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Pascual Toso Alta Reserve Malbec 2011, Mendoza, Argentina: The grapes for this towering Argentine red wine were sourced from the Barrancas Vineyard. Deepest, darkest concentration of blackberry, blackcurrant and black plum that I've tasted in a while. Full-bodied and smooth; this delivers lots of hedonistic satisfaction. This wine will benefit from 2 hours decanting. A long, satisfying finish. Pair with filet mignon or a pepper steak. Drink: 2013-2019. 261958 13.50% XD 750 mL  $33.95 Score: 93/100. October 25, 2014 Top Rated Red Wine. Best Beef Wine Full Review
Heartland Shiraz 2012, Langhorne Creek, Limestone Coast, South Australia, Australia: Love the nose of black cherry liqueur and mysterious dark spices that draw you head first into the glass of this robust Australian Shiraz. The palate opens up with fleshy ripe black fruit and smoke. This is such a lively, full-bodied red that's smooth and ready to drink now. Try it with pepperoni pizza. Drink: 2013-2017. 661934 14.50% D 750 mL  $18.95 Score: 92/100. October 25, 2014 Best Value Red Wine. Best Beef Wine Full Review
Tawse Winery Inc. Sketches Of Niagara Riesling 2013, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, V.Q.A., Canada: This vibrant, well-priced Ontario Riesling offers seductive aromas of peach blossom, lemon zest and wet stone. A complex core of minerality runs through the heart of this wine. Tawse is a family-owned Niagara winery that farms sustainably. Drink: 2013-2017. 89029 10.50% M 750 mL  $17.95 Score: 90/100. October 25, 2014 Best Value White Wine. Great Goat Cheese Wine Full Review
Creekside Cabernet Rosé 2014, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Drink: 2014-2016. 48819 13.30% D 750 mL  $14.95. July 11, 2015 Harmonious Hard Cheese Wine Full Review
Casas del Bosque Gran Reserva Syrah 2012, Casablanca Valley, Chile: Very seductive Chilean red wine that pulls you head first into the glass. Made from the sexy supple Syrah grapes with savoury edge, this wine has everything. Drink: 2014-2018. 995092 14.50% XD 750 mL  $22.95 Score: 92/100. February 1, 2015 Top Rated Red Wine. Plush Pork Wine Full Review
Gassier Sables D'azur Rosé 2014, Côtes De Provence A.P., France: The southern region of France, Provence, is famous for rosé. It only produces the dry style so it is refreshing and great with a wide range of dishes. Strawberry fields forever! Love it! Light, bone-dry and ultra-refreshing. Transport yourself to Provence in your mind and save the airfare. Perfect as an aperitif or with pate and picnics beside shady rivers. Refreshing French rosé in an iconic curvy bottle from Provence. Serve well chilled. Drink: 2014-2016. 33621 12.50% XD 750 mL  $15.95 Score: 92/100. May 30, 2015 Best Value Rosé Wine. Scrumptious Seafood Wine Full Review
Pierre Sparr Brut Crémant D'alsace, Alsace A.C., France: Drink: 2014-2017. 416040 12.50% D 750 mL  $18.95. July 11, 2015 Terrific Turkey Wine Full Review
Torresella Prosecco, Veneto D.O.C., Italy: Vibrant, fresh and fruity with white and green melon notes. Great aperitif or companion to hors d'ouevres. Drink: 2013-2016. 400440 11.50% XD 750 mL  $14.95 Score: 87/100. January 10, 2015 Best Value Sparkling Wine. Cool Creamy Cheese Wine Full Review
Provolo Campotorbian Ripasso Valpolicella Classico Superiore 2009, Veneto D.O.C., Italy: Excellent value in this robust, juicy, tasty and savoury Italian red wine. Lovely oak-bandaid that I get in Bordeaux sometimes and adore. This wine uses the Ripasso method of grapes to add depth and flavour. Drink: 2014-2018. 974402 14% D 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 91/100. May 30, 2015 Top Rated Red Wine. Spectacular Spicy Wine Full Review
Torres Floralis Oro Moscatel, Spain: Drink: 2014-2018. 642173 15% S 500 mL  $16.95. July 11, 2015 Divine Dessert Wine Full Review

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