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Malma Reserva Bodega Nqn Malbec 2012, Patagonia, Argentina: Love this robust Argentine red wine made from the Malbec grape. Chewy and full-bodied with generously lush black and purple plums. Smooth with lots of layers of flavour and pleasure. Malma translates to “pride” in the native language of Mapuche. Absolutely perfect for gourmet hamburgers or meat lovers' pizza. Drink: 2012-2016. 222158 14.50% D 750 mL  $16.95 Score: 90/100. June 13, 2015 Best Value Red Wine. Best Beef Wine Full Review
Famiglia Bianchi Malbec 2013, Mendoza, Argentina: Absolutely phenomenal for the price! Here’s your summer party wine by the case. Juicy blackberry liqueur rich aromas and flavours. Full-bodied and ultra-smooth. Pair with barbecued meats and late-night conversations. Drink: 2013-2017. 677559 14.50% D 750 mL  $17.95 Score: 88/100. July 11, 2015 Best Value Red Wine. Perfect Pasta and Tomato Sauce Wine Full Review
Benmarco Dominio Del Plata Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Mendoza, Argentina: Classic cassis and blackcurrant aromas in this robust red wine from one of Argentina's best winemakers. Savoury, juicy and full-bodied. Great price! Try it with a hearty meat dish. Mendoza is considered the premium wine region of Argentina, with its backdrop of the Andes Mountains. Although it is better known for Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon is on the rise and is done in a both rich and vibrant red wine style. Drink: 2015-2019. 232637 14% XD 750 mL  $18.95 Score: 92/100. August 8, 2015 Best Value Red Wine. Best Beef Wine Full Review
Tamar Ridge Pinot Noir 2012, Tasmania, Australia: Cherry-berry fleshy ripe yet not heavy: zippy and vibrant with mouth-awakening vivaciousness. Love Tasmanian Pinot Noir, and buy it whenever I can... Cool climate but still ripe Pinot that's a fraction of the cost of French Burgundy. Pair with pork tenderloin. 411512 13% XD 750 mL  $29.95 Score: 91/100. July 25, 2015 Top Rated Red Wine. Luscious Lamb Wine Full Review
D'arenberg D'arry's Original Shiraz Grenache 2010, Mclaren Vale, South Australia, Australia: This robust Australian red wine is 50-50 blend of Shiraz and Grenache grapes with enticing aromas of fleshy black fruit, spice and pepper. It offers a long finish with polished tannins. Pair with grilled hamburgers. Drink: 2013-2018. 942904 13.90% XD 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 92/100. July 25, 2015 Top Rated Red Wine. Heavenly Hamburger Wine Full Review
Penfolds Bin 128 Shiraz 2013, Coonawarra, South Australia, Australia: This is what elegance and restraint tastes like from Australia: French grammar school, Australian graduate studies by the consummate gentleman winemaker Peter Gago. Lovely aromas of mint, cassis, blackcurrant and blackberry with just enough toasty warmth from the oak. The 2013 vintage of Bin 128 is terrific, but don't expect a fruit bomb. Terrific layering, depth and complexity with a long finish. Pair with rare filet mignon. Drink: 2015-2019. 509919 14% XD 750 mL  $34.95 Score: 95/100. October 25, 2015 Top Rated Red Wine. Best Beef Wine Full Review
Arboleda Eduardo Chadwick Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Aconcagua Valley, Chile: A full-bodied Chilean red wine made from the classic grape Cabernet Sauvignon in the Aconcagua Valley. This wine offers enticing aromas of blackcurrant cassis along with toasty oak. There's a grip on the palate, so decant one hour and enjoy with a rare steak. Drink: 2015-2018. 606764 14% XD 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 91/100. October 3, 2015 Top Rated Red Wine. Best Beef Wine Full Review
Casa Silva Los Lingues Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Colchagua Valley, Chile: Big and fleshy with plush plums and berries that elbow each other for your attention. Loaded with flavour and pleasure. Very smooth and finishing with cedar brush and tart woodland blackberries. Pair with strip loin steak. Drink: 2013-2017. 640870 14% XD 750 mL  $15.95 Score: 90/100. July 25, 2015 Best Value Red Wine. Best Beef Wine Full Review
Château De Treviac Arnaud Sié 2012, Corbières, Midi A.P., France: A luscious, smoky, full-bodied blend of syrah and grenache grapes, at a terrific price. Black pepper and fleshy black plum aromas. Velvet texture. Awesome! The southern French region of Corbières is often underestimated, and yet it's capable of producing blockbuster reds like this one. Usually carignan is part of the blend, but not in this case. Intense and satisfying. Pair with ribeye steak. Drink: 2015-2018. 670505 14.50% XD 750 mL  $16.95 Score: 92/100. August 8, 2015 Best Value Red Wine. Luscious Lamb Wine Full Review
Perrin Nature 2013, Côtes Du Rhône, Rhône A.C., France: Gorgeous black pepper, cedar brush and wild black cherry on the nose of this terrific southern French red wine. Perrin is one of the most respected producers in the Rhone Valley, and this is all the more impressive given this wine is organic. Amazingly great price for this quality. Pair with free range beef. Drink: 2014-2019. 948059 13.50% XD 750 mL  $16.95 Score: 91/100. October 3, 2015 Best Value Red Wine. Full Review
Dr. Loosen Blue Slate Riesling Kabinett 2014, Prädikatswein, Mosel, Germany: Beautiful peach blossom nose then a surprising but delightful juicy, mouth-watering attack on the palate that is ultra-refreshing. Medium-bodied with terrific refreshment in this classic German Riesling. Pair with fresh seafood. Drink: 2015-2018. 160846 7.50% M 750 mL  $22.95 Score: 92/100. October 31, 2015 Top Rated White Wine. Enchanting Feta Cheese Wine Full Review
Attems Pinot Grigio 2014, Venezia Giulia, Friuli I.G.T., Italy: A terrific Pinot Grigio year after year with fresh, zesty aromas of lime, white pear and grapefruit. Mouth-wateringly perfect for grilled fish or calamari. Drink: 2014-2016. 707950 13% D 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 90/100. October 31, 2015 Top Rated White Wine. Sensational Shellfish Wine Full Review
Carpineto Farnito Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Tuscany I.G.T., Italy: Full-bodied, savoury and meaty with a good grip on the palate of this Italian red wine. Could use cellar time and/or decanting 2 hours. Loaded with aromas and flavours of black fruit, smoke, mocha, and tanned leather. Great structure, long finish, deep satisfaction. The Cabernet grapes in this wine grow on vines planted on hillsides in Gaville, which is close to Florence, as well as in Chianciano and Montepulciano in Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. Pair with a pepper steak. Drink: 2014-2018. 996553 12.50% D 750 mL  $27.95 Score: 92/100. July 25, 2015 Top Rated Red Wine. Plush Pork Wine Full Review
Tommasi Classico Amarone Della Valpolicella 2011, Veneto D.O.C., Italy: Black cherry, fruitcake, dark spices and brooding mystery on the nose. Full-bodied and velvet smooth. Lovely, lovely, lovely. Mouth-filling with some dark plum on a long finish. Classic Amarone. Pair with grilled meats. Drink: 2015-2020. 980128 15% D 375 mL  $25.95 Score: 95/100. October 3, 2015 Top Rated Red Wine. Enchanting Feta Cheese Wine Full Review
Cusumano Nero d'Avola 2009, East-Central Sicily, Italy: Gorgeous blackberry and juniper aromas with an attractive tarry core. Fleshy ripe blackberries tumble over one another across your mouth. This is a steal at this price ... someone in accounting has obviously made a mistake so buy it while you can. Drink: 2010-2014. 143164 14% XD 750 mL  $9.95 Score: 89/100. July 20, 2010 Full Review
Pegos Claros 2010, Palmela D.O.C., Portugal: This is incredibly delicious! Full-bodied, juicy, smooth, with black and purple plum liqueur and fleshy blueberries. Produced by winemaker Frederico Falcão, this full-bodied Portuguese red wine is made from grapes grown on the winery's estate farm in the Palmela region from the local variety Castelao. The vines grow in sandy soils and are harvested via traditional methods with a foot treading for pressing and open lager fermentation and oak maturation. The grapes grow on old vines which lends concentration and aging potential to the wine. You can't beat the price here. Great party wine when the party involves hearty meat dishes. Stock up! Drink: 2013-2018. 385252 14% XD 750 mL  $15.95 Score: 91/100. July 25, 2015 Best Value Red Wine. Magnificent Meat Pizza Wine Full Review
Marques De Riscal White Regional Blended White 2008, Rueda, Spain  36822 12.50% D 750 mL  $12.85. July 18, 2008 Full Review
La Crema Pinot Noir 2013, Sonoma Coast, California, United States: Fleshy cherry and dark spice with a long, naughty finish on this California Pinot Noir. Medium-bodied and satin smooth like lingerie. A supple red wine with cherry-berry mouth-filling wonder and flavours. Just enough oak for hedonists. Layered yet not heavy. This pinot has been one of my favourites for years. Satin seduction in a glass. Pair with roasted turkey or chicken. Drink: 2015-2018. 732040 13.90% XD 375 mL  $16.95 Score: 93/100. October 3, 2015 Top Rated Red Wine. Scrumptious Seafood Wine Full Review

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