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Top 10 Super Bowl Wines

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Jip Jip Rocks Shiraz 2011, Padthaway, South Australia, Australia: Full-on, big red wine with glorious black cherry liqueur aromas. Rich, full-bodied and delicious. This wine has won multiple Gold and Silver Medals in competitions around the world. Part of the Bryson Family portfolio. The oak is woven in well and the wine comes off as balanced. Well-priced. I'd drink with a rack of lamb. Drink: 2013-2016. 673897 14.50% XD 750 mL  $16.95 Score: 91/100. February 1, 2014 Best Value Red Wine. Luscious Lamb Wine Full Review
Katnook Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Coonawarra, South Australia, Australia: Full-bodied with classic cabernet aromas of cassis, blackcurrant and blackberry. Surprisingly elegant for a New World cab. Like it lots! This wine is aged for 22 months in French and American oak and offers a toasty finish. Highly recommended. Drink: 2014-2018. 590471 13.50% XD 750 mL  $29.95 Score: 92/100. February 1, 2014 Top Rated Red Wine. Best Beef Wine Full Review
Schild Estate Old Bush Vine Gms Grenache Mourvèdre Shiraz 2011, Barossa, South Australia, Australia: Oh yum. Comfort me with mourvèdre and other old vine grapes. Rich, complex and deep: exactly what you want in a partner (and 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. Drink: 2013-2018. 108183 14.50% D 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 93/100. February 1, 2014 Top Rated Red Wine. Best Beef Wine Full Review
See Ya Later Ranch Brut Sparkling, Okanagan Valley, B.C., Canada: The appellation for this zesty sparkling wine is BC VQA. A crisp, toasty and refreshing bubbly with attractive notes of green apple. Great price for this quality. Works well as an aperitif or companion to seafood. Drink: 2014-2017. 271049 13.50% XD 750 mL  $20.95 Score: 88/100. September 18, 2015 Best Value Sparkling Wine. Scrumptious Seafood Wine 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
Jackson-Triggs Grand Reserve Riesling 2012, Niagara, Ontario, Canada: A delightful VQA white wine with glorious aromas of lime, white peach and a hint of white floral notes. Mouth-watering and juicy; the wine cries out for fresh seafood. Highly recommended. Drink: 2013-2017. 367102 12.50% D 750 mL  $18.95 Score: 91/100. February 1, 2014 Top Rated White 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
Ortas Prestige Rasteau, Cave De Rasteau 2009, Côtes-Du-Rhône-Villages, France: Savoury and tasty with dark red spicy fruit in this AC red wine. Full-bodied, juicy and smooth. Good value. A terrific, long, dry finish that leaves you longing for more. Drink: 2014-2019. 985929 14.50% XD 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 91/100. February 1, 2014 Top Rated Red Wine. Best Beef Wine Full Review
KWV Triptych K.W.V. 2011, Western Cape, South Africa: This is a WO-designated wine. Smooth and delicious with full-bodied layers of fleshy black plums. Smoky and smooth. Amazingly great price. This wine is a blend that leads with cabernet sauvignon, but also includes shiraz and merlot grapes. Just enough oak to bring this whole delicious package together. Good finish. Try it tonight. Drink: 2013-2016. 53124 14.40% XD 750 mL  $16.95 Score: 90/100. February 1, 2014 Best Value Red Wine. Best Beef Wine Full Review
RavensWood Old Vine Zinfandel 2010, Sonoma County, California, United States: You can taste the old vine character in the complexity of this wine. Gorgeously complex with layers of dark red fruit and some smoke. Terrific finish.  This should be your go-to party wine as it'll please so many palates with its berry vibrancy yet no heavy-handed oak treatment. One of California's flagship producers of zinfandel, and it shows in the glass. Drink: 2012-2017. 673798 14.50% XD 750 mL  $21.95 Score: 92/100. February 1, 2014 Top Rated Red Wine. Best Beef Wine Full Review

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