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Schild Estate Grenache Mourvèdre Shiraz 2014, Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia: Oh yum. Comfort me with mourvèdre and other old bush vine grapes. Rich, complex and deep Australian red wine: exactly what you want in a partner (and in a wine). Full-bodied and smooth and inviting. The Schild family has been in the Barossa Valley for more than 60 years. Lots of complexity, depth and vibrancy in this richly rewarding wine. This is a blend of 45% Grenache, 28% Mourvèdre and 27% Shiraz grapes. Pair with brisket. Drink: 2016-2020. 108183 14.50% XD 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 93/100. September 2, 2017 Best Value Red Wine. Best Beef Wine Full Review
Nikolaihof Hefeabzug Grüner Veltliner 2014, Wachau, Austria: A lovely yeasty, freshly baked bread note on the nose of this vibrant, beautifully balanced Austrian white wine made from the country's iconic Gruner Veltliner grape. Fresh, racy acidity to take on seafood and shellfish as well as vegetarian dishes. This wine is Demeter certified, and is made using biodynamic farming principles which go well beyond organic methods to respect the earth and the people making this wine. Highly recommended. Drink: 2016-2019. 85274 11.50% D 750 mL  $20.95 Score: 93/100. January 12, 2017 Top Rated White Wine. Scrumptious Seafood Wine Full Review
Norman Hardie Niagara Pinot Noir 2016, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Drink: 2017-2022. 208702 11.20% XD 750 mL  $44.95. October 28, 2017 Voluptuous Veal Wine Full Review
2027 Falls Vineyard Riesling 2016, Vinemount Ridge, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Drink: 2016-2020. 294041 10% D 750 mL  $18.95. October 4, 2017 Calm Curry Wine Full Review
Carpineto Riserva Chianti Classico 2012, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: Drink: 2017-2022. 47118 13.50% XD 750 mL  $29.95. October 4, 2017 Perfect Pasta and Tomato Sauce Wine Full Review

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