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Vintages Release June 22, 2013

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Dessert Wine

Lakeview Cellars Icewine Cabernet Franc 2011, V.Q.A., Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada: Raspberry preserves spread on a warm, freshly baked biscuit that you're eating in the sun. Close your eyes and enjoy. Cabernet Franc food pairings: chocolate desserts. Drink: 2013 - 2018 53397 11% S 200 mL $29.95 Score: 92/100. June 2013. Top Rated Dessert Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Dr. Pauly-Bergweiler Bernkasteler Alte Badstube Am Doctorberg Riesling Spätlese 2011, Prädikatswein, Mosel, Germany: Lovely apricot and honeysuckle richness on the nose and palate. Unctuous and mouth-watering with a lingering, long finish. Lovely with fruit-based desserts. 140764 8.5% MS 750 mL $24.95 Score: 91/100. June 2013. Top Rated Dessert Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Red Wine

Monte Faustino Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico 2007, D.O.C., Veneto, Italy: Broker a deal between competing motorcycle gangs with this robust red. It's the only way to make them all fall silent and agree on something. Rich robust flavours of fleshy black plums and blackberries, liqueur-like concentration, though it's a dry wine. Good dark spice and signed contracts on the finish. I've also recommended robust Italian reds under $20 in this release, as well as terrific cabernet, shiraz and malbec from California, Australia and Argentina. Drink: 2013 - 2019 327122 16.5% XD 750 mL $51.95 Score: 92/100. June 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Taja Reserva Mähler-Besse Monastrell 2009, D.O., Jumilla, Spain: A robust, tasty red for quaffing not analyzing. Dark fruit aromas and some oak. This wine is made mostly from the Monastrell (Mourvèdre) grape with some Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon. It's aged for about a year in oak. Perfect for movie night. Food pairings: pizza, pasta. Drink: 2013 - 2015 243329 14% D 750 mL $15.95 Score: 85/100. June 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Croix Valong Terres D'avignon 2010, A.P., Côtes Du Rhône, France: Full-bodied with purple plums and cedar brush. Rustic and pleasant. Hearty meat dishes. Food pairings: pepper steaks and grilled mushrooms. Drink: 2013 - 2015 328443 14% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 86/100. June 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Lamadrid Single Vineyard Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Argentina, Argentina: A full-bodied red with blackcurrant and blackberry notes. Good balance and a pleasing finish. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: gourmet hamburgers, sausages. Drink: 2013 - 2016 223206 14% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 87/100. June 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Labrande Jean-Luc Baldès, Vign. Malbec 2009, A.C., Cahors, Southwest, France: Robust and rustic with black cherry aromas and flavours. Great BQ wine. Drink: 2013 - 2015 225060 13.5% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 87/100. June 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine La Borie Blanche Terroirs D'altitude Lorgeril 2008, A.C., Minervois La Livinière, Midi, France: A robust, straight-forward red with dark berry and black plum and tar aromas and flavours. This wine is a blend of Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre grapes. Great for steak. Drink: 2013 - 2015 328542 13.5% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 87/100. June 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

L.A. Cetto Petite Sirah 2011, Guadalupe Valley, Baja California, Mexico: One of the best values year after year when you want straight-up black fruit pleasure. Trimmed with oak, but not too much.... But hey you're seriously not analyzing this at $11.95? Thought so. Fire up the grill. Petite Sirah food pairings: spicy black bean dishes, grilled steaks. Drink: 2013 - 2015 983742 14% XD 750 mL $11.95 Score: 87/100. June 2013. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Goats do Roam The Goatfather 2011, Wo Coastal Region, South Africa: Juicy purple and black plum aromas with dark spice. Happy, straight-up pleasure in a glass. Full-bodied, but not heavy. This wine is a non-traditional blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Barbera and Nebbiolo grapes. Some terrific notes of cherry and blackberry on the finish. I love this producer's sense of humour as evident by the name of this wine and others. Food pairings: meat lovers' pizza, chicken wings, grilled burgers, sausages. Drink: 2012 - 2015 11072 14.6% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 88/100. June 2013. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Juan Benegas Malbec 2010, Mendoza, Argentina: A pleasant, full-bodied smooth red with dark fruit. There's black cherry and spice on the finish. Good price for a solid wine. Ready to enjoy tonight with pizza or hamburgers. Malbec food pairings: barbecued steaks, ribs, chargrilled lamb, spaghetti & meat balls, osso buco. Drink: 2011 - 2015 222273 14% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 88/100. June 2013. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Neromora 2009, D.O.C., Irpinia Campi Taurasini, Campania, Italy: Mocha-dark chocolate on the nose and palate. Fleshy sweet black plums. Robust and smooth. Try it char-grilled steak. Food pairings: braised or grilled meats. Drink: 2013 - 2015 320739 13.5% D 750 mL $18.95 Score: 88/100. June 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Correnson Réserve Spéciale Hand Picked Peyres & Fils, Prop.,-Récolt. 2011, A.C., Côtes Du Rhône, France: Good price for this robust, juicy red. Aromas and flavours of black raspberry and dark spice. Great for BBQ meats. Food pairings: grilled steaks, gourmet burgers, hard cheeses. Drink: 2013 - 2016 334482 14.5% D 750 mL $16.95 Score: 88/100. June 2013. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Bizard Montagne De Raucoule 2010, A.C., Grignan-Les-Adhemar, Rhône, France: A blend of equal parts Grenache and Syrah, this robust red offers aromas of black raspberry and dark spices. Smooth and satisfying. Great for grilled meats. Drink: 2013 - 2016 336131 14% XD 750 mL $20.95 Score: 88/100. June 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Quinta Do Roncão Maria Manuela Reserva 2011, D.O.C., Douro, Portugal: An opulent, robust red with dollops of fleshy dark cherries, raisins and hickory smoke. Some dark spices on the finish. Terrific! Decant 1 hour and enjoy with hearty meat dishes. Food pairings: smoky burgers, steaks, flavourful cheeses. Drink: 2012 - 2015 147942 14.1% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 89/100. June 2013. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Le Ferme Du Mont Le Ponnant Stéphane Vedeau 2011, A.C., Côtes Du Rhône-Villages, France: Savoury, cedary and chewy with satisfying aromas and flavours of black cherry and forest floor. Full-bodied and smooth, though decant for an hour for maximum pleasure. This is a tremendous value for wine of this quality: perfect for parties and potluck gatherings. Drink: 2012 - 2016 171371 14.5% XD 750 mL $17.00 Score: 89/100. June 2013. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Vineland Estates Winery Pinot Meunier 2011, V.Q.A., Niagara Escarpment, Ontario, Canada: Lovely essence of Pinot Meunier -- an undiscovered red grape often just used in a blend like an understudy. This offers enticing notes of soft cherry and red floral aromas. Perfect for roast turkey or chicken. Makes a nice aperitif too. Medium-bodied and balanced. Pinot Meunier food pairings: turkey. Drink: 2013 - 2015 225508 13% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 89/100. June 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Viña Ventisquero Queulat Carmenere 2010, Maipo Valley, Chile: Blackberry and purple plum depth, juicy, full-bodied and smooth. Straight-up pleasure from the glass. Open it tonight with some pizza. Drink: 2011 - 2015 243386 14.5% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 89/100. June 2013. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

McManis Family Vineyards Zinfandel 2011, California, United States: Woodsmoke and whispered campfire stories. Full-bodied, warm like a tartan blanket with drowsy-eyed half attention. Plus with fleshy black and purple plums. Zinfandel food pairings: burgers, dry-rubbed ribs, mildly spiced chicken wings. Drink: 2013 - 2015 256735 14.5% D 750 mL $17.00 Score: 89/100. June 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Les Vieux Ormes Meritage 2010, A.C., Lalande De Pomerol, Bordeaux, France: Big and brooding with black fruit, smoke and tar. Good price for complex and balanced Bordeaux. Decant 2 hours and give it a few years in the cellar. Try it with filet mignon. Meritage food pairings: duck in a red wine sauce, lamb burgers with blue cheese. Drink: 2014 - 2018 321380 13.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. June 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Viña Eguía Reserva 2007, D.O.C.A., Rioja, Spain: Grapes from 30-year-old vines and the wine is matured for 2 years in American oak. Full-bodied with attractive aromas and flavours of dark fruit and smoke. Try it with grilled meats. Drink: 2013 - 2015 325845 13.5% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 89/100. June 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Chateau Los Boldos Vieilles Vignes Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Cachapoal Alto, Cachapoal Valley, Chile: Complex, robust and superb, especially for the price. Mocha-dark chocolate from the oak then classic cassis and blackberry. Perfect for rare steak and great conversation. Drink: 2013 - 2016 661 13.5% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 90/100. June 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château La Commanderie Meritage 2009, A.C. St.-Estèphe, Bordeaux, France: A lovely wine with remarkable balance, finesse and finish. Aromas of dark fruit and smoke. Decant 1 hour. Complex and balanced with a long, satisfying finish. Meritage food pairings: ravioli, herbed chicken, pork tenderloin. Drink: 2012 - 2016 35774 13.4% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 90/100. June 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine De La Charbonnière 2010, A.C., Châteauneuf-Du-Pape, Rhône, France: Black fruit, smoke and tar on the nose with dark spice, cedar brush and smoke on the palate. Full-bodied, layered and complex. Decant 2 hours. It will also do well in the cellar. Drink: 2014 - 2018 62711 14% XD 750 mL $39.95 Score: 90/100. June 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Lavau Gigondas 2010, A.C., Rhône, France: As they say: lashings of black fruit with a tarry streak through it. Full-bodied and scrumptious, ready to meet any hearty meat dish head on. Some earthiness and pepper on the finish. Supremely satisfying. Food pairings: hearty meat dish. Drink: 2012 - 2017 234955 13.9% XD 750 mL $26.95 Score: 90/100. June 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Flagstone Writer's Block Pinotage 2010, W.O., Western Cape, South Africa: Mocha espresso robust red with satin texture and a great finish. Very juicy and generous with attractive black plum aromas and flavours. Excellent pinotage. Try it with grillled pork chops. Drink: 2013 - 2015 243337 14% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. June 2013. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Alvaro Castro Red 2009, D.O.C., Dão, Portugal: Savoury, meaty and full-bodied with a pleasantly refreshing finish. Black fruit and tarry depths. Great wine for big meat dishes and barbecue. Decant for 1-2 hours. Drink: 2012 - 2015 285288 13% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 90/100. June 2013. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Maris La Touge Minervois La Livinière Syrah 2009, A.C., Midi, France: Black cherry liqueur aromas on the nose with that concentrated intensity of flavour and pleasure on the palate. this is mostly Syrah with some (12-15%) Grenache grapes in the blend. Velvet smooth and mouth-filling. This wine was made for the BBQ. Drink: 2013 - 2015 325084 14.7% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. June 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Stoneleigh Latitude Pinot Noir 2011, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: Smoky, beautiful ... Luscious layers, medium-bodied. Black cherry forever. Try it with roast turkey or planked salmon. Drink: 2013 - 2015 325654 14% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 90/100. June 2013. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Vieux Clocher Symphonie Des Galets Arnoux & Fils 2009, A.C., Châteauneuf-Du-Pape, Rhône, France: Full-bodied and juicy with cedar brush and black wild raspberry. Dry, complex and concentrated. Long finish. Drink: 2014 - 2018 328591 14.5% XD 750 mL $34.95 Score: 90/100. June 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Wakefield Merlot 2012, Clare Valley, South Australia, Australia: Juicy and fleshy with purple and black plum aromas with lots of mouth-watering acidity for food. Reminds me somewhat of California zinfandel, though the signature is definitely Australian. Smooth and full-bodied. Terrific price! Attractive smoke and dark fruit on the finish. Perfect for pizza! Merlot food pairings: grilled steak, pan-roasted beef filet and rösti potatoes, cheeseburgers, bitter-sweet chocolate, turkey. Drink: 2012 - 2016 683201 14.5% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 90/100. June 2013. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Georges Duboeuf Jean Descombes Gamay 2011, A.C., Burgundy, Morgon, France: Terrific aromas of black cherry and pepper on the nose. The palate is fleshy and rich and mouth-filling. Don't' confuse this wine with beaujolais nouveau: there's far more depth and complexity here. Perfect for movie night. Lots of mouth-watering acidity for a wide range of dishes from salmon to roast chicken and turkey. Gamay food pairings: turkey, hamburgers, pizza. Drink: 2012 - 2015 946186 13.5% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 90/100. June 2013. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Kunde Zinfandel 2008, Sonoma Valley, California, United States: A full-bodied, smooth wine with aromas of vibrant, ripe raspberries and blackberries. This is classic Californian zinfandel. Rich in texture and weight but not heavy. Is there a better wine for barbecue? I think not! Zinfandel food pairings: lamb shanks, beef bourguignon. Drink: 2012 - 2015 965921 14.5% XD 750 mL $21.95 Score: 90/100. June 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Concha Y Toro Marqués De Casa Concha Syrah Shiraz 2009, Buin, Maipo Valley, Chile: Lip-smacking delicious and sensuous with full-bodied, roll-on flavour. Dark field berries that squeeze their precious juice and concentrated flavour on to your palate as you swallow. Great value in this bottle. Superb! Syrah Shiraz food pairings: lamb cutlets, chicken, beef bourguignon, Tourtière. Drink: 2011 - 2015 19042 14.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 91/100. June 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Marqués De Murrieta Reserva Tempranillo Garnacha Mazuelo 2006, D.O.C.A., Rioja, Spain: Oh so yummy! Full-bodied and mouth-watering with rich, dark, ripe fruit and a lovely weave of oak. This wine is a blend of tempranillo, garnacha and mazuelo grapes. A Diana Krall wine: packs power in a velvet glove. Lovely long finish, like an encore for the senses. Tempranillo Garnacha Mazuelo food pairings: black bean soup, short ribs, sharp cheddar, pork. Drink: 2012 - 2016 209148 14% D 750 mL $24.95 Score: 91/100. June 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Napa Valley, California, United States: Black cherry liqueur aromas and flavours with toasty oak and spice and lots of mocha from generous oaking. Lots of layered complexity here. Finishes long and dry, leaving you wanting more. This wine will cellar well. It's one of California's flagship wines. Drink with filet mignon or when you cash out your Google stock. There were 9,600 cases made of this wine. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: Asian chicken salad, pasta, sherry potatoes, chicken cacciatore. Drink: 2012 - 2018 711663 14.5% XD 750 mL $139.95 Score: 92/100. June 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Saint Gayan Gigondas 2009, A.C., Rhône, France: Black raspberry, dark spice and smoke on the nose of this stupendous robust red blend of 80% grenache, 15% syrah and 5% mourvèdre grapes. Spices and black cherry on a long finish that demands a steak. Be nice to this wine and it will love you back. Drink: 2013 - 2019 718221 13% D 750 mL $30.95 Score: 92/100. June 2013. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château La Nerthe 2010, A.C., Châteauneuf-Du-Pape, Rhône, France: A highly aromatic red with deep, rich layers of black fruit, dark spice on the palate. Layered and complex with lots of concentrated pleasure. Some underbrush and garrigue along with black pepper on the finish. Decant 2 hours and drink with a juicy steak. Drink: 2014 - 2019 735407 13% XD 750 mL $43.95 Score: 92/100. June 2013. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Pegasus Bay Pinot Noir 2009, Waipara Valley, South Island, New Zealand: Lovely concentration of fleshy dark cherries and raspberries on the nose and palate. Smooth and medium- to full-bodied with superb balance. Absolutely luscious! Try it tonight. Pinot Noir food pairings: basil pesto, frittata, planked salmon. Drink: 2011 - 2016 31294 13.5% XD 750 mL $48.95 Score: 93/100. June 2013. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Louis Jadot Beaune Theurons 1Er Cru Pinot Noir 2010, A.C., Burgundy, France: Absolutely splendid: The aromas of violets and wild fleshy cherry tumble out of the bottle in a profusion for the senses. Medium- to almost full-bodied with a luxurious velvet texture. Please get me a case for my birthday. (Did you know my birthday’s tomorrow?) This wine will also do well in the cellar. The grapes for this wine come from a section of the vineyard on the middle of the slope. Drink: 2012 - 2018 42838 13.5% XD 750 mL $45.95 Score: 93/100. June 2013. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

The Hedonist Walter Clappis Wine Co. Shiraz 2009, Mclaren Vale, South Australia, Australia: Savory, meaty and juicy with luscious layers of black fruit. This is a big-boned wine, yet balanced. Love the replays of fleshy blackberries and plums across the palate. Mouth-watering and perfect for ribeye steak. Bring it on. Shiraz food pairings: bison steak, grilled cheese sandwich, chicken marsala, Mexican dishes, tandoori flavored dishes. Drink: 2011 - 2016 90191 14% D 750 mL $23.95 Score: 93/100. June 2013. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Grant Burge Corryton Park Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia: Smoky, savoury and seductive with black fruit, tar and smoke. Full-bodied and smooth with an edge of black fruit that's classically cabernet: cassis and blackberry. Try it with grilled steaks. Drink: 2013 - 2016 317834 14.5% XD 750 mL $32.95 Score: 93/100. June 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tommasi Classico Amarone Della Valpolicella 2009, D.O.C., Veneto, Italy: Black cherry, fruitcake, dark spices and brooding mystery on the nose. Full-bodied and velvet smooth. Lovely, lovely, lovely. Mouth-filling with some dark plum on a long finish. Classic Amarone. This half bottle size is perfect for nights when you and your dining companion want just a glass and half or so. Amarone Della Valpolicella food pairings: meaty stews, roasts, blue cheese, hamburger, osso buco. Drink: 2011 - 2020 980128 15% D 375 mL $26.95 Score: 93/100. June 2013. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rosés

San Jacopo Da Vicchiomaggio Rosato Rosé 2012, I.G.T., Tuscany, Italy: Pretty and simple with mouth-watering acidity and bone-dry goodness. Some faint aromas of field strawberries. Rosé food pairings: grilled stuffed red peppers, tomato-lovers’ pizza. Drink: 2013 - 2014 322867 13% D 750 mL $13.95 Score: 87/100. June 2013. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Muralhas De Monção Rosé 2012, D.O.C., Vinho Verde, Portugal: Exceptionally pretty and tasty for the price! Medium-bodied, bone-dry, mouth-watering with aromas of field strawberries. Great aperitif or companion to seafood. Rosé food pairings: lightly herbed grilled fish, veggie kebabs, summer salads. Drink: 2013 - 2014 322883 11% M 750 mL $12.95 Score: 89/100. June 2013. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Caves D'esclans Whispering Angel Rosé 2012, A.C., Côtes De Provence, France: Robust for Provençal rose: field strawberries, bone-dry. Mouth-watering. Nice aperitif. Rosé food pairings: salmon and capers. 325076 13.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. June 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaines Ott Rosé 2012, A.C., Côtes De Provence, France: Light and pretty with pale pink aromas of fleeting field strawberries. Bone-dry and light-bodied. Love the funky bottle. Try it as an aperitif. Drink: 2013 - 2015 74617 12.5% XD 750 mL $46.95 Score: 89/100. June 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Southbank Pink Sauvignon Blanc Rosé 2012, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: Smells and tastes like New Zealand with a pink grapefruit finish. Mouth-watering acidity and medium-bodied with great refreshment. Bone-dry. Sauvignon Blanc Rosé food pairings: green salads featuring fresh fruit, grilled prawns. Drink: 2013 - 2014 325498 13% D 750 mL $16.95 Score: 89/100. June 2013. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Famille Perrin Tavel Rosé 2012, A.C., Rhône, France: Full-bodied and dry with deep flavours of wild raspberries. Very refreshing yet satisfying too. This will stand up to grilled meats, especially chicken and pork. Rosé food pairings: herbed salmon steaks, turkey breasts, lamb burgers. Drink: 2013 - 2015 680801 13.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 91/100. June 2013. Top Rated Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sparkling Wine

Château Moncontour Cuvée Prédilection Brut Vouvray Méthode Traditionnelle Chenin Blanc 2010, A.C., Loire, France: Lemon richness, toasty oak, great refreshment. You can't beat this quality for this price. Try it with shellfish. Drink: 2013 - 2015 168963 12% D 750 mL $18.95 Score: 90/100. June 2013. Best Value Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Graham Beck Brut Sparkling Wine Méthode Cap Classique Sparkling White, W.O., Western Cape, South Africa: An absolute steal for such a terrific sparkling wine! Toasty and crisp. Buy several cases for your summer parties. This is a blend of pinot noir and chardonnay grapes. There's a white pear lift on the finish. Graham Beck is considered one of South Africa's finest producer of sparkling wine. This is a blend of 54/46 of pinot noir and chardonnay. Drink: 2013 - 2016 593483 12% D 750 mL $18.95 Score: 90/100. June 2013. Best Value Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

Domaine De La Gravelle Vieilles Vignes Sèvre Et Maine Véronique Günther-Chéreau Muscadet 2011, A.C., Loire, France: Floral on the nose with some white peach then lots of mouth-watering zest on the palate. Medium-bodied, crisp and clean, much like sauvignon blanc, but less herbal, more floral. Try it with seafood. If you're looking for more full-bodied white wines, try the chardonnays I've recommended in this release. Drink: 2013 - 2015 322610 12% XD 750 mL $12.95 Score: 87/100. June 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rosewood Estates Winery & Meadery Sémillon 2011, V.Q.A., Beamsville Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada: This single-vineyard, 100% Semillon is very pleasant with lovely notes of white peach and apricot. Soft acidity and medium-bodied. It's an amazingly lovely aperitif. Try it with seafood. Drink: 2013 - 2015 177758 12.5% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 88/100. June 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Uvaggio Vermentino 2011, Lodi, California, United States: Clean, crisp and fresh with lime and white grapefruit aromas and flavours. Medium=bodied with good, mouth-watering acidity for fresh seafood and salads. Vermentino food pairings: seafood. Drink: 2013 - 2015 279281 11% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 88/100. June 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Fontaine Du Clos Jf. Barnier, Vign. Muscat À Petits Grains 2011, I.G.P., Vaucluse, Rhône, France: This wine smells a little sweet but it's bone dry. Pretty and floral with apple blossoms on the nose. Good mouth-watering acidity for seafood on the palate. Medium-bodied. Drink: 2013 - 2015 329078 12.5% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 88/100. June 2013. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Kaiken Terroir Series Montes Premium Wines Torrontés 2012, Salta, Argentina: Clementine and blossom nose with good mouth-watering acidity for vegetarian dishes and salads. Some lime on the finish. Medium-bodied and bone-dry. Drink: 2013 - 2015 330407 13.5% D 750 mL $15.95 Score: 88/100. June 2013. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cave Talmard Mâcon-Uchizy Mallory & Benjamin Talmard Prop.-Récolt. Chardonnay 2011, A.C., Burgundy, France: Lemon-zip refreshment. Clean and crisp. Perfect served chilled as an aperitif or companion to fresh seafood and salads. This wine is made with the aromatic clone of Chardonnay called Chardonnay Musqué. Vibrant and expressive right through to the finish. Chardonnay food pairings: seafood, lake fish and a squeeze of lemon. Drink: 2012 - 2015 733956 13% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 88/100. June 2013. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Famiglia Bianchi Chardonnay 2012, Mendoza, Argentina: Lovely, especially for the price! Rich and round with green apple aromas and a toasty goodness. The grapes for this chardonnay were handpicked and then the wine was barrel-fermented for extra creaminess and texture. There's some golden lemon notes on the finish. Leaves you longing for more. Chardonnay food pairings: broccoli mornay, cheese fondue, planked salmon, sea bass in a cream sauce, turkey, vegetable stir-fry. Drink: 2013 - 2015 1461 13% D 750 mL $14.95 Score: 89/100. June 2013. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Villa Tonino Grillo 2010, I.G.T., Sicily, Italy: Floral on the nose with a steely dry finish on the palate. If you love Torrontes from Argentina, try this: slightly dried but it has that seductive floral signature. This is a terrific, mouth-watering aperitif with dry lemon notes. Grillo is an increasingly popular Italian grape. I can imagine a glass of this chilled sitting out on the deck or patio. Grillo food pairings: seafood salad. Drink: 2012 - 2015 289579 13% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 89/100. June 2013. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Siete Fincas Chardonnay 2011, Mendoza, Argentina: Gorgeous full-bodied, buttery chardonnay with toasted almond on the finish. Layers of pleasure here at an incredibly great price. Highly recommended. Chardonnay food pairings: boiled lobster with butter. Drink: 2013 - 2016 222752 13% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 90/100. June 2013. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Bougrier Touraine Sauvignon Blanc 2011, A.C., Loire, France: Crisp and clean with just enough acidity that's not aggressive, just refreshing. Lovely lemon and lime aromas and flavours co-mingle. Pretty amazing for the price. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: shrimp dishes. Drink: 2013 - 2015 322644 12.5% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 90/100. June 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Penfolds Thomas Hyland Chardonnay 2012, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia: Lovely green apple vibrancy on the nose and palate wrapped in just enough toasty oak. Terrific balance; full-bodied but never heavy. There's some white and green melon on the finish. This wine gets better every year: superb craftsmanship. This wine would be terrific with grilled pork chops or chicken. Chardonnay food pairings: barbecued pork, butter-brushed prawns, black bean sauces, Asian dishes, Greek salad, salmon, chicken. Drink: 2012 - 2015 611228 13.5% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. June 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Burgáns Martín Códax Albariño 2011, D.O., Rias Baixas, Spain: Clean, crisp and fresh with bright lime-lemon aromas and mouth-watering white grapefruit flavours. Great aperitif or food companion. This vibrant white wine hails from the northern region of Spain where the climate maintains the crispness in style. Perfect for a wide range of dishes from fresh seafood to salads. Albariño food pairings: seafood stews, grilled shrimp. Drink: 2012 - 2015 945063 13% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 90/100. June 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Lone Birch Pinot Gris 2012, Yakima Valley, Washington State, United States: A terrific taste experience for the money! Vibrant ripe pear and almond aromas. Gentle acidity, mouth-filling lusciousness and balance. Medium-bodied with a touch of sweetness that's perfect for medium curries and glazed ham. Unique: this will get you out of your white wine rut. Drink: 2013 - 2015 324905 13% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 91/100. June 2013. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Seguin Pouilly Fumé 2011, A.C., Loire, France: Lemon sunshine! Mouth-watering acidity as bright as coming out of a dark room into the sun. Lovely refreshment and crispness. Cries out for food like seafood and salads. Medium-bodied and ultra-dry. Pouilly Fumé food pairings: grilled chicken breast, tuna steaks. Drink: 2013 - 2016 81414 12.5% XD 750 mL $23.95 Score: 92/100. June 2013. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaines Schlumberger Kessler Grand Cru Pinot Gris 2008, A.C., Alsace, France: Dried apricot and apple blossom on the nose. Some sweetness on palate is perfectly balanced with acidity for a wide range of dishes, think glazed ham, medium curries, Asian. Gorgeous clementine, baking spice and smoke on the finish. Try it! Drink: 2013 - 2017 249623 13% M 750 mL $25.95 Score: 93/100. June 2013. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Stags' Leap Winery Chardonnay 2011, Napa Valley, California, United States: A chardonnay that's vibrant and alive! Great acidity yet lovely richness and complexity with green apple, baking spice and tree fruit aromas. This is superb craftsmanship for one of California's flagship white wines. Lovely baked apple and vanilla smoke on a long finish. Highly recommended. Chardonnay food pairings: butter-brushed lobster tail, goat cheese, cheese fondue, pork chops. Drink: 2012 - 2017 655381 14.1% D 750 mL $34.95 Score: 93/100. June 2013. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Featherstone Winery Sauvignon Blanc 2012, V.Q.A., Niagara Escarpment, Ontario, Canada: Fresh lime citrus notes with some smoke on the finish. Medium-bodied and mouth-watering. Terrific for salads and seafood. Drink: 2013 - 2015 89011 13% M 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. June 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rodney Strong Wine Estates Charlotte's Home Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Sonoma County, California, United States: Lovely lemon zest refreshment yet there's also a mouth-filling richness. No heavy oak or smoke here. This would be terrific with fresh seafood or salads. Drink: 2013 - 2015 255968 13.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 91/100. June 2013. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


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