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Wayne Gretzky

Wayne Gretzky
2021 Founders Series, Chardonnay, Niagara Peninsula VQA

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish Turkey

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: Canada
Alcohol: 13% RS: 0.65%
Bronze Medal
Recommended
$12

Wayne Gretzky
2021 Founders Series, Chardonnay, Niagara Peninsula VQA

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish Turkey

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: Canada
Alcohol: 13% RS: 0.65%
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of buttered croissant, coconut oil, and vanilla custard with a round, shy, dry medium body and a tingling, easy finish conveying elements of lemon curd, toasted almonds, and brazil nut with a suggestion of oak flavor. A perfumed and richly textured Chardonnay.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: buttered croissant, coconut oil, and vanilla custard
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with elements of lemon curd, toasted almonds, and brazil nut
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry
Enjoy Enjoy: Now
Recipes Pairing: Turkey, Roasted Chicken, Boiled Lobster
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A perfumed and richly textured Chardonnay.

The Producer

Andrew Peller LTD.

The Producer
697 South Service Road
Grimsby, ON L3M 4E8
Canada
1 905-643-4131

Their Portfolio

93 Ama Bene NV Pinot Grigio, Italy 12% (Italy) $11.00.
94 Ama Bene NV Sangiovese, Puglia IGT 13% (Italy) $11.00.
92 Avenue 2022 Sauvignon Blanc 12.5% (France) $13.00.
88 Avenue 2022 Syrah Grenache Red Blend 14.5% (France) $13.00.
87 Good Natured 2020 Crisp, Chardonnay, Niagara Peninsula VQA 13% (Canada) $10.00.
BR Good Natured 2020 Fresh White Blend, Vidal Blanc, Ontario 12% (Canada) $10.00. - Bronze Medal
85 Good Natured 2020 Merlot Gamay Noir, Niagara Peninsula VQA 13% (Canada) $10.00.
87 Good Natured 2020 Fresh White Blend, Ontario 12% (Canada) $10.00.
94 Good Natured 2020 Balanced Red Blend, Niagara Peninsula VQA 13% (Canada) $10.00.
89 Good Natured 2020 Cabernet Merlot Red Blend, Niagara Peninsula VQA 13% (Canada) $10.00.
91 Good Natured 2021 Rosé, Niagara Peninsula VQA 12% (Canada) $10.00.
90 Good Natured 2021 Balanced Red Blend, British Columbia 14.5% (Canada) $11.00.
BR Good Natured 2021 Merlot + Petit Verdot Red Blend, Okanagan Valley 14.4% (Canada) $11.00. - Bronze Medal
85 Good Natured 2021 Crisp, Chardonnay, Ontario 13% (Canada) $10.00.
88 Good Natured 2021 Merlot Gamay Noir Red Blend, Ontario 13% (Canada) $10.00.
93 Natural Selection NV Dangerously Good, Chardonnay, Australia 12.5% (Australia) $9.00.
87 Natural Selection NV Dangerously Good, Shiraz, Australia 13% (Australia) $9.00.
87 Neon Coast 2022 Chardonnay, California 13% (USA) $13.00.
86 Neon Coast 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon, California 13% (USA) $13.00.
87 No Boats on Sunday NS Cider 5.3% (Canada) $3.00.
89 No Boats On Sunday Ontario Hopped Cider 5% (Canada) $3.00.
87 No Boats On Sunday BC Original Cider 5% (Canada) $10.00.
87 No Boats On Sunday NS Cider 5.3% (Canada) $3.00.
87 Peller Estates 2020 Family Reserve, Riesling, Niagara Peninsula VQA 11% (Canada) $15.00.
89 Peller Estates 2020 Family Reserve, Sauvignon Blanc, Niagara Peninsula VQA 12.5% (Canada) $10.00.
86 Peller Estates 2020 Family Reserve Winemaker’s White Blend, Niagara Peninsula VQA 12% (Canada) $10.00.
87 Peller Estates 2020 Family Reserve, Chardonnay, Niagara Peninsula VQA 13% (Canada) $9.00.
BR Peller Estates 2020 Family Reserve Rosé, Niagara Peninsula VQA 12.5% (Canada) $10.00. - Bronze Medal
89 Peller Estates 2020 Family Reserve Rosé Light, Niagara Peninsula VQA 9% (Canada) $11.00.
85 Peller Estates 2020 Family Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Niagara Peninsula VQA 13.5% (Canada) $10.00.
86 Peller Estates 2020 Family Reserve, Baco Noir, Ontario 12.5% (Canada) $10.00.
95 Peller Estates 2021 Family Reserve, Sauvignon Blanc, Niagara Peninsula VQA 12.4% (Canada) $10.00.
94 Peller Estates 2020 Family Reserve Cabernet Merlot, Niagara Peninsula VQA 13% (Canada) $10.00.
95 Peller Estates 2020 Family Reserve, Merlot, Niagara Peninsula VQA 13.5% (Canada) $10.00.
86 Peller Estates 2020 Family Reserve Winemaker’s Red Blend, Niagara Peninsula VQA 13% (Canada) $10.00.
92 Peller Estates 2021 Family Reserve, Riesling, Niagara Peninsula VQA 11% (Canada) $14.00.
87 Peller Estates 2021 Family Reserve, Pinot Grigio, Niagara Peninsula VQA 12.5% (Canada) $9.00.
87 Peller Estates 2021 Family Reserve, Chardonnay, Ontario 13% (Canada) $9.00.
94 Peller Estates 2021 Family Reserve Rosé, Niagara Peninsula VQA 12% (Canada) $9.00.
92 Peller Estates 2021 Family Reserve Double Noir Red Blend, Ontario 12.4% (Canada) $9.00.
87 Peller Estates 2021 Family Reserve Rosé Bubbles, Ontario 12.5% (Canada) $11.00.
87 Peller Estates 2021 Family Reserve Cabernet Merlot, Ontario 13% (Canada) $9.00.
92 Peller Estates 2021 Family Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Ontario 13% (Canada) $9.00.
92 Peller Estates NV Signature Series Ice Cuvee Classic, Niagara Peninsula VQA 12% (Canada) $26.00.
93 Peller Estates NV Ice Cuvee Rose, Niagara Peninsula VQA 12% (Canada) $27.00.
86 Peller Estates 2021 Family Reserve Rosé Bubbles, Ontario 12.5% (Canada) $11.00.
93 Peller Estates 2022 Family Reserve, Pinot Grigio, Ontario 12% (Canada) $10.00.
86 Peller Estates 2022 Family Reserve, Sauvignon Blanc, Niagara Peninsula VQA 12.5% (Canada) $10.00.
87 Peller Estates 2022 Family Reserve, Chardonnay, Ontario 13% (Canada) $10.00.
87 Peller Estates 2022 Family Reserve Rosé Bubbles, Ontario 12% (Canada) $10.00.
88 Peller Estates 2022 Family Reserve Secco Bubbles, Ontario 12% (Canada) $10.00.
89 Small Mercy NV Upbeat White Blend, Ontario 11.5% (Canada) $8.00.
BR Small Mercy NV Easy Going Red Blend, Ontario 12% (Canada) $8.00. - Bronze Medal
91 Thirty Bench 2022 Winemakers Blend, Riesling, Beamsville Bench 10.6% (Canada) $16.00.
89 Thirty Bench 2021 Winemaker’s Blend Rosé, Niagara Peninsula VQA 12.1% (Canada) $18.00.
87 Thirty Bench 2020 Winemaker’s Blend, Cabernet Franc, Niagara Peninsula VQA 13.7% (Canada) $19.00.
87 Trius 2020 Pinot Grigio, Niagara Peninsula VQA 12% (Canada) $12.00.
89 Trius 2020 Rosé, Niagara Peninsula VQA 12% (Canada) $14.00.
85 Trius 2020 Sauvignon Blanc, Niagara Peninsula VQA 12.8% (Canada) $12.00.
87 Trius 2020 Riesling, Niagara Peninsula VQA 11.2% (Canada) $11.00.
88 Trius 2020 Late Autumn Off Dry, Riesling, Niagara Peninsula VQA 11% (Canada) $12.00.
85 Trius 2020 Cabernet Franc, Niagara Peninsula VQA 13.5% (Canada) $13.00.
87 Trius NV Brut Methode Tradiotionnelle, Niagara Peninsula VQA 12% (Canada) $22.00.
88 Trius NV Brut Rosé Methode Traditionelle, Niagara Peninsula VQA 12% (Canada) $22.00.
88 Trius 2022 Riesling, Niagara Peninsula VQA 11% (Canada) $13.00.
89 Trius 2022 Late Autumn Off Dry, Riesling, Niagara Peninsula VQA 11% (Canada) $13.00.
92 Trius 2022 Sauvignon Blanc, Niagara Peninsula VQA 12.5% (Canada) $13.00.
90 Trius 2022 Rosé, Niagara Peninsula VQA 12% (Canada) $14.00.
93 Trius 2021 Cabernet Franc, Niagara Peninsula VQA 13% (Canada) $13.00.
87 Vivo 2021 Especial, Cabernet Sauvignon, Central Valley 13.5% (Chile) $13.00.
88 Vivo NV Reserva Blend No.23, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chile 13% (Chile) $12.00.
86 Vivo NV Reserva Blend No.11, Sauvignon Blanc, Chile 13% (Chile) $12.00.
88 Vivo NV Reserva Blend No.19, Malbec, Argentina 12.5% (Argentina) $12.00.
BR Vivo NV Reserva Blend No.47, Pinot Grigio, Argentina 12.5% (Argentina) $12.00. - Bronze Medal
90 Wayne Gretzky Premium Rye Lager, Ontario 5% (Canada)
87 Wayne Gretzky Pale Ale, Ontario 5% (Canada)
86 Wayne Gretzky Session Ale 4% (Canada)
94 Wayne Gretzky Hazy IPA 6% (Canada)
89 Wayne Gretzky Hazy Pilsner 4.7% (Canada)
89 Wayne Gretzky Premium Rye Lager, British Columbia 5% (Canada)
92 Wayne Gretzky Pale Ale, British Columbia 5% (Canada)
86 Wayne Gretzky 2020 No.99, Pinot Grigio, Niagara Peninsula VQA 12% (Canada) $11.00.
89 Wayne Gretzky 2020 No.99 , Riesling, Niagara Peninsula VQA 11% (Canada) $11.00.
86 Wayne Gretzky 2020 No.99 Rosé, Pinot Noir, Niagara Peninsula VQA 12% (Canada) $13.00.
BR Wayne Gretzky 2020 No.99 , Chardonnay, Niagara Peninsula VQA 13% (Canada) $11.00. - Bronze Medal
BR Wayne Gretzky 2020 No.99, Sauvignon Blanc, Niagara Peninsula VQA 13% (Canada) $12.00. - Bronze Medal
87 Wayne Gretzky 2020 No.99 Cabernet Merlot, Niagara Peninsula VQA 13% (Canada) $12.00.
88 Wayne Gretzky 2020 No.99 Baco Noir, Ontario 12.5% (Canada) $12.00.
86 Wayne Gretzky 2021 Founders Series, Pinot Grigio, Ontario 12% (Canada) $12.00.
87 Wayne Gretzky 2021 Founders Series Fresh & Crisp White Blend, Ontario 11.5% (Canada) $11.00.
87 Wayne Gretzky 2021 Founders Series, Riesling, Niagara Peninsula VQA 11.1% (Canada) $12.00.
BR Wayne Gretzky 2021 Founders Series, Chardonnay, Niagara Peninsula VQA 13% (Canada) $12.00. - Bronze Medal
95 Wayne Gretzky 2021 Founders Series Rosé, Niagara Peninsula VQA 12% (Canada) $13.00.
93 Wayne Gretzky 2021 Founders Series, Sauvignon Blanc, Niagara Peninsula VQA 12.5% (Canada) $12.00.
91 Wayne Gretzky 2021 Founders Series Cabernet Merlot Red Blend, Ontario 13% (Canada) $12.00.
88 Wayne Gretzky 2022 Founders Series, Pinot Grigio, Okanagan Valley 12.8% (Canada) $13.00.
87 Wayne Gretzky 2020 Whisky Oak Aged Red Blend, British Columbia 14.2% (Canada) $16.00.
88 Wayne Gretzky 2022 Founders Series, Sauvignon Blanc, Okanagan Valley 13.6% (Canada) $13.00.
85 Wayne Gretzky 2021 Founders Series, Chardonnay, Niagara Peninsula VQA 13% (Canada) $12.00.
92 Wayne Gretzky 2022 Founders Series, Sauvignon Blanc, Niagara Peninsula VQA 12.5% (Canada) $12.00.
88 Wayne Gretzky 2021 Founders Series, Riesling, Niagara Peninsula VQA 11.1% (Canada) $12.00.
92 Wayne Gretzky 2022 Founders Series, Baco Noir, Ontario 12.5% (Canada) $11.00.
87 Wayne Gretzky 2021 Signature Series, Chardonnay, Niagara Peninsula VQA 12.9% (Canada) $21.00.
88 Wayne Gretzky 2021 Signature Series, Cabernet Sauvignon, Niagara-On-The-Lake 12.7% (Canada) $23.00.

Chardonnay

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Serve in a White Wine Glass
Chardonnay is arguably the world’s most famous white variety, thanks to its success in France’s Burgundy region as well as throughout much of California. Chardonnay on its own has rather straightforward, pleasant aromas of apple and pear, but when aged (and sometimes fermented) in small oak barrels, the wines take on extra richness as well as notes of toasted almond, vanilla and yeast.

The most renowned examples of Chardonnay are from small villages and vineyards in Burgundy, such as Chassagne-Montrachet, Puligny-Montrachet and Meursault. These wines are very powerful with ample spicy notes and very good acidity; they age very well, sometimes as long as 20-25 years. Another part of Burgundy, Chablis, is home to more restrained style of Chardonnay. Certain areas of California, especially Russian River Valley in Sonoma and Santa Barbara County are also home to many distinguished examples of Chardonnay, with those from the latter region often displaying tropical fruit flavors.

Given that most Chardonnnays are aged in small oak barrels, there has been a movement as of late to give consumers a mored delicate style of Chardonnay, without all the spicy and toasty flavors. Thus there are now many producers that produce non-oak aged Chardonnays; this has been seen from many producers from Australia as well as a few in California as well.

Chardonnay, especially oak-aged versions, are quite rich and need seafood of equal richness at the dinner table. Thus lobster, halibut and swordfish are ideal food pairings.