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Vintages Release December 8, 2012

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Dessert Wine

Burmester 10-Year-Old Tawny Port, D.O.C., Douro, Portugal: Toffee richness with a great zing on the finish. Rich dessert wine. Port food pairings: nuts, aged and smoked cheeses. Drink: 2012 - 2018 223958 20% S 750 mL $24.95 Score: 89/100. December 2012. Best Value Dessert Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Fonseca Terra Prima Reserve Quinta And Vineyards Bottlers Port, D.O.C., Douro, Portugal: Some kind of gorgeous! Full-bodied with luscious ripe black plum preserves. Great dessert wine. This organic wine has just 6 mg/l of free sulphur. Drink: 2012 - 2018 67132 20% S 750 mL $24.95 Score: 90/100. December 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Reichsrat von Buhl Forster Jesuitengarten Riesling Spätlese 2009, Q.M.P., Pfalz, Germany: The sweetness is a gorgeous combination with fleshy ripe peach and pear. Perfect for glazed ham, turkey and other dishes. Drink: 2012 - 2018 946673 9% MS 750 mL $24.95 Score: 92/100. December 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

De Bortoli Wines - Yarra Valley Noble One Botrytis Semillon 2008, New South Wales, Australia: This dessert wine rules! Want visions of sugarplums in your head this holiday... Bring it, with this wine! A lusciously layered dessert wine with rich aromas and flavours of honeyed apricot and peach preserves. Triple yum! Drink: 2010 - 2017 917252 10% S 375 mL $29.95 Score: 95/100. December 2012. Top Rated Dessert Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Other Wines/Drinks

Antolino Brongo Cryomalus Ice Cider 2009, Québec, Canada: Pure apple essence! Love apple pie or cider? Embrace this and be happy. Ice Cider food pairings: apple pie and ice cream. Drink: 2012 - 2016 309492 9% S 375 mL $34.95 Score: 92/100. December 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Red Wine

Tawse Winery Inc. Quarry Road Pinot Noir 2009, V.Q.A., Niagara Escarpment, Ontario, Canada: Savoury notes with wild dark cherry on the nose as well as violets. Smooth and medium- to full-bodied with a long finish. Pinot Noir food pairings: braised lamb with mushroom, duck confit, grilled veal chops. Drink: 2012 - 2016 307686 13% XD 750 mL $34.95 Score: 89/100. December 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Calamus Estate Winery Cosmic Red Named Varietal Blends-Red 2010, V.Q.A., Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada: Dry and full-bodied with a chalky finish and black fruit. Drink: 2012 - 2015 258129 12% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 87/100. December 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Finca Flichman Expresiones Reserve Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, Mendoza, Argentina: Rich and fleshy black and purple plum aromas and flavours. Round, full-bodied and luscious. Very accessible, great party wine. Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: braised beef and grilled root vegetables. Drink: 2012 - 2015 17111 14.5% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 88/100. December 2012. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Hollick Shiraz 2008, Red Ridge, South Australia, Australia: Big black rustic fruit, cassis and oak with a tangy finish. Drink: 2012 - 2015 285411 14.6% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 88/100. December 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

The Foreign Affair Winery The Conspiracy 2010, V.Q.A., Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada: Full-bodied and smooth with dark fruit and a meaty, savoury mid-palate note. Nicely balanced. Food pairings: smoked meats, braised beef brisket, meaty pasta, mushroom risotto with Parmigiano-Reggiano. Drink: 2012 - 2016 149237 12.8% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 88/100. December 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château L'argenteyre Meritage 2010, A.C., Médoc, Bordeaux, France: Full-bodied, tannic and rustic and a stunningly great price for Bordeaux. Aromas of cassis and wild blackcurrant. Let this baby decant for 2 hours and you'll be fine. Meritage food pairings: roast beef, lamb, root vegetable stews, sharp cheeses. Drink: 2012 - 2016 306530 13.5% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 88/100. December 2012. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Clavel Bonne Pioche Pic Saint Loup 2010, A.P., Languedoc, Midi, France: Full-bodied with black fruit and smoke and some dark spice on the finish. Drink: 2012 - 2015 297986 14% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 88/100. December 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Pierre Laplace Madiran 2009, A.C., Southwest, France: Rustic and tannic with tart black cherries and toasty oak. Drink: 2013 - 2017 103705 14% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 88/100. December 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ca' Nova Bric De Maschi D'alba Superiore Barbera 2007, D.O.C., Piedmont, Italy: Savoury, dark and mouth-watering with black fruit and smoke. Barbera food pairings: turkey osso buco with parsley and rosemary, and a side of wild mushroom risotto. Drink: 2012 - 2015 294132 14.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 88/100. December 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Corte Majoli Tezza Ripasso Valpolicella Superiore 2009, D.O.C., Veneto, Italy: Purple plums and juiciness like zinfandel. Full-bodied and smooth. Great for meat lovers' pizza. Ripasso Valpolicella Superiore food pairings: pasta bolognese, meat lasagna, slow-cooked beef. Drink: 2012 - 2015 84061 14% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 88/100. December 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

T-Sanzo Rodriguez Sanzo Tempranillo 2007, Vino De La Tierra De Castilla Y León, Spain: Great price for this juicy, savoury, full-bodied red. Some dried herbs on the finish. Intriguing. Drink: 2012 - 2015 306571 13.5% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 88/100. December 2012. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Castell Del Remei Gotim Bru 2009, D.O., Costers Del Segre, Spain: A spicy, black fruited wonder with layers of mouth-watering goodness for hearty meat dishes. Great price. Drink: 2012 - 2016 982736 14% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 88/100. December 2012. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Lealtanza Reserva Selección 2007, D.O.C.A., Rioja, Spain: A pleasant, full-bodied sipper with dark red fruit and some dark spices. Food pairings: game meats, tarragon sirloin tips with mushrooms. Drink: 2012 - 2015 208223 13.5% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 88/100. December 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, Columbia Valley, Washington State, United States: Classic cabernet with blackberry and cassis, mocha-espresso aromas from the oak and very balanced. Full-bodied and smooth. Drink: 2012 - 2015 269357 13.5% XD 750 mL $20.95 Score: 88/100. December 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tahbilk Cabernet Sauvignon 2008, Nagambie Lakes, Victoria, Australia: Mature, full-bodied and balanced. Best to consume in the next few years. Drink: 2012 - 2015 138818 14.5% XD 750 mL $22.95 Score: 89/100. December 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Jacques Depagneux Les Vins Aujoux Gamay (Beaujolais) 2011, A.C., Côte De Py Morgon, Beaujolais, France: Rustic and chewy with tart forest cherries and berries, some cedar and a touch herbal. Mouth-watering acidity for food. Happy! Gamay (Beaujolais) food pairings: grilled fish, turkey with a chestnut and sausage stuffing. Drink: 2012 - 2015 299925 13% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 89/100. December 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rocca Delle Macìe Riserva Chianti 2008, D.O.C.G., Tuscany, Italy: Terrific and juicy with luscious fleshy ripe dark fruit and some mocha. Amazingly great price. Chianti food pairings: meaty lasagna, roasted lamb, grilled steaks. Drink: 2012 - 2016 111641 13.9% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 89/100. December 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Akarua Rua Pinot Noir 2011, Central Otago, South Island, New Zealand: Cherru-berry ripeness with great mouth-watering acidity for food. Medium-bodied and smooth. Drink: 2012 - 2016 295592 14% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. December 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cathedral Cellar Kwv Merlot 2009, W.O., Western Cape, Coastal Region, South Africa: Rich, full-bodied, smooth and mouth-watering with fleshy ripe black plums. Awesome price for this quality. Great party wine. Drink: 2012 - 2015 522219 14.5% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 89/100. December 2012. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Susana Balbo Signature Dominio De Plata Malbec 2010, Mendoza, Argentina: Generous and attractive oak on the nose with seductive fleshy black plums and a smoky, espresso finish. Drink: 2012 - 2015 79798 14.5% D 750 mL $23.95 Score: 90/100. December 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Inniskillin Niagara Estate Winemaker's Series Select Vineyards Shiraz Cabernet 2010, V.Q.A., Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada: Rich and succulent with layers of blackcurrant and cedar forest aromas and flavours. Very satisfying and rich with a long finish. Shiraz Cabernet food pairings: roast beef with peppercorn gravy. Drink: 2012 - 2016 225482 13% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 90/100. December 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Casa-Dea Estates Winery Pinot Noir 2009, V.Q.A., Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada: Classic PEC pinot noir! Cranberry and beetroot with fresh earth and tart cherries. Love this style and it's so markedly different from Niagara. Drink: 2012 - 2017 296210 12.2% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. December 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Antu Chilean Mountain Vineyard, Ninquén Syrah 2010, Colchagua Valley, Chile: Great concentration and depth of flavour. Exotic black plums and dark spices. Amazing quality for the price. Full-bodied, rich, endless. Drink: 2012 - 2016 675371 14.5% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 90/100. December 2012. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Terra Noble Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, Colchagua Valley, Chile: Love the nose! Aromatic, lifted black plum and wild violets blowing in a spring rain. Don't ask, just drink. Full-bodied and meaty with layers of flavour. Terrific price. Drink: 2012 - 2016 46268 14% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 90/100. December 2012. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château La Tour Carnet 4E Cru Bernard Magrez, Prop. Meritage 2009, A.C., Haut-Médoc, Bordeaux, France: Dense and dark but needs cellar time. Blackcurrant, tart blackberry and cassis. Smoky finish, integrated oak. Drink: 2014 - 2018 194555 13% XD 750 mL $51.85 Score: 90/100. December 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château De Rully Rully Les Molesmes 1Er Cru Antonin Rodet Pinot Noir 2009, A.C., Burgundy, France: Medium-bodied and silky smooth with vibrant ripe and tart red cherries and a hint of violets. Divine, especially for the price. Awesome with turkey dinner. Pinot Noir food pairings: leg of lamb, braised rib eye in a portobello mushroom sauce with rosemary. Drink: 2012 - 2016 299958 13% XD 750 mL $25.95 Score: 90/100. December 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

E. Guigal Crozes-Hermitage Syrah Shiraz 2009, A.C., Rhône, France: Rustic, black and brooding with incredibly concentration and depth. Smoky oak and lots of tarry notes. Needs cellar time and decant 2 hours. Drink: 2014 - 2019 704908 13% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 90/100. December 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Eugénie Cuvée Réservée De L'aïeul, Couture, Vign. Malbec 2008, A.C., Cahors, Southwest, France: Blackberry jam wrapped in smoky, toasty oak. Big, black and brooding with layers of full-bodied pleasure. Great price. Tannic grip: decant 2 hours. Drink: 2012 - 2017 295949 13.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. December 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Goat-Roti Goats Do Roam, Fairview Syrah Viognier 2010, W.O., Coastal Region, South Africa: Savoury, rustic, juicy and full-bodied with black raspberries and cedar notes. Like it! Syrah Viognier food pairings: goat roti, lamb stew, bangers and mash. Drink: 2012 - 2016 943175 14% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. December 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

La Storia Trentadue, Evelyn And Leo Trentadue, Prop. Petite Sirah 2010, Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California, United States: Full-bodied with mocha and black plums. Smooth and ready to go when you are. Petite Sirah food pairings: blackened lamb, venison steaks grilled rare. Drink: 2012 - 2016 291047 14.9% D 750 mL $23.95 Score: 90/100. December 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Morgan Twelve Clones Pinot Noir 2009, Santa Lucia Highlands, California, United States: Sweet cherry aromas and flavours with cedar notes. Full-bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Drink: 2012 - 2016 642249 13.9% XD 750 mL $38.95 Score: 90/100. December 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Kurtz Family Boundary Row Shiraz 2008, Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia: Blackberry jam with dark spices and mouth-watering juiciness. Full-bodied and smooth. Drink: 2012 - 2015 29371 14.5% XD 750 mL $27.95 Score: 91/100. December 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Zonte's Footstep Canto Di Lago Sangiovese Barbera 2010, Single Site, Langhorne Creek, South Australia, Australia: Rich and luscious: the layers of flavour keep unfolding without end. Love it, especially at this price. Full-bodied and smooth. Drink: 2012 - 2016 289967 14.5% D 750 mL $16.95 Score: 91/100. December 2012. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Marques De Casa Concha Concha Y Toro Pinot Noir 2011, Límari Valley, Chile: The best Chilean pinot noir I've tasted yet. Tarry with smoky oak but brightened by vibrant cherry fruit. Medium- to full-bodied and satin smooth. Gorgeous! Drink: 2012 - 2016 301424 14% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 91/100. December 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Réserve Du Crouzau St. Gervais Foncalieu 2010, A.C., Côtes Du Rhône-Villages, France: Stunning for the price! Full-bodied and richly layered and smooth with lots of fleshy black fruit and some smoke on the finish. Awesome party wine. Food pairings: crown rib roast, beef stew in a red wine sauce, roasted leg of lamb. Drink: 2012 - 2016 142943 15.1% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 91/100. December 2012. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Durieu Lucile Avril 2009, A.C., Châteauneuf-Du-Pape, Rhône, France: Big and round with luscious black fruit. Rolls around on the tongue voluptuously before making a glorious and lasting exit on the finish. Drink: 2013 - 2018 295147 14.5% XD 750 mL $42.95 Score: 91/100. December 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Du Vieux Lazaret Jérôme Quiot 2009, A.C., Châteauneuf-Du-Pape, Rhône, France: Spicy with black fruit and cedar forest. Many layers of voluptuous, full-bodied pleasure. Smooth with a long finish. Food pairings: braised beef dishes. Drink: 2012 - 2018 983650 14.5% XD 750 mL $34.95 Score: 92/100. December 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Famille Perrin Les Christins 2010, A.C., Vacqueyras, Rhône, France: Classic Rhone! Spicy, black fruit with smoke on the finish. Full-bodied and smooth, yet will also cellar well. Awesome price! Drink: 2013 - 2018 973453 14% XD 750 mL $23.95 Score: 92/100. December 2012. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Stark-Condé Three Pines Jonkershoek Cabernet Sauvignon 2008, Jonkershoek Valley, South Africa: Love it! Rustic with cedar forest and ripe wild blackberries. Full-bodied, layered and soooo satisfying. Drink: 2012 - 2016 288316 14.5% XD 750 mL $34.95 Score: 92/100. December 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Stonestreet Monument Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon 2007, Alexander Mountain Estates, Alexander Valley, California, United States: Full-bodied, rich and complex with classic aromas of blackberry, cassis and blackcurrant wrapped in a judicious weave of smoky oak. Great for the cellar. Drink: 2012 - 2016 285098 14.5% XD 750 mL $49.95 Score: 92/100. December 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Clos Du Val Zinfandel 2010, Napa Valley, California, United States: Juicy with black plums. Love this style as it doesn't feature purple plums and blueberries: it's darker and richer. Perfect for meat lovers' pizza and hearty meat dishes. Zinfandel food pairings: steaks, back ribs, stuffed roasted red peppers, grilled portobello mushrooms, sirloin-topped pizza. Drink: 2012 - 2016 590216 14% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 92/100. December 2012. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cinq Cépages Chateau St. Jean Cabernet Sauvignon 2008, Sonoma County, California, United States: Full-bodied and complex with mocha, fleshy black plum and savoury, meaty and juicy notes. Good for the cellar. Drink: 2012 - 2016 710913 14.4% XD 750 mL $75.95 Score: 92/100. December 2012. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Proprietary Red 2011, Napa Valley, California, United States: A juicy, full-bodied smooth red that reminds me of zinfandel. Terrific with hearty meat dishes. Drink: 2012 - 2016 104299 15.2% D 750 mL $49.95 Score: 92/100. December 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cuvelier Los Andes Colección 2009, Mendoza, Argentina: Savoury and meaty with terrific balance in this full-bodied red. Shows Old World finesse and styling backed up with the power and concentration of New World black fruit. Terrific! Cuvelier Los Andes Colección food pairings: beef stew. Drink: 2012 - 2016 144014 15% D 750 mL $21.95 Score: 93/100. December 2012. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mitolo Serpico Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, Mclaren Vale, South Australia, Australia: The Platonic ideal of cassis fleshed out by blackberry and dark spices. Full-bodied, smooth and balanced. Drink: 2012 - 2016 659599 14.5% D 750 mL $57.95 Score: 93/100. December 2012. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Burrowing Owl Estate Winery Syrah 2009, V.Q.A., Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada: Beautifully balanced, rich and mouth-watering with luscious aromas and flavours of black fruit and some mocha from oak aging on the long finish. Classic! Drink: 2012 - 2017 73072 14.5% XD 750 mL $40.95 Score: 93/100. December 2012. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Jackson-Triggs Delaine Syrah 2010, V.Q.A., Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada: Stunning and intriguing nose of dark spices and pepper with exotic black fruit. Rich, full-bodied and quite unlike anything I've tried from Canada. Some ghostly reminisces of Rhone in there but purely Ontario at the same time. Drink: 2012 - 2018 86553 12.5% D 750 mL $32.95 Score: 93/100. December 2012. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Chanson Clos Des Marconnets 1Er Cru Pinot Noir 2009, A.C., Beaune, Burgundy, France: Very aromatic ripe cherries, rose petal and some violet. Pretty, medium-bodied, satin texture. Gorgeous! Drink: 2012 - 2017 299792 13.5% XD 750 mL $49.95 Score: 93/100. December 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

J. Lohr Hilltop Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, Paso Robles, California, United States: Mocha-espresso nose with fleshy blackberry and black plums. Full-bodied and smooth with a cleansing grip on the finish. A thoroughly delicious wine for the holidays. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: braised ribs, slow-roasted beef. Drink: 2012 - 2016 686584 14.9% XD 750 mL $38.95 Score: 93/100. December 2012. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Wynns Coonawarra Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2008, Coonawarra, South Australia,, Australia: Luscious and rich with cassis, fleshy blackberry and blackcurrant. Absolutely classic with a long finish. Tremendous quality for the price. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: meaty chili, game meats featuring a side of scalloped potatoes with asiago and sage. Drink: 2012 - 2016 84996 14% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 94/100. December 2012. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Clos Du Roi Marsannay Louis Jadot, Domaine Gagey Pinot Noir 2009, A.C., Burgundy, France: Spectacular, especially for this price! Gorgeous layers of fleshy satin cherries, a hint of earth and wild forest violets. Liquid lingerie for seduction. Perfect for Christmas dinner. Drink: 2012 - 2018 124826 13.5% XD 750 mL $34.95 Score: 94/100. December 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rosés

Southbrook Vineyards Triomphe Cabernet Franc Rose 2011, V.Q.A., Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario, Canada: Field-fresh strawberries and barefoot happiness. Dry, refreshing and medium-bodied. This organic wine has just 21 mg/l of free sulphur. Drink: 2012 - 2014 279117 12% 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. December 2012. Top Rated Rosé Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sparkling Wine

Uvaggio Secco Moscato 2010, Lodi, California, United States: Dry and refreshing with aromas of lime blossom and rose petal. Medium-bodied. Great for curries. Drink: 2012 - 2014 297515 12% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 87/100. December 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Masottina Brut Treviso Prosecco, D.O.C., Veneto, Italy: Terrific price for this toasty refreshing bubbly. Serve at large parties: they'll love it and you won't blow the budget. Drink: 2012 - 2014 297838 11% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 88/100. December 2012. Best Value Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ruhlmann Signature Jean-Charles Brut Crémant D'alsace, A.C., Alsace, France: Toasty and refreshing at an awesome price. Loaded with green apple and fresh baked bread goodness. Great for parties. Crémant D'alsace food pairings: oysters, steamed clams, grilled portobello mushrooms, ratatouille. Drink: 2012 - 2015 297853 12% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. December 2012. Best Value Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine De Clos De L'epinay Tête De Cuvée Brut Vouvray Méthode Traditionnelle Chenin Blanc 2007, A.C., Loire Valley, France: Quite full-bodied, deep, robust and toasty with muscular lines and satisfaction. Great price! Chenin Blanc food pairings: rich seafood dishes. Drink: 2012 - 2015 298398 12% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. December 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Balbi Soprani D'acqui Brachetto, D.O.C.G., Piedmont, Italy: Wonderful red bubbly with some sweetness that's perfect for fruit desserts, especially with berries, or chocolate. Low alcohol. Yum! Brachetto food pairings: berry desserts, baked peaches, dark chocolate-covered cherries. Drink: 2012 - 2014 298570 6.5% MS 750 mL $16.95 Score: 90/100. December 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards Va De Vi Ultra Cuvée Sparkling White, Sonoma County, California, United States: Toasty and meaty/robust with lovely green apple and white peach notes. Drink: 2012 - 2015 200790 12.5% D 750 mL $26.95 Score: 90/100. December 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Beaumont Des Crayères Grand Prestige Brut Champagne, A.C., Champagne, France: Classic champagne at a bargain price! Toasting with refreshing notes of white peach. Long finish. Drink: 2012 - 2015 903443 12% XD 750 mL $46.95 Score: 92/100. December 2012. Top Rated Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Bonnaire Brut Grand Cru Récoltant-Manipulant Blanc De Blancs Champagne 2004, A.C., Champagne, France: Classic champagne, very aromatic, fantastic, mind-blowing price! Toasty, robust, refreshing... Toast the great life! Drink: 2012 - 2016 721035 12% XD 750 mL $62.95 Score: 92/100. December 2012. Top Rated Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

Domæne Gobelsburg Grüner Veltliner 2011, Niederösterreich, Austria: Dry, medium-bodied and mouth-watering with clean, pure lines and a lime lift finish. Great food wine. Drink: 2012 - 2014 965368 12.5% XD 750 mL $13.95 Score: 88/100. December 2012. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cave Spring Cellars Cave Spring Vineyard Chenin Blanc 2009, V.Q.A., Beamsville Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada: Off-dry with aromas and flavours of ripe peach. Medium-bodied. Chenin Blanc food pairings: goat cheese and asparagus stuffed crepes, scallops in a Dijon cream sauce. Drink: 2012 - 2015 627315 11.5% M 750 mL $17.95 Score: 88/100. December 2012. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mount Riley Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: Herbal, grassy good! Medium-bodied no oak, great for seafood and vegetarian dishes. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: chicken Alfredo dish. Drink: 2012 - 2015 981670 13% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 88/100. December 2012. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Alamos Viognier 2011, Mendoza, Argentina: Lovely and aromatic with rose petal, lily and baking spices. Medium-bodied and delicious. Perfect for Asian and curries. Viognier food pairings: Thai red-curry chicken, grilled shrimp. Drink: 2012 - 2015 507830 13.5% XD 750 mL $13.95 Score: 89/100. December 2012. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Kanu Kcb Chenin Blanc 2006, W.O., Stellenbosch, South Africa: Terrific, aromatic, full-bodied with a toasty kiss of oak. Fleshy ripe peach and melon. Yum! Chenin Blanc food pairings: seafood with cream sauce and pasta. Drink: 2012 - 2015 907089 13.5% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 89/100. December 2012. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Jim Barry Wines The Lodge Hill Dry Riesling 2011, Clare Valley, South Australia, Australia: Love it! Etrol, lemon blossom, mineral depth. Mouth-watering and dry. Supreme! Riesling food pairings: grilled calamari, shrimp with pesto pasta dish. Drink: 2012 - 2016 262469 12% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. December 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ladies Who Shoot Their Lunch Wild Ferment Fowles Wine Chardonnay 2011, Strathbogie Ranges, Victoria, Australia: Lovely balance with toasted almond and green apple. Mouth-watering. Drink: 2012 - 2016 298380 13.5% D 750 mL $35.95 Score: 90/100. December 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

St. Urbans-Hof Old Vines Riesling 2011, Q.B.A., Mosel, Germany: Off-dry with lovely peach and pear ripeness. Perfect for glazed ham or sweet potatoes. Riesling food pairings: sushi, grilled salmon. Drink: 2012 - 2016 995746 9.5% M 750 mL $16.95 Score: 90/100. December 2012. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Hervé Azo Vau De Vey 1Er Cru Chablis 2010, A.C., Burgundy, France: Lovely! Green apple and almond with lovely lusciousness. Wonderful for chardonnay lovers who don't like a lot of oak but still want richness. Drink: 2012 - 2018 240655 12.5% XD 750 mL $26.95 Score: 91/100. December 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Gustave Lorentz Réserve Riesling 2010, A.C., Alsace, France: Intense with lime purity and lemon lift. Gorgeous, dry and mouth-watering. Medium-bodied and perfect for turkey dinner. Riesling food pairings: pork loin, freshwater fish. Drink: 2012 - 2018 641639 12.5% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 92/100. December 2012. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Charles Wantz Excellence Gewurztraminer 2010, A.C., Alsace, France: Classic gewurz! Lychee, rose petal and baking spices. Absolutely for spicy dishes, curries and cream dishes. Gewurztraminer food pairings: cottage cheese and freshly sliced fruit. Drink: 2012 - 2018 298539 13% M 750 mL $17.95 Score: 92/100. December 2012. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Bachelder Oregon Chardonnay 2010, Willamette Valley, Oregon, United States: Gorgeous depth and concentration yet great finesse. Lovely length on the finish. The work of a master. Chardonnay food pairings: crab cakes, pork chops, chicken thighs in a light cream sauce. Drink: 2012 - 2016 273334 13% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 92/100. December 2012. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Dr. Pauly-Bergweiler Bernkasteler Badstube Riesling Spätlese 2011, Prädikatswein, Mosel, Germany: Decisive sweetness is balanced by terrific mouth-watering acidity. Fleshy ripe peach and pear. Oh Yum! Riesling Spätlese food pairings: turkey and spicy stuffing. Drink: 2012 - 2018 727370 8% M 750 mL $24.95 Score: 93/100. December 2012. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Robert Mondavi Winery Fumé Blanc 2009, Napa Valley, California, United States: Crisp, dry and fresh with a lemon-lime lift through the core. Very deft/light use of oak preserves the refreshment of this wine and its versatility with food. Drink: 2012 - 2015 221887 13.9% D 750 mL $22.95 Score: 90/100. December 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Louis Jadot Pouilly-Fuissé 2009, A.C., Burgundy, France: Classic French Burgundy (Chardonnay) with green apple, white peach and a sniff of smoke. So elegant and crisp. Perfect with a variety of dishes from roast chicken to seafood in cream sauce. Pouilly-Fuissé food pairings: grilled chicken, lobster dishes. Drink: 2011 - 2016 732917 13% XD 750 mL $33.95 Score: 92/100. December 2012. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


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