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wine of the week

2010 Unsworth Vineyards ‘Cuvée De L’ile’, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

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I tasted this wine blind a number of times over the last 4 months. Each time, it was served amongst some of the best sparkling wines of the world. And each time, I put a star beside it writing how interesting and complex it was for the price it commanded. And yes, I was surprised that this little gem was produced on Vancouver Island. Expressive notes of red apple, orange peel, hay and lees dominate the nose and the palate, balanced by an assertive acidity. Mouth watering and in need of some food to shine fully. Highly recommended as an aperitif with some rillettes and paté. Macadamia nuts and old Québec cheddar is also a perfect match! The holidays are a perfect time to indulge in this local sparkler. Santé! – MB

$24 available at Unsworth Winery on-line.

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