, with a good balance of acidity.
 
GOLD🥇     16 Mile Cellar, ON      2018 Incivility Pinot Noir       $34.95
This full bodied Pinot Noir demonstrates classic varietal expression, and is a bright look into the future for our Estate Vineyard.  Our top tier Incivility boasts perfectly ripened red cherry fruit, dried violet notes, and faint earthy undertones.
 
GOLD🥇     Country Vines Winery, BC        2016 Merlot Cabernet           $21.75
Complex aromas of sweet dark fruit, vanilla, cigar box and spice.
Palate: blackberries, black currants, pepper and a hint of leather.
Pairs with braised lamb or slow-cooked beef.
 
GOLD🥇     Hillside Winery, BC        2020 Hillside Unoaked Pinot Gris       $26.45
This Pinot Gris shines with fresh fruit!  Fragrances of white peach, melon and green apple are followed by a bright core of tree-fruit flavours.  Fresh, crisp, clean and fun.  
 
SILVER🥈     Sprucewood Shores Estate Winery, ON       2020 Riesling     $13.95             
Awaken your senses with the beautiful pale lemon yellow colour that exudes elegance. Aromas of ripe peach and wet rocks after a spring rain invite you to enjoy the juicy and ripe peach flavours.
 
SILVER🥈     Intrigue Wines, BC     2020 Social White     $14.90y
The 2020 Social White blend offers a very aromatic nose with hints of ripe cantaloupe and guava. The palate presents a sweet hit with a suggestion of grapefruit peel and gooseberry on the mid-palate. 
 
SILVER🥈     De Simone Vineyards, ON       2018 Merlot     $55.00
This delicious, full bodied red wine displays subtle hints of ripe black cherry flavours, with delicate smoky tannins. Barrel aged in French and American oak, this rich wine is sure to be a crowd pleaser.
 
BRONZE🥉     Singletree Winery,  BC     2020 Homestead       $23.96
A white grape blend of Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, and Chardonnay. Aromas of citrus blossoms and freshly crushed gravel. Flavours of white peach and Meyer lemon. 
 
BRONZE🥉     Magnotta Winery Corp, ON       2020 Magnotta Pinot 2 Rosé VQA Venture Series        $14.75
A premium and lively Pinot blend that's clean, dry and versatile. Pair with lake fish, grilled chicken or gourmet cheeses. Or, chill it before enjoying on its own.
 
BRONZE🥉     Moon Curser Winery, BC        2020 Moonlit Frizzante         $25.99
Viognier is rarely found in its effervescent version, but here at Moon Curser on the Osoyoos East Bench of the Okanagan Valley, we have created a wine bright with personality, elegance and, yes, bubbles.
November 1 - 5

Wine Basket #10 (7 Bottles)- “Meadmaker, Meadmaker, Make Me A Mead

Suggested Retail Value: $170
Top Donation: $55
 

DBL GOLD​🥇🥇     Shrugging Doctor Beverage Co.,​ MB​     N/V ​Apple Cinnamon Mead​     $18.47  
With a new and improved Mead recipe, we’ve perfectly blended the taste of fresh apples with sweet Manitoba Honey, aged in cinnamon to create this delicious product. 

DBL GOLD​🥇🥇     Stolen Harvest Meadery​, AB​     2020​ Saskatoon​     $32.00​
A complex and beautifully structured mead with extraordinary deep color and full-bodied flavors of blueberry, ripe cherry, red cassis, and a touch of black pepper. Aged on Hungarian oak which gives much lower tannins, releases aromas quicker, and gives higher amounts of buttery lactones. This well balanced mead brings with it subtlety sweet notes—like vanilla, hints of milk chocolate, and buttery pound cake. On the palate, it is rich and velvety with silky, structured tannins and a wonderfully long velvety finish. Saskatoon berries are highly praised for their antioxidant content

DBL GOLD​🥇🥇     Island Honey Wine Company​, PEI​     2019​ Nectar Sweet Mead​     $19.85​
Raw golden honey at its best! Nectar Sweet is simple, elegant, and velvety. "Intensely spicy, with exotic fruit hints, nutty undertones and irresistible honeyed sweetness. Powerful, yet well balanced, with impressive depth of raw honey flavour and a long, multi-faceted finish. 14%alc/vol. Pairs well with creme brûlée, brie cheese, caramel, figs, strawberries and baklava.

DBL GOLD​🥇🥇     Prairie Bee Meadery​, SK​     2020 ​Sparkling Bee​     $44.80
Crafed from Saskatchewan honey in the charmat method, producing fine, champagne-like bubbles.

DBL GOLD​🥇🥇     Grey Owl Meadery Inc.​, AB  ​   2021​ Raspberry​     $23.00​
Premium B.C Raspberries and local clover honey come together to make this wonderful fruity melomel. Notes of rhubarb, baking cherry, and apricot. Dry/off dry and tart with a light tannic finish. Best served chilled.

SILVER​​🥈     Hydromellerie du Vieux Moulin​, QC​     N/V ​Hydromel Mousseux​     $19.95​
No tasting notes

BRONZE🥉    ​Hydromellerie du Vieux Moulin​, QC​    N/V ​Hydromel Divin Nectar ​     $13.25
No tasting notesm

Case of Wine #10

Suggested Retail Value: $288
Top Donation: $210


DBL GOLD​🥇🥇    Nighthawk Vineyards, ​BC​     2019​ Late Harvest Gewurztraminer     $39.90
This decadent dessert wine features aromatic hints of orchard pear, rose petal, honey and spice. 

GOLD​🥇      ​Bordertown Estate Winery and Vineyard, ​BC​     2017​ Merlot​     $24.90
This Merlot balances ripe red fruits, black raspberry and rhubarb with pepper, herbs and spices, stewed plums and a hint of mint, within an integrated oak structure.

GOLD​​🥇      Moraine Estate Winery​, BC​     2019​ Riesling​     $22.00​
This Riesling shows fresh citrus notes, green apple, and lime.

GOLD​🥇    ​Country Vines Winery, ​BC     ​2019 ​Contact Pinot Gris​     $16.99​
Aromas: peach, pear with spicy cherry.
Palate: ripe peach, pear and citrus with red fruits & spicy caramel.

GOLD​🥇    ​Clos du Soleil Winery​, BC​     2020 ​Fume Blanc​     $22.90​
Ripe fruit aromas of grapefruit, apple and ripe lemons, beautifully complemented by notes of sagebrush, lilac and lime leaf; flavours of grapefruit, passionfruit, guava, and citrus, with floral notes and wisps of gunflint.

SILVER​🥈    ​Trius Estate Winery​, ON​     N/V ​Brut     ​$29.75​
Tiny bubbles and crisp flavours of citrus, apple and yeasty notes dance on your palate with a lingering, refreshing finish. Crafted in the ‘Méthode Classique’ - a blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, aged 'sur lie' for up to 2 1/2 years. Serve at a cool 8 to 10°C

SILVER​​🥈     Diamond Estate Wines​, ON​     N/V ​20 Bees Pinot Grigio     ​$12.75​
A light and refreshing white wine with notes of peach, honey, tangerineand grapefruit on the nose followed by a crisp palate with characteristics of honeydew melon, lime and minerals. A lively and lingering finish.

SILVER​​🥈     North 42 Degrees Winery​, ON     ​2019​ Rosé​     $17.75
Macerated on the skins for 18 hours, this coral dry rosé showcases strawberry and tropical fruit notes, a playful wisp of cotton candy and a squeeze of lemon. These flavours dance across the palate, creating a playful mouthfeel, refreshing acidity, and a lasting finish. A terrific, versatile food pairing wine or to enjoy on its own. 

BRONZE​🥉     O'Rourke's Peak Cellars​, BC​     2019 ​Pinot Noir​     $28.00
The 2019 Pinot Noir offers savoury and ‘slow cooked’ richness with integrated aromas of stewed cherries, leather, tobacco, sage and a spicy mix of clove, cinnamon stick and nutmeg, with subtle floral and freshly-peeled orange notes.  In contrast, the taste is quite youthful, livelyand bright with juice berry notes and fresh acidity.  The palate is quite feminine and elegant, showcasing very soft and round tannins, with a delicate savoury and spiciness in the long finish.

BRONZE​🥉     Robin Ridge Winery​, BC​     2015​ Frigate Meritage​     $29.89​
Named after the magnificent Frigate bird for its largeness and boldness, this Meritage shows lush texture and concentration with ripe blueberry, prune, pastrycrust, dark chocolate, christmas cake and expresso with intense graphite minerality.  Merlot 48%  Cabernet Sauvignon 31%  Cabernet Franc 11%  Petit Verdot 10%. Pair this with grilled rib-eye with red wine demi-glace or braised lamb shanks.

BRONZE🥉     ​Winegarden Estate Ltd.​, NB​     2019​ Dr. Victor McLaughlin Selection​     $13.00​
An earthy aroma of fresh cut grass and leather complimented by chocolate, cherry and a tinge of pepper will remind you of some of your favorite red wines. The palate has ripe berries to tart cherry with hints of cinnamon and other spices leaving a medium finish with off dry medium body. 

BRONZE​🥉     Kacaba Vineyards​, ON​     2017​ Premium Series, Cabernet/Syrah ​    $30.15​
A well-balanced wine that embodies the complexities of the Kacaba vineyards plantings. The final product is an opulent and full bodied blend of estate grown Syrah 25% Cabernet Sauvignon at 45%, Cabernet Franc at 30%.

October 25 -29

Wine Basket #9 - “LIFE IS A CABERNET”

Suggested Retail Value: $98
Top Donation: $100
 

GOLD​🥇    ​Chaberton Estate Winery​, BC​     2017​ Cabernet Sauvignon​      $24.95  
Notes of dark red fruit and soft flavours of pomegranate and leather, this Cabernet Sauvignon envelops the palate with strong tannins and a hint of black pepper. Flavours of mint and coffee bean finish.

SILVER​​🥈    Moon Curser Winery​, BC​     2018​ Cabernet Sauvignon     ​$39.99
This big and beautiful South Okanagan Cabernet Sauvignon is a full-bodied red wine that is deep ruby in colour. It has an intense nose of blackberry, violet, dark berry bramble and a hint of mint. It has a pleasing acidic structure with fine, slightly gritty tannins that showcase the mad, complex tangle of flavours of raspberry jam, cranberry, and plum. The rich midpalate is backed up by the long finish with a nice definitive oak influence. 

SILVER​​🥈    Pelee Island Winery​, ON​     2019​ Cabernet Franc​     $13.25  
Deep red colour. Perfectly ripened fruit on the nose, light currant jam and spice followed by a hint of cedar on the palate. Succulent summer berry pie with velvety tannins on a long flavourful finish.

BRONZE​🥉     Cooper's Hawk Vineyards​, ON​     2019​ Cabernet Franc​     $19.95  
The nose on this red wine gives hints of fresh cranberries and toasted nuts. The palate presents bursts of raspberry followed by cocoa & pepper.

Case of Wine #9

Suggested Retail Value: $392
Top Donation: $300

 

DBL GOLD​🥇🥇   Estate Winery​, ON​​     2019​ Chardonnay Icewine​    $49.90
This is intensely concentrated Icewine, lightly oxidative, deep in golden hue and all pineapple to nose. Crunchy mixed with bruised apple, persistent and notable terseness, while the acidity runs high and does so with some acetic weight. Solid work with chardonnay nonetheless.

GOLD​​🥇     Marynissen Estates Winery, ON​​     2020​ Rosé​     $16.95
Bright and fruity with aromas and flavours of cherry, raspberry, peach and a hint of spice on a textured, well-balanced palate! 

GOLD🥇    Red Horses Vineyard​, BC​​     2018​ Merlot​     $34.50​
It’s leggy without being hot. A fruit forward Merlot with notes of ripe red and black fruits. The finish is rich and long. Try with a grilled steak, some hearty pasta, or with roasted pork tenderloin rubbed in a rosemary garlic paste,finished with a fresh plum reduction sauce.

GOLD​​🥇.    Pondview Estate Winery, ON​​     2017​ Bella Terra Pinot Noir.    ​$49.95
Our Pinot Noir is from the New World, but it resembles the Old World style due to its notes of red cherries, leather, and spice. Don't let its pale garnet colour fool you, this wine has a complex palate with delicate notes of rose water, allspice, and red cherries, with a light finish.

GOLD​​🥇    Enrico Winery​, BC​​​     2019​ Celebration​     $25.50
Made in the Charmat method, this refreshing sparkling wine will be enjoyed right away through its floral and citrus aromas which excite the senses. Célébration is sure to impress with its golden champagne colour from Estate Pinot Gris grapes for added depth and elegance.

GOLD​🥇     ​Cedar Creek Estate Winery, BC​​     2020​ Estate Sauvignon Blanc​     $19.99
Lime and lemongrass with subtle green cooking herbs and an electric acidity. Bone dry with, of course, just a little South Okanagan on the nose.

SILVER​​🥈     Laughing Stock Vineyards, BC​​     2018​ Syrah​     $36.99
Syrah has become a powerful varietal for BC winegrowers, both in terms of its success in growing well in the south Okanagan, and for what it has been delivering in the glass. Estate grown on our Perfect Hedge vineyard in Osoyoos, the style is inspired by Cote Rotie in Northern Rhone, blending 97% Syrah with 3% Viognier. This classic technique gives the nose a slight floral lift and softens the pepper note ever so slightly.

SILVER​​🥈     Niagara College Teaching Winery, ON​     2018​ Balance Gamay Noir​     $18.95
An approachable, light bodied red, the Gamay Noir grape does well in our growing season, producing a bright ruby coloured wine with violet hues. The nose offers aromas of raspberries, strawberry jam, ripe cherries, cut flowers and undertones of pepper and chocolate. The palate offers soft tannins with loads of berry fruit and a hint of vanilla and tobacco.

SILVER​​🥈    Lunessence Winery & Vineyard, BC     2019​ Chardonnay Small Lot Series​     $29.99
Golden apples, lemon meringue, honeysuckle and spiced buttered nut aromas roll into a palate with spice, toast and vague yellow fruit. The mid-palate is a bit soft and is overall lean, but freshness is notable.

BRONZE​🥉    Mission Hill Family Estate Winery, BC​     2019​ Terroir Collection Cabernet Franc​     $55.00
Intensely flavoured with blueberry, dark cherry and hints of cedar. Amazing depth and complexity are supported by fine-grained tannins and a persistent, yet refined finish.

BRONZE​🥉    Moon Curser Winery​, BC​​     2019​ Border Vines​     $27.99
The 2019 Border Vines is a dry, medium to full-bodied red wine with a medium ruby colour, and is our go-to for a versatile red wine with good depth, complexity of flavours and structure. Notes of cherry, raspberry and tomato leaf leap out of the glass on the nose. On the palate, this wine is mouth-filling with fantastic weight and good acidity to balance. The nose is complemented with flavours of cassis, sour cherries, vanilla and oregano. Malbec shines through a little more this year, along with the distinct floral notes of Petit Verdot. Excellent length and concentration of flavours in this vintage make it approachable straightaway.

BRONZE​🥉    Moraine Estate Winery​, BC​​     2019​ Chardonnay​     $26.00
Packed with citrus-driven acidity, fresh tropical fruit, and ripe apples along with toasted hazelnuts and fresh baked brioche.

October 18 - 22

Wine Basket #8 - "Fruit Bowl"

Suggested Retail Value: $254
Leading Donation: $60
 
GOLD 🥇    Northern Lights Estate Winery Ltd., BC        2020 Mirtillo - Blueberry     $18.25
Italian for blueberry, this juicy wine will have you exclaiming “brava” to the winemaker. Made from two varieties of blueberries and aged in Hungarian oak, Mirtillo is an off-dry, medium-bodied wine. Distinct fragrances of the plant itself, with subtle vanilla notes, lead to a vivacious, fruit-forward palate.
 
GOLD 🥇    Maan Farms Winery,BC        2020 Strawberry Rhubarb     $19.00
Zero sugar makes this wine guilt free. On the nose aromas of Strawberry dominate, while robust rhubarb notes mesh well with fruity notes of strawberry on the palate. A long-lasting finish is amplified by a rich amount of acidity. Serve chilled with dinner or dessert.
 
GOLD 🥇    Applewood Farm Winery, ON       2015 Eden    $40.00
A delicious blend of our very own Strawberries and Rhubarb. This wine has big summer flavours and a balancing acidity. The perfect wine in the hot summer under a shady tree.   We like it best served well chilled or over ice.
 
GOLD🥇     Forbidden Fruit Winery, BC        2019 Caught Apricot Mistelle     $25.00
Nectar of the gods in a bottle! This wine is made from 3 varieties of organic apricots and exudes the intense sweetness and spiciness of the apricot. Luxurious and velvety on the palate, it’s as if the tree ripened apricot was squeezed straight into the bottle. Great with exotic desserts, cheeses, and white chocolate. Serve chilled.
 
GOLD 🥇    Magnetic Hill Winery, NB        N/V Framboise     $15.99
FRAMBOISE, a delicious full-bodied dessert wine, is rich and sweet with refreshing acidity and exploding with raspberry flavour. This wine is best served chilled with many desserts, especially dark chocolate. Combine with sparkling wines for an impressive aperitif, or even drizzle over ice cream and enjoy.
 
SILVER  🥈  Domaine Acer, QC        2019 Prémices d'avril     $18.00
“First fruits of April” is best appreciated very young. On the nose and in the mouth, we first have the impression of a white wine. It is only in the finish that we recognize the fine and delicate notes of maple and that it creates the surprise! It perfectly accompanies sushi, seafood, fish, poultry, cheese fondue.
 
SILVER  🥈   Forest Fringe Orchards, SK         N/V Cherry Lite    $7.80   
No tasting notes
 
SILVER  🥈   Cornerstone Estate Winery, ON       2017 Estate Peach     $15.90
A deliciously light taste and scent of sweet ripe peaches and heady flowers comes together magnificently to produce a truly unique wine experience.
 
SILVER   🥈  Rossignol Estate Winery, PEI      N/V Wild Blueberry Wine     $20.00
Island Blueberries from Hallaig Farm in Caledonia have been transformed into a fragrant, luscious fruit wine that is delightful on its own or served with Atlantic smoked salmon or spicy curry dishes.
 
BRONZE🥉     Muskoka Lakes Winery, ON       2020 Blueberry Wine     $18.75
Blueberries famously thrive in Muskoka’s rocky soil and make a rich, flavourful wine with refreshing acidity on the finish.
 
BRONZE  🥉   Black Bear Farms of Ontario Estate Winery, ON     N/V Black Currant & Blueberry        $30.00
The intense aroma prepares for bold and strong flavours of sweet and tart blackcurrants and sweet blueberries
 
BRONZE   🥉  Magnetic Hill Winery, NB        N/V Rhubarb Rose Pet Nat     $25.00
A dry, light, bubbly and crushable sparkling wine destined for summer. Notes of tropical fruit and stewed rhubarb harmonize perfectly with the floral undertones.

Case of Wine #8

Suggested Retail Value: $325
Leading Donation: $325
 
DBL GOLD🥇🥇     La FRENZ Winery, BC        N/V Tawny Port       $24.90
A favourite amongst port lovers, this wine's tantalizing and warm spice aromatics soothe the soul. Crafted using a Solera system, our Tawny has developed bouquet reminiscent of dark fruit cake -- dates, prunes, walnuts and molasses – with a drizzle of warm butterscotch sauce. While considered sweet, it finishes dry with a long lingering aftertaste.
 
GOLD🥇     Featherstone Estate Winery, ON     2019  Cabernet Franc     $19.95
This savoury wine with cherry – tobacco aromas, juicy blackberry – raspberry flavours and black pepper accents has enough tannin to keep the sensory banquet lingering. A great match with BBQ, olive – rich Mediterranean foods, or savoury herb – seasoned dishes.
 
GOLD 🥇    Moraine Estate Winery, BC        2019 Pinot Noir         $27.00
Fruit was exclusively grown on our Naramata Bench Sophia Estate Vineyard.  A classic representation of clone 777 Pinot Noir that has been cultivated and cared for with “white gloves”.  Hand harvesting and fermenting whole berry, with the cap being punched down by hand, has ensured gentle tannin extraction and maximum flavour.
Tasting notes: Heady aromas of violet, Rainier cherries, old-fashioned rose petals and just a touch of toasty oak.
 
GOLD🥇     Ravine Vyd Estate Winery, ON       2019 Chardonnay      $34.80
The wine is straw pale in colour with notes of lemon, orchard fruit and toffee.
 
GOLD 🥇    Orofino Winery, BC        2018 Beleza  $37.90
Built for comfort, not for speed, this ode to Bordeaux is one for the cellar. Rich black fruits mixed with spicy notes and classic Similkameen minerality. Our best barrels make up the blend. Always unfined and unfiltered to best show off our terroir.
 
GOLD 🥇    Peller Estates Winery, ON       2020 Private Reserve Sauvignon Blanc           $20.75
Fresh and lively, this Sauvignon Blanc jumps out of the glass with flavours of grapefruit, gooseberry and honeydew melon with more zippy grapefruit and notes of herbs on the finish. While delicious enjoyed on its own, it's also a great match for summer pea risotto, crisp salads, halibut with a Creole crust, fresh asparagus, gourmet pizza with goat cheese and gazpacho.
 
GOLD   🥇  Moon Curser Winery, BC        2019 Malbec    $31.99
The 2019 Malbec is an elegant, fruit driven interpretation of our Osoyoos East Bench Malbec. It is a medium to full-bodied red wine with a dark purple colour in the glass. Intense notes of plum, dark cherry and blueberry compote dominate the nose. The refined, fruit-forward palate has characters of raspberry coulis, raisins and plum, framed with a hint of eucalyptus and violet. The flavour profile sits in perfect harmony with dark chocolate from the French oak influence. The wine is nicely structured with chewy tannins balanced by a lifting acidity. With its balanced structure and warm finish, this wine drinks well now, but with proper cellaring will thrive over the next seven to ten years.
 
SILVER🥈     Sandhill Estate Vineyard, BC      2020 Sangiovese Rosé  Single Block C9          $31.00
The Sangiovese grape varietal is a rare planting in Canadian vineyards and this Rosé will be just as rare with only 250 cases produced. The Small Lots BC VQA Rosé is made from 100% Sangiovese grapes, hand-harvested from Sandhill Estate Vineyard in the South Okanagan.
 
BRONZE🥉     Corcelettes Estate Winery, BC     2018 Merlot     $28.90
Rich in texture with a traditional elegance, this Merlot is crafted from own-rooted, cl 181 and cl 184 vines hand picked from Corcelettes' estate Stemwinder soils. Harvested on multiple dates and fermented in several small lots, winemaker Charlie Baessler crafts a Merlot with layers of complexity and depth. This wine is aged in a series of 1000L French oak vats that allow the wine to mature while maintaining it's identity- Similkameen Valley terroir. Look for a stony, mineral component integrated in soft tannin.
 
BRONZE🥉     Bonamici Cellars Ltd., BC        2018 Merlot - Cabernet Franc         $27.90
A medium-bodied, fruit forward red wine with lots of berry fruit up front and dark cocoa notes.
 
BRONZE🥉     Monte Creek Ranch Winery, BC        2019 Chardonnay     $19.99
Always a crowd favourite, this Chardonnay was fermented for nine months in French oak to build texture and complexity. We wanted to let the fruit express itself rather than use a heavier-handed approach that may hide the terroir. The aromatics are lively in this dry, medium bodied Chardonnay. Pear, citrus and a little bit of oak catch you on the nose. The mouthfeel is plush and viscous, with wet stone, subtle caramel and lemon zest on the palate.
 
BRONZE  🥉   Pondview Estate Winery, ON     2019 Sparkling Brut      $19.95
This wine begins with a delicious tropical nose that has hints of fresh peaches, pineapple, guava, and lemon. The off-dry palate balances perfectly with the medium-high acidity to create a refreshing spritz, ending of with a lovely peach finish.

 October 11- 15

Wine Basket #7 - “Rose All Day”

Suggested Retail Value: $70
Top Donation: $50

 
GOLD​🥇     Dover 13 Wines & Spirits Ltd.​, ON​     N/V​ Frisky Beaver Blushing Beaver.    ​$14.95

Calling Blushing Beaver "food-friendly" is sort of like calling ketchup "burger-friendly," but in this case, it's not totally wrong. Blushing Beaver falls in between the extremes of red and white - less intense than a big, tannic, mouth-busting red, but with more depth than a super-light white. Just make sure you give it time to chill before drinking (like you would with a white wine). It's the perfect barbecue wine, the perfect beach wine, and the perfect picnic wine, but it's also the perfect sitting-around-watching-TV wine.

SILVER​🥈.    Cooper's Hawk Vineyards​, ON​     2020​ Rosé​     $15.95

On the nose, this scarlet beauty hosts aromas of ripe summer berries with hints of delicate rose petal. The palate shows a bone dry mouthfeel that finishes with an array of very ripe dark fruit. This velvety Rosé can stand up to summer bbq's of chicken or pork. Try a fruit based sauce to compliment the berry nuance in the wine.

BRONZE​🥉.    Enrico Winery​, BC​     2018​ Rosé Red Dragon​     $21.25

Featuring a clean, crisp finish and a light enticing aroma of summer strawberries.

BRONZE​🥉     Road 13 Vineyards​, BC​     2020​ Honest John's Rosé​     $16.99

Aromas of fresh strawberry, peach blossom, and wild rose take the lead while soft tropical fruit aromas make a quiet entrance. On the palate, delicate ripe flavours of strawberry, cherry, mandarin orange and guava mesh together like the gears of a tractor to balance acidity and round out the finish.s

Case of Wine #7

Suggested Retail Value: $362
Top Donation: $300
 


BRONZE​🥉   Estate Winery​, ON​     2019​ Riesling Icewine​     $49.90

The biggest feature is the high acid and mineral flavor, filled with orange and citrus flavor. Food Pairing:Creamy chocolate biscuits, raspberries, mousse cakes and other desserts suitable for fresh berries.

DBL GOLD​🥇🥇     Hillside Winery​, BC​     2020​ Rosé​     $27.60

A premium block of Merlot was crushed directly to the press, given minimal skin contact, then pressed and blended with small portions of juice drained (saignée) during cold soak from blocks of Merlot (74%), Cabernet Sauvignon (10%), Syrah (8%), Cabernet Franc (5%) and Pinot Noir (3%). Fermented cool in stainless steel leaving a small amount of residual sugar (11 g/L) remaining, for an off-dry finish.

GOLD​🥇     Country Vines Winery , BC​     2017​ Merlot Reserve​     $31.50

Complex sweet dark fruit, vanilla, cigar box and spice. On the palate--blackberries, black currants, pepper and a hint of leather. Pairs with braised lamb or slow-cooked beef.

SILVER​🥈   Corcelettes Estate Winery​, BC  ​   2020​ Pinot Noir​     $25.90

The nose expresses fruit leather, cherry and floral spice, while the palate is lively with ripe cherry, back currant and bergamot. The overall taste experience is well balanced, and the finish is long and fresh.

GOLD​🥇    Time Family Of Wines Ltd.​, BC ​    2018​ TIME Cabernet Franc​     $40.24

Exhibits classic aromas of red berries and black cherry with hints of pepper and sage. On the palate, you’ll notice plum and blackberry with soft tannins, making this an approachable and well-rounded wine.

SILVER​🥈     Chaberton Estate Winery​, BC​     2016​ Meritage​     $25.95​

Rich milk chocolate notes envelop the weight of this full bodied red, followed by a silky texture of dark black plums and sweet cherries. Roasted nuttiness accentuates an extended long finish of Christmas spice and confection.

SILVER​🥈     Blasted Church Wines​, BC​     2017​ Nothing Sacred​     $45.00

The perfect storm of rich, ripe plum, chocolate, dark berries.

BRONZE​🥉     Moon Curser Winery​, BC​     2019​ Touriga Nacional​     $39.99

Rarely seen outside of Portugal; grown with dedication on the Osoyoos East Bench. Luxurious texture, polished tannins, spice and juicy dark fruit - a truly distinctive wine.

DBL GOLD​🥇🥇     Kacaba Vineyards​, ON​     2020​ Select Series, Unoaked Chardonnay​     $15.95

Kacaba produces this style of Chardonnay to best represent the varietal character of chardonnay. Choosing not to use any oak influence whatsoever in this Chardonnay ensures that nothing will mask the true nature of this wine. Our philosophy regarding a wine such as this is to maintain purity of aromatics and the refreshing character.  Bright, crisp and clean. A lovely combination of citrus fruits, pear and green apple, with a touch of minerality create a wonderfully balanced, dry and refreshing wine. Enjoy on its own or match with cream based dishes, fresh seafood, and fresh salad

DBL GOLD​🥇🥇     Monte Creek Ranch Winery​, BC​     2020​ Living Land Sparkling ​    $21.99

Using the Charmat Method, this Sparkling is made from 100% estate grown La Crescent and Frontenac Blanc grapes from Monte Creek Ranch. The base wine was aged on fine lees in stainless steel tanks until February. La Crescent, rarely ever shy in the aromatics department, proudly displays notes of raw honeycomb, fresh tropical fruit and white peach.

Enjoy with citrus-dressed spot prawns, oysters and summer salads with grilled vegetables. This bubbly will complement a variety of lighter small bites, making it an ideal aperitif or patio party-starter.

GOLD​🥇   Marynissen Estates Winery​, ON​    2019​ Chardonnay​    $15.95

This beautifully balanced Chardonnay is expressive with tropical fruit, toast, and a hit of butterscotch on the nose. Rich, full-bodied, and creamy on the palate backed up with bright acidity and a long, balanced finish.

SILVER​🥈     Deep Roots Winery​, BC​     2020​ Sauvignon Blanc​     $21.90

Medium lemon in colour and a pronounced nose of ripe lime, hints of grass and pineapple. A dry, light bodied wine featuring bright lime, lemon grass and floral notes with guava and pomelo on the finish.

October 4 - 8

Wine Basket #6 - "Sweet Tooth"

Suggested Retail Value: $234
Top Donation: $150
 
 
Lakeview Cellars, ON     Tawny Reserve            $54.75
Our Reserve Tawny was crafted using a rare blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Touriga National, which were enriched through fortification 3 days into primary fermentation. This unique wine was then aged for a period of 12 years in vintage Bourbon barrels. Brilliant flavours of cinnamon, fig, and chocolate are apparent on the palate, which are complemented by a subtle nuttiness on the finish.
 
Jackson-Triggs Okanagan Estate Winery, BC       2018 Reserve Riesling Icewine          $52.19
Honey golden in colour with intensely sweet densely layered flavours of tropical fruit, apricot and honey backed by crisp acidity, a thick mouth feel with an extended elegant finish.  This Icewine pairs beautifully with rich seafood, sushi, and a variety of ripe cheese. 
 
Trius Estate Winery, ON        2019 Showcase Late Harvest Vidal      $29.85
This late harvest Vidal has aromas of lemon, pear, and pineapple with hints of honey. Medium+ bodiy and brigth acidity to balance rich, ripe tropical fruit and honey notes on the palate. Finish is long with a hint of bright citrus. Enjoy with a fruit tart or an after dinner cheese plate.
 
Willow Springs Winery & Vineyard, ON       2018 Vidal Icewine     $38.00
Vidal Blanc are left hanging on the vine into the winter months. When freezing temperatures arrive, the water in the grape pulp turns to ice. The grapes are hand-harvested and pressed, this ice remains in the press and the sugar content of the resulting juice is increased. The luscious sweetness of this Icewine is balanced by high refreshing acidity and it shows pure varietal flavours of lychee, apricot, peach and wildflower honey. Best served well chilled 6-8 °C (43-45 °F) and it is best suited to strong, rich cheeses such as Gorgonzola or Roquefort.
 
Peller Estates Winery , ON     2018 Andrew Peller Signature Series Cabernet Franc Icewine        $108.90
Complex fruit flavours come together in this decadent Icewine to create a one-of-a-kind product that's been compared to the most decadent strawberry rhubarb jam imaginable.

Case of Wine #6

Suggested Retail Value: $320
Top Donation: $245
 
GOLD    🥇           Time Family Of Wines Ltd., BC   2018    TIME Merlot    $32.20
Robust with classic aromas of plum, cherry, and blueberry. Lush and rich with a lengthy finish. Firm yet approachable tannins make this an age-worthy wine.
 
GOLD 🥇    Thirty Bench Wines, ON                        2019    Small Lot Pinot Noir     $36.75
The Pinot Noir grapes were hand-picked from our own Thirty Bench vineyard and barrel aged in French oak for 12 months. There is a deep cherry red colour with a bouquet of red cherry, pomegranate, tobacco, smoky oak and earth. A lovely integration of fruit and barrel notes. Medium-bodied, elegant and fruit-forward. Fruit flavours of red currant and cherry, with an added note of earth and spice, unfold on the palate. Red berry tea, red cherry, pomegranate, earth and mushroom notes linger on the extra-dry finish.
 
GOLD   🥇    Andrews Scenic Winery, ON     2020    Andrews Red    $17.95
 
GOLD   🥇     Blasted Church Wines, BC         2016    OMG    $27.00
Apple, pear and almond come in with a big bang, leaving a shimmering nutty, bright finish. This wine pairs best with celebrations, birthdays, promotions, new years and Wednesday nights.
 
BRONZE   🥉   La FRENZ Winery, BC     2020 Sauvignon Blanc Wits End Vineyard      $23.90
Our Sauvignon Blanc is crafted to present a crisp, dry wine that offers aromatics of pea shoots, grapefruit and with a hint of honeysuckle. Experience mouthwatering flavours of gooseberry, ripe pear and passionfruit finishing with lingering notes of fresh cut grass and minerality. Pair with a crisp, green papaya salad or grilled prosciutto wrapped asparagus spears.
 
GOLD 🥇      Magnotta Winery Corp, ON      2019 G.MARQUIS Pinot Grigio VQA – The Red Line   $13.75
Clean apple, pear and tropical fruit notes in an easy drinking, dry yet exceptionally food friendly style.
 
SILVER 🥈   Forbidden Fruit Winery, BC      2020 Dead End Organic Gruner Veltliner      $24.00
With flavors of green pepper and lime, Grüner Veltliner is an exotic alternative to Sauvignon Blanc. Grüner Veltliner’s bright acidity and appealing spicy quality pair it very well with all types of food. The most eye-popping match is how well it goes with Asian food—anything from Vietnamese to Thai to spicy Chinese flavors.
 
SILVER  🥈    Reif Estate Winery, ON             2019 Chenin Blanc    $19.95
Gracious floral and herbal notes on the nose with flavours of apple, honey and grapefruit on the palate. The wine also has a rich minerality and refreshing finish. Pair with shellfish like scallops and clams or fritto misto calamari. Also great for vegetarian dishes or mild flavoured white fish such as sole or tilapia.
 
BRONZE   🥉  Ravine Vyd Estate Winery, ON      2020 Rosé     $24.80
This vibrant wine is jam packed with notes of fresh strawberries, tangerine and watermelon citrus. On the palate, field berries prance on your taste buds along with savory whip cream, melon and a subtle hint of bell pepper. Initially round and soft on the palate, this wine is carried through with quenching acidity.
 
SILVER  🥈   Dirty Laundry Vineyard, BC       2019 Cabernet Sauvignon     $27.99
On the nose, you will find aromas of pink peppercorn, black cherry & cedar. The palate is full bodied, with round, mouth filling tannins & flavors of blackberry, graphite, red plum & mocha.
 
GOLD   🥇  Karlo Estates, ON           2019 Marquette       $36.00
Marquette is a new world grape varietal bred to withstand temperatures below -30C. As a result, it thinks the County is a warm climate, so it acts like a big, full-bodied, warm climate wine. It’s higher in alcohol, so warmer on the palate, fruity and opaque. This is one of our most popular wines and scratches that Canadian itch for big, full-bodied reds.
 
BRONZE 🥉      Lang Vineyards, BC      N/V      Foch Fortified   $35.00 
This is a deep rich grape with wonderful color. You may get the aromas of fresh raspberries and kirsch, ripe cherries and black plums and a hint of toasted marshmallow. This is a very delicious and fruity wine, and I pick up flavors of vanilla, toasted almonds, crème Brule, cherry preserve and pomegranate followed up with a pleasant mild spicy finish.
September 27 - October 1

Wine Basket #5 - See See Cider

Suggested Retail Value: $235
Leading Donation: $110
 

“An apple a day…….” While that old saying may be true, we prefer our fruit in liquid form. Here’s an array of 30 different ciders to get you to the end of October.


GOLD​  🥇  Millionaires' Row Cider Co.​, BC​     2020​ Modern Miracle​    $9.77

DBL GOLD​ 🥇🥇    BC Tree Fruits Cider Company​, BC​     2020​ Broken Ladder Apples 500mL bottle​     $7.46

GOLD​  🥇   Cidrerie Compton​, QC​     2019​ Héritage (Fût de chêne).    ​$20.44

SILVER​  🥈   Cidrerie Michel Jodoin​, QC​     2019​ Attention ça vafaire pomme.  ​$16.60

DBL GOLD​  🥇🥇  Cidrerie du Petit St-Joseph, QC​   2018​ Lougarou ( Hard Cider) ​$6.25

DBL GOLD​  🥇🥇   Les Vergers Petit et Fils​, QC​     2021​ St-HilPear​     $4.54

SILVER​  🥈   Ravine Vyd Estate Winery​, ON​     N/V ​Lowrey Bros. Pear Cider​        $3.90

DBL GOLD​  🥇🥇   Thornbury Village Cidery​, ON​     N/V​ Raspberry Apple Cider​     $6.95

GOLD​  🥇   The View Winery & Vineyard(Wards)​, BC​    2020​ Wards Mimosa Cider​    $14.43/ 4 pack

BRONZE​  🥉   BC Tree Fruits Cider Company​, BC​     2019​ Broken Ladder Rose 500mL bottle​     $7.88

BRONZE​   🥉  Thornbury Village Cidery​, ON​     N/V​ Rose Apple Cider.    ​$6.95

BRONZE​   🥉  Thornbury Village Cidery​, ON​     N/V​ Wild Blueberry Elderflower Cider. ​$3.75

BRONZE​   🥉  Woodward Cider Co​, BC​     N/V​ Send It​     $10.90

DBL GOLD​  🥇🥇   The View Winery & Vineyard_Wards​, BC​     2020​ InfiniTea Cider Tropical Green Tea​     $13.28/ 4 pack

GOLD​ 🥇   No Boats on Sunday​, NS​     N/V ​Ontario Hopped Cider​     $4.95

GOLD​ 🥇    Thornbury Village Cidery​, ON​     N/V​ Spiced Apple Cider​     $3.45

SILVER​  🥈   The View Winery & Vineyard_Wards​, BC​     2020​ InfiniTea Cider Strawberry Kiwi​     $13.28/ 4 pack

SILVER​     The View Winery & Vineyard_Wards​, BC​     2019​ Wards Dry Hopped Cider​      $10.87/ 650ml

BRONZE​  🥉   Maritime Express Cider​, NS​     2020​ Lively Airs​     $4.89

GOLD​   🥇  The County Cider Company Inc.​, ON​     2017​ Barrel Aged Ice Cider.     ​$49.95

SILVER​  🥈   Domaine RITT​, QC​     N/V ​Pomérable​     $15.95

BRONZE​ 🥉    Loch Mor Cider Co. , ON​     2019​ Pommeau 375ml   $30.00

 

Case of Wine #5 

 
Suggested Retail Value: $317
Leading Donation: $250
 
GOLD​​ 🥇    Diamond Estate Wines​m, ON​     2019​ EastDellSummer Rosé  ​    $13.75

Easy-drinking and made from select, locally grown grapes. This Niagara Rosé wine displays a beautiful colour resembling fresh strawberry juice! The palate isn’t far off with a medley of fresh fruit flavours including strawberry, cranberry and citrus, complemented by a hint of green apple.

SILVER​​  🥈   The Roost Wine Company​, ON​     2019​ Bunch 'a Trouble Sparkling Rose​ $26.95

No special occasion is required for this elegant, pretty, bubbly rosé. With aromas of strawberries, citrus and a hint of peach, it’s crisp, clean and worth celebrating in itself. Made in the Charmat Method from Pinot Noir, a classic sparkling wine grape. 

SILVER​​   🥈  Trius Estate Winery​, ON​     2019​ Distinction Chardonnay Barrel Fermented​ $19.75

A medium to full-bodied, slightly rich, and round Chardonnay with enough acidity to refresh on the finish. Wonderful flavours of tropical fruit, melon, pear, spice, oak, and butter glide across the palate.

DBL GOLD​  🥇🥇   Del-Gatto Estates Ltd.​, ON ​    2019​ Pinot Grigio​     $23.80

Beautiful straw colour. Aromatic and refreshing with a fruity taste and slight honey finish. Perfect for enjoying on the patio with fresh cheeses and fruit.

BRONZE​ 🥉    Diamond Estate Wines​, ON​     2019​ Lakeview Cellars Kerner​     $19.75

Lakeview Cellars Kerner is aromatic, with explosive notes of pear, candied citrus, with hints of orange flower and lavender. Vibrant flavours of passion fruit, pear, lime, and hints of Clementine.  The finish itself is clean, with a touch of sweetness and refreshing.

GOLD​​  🥇   Featherstone Estate Winery​, ON​     2020​ Sauvignon Blanc​     $17.95

This lively little Savvy consistently delivers exuberant aromas of citrus zest and orchard blossoms, a tart-and-tangy palate of crunchy pear, citrus and gooseberry, and a crisp, mouth-watering finish. Lightly chill and pour with oysters, shrimp tacos or green salads.

SILVER​  🥈   ​Closson Chase Vineyards​, ON​     2018​ Vineyard Pinot Noir​     $36.00

Cherry and cranberry fruits, florals, and cedar greet the nose. The fruits flow into the mouth with great acidity showcasing the cool vintage. Delicate in the mouth with all parts playing nicely together. Cherry skins, dried flowers, and tight tannins lead to a bright county finish.

GOLD​​  🥇   Gray Monk Estate Winery, ​BC​     2019​ Merlot​     $20.11

This Merlot is deep garnet in colour with an aromatic bouquet of black cherry, roasted coffee bean, sweet oak and dark chocolate. This medium-bodied wine has soft drying tannins, and flavours of ripe cherry and plum fruit accented by notes of cocoa and spice. Lovely notes of black tea, red berry, cocoa and spicy oak linger on the finish.

GOLD​​ 🥇    Monte Creek Ranch Winery​, BC​     2019​ Hands Up Red​     $18.99

This unique blend of Frontenac Noir, Merlot and Cabernet Franc spent 9 months primarily in French oak foudres, with a partial volume in barriques. Black cherry, raspberry, and toasted walnut aromatics lead into a palate with medium body and fine tannin, characterized by flavours of blackberry and caramel.

GOLD​​ 🥇    Heaven's Gate Estate Winery, BC​     2018​ Malbec​     $29.90

Our 2018 Malbec grips the palate with notes of crushed violets and black currents. A pronounced tannin structure is complimented with smoked berries, tobacco and black pepper.

GOLD​​  🥇   Frind Winery Ltd.​, BC​     2019​ Premier Cabernet Franc ​    $40.24

bold flavours, strong structure, with an elegant lingering finish.

SILVER​​   🥈  Legends Estates Winery​, ON​     N/V​ Last Barrel (Fortified White)​     $49.80

Last Barrel is our inaugural production of high end fortified wine series. A very rare style in the Niagara Region, made from our family estate Semillon grapes, aged 5 years in barrel.

September 20 - 24

Wine Basket #4 - Let's Celebrate

Suggested Retail Value: $70
Top Donation: $50
 
This trio of sparklers will please the person with a lean toward fruitier wines.
 
GOLD   🥇  Church & State Wines, BC     2018 Muscat Frizzante           $19.54
With a silver complexion and intoxicating effervescence, this delicate and vibrant wine is a treat best shared with friends. The aromas of
exotic fruit and light acidity pair beautifully with rich foods and decadent sweets.
 
SILVER  🥈   Singletree Winery, BC     2018 Victory     $23.99
This delicate Frizzante wine, made of Siegerrebe meaning "victory grape" in German, is rich and flavourful. The varietal's bouguet of natural rose petal aromas is balance is balanced with tropical fruit notes on the palate. A lush textural wine balanced by fine acidity.
 
BRONZE   🥉  Kismet Estate Winery, BC     2019 Moscato Sparkling     $25.99
Bubbly and vivacious, this unoaked delicacy made from the Orange Muscat grape variety and finished off-dry with vibrant and mouth-watering acidity. The wine is luscious, with flavours of white berries and orange marmalade, balanced by a vibrantly clean, juicy lemon drop finish.
 

Case of Wine #4

Suggested Retail Value: $315
Top Donation: $250
 
 

SILVER  🥈   Niagara College Teaching Winery, ON     2019 Dean's List Savant        $52.95
This small lot single-varietal Icewine was fermented in on new Mercurey French Oak barrel and one neutral French oak barrel, then aged on lees for 5 months. It shows loads of dark and red fresh and jammy fruits, with undertones of vanilla, spice and cocoa. A naturally high acidity phenolic edge and boozy richness balance out the sweetness. Try with pork terrine, dark chocolate desserts or in your Thanksgiving cranberries.

GOLD   🥇  Byland Estate Winery, ON     2020     Rosé      $14.80
The wine has a bright pink, the aroma is fresh red fruit, cherry, pomegranate, acidity is crisp and fresh.

DBL GOLD   🥇🥇   Deep Roots Winery, BC     2019 Merlot     $25.90
Cherry, bramble fruit, liquorice, mineral, violets, mint, Christmas spices, cedar.

BRONZE 🥉    See ya Later Ranch, BC     2019    Legacy Pinot Noir         $39.99
Smoky toasted oak aromas with an undertone of dried and fresh strawberry, a hint of kirsch, and some earthiness as well. The palate has flavours of fresh strawberry, red cherry, smoky oak and vanilla. The tannins are firm yet approachable with a lingering finish.

BRONZE  🥉       Black Sage Vineyard, BC      2018 Cabernet Franc     $26.49
The nose has pleasant aromas of red berries, red currants, dried strawberries, and smoky mocha notes. The flavours on the nose carry over to the palate with bright red fruits, mocha, vanilla and a hint of spice on the finish. The acidity is lively, and the tannins are firm yet approachable.

SILVER 🥈          Sun Rock Vineyards, BC     2017 Red Meritage      $30.49
There are rich aromas of dark stone fruits, plums, cassis, and smooth luscious oak. The palate has flavours of baking spices, dark plums, dark cherries, mocha, and vanilla notes. The tannins are firm but approachable and the acid is soft. The finish is long with the flavours persisting through a long finish.

SILVER  🥈   Dark Horse Estate Winery, ON     2019 Unapologetically Sinful      $15.75
A blend of Baco Noir, Chambourcin, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, this wine is approachable with cherry, blackberry, spice and vanilla aromas and flavours on a soft palate.

GOLD 🥇     Forbidden Fruit Winery, BC      2018    Dead End Game Over Tannat-Malbec     $38.00
A pinnacle blend made from 100% organic Similkameen/Okanagan Tannat and Malbec grapes. Deep, dark inky colours give way to smooth tannins and robust aromas, displaying a palate of ripe black currant, black cherry, and cassis with undertones of leather and pipe tobacco.   Pairs well with grilled red meats, game, and grilled spring vegetables. 

SILVER   🥈  Magnotta Winery Corp, ON     Magnotta Chardonnay 1925 Series Sparkling Wine $13.85
It's fresh, zesty and long, with apple, peach, lemon and orange tones.

SILVER  🥈    Burnt Ship Bay Estate Winery Ltd, ON     2020 Sauvignon Blanc         $15.95
This Sauvignon Blanc is full of fruit and citrus notes layered with hints of gooseberry, honeydew melon and elderflower. On the palate, it is extra dry with bright acidity. This wine displays a long finish nuanced by white peach and lime peel, followed with a refreshing minerality.
 
GOLD   🥇  Ciao Bella Winery, BC     2019 Pinot Grigio      $21.95
A crisp and refreshing vino with aromas of green apple and apricot followed by a hint of honey on the palate
 
BRONZE   🥉  Nk'Mip Cellars, BC      2020 Winemakers Pinot Blanc       $17.99
Light, floral notes on the nose with hints of granny smith Apple and Okanagan tree fruits. The palate has a crisp entry with more granny smith apple and citrus fruits on the finish. Balanced, crisp and refreshing!
September 13- 17

Wine Basket #3 - Coast to Coast of Canadian Wines

Suggested Retail Value: $218
Top Donation: $125
 

Yukon Wines & Solstice Ciderworks, YT 🍷    2020 Haskap Dry Wine    $24.95

The haskaps used to make the drinks are all locally-grown at Yukon Berry Farms. Rich in antioxidants, haskaps look like an elongated blueberry and are touted as a superfood. They are savoured in many parts of the world, most notably in Japan where they are especially popular, and can grow well in cold climates. The cultivar grown at Yukon Berry Farm was developed at University of Saskatchewan; it crosses a hardy but sour Siberian breed with a sweet one indigenous to Japan.

DOUBLE GOLD  🥇🥇   Moon Curser Winery, BC     2019 Dead of Night     $39.99 

Moon Curser’s flagship blend of Osoyoos East Bench grown Syrah and Tannat. Bold, rich, age-worthy and so very delicious. One of a kind.

DOUBLE GOLD🥇🥇     Shady Orchard & Winery, AB     2020 Chokecherry     $19.90  

A dry wine to nicely complement your meal. This wine is better with age and well worth the wait!

GOLD  🥇   Bee & Thistle Winery, SK     N/V Chiad Fhion Haskap      $20.00

Chiad Fhion 2019, aged for depth and flavour, expresses true Haskap intensity; the complexity of aroma and flavours meld cherry, black currant and tangy raspberry with a hint of oak. Aromatically distinctive, our semi-sweet Chiad Fhion features a longer fruity finish on the palate, and a little oak nose. A little more balanced and intense, yet smoothly delicious.

DOUBLE GOLD 🥇🥇    Shrugging Doctor Beverage Co., MB     N/V Apple Cinnamon Mead    $18.47    

With a new and improved Mead recipe, we’ve perfectly blended the taste of fresh apples with sweet Manitoba Honey, aged in cinnamon to create this delicious product.

SILVER 🥈    16 Mile Cellar, ON     2017 Exonerated Pinot Noir     $19.95

Exonerated is an accurate description of our 2017 vintage. While some consider this to have been a difficult year in Niagara, it has turned out to be a wonderful year for us. This Pinot Noir & Gamay blend exhibits the flavours and complexity that comes from hand picked fruit, aged for 15 months in French Oak with a careful attention to detail.

SILVER  🥈   Vignoble de L'Orpailleur, QC     2020 L'Orpailleur Blanc      $17.00  

The one that started it all, l’Orpailleur’s original wine will charm you with its delicate hue, reflecting 39 years of winemaking expertise. The expressive bouquet of this dry white wine delivers aromas of pear and green apple as well as notes of boxwood with a round, well-balanced texture on the palate and a lovely refreshing finish.

DOUBLE GOLD  🥇🥇   Magnetic Hill Winery, NB     N/V Mystique Cranberry     $14.99

MYSTIQUE, named after the mysterious health benefits of cranberries, is a wonderfully tart wine. The beautiful cranberry aroma and flavour pairs perfectly with turkey, chicken, pork and cheese. It can also be served as a refreshing patio wine, aperitif, or used in creating sangrias.

GOLD 🥇    Domaine de Grand Pré, NS     2017 Millot     $18.00     

This nicely balanced oak-aged red wine displays delicate aromatic notes of plum and dried figs. The wine is soft and layered with harmonious flavours of cherry and dark chocolate and has a delightfully long and lingering finish.

SILVER  🥈   Island Honey Wine Company, PEI     2019 Haskap Mead      $24.85  

The Japanese refers Haskap as the “berry of long life and good vision” due to the great amount of antioxidants. Haskap berries have a sweet yet tart flavour profile with notes of blueberry, raspberry and black currant. Haskap mead shows off its garnet colour coming from the skin of the haskap berries. It has a delicate, savoury and fruity flavour and a hint of toasted oak. Pairs well with red meats. Try it with BBQ beef, hamburgers, Venison or roasted Lamb. Or if you prefer something different try with dark chocolate, and old cheddar cheese.

Case of Wine #3

Suggested Retail Value: $360
Top Donation: $250
 

BRONZE🥉     Magnotta Winery Corp, ON     2019 Magnotta Cabernet Sauvignon VQA Venture Series    $15.75

A medium to full-bodied Ontario red with currant, cranberry and cedar aromas underpinned with spice and smoke hints. Its soft tannins and long, lingering finish make it an ideal wine choice for a variety of foods.

A great partner to spicy back ribs, pulled pork sandwiches, grilled kebabs or piri-piri seasoned roast chicken. Enjoy with grilled veggies, too.

SILVER   🥈  Jackson-Triggs Okanagan Estate Winery, BC    2018 Grand Reserve Merlot     $24.99

Fresh red plum, jammy strawberry, rich mocha notes and smoky toast on the nose. The palate is full of the same flavours that are present on the nose. The tannins are medium and the acidity is balanced with a medium finish.

SILVER  🥈      Stanners Vineyard, ON     2018 Pinot Noir     $44.80

Grapes from our most closely spaced Pinot Noir rows and oldest vines were used to make this wine. This close spacing encourages competition between the roots and sends them down deeper into the fractured limestone soil, giving grapes with increased minerality and fruit complexity, characteristics which produce highly interesting wines. This wine features these characteristics giving the impression of an intriguing tapestry of multiple fruit flavours expressed in a wine with great structure, soft tannins, nicely balanced acidity and a long finish.

BRONZE  🥉   De Simone Vineyards, ON     2019 Determination Baco Noir     $20.00    

This wine is big, bold with notes of blackberries, dark cherry, cassis and hints of mocha.

GOLD🥇      Church & State Wines, BC    2018 Vineyard Collection Petit Verdot      $74.74

Aromas of stewed cherries, hickory chips, thyme, violets & steel wool make for an enchanting nose. This is a big wine with high acidity and bold tannins. Followed by savoury sage, cranberry chocolate, sweet tobacco, black fruit and finishes with a slight salty minerality.

GOLD🥇     Intrigue Wines, BC    2020 I Do Bubbly      $19.90  

This frizzante style wine offers aromas of grapefruit and raspberry while nectarine and ambrosia apple are present on the palate. . The crisp acidity of Riesling elevates the berry character of Merlot and the tropical aromas of Gewurztraminer.

BRONZE🥉     Noble Ridge Vineyard and Winery, BC    2018 Reserve Chardonnay     $33.39

“Clean. Wood influence is evidenced by vanilla and toasted coconut. Creamy mouthfeel, notable textural depth, and good acidic thread. Golden and green apple flavours as well as fennel, anise, pomelo pith.”  As critiqued by Katherine McEachnie, ISWC Judge (International Wine and Spirits Competition, London, UK)

BRONZE🥉     Peller Estates Winery, ON     2019 Andrew Peller Signature Series Sauvignon Blanc    $31.75

Attention to detail created a full-bodied wine with a luxurious mouthfeel. Flavours of tropical fruit and orange are followed by lingering notes of pink grapefruit and toasted spice. Excellent with fish dishes like grilled halibut with corn salsa or smoked salmon and trout, this wine is also delightful with grilled asparagus, creamy pastas, roast chicken, smoked turkey and smoked cheeses.

BRONZE 🥉    Bonamici Cellars Ltd., BC     2019 Pinot Grigio     $21.90

Wonderfully refreshing, crisp, and dry white wine.

BRONZE 🥉    Clos du Soleil Winery, BC     2020 Pinot Blanc     $26.30

Tangerine, nectarine, pear, lychee, and subtle floral highlights on the nose; elegant flavours of of crunchy, sun-ripened apple and pear, citrus notes, and a hint of spicy pepper.

GOLD  🥇   Trius Estate Winery, ON    2019 Showcase Late Harvest Vidal     $29.85

Bright yellow gold colour with amazing pure fruit aroma of white peach, yellow apple, star-fruit and Asian pear, with an added note of floral honey. Medium-bodied with a medium sweet palate balanced by refreshing acidity.

GOLD🥇     Intrigue Wines, BC     2020 Social Rosé     $16.90

Our 2020 Social Rose blend is perfect for the poolside. Summertime aromas of strawberry jam and Swedish berries, followed by a lively palate showing notes of honeydew melon, guava, lychee, and grapefruit.

September 6 - 10

Wine Basket #2 - Funky Labels

Suggested Retail Value: $116
Top Donation: $100
SILVER  Intrigue Wines BC        2020    Social White     $14.90
The 2020 Social White blend offers a very aromatic nose with hints of ripe cantaloupe and guava. The palate presents a sweet hit with a suggestion of grapefruit peel and gooseberry on the mid-palate. 
 Suggested Food Pairings: charcuterie boards, grilled chicken dishes, a tossed green salad with soft goat cheese, mandarin segments, and a vinaigrette dressing 
 
Blasted Church Wines   BC        2019 Pinot Gris $22.00
A vibrant display of fine orchard flavours, stone fruit, citrus, pineapple and pear. True ambrosia.
 
SILVER  Country Vines Winery, BC        2017    Beso Dulce Red $17.99
Aromas of strawberry, red fruit, pepper & vanilla. Off-dry, smooth & soft
Pairs with: chocolate, cherry pie, cheesecake
 
GOLD   BC Wine Studio BC        2017    Siren's Call Harmonious            $35.00
A classic red Bordeaux inspired blend from BC’s very best vineyards. The 2016 harvest brought fantastic ripeness and balance, inspiring our first ever Cabernet Sauvignon forward blend. John Schreiner writes “Dense and layered, the wine has aromas of cherry, black currant and spice.” This blend finishes with notes of cocoa, dark pepper and a hint of smoke.
 
BRONZE            The Vibrant Vine Winery          BC        2019    Rosé     $25.90
This refreshingly dry East Kelowna Rosé is a blend of Riesling, Pinot Auxerrois and Gewürztraminer, blushed with Merlot.
The predominantly floral nose is full of honeysuckle and elderflower, with hints of herbaceousness . On the palate it begins with crisp characteristics of fresh pink grapefruit, leading seamlessly to a long juicy finish bursting with Okanagan tree fruit flavours.

Case of Wine #2

 

Suggested Retail Value: $425
Top Donation: $250
 
BRONZE            Wayne Gretzky Estates  ON       2019    Cabernet Franc Icewine             $105.85
The second this Cabernet Franc Icewine flows into the glass it's clear that it is something decadently different. Complex and intriguing with luscious flavours of strawberry, rhubarb, plum and blood orange, this Icewine offers a perfect balance of sweetness and acidity that bursts with richness. A bottle that always impresses, this wine makes an impressive give and a luxurious dinner party treat. Pair with blue cheese appetizers, spicy mains or dark chocolate desserts.
 
BRONZE            Church & State Wines   BC        2018    Lost Inhibitions Rosé    $19.99
Notes of white peach, nectarines and pineapple on the nose, followed on the palate by honey, orchard fruit with medium acidity and a long finish. This is a very versatile wine.
 
BRONZE            North 42 Degrees Winery         ON       2019    Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve    $44.75
Handpicked and hand sorted this classic deep garnet hued Cabernet Sauvignon was barrel aged for 22 months in new French oak creating a complex wine with sultry tannins and flavours of black cherry and black currants rolled in cocoa then nestled among cedar boughs and tobacco leaf. This wine evolves in the glass, revealing more nuances with each swirl.
 
SILVER  Blasted Church Wines   BC        2017    Merlot $27.00
The perfect storm of rich, ripe plum, chocolate, dark berries.
 
SILVER  Fort Berens Estate Winery        BC        2018    Meritage          $27.99
Savour the aromas of wood, spice, black currants, and bright black cherries in our classic Merlot-predominant Meritage. This full-bodied wine is juicy with a complex palate featuring notes of dark cherries, spice, and oak. It is elegant with soft, but lengthy tannins and a nice, long finish.
 
BRONZE            Privato Vineyard and Winery    BC        2019    Pinot Noir        $34.49
Aged for 18 months in French oak, this wine is an expression of sun-warmed black and ruby plums, blackberry jam and hints of wild thyme.  A lingering soft palate together with approachable tannins add to the elegance of this wine. 
 
SILVER  Diamond Estate Wines  ON       2017    Lakeview Cellars Grand Reserve Red     $39.75
Smoky and rich, this wine shows deep tobacco and earthy characters upfront with cedar spice and ripe dark berry fruit aromas creating a complex and inviting aroma. The palate is rich with medium tannins and lightly peppered black fruits. Oak spice, black cherry and cassis follow through to an elegant finish of vanilla with mocha undertones.
 
SILVER  The Roost Wine Company         ON       2019   Marquette         $28.95
Our flagship red grape and Ontario's newest VQA varietal. Complex and medium bodied with spice, smoke and coffee. Decant and drink now or hold until 2021.
 
BRONZE            Deep Roots Winery      BC        2020    Unoaked Chardonnay   $23.90
A medium lemon gold colour with aromas of apple crisp, yeast and apricot on the nose. An off dry wine with medium body that delivers a round and juicy palette full of ambrosia apple, nectarine and ripe pear notes.
 
DBL GOLD         Wesbert Winery           BC        2020    Sparkling Rosé  $21.99
Made from 100% Merlot, this sparkling Rosé has notes of strawberry, rhubarb, cherries and hints of raspberry. Its good balance between acidity and sweetness makes for a lingering and refreshing taste. Great for the patio or beach, it pairs well with salads, fruit platters or charcuterie boards with creamy cheeses.
 
BRONZE            Lakeside Cellars BC        2020    Sauvignon Blanc           $25.90
Our Sauvignon Blanc is crafted to present a crisp, dry wine that offers aromatics of pea shoots, grapefruit and with a hint of honeysuckle. Experience mouthwatering flavours of gooseberry, ripe pear and passionfruit finishing with lingering notes of fresh cut grass and minerality.
Pair with a crisp, green papaya salad or grilled prosciutto wrapped asparagus spears.
 
GOLD   La FRENZ Winery          BC        2020    Semillon Knorr Vineyard           $24.90
Our Semillon is a highly fragrant, textured wine with beautiful layers of chamomile, green kiwi and lemonade that carry through to the palate along with lemon curd, custard apple, cardamon, and beeswax. Finally, a lingering finish reminiscent of sage butter. Savour a glass or two with a smoked salmon parfait or Chicken Marabella.
August 30 - September 3

Wine Basket #1 - Que Syrah, Syrah

Suggested Retail Value: $144
Top Donation$150
 

DOUBLE GOLD​ 🥇🥇     Chaberton Estate Winery, BC​​     2017​ Syrah​     $28.95

This spicy red exudes notes of clove, cinnamon, and red pepper. A luscious flavour rounds out a long full-bodied finish to this magnificent wine.

GOLD​​ 🥇     Mission Hill Family Estate Winery, BC​     2019​ Terroir Collection Syrah​     $55.00
Rich and round with notes of blueberry, dark berries and violets. An incredibly elegant palate highlighted by cassis and wild plum is well balanced by hints of white pepper and star anise with a wonderfully persistent finish.

SILVER​​ 🥈     Sun Rock Vineyards ,BC​​​     2018​ Shiraz​     $27.49
Rich aromas of dark cherries, smoky vanilla, and some  earthiness. Flavours of blackberries, baking spices, dark chocolate and vanilla fill the palate. The tannins and acid are soft and the finish is long and pleasurable.

BRONZE​ 🥉     Moon Curser Winery, BC    ​​ 2019​ Contraband Syrah​     $31.99
The 2019 Contraband Syrah truly showcases the excellence of the Bartsch vineyard. This is a medium to full-bodied red wine with a deep ruby colour in the glass. The nose is very rich with notes of dark chocolate, raspberries and cinnamon. The palate follows up with an incredible concentration of flavours and texture. Dark cherry, leather and hints of dried fruit, along with a lovely oak integration, velvety tannin structure and very long finish make this wine the quintessential fireplace wine (though we are quite sure we will not be waiting for winter to enjoy). Our 2019 Contraband Syrah drinks well now, but will continue to evolve nicely in the bottle if cellared over the next seven to ten years.

Case of Wine #1

Suggested Retail Value: $417
Top Donation: $350
 
 
GOLD​​🥇     Ravine Vineyard Estate Winery, ON​  ​   2019​ Cabernet Franc Icewine      $44.90

A pretty red hue, viscous in texture and body and lovely on the palate. Aromatically lots of strawberry jam, coffee, orange zest and chocolate. It coats your mouth as you take your initial sip but there is the right amount of natural acidity and sweetness to lift it and bring across an elegance in the finish.  When you sip the wine you definitely taste those characteristics in that order but something about how the wine finishes on a mocha note really pleases me on how it turned out after sitting in barrel for a few months. Pair this Icewine with chicken liver terrine, blue cheese, dark chocolate, strawberry crumble, galettes, crepes, icecream or even put a splash of it in your Brut for colour, sweetness and flavour.

DOUBLE GOLD​🥇🥇     Frind Winery Ltd., BC​     2019​ Premier Merlot     ​$37.94

DOUBLE GOLD​🥇🥇     The View Winery & Vineyard, BC     2018​ Pinot Noir     $28.69
2018 Pinot Noir Reserve opens with enticing aromas of violets and ripe cherries, with notes of bakers spice and a subtle earthiness. Light in body but not in substance, the palate is greeted with flavours of ripe cherries and raspberries, along with hints of mushroom and clove. Subtle, well integrated French oak, soft velvety tannins, and a balanced acidity give way to a long, lingering smooth finish.

BRONZE​🥉     London Born Wines, ON​​     2018​ Cabernet Franc    ​ $34.75
The 2018 Cabernet Franc is 100% estate grown from younger vines which is evident in the nose and palate with fresh vibrant fruit. On the nose complex dark cherry with subtle herbs and hints of leather and chocolate. On the palate subtle flavours of leather with dark cherry, raspberry and hints of oak.

GOLD​​🥇     Nk'Mip Cellars, BC​​​     2017 ​Merriym Red Meritage      $54.99 
Pronounced mur’-eem’means “marriage”. This beautiful wine is a blend of 45% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cab Franc and 10% Malbec. It was aged for 18 months in the finest French oak barrels. Aromas of blackberry, vanilla, mocha and spice lead to flavours of dark fruits and a hint of chocolate. Nicely structured tannins and balanced acidity lead to a long finish.

SILVER​​🥈     Blasted Church Wines, BC​​     2017​ Holy Moly (Petit Verdot)     $40.00
Delicious rose petals, leather, chocolate, cigar, all wrapped up in dark berries.

SILVER​​🥈     De Simone Vineyards, ON​​     2017 ​Sparkling Vidal Blanc​     $30.00
This sweet bubbly treat will have your taste buds dancing, with lush flavours of apricots, peaches, pineapple and lemon zest. This elegant yet fun sparkling wine is sure to shine on any occasion

GOLD​​🥇     Le Mas des Patriotes, QC     ​​2020​ LE CLOS DE France (Chardonnay)     ​$25.00
This Quebec Chardonnay has a brilliant yellow hue and is distinguished by its aroma stone fruit and tropical fruits. It is beautifully balanced, delicate and refreshing. It works well with grilled fish,  seared scallops, poultry and hard cheese.​

GOLD​​🥇     The Roost Wine Company, ON    ​​ 2018​ Chardonnay     ​$48.95
Lush, ripe and well balanced, with notes of vanilla, butter and citrus. Its smooth lingering finish is redolent of warm Ontario summers and the remarkable growing season of 2018. ​

BRONZE🥉     Thirty Bench Wines, ON     ​​2018​ Small Lot Riesling Wood Post Vineyard​     $29.7
Juicy orange, pink grapefruit and pineapple entice the palate with each sip followed by a refreshing combination of citrus flavours that linger on the finish. Enjoy with spring rolls dipped in plum sauce, clove-studded baked ham, lemon chicken, grilled salmon and spring pea risotto.

SILVER​​🥈     Legends Estates Winery, ON​​     2019​ Pinot Gris Barrel Ferment​     $19.80
Aromatics of this rich textured wine resembles peaches, melon with a hint of honey and spice. Concentrated in barrel for 14 months results in lifted aromatics and bolder flavours that makes this a big wine, with just the right amount of acid that creates finesse. 

SILVER​​🥈     Deep Roots Winery, BC​​​     2020​ Parentage White​     $21.90
(Muscat 67%, Gewurztraminer 23%, Riesling 10%). Medium lemon in colour and a pronounced nose of elderflower, eucalyptusand lychee. Light bodied and off dry on the palate with notes of mango, passion fruit and melon on the long, dry finish