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METRO ALMOST NAILS IT
mainly because of the meat


There is no question that Platinium Grill Angus Top Sirlion makes for a pretty tasty tender steak - a bargain at $7.97/lb. Unfortunately, the steaks at 735 College Street looked dodgy: poorly cut, uneven and too thin. I had to go to the Stockyards at 2155 St. Clair Ave West to get what I needed.
A well-marbled flavourful perfectly tender thick cut

TWO STEAKS FOR TWO DINNERS FOR TWO
1.1 kilos for just $19.33

ALSO WORTH BUYING
Parmigiano Reggiano Aged 24 months for just $12.99/lb
HOWEVER THERE IS
NO STORE SIGNAGE ANYWHERE & ZERO ON DISPLAY
at 735 College Street

At 11 am on Friday the manager said that it sold out the evening before BUT if I wait for 10 minutes the staff cut and package some for me

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New Bargain Spanish Red

Luis Marin Old Vine Amethyst Edition
Garnacha Crianza 2020

VINTAGES JULY
6 BEST BUY - #37517 - $13.95
Harmonious, Bright, Fruity **/**+ (88.5-points)

NEW in Vintages. Fairly deep purple red colour. Gently spicy, ripe, plummy nose with some cedar-mineral notes. Dry medium bodied, harmonious, ripe, plum-red-berried flavours with a lingering, well balanced, gently cedary finish. This versatile crowd-pleasing 100% Garnacha was sged for 6 months in French oak and has 13.5% alcohol and 2 g/L residual sugar.Great for that casual BBQ summertime party.
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A Great Unique Canada Day Red


Reif EstateThe Magician Shiraz/Pinot Noir 2019
Vintages BEST BUY # 2464132 - $29.95
Solid, Rich, Ripe, Harmonious *** (92 points)

Previously released and just retasted this 2019 edition of The Magician is the best yet. Only 56 cases were available. Extremely deep intense purple colour. Attractive, complex, intense, faintly spicy, ripe, plum-cherry-raspberry-cassis fruit on the nose with some gently cedary, red licorice notes. Dry, medium-full bodied, rich, fairly dense and well structured with very ripe, plum-cherry-cassis fruit flavours and cedary notes on the lingering, bright finish. Only a portion of the actual blend of 83% Shiraz and 17% Pinot Noir is kiln dried for 3 weeks (appasimento-inspired) and aged for 24 months in a mix of French oak. It has 13.5% alcohol, under 2 g/L residual sugar and a hefty 6.5 g/L total acidity and comes in an extremely heavy bottle with a wax sealed cork. Wonderfully approachable - get it directly from the winery.
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Superb Summer Sipping

Kir-Yianni Le Nord Assyrtiko 2023

A BEST BUY - VINTAGES - #25707 - $18.00

A Bright, Fresh, Ripe, Winter-Melon-Pear *** (90-points)
ASSYRTIKO is internationally accredited as THE #1 GRAPE of Greece. This vibrant ripe 2023 Assyrtiko is a must try for all wine lovers. Pale straw in colour, it has a very fresh, slightly spicy, somewhat floral, honeysuckle nose with citrusy, fresh melon-pear fruit along with some mineral notes. Dry, medium to medium-light bodied, harmonious, slightly spicy, very fresh, winter melon and ripe pear flavours with a lingering, crisp, refreshing, well balanced finish. This extremely well-priced crowd-pleaser is ready-to-drink and perfect with pasta, poultry and/or seafood (especially mussels and calamari). It spent 4 months on the lees and has 13.5% alcohol and 2 g/L residual sugar.


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A SWEET SUMMER ESSENTIAL

Reif Estate Vidal Icewine 2021 in a Gift Box
Vintages Essential BEST BUY #544791 - $24.95
Vibrant, Sweet, Ripe, Apple Puree *** (93 points)

This recently released 2021 Vidal Icewine has been a long-time, award winning Vintages Essential. It has a light gold colour and a very sweet, honeyed, intense, ripe apple puree nose with some citrusy, caramel-butterscotch notes. Sweet, medium to medium-full bodied, rich, smooth, honeyed, spicy, very ripe apple-pear puree flavours with a Seville orange marmalade tinged, lingering, apricot-caramel finish. Has 10% alcohol and 234 g/L residual sugar with 11 g/L total acidity.
 

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