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Vintages Release February 4, 2012

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Dessert Wine

Budureasca Origini Tamaioasa Romaneasca 2009, D.O.C.,-C.T., Dealu Mare, Romania: A lovely floral, honeysuckle white with a touch of sweetness that makes it perfect for Asian and curries. Like Gewurztrainer or Torrontes? Try this one. Tamaioasa Romaneasca food pairings: Asian dishes, mild to medium curries. Drink: 2012 - 2015 263921 12% M 750 mL $16.95 Score: 88/100. February 2012. Best Value Dessert Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Warre's Vintage Port 1983, D.O.C., Douro, Portugal: Lovely and ready to drink. Cherry menthol with gorgeous blackberry liqueur. Perfect for long, after-dinner discussions about world domination. Drink: 2012 - 2018 161877 20% S 750 mL $89.95 Score: 91/100. February 2012. Top Rated Dessert Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

G. Marquis Vineyards The Silver Line Vidal Icewine 2009, V.Q.A., Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada: Luscious layers of baked apple pie sprinkled with cinnamon. So gorgeous. Vidal Icewine food pairings: semifreddo. Drink: 2012 - 2018 262477 9.9% S 200 mL $27.95 Score: 92/100. February 2012. Top Rated Dessert Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Red Wine

Oyster Bay Pinot Noir 2010, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: Tart cherries and vibrant acidity wake up your mouth in this pert, come-alive pinot. Terrific food partner. Pinot Noir food pairings: ratatouille, herbed salmon steaks. Drink: 2012 - 2016 590414 13.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. February 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Maculan Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, I.G.T., Veneto, Italy: Dry with black fruit and smoke. Straight up pleasure. Good party wine. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: roast beef with root vegetables. Drink: 2012 - 2014 987701 13% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 86/100. February 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Crios De Susana Balbo Malbec 2010, Mendoza, Argentina: Tasty and full-bodied with black fruit notes. Supple and smooth. Drink: 2012 - 2014 162529 13.5% D 750 mL $13.95 Score: 87/100. February 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Olivier Ravoire Plan De Dieu 2009, A.C., Côtes Du Rhône-Villages, France: Hint of black cherry and smoke on the nose. Full-bodied, straight-forward. Food pairings: steak, lamb, grilled sausages. Drink: 2012 - 2014 252171 15% D 750 mL $15.95 Score: 87/100. February 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Excellence Du Château Bladinières Le Vignou Malbec 2008, A.C., Cahors, Southwest, France: Dry and pleasantly bitter with black fruit and some dark spices on the finish. Rustic and ready to drink when you are. Malbec food pairings: grilled meats, braised meats. Drink: 2012 - 2014 264671 13.2% D 750 mL $16.95 Score: 87/100. February 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Kir-Yianni Ramnista Xinomavro 2008, A.O.Q.S., Naoussa, Greece: Juicy with black tart cherries like pinot noir, but earthier and smokier. Medium-bodied and smooth. Xinomavro food pairings: planked salmon, pate. Drink: 2012 - 2015 178020 14% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 87/100. February 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Boutari Grande Reserve Xinomavro 2004, A.O.Q.S., Naoussa, Greece: Tart and dried cherry notes: pleasantly bitter. Smooth, mouth-watering and medium-bodied. Xinomavro food pairings: grilled red meats. Drink: 2012 - 2015 140111 12.5% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 87/100. February 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cuore Cantina Tollo Montepulciano D'abruzzo 2008, D.O.P., Abruzzo, Italy: Juicy and dark with a black savoury note. Full-bodied and supple. Montepulciano D'abruzzo food pairings: slow-cooked lamb stew. Drink: 2012 - 2014 230631 13.4% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 87/100. February 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Castellani Vignetti Di Campomaggio Rosso 2007, I.G.T., Tuscany, Italy: Juicy and chewy with black cherry and mocha notes. Food pairings: soup featuring tomato, chicken and roasted bell peppers. Drink: 2012 - 2014 72371 12.8% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 87/100. February 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Villa Trasqua Chianti Classico 2008, D.O.C.G., Tuscany, Italy: Juicy and savoury with tart black cherries. Full-bodied and supple. Great food wine. Chianti Classico food pairings: wild-mushroom risotto, veal parmigiano. Drink: 2012 - 2015 121160 14.2% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 87/100. February 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cesarini Sartori Rossobastardo 2008, I.G.T., Umbria, Italy: Chocolate and mocha otes with some dark fruit. Tannic so decant for 2 hours. You'll enjoy this red bastard. Food pairings: pasta with tomato sauce. Drink: 2012 - 2014 270587 14.5% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 87/100. February 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Barista Val De Vie Pinotage 2010, W.O., Western Cape, Robertson, South Africa: Juicy dark fruit with some coffee, though I don't find that aroma overwhelming. Full-bodied and supple. Pinotage food pairings: smoked meats, barbecued meats. Drink: 2012 - 2014 172585 13.9% D 750 mL $15.95 Score: 87/100. February 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Don Nieto Senetiner Don Nicanor Malbec 2008, Mendoza, Argentina: Big, generous oak treatment that results in first aromas of toast, smoke and mocha. Black fruit on the palate. Full-bodied and smooth. Malbec food pairings: marinated rare steak. Drink: 2012 - 2015 178657 14% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 88/100. February 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Decero Remolinos Vineyard Malbec 2008, Agrelo, Mendoza, Argentina: Black plums and blackberries with a pleasant bitter bite. Full-bodied and smooth. Drink: 2012 - 2015 247304 14% XD 750 mL $22.95 Score: 88/100. February 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

La Posta Angel Paulucci Vineyard Malbec 2008, Mendoza, Argentina: Straight-forward pleasure with black fruit and smoke and mocha on the finish. Nice price. Drink: 2012 - 2015 75515 13.5% D 750 mL $15.95 Score: 88/100. February 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

S D.O.V. Wine Sa Grenache 2008, Barossa Valley, Mclaren Vale, South Australia, Australia: Black cherry liqueur bordering on port fortified richness. This packs a whallop at 16% alcohol. For those looking for the maximum bang for their buck flavour-wise. Drink: 2012 - 2015 267963 16% XD 750 mL $22.95 Score: 88/100. February 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mission Hill Family Estate Reserve Merlot 2008, V.Q.A., Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada: Smooth and tasty with dark fruit and smoke. Smooth jazz wine. Merlot food pairings: pulled pork, shepherd’s pie. Drink: 2012 - 2015 553313 14% D 750 mL $25.95 Score: 88/100. February 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Maycas Del Limarí Especial Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2007, Limarí Valley, Chile: Black fruit with luscious layers of juicy flavour. Full-bodied and smooth. Pleasantly bitter finish. Drink: 2012 - 2015 256701 14.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 88/100. February 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Haut-Canteloup Meritage 2009, A.C., Blaye, Côtes De Bordeaux, France: Big, black and brooding with juicy, mouthwatering aromas and flavours of fleshy blackberries and blackcurrants. Decant for 1-2 hours. This is an incredible price for Bordeaux! Meritage food pairings: grilled lamb with mint jelly. Drink: 2012 - 2014 264747 13.5% XD 750 mL $13.95 Score: 88/100. February 2012. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Perrin Nature 2010, A.C., Côtes Du Rhône, France: Juicy with purple plum liqueur aromas wrapped in cedar smoke. Full-bodied, rustic and meaty. Great for hearty meat dishes. Food pairings: grilled Angus beef steak. Drink: 2012 - 2014 948059 13% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 88/100. February 2012. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Perrin Nature 2010, A.C., Côtes Du Rhône, France: Juicy with purple plum liqueur aromas wrapped in cedar smoke. Full-bodied, rustic and meaty. Great for hearty meat dishes. Food pairings: grilled Angus beef steak. Drink: 2012 - 2014 10363 13% XD 375 mL $9.45 Score: 88/100. February 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Leone De Castris Riserva Salice Salentino 2007, D.O.C., Puglia, Italy: Pleasantly bitter, dark fruit with some smoke. Tannic, so decant for 1-2 hours. Drink: 2012 - 2016 597534 13.5% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 88/100. February 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

L.A. Cetto Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, Guadalupe Valley, Baja California, Mexico: An outstanding value: perhaps the best value red wine of the year! Very tasty layers of dark fruit, just enough oak and mouth-watering juiciness. Perfect for parties. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: grilled meats, beef fajitas. Drink: 2012 - 2014 114066 13.5% D 750 mL $11.95 Score: 88/100. February 2012. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Fita Preta Tinto 2008, Vinho Regional Alentejano, Portugal: Big, black and hulking with tarry toasty oak notes and blackberry and cassis. Tinto food pairings: chicken paella. Drink: 2012 - 2015 244764 14.5% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 88/100. February 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Francis Coppola Diamond Collection Blue Label Merlot 2008, California, United States: Smoky, dark and brooding like Coppola's Dracula movie. Full-bodied and smooth with black plums and toasty oak. Merlot food pairings: Applewood smoked cheddar, gourmet burgers. Drink: 2012 - 2015 595686 13% D 750 mL $24.95 Score: 88/100. February 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Columbia Crest Winery Grand Estates Merlot 2007, Columbia Valley, Washington State, United States: Supple, juicy and full-bodied with a hint of mocha and fleshy blackberries. Drink: 2012 - 2015 263418 13.5% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 88/100. February 2012. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Boudau Tradition Côtes Du Roussillon-Villages 2009, A.C., Midi, France: Juicy and intense with forest aromas of cedar and wild tart cherry. Robust and smooth: this is a perfect wines for wild game dishes. Food pairings: coffee- and spice-rubbed steak garnished with roasted red peppers and bacon. 264622 15.2% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 89/100. February 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Lavau Vacqueyras Benoit & Frédéric Lavau 2009, A.C., Rhône, France: Blackberry liqueur aromas and richness with a pleasant bitter tarry bite on the finish that refreshes. Full-bodied layered. Great price. Food pairings: rack of lamb. Drink: 2012 - 2015 104927 14% D 750 mL $18.95 Score: 89/100. February 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Laborum El Porvenir De Los Andes Syrah 2005, Cafayate, Salta, Argentina: Lovely and smooth with full-bodied layers of blackberry and some dark spices. Very luxurious. Drink: 2012 - 2015 247197 14.5% XD 750 mL $21.95 Score: 90/100. February 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Kilikanoon Testament Shiraz 2007, Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia: Ultra-concentrated and full-bodied with a generous oak treatment. Big, fleshy blackberry and black plums with dark spices on the finish. Drink: 2012 - 2015 50047 15% XD 750 mL $39.95 Score: 90/100. February 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tapestry Bg & V Shiraz 2009, Mclaren Vale, South Australia, Australia: Big, black and beautiful with fleshy dark berries and plums. Supple and juicy. Love it! Drink: 2012 - 2015 247155 14% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 90/100. February 2012. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Jip Jip Rocks Shiraz Cabernet 2009, Padthaway, South Australia, Australia: Mint and blackberry co-mingle in a happy sensory dance. Full-bodied and smooth with luscious layers that wrap themselves around you. Drink: 2012 - 2015 186114 14.5% D 750 mL $16.95 Score: 90/100. February 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Plunkett Fowles Stone Dwellers Shiraz 2008, Strathbogie Ranges, Victoria, Australia: Juicy and full-bodied with rich, black fruit and toasty oak. Perfect for pizza night. Drink: 2012 - 2015 265967 15% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. February 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Montes Limited Selection Carménere 2009, Apalta Vineyard, Colchagua Valley, Chile: Rich, black cherry liqueur aromas and flavours. Ultra-plush and voluptuous. Smooth and satisfying sensual pleasure. Carménere food pairings: ribs in a rich sauce. Drink: 2012 - 2015 256685 14.5% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 90/100. February 2012. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Les Hauts De Smith 2Nd Wine Of Ch. Smith-Haut-Lafitte Daniel Et Florence Cathiard Meritage 2008, A.C., Pessac-Léognan, Bordeaux, France: Classic bordeaux: elegant and refined, though not spectacular. Full-bodied with smoke, blackcurrant and cassis. Decants 1-2 hours for maximum pleasure. Meritage food pairings: filet mignon. Drink: 2012 - 2015 241240 13.7% D 750 mL $36.95 Score: 90/100. February 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

La Gravette De Certan 2Nd Wine Of Vieux Château Certan Héritière De Mr Et Mme Georges Thienpont, Prop. Meritage 2009, A.C., Pomerol, Bordeaux, France: Black as night with tarry aromas and flavours, plus fleshy black fruit. Tannic, so decant at least 2 hours. It will cellar for 3-4 years and soften around the edges. Meritage food pairings: braised meats. Drink: 2013 - 2016 256792 13% XD 750 mL $69.95 Score: 90/100. February 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

M. Chapoutier Petite Ruche Crozes-Hermitage Syrah Shiraz 2009, A.C., Rhône, France: Gorgeous black cherry liqueur aromas run through the heart of this savoury, chewy, bone-dry red. Full-bodied and bursting to tell you who it is and where it came from: no mistaking its identity from the Rhone Valley. Syrah Shiraz food pairings: prime rib, brisket, game meats. Drink: 2012 - 2015 264655 13% XD 750 mL $22.95 Score: 90/100. February 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sebastiani Cabernet Sauvignon 2007, Sonoma County, California, United States: Pleasantly bitter dark fruit and tar with full-bodied layers of blackberries and dark spices. Nicely crafted. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: beef stew with winter vegetables. Drink: 2012 - 2016 640573 13.5% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. February 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, Napa Valley, California, United States: Dark chocolate and coffee lead on the nose. There's dark fruit and smoke on the finish. Full-bodied and supple. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: hearty meat dishes. Drink: 2012 - 2015 222877 14.5% D 750 mL $69.95 Score: 90/100. February 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Dry Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2007, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California, United States: Lovely balance with classic cassis and blackberry aromas. Plush, mouth-watering and celebratory. Great dinner party wine. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: hearty meat dishes. Drink: 2012 - 2016 642207 14.5% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 90/100. February 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Decoy Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, Napa Valley, California, United States: Classic Californian cabernet: beautifully sculpted with enticing aromas of blackberry, blackcurrant and some dark spices. This is an extremely consistent producer year after year. Makes me want to hunt some ducks for dinner. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: slow-roasted beef and roasted parsnips, grilled-rare steaks. Drink: 2012 - 2016 186171 13.9% D 750 mL $32.95 Score: 91/100. February 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Decoy Pinot Noir 2010, Sonoma County, California, United States: Vibrantly cherry-berry right out of the glass -- it pulls you in. Full-bodied, round and rollicking with fun. Mouth-watering yet it finishes long and elegant. A good decoy indeed. Pinot Noir food pairings: blackened beef in a mushroom sauce. Drink: 2012 - 2016 191833 13.5% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 91/100. February 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Epsilon Shiraz 2009, Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia: Splendid example of the best the Barossa has to offer. Big fruit yes, but also savoury and meaty with great complexity. A shiraz lover's shiraz. Drink: 2012 - 2016 39552 14.5% D 750 mL $24.95 Score: 92/100. February 2012. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Corte Pavone Loacker Brunello Di Montalcino 2005, D.O.C.G., Tuscany, Italy: Pleasantly bitter black fruit, violets and tar. Delicious: one of the best brunellos I've tasted in a long time. Drink: 2013 - 2018 237263 15% XD 750 mL $49.95 Score: 92/100. February 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Dunn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2007, Napa Valley, California, United States: Delicious and over-priced. Mocha with dark fruit and luscious layers of black plums and dark spices. If budget isn't an issue, buy a case! Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: prime rib, filet mignon. Drink: 2012 - 2015 193854 14.5% XD 750 mL $87.95 Score: 92/100. February 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ravenswood Old Vine Zinfandel 2009, Lodi, California, United States: This wine makes me wonder why I don't drink more zinfandel. Its juicy and meaty with seductive black cherry and berry fruit yet not over the top. I'd even call this wine elegant... Not an adjective usually associated with zinfandel, generally characterized as pure exuberance in a glass. A superb effort. Drink: 2012 - 2016 942599 14.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 92/100. February 2012. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Beaulieu Vineyard Georges De Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2007, Napa Valley, California, United States: Plush with incredible depth of flavour and complexity. Blackberry, cassis and cigar smoke. Perfect for celebrations and dinner parties meant to impress. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: filet mignon. Drink: 2013 - 2018 80218 14.5% XD 750 mL $89.95 Score: 95/100. February 2012. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Robert Mondavi Winery Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2007, Napa Valley, California, United States: Incredibly concentrated and rich with depth of blackberry liqueur and dark spices. Towering structure, long finish. This red needs cellar time. Spectacular! Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: prime rib, kobe beef. Drink: 2014 - 2022 670463 14% XD 750 mL $139.95 Score: 96/100. February 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sparkling Wine

André Clouet Brut Grand Réserve Champagne, A.C., Champagne, France: Toasty and full-bodied with a generous treatment of oak. Full-bodied and muscular. Champagne food pairings: breaded calamari, smoked turkey breast. Drink: 2012 - 2015 228718 12% XD 750 mL $42.95 Score: 90/100. February 2012. Top Rated Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Riva Dei Frati Superiore Valdobbiadene Prosecco, D.O.C.G., Veneto, Italy: Supreme value for bubbly! Lovely toastiness with a touch of fleshy ripe peach. This will appeal to just about everyone in a large gathering. Should be your go-to party bubbly. Prosecco food pairings: grilled calamari, paella. Drink: 2012 - 2014 234732 11.5% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 90/100. February 2012. Best Value Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Argyle Brut Sparkling Wine 2007, Willamette Valley, Oregon, United States: Terrific New World bubbly! Toasty and vibrant with lovely white peach notes. Perfect for weddings and other get-togethers. Drink: 2012 - 2015 258160 12.5% XD 750 mL $31.95 Score: 90/100. February 2012. Top Rated Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

Vineland Estates Winery Elevation Sauvignon Blanc 2007, V.Q.A., Niagara Escarpment, Ontario, Canada: Solid sauvignon blanc, not too grassy, but herbal. Mouth-watering acidity is good for food. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: pork chops, herbed prawns. Drink: 2012 - 2014 262410 12% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 87/100. February 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Vieil Armand Médaille Gewurztraminer 2009, A.C., Alsace, France: Rich and full-bodied gewurtrainer with a nice level of sweetness to handle spicy and sweet dishes like glazed ham. Gewurztraminer food pairings: Thai-spiced salad featuring prawns and grapefruit. Drink: 2012 - 2015 260158 13% D 750 mL $16.95 Score: 87/100. February 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Dry Creek Vineyard Fumé Blanc 2010, Sonoma County, California, United States: Very grassy and herbal, crisp and refreshing. Straight-up pleasure. Drink: 2012 - 2014 277715 13.5% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 87/100. February 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Joseph Cattin Riesling 2010, A.C., Alsace, France: Terrific white peach, lime and lemon zest on the nose. Mouth-watering acidity and juiciness for food. Light- to medium-bodied. Riesling food pairings: poached white fish. Drink: 2012 - 2015 259788 12.4% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 88/100. February 2012. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cave De Viré Viré-Clessé Chardonnay 2009, A.C., Burgundy, France: Lemon freshness in this unoaked chardonnay that has incredible richness nonetheless. Zesty, balanced, full-bodied yet refreshing. Aging on the less gives the wine its creamy richness, rather than oak. Chardonnay food pairings: baked oysters in a white-wine sauce garnished with watercress. Drink: 2012 - 2014 243782 12.8% D 750 mL $16.95 Score: 88/100. February 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Borgo Conventi Ruffino Pinot Grigio 2010, D.O.C., Isonzo Del Friuli, Italy: Classic pinot grigio! White peach, a little grapefruit, clean and crisp with no heavy oak. Great aperitif or partner to many dishes. Pinot Grigio food pairings: fettuccine alfredo, risotto with shrimp or scallops. Drink: 2012 - 2015 13276 13.5% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 88/100. February 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Thatched Hut Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: Lime citrus and grassy notes in this vibrant, wake-up sauvignon blanc. Crisp, clean and refreshing, very food-friendly. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: citrus-grilled sea bass. Drink: 2012 - 2015 262782 13% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 88/100. February 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Blackstone Winery Winemaker's Select Chardonnay 2010, Monterey County, California, United States: Full-bodied, round chardonnay with green apple and hazelnut. A consistently good producer year after year. Chardonnay food pairings: salads, grilled chicken and vegetables. Drink: 2012 - 2015 994509 13.5% D 750 mL $15.95 Score: 88/100. February 2012. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

A To Z Pinot Gris 2009, Oregon, United States: White peach clean with mouth-watering acidity that makes it a superb aperitif. Drink: 2012 - 2014 258145 13.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 88/100. February 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Kacaba Vineyards Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2009, V.Q.A., Niagara Escarpment, Ontario, Canada: Terrific chardonnay with generous oak and some green apple aromas. Full-bodied and generous with a long finish. Chardonnay food pairings: roast chicken, corn dishes. Drink: 2012 - 2015 262436 13.5% D 750 mL $22.95 Score: 89/100. February 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Robertson Winery Kings River Chardonnay 2009, W.O., Robertson, South Africa: Absolutely phenomenal for the price! Chardonnay lovers rejoice. Lovely balance of green apple fruit and toasty oak. Grab a case, you won't regret it. Chardonnay food pairings: roast chicken, corn dishes. Drink: 2012 - 2015 104810 13.5% D 750 mL $14.95 Score: 89/100. February 2012. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Gran Lurton Corte Bodega Vinédos Francois Lurton Friulano 2010, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina: Gorgeous blend of chardonnay and torrontes: the first contributes the richness, toast and hazelnut aromas; the second gives a floral lift. Lovely. Amazingly great price. Drink: 2012 - 2015 66829 13% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. February 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Pondview Estate Winery Riesling 2010, V.Q.A., Four Mile Creek, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada: Lovely white peach, Asian pear and baking spice notes. Mouth-watering and packed with flavour. An amazingly versatile food wine. Drink: 2012 - 2016 271148 12.9% XD 750 mL $16.00 Score: 90/100. February 2012. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Small Gully The Formula Helen's Harmony Viognier 2008, Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia: How gorgeous is this? White flowers, anise, white pepper and honeysuckle... Love it! Viognier food pairings: Asian dishes, curries. Drink: 2012 - 2015 269332 13.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 91/100. February 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Roche De Bellene Vieilles Vignes Meursault Chardonnay 2009, A.C., Burgundy, France: Classic Burgundian chardonnay with incredible complexity, depth and richness. Green apple and hazelnut-infused smoke. Chardonnay food pairings: trout in a white-wine sauce. Drink: 2012 - 2016 241091 12.7% D 750 mL $48.95 Score: 91/100. February 2012. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Vollenweider Kabinett Wolfer Goldgrube Riesling 2008, Prädikatswein, Mosel, Germany: Gorgeous peach and orange zest with terrific refreshment. A touch of sweetness for food. Riesling food pairings: citrus-glazed chicken. Drink: 2012 - 2018 249730 7% M 750 mL $21.95 Score: 91/100. February 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

MacMurray Ranch Chardonnay 2009, Sonoma Coast, California, United States: Lovely, round and voluptuous with green apple, peach and just the right amount of toasty oak. A chardonnay lover's chardonnay. Yum! Drink: 2012 - 2015 262063 13.9% XD 750 mL $21.95 Score: 91/100. February 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Stratus Chardonnay 2008, V.Q.A., Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario, Canada: Lovely, buttery, hazelnut-rich chardonnay. Full-bodied with layers of fleshy ripe peach and Asian pear. Perfect for roast chicken and comfort meals. Chardonnay food pairings: lemon-herbed roast chicken and cauliflower with capers and fresh parsley. Drink: 2012 - 2018 267856 13.5% XD 750 mL $42.20 Score: 92/100. February 2012. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domdechant Werner Hocheimer Kirchenstueck Auslese Riesling 2003, Prädikatswein, Rheingau, Germany: Gorgeously ripe tree fruit with sunshine infused peach. Terrific mouth-watering acidity. Riesling food pairings: spicy Asian dishes, rich seafood pasta. 931386 8% MS 750 mL $27.95 Score: 93/100. February 2012. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Prinz Von Hessen Winkeler Hasensprung Riesling Spätlese 2004, Q.M.P., Rheingau, Germany: Gorgeous dried apricot and honeysuckle nose. Layers of flavour and pleasure. Packed with flavour but so light in alcohol and not a trace of oak. Riesling Spätlese food pairings: spicy noodle dishes, roast chicken. 259804 9.4% S 750 mL $25.95 Score: 93/100. February 2012. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Landmark Damaris Reserve Mike And Mary Colhoun, Prop. Chardonnay 2008, Flocchini Vineyard,Sangiacomo Vineyards, Sonoma County, California, United States: Stunning! This winery is producing such a spectacular range of wines. This chard has lovely aromas of green apple, hazelnut and vanilla smoke. From now on, I'm looking for Landmark on restaurant lists when I dine out. Drink: 2012 - 2018 356519 14.7% XD 750 mL $45.95 Score: 94/100. February 2012. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Wayne Gretzky Estates No. 99 Estate Series Riesling 2009, V.Q.A., Lincoln Lakeshore, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada: Absolutely lovely with a touch of melon sweetness even though the wine is technically dry. Lovely aperitif or companion to many dishes. White peach summer essence. Riesling food pairings: salads, grilled chicken and vegetables. Drink: 2012 - 2015 209841 10% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 89/100. February 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


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