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Alamos Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Mendoza, Argentina: A solid red wine value from Argentina. Classic Cabernet aromas of cassis and blackcurrant. Full-bodied, smooth and balanced. Great party wine. Pair with a rare steak. Drink: 2013-2016. 295105 13.50% XD 750 mL  $13.90 Score: 88/100. May 20, 2015 Best Value Red Wine. Heavenly Hamburger Wine Full Review
Trapiche Pure Black Malbec 2015, Mendoza, Argentina: A lip-smacking, delicious Argentine red wine made from the country's most iconic red grape Malbec. This wine is 100% unoaked, so the fleshy black plum and fruit character shows through. It's full-bodied and ultra-smooth. Great value for this price. Pair with a pepper steak. Drink: 2015-2019. 462861 14% D 750 mL  $15.95 Score: 90/100. April 26, 2017 Best Value Red Wine. Full Review
Luigi Bosca Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Maipu, Mendoza, Argentina: Full-bodied Argentine Cabernet Sauvignon with black smoky fruit and a deep core of richness. The ripeness of the fruit is a terrific example of the long ripening season the Mendoza region enjoys. Terrific toastiness as well from judicious oak aging. Perfect for grilled meats, hard cheeses and charcuterie. Drink: 2016-2019. 128629 14% XD 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 92/100. October 15, 2016 Best Value Red Wine. Best Beef Wine Full Review
Yalumba Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Coonawarra, Australia: Elegant and distinguished Australian Cabernet Sauvignon from the cool climate of Coonawarra. Great balance and restraint, yet there's no shortage of flavour and character. Black fruit, spice and smoke. Perfect for prime rib. Drink: 2016-2021. 460667 14.50% D 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 92/100. October 10, 2016 Best Value Red Wine. Full Review
Mojo Rockbare Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Coonawarra, South Australia, Australia: A juicy, exquisite Australian Cabernet at a phenomenal price. More aromatic than most Cabs I've tasted. Wowsers. Coonawarra is home to famous red wines: this is a bargain hunter's dream. Pair with grilled meats. Drink: 2017-2022. 383539 13.50% D 750 mL  $17.95 Score: 91/100. April 25, 2017 Best Value Red Wine. Best Beef Wine Full Review
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. Drink: 2013-2015. 71233 12.50% XD 750 mL  $13.95 Score: 88/100. August 30, 2014 Best Value White Wine. Sensational Shellfish Wine Full Review
Kacaba Vineyards Cabernet Franc 2014, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario VQA, Canada: Mocha and dark chocolate on the nose of this attractive Niagara Cabernet Franc from oak aging. Mouth-watering and juicy on the palate with black plum flavours. Pair with grilled meats. Drink: 2016-2025. 272146 13% D 750 mL  $24.95 Score: 88/100. June 5, 2016 Full Review
Henry of Pelham Winery Old Vines Baco Noir 2014, Niagara, Ontario VQA, Canada: Wow! This knocked my socks off. The vines for this Baco Noir were planted in the early 1980s, and yield incredibly concentrated and complex flavours in this wine. Dark, fleshy ripe, mouth-watering black plum and blackberry. This is your ultimate barbecue wine. Drink: 2016-2022. 459966 13.50% D 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 93/100. June 5, 2016 Top Rated Red Wine. Full Review
Magnotta Winery Limited Edition Cabernet Franc 2013, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada Drink: 2016-2020. 13% XD 750 mL  $19.95. October 10, 2016 Full Review
Chocalan Reserva Syrah 2015, Maipo, Chile: Rich and full-bodied with attractive aromas and flavours of fleshy black plum and coffee-mocha. Supple and mouth-filling. Amazingly great price. Try it with grilled pork chops. Drink: 2017-2020. 38513 14% D 750 mL  $15.95 Score: 90/100. April 24, 2017 Best Beef Wine Full Review
Matetic Corralillo Syrah 2011, San Antonio Valley, Chile: Tannic and mouth-watering with a savoury, meaty heart of black fruit and minerality. Superb balance. Roasted meat on the mid-palate is surprising and delightful. Who needs food anyway? Finishes with great vibrancy and complexity. Drink: 2014-2019. 146407 14% XD 750 mL  $23.95 Score: 91/100. August 2, 2014 Top Rated Red Wine. Best Beef Wine Full Review
Château De Gourgazaud Cuvée Mathilde 2011, Minervois, Midi A.C., France: Rustic and full-bodied red wine from southern France. Terrific value, taste and quality for the money! Juicy, full-bodied and packed with blackberry, dark spices and some pepper. Fleshy black plum nuances are ever so tasty. Supple but could still benefit from 1 hour of decanting. The southern French region of Minervois produces consistently ripe, full-bodied reds like this at remarkably great prices. Finishes with dried herbs and mocha. Pair with prime rib. Drink: 2013-2017. 958629 13.50% XD 750 mL  $14.95 Score: 89/100. August 16, 2014 Best Value Red Wine. Luscious Lamb Wine Full Review
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. Drink: 2013-2016. 189142 11.50% XD 750 mL  $16.95 Score: 89/100. August 30, 2014 Best Value White Wine. Great Goat Cheese Wine Full Review
Domaine Montirius Terre Des Aînés Gigondas 2007, Rhône A.C., France: Classic black pepper, briary, black fruit and tar on the nose. Full-bodied and delicious. Great value for the price. Needs a hearty steak. Reminds me of why I love Rhone wines so much. Drink: 2014-2020. 116079 12.50% XD 750 mL  $24.95 Score: 93/100. March 29, 2014 Top Rated Red Wine. Harmonious Hard Cheese Wine Full Review
Boutari Grande Reserve Xinomavro 2008, Naoussa, Greece: Boutari was founded in Naoussa region of Greece back in 1879. This is the Xinomavro grape that makes this particular wine. Serve at 18 degrees with meats and cheeses. Juicy with attractive mouth-watering acidity with savoury notes of dried herbs and red and black fruit. Elegant wine for many dishes. Really worth trying. Great price. Some spice and smoke on the finish. Drink: 2013-2016. 114958 12.50% XD 750 mL  $16.95 Score: 90/100. November 14, 2015 Best Value Red Wine. Best Beef Wine Full Review
Lena Di Mezzo Ripasso Monte Del Frá Valpolicella Classico Superiore 2010, Veneto D.O.C., Italy: A full-bodied, smooth Italian red wine with subtle notes of dark, dried berries and smoke. Pair with prime rib. Drink: 2013-2017. 165662 14% D 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 88/100. November 22, 2014 Best Beef Wine Full Review
Marchesi di Barolo Zagara Moscato D'asti 2011, D.O.C.G., Piedmont, Italy: Every time I taste a Moscato, I fall in love. Orange zest, apple blossom and honeysuckle. Sweetness balanced with effervescence and acidity. Perfect after-dinner drink! This is the ultimate patio sipper. Enjoy with cheeses. Drink: 2011-2014. 168195 6% MS 750 mL  $16.95 Score: 91/100. May 25, 2013 Best Value Dessert Wine. Divine Dessert Wine Full Review
Matua Valley Pinot Noir 2013, Marlborough, New Zealand: A superb, vibrant New Zealand Pinot Noir with enticing aromas of tart red cherry, wild raspberry and spice. Medium-bodied and satin smooth. This wine is very versatile with food, from planked salmon to roast chicken. Drink: 2014-2018. 358952 13% XD 750 mL  $17.80 Score: 90/100. April 15, 2015 Top Rated Red Wine. Full Review
Alento Adega Do Monte Branco Tinto 2011, Vinho Regional Alentejano, Portugal: Full-bodied with attractive tarry black, almost burnt, blackberry and blackcurrant. Big, oaky and toasty. Good price. Must be paired with hearty grilled meats. Drink: 2014-2017. 418102 14% D 750 mL  $15.95 Score: 87/100. June 21, 2014 Magnificent Meat Pizza Wine Full Review
Delaforce Real Companhia Velha Touriga Nacional 2011, Douro D.O.C., Portugal: A full-bodied, generous red wine with mocha and toasty oak on the nose. Black plum and raspberry with dark spices. Good finish on this D.O.C. wine. There's been a revolution in dry red wines from Portugal: try this one and you'll know what I'm talking about. This particular wine hails from a well-known producer of port, the fortified dessert wine. The Touriga Nacional grape offers signature black fruit aromas and richness. Loaded with toasty oak and tarry black fruit with a bitter bite. Decant 1 hour. Drink: 2014-2018. 120633 14% XD 750 mL  $20.95 Score: 92/100. April 26, 2014 Best Value Red Wine. Complete Cheese Pizza Wine Full Review
Quinta Do Noval Black Port, Douro D.O.C., Portugal: Black spice and scheming in dark alleys: a perfect dessert wine to sip while watching Hitchcock or film noir. This port house has been making wine since 1715. Drink: 2014-2020. S 750 mL  $24.95 Score: 91/100. May 10, 2014 Top Rated Dessert Wine. Divine Dessert Wine Full Review
Beronia Reserva Tempranillo 2009, D.O.C.A., Rioja, Spain: Smoky with dark fruit, toasty oak and cigar box. Full-bodied and earthy. Pair with prime rib. Drink: 2013-17. 50203 14% XD 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 89/100. February 1, 2015 Full Review
Mark West Pinot Noir 2011, California, United States: Lovely cherry-berry vibrancy here with perfectly balanced and mouth-watering acidity for food. Supple, satin-textured Californian Pinot in all its glory. Pair with seared tuna, planked salmon or roast chicken or turkey. Drink: 2013-2017. 83329 13.80% XD 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 91/100. August 15, 2014 Top Rated Red Wine. Terrific Turkey Wine Full Review
Sterling Vineyards Vintner's Pinot Noir 2012, Napa Valley, California, United States: Lovely cherry-berry aromas on the nose with a supple, smooth, medium-bodied texture on the palate. This is an incredibly great price for Napa Valley pinot noir. Medium-bodied and delicious. Drink: 2014-2017. 226571 13.50% XD 750 mL  $15.95 Score: 89/100. August 15, 2014 Charming Grilled Chicken Wine Full Review
Sterling Vineyards Vintner's Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Central Coast, California, United States: Smoky and campfire toasty on the nose with fleshy black plum and mocha on the palate. Full-bodied and smooth. Pair with BBQ meats. Drink: 2014-2019. 56366 13.50% XD 750 mL  $14.95 Score: 89/100. October 10, 2016 Best Value Red Wine. Best Beef Wine Full Review
Beringer Founders' Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, California, United States: Very juicy and succulent Californian Cabernet with terrific aromas of fleshy ripe black and purple plums. Smooth and layered on the palate. Great value for this price. Pair with hamburgers or meat lovers' pizza. Drink: 2016-2021. 534263 13.50% D 750 mL  $17.95 Score: 90/100. April 25, 2017 Best Value Red Wine. Heavenly Hamburger Wine Full Review

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