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Filus Torrontés 2011, Salta, Argentina: Pretty and simple with lots of light laughter and pleasure. White flowers and lime lift. Drink: 2012-2014. 273581 13.10% XD 750 mL  $13.95 Score: 88/100. April 14, 2012 Best Value White Wine. Full Review
Finca El Origen Reserva Torrontés 2010, Cafayate Valley, Salta, Argentina: White floral aromas and a profusion of peach-pear happiness. Try this white if you haven't and open your world to more happiness. Drink: 2012-2014. 262089 14% XD 750 mL  $14.95 Score: 89/100. April 28, 2012 Best Value White Wine. Charming Grilled Chicken Wine Full Review
Kaiken Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Mendoza, Argentina: A stunning quality and taste for this price point! Rich and full-bodied with lip-smacking delicious black fruit aromas and just enough toasty oak. Vibrant and alive. Drink: 2012-2015. 143248 14% XD 750 mL  $14.95 Score: 89/100. May 12, 2012 Best Value Red Wine. Best Beef Wine Full Review
Alamos Seleccion Malbec 2010, Mendoza, Argentina: A robust red with great depth and complexity at an excellent price point. The grapes for this red are grown in the the San Carlos region in the Uco Valley. Syrah add so much character to this blend with fleshy blackberries and cherries. It's full-bodied, balanced and smooth. Perfect for barbecues. Drink: 2012-2016. 322800 13.50% XD 750 mL  $16.95 Score: 91/100. June 8, 2013 Best Value Red Wine. Best Beef Wine Full Review
Crios Dominio Del Plata S.A. Torrontés 2012, Argentina, Argentina: A profusion of white flowers and happiness on the nose. Just the right amount of acidity for almost all dishes, except maybe steak. Lively and pretty on the palate with another field of white flowers. This also works nicely as an aperitif on a sunny patio as the sun warms your shoulders. Have another sip. Life is beautiful. Drink: 2012-2016. 1834 13.50% D 750 mL  $13.95 Score: 89/100. June 8, 2013 Best Value White Wine. Scrumptious Seafood Wine Full Review
Graffigna Grand Reserve Malbec 2010, San Juan, Argentina: Smoky with dark fruit: perfect for barbecues! Lots of rich flavour here with a satisfying full-bodied texture. Fire up the grill and crack open a bottle! This is one of Argentina’s best malbecs at this price point and previous vintages of the wine have won numerous awards in competition. Stock up now for your early spring and summer gatherings, especially though on the patio with the grill as this wine will drink beautifully. Drink: 2012-2016. 162149 14.50% D 750 mL  $17.95 Score: 91/100. June 8, 2013 Best Value Red Wine. Best Beef Wine Full Review
Benmarco Dominio Del Plata Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Mendoza, Argentina: Classic cassis and blackcurrant aromas in this robust red wine from one of Argentina's best winemakers. Savoury, juicy and full-bodied. Great price! Try it with a hearty meat dish. Drink: 2014-2019. 232637 14% XD 750 mL  $18.95 Score: 91/100. April 26, 2014 Best Value Red Wine. Best Beef Wine Full Review
Crios Susana Balbo Malbec 2013, Mendoza, Argentina: Tasty and full-bodied Argentine red wine with black fruit and toasty smoke aromas. Supple and smooth. Winemaker Susana Balbo is one of the most respected names in the Argentine wine industry. This particular Malbec has a great finish. Pair with lamb chops. Great price. Drink: 2014-2018. 162529 14% XD 750 mL  $14.95 Score: 90/100. November 12, 2016 Best Value Red Wine. Complete Cheese Pizza Wine Full Review
Alamos Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Mendoza, Argentina: Drink: 2014-2018. 295105 13.50% XD 750 mL  $13.90. December 9, 2016 Heavenly Hamburger Wine Full Review
Trapiche Reserve Malbec 2015, Mendoza, Argentina: A tasty and full-bodied Argentine red wine made from the country's classic Malbec grape. Aromas of black fruit and toasty oak. Pair with grilled meats. Drink: 2015-2018. 614651 14% D 750 mL  $12.05 Score: 88/100. October 10, 2016 Best Value Red Wine. Full Review
Graffigna Centenario Reserve Malbec 2014, San Juan, Argentina: Dark, deep and delicious with layers of fleshy black plums and smoke. Perfect for BBQs and potluck gatherings. Drink: 2014-2018. 230474 14% D 750 mL  $12.95 Score: 88/100. November 11, 2016 Best Value Red Wine. Best Beef Wine Full Review
Josef Chromy 2008, Tasmania, Australia: This bubbly hails from the cool climate of Tasmania, where it excels in making other cool climate wines such Pinot Noir, part of this blend. Aromas of mixed spices, freshly baked bread and green apple dominate in this vibrant sparkling wine. Pair with shellfish. Drink: 2013-2017. 393629 12.50% D 750 mL  $29.95 Score: 90/100. December 6, 2014 Best Value Sparkling Wine. Scrumptious Seafood Wine Full Review
Oscar's Estate Vineyard Shiraz Viognier 2011, Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia: This could be the ultimate hamburger wine! Full-bodied, generous, juicy and crowd-pleasing: it's ready to get on the table beside all the fixins. Suffused with black fruit, pepper and dark spice, this is a wine that is as essential as mustard and ketchup with hamburger feast. Drink: 2014-2018. 287961 15.90% XD 750 mL  $17.95 Score: 93/100. May 10, 2014 Best Value Red Wine. Heavenly Hamburger Wine Full Review
De Bortoli Wines - Yarra Valley Gulf Station Pinot Noir 2011, Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia: Love it! Bright and vibrant with cherry-berry fruit. Medium- to full-bodied and satin smooth. A true hedonist's wine. The grapes for this wine come from the Brookland Vineyard. It has a fleshy cherry vivacity on the palate as well. Lots of mouth-watering acidity. Some dark spices and attractive red berries on the finish. Terrific for planked salmon or roast beef. Drink: 2012-2016. 15511 13% XD 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 93/100. May 25, 2013 Top Rated Red Wine. Perfect Pasta and Tomato Sauce Wine Full Review
Flat Rock Cellars Riesling 2012, V.Q.A., Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada: Soooooo lovely! Apricot and honeysuckle aromas give this wine a lovely, natural fruit fleshiness and sweetness, but this wine is never cloying as it's beautifully balanced with mouth-watering acidity for a wide range of dishes. Luscious and seductive with a medium body and long finish. Highly recommended. Drink: 2012-2017. 43281 11% MD 750 mL  $16.95 Score: 91/100. January 4, 2014 Best Value White Wine. Charming Grilled Chicken Wine Full Review
Smoke & Gamble Reserve Cabernet Merlot 2010, V.Q.A., Ontario, Canada: Lovely balance in this full-bodied, supple red. Lots of character but not heavy. Dark fruit, smoke with a long finish. A blend of 49.5% merlot, 37.2% cabernet sauvignon and 13.3% cabernet sauvignon. Drink: 2013-2016. 332825 13.60% XD 750 mL  $18.95 Score: 89/100. April 27, 2013 Complete Cheese Pizza Wine Full Review
Domaine de Grand Pré Vintner's Reserve L'acadie Blanc 2010, Nova Scotia, Annapolis Valley, Canada: A clean, crisp white with great acidity for shellfish and seafood. Light- to medium-bodied. Food matches: shellfish, poultry and veal. Drink: 2012-2014. 3463000012 12% XD 750 mL  $15.91 Score: 89/100. March 1, 2012 Full Review
Featherstone Winery Cabernet Franc 2012, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A rich, medium- to full-bodied red wine with enticing aromas of mocha and black fruit. There's a savoury note on the mid-palate with a satisfying long finish. Perfect for dinner parties and more casual get-togethers. This wine was matured in American oak. Decant 1 hour for maximum pleasure. Try it with grilled pork chops. Drink: 2013-2017. 64618 12.30% XD 750 mL  $17.95 Score: 89/100. July 16, 2014 Luscious Lamb Wine Full Review
Keint-he Winery and Vineyards Voyageur Pinot Noir 2012, V.Q.A., Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada: A lovely, silky medium-bodied red wine with attractive aromas of fleshy berry and dark cherry with some spice on the finish. Nice aperitif or companion to seafood or roast turkey. Drink: 2013-2016. 373407 12.50% D 750 mL  $18.00 Score: 90/100. April 26, 2014 Best Value Red Wine. Full Review
Mike Weir Winery Riesling 2008, V.Q.A., Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario, Canada: Mineral-petrol nose with fleshy ripe peach. A touch a sweetness makes this very food friendly. Great mouth-watering acidity. Drink: 2012-2016. 229286 11% M 750 mL  $14.95 Score: 89/100. February 18, 2012 Best Value White Wine. Full Review
Calamus 2008 Cab Sauv. 2008, Niagara Lincoln Lakeshore, Canada Drink: 2012-2015. . March 1, 2012 Full Review
O'Leary Wines Vineland Estates Cabernet Merlot 2010, V.Q.A., Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada: Smoky with mocha richness that wraps around fleshy black plums. Shows pride of place along with a jubilant P/T multiple (price: taste). Pretty darn amazing really for the price. Drink: 2012-2016. 779327110067 13% D 750 mL  $14.95 Score: 89/100. August 3, 2012 Best Beef Wine Full Review
Henry of Pelham Winery Cuvee Catharine Brut Sparkling, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario, VQA, Canada: Drink: 2016-2022. 217521 12% XD 750 mL  $29.95. December 9, 2016 Gorgeous Gift Wine Full Review
Strewn Winery Gewurztraminer Riesling 2010, Niagara, Ontario VQA, Canada  467662 11.80%  750 mL  $11.95. March 1, 2012 Full Review
Fielding Unoaked Chardonnay 2015, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Crisp with green apple goodness and sun-dappled white peach. Lovely. don't overchill. Lively and surprisingly aromatic as often unoaked cool climate chardonnays are fairly subtle. This one is bursting with white peach and green apple. So alive in the glass! Pair with fresh seafood. Drink: 2017-2022. 164491 12.50% XD 750 mL  $14.95 Score: 89/100. September 17, 2016 Best Value White Wine. Sensational Shellfish Wine Full Review
Flat Rock Cellars Riesling 2014, Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: The winery sent me the 2014 vintage of this lovely riesling to taste and evaluate, which is fortunate since it was the 2013 vintage at the LCBO tasting. Green apple and white pear. Love it. Building an inukskuk is now a ritual at the end of harvest for this winery: lifting the heavy stones requires a team effort. Pair with roast turkey and fun. The winery does whole cluster pressing to extract pure flavour, and only of the first 600 litres per tonne of fruit. Ed allows the juice to settle during a long, slow fermentation. The 2014 vintage is a blend of two distinct blocks of 21B clone vines nowin their early teens as the winery describes them. Finishes with fresh pink grapefruit notes. Drink: 2014-2019. 43281 11% D 750 mL  $16.95 Score: 91/100. September 17, 2016 Best Value White Wine. Sensational Shellfish Wine Full Review
Inniskillin Niagara Estate Pinot Noir 2014, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario VQA, Canada: Cranberry juicy on the nose and palate. Could there be a better wine for Thanksgiving turkey? Medium-bodied and smooth with lots of racy acidity. Great value. Drink: 2015-2019. 261099 12.20% D 750 mL  $13.95 Score: 90/100. October 10, 2016 Best Value Red Wine. Terrific Turkey Wine Full Review
Miguel Torres Las Mulas Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Central Valley, Chile: A truly amazing wine for the money! Classic and balanced cabernet with rich, deep layers of flavour: black plum, wild blackberry and cedar. Some spice on the finish. The bonus is that this is an organic wine. Pair with free-range beef. Drink: 2015-2018. 407494 14% D 750 mL  $12.95 Score: 90/100. October 10, 2016 Best Value Red Wine. Outstanding Organic Wine Full Review
Gato Negro 9 Lives Reserve 2015, Chile: Purple plums and blueberry pie flavours: lipsmacking tasty! Full-bodied and smooth. Perfect for barbecued meats. Drink: 2015-2017. 434647 13.50% D 750 mL  $11.95 Score: 88/100. October 10, 2016 Best Value Red Wine. Heavenly Hamburger Wine Full Review
Las Mulas Reserva Organic Merlot 2015, Central Valley, Chile: Deep, deep black plum, fleshy, rich and enveloping. Fold up and have a nap inside this wine, wake up satisfied sensorily. Pair with grilled pork chops. Drink: 2015-2019. 454868 14% D 750 mL  $12.95 Score: 89/100. October 10, 2016 Best Value Red Wine. Outstanding Organic Wine Full Review
Cono Sur Carmenere Syrah Rose 2010, Chile: Fleshy ripe strawberries and raspberries tickle your nose and senses. Terrific mouth-watering acidity makes it a wonderful companion to salads and seafood. This is a robust, flavourful rose. Drink: 2010-2012. 234567 13.50% MD 750 mL  $9.90 Score: 87/100. January 3, 2012 Full Review
Terra Noble Gran Reserva Carmenère 2009, Maule Valley, Chile: Gorgeous! Layers with voluptuously fleshy black plums and berries. This wine goes on and on and on. Thank-you. Drink: 2012-2015. 957050 13.50% XD 750 mL  $17.95 Score: 92/100. September 29, 2012 Best Value Red Wine. Full Review
Errazuriz Single Vineyard, Max Reserva Estates Carmenère 2009, Aconcagua Valley, Chile: An incredible wine for the price! Gorgeous layers of plush black plums with a smoky weave that takes you right along to the finish. Lovely! Drink: 2012-2016. 273300 14.50% XD 750 mL  $18.95 Score: 91/100. March 3, 2012 Best Value Red Wine. Full Review
Casas del Bosque Reserva Carmenère 2015, Rapel Valley, Chile: Drink: 2015-2019. 205872 13.50% XD 750 mL  $14.95. December 9, 2016 Full Review
Viu Manent Reserve Carmenere 2013, Colchagua Valley, Chile, Chile: A superb and lusciously rich, robust Chilean red wine made from the country's classic Carmenere grape. Fantastic value here. Full-bodied with rich aromas of chocolate and dark red fruit. Long finish. Pair with braised meats or gourmet hamburgers. Drink: 2016-2021. 45161 14.50% XD 750 mL  $15.95 Score: 91/100. November 12, 2016 Best Value Red Wine. Remarkable Roast Chicken Wine Full Review
Montes Twins 2014, Colchagua Valley, Chile: A gorgeous Chilean red wine blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec grapes (thus the twins). Aromas of fleshy black plums and toasty oak. What an amazingly great value for this price. Perfect party wine. Pair with meat lovers pizza. Drink: 2015-2019. 352054 14% D 750 mL  $12.95 Score: 89/100. November 10, 2016 Best Value Red Wine. Full Review
Lafage 2014, Cotes Catalanes, Roussillon I.G.P., France: Seductive fleshy blackberry and black on the nose and palate of this full-bodied, supple French red wine that's a blend of syrah and Grenache grapes. The vines are planted on south-facing terraces at the foot of the Pyrenees, Cote Sud translates to South Side. The white sister wine of this red is called Cote Est or East Side... sounds like a Broadway musical. Eastside Story ;) This southern French red wine was matured in concrete tanks. This wine will reward short-term cellaring of a few years. Pair with grilled meats. Drink: 2016-2021. 395236 14% XD 750 mL  $15.95 Score: 92/100. November 12, 2016 Best Value Red Wine. Voluptuous Veal Wine Full Review
Domaine De La Madone Le Perréon 2015, Beaujolais-Villages, Burgundy, France: Drink: 2016-2018. 981175 13% D 750 mL  $15.95. November 26, 2016 Remarkable Roast Chicken Wine Full Review
La Vieille Ferme Rosé 2011, Ventoux, Rhone Valley, France: Incredibly great price for a wine of this quality and taste! Bone-dry and refreshing with lovely aromas of field raspberries. Yum! Drink: 2011-2013. 622134 13.50% XD 750 mL  $10.95 Score: 88/100. June 22, 2012 Full Review
Remy Pannier Rosé D'anjou 2007, Loire Valley, France: Absolutely delightful! Summer sunshine in a glass and great refreshment for when it's hot. Light and carefree with notes of ripe strawberries. Drink: 2007-2009. 12641 10% D 750 mL  $12.95 Score: 87/100. May 7, 2009 Full Review
Domaines Roche Château Croze De Pys Prestige Malbec 2009, A.C., Cahors, Midi, France: A rich, full-bodied red with black fruit and smoke aromas. This wine is a blend of Malbec and Merlot grapes, from a family who has been growing vines since 1773 in this region. This red displays that history with lots of heft, concentration and depth. It finishes with some pepper and smoke. I'd drink it with brisket or prime rib. Drink: 2012-2016. 681668 13% XD 750 mL  $16.95 Score: 91/100. May 11, 2013 Best Value Red Wine. Complete Cheese Pizza Wine Full Review
M. Chapoutier Les Vignes De Bila-Haut 2014, Côtes Du Roussillon Villages, Midi A.C., France: A full-bodied rich southern French red wine blend from one of the Rhone Valley's most-respected producers. Aromas of black fruit, cassis and smoke. Pair with a rare steak. Drink: 2016-2020. 168716 14% D 750 mL  $15.95 Score: 91/100. November 12, 2016 Best Value Red Wine. Heavenly Hamburger Wine Full Review
Paul Jaboulet Aîné Secret De Famille 2013, Côtes Du Rhône, Rhône A.C., France: Gorgeous aromas and flavours of wild black cherry and cedar brush in this full-bodied, smooth southern French red wine from the Rhone Valley. Fantastic value for the price. Pair with grilled meats. Drink: 2016-2021. 400333 13.50% D 750 mL  $16.95 Score: 90/100. September 17, 2016 Best Value Red Wine. Luscious Lamb Wine Full Review
Château Saint-Antoine Réserve Du Château 2012, Bordeaux A.C., France: A great bargain for Bordeaux! Ready to drink now with decanting of 1-2 hours as the tannins are still firm. Aromas of black currant and cassis. Pair with prime rib. Drink: 2016-2020. 434464 12.50% D 750 mL  $14.95 Score: 88/100. September 17, 2016 Best Value Red Wine. Best Beef Wine Full Review
Château Fontarèche Vieilles Vignes Sélection 2014, Corbières, Midi A.C., France: Black cherry liqueur aromas on the nose and palate of this supple, smooth, full-bodied southern French red wine. Extraordinary value for the price. Pair with grilled meats. Drink: 2016-2019. 150540 13.50% XD 750 mL  $13.95 Score: 88/100. September 17, 2016 Best Value Red Wine. Luscious Lamb Wine Full Review
Cusumano Nero D'avola 2014, Sicily, Italy: An exceptional wine for the money! This southern Italian red wine is made from the Nero d'Avola grape, the iconic red grape of the island of Sicily. Layers of fleshy black (nero) fruit and pepper spice. Pair with grilled meats. Drink: 2014-2019. 143164 14% XD 750 mL  $12.95 Score: 90/100. October 10, 2016 Best Value Red Wine. Plush Pork Wine Full Review
Mauro Alberello Primitivo 2015, Puglia I.G.T., Italy: Savoury and sweet with black fruit flavours. Alberello means "bush vine" and is a traditional vine training method in Italy. Juicy and full-bodied with lots of acidity on the palate of this Italian red wine made from Primitivo grapes (aka Zinfandel). Black raspberry and berry. Pair with meat lovers' pizza. Drink: 2015-2018. 441790 13.50% D 750 mL  $11.95 Score: 87/100. November 9, 2016 Best Value Red Wine. Complete Cheese Pizza Wine Full Review
Fiol Prosecco, Veneto, Italy: Drink: 2016-2019. 394577 11% D 750 mL  $16.10. December 9, 2016 Scrumptious Seafood Wine Full Review
Santa Margherita Brut Prosecco Di Valdobbiadene, D.O.C., Veneto, Italy: Wonderful bubbly, packed with peach and pear notes! Want to service bubbly at your wedding or large reception but not break the bank? This is your go-to sparkler. Can’t beat the value/taste/price ratio. Yum! 687582 11.50% XD 750 mL  $17.95 Score: 89/100. September 4, 2010 Best Value Sparkling Wine. Full Review
Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc 2010, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: Vintages Wine Panel: This is the half-bottle size of our fine Essentials Collection product (035386). A great wine for two. My note: My go-to Sauvignon Blanc when I want to be sure I’m getting great lime-chive refreshment at a reasonable price. This is classic and deserves the spectacular reputation it has. Drink: 2011-2014. 160085 13% XD 375 mL  $9.95 Score: 89/100. August 20, 2011 Full Review
Spinyback By Waimea Pinot Noir 2009, Nelson, South Island, New Zealand: Sweet cherry fruit and some spice with a plush medium-to full-bodied weight. Incredibly great price Drink: 2009-2014. 60079 14% D 750 mL  $15.95 Score: 88/100. June 11, 2011 Complete Cheese Pizza Wine Full Review
Villa Maria Private Bin Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand: The Hawke's Bay region of New Zealand tends to be warmer than Marlborough (especially the nights are not as cool), thus it's better known for later ripening grapes such as Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Villa Maria demonstrates this amply in the glass with a blend of 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet grapes. A special area known as Gimlet Gravels provides most of the fruit for this wine and yet it's only 800 hectares in total, with old soils of fractured rock that are free draining which means the vines suffer as they should to produce great wine for you. In fact, you can go down 20 to 30 feet here and still find gravel as this was an old river bed that became exposed in the 1880s after an earthquake. This wine is amazing in that it delivers far more heft, weight and dark fruit flavour than you'd expect from just 12.5% alcohol. Yay! Drink: 2013-2018. 310300 12.50% XD 750 mL  $16.95 Score: 89/100. February 1, 2015 Best Value Red Wine. Best Beef Wine Full Review
Villa Maria Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: Wow, what a stunner! A profusion of lime and lemongrass mingles with bright nuances of grapefruit and chives. Even though this lovely New Zealand white wine is laser-focused in its crisp cleanness, there's also depth and richness here. Perfect for such a wide range of dishes from fresh seafood to herbed chicken. Lip-smacking delicious! Drink: 2014-2017. 974527 13% D 750 mL  $21.95 Score: 94/100. February 15, 2014 Top Rated White Wine. Scrumptious Seafood Wine Full Review
Squealing Pig Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: Fresh, lively and crisp New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc with minty cool herbal aromas typical of Marlborough cool climate Sauvignon Blanc. Love the redacted text on the back label. Very refreshing. This wine is settled, racked, cooled and fermented and left on its lees to stabilize texture and richness. The vineyards are planted in the Awatere Valley on the edge of the Marlborough region. Pair with pork chops (of course). Drink: 2015-2017. 414789 13% XD 750 mL  $21.95 Score: 93/100. October 1, 2016 Top Rated White Wine. Calm Curry Wine Full Review
Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Marlborough, New Zealand: Crisp, clean and refreshing New Zealand Sauvigon Blanc with aromas of fresh cut grass, lime and lemon zest. Pair with fresh seafood. Drink: 2015-2017. 35386 13.50% XD 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 91/100. October 10, 2016 Best Value White Wine. Splendid Salad Wine Full Review
Guadalupe 2013, Alentejo, Portugal: A robust Portuguese red wine that's deeply concentrated and smoky with attractive charred black fruit. Finishes with smoky black raspberry. This Vinho Tinto (red wine) from Quinto do Quetzal, is a blend of Trincadeira and Aragonez grapes (aka Tempranillo). Paired with grilled red meats. Drink: 2016-2019. 336313 13.50% XD 750 mL  $11.95 Score: 89/100. October 1, 2016 Best Value Red Wine. Venerated Vegetarian Wine Full Review
Dow's Late Bottled Vintage Port 2011, Douro Valley D.O.C., Portugal: Terrific value for this Portuguese fortified dessert wine from the Douro Valley. Aromas of blackcurrant jam and blackberry pie wrapped in smoke. Pair with holiday fruitcake, chocolate cheesecake or chocolate chip cookies. Drink: 2016-2022. 533364 20% S 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 92/100. October 1, 2016 Best Value Dessert Wine. Divine Dessert Wine Full Review
José Maria Da Fonseca & Van Zeller Vintage Port 2000, D.O.C., Douro, Portugal: A spectacular port from a classic vintage that's an incredible value at this price. Layers of fleshy black plum and blackberry flood the senses. Full-bodied, textured and layered with a long finish. This port would make a terrific conclusion to any meal. Pair it with chocolate desserts and quiet conversation. Drink: 2014-2020. 339200 19% S 750 mL  $24.95 Score: 96/100. October 26, 2013 Top Rated Dessert Wine. Divine Dessert Wine Full Review
Poças Special Reserve Tawny Manoel D. Poças Jr. Port, D.O.C., Douro, Portugal: Very satisfying after-dinner drink. Toffee and coffee without being overly sweet. Drink: 2012-2018. 286229 20% S 750 mL  $15.95 Score: 88/100. October 13, 2012 Best Value Dessert Wine. Full Review
Obikwa Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Western Cape, South Africa: A pleasant, full-bodied red with an amazing price. It's smooth with toasty oak and some tasty blackberry aromas. Drink: 2010-2013. 665323 13% D 750 mL  $8.95 Score: 87/100. January 3, 2012 Full Review
Graham Beck Shiraz 2009, W.O., Coastal Region, South Africa: This wine was aged in French and American oak for about a year and a half. It displays alluring aromas of dark fleshy plums, smoke, espresso and even some attractive tarry notes for extra depth. Incredible concentration and power with a long finish. Great with hearty meat dishes. Drink: 2010-2016. 607796 14% D 750 mL  $17.95 Score: 93/100. May 25, 2013 Top Rated Red Wine. Charming Grilled Chicken Wine Full Review
KWV The Legend Of Big Bill Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Western Cape, South Africa: Smoky with toasty oak warmth and generousity on the nose and palate. Black fruit and tarry goodness right up the centre of this heavy-hitter from South Africa made from the classic Cabernet Sauvignon grape. Pair with hearty meat dishes. Drink: 2016-2019. 457119  13% D 750 mL  $12.95 Score: 89/100. October 10, 2016 Best Value Red Wine. Full Review
The Grinder Pinotage 2014, Swartland W.O., South Africa: Dark roast coffee, espresso but not sweet. This full-bodied, delicious red wine is made from South Africa's signature (and quite distinctive) Pinotage grape, a cross between Cinsault and Pinot Noir. This wine is dry, but it finishes with delicious flavours of dark chocolate. Pair it with grilled meats, especially chary pork chops. Drink: 2014-2017. 269076 14% XD 750 mL  $13.95 Score: 88/100. September 17, 2016 Best Value Red Wine. Plush Pork Wine Full Review
Boschendal Rachelsfontein Chenin Blanc 2015, Coastal Region W.O., South Africa: A lovely, well-priced South African white wine made from the classic Chenin Blanc grape. Notes of beeswax, lemon and lanolin. Perfect for roast chicken. Drink: 2015-2019. 455881 13% XD 750 mL  $12.95 Score: 87/100. October 1, 2016 Best Value White Wine. Terrific Turkey Wine Full Review
Viña Zaco Tempranillo 2014, Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain: Very nicely balanced and delicious! Luscious with ripe fleshy black plums and blackberry and some dark spice. Great expression of Rioja terroir. Pair with prime rib. Drink: 2016-2018. 146209 14% D 750 mL  $14.95 Score: 89/100. September 17, 2016 Best Value Red Wine. Best Beef Wine Full Review
Borsao Garnacha 2015, Borja, Spain: This Spanish red wine offers extraordinary value and taste for the price. Aromas of purple plums and spice with fleshy sweet blackberries. This is a savoury, full-bodied blend of Garnacha, Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. Pair with roast beef. Drink: 2015-2019. 386961 14.50% XD 750 mL  $11.95 Score: 90/100. November 9, 2016 Best Value Red Wine. Complete Cheese Pizza Wine Full Review
Codorníu Selección Raventós Brut Cava, D.O., Spain: You can't beat the price of this Spanish bubbly. Fresh, crisp and toasty. Drink: 2014-2015. 521773 12.50% D 750 mL  $14.95 Score: 87/100. November 8, 2014 Best Value Sparkling Wine. Fantastic Fried Chicken Wine Full Review
Freixenet Elyssia Gran Cuvée Brut Cava, Penedès D.O., Spain: Drink: 2016-2021. 392548 12% XD 750 mL  $19.95. December 9, 2016 Sensational Shellfish Wine Full Review
Monasterio De Las Viñas Reserva 2008, Cariñena D.O., Spain: Juicy and mouth-watering with aromas of tanned leather and cigar box. Supple and smooth. Ready to drink now with grilled lamb. Drink: 2014-2018. 166579 13.50% XD 750 mL  $14.95 Score: 89/100. September 17, 2016 Best Value Red Wine. Remarkable Roast Chicken Wine Full Review
Anciano 7 Year Gran Reserva Tempranillo 2007, Valdepenas, Spain: Lots of mouth-watering acidity on this robust Spanish red wine made from the classic Tempranillo grape. This wine is aged for at least 18 months in oak barrels to add vanilla spice notes. Pair with a meat lasagna. Drink: 2010-2018. 464214 13% D 750 mL  $12.95 Score: 88/100. November 9, 2016 Best Value Red Wine. Charming Grilled Chicken Wine Full Review
Rio Madre 2014, Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain: A terrific, full-bodied red wine at an staggeringly great price! This is a DOCA wine and is produced by Bodegas Y Vinedos Ilurce. Loaded with black pepper, fleshy dark fruit, mouth-watering action and layers of lip-smacking flavours. This wine was matured in French oak and made from 100% Graciano, a native Spanish grape enjoying a resurgence in popularity. This is modern and complex Rioja red wine. Pair with lamb and rosemary. Drink: 2016-2020. 354753 14.50% XD 750 mL  $14.95 Score: 90/100. September 17, 2016 Best Value Red Wine. Terrific Turkey Wine Full Review
Marques de Riscal Reserva 2008, Rioja, Spain Drink: 2012-2020. 32656 14% XD 750 mL  $22.10. March 1, 2012 Full Review
Segura Viudas Brut Reserva Cava Sparkling, D.O. Penedès, Spain: This crisp, refreshing sparkling wine is made from the local grapes Macabeo and Parellada. This bubbly almost leaps from the glass with aromas of baked bread, green apple and lees. Very dry and zesty. Great fizz for the New Year or with shellfish. Drink: 2013-2015. 216960 12% XD 750 mL  $14.25 Score: 89/100. December 7, 2013 Best Value Sparkling Wine. Gorgeous Gift Wine Full Review
Valdemar Inspiración Selección 2010, Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain: This DOCA appellation wine is complex and layered with aromas of dark fruit, smoke and savoury notes of bacon. It's a blend of 90% Tempranillo and 10% Graciano grapes that was matured for 10 months in French and American oak barrels. Black and purple plum liqueur concentration with a dry finish. Amazing for the price. New World power, Old World finish. Highly recommended. Drink: 2014-2019. 166512 13.50% XD 750 mL  $17.00 Score: 90/100. May 10, 2014 Best Value Red Wine. Luscious Lamb Wine Full Review
Freixenet Cordon Rosado Cava, Penedes, Spain: How festive is this pink bubbly? Aromas of ripe field raspberries tickle your note. Float a raspberry on top for an extra festive touch. Drink: 2014-2016. 217059 11.50% XD 750 mL  $13.95 Score: 88/100. August 15, 2014 Favorite Sparkling Wine. Enchanting Feta Cheese Wine Full Review
Ste. Michelle Wine Estates 14 Hands Hot to Trot Red Blend Hot to Trot 14 Hands Vineyards Columbia Valley 2009, Washington, United States: Dynamite for the price! Simply wow. Smooth, full-bodied and packed with luscious dark plum and blackberry aromas. This wine takes its name from the time when wild mustang horses ran freely around the hills of eastern Washington State where this wine is made. Drink: 2010-2014. 226522 13.50% XD 750 mL  $14.95 Score: 89/100. January 3, 2012 Heavenly Hamburger Wine Full Review
Louis M. Martini Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Sonoma County, United States: Mocha and cedar brush on the nose of this attractive, full-bodied, supple Californian red wine. The palate continues on a savoury note, with some smoke and wild blackberry. Beautifully balanced. Great value for this price. Drink: 2013-2018. 292151 13.50% XD 750 mL  $18.95 Score: 90/100. February 1, 2015 Best Beef Wine Full Review
Ravenswood Vintners Blend Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, California, United States: Ravenswood is known for very full-bodied zinfandels, and this cabernet is also robust, but in a smooth, balanced and mouth-watering way. Packed with blackberry and cassis flavours with some smoke on the finish. Terrific! Ravenswood is one of the famous three R's of California wineries famous for their Zinfandel (Ridge and Rosenblum being the other two), which sometimes overshadows just how well they make Cabernet Sauvignon. Don't blame me if you get hooked on this cab: I warned you. Pair with prime rib. Drink: 2013-2018. 606632 13.50% D 750 mL  $17.95 Score: 91/100. January 24, 2015 Best Value Red Wine. Best Beef Wine Full Review
J Lohr Estates Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Paso Robles, California, United States: This robust Californian red wine from J. Lohr is the Seven Oaks label. Lots of dark chocolate and espresso on this robust Californian Cabernet that has been oak aged. Pair this Californian Cabernet Sauvignon with meat lovers' pizza. This is the half sized bottle which is great for nights on your own or when you want to start with a glass each and move on to something else with your dining companion. Great for the BBQ. Drink: 2016-2019. 313817 13.60% D 375 mL  $13.95 Score: 89/100. October 29, 2016 Best Value Red Wine. Heavenly Hamburger Wine Full Review
Woodbridge Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, California, United States: Classic Californian Cabernet with black fruit, toasty oak and cedar brush campfire. Full-bodied and smooth. Pair with barbecued meats. Awesome value. Drink: 2016-2019. 48611 13% XD 750 mL  $12.95 Score: 89/100. October 10, 2016 Best Value Red Wine. Heavenly Hamburger Wine Full Review
Cardinal Zin Big House Zinfandel 2014, California, United States: A terrific wine for the money! Campfire smoke and toasty goodness on the nose wraps around fleshy black plums and berries on the palate. Smooth, supple and full-bodied. Perfect for barbecued meats. Drink: 2014-2019. 272401 13.50% XD 750 mL  $12.95 Score: 88/100. November 11, 2016 Best Value Red Wine. Heavenly Hamburger Wine Full Review

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