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Vintages Release August 30, 2014

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Dessert Wine

Quinta Do Portal Vintage Port 2009, Douro, Portugal: Medicinal, sweet blackberry pie with a mental cream topping. Very powerful dessert wine from Portugal. - Community Wine Reviews Drink: 2014 - 2022 374827 20% S 750 mL $59.95 Score: 87/100. August 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Offley Late Bottled Vintage Port 2009, Douro D.O., Portugal: Minty blackberry jam on the nose of this fortified dessert wine that's ready to drink now. - Community Wine Reviews Port food pairings: Stilton or Roquefort cheese. Drink: 2014 - 2019 70086 20.5% MS 750 mL $19.95 Score: 88/100. August 2014. Best Value Dessert Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Red Wine

Domaine Jean Bousquet Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Tupungato Valley, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina: Cheap and cheerful robust red wine for the price. Aromas of black fruit and loads of oak. Needs meat. Drink: 2013 - 2016 678813 15% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 85/100. August 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

A To Z Wineworks Pinot Noir 2012, Oregon, United States: Somewhat green and weedy, this Oregon Pinot Noir was first made in 2002. Smooth and medium-bodied. Paired with roast chicken. Pinot Noir food pairings: planked salmon. Drink: 2013 - 2017 229781 13.5% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 86/100. August 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

La Rosa Tinto 2010, Douro D.O., Portugal: Lots of tannins and a big hairy grip on the palate: decant this huge red wine for 2 hours. Tar, black fruit and oak dominate. Drink: 2014 - 2017 933101 14% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 86/100. August 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Jekel Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Arroyo Secco, Monterey County, California, United States: A straight forward, full-bodied, smooth Cabernet with notes of dark fruit and oak. Pair with hamburgers. Drink: 2013 - 2016 967893 14.3% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 86/100. August 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Chilensis Lazuli 2011, Maule Valley D.O., Chile: Robust with big black plum and berry aromas and flavours and toasty oak. Lapis Luzuli is a rare stone that is used to create amulets and ornaments It's known for its intense blue colour. The winery named this wine for that due to the intensity of the terroir for the vines. Food pairings: barbecued steak. Drink: 2013 - 2017 348128 14% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 87/100. August 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Morellino Di Scansano Scantianum 2012, Tuscany I.G.T., Italy: Juicy purple and black plums, and fleshy berries fill out this robust Italian red wine that clocks in at an incredibly great price for the quality. Smooth and supple. Pair with hearty meat dishes. Food pairings: prepared meat tray, beef on a bun, meaty pizza. Drink: 2013 - 2016 383851 13% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 87/100. August 2014. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Malivoire Albert's Honour Old Vines Foch 2011, Niagara, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Purple plum and foxy with pepper and clove and anise, very unusual. Full-bodied and supple and smooth. Marechal Foch is a hybrid, meaning a cross between a classic vitis vinifera grape and a North American native grape. Pair with roast beef. Foch food pairings: hearty meat dish braised. Drink: 2013 - 2017 551036 12.5% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 87/100. August 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Louis Jadot Château Des Jacques Morgon 2011, Beaujolais A.C., France: Lots of acidity and somewhat herbal green notes on the Chateau des Jacques 2011 Morgon. Aromas of tart, sour chary and tea. Smooth tannins, medium-bodied. Pair with tangy dishes. Drink: 2012 - 2015 653584 13.5% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 87/100. August 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Serego Alighieri Valpolicella Classico Superiore 2009, Veneto D.O.C., Italy: Juicy with mouth-watering acidity and pleasantly bitter, tarry black fruit and spice and wood smoke. Full-bodied but not heavy and an good food companion. The Appaxximento method of winemaking was first developed by Masi in the XXI century, a technique of infusing the wine with greater concentration of flavour by drying the grapes before fermentation. Valpolicella Classico Superiore food pairings: game, roast leg of lamb. Drink: 2012 - 2016 661306 14% XD 750 mL $23.95 Score: 87/100. August 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Chakana Malbec 2013, Mendoza, Argentina: Terrific and tasty; you can’t beat the price of this robust red wine. Full-bodied flavours of black plums and berries. Knock it back! This signature Argentine style is very accessible and immediately likeable. Try it with pepperoni pizza. Malbec food pairings: back ribs, grilled steak. Drink: 2014 - 2017 3509 14% XD 750 mL $13.95 Score: 88/100. August 2014. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Irony Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, Napa, California, United States: A solid Californian Cabernet that's full-bodied with classic blackberry and cassis and just enough toasty oak. Polished tannins, good balance. Finishes with attractive woodsmoke and black fruit. Pair it with a pepper steak. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: hearty meat dishes, hard cheese. Drink: 2013 - 2018 25106 14.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 88/100. August 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Porcupine Ridge Syrah Viognier 2012, Swartland W.O., South Africa: Solid value at this price point. The white grape Viognier is just what’s needed in this blend to lift and brighten such a full-bodied red. Ripe blackberry and black raspberry notes. On the finish, black raspberry, wood spice and anise. Syrah Viognier food pairings: gourmet sausages, homemade pizza. Drink: 2013 - 2017 79442 14% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 88/100. August 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Guadalupe 2011, Vinho Regional Alentejano, Portugal: A robust Portuguese red wine that's deeply concentrated and smoky with attractive charred black fruit. Finishes with smoky black raspberry. Paired with grilled red meats. Drink: 2014 - 2017 336313 13.5% D 750 mL $13.95 Score: 88/100. August 2014. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Familia Schroeder Saurus Select Pinot Noir 2012, Patagonia, Argentina: Fleshy ripe red cherries and berries on the nose here with some heat for unusually high alcohol for Pinot Noir, especially from Argentina's cool climate of Patagonia. Very tasty and full-bodied and extremely supple, round and mouth-filling. Pair with grilled seafood. Drink: 2013 - 2018 55442 14.5% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. August 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rosewood Select Series Pinot Noir 2012, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A tart, juicy Niagara red wine with some spice and cranberry flavours on the mid-palate. This Ontario Pinot Noir is smooth and supple and medium-bodied. Drink: 2013 - 2016 112177 13% XD 750 mL $21.95 Score: 89/100. August 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Innocent Bystander Pinot Noir 2012, Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia: This New Zealand Pinot Noir is almost full-bodied, and is ultra smooth and supple with attractive black cherry and berry flavours. The grapes are sourced from the cool Yarra Valley and are hand-picked and vinified in a gravity flow winery in Healesville. Pinot Noir food pairings: cured meat tray, sausage. Drink: 2013 - 2018 178897 13.5% XD 750 mL $21.95 Score: 89/100. August 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Viñas Centenarias Sabor Real 2007, Toro D.O., Spain: An excellent price for the 2007 Vinas Centenarias, a robust Spanish red wine made from the Tempranillo grape. Lots of black fruit and smoke. Pair with a rare steak and enjoy. Drink: 2014 - 2020 244772 14% D 750 mL $15.95 Score: 89/100. August 2014. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Maipe Reserve Malbec 2012, Luján De Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina: Bacon fat and savoury smoky delicious aromas. You pour the coffee and I’ll pour the wine… let’s just have the wine okay? Full-bodied, luscious and smooth. Fleshy blackberries. Coffee-klatch will never be the same again. Malbec food pairings: back ribs, grilled steak. Drink: 2013 - 2017 247320 14% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 89/100. August 2014. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Amastuola Primitivo 2011, Puglia I.G.P., Italy: Huge juicy purple plum and blueberry aromas and flavours in this supple, smooth, full-bodied Italian red wine. Primitivo is also known as Zinfandel in California. Finishes with baked blueberry pie and dark spice. Perfect for grilled meats and barbecue. Drink: 2013 - 2017 300004 14% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 89/100. August 2014. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Dark Lady Of The Labyrinth Dark Delight Pinotage 2011, Wellington W.O., South Africa: Total smokehouse, toast and oak on the nose and palate. Holy oak barrels! The 2011 vintage of Dark Lady of the Labyrinth is a great Pinotage, with none of the rubber aromas that sometimes come with this grape. Black fruit and more smoke on the finish. Drink: 2013 - 2016 376889 13.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. August 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Fog Head Highlands Series Reserve Pinot Noir 2012, Monterey County, California, United States: Produced by Delicato Family Vineyards, this supple red wine offers sweet cherry-berry aromas and flavours with a medium-bodied and lovely balance. Monterey offers a cool ocean-moderated breezes that result in terrific Pinot Noir, among California's best. Finishes with attractive sandalwood, black cherry, and violets. Good juicy mouth-watering action for roast chicken or planked salmon. Pinot Noir food pairings: roast beef, lamb chops with garlic and rosemary, turkey, pork tenderloin, coq au vin. Drink: 2013 - 2018 212944 14.5% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. August 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Zenato Valpolicella Superiore 2011, Veneto D.O.C., Italy: Delightful! Full-bodied, juicy and tasty with attractive dark red berries and cedar smoke. Perfect for so many dishes with robust flavours. Drink: 2014 - 2018 995704 13.5% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 90/100. August 2014. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Silverado Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, Napa Valley, California, United States: What a towering blockbuster of a red wine! Needs cellar time, then decant 2 hours. Holy tannins Batman. Black fruit, mocha from oak aging and tar. Finishes with black smoke and anise. Drink: 2016 - 2021 111880 14.5% XD 750 mL $61.95 Score: 91/100. August 2014. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Marziano Abbona Pressenda Barolo 2008, Piedmont D.O.C.G., Italy: Big, black and brooding with huge, tarry black fruit and smoke. The 2008 vintage of the Barolo Pressenda has lots of richness and depth yet it's still a baby that needs cellar time. Drink: 2015 - 2023 276584 15% XD 750 mL $52.95 Score: 91/100. August 2014. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Waipara Hills Pinot Noir 2012, Central Otago, South Island, New Zealand: A fleshy dark fruited New Zealand Pinot Noir that sources grapes from the cool Waipara region located between Christchurch and Marlborough. Lovely aromas of dark cherry and berry on this medium-bodied red wine. Pair with seared tuna. Pinot Noir food pairings: seared tuna. Drink: 2013 - 2018 312876 14% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 91/100. August 2014. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Heitz Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, Napa Valley, California, United States: Robust and complex with many layers of pleasure. This is benchmark Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, which is reflected in the price. A cellar keeper, if you can wait. decant 2 hours and enjoy with rare filet mignon. Drink: 2014 - 2020 642124 14.5% XD 750 mL $79.95 Score: 92/100. August 2014. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Schubert Block B Pinot Noir 2011, Wairarapa, New Zealand: Big cherry-berry flavours with a touch of toasty oak and mocha for oak aging. Supple, smooth and almost full-bodied. No spring frosts during the 2011 vintage and favourable flowering were an ideal start to the season. Summer was windy warm and dry. 100% of the grapes were hand-picked and de-stemmed with a cold maceration and fermentation in stainless steel vats left on the skins for 3 weeks. Aged in 50% new oak 50% used French oak for 16 months. Drink: 2013 - 2019 66985 14.5% XD 750 mL $55.95 Score: 93/100. August 2014. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Santa Carolina Reserva De Familia Carmenère 2010, Rapel Valley, Chile: Robust and brooding with exceptional value, like the rest of the wines in its line-up. Big black fleshy fruit, loaded with toasty oak, tar and smoke. Endless, deep and rich. Discuss world domination. Drink: 2013 - 2017 34942 15% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 91/100. August 2014. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Xavier 2010, A.P., Côtes Du Rhône, France: This robust red wine has seductive aromas of black cherry liqueur, dark spice and some oak. Very attractive, especially for the price. Decant 2 hours. Drink: 2013 - 2016 297317 14.5% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 90/100. August 2014. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Famille Perrin Les Cornuds Vinsobres 2011, A.C., Rhône, France: Juicy, dark pleasure in a glass! Full-bodied with black fruit, anise, pepper and smoke aromas. This is an even blend of grenache and syrah grapes. Terrific concentration, depth and balance from one of the most respected producers in the Rhone. This wine opens up with decanting and you will open up with this wine. Try it. Food pairings: gourmet hamburgers, meat lovers' pizza. Drink: 2012 - 2017 566844 14% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 91/100. August 2014. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rosewood Estates Winery & Meadery Pinot Noir 2007, V.Q.A., Twenty Mile Bench, Ontario, Canada: Loaded with ripley sweet cherry fruit, zingy cranberry and dried herbs. Incredibly mouth-watering and appetizing. Superb effort from this producer. Pinot Noir food pairings: grilled salmon. 112177 12.5% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 91/100. August 2014. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Barossa Valley Estate E Minor Shiraz 2010, Barossa Valley, Australia: A terrific wine, especially for this price point! Full-bodied and luscious with layers of dark fruit flavour and hint of smoke weaves through. Perfect for roast beef or lamb. E Minor Shiraz food pairings: rich game dishes, roast beef and hard cheese. Drink: 2012 - 2016 295907 14.5% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 91/100. August 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rosés

Miraval Rosé 2013, Côtes De Provence A.P., France: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie launched their first wine with the 2012 vintage, a lovely, pink petal, bone-dry rose from Provence. The couple owns the winery and estate Château Miraval, even though you'll find no reference to them on the label. This wine doesn't need to ride on the back of their celebrity: it stands alone as a terrific, refreshing rose with aromas of small field strawberries, orange zest and light spices. Should I add though that there's a hint of drama on the nose, with a surprise twist finish? Sure to be a box office hit at your liquor store. Rosé food pairings: planked salmon, pate, roast chicken. Drink: 2013 - 2015 342584 13% XD 750 mL $22.95 Score: 91/100. August 2014. Top Rated Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sparkling Wine

Graham Beck Brut Méthode Cap Classique Sparkling Rosé, Western Cape W.O., South Africa: Full-bodied, toasty and crisp with lots of Pinot Noir goodness in this zesty bubbly. Lovely cherry and strawberry notes and clean, crisp finish. Graham Beck is a master of sparkling wines, in my opinion, these are his best. Highly recommended. Perfect for planked salmon. Sparkling Rosé food pairings: planked salmon, shellfish, foie gras, pasta with cheese-based sauce. Drink: 2014 - 2017 175588 12% XD 750 mL $20.95 Score: 90/100. August 2014. Best Value Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Laurent-Perrier Brut Champagne, Champagne A.C., France: A solid producer of non-vintage champagne year after year: the house style is elegant with great length and bubbles. Pair with sushi. Drink: 2014 - 2018 340679 12% XD 750 mL $63.95 Score: 90/100. August 2014. Top Rated Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Billecart-Salmon Brut Réserve Champagne, Champagne A.C., France: Toasty and crisp with a robust structure. Green apple brightness wrapped in a toasty blanket. Perfecto! I think about their rose, but am delighted to find this superb "white" Champagne. Drink: 2014 - 2018 81976 12% XD 750 mL $64.95 Score: 93/100. August 2014. Top Rated Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Dom Pérignon Brut Rosé Vintage Champagne 2003, A.C., France: Here's the king of Champagnes in this premium cuvée from Moet & Chandon. Dom Perignon is often thought to be the inventor of Champagne, or at least the bubbles, but it was rather the more complex task of masterly blending that he perfected. Great acidity, structure and length. Celebrate life! Drink: 2014 - 2019 91777 12% XD 750 mL $299.95 Score: 94/100. August 2014. Top Rated Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cristal Brut Vintage Champagne 2006, Champagne A.C., France: Great finesse here with long persistence of beaded bubbles and an elegant finish. Gorgeous Champagne from the region's top producer. - Community Wine Reviews Drink: 2014 - 2020 268755 12% XD 750 mL $287.95 Score: 94/100. August 2014. Top Rated Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Dom Pérignon Brut Vintage Champagne 2004, Champagne A.C., France: Delicate white floral notes on the nose of this vintage dated Champagne. Toasty with white apricot and a terrific mousse. Perfect for life's celebrations. Drink: 2014 - 2020 280461 12% D 750 mL $219.95 Score: 95/100. August 2014. Top Rated Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

Simonsig Chenin Blanc 2013, Stellenbosch W.O., South Africa: Dry with attractive white peach and white melon aromas on the nose. Crisp, refreshing aperitif or companion to fresh seafood. Finishes with tropical fruit such as melon and guava. Try this with Asian dishes. Chenin Blanc food pairings: mild Thai curries, fresh seafood. Drink: 2013 - 2016 981167 13.8% D 750 mL $13.95 Score: 85/100. August 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Elk Cove Pinot Gris 2013, Willamette Valley, Oregon, United States: A gentle, beige wine of very light, subtle flavours. White melon. Pleasant aperitif. Pinot Gris food pairings: pan fried scallops. Drink: 2013 - 2015 955906 13.5% D 750 mL $24.95 Score: 86/100. August 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Robert Oatley Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Margaret River, Pemberton, Western Australia, Australia: A fresh and zippy style of Aussie Savvy with aromas of grass and grapefruit. Dry, with fine aroma replays on the palate. The flavours linger in a pleasing manner. Enjoy as a sipper on its own or with a wide range of vegetarian dishes, including spinach Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: pan-fried freshwater fish, mild goat cheese, bell peppers, Caesar salad, corned beef and cabbage. Drink: 2013 - 2016 186106 12.2% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 87/100. August 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Muri-Gries Pinot Grigio 2013, Alto Adige D.O.C., Italy: Surprisingly high alcohol in this refreshing, crisp northern Italian white wine. Lemon and lime and white grapefruit abound. Good acidity. Pinot Grigio food pairings: fresh seafood. Drink: 2013 - 2015 270983 14% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 87/100. August 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Lenz Moser Prestige Grüner Veltliner 2012, Niederösterreich, Austria: A refreshing bone-dry wine with zippy notes of limes and white grapefruit. Terrific aperitif. Youthful and invigorating. Lower Austria (Niederösterreich) contains the winemaking sub-appellations of Kremstal, Kamptal and Wachau, among others. This is the winery's flagship Gruner. Lots of acidity. Try it with mussels or clams. Grüner Veltliner food pairings: seafood stews, grilled salmon, chicken paprika. Drink: 2013 - 2015 71233 12.5% XD 750 mL $13.95 Score: 88/100. August 2014. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Le Verger Chablis 2012, Burgundy A.C., France: Green apple freshness and a little creaminess here on this classic Burgundian Chardonnay. No oak aging, which is the tradition in Chablis. Good mineral finish. Pair with shellfish. Chablis food pairings: seafood, shellfish. Drink: 2013 - 2017 181289 12.5% XD 750 mL $22.95 Score: 88/100. August 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

St. Francis Chardonnay 2012, Sonoma County, California, United States: Buttery and balanced with full-bodied goodness. Nice price for classic Californian chardonnay. Aromas of fleshy white peach and toasty oak. Finishes with tasty nuances of butterscotch, baked apple and mango. Rich and deserving of your palate. Chardonnay food pairings: grilled pork chops, roast chicken, turkey, goat cheese, cheese fondue. Drink: 2013 - 2016 317131 14.2% XD 750 mL $20.95 Score: 88/100. August 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Henri Bourgeois Petit Bourgeois Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Vins De Pays Du Val De Loire I.G.P., France: Fresh crisp French Sauvignon Blanc with herbal notes, and some grassiness. No discernible oak flavour. Perfect for vegetarian dishes. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: barbecued seafood, pâté, goat cheese. Drink: 2013 - 2015 672345 12% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 88/100. August 2014. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine De Vaugondy Vouvray 2012, Loire A.C., France: Lime zest lift and juicy wonderful on the palate! This dry Chenin Blanc white wine offers lemon essence aromas with shafts of mouth-watering chives running through it. Loads of acidity: it's a gorgeous gusher. Love it! Try it with goat cheese. Vouvray food pairings: goat cheese. Drink: 2013 - 2016 189142 11.5% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 89/100. August 2014. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Joseph Cattin Pinot Gris 2012, Alsace A.C., France: Peach and wet stone aromas mingle on the nose in a hedonistic blend. Refreshing zesty acidity on the palate as an aperitif or with cold chicken sandwiches. The Cattin family has been making wine in Alsace since the 1850s. The lovely white wine finishes with green apple and baking spices. Perfect for Indian dishes, especially mild to medium spicy ones. Pinot Gris food pairings: sweet red Thai curry, chicken à l’orange, rich cheese, seafood, light pastas. Drink: 2013 - 2017 196956 13% D 750 mL $15.95 Score: 89/100. August 2014. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Bernard Reverdy & Fils Sancerre 2012, Loire A.C., France: Crisp, clean, straight-up refreshment. Good aperitif or seafood companion. Attractive aromas of lemon, chives and lime. Finishes with a nice zip. Try it with fresh seafood or salads. Sancerre food pairings: seafood. Drink: 2013 - 2016 200055 12.5% XD 750 mL $25.95 Score: 89/100. August 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Creekside Estate Winery Backyard Block Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Creek Shores, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A burst of summer sunshine after a thunderstorm! Vibrant, zesty and packed with fresh flavour. Lime zest and lemongrass. Yes please! Drink: 2013 - 2015 341792 12.5% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 90/100. August 2014. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Loosen Bros. Dr. L Riesling 2013, Qualitätswein, Mosel, Germany: This is a wow wine year after year, and the 2013 vintage is no exception. Dr Loosen makes superb white wines at many price levels, this one being an entry level offering but it's no entry level wine in the sense of craftsmanship and flavour. Lime and lemon zest almost leap out of the glass, with delicate white floral and peach notes on the palate. Light- to medium-bodied and perfect for dishes with a touch of sweetness like glazed ham or pasta in a cream sauce. This Qualitätswein Q.B.A. over-delivers on every dimension. Drink: 2014 - 2018 599274 8.5% M 750 mL $13.95 Score: 90/100. August 2014. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Monopole 2013, Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain: Love it! Clementine, white peach and baking spice ... white floral notes, exotic. Struggling to describe this lovely white wine. This is a blend Viura, Parellada and Xarel-lo grapes, the same varieties used to make Spanish sparkling wine, Cava. This wine is produced by the fifth generation of the family who founded the winery. Food pairings: seafood. Drink: 2013 - 2017 66951 13% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 91/100. August 2014. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Schloss Reinhartshausen Hattenheimer Wisselbrunnen Riesling Kabinett 2012, Rhine Rhinegau Deutscher Prädikatswein, Germany: Liquid splendour in a glass. Rays of lemon and lime zest waft through this wonderful wine that's light- to medium-bodied yet packed with flavour. I want to retire in the cellar of this winery. Gorgeous riesling with lime flower, honeysuckle and peach goodness. Try it with seafood or a mild curry tonight. Riesling Kabinett food pairings: fruit-based desserts, biscotti, nuts, foie gras, cheese. Drink: 2014 - 2019 114801 12.5% MD 750 mL $20.95 Score: 91/100. August 2014. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Clos Marguerite Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: Grassy and refreshing with chive aromas and lemon zest. Ocean breeze fresh. The grapes for this wine come from a single vineyard site in the Awatere Valley. Finishes with gooseberry and white melon. Crisp! Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: pan-fried freshwater fish, mild goat cheese, bell peppers, Caesar salad, corned beef and cabbage. Drink: 2013 - 2015 281014 13.5% XD 750 mL $21.95 Score: 91/100. August 2014. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Evening Land Seven Springs Chardonnay 2011, Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon, United States: An exotic, full-bodied, mouth-watering Chardonnay with toasted hazelnut and almond from oak aging as well as juicy pear and peach notes. Very intriguing. Drink: 2013 - 2018 375048 13.3% XD 750 mL $58.95 Score: 91/100. August 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Stags' Leap Winery Viognier 2013, Napa Valley, California, United States: Perfect Viognier! Floral and lime blossom notes lead followed by a zippy lime zest. Medium-bodied and thoroughly delicious. Get out of your white wine rut with this one. I love when I wine gets better the more you try it. Wonderfully seductive aromas of peach and pink grapefruit on the finish. Yes please!  Finishes with aromas of white peach and floral notes. Pretty! Viognier food pairings: chicken, cloved ham, lobster, sushi, grilled seafood, pork. Drink: 2014 - 2019 597369 14% D 750 mL $34.95 Score: 92/100. August 2014. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Featherstone Winery Four Feathers 2013, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A very pretty white wine at a great price! Four Feathers stands for the four grapes in the blend, primarily Riesling but also Sauvignon Blanc, Gewurztraminer and Chardonnay. Smoky and medium-bodied. Perfect for roast chicken. Drink: 2014 - 2017 341586 12% D 750 mL $14.95 Score: 89/100. August 2014. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Featherstone Winery Black Sheep Riesling 2012, V.Q.A., Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada: So beautiful! This riesling has it all: juicy, peach and lime aromas, balance, complexity, length and lambs. (That was a baaaaah-d joke, I know.) Medium-bodied and packed with flavour. These folks are Riesling Masters: Ka-pow! Drink: 2013 - 2017 80234 10% M 750 mL $16.95 Score: 91/100. August 2014. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars Chardonnay 2012, Okanagan Valley, BC V.Q.A., Canada: Subtle, yet brilliantly expressive Chardonnay that would be divine with Black River Mozzarella cheese from Ontario! This cheese producer also makes mozzarella inflected with hot pepper and dried herbs. The regular Mozzarella is terrific on its own or as a pizza topping, then bring in the Blue Mountain Chardonnay, which is rich and mouth-filling but not heavy. This is a wine of beautiful contradictions ... I guess that adds up to complexity. Seductive aromas of toasted almond, pear and yellow apple. Surely Blue Mountain is one of our best Canadian wine producers. Drink: 2018 - 2020 350108 13% XD 750 mL $23.95 Score: 92/100. August 2014. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


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