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Benmarco Malbec 2012, Mendoza, Argentina: A robust and vibrant red wine that offers lots of pleasure in every glass. Coffee, mocha and espresso on a black fruit layers of full-bodied goodness. Smoky to the finish. Try it with hamburgers. Unfined and Unfiltered, Dominio del Plata. Drink: 2014-2016. 657601 14% XD 750 mL  $18.95 Score: 91/100. February 1, 2014 Best Value Red Wine. Heavenly Hamburger Wine Full Review
Casarena Ramanegra Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, Mendoza, Argentina: Wowzers! Cigar smoke and mocha wrap soooo sensually around fleshy black fruit. Oh man, this is good juice! The grapes are grown on 82-year-old vines, and that age results in a min-blowing depth of concentration. The Platonic idea of blackberry glory. Try it with a pepper steak or roast beef. Drink: 2014-2018. 366138 14.90% XD 750 mL  $18.95 Score: 93/100. April 26, 2014 Top Rated Red Wine. Best Beef Wine Full Review
Maipe Reserve Proviva Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Mendoza, Argentina: Wow! What an expressive red wine! Juicy black plums and berries waft up from the glass, wrapped in a lovely shall of mocha richness. Silk texture, full body, what more could you want? Oh, I know: a second bottle. Drink: 2014-2018. 246116 14% D 750 mL  $18.95 Score: 92/100. May 10, 2014 Top Rated Red Wine. Harmonious Hard Cheese Wine Full Review
Zuccardi Q Malbec 2011, Mendoza, Argentina: A fleshy ripe malbec with a touch of dark spice on the finish. Full-bodied and smooth. Great price for such quality. This wine was matured in French oak for 1 year. Lovely cedar and spice on the finish. Try it tonight. Drink: 2012-2016. 723478 14.50% XD 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 91/100. February 15, 2014 Best Value Red Wine. Best Beef Wine Full Review
Kilikanoon Wines Killerman's Run Shiraz Grenache 2011, Clare Valley, South Australia, Australia: A full-bodied red wine that's a blend of about two-thirds Shiraz grapes and one-third Grenache grapes that results in terrific and savory notes of black raspberry, dark spices, dried tobacco leaves and licorice. Full-bodied and supple. This is a consistently great producer of lip-smacking delicious red wines. Drink: 2014-2018. 9225 14.50% D 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 92/100. February 15, 2014 Top Rated Red Wine. Best Beef Wine Full Review
De Bortoli Wines - Yarra Valley Gulf Station Pinot Noir 2012, Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia: Terrific! A gorgeous, silky pinot noir with layers of fleshy black cherries and a satin-rich texture. The grapes for this wine come from the Brookland Vineyard and provide great balance of fruit ripeness and some zingy acidity. Try this vibrant red wine with cheese pizza. Drink: 2013-2018. 15511 13% D 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 91/100. May 24, 2014 Top Rated Red Wine. Delightful Duck Wine Full Review
Evans & Tate Metricup Road Chardonnay 2012, Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia: Produced by the McWilliam Family, this lovely lemon and lime lift on the nose. A lean, crisp style of chardonnay that still is packed with flavour. Classic signature of the Margaret River region. Great food versatility from roast chicken to seafood. Amazing value. Some white peach comes through on the finish. Try this with roast chicken. Lovely lemon and lime lift on the nose. A lean, crisp style of chardonnay that still is packed with flavour. Classic signature of the Margaret River region. Great food versatility from roast chicken to seafood. Amazing value. Some white peach comes through on the finish. Try this with roast chicken. Drink: 2013-2017. 311449 14% D 750 mL  $22.95 Score: 90/100. September 13, 2014 Top Rated White Wine. Spectacular Spicy Wine Full Review
Kilikanoon Wines Killerman's Run Riesling 2012, Clare Valley, South Australia, Australia Drink: 2014-2020. 365635 12.50% XD 750 mL  $17.95 Score: 92/100. February 15, 2014 Best Value White Wine. Sensational Shellfish Wine Full Review
Robert Oatley Vineyards Signature Series Pinot Noir 2012, Yarra Valley, Australia: Lovely cherry-berry aromas and flavours in this medium-bodied, supple Pinot Noir. A lick of spice at the end makes it a great companion to duck or game meats. Drink: 2015-2018. 357491 13.50% XD 750 mL  $18.95 Score: 90/100. February 1, 2014 Delightful Duck Wine Full Review
Wakefield Merlot 2015, Clare Valley, South Australia, Australia: Juicy and fleshy with purple and black plum aromas on this vibrant Australian red wine, with lots of mouth-watering acidity for food. Although the Merlot grape is grown in many regions around the world, the signature here in the glass is definitely Australian. Smooth and full-bodied. Terrific price! Attractive smoke and dark fruit on the finish. Perfect for pizza! Drink: 2017-2020. 683201 14% XD 750 mL  $18.95 Score: 90/100. August 4, 2016 Top Rated Red Wine. Best Beef Wine Full Review
Robert Oatley Signature Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia: Drink: 2016-2020. 323741 14% XD 750 mL  $19.95. September 17, 2016 Heavenly Hamburger Wine Full Review
Henry of Pelham Winery Speck Family Reserve Baco Noir 2014, Niagara, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Drink: 2016-2021. 461699 13.50% D 750 mL  $24.95. September 17, 2016 Heavenly Hamburger Wine Full Review
Flat Rock Cellars Pinot Noir 2014, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario VQA, Canada: Drink: 2014-2018. 1545 13% XD 750 mL  $19.95. September 28, 2016 Complete Cheese Pizza Wine Full Review
Keint-He Voyageur Pinot Noir 2013, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Drink: 2016-2021. 373407 12.50% XD 750 mL  $19.50. September 17, 2016 Terrific Turkey Wine Full Review
Vignoble Rivière Du Chêne Cuvée William 2013, Quebec, Canada  12% M  $15.50. March 1, 2012 Full Review
Quails' Gate Estate Winery Pinot Noir 2014, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia Bc V.Q.A., Canada: Gorgeous depth and concentration of flavour in this iconic BC Pinot Noir, yet it's not heavy at all. Aromas of fleshy ripe black cherries, violets and some dark spice on the nose follow through on the palate. This is seductive Pinot that gives liquid definition to opulence. Pair it with something naughty. Love, love the mouth-watering juiciness! Try it with roast turkey. Drink: 2014-2019. 585760 14% XD 750 mL  $27.95 Score: 93/100. August 20, 2016 Top Rated Red Wine. Glorious Game Wine Full Review
Tawse Winery Inc. Cuddy By Tawse Cabernet Merlot 2013, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario VQA, Canada: Drink: 2016-2021. 469031 12.50% XD 750 mL  $24.95. September 17, 2016 Full Review
Niagara College Teaching Winery Barrel Fermented Donald J.P. Ziraldo Vineyard Chardonnay 2010, St. David's Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada: This is a VQA wine. One of Niagara's best producers of Chardonnay! Buttery, round goodness with aromas of ripe peaches and pears. Oak is well integrated and the wine overall is very balanced. Full-bodied with creamy texture. Drink: 2013-2017. 40634 13% D 750 mL  $18.95 Score: 91/100. February 1, 2014 Top Rated White Wine. Sensational Shellfish Wine Full Review
Flat Rock Cellars Nadja's Vineyard Riesling 2012, Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada: Lovely lime blossom Riesling! Light- to medium-bodied, but packed with citrus notes and sunshine. This VQA wine is perfect as an aperitif or companion to seafood dishes. One of Canada's signature producers of Riesling! Drink: 2013-2017. 578625 11.60% D 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 92/100. February 1, 2014 Top Rated White Wine. Glorious Game Wine Full Review
Tawse Winery Inc. Sketches Of Niagara Chardonnay 2008, V.Q.A., Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada: Love this style of Chard! Rich, full-bodied but not heavy. Infused with gorgeous hazelnut and toast almond with green apple and peach notes. Truly one of our best Canadian producers. Drink: 2010-2015. 89037 13% XD 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 92/100. September 18, 2010 Full Review
Featherstone Winery Black Sheep Riesling 2012, V.Q.A., Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada: So beautiful! This riesling has it all: juicy, peach and lime aromas, balance, complexity, length and lambs. (That was a baaaaah-d joke, I know.) Medium-bodied and packed with flavour. These folks are Riesling Masters: Ka-pow! Drink: 2013-2017. 80234 10% M 750 mL  $16.95 Score: 91/100. August 30, 2014 Best Value White Wine. Scrumptious Seafood Wine Full Review
The Foreign Affair Winery The Conspiracy Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario VQA, Canada: Full-bodied and smooth with dark fruit and a meaty, savoury mid-palate note. Nicely balanced. The winery concentrates the flavour of the cabernet sauvignon grapes by using the ripasso method traditionally used in Veneto, Italy: dried grapes add richness and depth to the wine. Mocha, dark chocolate and toasty oak on the finish.  A long, dry finish wraps up this package nicely. V.Q.A. Drink: 2013-2016. 149237 12.80% XD 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 90/100. July 16, 2014 Best Beef Wine Full Review
Malivoire Wine Company Gamay 2012, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario VQA, Canada: This VQA Gamay wine is winning lots of converts over to the beauty, complexity and yet absolute lightness of this varietal. Perfect for roast chicken. Drink: 2014-2018. 591313 13% D 750 mL  $17.95 Score: 90/100. February 15, 2014 Best Value Red Wine. Scrumptious Seafood Wine Full Review
Montes Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, Colchagua Valley, Chile: A superb, full-bodied red wine with layers of hedonistic pleasure! The best of New World power, energy and black fruit concentration in great balance, depth and length on the finish. Perfect for hearty meat dishes. Amazing price for this quality. Drink: 2013-2017. 322586 14% XD 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 93/100. February 1, 2014 Top Rated Red Wine. Best Beef Wine Full Review
Viña Tarapacá Gran Reserva Carmenere 2013, Maipo Valley, Chile: Drink: 2014-2018. 57513 14.50% D 750 mL  $17.95. September 17, 2016 Plush Pork Wine Full Review
San Silvestro Brumo Nebbiolo D'alba 2013, Piedmont D.O.C., Italy: Dry and slightly tannic with tanned leather and dried fruit notes. Good price. Pair with a juicy steak. Drink: 2017-2022. 101444 13.50% XD 750 mL  $14.95 Score: 87/100. June 11, 2016 Glorious Game Wine Full Review
Marchesi de Frescobaldi Tenuta Di Castiglioni 2014, Tuscany I.G.T., Italy: A superb Italian red wine with a racy acidity on the palate that's perfect for pasta in tomato sauce, spicy sausages, pizza and lasagna. Aromas of tart black cherry, and spices. Highly recommended. Drink: 2016-2022. 145920 14% XD 750 mL  $21.95 Score: 92/100. June 16, 2016 Top Rated Red Wine. Best Beef Wine Full Review
Donatoni Massenà Appassimento 2011, Rosso Veneto I.G.T., Italy: Chocolate dipped black cherries are the prominent aromas and flavours in this robust Italian red wine. Fairly smooth. Pair with hearty meat dishes, especially caramelized meats with a touch of sweetness. Drink: 2014-2019. 332403 14.50% XD 750 mL  $16.95 Score: 90/100. April 4, 2015 Best Value Red Wine. Harmonious Hard Cheese Wine Full Review
Seresin Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: Grassy-great and herbal with crisp, ultra dry refreshment. Limes and lemons dance in delight across your palate. This medium-bodied white wine works as both an aperitif or companion to many dishes. A nice snap of refreshment on the finish. Complex and dry. Perfect for fresh seafood. Signature Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand's Marlborough region. Seresin uses bio-dynamic farming principles, wild yeast for fermentation and the principles expounded on in 1924 by Rudolph Steiner. Try it with a fresh field greens salad or clams. Drink: 2013-2016. 735043 13.50% XD 750 mL  $21.95 Score: 92/100. September 13, 2014 Top Rated White Wine. Scrumptious Seafood Wine Full Review
Luzón Crianza Selección 12 Meses 2008, Jumilla D.O., Spain: Attractive baked fruit on the nose and palate of this full-bodied, layered Spanish red wine. The grapes for this wine are sourced from low-yield vines, which results in a deeper, darker concentration in the flavour of the grapes and final wine. The winery is located inland in southeastern Spain: Jumilla is actually a semi-desert with a continental climate that produces very intense red wines. Drink: 2013-2017. 310219 14.50% XD 750 mL  $17.95 Score: 90/100. September 13, 2014 Best Value Red Wine. Magnificent Meat Pizza Wine Full Review
Campo Viejo Reserva 2010, Rioja, Spain: Drink: 2014-2020. 137810 13.50% XD 750 mL  $18.45. September 30, 2016 Full Review
Rio Madre 2014, Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain: Drink: 2016-2020. 354753 14.50% XD 750 mL  $14.95. September 17, 2016 Terrific Turkey Wine Full Review
Honoro Vera Bodegas Ateca Garnacha 2014, Calatayud D.O., Spain: An extraordinary wine for the price. Aromas of black fleshy plum, pepper and cedar brush. Amazing value. The vines are planted at 3,000 feet above sea level in poor gravel soil. Pair with grilled meats. Drink: 2014-2019. 440867 14.50% XD 750 mL  $12.85 Score: 91/100. June 5, 2016 Best Value Red Wine. Full Review
Kunde Chardonnay 2012, Sonoma Valley, California, United States: Pear and peach goodness in this lovely, round, somewhat buttery Californian Chardonnay. Well-made and very well priced. Try with roast chicken. Drink: 2013-2018. 745406 13.80% XD 750 mL  $21.95 Score: 90/100. September 13, 2014 Top Rated White Wine. Remarkable Roast Chicken Wine Full Review

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