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Rabl Langenlois Grüner Veltliner 2015, Kamptal D.A.C., Austria: Fresh and crisp, yet not harsh acidity. This is a remarkably juicy, lip-smacking delicious white wine from Austria. Perfect for seafood, shellfish, spinach quiche and collard greens. Wow. Drink: 2016-2019. 377457 12.50% XD 750 mL  $14.95 Score: 92/100. January 27, 2017 Best Value White Wine. Scrumptious Seafood Wine Full Review
Pierre Sparr Pinot Noir Rosé Crémant D'alsace, Alsace A.C., France: Superb quality and taste for the price of this French rosé sparkling wine! Toasty with some field raspberry notes. Bone-dry and refreshing. Here's your summer party rosé bubbly. Bring it on! A terrific producer and well-known in Alsace and around the world. Pair with grilled fish. Drink: 2016-2019. 39016 12% D 750 mL  $18.95 Score: 90/100. March 4, 2017 Best Value Sparkling Wine. Complete Cheese Pizza Wine Full Review
Gérard Bertrand Gris Blanc Rosé 2015, Pays D'oc, Midi I.G.P., France: Drink: 2015-2017. 409870 12.50% XD 750 mL  $16.95. March 18, 2017 Sensational Shellfish Wine Full Review
Louis Latour Domaine De Valmoissine Pinot Noir 2013, Var, Provence I.G.P., France: A smooth, silky, medium-bodied Pinot Noir from the Var region of Provence in southern France. Ripe fleshy cherries. Perfect for roast chicken. Great value. Drink: 2014-2018. 714451 14% XD 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 90/100. March 3, 2017 Best Value Red Wine. Full Review
Château Devise D'ardilley 2012, Haut-Médoc, Bordeaux A.C., France: A spectacular Bordeaux from a superb vintage. This baby needs serious cellar time. Tannic and tightly wound, this will reward patience and decanting. Aromas of cassis and blackberry. A terrific and beautifully balanced Bordeaux red wine blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes from the strong 2012 vintage. Could use some cellar time. Aromas of black fruit and toasty oak. Decant 1-2 hours and pair with a rare steak. Drink: 2018-2025. 642512 13.50% XD 750 mL  $29.95 Score: 93/100. December 30, 2016 Top Rated Red Wine. Best Beef Wine Full Review
Ruffino Riserva Ducale Chianti Classico 2012, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: The 2012 vintage was a strong one for Tuscany and it shows in the glass. Full-bodied and savoury with juicy, mouth-watering aromas and flavours of dark red berries and spice. Pair with tangy tomato sauce. Drink: 2016-2022. 45195 13.50% XD 750 mL  $24.95 Score: 92/100. October 10, 2016 Top Rated Red Wine. Full Review

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