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Catena Zapata Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Mendoza, Argentina: Drink: 2014-2018. 985002 13.90% XD 750 mL  $19.95. April 12, 2014 Best Beef Wine Full Review
Zonte's Footstep Baron Von Nemesis Single Site Shiraz 2010, Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia: Drink: 2013-2017. 212936 14.50% D 750 mL  $17.95. April 12, 2014 Best Beef Wine Full Review
Wakefield Wines Shiraz 2010, Clare Valley, South Australia, Australia: Blackberry liqueur richness with a hint of mint. Full-bodied and ultra-smooth with excellent replays of dark fruit flavours across the palate. This is an incredible wine for the price. The grapes for this wine come from vines that were planted in 1969, and that concentration shows in the wine. Some spice and vanilla oak on a long finish. Drink: 2012-2015. 943787 14% XD 750 mL  $17.95 Score: 92/100. January 4, 2014 Top Rated Red Wine. Enchanting Feta Cheese Wine Full Review
Stella Bella Skuttlebutt Shiraz Cabernet 2009, Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia: Drink: 2014-2018. 58131 13.50% XD 750 mL  $19.95. April 12, 2014 Magnificent Meat Pizza Wine Full Review
Tawse Winery Inc. Rosé 2012, V.Q.A., Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada: Great juicy strawberry aromas in this Cabernet Franc rose. Vibrant and medium-bodied. Mouth-watering and food versatile or drink as an aperitif. Clean finish. Drink: 2013-2015. 172643 12.50% XD 750 mL  $15.95 Score: 90/100. March 29, 2014 Best Value Rosé Wine. Scrumptious Seafood 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 12.50% MD 750 mL  $16.95 Score: 91/100. January 4, 2014 Best Value White Wine. Charming Grilled Chicken Wine Full Review
Bollig-Lehnert Kabinett Piesporter Riesling 2011, Prädikatswein, Mosel, Germany: Loaded with flavour yet not heavy - and so low in alcohol. Peach, pear and happiness. Drink: 2013-2018. 345736 8.50% M 750 mL  $16.95 Score: 92/100. December 7, 2013 Top Rated White Wine. Charming Grilled Chicken Wine Full Review
Tedeschi Capitel Nicalò Appassimento Valpolicella Superiore 2011, Veneto D.O.C.G., Italy: Drink: 2014-2020. 984997 13% D 750 mL  $16.95. April 12, 2014 Heavenly Hamburger Wine Full Review
Villa Novare Bertani Bertani Villa Novare Ripasso Valpolicella Classico Superiore 2010, Veneto D.O.C., Italy: Drink: 2014-2018. 95810 13.50% D 750 mL  $19.95. April 12, 2014 Best Beef Wine Full Review
Cusumano Noà 2010, Sicily, Italy: Exceptional value and quality for the price! This full-bodied red wine is smooth with mocha richness and brooding black plums slipping in underneath. Dark spice and smoke on a long finish. Terrific structure and balance. Demands hearty meat dishes and your full commitment. This wine is a blend of Nero d’Avola, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. Nero d'Avola is the flagship red wine of Sicily: try it tonight with hamburgers. Drink: 2013-2016. 109512 12.50% XD 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 92/100. January 4, 2014 Best Value Red Wine. Heavenly Hamburger Wine Full Review
Clifford Bay Pinot Noir 2011, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand has certified this wine as sustainable. This medium- to full-bodied red wine is loaded with tart cherry-berry flavours and aromas. Mouth-watering acidity and juiciness. Intense concentration of flavour and depth. Long and persistent finish. Perfect for planked salmon or roast turkey and chicken. Drink: 2013-2017. 309500 13.50% XD 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 91/100. January 4, 2014 Top Rated Red Wine. Terrific Turkey Wine Full Review
Spy Valley Wine Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: Grassy, lime-citrus and still great at this price. Lively and zesty with mouth-watering acidity. Wonderful! This is the convenient half bottle size of this popular wine. It goes down slippery fast with terrific refreshment. There's gooseberry and lime zest on the finish. Perfect for salads. Drink: 2013-2015. 199968 13% XD 375 mL  $8.95 Score: 90/100. December 7, 2013 Best Value White Wine. Smart Buy Wine Full Review
The Grinder Pinotage 2012, Swartland W.O., South Africa: Drink: 2014-2017. 269076 14% XD 750 mL  $13.95. April 12, 2014 Plush Pork Wine Full Review
Rustenberg Chardonnay 2012, Stellenbosch W.O., South Africa: Love this style of South African chardonnay. Toasty and rich but also mouth-watering and vibrant: it's got it all. This wine was aged in 40% new and 60% second-use oak barrels for a year. Toasted almond and green apple on the nose with lime-orange citrus on the palate. Balanced and lovely with a long finish. Wow! Drink: 2013-2017. 598631 13.50% XD 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 90/100. March 1, 2014 Top Rated White Wine. Celebrated Chicken and Cream Sauce Wine Full Review
Newton Johnson Pinot Noir 2012, Upper Hemel En Aarde Valley, Walker Bay W.O., South Africa: Drink: 2014-2018. 660878 13% XD 750 mL  $26.95. April 12, 2014 Complete Cheese Pizza Wine Full Review
Club Lealtanza Reserva 2005, Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain: Drink: 2014-2018. 293852 13.50% XD 750 mL  $29.95. April 12, 2014 Luscious Lamb Wine Full Review

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