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RQ 2019 & PASSPORT SERIES 2019

CHILEAN CABERNET MERLOT SYRAH - JAQUIN MURRIETA

Revel in layer upon layer of surprise in this Chile Cabernet Merlot Syrah. Enticing hints of smoke and luscious qualities are intricately woven into this wine’s darkly exotic character.  Chile Cabernet Merlot Syrah  This full-bodied dry wine presents aromas of juicy blackberries, cassis, mocha and spices. On the palate, it showcases polished tannins and a smooth finish  


Oak: Medium | Body: Full | 

Sweetness: Dry  Features  

Yeast: LALVIN Bourgovin RC212  

Grape Skins: Dried  

Oak: French  

Food Pairings • Beef Empanadas • Rack of lamb with chimichurri sauce • Flank steak with balsamic glazed grilled vegetables  

Capture this intensely surprising wine December 2018.

AUSTRALIAN CHARDONNAY SEMILLON - NED KELLY

This wine’s balanced, easy-going relationship of subtlety and freshness harmonize with the complexities of its unwitting armour-wielding fugitive.  Australia Chardonnay Semillon  This dry wine features refreshing aromas of white flowers, golden delicious apples, lemon custard, and vanilla. Enjoy freshness on the palate, with a touch of oaky flavours.  

Oak: Light | Body: Medium | 

Sweetness: Dry  Features  

Yeast: LALVIN ICV-D47  

Oak: French  

Other: Sweetening Blend  

Food Pairings : Salmon burgers • White fish fritters • Cheese gougères  

Capture this masterfully crafty wine January 2019.                                       

ITALIAN NEBBIOLO - ENRICO ALFANO

A unified transparency and delicate appeal that collaborates well with its robust and hearty counterparts. These are the true markers of both a leader and a great wine!  Italy Nebbiolo  Featuring aromas of black cherries, dark berries, dried pink and purple flowers, and spices – this dry wine will be the perfect complement to your meaty dishes! It offers a broad texture, as well as polished tannins on the palate.  

Oak: Light | Body: Full | 

Sweetness: Dry  Features  Yeast: Bourgovin RC 212  

Grape Skins: Dried  

Oak: Medium Toast American  

Other: Elderflower  

Food Pairings : Braised beef cheeks with garlic infused mash potatoes • Lasagna Bolognese • Rigatoni alla Norma  

Capture a boldly defiant wine February 2019.



SPANISH MONASTRELL - JOSÉ ULLOA NAVARRO

Harrowing wildly juicy tales, like Navarro this wine will entrance and entice the palate with a voluptuous headiness and earthy appeal that will have your glasses raised!  Spain Monastrell  This dry wine unveils aromas of black and red berries, black pepper and spices from oak. On the palate, it presents woody flavours and polished tannins for a bold finish.  

Oak: Heavy | Body: Full | 

Sweetness: Dry  Features  

Yeast: LALVIN Bourgovin RC212  

Grape skins: Dried  

Oak: French & Medium Toast American  

Food Pairings • Braised beef short ribs with a creamy polenta • Veal with mushroom sauce • Veggie burger with aioli and caramelized onions  

Capture this infinitely smooth wine March 2019.

CALIFORNIA MERLOT CABERNET FRANC

THE WINE:  This blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc offers a balanced soft rustic profile. Merlot stands as the fruitforward backbone of the wine, while the aromatic Cabernet Franc rounds out the blend with soft spices and herbal notes. On the nose and palate, this wine offers plum, red and black berries and dark cherry fruit notes, with underlying woody smoke, herbal spice and soft tannins.  

THE REGION:  Known for its Bordeaux style wines, Paso Robles dedicates over half their vines to Bordeaux varieties including Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Spanning over 614,000 acres it is California’s largest AVA. Paso Robles is unique as it holds three key factors to ripening grapes with refreshing acidity; diverse soil found in varying elevations, hot days and cooler nights, and varying rainfall levels combine to create the perfect environment for brilliantly defined wines.  

THE FOOD:  The tannins in this blend open it up to a variety of food pairings. Enjoy with lightly herbed pork loin roast with fresh sage, thyme and rosemary or try a mushroom risotto, rosemary lamb or a variety of meat casseroles and pies.  

Sweetness: Dry   

Oak: Yes   

Body: Medium   

Alcohol: 13.5%

RELEASE DATE DECEMBER 2018

CALIFORNIA - WASHINGTON - OREGON WEST COAST WHITE

THE WINE:  The perfect trio of Chardonnay, Riesling and Pinot Gris, create this off-dry, medium bodied white wine. Fresh aromas of orchard fruit and delicate honey rise from the glass, while the palate sings with lively pineapple, lemon and stone fruit flavours combined with hints of apple, pear and honey. The zesty acidity in this wine balances the slight sweetness perfectly.  

THE REGION:  Just east of San Francisco Bay rests Lodi California. Basking in a Mediterranean climate, Chardonnay grapes grow plump during the warm days and cool nights, maintaining refreshing acidity. Pinot Gris from Oregon’s Willamette Valley are protected from over-ripening by the cool nights while the valley offers mild, warm and sunny days for the grapes. The most northern of the three, Yakima Valley in Washington, is home to the oldest agricultural region in the state. Here, Riesling, one of the state’s most widely planted varieties, benefits from limited rainfall in the growing season creating crisp, fruit forward wines.  

THE FOOD:  Pair this blend with lighter meats and fresh vegetables, perhaps linguini and grilled vegetables with shrimp in a light cream sauce. Sushi and lightly spiced Asian dishes and cheeses such as Brie, Camembert, and Gruyère complement this wine beautifully.  

Sweetness: Off dry   

Oak: No   

Body: Medium   

Alcohol: 12%

RELEASE DATE JANUARY 2019

ARGENTINA - SPAIN MALBEC GARNACHA SYRAH

THE WINE:  A marriage of Argentina and Spain brings you a full-bodied wine rich in aromas of dark berries with nuances of licorice and chocolate. Balanced and full with soft tannins, a palate of ripe black and blue berries are complemented with spice of black and white pepper, creating a finish that is long and pleasing.    

THE REGION:  Mendoza, Argentina and Valencia, Spain share similar growing conditions; hot dry summer days that create the perfect environment for full ripening with cooler nights to provide a much needed break from the daytime heat. Both located at higher elevations, Mendoza is a high flat dessert like plain (2000-3600 ft.), and Valencia is a more mountainous region (400 – 3600 ft.). Both regions rely on man controlled irrigation because of the extreme dry climate and threat of drought. Mendoza utilizes the irrigation channels from the Andes Mountains snowmelt and Valencia’s vines are irrigated through drip irrigation systems.  

THE FOOD:  This bold blend deserves a bold food pairing. Try a barbeque burger topped with smoky bacon and blue cheese. Other food ideas include beef empanadas, mushroom and bean stews and beef brisket.    

Sweetness: Dry     

Oak: Yes     

Body: Full     

Alcohol: 13%

RELEASE DATE FEBRUARY 2019

ITALIAN SUPER TUSCAN

THE WINE:  Super Tuscan, a term made popular in the 1980’s, is used to describe wines made in Chianti that did not follow the strict DOCG rules using varietals non-indigenous to the region. A blend of Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, this full bodied Super Tuscan exhibits aromatic notes of oak, vanilla, leather and spice while the palate punches with bold black cherry and raspberry flavours. Firm but not aggressive tannins and a long lingering finish makes this wine a true show stopper.  

THE REGION:  Tuscany Italy, where foodies and wine lovers bask in the beauty and bounty of the land. The growing season is by definition Mediterranean. Warm sunny days and cool nights benefit the grapes, contributing to the glowing reputation of Tuscany’s wines. While the land has challenged soil conditions, this benefits the region resulting in lower yields and higher quality wines loved by critics worldwide.  

THE FOOD:  Pour this wine alongside signature Tuscan fare. Try a charcuterie board with prosciutto, salami, aged Parmigiano Reggiano and Pecorino cheeses  with crusty Italian bread, or a traditional pasta dish with rich tomato herbed meat sauce. If looking for vegetarian options, vegetable pasta (mushroom and eggplant) drizzled in olive oil is a surprising match, as the olive oil will cut through the rich tannins and compliment the wine nicely.  

Sweetness: Dry   

Oak: Yes   

Body: Full   

Alcohol: 14%

RELEASE DATE MARCH 2019