More from VINTAGES April 13 Release, plus Portugal’s Dao Region

By David Lawrason

Tasting season is revving up here in mid-April, with event after event. This week we divide and conquer, with reports and picks from different tastings. Sara reports on The CAPS Best Ontario Sommelier Competition and I handle the Wines of Portugal Grand Tasting (below). But first we offer more recommendations from the April 13 release.

The WineAlign team has had some opportunity to taste a few April 13 releases not covered in the last week’s newsletter .

There is local spotlight on Niagara’s Flat Rock Cellars in this release. Founded in 1999 Flat Rock has a 20-year legacy of producing fine riesling, chardonnay and pinot noir – the varieties ideal for its cooler site high in the Twenty Mile Bench sub-appellation. The style is pure, generous and approachable and with the recent hiring of 35-year Niagara veteran winemaker David Sheppard, I see no reason that the style will change. But the wines being presented are either re-releases or Vintages Essentials.

April 13th VINTAGES Releases Now On-Shelf


Henri Bourgeois Petit Bourgeois Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Vin de France ($16.95)
David Lawrason – This would be my go-to “house” sauvignon if it were always available. A leading producer in Sancerre goes elsewhere to source sauvignon. Missing some Sancerre minerality, but generations of experience brought to bear in a great buy.…

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We return next Thursday with our first look at the April 27 Vintages release.


David Lawrason
VP of Wine

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