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Vintages Release October 12, 2013

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Dessert Wine

Osborne Solaz Pedro Ximenez 1827 Premium Sweet Sherry, D.O., Jerez, Spain: A gorgeous sherry with lovely aromatic of spiced toffee, nuts and dried fruit. Perfect for after-dinner sipping, especially when paired with spice cake. Drink: 2013 - 2018 47944 17% S 750 mL $17.95 Score: 92/100. October 2013. Best Value Dessert Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sandeman Vau Vintage Port 2000, D.O.C., Douro, Portugal: Love it! Savoury cherry liqueur with cedar goodness. Rich layers with a long finish. Drink: 2010 - 2025 251090 20% S 750 mL $19.95 Score: 94/100. October 2013. Favourite Dessert Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Weinbach Furstentum Vendanges Tardives Gewurztraminer 2008, Alsace, France: A lovely after-dinner wine with vibrant aromas of apricot, melon and mango. Terrific finish with light spices, clementine and cinnamon dust. Great aging potential. Drink: 2013 - 2022 582007 13% MS 375 mL $75.00 Score: 94/100. October 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Quady Essencia Orange Muscat 2012, California, United States: Exotic and wonderful with a Clementine dipped in chocolate flavour. Can’t imagine a better wine with many desserts or on its own. Drink: 2012 - 2018 299552 15% S 375 mL $13.95 Score: 91/100. October 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Other Wines/Drinks

Hine Antique Xo Premier Cru Grande Champagne Cognac, A.C., Cognac, France: A tremendous expression of cognac, with signature aromas of clementine, cinnamon spice and toffee. Orange zest on a long finish. Perfect for after-dinner conversations. Drink: 2013 - 2030 145466 40% S 750 mL $235.95 Score: 96/100. October 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Schmerling's Chocolate Liqueur K Royal Wines, Switzerland: Liquid chocolate! To-die-for, literally death by chocolate. Good luck trying to be moderate with this liqueur when you pour. It's perfect on it's own or with desserts, especially angel food cake. Then you'll truly have gone to heaven with your senses. 284109 16.9% 750 mL $32.95 Score: 92/100. October 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Red Wine

Anakota Helena Dakota Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2008, California, United States: Intense and full-bodied with seductive aromas of black fruit, tar, cigar box, dark spices and murmurred conversations. Decant 2 hours and enjoy. Drink: 2012 - 2016 180984 14.8% XD 750 mL $89.95 Score: 92/100. October 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Kooyong Wines Ferrous Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia: Lots of oak on the nose is matched by the intensity of black cherry aromas and flavours. A vibrant, mouth-watering pinot noir with lots of New World vitality and enery. Full-bodied, smooth and supple. On the finish: fleshy black raspberry, anise and and spicecake. Drink: 2013 - 2016 287805 13% D 750 mL $59.00 Score: 92/100. October 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Featherstone Winery Twenty Mile Bench Cabernet Franc 2011, V.Q.A., Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada: A rich, medium- to full-bodied red wine with enticing aromas of mocha and black fruit. There's a savoury note on the mid-palate with a satisfying long finish. Perfect for dinner parties and more casual get-togethers. This wine was matured in American oak. Decant 1 hour for maximum pleasure. Cabernet Franc food pairings: lamb, beef rosciutto, black bean soup. Drink: 2012 - 2016 64618 12.3% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 90/100. October 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mitolo Jester Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Mclaren Valle, Australia: Full-bodied with smoky black fruit. Great concentration and depth with a good finish. Very satisfying. Packed with flavour yet not jammy or heavy. Surprising acidity that makes it great with food. Full-bodied and smooth with lusciously ripe dark fruit. Drink: 2013 - 2017 43224 14.9% XD 750 mL $21.95 Score: 92/100. October 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mitolo Shiraz 2011, Mclaren Valle, Australia: Meaty, juicy and savoury with aromas of plush plums and want-to-squeeze-them fleshy dark blackberries. This full-bodied, supple Shiraz delivers some kind of wonderful for your senses. Drink: 2013 - 2016 659607 15% D 750 mL $23.95 Score: 93/100. October 2013. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château De Saint-Lager Brouilly Gamay (Beaujolais) 2011, A.C., Beaujolais, France: Tart cherries, medium body and smooth with a bit of stemmy, herbal notes. Refreshing with good acidity. Straightforward. Drink: 2013 - 2015 330027 13% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 87/100. October 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Latium Morini Campo Dei Ciliegi Ripasso Valpolicella Superiore 2009, D.O.C., Veneto, Italy: Full-bodied with tart black cherries and earth. Smooth. Needs a hearty meat dish with some acidity, like the wine itself. Ripasso Valpolicella Superiore food pairings: hearty stews. Drink: 2013 - 2016 339036 14.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 87/100. October 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Bocchino Giuseppi Arduine Barbera D'asti 2011, D.O.C.G., Piedmont, Italy: Full-bodied, tart and juicy with sour black cherry and smoky notes. Good value. Pair with hearty meat dishes. Barbera D'asti food pairings: pasta in tomato sauce. Drink: 2013 - 2016 343277 13.5% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 87/100. October 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Le Volte Dell' Ornellaia 2011, I.G.T., Tuscany, Italy: Full-bodied with black fruit and mouth-watering acidity. Short finish. I'd expect more from the second label or this Super Tuscan producer. Drink: 2013 - 2016 964221 13.5% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 87/100. October 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Frank Family Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Napa Valley, California, United States: Full-bodied with attractive dark fruit. I want more in my glass for this price. Good balance. Drink: 2013 - 2017 246900 14.5% XD 750 mL $52.95 Score: 88/100. October 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Casa Burmester Reserva Sogevinus 2009, D.O.C., Douro, Portugal: Full-bodied and a strong tannic grip. Black fruit and smoke from oak with lots of dusty aromas. Good acidity. Drink: 2014 - 2017 266957 13.5% XD 750 mL $21.95 Score: 88/100. October 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Heitlinger Mellow Silk Pinot Noir 2011, Prädikatswein, Baden, Germany: Smoky with super tart but pleasing cherries. Lots of acidity and some stemminess but overall lovely, especially for the price. It's amazing what Germany is doing with affordable pinot noir now. Pinot Noir food pairings: grilled meats and mushrooms. Drink: 2013 - 2016 344697 13.5% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 88/100. October 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rocca Delle Macìe Riserva Di Fizzano Chianti Classico 2009, D.O.C.G., Tuscany, Italy: Full-bodied and tannic with a good tarry, black fruit grip on the palate. Savoury and meaty. Give it some cellar time then decant 2 hours with a hearty meat dish. Good value. Chianti Classico food pairings: medallions of veal, grilled sausage, roast chicken. Drink: 2014 - 2017 699454 14.5% D 750 mL $27.95 Score: 88/100. October 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Lieujean Cru Bourgeois Jean-Michel Lapalu Meritage 2010, A.C., Haut-Médoc, Bordeaux, France: Full-black fruit and meaty aromas and flavours. Balanced and solid in structure. Concentrated blackcurrant and blackberry notes on the finish. Drink: 2013 - 2017 85308 13.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. October 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mont Tauch Le Tauch Fitou 2010, A.C., Élevé En Fûts De Chêne, Midi, France: Savoury with a full-bodied weight and black fruit. This wine has a tarry black heart and lots of depth and concentration of flavours. It's a blend of Syrah, Carignan and Grenache grapes that has won the Gold Medal in the Decanter World Wine Awards for previous vintages. A pleasantly bitter finish. Decant for 2 hours. Food pairings: rare cuts of meat. Drink: 2013 - 2016 272484 14% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. October 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Dog Point Pinot Noir 2010, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: Juicy and full-bodied with black cherry. I'd like to see a lot more in the glass though for this price. More bark than bite. Drink: 2013 - 2016 329672 14% XD 750 mL $48.95 Score: 89/100. October 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Faiveley Nuits-Saint-Georges Pinot Noir 2010, A.C., Burgundy, France: Tart cherries with mouth-watering acidity. Good structure and length with a vibrant character. I'd like to see a little more character in the glass given the price. Drink: 2013 - 2018 344903 13% XD 750 mL $53.95 Score: 89/100. October 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Puig-Parahy Cuvée Georges 2010, A.C., Côtes De Roussillon, Midi, France: Juicy with fleshy purple plums and blueberry liqueur richness. Full-bodied and deep. Great price. There are dark spices and fruitcake notes on the finish. Great for hearty meat dishes. Drink: 2013 - 2016 171025 14.5% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 90/100. October 2013. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Terres D'avignon Réserve Des Armoiries Élevé En Fût De Chêne 2010, A.C., Côtes Du Rhône, France: Cedary with wild black fruit, cassis and blackcurrant. Excellent for the price. Full-bodied and relatively smooth, though decant for 1 hour. Savoury and mouth-watering. Perfect for hearty meat dishes. Food pairings: slow-roasted beef, leg of lamb. Drink: 2013 - 2016 194886 14% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 90/100. October 2013. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tomassi Arele Parziale Appassimento 2011, I.G.T., Veronese, Italy: Love the black pepper juiciness of this red! Fleshy black cherries with some tart blackberries mingled in. Absolutely delicious! The grapes for this wine dried for a month, in the traditional method. This gives incredible intensity and depth to the wine. The traditional Corvina and Oseleta grapes are used in the blend. A balancing acidity is perfect and makes this robust red even more versatile with a variety of hearty meat dishes. Food pairings: pasta, light meat dishes, light or hard cheese, game. Drink: 2013 - 2016 224188 13% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 90/100. October 2013. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Napa Cellars Trinchero Zinfandel 2011, Napa Valley, California, United States: Vibrant aromas and flavours of fleshy purple plums and blueberries on the nose and palate. Full-bodied and smooth with juicy mouth-watering acidity. There's loads more ripe berry fruit on the finish. Fire up the BBQ! This wine will dance with grilled meats, from chicken to beef. Yum! Zinfandel food pairings: pork tenderloin and berry compote, burgers with blue cheese. Drink: 2013 - 2016 126607 14.9% D 750 mL $21.95 Score: 91/100. October 2013. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Podere L'aja Chianti Classico 2008, D.O.C.G., Tuscany, Italy: Double yum! Juicy and full-bodied with layer after layer of black cherry delight. Perfect for pasta night. A must for a Tuscan-inspired meal that includes eggplant, and tomato sauce-based pasta. Terrific long finish. Highly recommended. Chianti Classico food pairings: tomato sauce-based pasta, basil pesto, beef and red wine stew. Drink: 2013 - 2018 234948 14.7% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 91/100. October 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tres Picos Borsao Garnacha 2011, D.O., Campo De Borja, Spain: Some mocha and chocolate on the nose is quickly flooded with lusciously ripe black fruit on the palate. Full-bodied and smooth. This winery is located south of Rioja and is comprised of 100% Garnacha grapes. The wine itself was matured in 50/50 stainless steel and French barrels. A long, satisfying finish. Pair with hearty meat dishes. Garnacha food pairings: veal. Drink: 2013 - 2019 273748 14.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 91/100. October 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cono Sur 20 Barrels Limited Edition Pinot Noir 2011, Casablanca Valley, Chile: Luscious and full-bodied with terrific depth of flavour and length on the finish. This is New World style all the way: fleshy ripe black cherries dance across your palate and play with your senses. Fabulous dinner party or gift wine that will appeal to many people. Try it with grilled chicken or planked salmon tonight. Pinot Noir food pairings: mushroom dishes, planked salmon, roast chicken, basil pesto. Drink: 2013 - 2017 684530 14% D 750 mL $27.95 Score: 91/100. October 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Emiliana Novas Gran Reserva Cabernet Merlot 2010, Maipo Valley, Chile: A terrific wine, especially at this price. Full-bodied, juicy and richly layered with fleshy black plum and berry aromas and flavours. Superb. This organic wine has just 15 mg/l of free sulphur. Try it with a rare steak this evening. Great gift wine too -- the label looks expensive :) Cabernet Merlot food pairings: barbecued eggplant, steaks, ribs, chicken salad. Drink: 2013 - 2015 685792 14.6% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 91/100. October 2013. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Albert Morot Beaune Aigrots 1Er Cru Pinot Noir 2009, A.C., Burgundy, France: Tarry with a rich dark nose that's also loaded with anise and smoke. On the palate, it's smooth and medium to almost full-bodied with dark red fruit, more smoke and dark spices. Feral and brooding: a perfect dinner guest for mystery theatre night. Drink: 2013 - 2018 42416 13% XD 750 mL $53.95 Score: 92/100. October 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Torres Salmos Miquel Torres 2010, D.O.C.A, Priorat, Spain: A full-bodied, gloriously delicious red with lovely notes of dark berries, plums and spices. Wonderfully balanced, concentrated and long. This is one of the flagship producers of Spain and the superb craftsmanship shows in this wine. My mouth starts to water when I think of it with rare roast beef or prime rib. Crazy great! Drink: 2013 - 2018 60772 14.5% XD 750 mL $36.95 Score: 92/100. October 2013. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Luca Malbec 2011, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina: Full-bodied with lots of attractive mocha and chocolate on the nose from generous oak aging. Fleshy black fruit emerges from underneath. Delicious and layered. Drink: 2013 - 2017 167312 14% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 92/100. October 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine La Fourmone Trésor Du Poète Vacqueyras 2010, A.C., Côtes Du Rhône, France: Pitch-black with incredible depths of black fruit flavours and some dark spice at its core. A toweringly huge wine with a long finish. Layers of rich fruit flavour and complexity. This red really delivers on quality for the price point. It would be amazing with hearty meat dishes. Decant 2 hours. Food pairings: chicken, lamb cutlets, bean soup, quiche. Drink: 2013 - 2020 194704 14.5% XD 750 mL $22.95 Score: 92/100. October 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Les Aphillanthes Cuvée Les Galets Plan De Dieu 2010, A.C., Côtes Du Rhône-Villages, France: A full-bodied, glorious wine with savoury and meaty aromas and flavours of cedar, wild black fruit and dark spices. Seductive aromas of anise, smoke, and black cherry liqueur on the finish, which is long and satisfying. Drink: 2013 - 2017 252270 14.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 92/100. October 2013. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

San Lorenzo Bramante Brunello Di Montalcino 2007, D.O.C.G., Tuscany, Italy: Mature and subtle with aromas of tanned leather, cigar box and dried herbs. Not fruity. A contemplative wine. Complex and almost full-bodied. Drink: 2013 - 2018 350264 14.5% XD 750 mL $47.95 Score: 92/100. October 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Aurélien Verdet Morey-Saint-Denis 2010, A.C., En La Rue De Vergy, Burgundy, France: Black cherry liqueur richness on the nose with tarter cherries and mouth-watering acidity on the palate. Very seductive. medium to full-bodied and smooth. Great structure and length. Drink: 2013 - 2018 354316 13% XD 750 mL $44.95 Score: 92/100. October 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sette Ponti Oreno 2010, I.G.T., Tuscany, Italy: Full-bodied with glorious aromas and flavours of black cherry, mocha and smoke. Complex and layered with a long finish. Drink: 2014 - 2019 735597 14.5% XD 750 mL $72.95 Score: 92/100. October 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Luca Pinot Noir 2011, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina: Sweet cherry-berry goodness with luscious layers of hedonistic happiness. Medium- to full-bodied with a terrific lip-smacking finish. There's some wild black raspberry on the finish wrapped in a whiff of smoke. So gloriously luscious! I'm thinking planked salmon. Pinot Noir food pairings: planked salmon, roast chicken or turkey. Drink: 2013 - 2016 175570 14% D 750 mL $29.95 Score: 93/100. October 2013. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Lamole di Lamole Vigneto Di Campolungo Chianti Classico Riserva 2008, D.O.C.G., Tuscany, Italy: Luxurious dark fruit wrap around a pleasingly juicy, mouth-watering core. Full-bodied and smooth. The wine walks a lovely red line between nervy energy and voluptuous richness. Mocha and black plum mingle teasingly with your senses. You can skip that trip to Tuscany this year: just close your eyes and sip this wine. Chianti Classico Riserva food pairings: meaty pasta, beef stew. Drink: 2014 - 2019 231241 14% XD 750 mL $37.95 Score: 93/100. October 2013. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Tournon Shay's Flat Vineyard M. Chapoutier Shiraz 2011, Pyranees, Victoria, Australia: Total black pepper, dark spice nose! Almost makes me sneeze. Gorgeous concentration here! Black and dark red fruit mingle with pepper, dark spices and brooding mystery. What an incredible wine. It's produced by a classic and respected Rhone Valley winery Chapoutier. This wine combined the concentration and lusciousness of Australian fruit with t finesse, balance and elegance of Rhone Valley reds. Decant for 1-2 hours for maximum pleasure. Shiraz food pairings: filet mignon, peppery or spicy hearty meat dish, radicchio, lamb cutlets. Drink: 2014 - 2018 311480 14% D 750 mL $35.95 Score: 93/100. October 2013. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Corison Cabernet Sauvignon 2005, Napa Valley, California, United States: Full-bodied and tannic: needs (screams for) cellar time). Black brooding fruit, smoke and tar. Decant 16 hours ... Okay 3. Drink: 2015 - 2020 333328 13.6% XD 750 mL $113.95 Score: 93/100. October 2013. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tessellae Old Vines Côtes Du Roussillon Domaine Lafage Carignan 2011, A.P., Midi, France: Fresh, full-bodied and invigorating: those adjectives don't usually go together but in this wine they blend beautifully. Although the alcohol is high, this full-bodied wine is nimble on its feet and tastes balanced and just right. Aromas of fleshy black fruit, just enough toast from oak and a cool breeze across a moor of garrigue on a long finish. Drink: 2013 - 2018 343517 14% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 93/100. October 2013. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cavalli Tenuta Degli Dei Tommaso E Roberto Cavalli 2009, I.G.T., Tuscany, Italy: Very interesting! A designer wine from a fashion clothing designer. This is the wine of the renowned Italian designer Robert Cavalli. Fortunately, this delivers on its name. Full-bodied, complex with great detailing and lines. This is a classic that will do well in the cellar or on the runway to your dinner table. Drink: 2014 - 2018 350405 13.5% XD 750 mL $49.95 Score: 93/100. October 2013. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Schild Estate Shiraz 2010, Barossa Valley, Australia: Big fleshy blackberries and black plums roll off the nose followed by savoury goodness and mouth-watering juiciness on the palate. Layers of pleasure with a long finish. Some dark spice and smoke on the finish. Oh double yum. There's some dark spice, black fruit and deeply seated longing and desire on the finish. Give this wine the filet mignon it deserves. Shiraz food pairings: veal. Drink: 2013 - 2018 66555 14.5% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 94/100. October 2013. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Penfolds Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, South Australia, Australia: A hallway breeze of minty cool rushes out of the glass, then you open the door to fleshy black fruit on the palate and a lovely long finish. Full-bodied, smooth. This is a flagship wine for Australia, from a master producer. Great complexity, balance, structure and depth. It will do well in the cellar, but I challenge you to wait as it's terrific now! Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: filet mignon, pork tenderloin. Drink: 2013 - 2019 414987 14% XD 750 mL $44.95 Score: 94/100. October 2013. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Wynns Coonawarra Estate Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Coonawarra, South Australia, Australia: Luscious and rich with cassis, fleshy blackberry and blackcurrant. Absolutely classic with a long finish. Tremendous quality for the price. There's some seductive anise and dark spice on the long finish. The bold wine has longevity, not only for this vintage in your cellar, but also this particular wine has been made now for 54 years. It's matured in French oak and the grapes are selected from Wynns' top vineyards. Liquid velvet. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: meaty chili, game meats. Drink: 2013 - 2017 84996 14% XD 750 mL $27.95 Score: 95/100. October 2013. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Aurelio Settimo Rocche Barolo 2006, D.O.C.G., Piedmont, Italy: Classic barolo that needs cellar time (very tannic now). Amazing aromas of leather, violets, tarry oak and wild truffles. Decant 2hours. Lovely! Drink: 2014 - 2020 975136 14% XD 750 mL $52.95 Score: 95/100. October 2013. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Luis Cañas Selección De La Familia Reserva Tempranillo 2005, D.O.C.A., Rioja, Spain: Stunning! Full-bodied with seductive aromas of mocha, black fleshy fruit and smoke that pull you head first into the glass. Superb craftsmanship. Even though this is 2005, it tastes vibrant, though pull-together. Drink: 2013 - 2020 334102 14.5% XD 750 mL $34.95 Score: 96/100. October 2013. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sparkling Wine

Astoria Prosecco, Veneto, Italy: A simple but tasty bubbly that's easy on the budget. 593855 11% 750 mL $12.70 Score: 85/100. October 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Schramsberg Mirabelle Brut Méthode Traditionnelle Rosé, California, United States: Gorgeous aromas of cherry and toast. This wine won't benefit from aging, so enjoy now: carpe diem and top me up! Drink: 2013 - 2015 329813 13.1% D 750 mL $38.95 Score: 91/100. October 2013. Top Rated Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Paul Clouet Sélection Brut Champagne, A.C., Champagne, France: Lemon citrus with toasty goodness. Good value for the Champagne region. Non-vintage champagnes don't improve dramatically with aging, so enjoy now. Drink: 2013 - 2015 339903 13% D 750 mL $47.95 Score: 88/100. October 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Charles Sparr Crémant D'alsace Cuvée Renaissance Brut Rosé, A.C., Alsace, France: Zesty with come-alive aromas of fleeting field strawberries and some toast. Amazingly great price. Stock up for the holidays now. Rosé food pairings: grilled ham, turkey dinner. Drink: 2013 - 2015 350306 12.5% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. October 2013. Best Value Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

1+1=3 Cygnus Organic Brut Nature Cava Méthode Champenoise, D.O., Cava, Penedès, Spain: Toasty and earthy not fruity. Still refreshing at an exceptional price. Buy by the caseload for holiday parties. Drink: 2013 - 2015 352856 11.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 91/100. October 2013. Best Value Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Bava Moscato D'asti 2012, D.O.C.G., Piedmont, Italy: A favourite sipper of mine year after year. Slight effervescence and sweetness with honeysuckle and orange clementine notes. Perfect after-dinner drink. Moscato D'asti food pairings: spicy dishes, desserts. Drink: 2013 - 2015 712547 5.5% M 750 mL $16.95 Score: 88/100. October 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

Grand Classique Du Château De L'orangerie Blanc Meritage 2011, A.C., Bordeaux, France: Straight-forward and refreshing blend of sauvignon blanc and other grapes that has very light oak aging. Drink: 2013 - 2015 348276 12% XD 750 mL $13.95 Score: 85/100. October 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Finca La Escondida Reserva Andean Vineyards Chardonnay 2012, San Juan, Argentina: Full-bodied with straight-forward chardonnay pleasure. Green apple notes and lots of toasty oak. Good price. Chardonnay food pairings: barbecued pork, roast turkey. Drink: 2013 - 2015 270207 14% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 86/100. October 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sticks Chardonnay 2010, Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia: Terrific balance and richness in this Chardonnay! Great buttery, hazelnut depth with a lovely counterpoint of green apple acidity and a great finish. This would be divine for a girls night in and/or movie night with buttered popcorn. Top me up! Chardonnay food pairings: basil pesto, prawn bisque, cheese fondue, chicken breast. Drink: 2013 - 2016 141275 13% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 87/100. October 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Riefle Côte De Rouffach Pinot Gris 2009, Alsace, France: Vibrant with green apple and white peach. This is so flavourful, especially for Pinot Gris. Open your world and your senses. This expressive, aromatic and elegant pinot gris finishes clean and crisp. Excellent focus, purity and length on the finish. Pinot Gris food pairings: avocado and papaya salad, basil pesto, frittata. Drink: 2013 - 2016 223917 14.1% D 750 mL $20.95 Score: 88/100. October 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Hervé Azo Beauroy Chablis 1Er Cru Chardonnay 2011, A.C., Burgundy, France: Lovely balance and vibrancy! Green apple and lime mingle with your senses on the nose of this Old World chardonnay that has no oak. White peach and wet stone on a long finish. Terrific! Drink: 2013 - 2016 276451 13.5% XD 750 mL $28.95 Score: 90/100. October 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Graham Beck The Game Reserve Chardonnay 2010, W.O., Robertson, South Africa: Full-bodied and rich with delicious layers of green apple and butterscotch smoke from toasty oak. Great price. Perfect for roast chicken. Drink: 2013 - 2016 337592 14% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 90/100. October 2013. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Henri Bourgeois Petit Bourgeois Henri Bourgeois Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Vins De Pays Du Val De Loire, France: Lemon-lime vibrancy, medium-bodied and mouth-watering. Amazing quality for the price. Try it with fresh seafood tonight. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: grilled fish, green salads. Drink: 2013 - 2015 672345 12.5% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 90/100. October 2013. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: Grassy and herbal with lime lift. Mouth-watering acidity for salads and vegetarian dishes. Citrus lime finish. Drink: 2013 - 2015 677450 13.5% XD 750 mL $22.95 Score: 90/100. October 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Klevener De Heiligenstein Medaillé 2011, A.C., Alsace, France: Lovely peach and pear notes with just detectable fruit sweetness that's perfectly balanced with acidity for Asian dishes and curries. Super tasty! Food pairings: pork tenderloin, grilled chicken thighs, sausages and sauerkraut. Drink: 2013 - 2017 350272 13.5% D 750 mL $18.95 Score: 91/100. October 2013. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Lafage Cuvée Centenaire 2011, A.C., Côtes Du Roussillon, Midi, France: A gloriously aromatic white wine with aromas of peach blossom and Asian pear. Mouth-watering acidity for seafood and chicken dishes. Medium-bodied and perfectly balanced. Food pairings: seafood. Drink: 2013 - 2017 343491 14% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 92/100. October 2013. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Shafer Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay 2011, Napa Valley, California, United States: Full-bodied white wine with generous aromas and flavours of green apple, butterscotch and smoke. Layered and complex. A chardonnay for chardonnay lovers. Perfect for roast chicken or turkey. Drink: 2013 - 2018 45583 13.5% XD 750 mL $67.95 Score: 96/100. October 2013. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Malivoire Wine Company Gewürztraminer 2011, V.Q.A., Niagara Escarpment, Ontario, Canada: Perfect gewurz! Subtle yet personable with exotic aromas of spice and lychee yet not overdone. I adore this wine. Soooo different from other whites. Gewürztraminer food pairings: chicken, autumn hodge-podge. Drink: 2013 - 2016 542522 13% D 750 mL $24.95 Score: 90/100. October 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Konzelmann Estate Winery Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2009, V.Q.A., Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario, Canada: A lovely, full-bodied white wine with freshness and balance. Enticing aromas of white peach and pear with just the right touch of toasty oak. Chardonnay food pairings: roast pork. Drink: 2013 - 2016 148460 13.5% XD 750 mL $30.00 Score: 90/100. October 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


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