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Georges Duboeuf Jean Descombes Gamay 2011, A.C., Burgundy, Morgon, France: Terrific aromas of black cherry and pepper on the nose. The palate is fleshy and rich and mouth-filling. Don't' confuse this wine with beaujolais nouveau: there's far more depth and complexity here. Perfect for movie night. Lots of mouth-watering acidity for a wide range of dishes from salmon to roast chicken and turkey. Drink: 2012-2015. 946186 13.50% D 750 mL  $17.95 Score: 90/100. June 22, 2013 Best Value Red Wine. Heavenly Hamburger Wine Full Review
Cave De Lugny Cuvée Millésime Brut 2010, A.C., Burgundy, France: Stunningly great value! Wow! Toasty with crisp green apple fruit aromas. Your go-to bubbly for the next party so stock up now. Cave de Lugny is a co-operative of more than 250 estates. Previous vintages of this wine have won gold at the prestigious Concours des Burgundia competition. Great aperitif or companion to many dishes. Drink: 2012-2015. 183764 11.50% XD 750 mL  $18.95 Score: 90/100. July 6, 2013 Best Value Sparkling Wine. Perfect Pasta and Tomato Sauce Wine Full Review
Oremus Mandolás Tokaji Furmint Dry 2005, Hungary, Hungary: An exotically different wine for when you want out of your Chardonnay rut. This is a dry Tokaji made Furmint grapes, Hungary’s leading varietal. Notes of dried herbs, hazelnut and mature peaches. 959817 13.30% XD 750 mL  $25.95 Score: 89/100. February 28, 2009 Full Review
Oyster Bay Cuvée Rosé 2012, New Zealand, New Zealand: A lovely, toasty bubbly at an exceptionally great price! The chardonnay grapes in this blend come from Hawkes Bay region, while pinot noir grapes hail from Marlborough. Lovely persistence of flavours and bubbles. Crisp, clean finish. Stock up now! Drink: 2012-2015. 238187 12% D 750 mL  $21.95 Score: 91/100. April 13, 2013 Best Value Sparkling Wine. Spectacular Spicy Wine Full Review
Alvaro Castro Red 2009, D.O.C., Dão, Portugal: Savoury, meaty and full-bodied with a pleasantly refreshing finish. Black fruit and tarry depths. Great wine for big meat dishes and barbecue. Decant for 1-2 hours. Drink: 2012-2015. 285288 13% XD 750 mL  $16.95 Score: 90/100. June 22, 2013 Best Value Red Wine. Best Beef Wine Full Review
Cloof Pinotage 2010, W.O., Darling, South Africa: Savoury and juicy with black raspberry and leather aromas and flavours. More earthy than fruity. Not a hint of rubber. Excellent, especially at this price. Drink: 2013-2016. 315895 14.50% XD 750 mL  $16.95 Score: 90/100. July 6, 2013 Best Value Red Wine. Complete Cheese Pizza Wine Full Review

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