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Vintages Release January 18, 2014

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Dessert Wine

Quinta Sta Eufêmia Late Bottled Vintage Port 2007, Douro, Portugal: Attractive notes of black plum, cassis and berries in this late bottle bottled port. Perfect as a contemplative after dinner drink. This is a DO-designated fortified wine is unfiltered, and bottled in 2011, Quinta de Santa. Drink: 2013 - 2020 349381 19% S 750 mL $18.95 Score: 89/100. January 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ramos Pinto Porto 2000, Douro, Portugal: A well-crafted port from a stellar vintage. Aromas and flavours of black fruit, blackberry jam, anise and smoke. Try this after dinner on its own. Drink: 2008 - 2020 345777 20% S 750 mL $87.75 Score: 91/100. January 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Chateau Imperial Tokaj 3 Puttonyos Aszu 2003, Tokaj-Hegyalja, Hungary: Apricot perserves and peach jam on the nose of this enticing dessert wine. Not too sweet: beautifully balanced. Food pairings: spicy ginger pork, samosas. Drink: 2012 - 2020 354506 10.5% MS 500 mL $24.85 Score: 92/100. January 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mönchhof Robert Eymael Riesling 2011, Qualitätswein, Mosel, Germany: Perfect petrol (stay with me), lime, apricot: balance, finish, juicy flavours, sweetness in tandem with focus. Pear and apple pie on the finish. Great with glazed ham, sweet potatoes and happy discussions. Drink: 2014 - 2020 349431 10% MS 750 mL $16.95 Score: 92/100. January 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Other Wines/Drinks

Urakasumi Sake Brewery Ki-Ippon Saki, Japan: A very mild sake with light notes of white fruit. Drink: 2014 - 2018 347955 15.2% XD 720 mL $28.75 Score: 86/100. January 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

St-Nicolas Brut Crackling Cider Cidrerie St-Nicolas Le Cidre StNicolas Brut cidre fort pétillant, Quebec, Canada: A refreshing cider with pure apple essence. Perfect on it's own before or after dinner or with cheeses and nuts. Drink: 2013 - 2015 277442 8.5% M 750 mL $17.95 Score: 90/100. January 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

The King's Ginger Liqueur Berry Bros. & Rudd, Holland, Netherlands: The origins of this liqueur are intriguing. The Royal Physician to to His Majesty King Edward VII ordered that it be made in 1903 for his highness during morning rides. Today, this fine ginger liqueur is produced by Berry Bros. & Rudd in the Netherlands. The process involves macerating ginger root and creating a high-alcohol spirit (41%) with a splash of lemon oil. Perfect after-dinner if you love ginger treats. Drink: 2014 - 2020 269407 41% 750 mL $44.95 Score: 93/100. January 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Red Wine

J. Lohr South Ridge Syrah 2011, Paso Robles, California, United States: A plush, supple red with lovely aromas and flavours of juicy plums and a satin smooth texture. Jerry Lohr is one of California’s Central Coast most well-known winemakers, consistently producing admired wines. This syrah could well be your new best friend in a bottle. Enjoy it tonight with a juicy steak or lamb. This review was also published in the Vintages Catalogue. Syrah food pairings: barbecue chicken, lamb cutlets, bean-based dishes, pizza, grilled salmon. Drink: 2012 - 2015 948240 13.5% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 91/100. January 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Wakefield Jaraman Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Clare Valley, Coonawarra, South Australia, Australia: Minty coolness on the nose is flooded over by fleshy blackberry richness on the palate. A hedonist's wine to fill the senses. Full-bodied and smooth. Drink: 2012 - 2016 142398 14.5% D 750 mL $25.95 Score: 93/100. January 2014. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Predator Old Vine Zinfandel 2011, Lodi, California, United States: Warm and rich and full-bodied with black and purple plums and some blueberry jam notes. Smooth and satisfying. Perfect for many types of meat pizzas, steak, pork roast and any bacon-inflected dish. Zinfandel food pairings: pizza, burgers, sausage. Drink: 2013 - 2016 219485 15% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 90/100. January 2014. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Don Jacobo Reserva Bodegas Corral Tempranillo 2004, Rioja, Spain: A full-bodied red wine with seductive aromas of black cherry pie with dark spices greet the nose. Mouth-watering and delicious on the palate. This wine is a blend of 90% Tempranillo and 10% Garnacha, and matured in oak for 14 months. A long, smoky finish that makes you long for more. Highly recommended. Incredible price. Pair with pork tenderloin. Drink: 2013 - 2016 313270 13.5% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 91/100. January 2014. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Fattoria La Ripa Riserva Santa Brigida Chianti Classico 2008, Tuscany, Italy: A gorgeous, succulent full-bodied red with rich aromas and flavours of ripe cherry and red berry fruit. Some smoke on the finish. Balanced and lip-smacking delicious. This organic wine has just 6 mg/l of free sulphur. This wine took home a Gold Medal and Best of Class honours at the 2012 Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition. Drink: 2013 - 2017 984401 13.5% XD 750 mL $25.95 Score: 91/100. January 2014. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Boutari Grande Reserve Xinomavro 2007, Naoussa, Greece: Dry and mouth-watering with savoury notes of dried herbs and dried red and black fruit. Elegant wine for many dishes. Really worth trying. Great price. Some spice and smoke on the finish. Drink: 2013 - 2016 140111 12.5% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 89/100. January 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Peyros Tannat Cabernet 2008, Madiran, Southwest, France: Tanned leather and black fruit with a good grip on this full-bodied red wine. Great price. Perfect for hearty meat dishes. The quality designation for this wine is AC. Tannat Cabernet food pairings: rare meats, game. Drink: 2014 - 2017 208249 13.5% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 87/100. January 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Aure Gamay 2011, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada: Wild raspberry notes and a run riot though a forest of the senses. Light to medium-bodied with lots of mouthwatering acidity. Try it with roast chicken. This is a VQA wine. Drink: 2014 - 2016 353037 13% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 87/100. January 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Des Landes Cuvée Tradition Blend - Meritage 2009, Lussac-Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux, France: A full-bodied red wine with grippy tannins and some stemmy aromas and flavours along with tart black fruit. Decant 2 hours. This is an AC wine. Drink: 2014 - 2017 363101 14.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 87/100. January 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Saladini Pilastri Rosso Piceno 2011, Marche, Italy: Mocha and dark chocolate with smooth texture and full-bodied weight. Everyday quaffer. The appellation for this wine is DOC and it's Certified Organic by IMC. Food pairings: pizza, pasta. Drink: 2014 - 2017 964866 13% D 750 mL $14.95 Score: 87/100. January 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Balbas Reserva Tempranillo 2001, Ribera Del Duero, Spain: This full-bodied red wine has a good grip on the palate is offers more earthy, dusty aromas and flavours than fruity one. Dry and subtle. Old leather Ribera. This DO wine finished with dry tobacco and cedar. Drink: 2014 - 2018 85183 14% D 750 mL $20.95 Score: 88/100. January 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Predator Old Vine Zinfandel 2012, Lodi, California, United States: Campfire smoke, hickory smoke and toasty oak with black fruit underneath. Attractive in a smoky way. Full-bodied and smooth. More smoke on the finish. Zinfandel food pairings: pepper steaks, smoked meat sammies. Drink: 2014 - 2018 219485 15% XD 750 mL $21.95 Score: 88/100. January 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Quinta Do Quetzal Reserva 2009, Alentejo, Portugal: Bone-dry and robust with layers of dusty back roads and fading memories in this red wine. This DO-designated wine was matured in French oak. The Alicante grapes brings some dark fruit notes, but they're subtle in the hands of vintner Rui Renguinga. Drink: 2014 - 2017 277376 14% XD 750 mL $28.95 Score: 88/100. January 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château La Verrière Supérieur Meritage 2010, Bordeaux, France: An incredibly well-priced wine for Bordeaux! Full-bodied with aromas of marauding dark shadows, tar, black fruit, smoke and oak. Not for the faint of heart. This is an AC-designated wine, located in the east of the Bordeaux region. Drink: 2015 - 2019 349274 14.5% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 88/100. January 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Trillol Famille Sichel Grenache Syrah 2008, Corbières, Midi, France: Loaded with black pepper and dark spices on the nose. This is a terrific, full-bodied red wine for the money. Great palate whacker. The blend is 60% grenache grapes and 40% syrah. This is an AC wine. Drink: 2014 - 2018 354126 14% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 88/100. January 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sori' Paitin D'alba Dolcetto 2011, Piedmont, Italy: Black and purple plums on the nose, followed by a juicy, mouthwatering, full-bodied weight on the palate. This is a DOC wine. Some sweet raspberry on the finish. Perfect for pizza. Drink: 2014 - 2018 360065 13% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 88/100. January 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Balance Trek Vineyard, Niagara College Teaching Winery Pinot Noir 2011, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario, Canada: Total cherry berry, plump, fleshy, round pinot noir. No traction or grips on the palate: it just slides down slippery fast. A great quaffer. This is a VQA-designated wine. Pinot Noir food pairings: savoury stews, mushroom burgers. Drink: 2014 - 2017 367623 13% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 88/100. January 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

J. Lohr South Ridge Syrah 2011, Paso Robles, California, United States: Mocha, dark chocolate, smoke and toasty oak on the nose of this full-bodied red wine. Smooth and supple with dark fruit on the palate and finish. Drink: 2014 - 2017 948240 13.5% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. January 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Planets De Prior Pons Prior Pons 2009, Priorat, Spain: Deep, rich and concentrated red wine with aromas of cola, blackberry and smoke. Complex and layered with a satisfying finish. Decant 1 hour. Drink: 2014 - 2018 314559 14.5% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 90/100. January 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Three Saints Sixty-Seven Red Named Varietal Blends-Red 2007, Happy Canyon Of Santa Barbara, California, United States: A full-bodied red wine that's a blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc, 8% Merlot, 5% Syrah, 4% Petit Verdot, and 1% Malbec grapes. Aromas of black fruit, mocha, smoke and oak. Perfect with meat lovers' pizza. Drink: 2014 - 2018 353235 14.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. January 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ébano Crianza Tempranillo 2008, Ribera Del Duero, Spain: A juicy, robust red wine with attractive aromas of dark red berry fruit and toasty oak. Very fair price for this quality. This is a DO-designated wine. Drink: 2014 - 2018 355099 14% XD 750 mL $21.95 Score: 90/100. January 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Callejón Del Crimen Gran Reserva Petit Verdot 2008, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina: Big, black and brooding with full-on flavours of black tar, smoke and black fruit. Dark as pitch. Needs a brontosaurus burger. Decant 27 hours, okay 2. Drink: 2014 - 2019 360412 14% XD 750 mL $23.95 Score: 90/100. January 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château De Nages Vielles Vignes Michel Gassier 2010, Costières De Nîmes, Rhône, France: This is a spicy blend of 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 10% Mourvèdre grapes. It's juicy, smooth and layered. The grapes were de-stemmed and both the Syrah and Mourvèdre components were matured for 1 year on the lees in French oak barrels. The Grenache portion is kept in stainless steel tanks to preserve freshness. This AC wine was bottled without filtration. This is a fantastic wine from Gassier and winemaking consultant, Philippe Cambie, especially for this price. Aromas of wild dark fruit, dried herbs, spice, and cedar underbrush. Highly recommended. Drink: 2014 - 2018 40964 15% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 91/100. January 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mas Perinet Perinet 2005, Priorat, Spain: What a nose! Classic dry, leather Priorat at its best. Full-bodied and fairly smooth. This is mature and complex not fruity and up front. Great price. This is an DOCA-designated wine. Drink: 2014 - 2018 143453 14% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 91/100. January 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

A To Z Wineworks Pinot Noir 2011, Oregon, United States: Juicy, mouthwatering acidity for a variety of dishes. Smooth and medium-bodied. Aromas of fleshy cherry and spice. Very sexy stuff. Some dried herbs on the finish. Highly recommended. Pinot Noir food pairings: planked salmon, roast turkey. Drink: 2014 - 2018 229781 13.5% XD 750 mL $23.95 Score: 91/100. January 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ares Crianza Tempranillo 2009, Rioja, Spain: Aromas of smoke, dust and leather on this full-bodied red wine. Great mouthwatering action and complexity. This wine was fermented in stainless steel tanks then matured 1 year in French oak. Subtle hints of smoky black fruit on the palate wrapped in toast and earth. Wonderful wine! Drink: 2014 - 2018 305912 13% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 91/100. January 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Julia's Vineyard Cambria Pinot Noir 2011, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Barbara, California, United States: A supple, full-bodied red wine that's packed with aromas and flavours of sweet cherry, red plum and cedar smoke. This is the half bottle size. Cherry-berry festival for your mouth. Lively and silky. Great structure and mouth-watering juiciness. Some dried herbs and fresh earth on the finish. Try it with planked salmon. Bring it -- to my house please. Pinot Noir food pairings: duck, seafood. Drink: 2013 - 2017 355461 14.6% XD 375 mL $16.95 Score: 91/100. January 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sister's Run Bethlehem Block Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia: Juicy, meaty, savoury and mouthwatering. Awesome full-bodied red wine with fleshy dark red and black fruit aromas. Not too heavy, just right. Meaty dishes please. Great price. Drink: 2014 - 2018 360636 14.5% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 91/100. January 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Marchesi di Barolo Barbaresco Nebbiolo (Barolo, Barbaresio) 2010, Piedmont, Italy: This mature, full-bodied DOCG red wine offers aromas of leather and earth, not so much fruit. Great bones and structure with a pleasingly long length. Complex. Drink: 2014 - 2019 155408 14% XD 750 mL $26.95 Score: 92/100. January 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Fattoria La Ripa Riserva Chianti Classico 2009, Tuscany, Italy: A chalky dry, full-bodied red wine with aromas of dark fruit. Great finesse and length. This is a DOCG wine. Dusty earth and smoke on the finish with some cigar box. Reminds me of Bordeaux in its structure and length. Superb quality. Drink: 2014 - 2021 984401 13.5% XD 750 mL $26.95 Score: 92/100. January 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

La Perla Del Priorat Clos Les Fites 2006, Priorat, Spain: Leather and violet seduction on the nose of this full-bodied, complex wine. Subtle dark berry and anise with spice smoke. Great cellar candidate but why wait? Highly recommended. Drink: 2014 - 2020 358705 15% XD 750 mL $30.95 Score: 94/100. January 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Norton Reserva Malbec 2010, Mendoza, Argentina: Juicy and full-bodied with blackberry and black currant aromas wrapped up in some toasty oak. Good acidity. Malbec is the flagship red wine of Argentina, and the proof is in the glass here. Try it with a combination pizza. Malbec food pairings: lamb cutlets, beef tenderloin. Drink: 2013 - 2015 17061 14.7% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 90/100. January 2014. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Alfredo Roca Pinot Noir 2012, San Rafael Mendoza, Argentina: The vines for this wine grow in the southernmost region of Mendoza, which has the cool climate needed to create balanced, quality pinot noir. Incredible Pinot for the money: you simply will not get a better tasting pinot at this price. Grab a case or five. Lovely fleshy ripe cherries. New World style. There's vanilla smoke, spice and blackberry on the finish. Try it with roast chicken for a juicy combination. Pinot Noir food pairings: grilled pork tenderloin, grilled salmon. Drink: 2013 - 2016 32979 13.3% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 89/100. January 2014. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Emiliana Natura Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Rapel Valley, Chile: A plush wine with dark fruit notes and a smoky finish. Emiliana has more than 1700 acres of vineyards certified organic and biodynamic, the largest organic winery in Chile. This full-bodied, smooth red wine has some terrific notes of cassis and blackcurrant on the finish. Try it with grass-fed beef dishes. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: Asian chicken salad, pork tenderloin. Drink: 2012 - 2016 61069 14% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 88/100. January 2014. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Le Gravillas Vieilles Vignes 2011, Gigondas, Rhone, France: I’m lovin it! Juicy, savoury and mouth-watering: loaded with blackberry and black cherry aromas. Good grip on the palate: decant for 2-3 hours. Could use some cellar time. Fantastic price! Produced by Cave Des Vignerons a Sablet. Try it with hearty meat dishes and robust conversation. Drink: 2012 - 2016 78808 14% D 750 mL $25.95 Score: 93/100. January 2014. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

L.A. Cetto Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, Guadalupe Valley, Baja California, Mexico: This is an absolutely incredible wine for the price point. Here's your ultimate party pleaser wine. Fleshy ripe black and purple plum aromas with some blueberry jam. The palate is ultra-smooth and delicious with more dark fruit flavours. L.A. Cetto is the best-known wine producer in Mexico. Founder Don Angelo Cetto, of Italian origin, settled in Mexico in 1926. The Guadalupe Valley provides a great climate for viniculture: the Pacific Ocean’s cool winds result in chilly nights to maintain fresh acidity in the grapes while the days are very warm to ripen them. Try it with Mexican beef fajitas. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: pizza, spaghetti and meatballs, cold cuts, Mexican beef or pork dishes. Drink: 2013 - 2016 114066 13.5% D 750 mL $11.95 Score: 89/100. January 2014. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Lealtanza Reserva 2008, Rioja, Spain: This DOCA full-bodied red wine is pleasant, robust sipper with dark red fruit aromas and some dark spices on the finish. Balanced and well-crafted. Try it with meat dishes. Food pairings: game meats, tarragon sirloin tips with mushrooms. Drink: 2013 - 2016 208223 13.5% D 750 mL $20.95 Score: 89/100. January 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Roux Père & Fils Pinot Noir 2011, Côte De Beaune-Villages, Burgundy, France: This medium-bodied red wine offers a seductive nose of cherries and earth. Tart berries on the palate, with mouth-watering juiciness that demands food such as roast chicken or turkey. The quality designation of this wine is AC. Very dry, smooth and crisp with a great finish. Pinot Noir food pairings: grilled tuna, herbed steaks, roast duck. Drink: 2013 - 2016 208520 13% XD 750 mL $23.95 Score: 90/100. January 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Valle Andino Reserva Especial Syrah 2008, Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile: A full-bodied red wine with a supple, smooth texture and seductive dark spices. Pretty darn amazing for the price, even at twice the price. Lusciously ripe black fruit with layers of juicy pleasure that will make you regret buying only one bottle. The parent winery of Valle Andino is Agricola Y Commercial Santa Camila. Full-bodied and some kinda wonderful. Drink: 2013 - 2016 272682 14.5% XD 750 mL $13.95 Score: 90/100. January 2014. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Stonestreet Monument Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, 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. A wine that almost jumps out of the glass with its vibrant character. The mountain terroir of the vineyards shows through in the depth and complexity of this wine. Superb craftsmanship. Try it with rare filet mignon for an exquisite sensory experience. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: filet mignon. Drink: 2013 - 2018 285098 14.5% XD 750 mL $52.95 Score: 95/100. January 2014. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Baron De Ley Gran Reserva Tempranillo 2007, Rioja, Spain: A full-bodied red wine with mature aromas of leather, cigar box, dried herbs and black plums. Lovely and distinctive Rioja character in this DOCA appellation wine. Try it with hearty meat dishes. Drink: 2013 - 2016 642496 13% D 750 mL $31.95 Score: 89/100. January 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Bouchard Pere & Fils Gevrey-Chambertin Pinot Noir 2011, Burgundy, France: Beautifully tart black cherries on the nose and palate with a satin seductive texture. Medium-bodied with layers of complexity and a long finish. This is benchmark Old World pinot noir, especially from Gevrey-Chambertin AC. Enjoy it with planked salmon or roast turkey tonight. Drink: 2013 - 2019 661330 13.5% XD 750 mL $49.95 Score: 93/100. January 2014. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Castello Di Querceto Chianti Classico 2011, Tuscany, Italy: Baked earth, sun-dried tomatoes and dried cherries. Smoky, smooth and full-bodied. Needs food with its mouth-watering character - try pasta in tomato sauce or dishes with a zing or tang. This full-bodied red wine is mostly made from the Sangiovese grape with a splash of Canaiolo grapes. Lovely long finish on this DOCG designated wine by Alessandro François. Chianti Classico food pairings: roast beef, pasta, pizza. Drink: 2013 - 2016 680496 13% XD 750 mL $22.95 Score: 89/100. January 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Nativa Single Vineyard Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, Maipo Valley, Chile: This classic Cabernet Sauvignon offers alluring aromas mint, cassis, blackberry and just enough toasty oak. A full-bodied red wine with great structure and balance that was matured in 100% new oak. A terrific and vibrant expression of Maipo Alto terroir. This wine is made form organically grown grapes. Minty-medicinal notes on the nose followed by fleshy blackberry and cassis. Big and rich. Try it with gourmet hamburgers tonight. Drink: 2013 - 2016 975359 14% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 92/100. January 2014. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cambria Julia's Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Barbara, California, United States: A supple, medium-bodied red wine that's packed with aromas of cherry, red plum and cedar smoke. Cherry-berry festival for your mouth. Lively and silky. Great structure and mouth-watering juiciness. Some dried herbs and fresh earth on the finish. Try it with planked salmon. Bring it -- to my house please. Drink: 2013 - 2017 980482 14.5% D 750 mL $29.95 Score: 93/100. January 2014. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Salice Salentino Riserva, Cantele 2009, Puglia, Italy: Vibrant, juicy and lip-smacking delicious! Full-bodied, savoury and deep red wine. Dark fruit and smooth. Great price, especially for a DOC! Terrific Old World character, but blended with New World vitality and energy. The grapes for this wine are grown on the Salentine peninsula in southeastern Italy, known as the “heel of the boot.” The robust red wine is a blend of mostly negroamaro grapes and some malvasia nera grapes. Try it with hearty meat dishes tonight. Drink: 2013 - 2015 724328 13% D 750 mL $14.95 Score: 90/100. January 2014. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sparkling Wine

Reyes D'aragon Brut Reserva Cava 2010, Tarragona, Spain: Earthy, robust and deeply flavoured. Rustic and straight up. You simply can't beat this price. Dry finish. Excellent value for your holiday get-togethers. Drink: 2013 - 2015 194803 11.5% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 88/100. January 2014. Best Value Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars Brut Sparkling White, Okanagan Valley, Canada: This crisp and refreshing sparkling wine is a blend of 61% Pinot Noir, 36% Chardonnay and 3% Pinot Gris, and made in the Méthode Traditionnelle and is designated BC VQA. It spent two years resting on its lees to give it richness and creaminess that challenges the best of N.V. Champagnes. A zesty, refreshing bubbly with vibrant green apple notes. Clean finish. Great price. It offers low alcohol but lots of taste and a persistent mousse. What's not to love about one of Canada's best sparkling wines? The wine is made in the style. Drink: 2013 - 2016 206326 13% D 750 mL $28.45 Score: 93/100. January 2014. Best Value Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

Kim Crawford East Coast Unoaked Chardonnay 2012, Marlborough, Hawke's Bay, East Coast, New Zealand: Fresh and crisp with no oak. Citrus character from Hawke's Bay combines with tropical fruit from Marlborough. Malolactic fermentation with 7 months on the lees to impart richness and creaminess: gives the impression of oak without the heaviness. Butterscotch notes but still ultra-fresh fruit. Chardonnay food pairings: seafood stir-fry, roast pork. Drink: 2013 - 2016 991950 14% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 91/100. January 2014. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio 2012, Valdadige, Alto Adige, Trentino, Italy: One of the best values for pinot grigio in the liquor store! Fresh, clean and crisp with sunshine bright aromas of lemon zest, lime blossom and white peach. Amazingly great price for this half bottle size. Perfect for nights when you put on comfy jeans and your favourite TV show. Pinot Grigio food pairings: shellfish, chicken, pork, salads, basil pesto. Drink: 2013 - 2015 687558 12.5% XD 375 mL $10.45 Score: 89/100. January 2014. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Robert Oatley Vineyards Signature Series Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Margaret River, Australia: A robust and vibrant Sauvignon Blanc with distinctive notes of passionfruit, freshly cut grass, chives and lime. Very refreshing and palate cleansing. Perfect for vegetarian dishes. Drink: 2013 - 2015 9338053002087 12.5% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 90/100. January 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Peter Lehmann Wines Layers White Named Varietal Blends-White 2012, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia: A lovely pale yellow colour draws you in to reveal aromas of lemon and white flowers on the nose. Crisp, clean and refreshing: This is lemon loveliness beside a sun-dappled brook. Close your eyes and someone will pass you a sandwich from the picnic basket in a few minutes. Try it with fresh seafood. Named Varietal Blends-White food pairings: seafood risotto, chicken salad, white gazpacho. Drink: 2013 - 2015 167171 11.5% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 89/100. January 2014. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Hervé Azo Vau De Vey 1Er Cru Chablis Chardonnay 2011, Burgundy, France: Lovely! Green apple and almond aromas with terrific mouth-filling lusciousness. Wonderful for chardonnay lovers who don't like oak but still want richness. Try this with your holiday turkey dinner. Chardonnay food pairings: prawn bisque, fondue, chicken breast. Drink: 2012 - 2018 240655 12.5% XD 750 mL $28.95 Score: 91/100. January 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Kellerei St. Magdalena Cantina Produttori Bolzano Pinot Grigio 2012, Südtirol - Alto Adige Trentino, Italy: Classic northern Italian pinot grigio. Fresh, fresh, fresh! Lemon zest, lime and some green apple. Terrific mouth-watering acidity. Medium-bodied. Great price. Try with pasta and cream sauce. Pinot Grigio food pairings: oysters on the half-shell, pasta in cream sauce. Drink: 2013 - 2015 249466 13.5% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 88/100. January 2014. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mas Des Bressades Cuvée Tradition Blanc Cyril Marès, Vign. 2012, Costières De Nîmes, Rhone, France: Dry, crisp and clean and excellently priced! If you like pinot grigio, give this white a try. Some terrific floral notes on the finish. In the early twentieth-century, the Marès family started making wine in Algeria, but later moved to Bordeaux to start Château Puy Castéra and then on to the Rhone in the Costières de Nîmes region for this coveted winery. This wine is a zesty blend of Grenache Blanc and Roussanne grapes. Try is with fresh seafood. Food pairings: Sérac, Saint-Marcellin. Drink: 2013 - 2015 701094 13.5% D 750 mL $14.95 Score: 89/100. January 2014. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cooper's Creek Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: Cooper's Creek has long been associated with Sauvignon Blanc, crafting mouth-watering, bright white wines that pair well with salads and seafood. What I like especially is that this one isn't too grassy, but has more of a lime citrus lift. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: salad, pan-fried sole with lemon sauce, pasta. Drink: 2013 - 2015 957407 13.5% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 90/100. January 2014. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Chateau St. Jean Robert Young Chardonnay 2010, Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California, United States: A layered, full-bodied white wine that's expertly made with terrific balance and length. Smoky, like a comforting campfire, and all the stories to boot. Loaded with green apples, hazelnut and some spice. Try it with roast chicken. Chardonnay food pairings: pasta with cream or cheese sauce. Drink: 2013 - 2016 990499 14.4% D 750 mL $34.95 Score: 90/100. January 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Beronia Viura 2012, Rioja, Spain: This is a crisp, refreshing, no nonsense wine. Quaff it with seafood or salads. This is a DOCA wine. Food pairings: fish, seafood. Drink: 2013 - 2015 190801 12.5% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 86/100. January 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cristobal 1492 Chardonnay 2012, Mendoza, Argentina: Heavy oak on this full-bodied chardonnay at a great price. Some green apple underneath. Chardonnay food pairings: chicken, turkey, pork chops, Asian dishes. Drink: 2013 - 2015 144402 13% XD 750 mL $13.95 Score: 87/100. January 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

De Morgenzon Dmz Chardonnay 2012, Western Cape, South Africa: Great price for this full-bodied white wine with terrific mouth-watering acidity. This is a WO-designated wine. Lovely notes of peach, pear and green apple with just enough toasty oak. Drink: 2013 - 2016 349068 13.5% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 88/100. January 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Biohof Pratsch Gruner Veltliner 2010, Niederösterreich, Austria: Very green and tart and refreshing. For those who love a wake-up call in their mouths, without any oak and pure laser focus, this is your wine. Try it with shellfish. Gruner Veltliner food pairings: mussels, shrimp, seafood. Drink: 2014 - 2016 318386 13.5% XD 750 mL $35.75 Score: 88/100. January 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Zapata Adrianna White Stones Chardonnay 2010, Tupungato, Argentina: Full-bodied white wine with attractive notes of green apple, butterscotch and toasty oak. Chardonnay food pairings: roast chicken. Drink: 2013 - 2017 355669 14% XD 750 mL $94.75 Score: 88/100. January 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château des Charmes St. David's Bench Vineyard Gewürztraminer 2012, St. David's Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada: Spicy and intense with good body and weight. Perfect for spicy dishes. Aromas of spice-dusted apricot and peach. The quality designation for this wine is VQA. Gewürztraminer food pairings: a charcuterie platter, spiced sausages. Drink: 2014 - 2018 453472 13% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 88/100. January 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Jolys Domaines Latrille 2011, Jurançon Sec, Southwest, France: This crisp, mouth-watering white wine has attractive aromas of lime, lemon and chives. Such an amazingly great, bone-dry aperitif or companion to seafood. The appellation for this wine is AC. Drink: 2014 - 2016 362046 13% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 89/100. January 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Balestri Valda Soave Classico Garganega (Soave) 2012, Veneto, Italy: One of the best soave wines I've tasted in a while! Lots of personality and zest here with aromas of lime and fresh chives. Great aperitif or companion to seafood. This is a DOC-designated wine. Garganega (Soave) food pairings: green salads, turkey sandwiches, freshwater fish. Drink: 2014 - 2016 362939 12.5% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 89/100. January 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Dirty Laundry Vineyard Not So Knotty Chardonnay 2012, Okanagan Valley, BC V.Q.A., Canada: Love it! Bright, sunshine-dappled tree fruit, campfire smoke, and fresh sliced white pear. Medium-bodied and delicious on its own or with seafood or chicken dishes. The quality designation for this wine is BC VQA Chardonnay food pairings: pork tenderloin. Drink: 2014 - 2018 353144 13.9% D 750 mL $26.95 Score: 90/100. January 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Red Rooster Andrew Peller Estates Gewürztraminer 2012, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada: Red Rooster produces a beautiful rendition of gewurztraminer with lovely spice notes, lychee and roase petal, but never over-the-top. Perfect for Asian dishes and curries. This is a BC VQA wine. Gewürztraminer food pairings: spicy pork, pho noodles. Drink: 2014 - 2018 365940 12.3% M 750 mL $16.95 Score: 90/100. January 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Hinterbrook Winery Riesling 2012, Niagara Lakeshore, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Alsatian-style Riesling with Niagara signature. Dry peach and petrol with lime-lemon sunshine breakthrough. Medium-bodied and mouthwatering. Lovely. This is a VQA wine. Drink: 2014 - 2019 270512 12.4% M 750 mL $17.95 Score: 91/100. January 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sue-Ann Staff Estate Winery Grace's Dry Riesling 2011, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada: A crisp, refreshing white wine with terrific zesty notes of lime, lemongrass and chives. Try it with seafood. This is a VQA-designated wine. Riesling food pairings: pan-fried white fish, seafood. Drink: 2014 - 2018 367086 11.1% D 750 mL $18.95 Score: 88/100. January 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Pierre André Puligny-Montrachet Chardonnay 2011, Burgundy, France: Liquid opulence. Oh my goodness, this is a wine for even those who don't like chardonnay. Turn your world around and your senses spinning. Aromas of green apple, peach, butterscotch and sublime happiness. Full-bodied, rich and layered. Yes please! This is an AC wine. Chardonnay food pairings: grilled fish, lobster. Drink: 2013 - 2020 364158 13% XD 750 mL $49.95 Score: 95/100. January 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


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