Here are my top picks from the August 4 Vintages Release. You can also get all 65 of my Best Value Wines and Top Rated Wines for red, white, rose, sparkling and dessert wines that encompass many price points, styles and regions.
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2010 Benjamin Bridge Nova 7, Gaspereau Valley, Nova Scotia, Canada
Celebrate life! Wow this is liquid exuberance. Moscato-grape aromas with orange zest and honeysuckle swaying in the summer breeze. Low alcohol, and some sweetness make this a great aperitif or companion to any spicy dish or one with a bit of sweetness like glazed ham, sweet potatoes etc. Pair with: smoked salmon, lobster, seafood chowder, charcuterie and Dragon’s Breath blue cheese. Drink: 2011-2015. 256289 6.9% MD 750 mL $25.00. Score: 92/100. Top Rated White Wine
2011 Tormentoso Chenin Blanc, Paarl, South Africa
Lovely! Exotic and faint floral aromas with white peach and melon. Gorgeous aperitif or seafood companion. Drink: 2012-2015. 278366 13.5% D 750 mL $14.95 Score: 90/100. Best Value White Wine
2010 L.A. Cetto Petite Sirah, Guadalupe Valley, Baja California, Mexico
You can’t beat this price! Year after year, a consistently good producer of full-bodied and tasty reds. Not for analysis, just pure enjoyment. Great party wine. Pair with: steak enchiladas, spicy beef with a Mexican mole sauce. Drink: 2012-2014. 983742 13.5% D 750 mL $11.95 Score: 87/100. Best Value Red Wine
2010 Domaine Du Grapillon D’or Gigondas, Rhône, France
Black cherry liqueur and smoky tar down through the core of this blockbuster big red. Superb balanced and structure. Worth this price and more. Pair with: marinated steaks, beef brisket. Drink: 2012-2018. 981787 14.5% XD 750 mL $28.95 Score: 93/100. Top Rated Red Wine
2011 Domaine Corne-Loup Rosé, Tavel, Rhône, France
Full-bodied with fleshy ripe raspberries. Dry and refreshing. Pair with: grilled sausages, lamb kebabs. Drink: 2012-2014. 71209 14% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 89/100. Top Rated Rosé
2011 Pardevalles Rosado, Tierra De León, Spain
Perfumed rose petals and strawberry jam. Dry, mouth-watering and delicious. Pair with: stuffed peppers, spicy pulled-pork soft tacos. Drink: 2012-2014. 274449 13.5% XD 750 mL $12.95 Score: 88/100. Best Value Rosé
Schlumberger Sparkling Wine, Austria
Fresh, dry and crisp with lemon sunshine. Great price! Pair with: grilled seafood, summer salad with chicken and freshly picked herbs. Drink: 2012-2014. 284596 13% D 750 mL $16.95 Score: 89/100. Best Value Sparkling Wine