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Trail Estate Winery Reserve Pinot Noir 2013, Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada: This gorgeous Prince Edward County Pinot Noir offers aromas of fresh earth, violets and dark cherry. Complex and balanced with a long finish. Pair with grilled chicken. Drink: 2015-2021. 13.50% XD 750 mL  $35.00 Score: 93/100. April 22, 2016 Scrumptious Seafood Wine Full Review
Gabriel Meffre Saint Ferréol Tavel Rosé 2015, Rhone A.C., France: Full-bodied, savoury and mouthwatering with complex aromas of garrigue, thyme and dried herbs. This is French rose at its pinnacle. Grab it while you can. Pair with grilled chicken. Drink: 2015-2017. 450866 13% D 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 93/100. May 7, 2016 Top Rated Rosé. Splendid Salad Wine Full Review
Domaine Maby La Forcadière Tavel Rosé 2015, Rhone A.C., France: Love this fresh, mouth-watering Tavel rosé with racy, tart field berries and spices. Great aperitif or pair it with planked salmon. Pair with grilled seafood. Drink: 2015-2017. 701318 13.50% XD 750 mL  $18.95 Score: 92/100. May 7, 2016 Top Rated Rosé. Charming Grilled Chicken Wine Full Review
Château La Tour De L'évêque Rosé 2015, Côtes De Provence A.C., France: This lively French rosé not only offers wild strawberry notes, it also has a little white pepper for intrigue and pleasure. Medium-bodied, dry and some kind of wonderful from Régine Sumeire, Propreitor-récolt. One of the most respected rosé producers in Provence: consistently great year after year. Drink: 2015-2017. 319392 13.50% XD 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 91/100. May 7, 2016 Top Rated Rosé. Scrumptious Seafood Wine Full Review
Saint Aix Rosé 2015, Coteaux D'aix En Provence A.P., France: Lovely and light bodied with notes of spring flowers and raspberries. Racy and exciting acidity on the palate. Pair with grilled seafood. Drink: 2015-2017. 451906 13% D 750 mL  $22.95 Score: 91/100. May 7, 2016 Top Rated Rosé. Plush Pork Wine Full Review
Gassier Sables D'azur Rosé 2015, Côtes De Provence A.P., France: Lovely balance in this light-bodied rose that's packed with fresh field strawberry aromas. Bone-dry and refreshing. Finishes with white pepper. Pair with cold chicken sandwiches. Drink: 2015-2017. 33621 13% D 750 mL  $15.95 Score: 91/100. May 7, 2016 Best Value Rosé. Delightful Duck Wine Full Review
Pierre Sparr Réserve Pinot Gris 2014, Alsace A.C., France: Dry quince, Asian pear on this zesty Alsatian white wine made from Pinot Gris grapes. Perfect for seafood. Drink: 2015-2018. 983395 13.50% D 750 mL  $16.95 Score: 91/100. April 23, 2016 Best Value White Wine. Venerated Vegetarian Wine Full Review
Darting Gewürztraminer 2013, Pfalz, Germany: Green and white melon spring sweetness, absolutely lovely! Layers of viscous richness and apricot preserves. Pair with fresh seafood. Drink: 2015-2017. 944181 12.50% S 750 mL  $20.95 Score: 90/100. April 23, 2016 Top Rated White Wine. Calm Curry Wine Full Review
Masi Costasera Amarone Classico 2011, Veneto, Italy: Gorgeous depth and complexity, especially after 2 hours decanting -- let this baby breathe! Aromas of black cherry, tar and brooding attitude. Pair with prime rib or the Fight Club. Drink: 2016-2025. 317057 15.10% XD 750 mL  $38.95 Score: 93/100. April 23, 2016 Top Rated Red Wine. Full Review
Bolla Creso 2011, Verona, Veneto I.G.T., Italy: Black as night and just as brooding in the glass: this Italian red wine has lots going on. Aromas of black fruit, toasty, tobacco and smoke. Decant 2 hours. Perfect for your heartier meat dishes, including stews and prime rib. Drink: 2015-2019. 437020 15.50% XD 750 mL  $24.95 Score: 92/100. February 20, 2016 Top Rated Red Wine. Best Beef Wine Full Review
Villa Maria Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: Drink: 2015-2017. 974527 13% D 750 mL  $19.95. May 27, 2016 Scrumptious Seafood Wine Full Review
Highfield Sauvignon Blanc 2013, South Island, Marlborough, New Zealand: Herbal, grassy good with sunshine streaked through it. Crisp, mouth-watering and refreshing. Pair with fresh seafood. Drink: 2014-2016. 444380 12.50% XD 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 90/100. April 23, 2016 Top Rated White Wine. Happy Hawaiian Pizza Wine Full Review
Hamilton Russell Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir 2013 Dry 2013, Hemel-En-Aarde Valley, Walker Bay W.O., South Africa: Lavish fleshy ripe cherry aromas and flavours yet not simple or sweet. Complex, elegant and layered. Some dark spice on the finish. Silk texture. Chapter three of my second book (Unquenchable) includes a visit to this winery and dinner with the brilliant Anthony Hamilton Russell. Drink: 2015-2023. 999516 13.50% D 750 mL  $57.95 Score: 95/100. March 19, 2016 Top Rated Red Wine. Gorgeous Gift Wine 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. This wine is actually made by a Canadian, the Niagara Falls native Elizabeth Grant-Douglas who as a child helped her father with his backyard vineyard. She then became a member of the first graduating class of Brock University's Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture program. Pair with roasted turkey or chicken. Drink: 2015-2018. 732040 13.90% XD 375 mL  $16.95 Score: 93/100. March 19, 2016 Top Rated Red Wine. Scrumptious Seafood Wine Full Review

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