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Cinzano - Rosso  16%  500 mL  $2.95. March 1, 2012 Full Review
Creekside Estate Winery Sauvignon Blanc 2010, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario, Canada: Refreshing and herbal with lime notes. White grapefruit and passion fruit aromas on the mid-palate. Medium-bodied without any heavy oak. Drink: 2011-2013. 620724 13% D 750 mL  $13.95 Score: 87/100. January 3, 2012 Full Review
Chateau Des Charmes Aligotè 2009, Niagara, Canada  13% . March 1, 2012 Full Review
Lillet Blanc, Bordeaux, France, France  322297 40% XD 750 mL  $14.95. November 12, 2010 Full Review
Beaujolais Superieur - Bouchard Aine, France  12%  750 mL  $11.99. March 1, 2012 Full Review
Domaine Pierre De La Grange Vielle Vignes Sèvre Et Maine Domaine Pierre Luneau-Papin Muscadet 2010, A.C., Sur Lie, Loire, France: Lemon vibrancy with a strong acidic attack that cries out for food. No heavy oak. Clean and refreshing. Drink: 2012-2015. 274654 12% XD 750 mL  $14.95 Score: 87/100. June 9, 2012 Full Review
Riesling Qba - Deinhard Dry 04/06, Germany  11.40%  750 mL  $13.99. March 1, 2012 Full Review
Riva Dei Frati Superiore Valdobbiadene Prosecco, D.O.C.G., Veneto, Italy: Supreme value for bubbly! Lovely toastiness with a touch of fleshy ripe peach. This will appeal to just about everyone in a large gathering. Should be your go-to party bubbly. Drink: 2012-2014. 234732 11.50% XD 750 mL  $18.95 Score: 90/100. February 4, 2012 Best Value Sparkling Wine. Full Review
Ogio Primitivo Rosé 2010, Italy  125773 13% . March 1, 2012 Full Review
Fonseca White Port, Douro, Portugal: I was surprised at this port mostly because I haven't tried many of the white variety. (I love tawny!) Makes a lovely after-dinner drink to sip on its own or with biscotti or fruit-based desserts. 276816 20% S 750 mL  $13.95 Score: 87/100. December 1, 2009 Full Review
Gonzalez Byass Tio Pepe Fino Sherry Palomino, Spain  242669 13% XD 750 mL  $15.95. August 21, 2008 Full Review
Gloria Ferrer Brut Méthode Champenoise Sparkling Wine, Sonoma County, California, United States: I've been a fan of this bubbly for years: It's beautifully made and so refreshing. The price is an absolute steal. Get a case for the holidays. Drink: 2011-2015. 192898 13% D 750 mL  $21.95 Score: 90/100. December 10, 2011 Best Value Sparkling Wine. Full Review

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