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Trapiche Reserve Malbec 2010, Mendoza, Argentina: A simple, rustic, full-bodied red with notes of black plums. Decant 1-2 hours. Drink: 2011-2014. 614651 14% D 750 mL  $12.05 Score: 86/100. July 15, 2008 Best Value Red Wine. Full Review
Trapiche Reserve Syrah 2013, Argentina, Argentina: A tasty, lip-smacking Argentine red wine with full-bodied aromas and flavours of dark fruit and toasty oak. Pair with grilled hamburgers. Drink: 2013-2016. 222281 14% MD 750 mL  $10.95 Score: 85/100. January 10, 2015 Full Review
Trapiche Pure Malbec 2013, Mendoza, Argentina: Love the cedar brush, savoury notes on the top of this wine followed by fleshy black fruit. Terrific balance and complexity, especially at this price. Full-bodied, smooth and a real party pleaser. Wow. Drink: 2013-2018. 370924 14% D 750 mL  $15.95 Score: 91/100. February 1, 2015 Best Value Red Wine. Full Review
Trapiche Broquel Malbec 2012, Mendoza, Argentina: A remarkably well-priced Malbec from Argentina. Smooth, full-bodied and offering generous aromas of concentrated, intensely flavoured black fruits with a lovely touch of mocha and smoke on the finish. Drink: 2012-2016. 234385 14.50% XD 750 mL  $14.95 Score: 89/100. February 1, 2015 Best Value Red Wine. Best Beef Wine Full Review
Trapiche Extravaganza 2013, Argentina, Argentina: Rich and full-bodied with lots of mocha, dark chocolate and vanilla spice on the nose from generous oak aging. A mouth-filling wine with layers of fleshy black fruit flavour on the palate. This is a blend of Malbec, Bonarda and Syrah grapes that yields a velvet texture on the tongue. Try it with coffee-rubbed steak or ribs. Drink: 2014-2018. 360776 13.50% XD 750 mL  $15.95 Score: 88/100. February 1, 2015 Best Value Red Wine. Best Beef Wine Full Review
[yellow tail] Big Bold Red, New South Wales, Australia: This full-bodied red wine offers flavours of fleshy ripe raspberries and strawberries, along with notes of chocolate, mocha and espresso from toasty oak aging. Pair this wine with hearty meat dishes, including meat lovers' pizza. Drink: 2016-2018. 350504 13.50% MD 750 mL  $13.95 Score: 86/100. February 7, 2017 Best Value Red Wine. Heavenly Hamburger Wine Full Review
Yellow Tail Bubbles Sparkling Wine 2010, South Eastern Australia, Australia: Tasty and toasty with off-dry notes of peach and pear. Terrific for the price point. Serve at parties as an aperitif or companion to tasty nibbles. Drink: 2011-2012. 229039 11.50%  750 mL  $13.95 Score: 87/100. January 3, 2012 Full Review
[yellow tail] Shiraz 2013, New South Wales, Australia: A full-bodied, well-priced Australian Shiraz in the magnum format, the equivalent of two regular (750 ml) bottles. Aromas of fleshy ripe blackberries and toasty oak. Good option for large parties. Drink: 2013-2016. 20289 13% MD 1500 mL  $23.75 Score: 84/100. January 10, 2015 Full Review
[yellow tail] Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, South Australia, Australia: A solid Australian Cabernet with tasty notes of ripe fleshy black berries and toasty oak. Pair with meat lovers' pizza. Drink: 2013-2016. 621623 13% MD 750 mL  $10.95 Score: 86/100. January 10, 2015 Best Value Red Wine. Full Review
Epica Red San Pedro 2012, San Antonio Valley, Chile: Chocolate and mocha on the nose followed by more sweet flavours on the palate along with sweet blackberries. Full-bodied and smooth. Nice price. Pair with hearty meat dishes that have a touch of sweetness or are charred. Drink: 2013-2016. 350520 13.50% D 750 mL  $14.95 Score: 86/100. August 3, 2014 Heavenly Hamburger Wine Full Review
Errazuriz Chardonnay 2013, Casablanca valley, Chile: Simply stunning for the money! This full-bodied Chilean Chardonnay offers attractive notes of toasty oak, butterscotch, apple and white pear. Perfect for roast chicken. Drink: 2013-2016. 318741 13.50% XD 750 mL  $10.95 Score: 88/100. April 15, 2015 Full Review
Georges Duboeuf George Duboeuf Pinot Noir 2009, Languedoc, France: Mocha-dark-chocolate rich with fleshy cherries and berries. Smooth, supple, and medium-bodied. Lovely sipping wine that will take you through an entire evening. 184069 13% D 750 mL  $11.95 Score: 88/100. March 28, 2011 Full Review
Folonari Pinot Grigio 2013, Veneto, Italy: A soft, light-bodied white wine that's refreshing. Not too much acidity but enough for fresh seafood. Enjoy on its own as an aperitif. Drink: 2013-2015. 229542 12% D 750 mL  $13.95 Score: 87/100. February 1, 2015 Full Review
Villa Maria Private Bin Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand: The Hawke's Bay region of New Zealand tends to be warmer than Marlborough (especially the nights are not as cool), thus it's better known for later ripening grapes such as Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Villa Maria demonstrates this amply in the glass with a blend of 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet grapes. A special area known as Gimlet Gravels provides most of the fruit for this wine and yet it's only 800 hectares in total, with old soils of fractured rock that are free draining which means the vines suffer as they should to produce great wine for you. In fact, you can go down 20 to 30 feet here and still find gravel as this was an old river bed that became exposed in the 1880s after an earthquake. This wine is amazing in that it delivers far more heft, weight and dark fruit flavour than you'd expect from just 12.5% alcohol. Yay! Drink: 2013-2018. 310300 12.50% XD 750 mL  $16.95 Score: 89/100. February 1, 2015 Best Value Red Wine. Best Beef Wine Full Review
Villa Maria Estate Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc 2014, Marlborough, New Zealand: So bright and refreshing: like a spring day for your senses. Herbal, crisp and mouth-watering. This medium-bodied New Zealand white wine is made for shellfish. Drink: 2014-2017. 426601 12.50% XD 750 mL  $16.95 Score: 89/100. February 1, 2015 Best Value White Wine. Sensational Shellfish Wine Full Review

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