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Josef Chromy Pepik Pinot Noir 2014, Tasmania, Australia: Deep and smoky Australian Pinot Noir from the cool climate island of Tasmania. This bottling from Josef Chromy is juicy, racy and mouth-watering as red cherries dance across your mouth, waking up on your senses in a pure Aussie fruit sensation. This isn’t earthy or spicy: it’s sunny and tasty and complex. Finishes long and smooth with black cherry and pepper. Great concentration and focus of flavour. Try this Pinot Noir with roast turkey. Drink: 2016-2019. 162990 13% XD 750 mL  $21.95 Score: 92/100. August 6, 2016 Top Rated Red Wine. Perfect Pasta and Tomato Sauce Wine Full Review
Mcwilliam's Wines Mount Pleasant Elizabeth Semillon 2015, Hunter Valley, New South Wales, Australia: The Semillon grapes for this spectacular white wine are sourced from the Mount Pleasant Elizabeth vineyard. There's nothing like Australian Semillon grape-based wines: you must try this one if you haven't sampled their delights previously. Terrific balancing acidity for a wide range of dishes and a long finish to make you return to this bottle again and again. Pair with pork chops. Drink: 2015-2018. 724492 10.50% XD 750 mL  $15.75 Score: 90/100. August 6, 2016 Top Rated White Wine. Voluptuous Veal Wine Full Review
The Organized Crime Fumé Blanc 2012, Beamsville Bench, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Juicy and mouth-watering with toasted almond with notes of peach. Pair with fresh seafood. Drink: 2013-2017. 465013 13% XD 750 mL  $16.95 Score: 88/100. July 23, 2016 Best Value White Wine. Scrumptious Seafood Wine Full Review
Colio Estate Wines Bricklayer's Predicament Chardonnay Pinot Grigio 2012, Harrow, Ontario VQA, Canada: A soft, subtle white wine without a lot of acidity and subtle notes of white melon and white apricot. Dry. The founders of this winery were Italian bricklayers, thus the name. The winery is located on the shores of Lake Erie in southwestern Ontario. Pair with light seafood dishes. Drink: 2012-2015. 371567 13% D 750 mL  $13.95 Score: 87/100. July 16, 2014 Best Value White Wine. Voluptuous Veal Wine Full Review
Château D'aquéria Tavel 2015, Rhone A.P., France: Gorgeous and richly complex with fleshy ripe field strawberries. Full-bodied for rose yet perfectly balanced. Pair with planked salmon. So lovely. Drink: 2015-2017. 319368 14% D 750 mL  $21.95 Score: 92/100. August 6, 2016 Top Rated Rosé Wine. Scrumptious Seafood Wine Full Review
Château La Fleur Pourret 2009, Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux A.C., France Drink: 2012-2018. 455667 13.50% XD 750 mL  $38.95. August 6, 2016 Full Review
Domaine Des Versauds Morgon 2012, Beaujolais, Burgundy A.C., France: A lovely, smooth, medium-bodied French red wine from the southern Burgundian region of Beaujolais that is pack with flavour. Aromas of black cherry, pepper and spice. Pair with grilled chicken or pork shops. Drink: 2014-2018. 424879 13.50% XD 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 90/100. August 6, 2016 Top Rated Red Wine. Plush Pork Wine Full Review
La Cadierenne Grande Tradition Bandol Rosé 2015, Provence A.C., France: So pretty and refreshing yet this southern French rose packs a (flavour) punch). Medium to almost full-bodied for rosé. Lovely flavours of summer strawberries and raspberries on the nose of this French rosé. Dry and refreshing. Works as an aperitif or companion to seafood. Finishes with wind-swept lavender and wild herbs. Highly recommended. Drink: 2015-2017. 119453 14% XD 750 mL  $20.95 Score: 93/100. August 6, 2016 Top Rated Rosé Wine. Scrumptious Seafood Wine Full Review
Alpha Estate Turtles Vineyard Syrah 2011, Florina, Macedonia, Greece: Mature aromas such as tanned leather and dried herbs. Reminds me of elegant and mature Rioja but with more horsepower under the hood. Spice on the finish. Pair with lamb in rosemary. Drink: 2014-2019. 115295 13.70% D 750 mL  $21.95 Score: 91/100. July 23, 2016 Top Rated Red Wine. Full Review
Kitma Kir-Yianni Yianakohori Hills 2012, Imathia, Macedonia P.G.I., Greece: A peppery rustic red wine with a firm tannic grip. Decant 2 hours. Aromas of toasty black fruit and toasty oak. Pair with rare cuts of meat. Drink: 2014-2019. 419234 14% XD 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 89/100. August 4, 2016 Best Value Red Wine. Best Beef Wine Full Review
Bonacchi Brunello Di Montalcino 2010, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: A smooth, supple Brunello that's approachable now. Often you have to wait a lot longer before Brunello of this age is ready to drink. Attractive aromas of black fruit, tar, violets and smoke. Pair with mushroom risotto or duck comfit. Drink: 2012-2020. 266965 13.50% XD 750 mL  $35.80 Score: 90/100. July 23, 2016 Top Rated Red Wine. Best Beef Wine Full Review
Lazzeretti Brunello Di Montalcino 2008, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: Such an exotic nose of wild violets, feral underbrush, truffle haunted forests and a mysterious smile of satisfaction. This Brunello has many years ahead of it, unless of course, you can't resist drinking it. A DOCG wine that has such lovely replays of flavour across the palate, including coffee, spice, mocha and dark berry. This robust red wine cries out for a hearty meat dish. Listen to this wine and you'll have a terrific meal! Drink: 2016-2028. 318352 14% XD 750 mL  $46.95 Score: 94/100. August 6, 2016 Top Rated Red Wine. Glorious Game Wine Full Review
L.A. Cetto Petite Sirah 2013, Baja California, Mexico: Stewed prunes on the nose, full-bodied with some fleshy black plum on the palate. Good price. Pair with hamburgers. Drink: 2014-2016. 983742 14% XD 750 mL  $11.95 Score: 84/100. July 10, 2015 Heavenly Hamburger Wine Full Review
Lindes De Remelluri Viñedos De San Vicente Tempranillo 2011, Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain: Mature aromas of tanned leather and dried herbs. Dusty and earthy and contemplative. Smooth yet full-bodied. Love this style. Pair with lamb and rosemary. Drink: 2013-2020. 392860 14% XD 750 mL  $27.95 Score: 92/100. June 11, 2016 Plush Pork Wine Full Review
Lustau East India Solera Sherry, Jerez D.O., Spain: The dessert wine gained a smooth, deep, rich, complex character that blended raisins, toasted nuts and crème brûlée. Pair this with pudding, crème brûlée and hard cheeses. Drink: 2016-2021. 342931 20% S 500 mL  $24.95 Score: 95/100. August 6, 2016 Top Rated Dessert Wine. Divine Dessert Wine Full Review
Hacienda Lopez De Haro Gran Reserva 2008, Rioja, Spain: Brilliant! Smoky, earthy, leather, dried herbs. Love this. My kinda wine. My birthday is soon, tomorrow. Pair with lamb and Nat's birthday. Drink: 2015-2025. 431973 14% XD 750 mL  $25.00 Score: 93/100. August 4, 2016 Top Rated Red Wine. Full Review
H3 Columbia Crest Merlot 2013, Horse Heaven Hills, Washington State, United States: The difference between daytime and nighttime temperatures in this eastern Washington state wine region is the reason why Merlots like this one are terrific. In October, during the last weeks of the key ripening season before harvest the nighttime temperature can plummet from 35 degrees in the day to just 20 degrees at night which allows for ripening during the day but then the grapes stop in the night and preserve freshness and natural acidity. The great thing is that the grapes don't get over-ripe as in some warm climates where photosynthesis produces more sugar and therefore more alcohol. That's why Washington red wines are often a moderate 13% alcohol. This wine features aromas of dark spice, fleshy blackberry and smoke. Pair with roast beef. Drink: 2013-2019. 209874 14.50% D 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 92/100. August 6, 2016 Top Rated Red Wine. Best Beef Wine Full Review

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