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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
Chakana Yaguareté Collection Bonarda 2010, Mendoza, Argentina: Full-bodied and smooth with dark plum aromas. Great party wine. 3525 13.50% XD 750 mL  $12.95 Score: 85/100. April 14, 2012 Full Review
Piedra Negra François Lurton Malbec 2007, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina: Full-bodied, robust and cedar-rustic with terrific, savoury black fruit aromas. Nice smoky finish. Do yourself a favour and decant it for 2 hours first. Drink: 2012-2015. 924001 13.80% XD 750 mL  $34.95 Score: 90/100. April 14, 2012 Full Review
Pascual Toso Alta Reserve Malbec 2008, Mendoza, Argentina: Stunning! Rich, deep, complex, satisfying. Words almost diminish the experience. Loaded with savoury dark fruit, a complex weave of smoke and a finish that you hope lasts until the next bottle. Drink: 2012-2028. 261958 13.50% XD 750 mL  $31.95 Score: 95/100. April 28, 2012 Top Rated Red Wine. Full Review
Catena Chardonnay 2010, Mendoza, Argentina: Oh yum! Buttery richness drips around a green apple core of vibrancy. Full-bodied, but not heavy. One of the best chardonnays I have tasted in a while. Drink: 2012-2017. 918805 14% XD 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 92/100. April 14, 2012 Top Rated White Wine. Full Review
St. Hallett Gamekeeper's Shiraz 2009, Barossa, South Australia, Australia: Good acidity that cries out for food, especially hearty meat dishes. Ripe and tart blackberry flavours with some black plum and just enough oak. Very consistent producer. Drink: 2012-2016. 166991 14% D 750 mL  $15.95 Score: 91/100. April 28, 2012 Best Value Red Wine. Full Review
Grant Burge Summers Chardonnay 2007, Adelaide Hills, Eden Valley, South Australia, Australia: A lovely round, buttery, full-bodied chardonnay with layers of green apple notes and toasty oak. Perfect for roast chicken. Drink: 2012-2015. 57315 14.20% D 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 90/100. March 1, 2012 Charming Grilled Chicken Wine Full Review
Two Hands Wines Gnarly Dudes Shiraz 2010, Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia: Complex, full-bodied and delicious! Loaded with black fruit flavours yet it's very dry and balanced, with a lovely long finish. Great dinner party wine. Drink: 2012-2016. 660043 14.50% XD 750 mL  $29.95 Score: 92/100. April 28, 2012 Top Rated Red Wine. Full Review
13th Street Winery Cuvée 13 Rosé, V.Q.A., Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada: Very pretty, dry and toasty. Lovely notes of field raspberries. One of Canada’s best bubblies. A blend of pinot noir, chardonnay and a dash of syrah. Drink: 2011-2015. 147504 12.50% D 750 mL  $24.95 Score: 91/100. November 12, 2011 Top Rated Sparkling Wine. Full Review
Jackson-Triggs Entourage Silver Series Brut Méthode Classique 2006, V.Q.A., Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada: Superb: Look out world, Canada’s coming out! Toasty with green apple goodness and a lovely and persistent mousse. This is classic and elegant with the right finesse for any celebration. Drink: 2011-2014. 234161 12% XD 750 mL  $22.95 Score: 91/100. June 25, 2011 Top Rated Sparkling Wine. Gorgeous Gift Wine Full Review
Sumac Ridge Estate Winery Tribute Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley, B.C., Canada: Made exclusively from Chardonnay grapes in honour of Canadian athletes who will compete at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympics Winter Games, this wine dances with zingy citrus notes and has a lovely toasty finish. 169508 13% XD 750 mL  $30.00 Score: 91/100. December 10, 2011 Favourite Sparkling Wine. Scrumptious Seafood Wine Full Review
G. Marquis Vineyards Silver Line Ice Rosé Méthode Classique Sparkling Rose, V.Q.A., Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario, Canada: Toasty and full-bodied with aromas of ripe raspberries and toast. Drink: 2012-2014. 274761 13.40% D 750 mL  $29.95 Score: 90/100. March 17, 2012 Top Rated Sparkling Wine. Full Review
Henry of Pelham Estate Winery Cuvee Catharine Brut Sparkling White, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario, VQA, Canada: This sparkling gets better every year, even though it's not vintage-dated. Lovely finesse and mousse with green apple vibrancy. The grapes were hand-picked in 50 pound lugs so they weren't bruised. The winery does press fractioning meaning the first bit of the juice (the head) and the last bit (the tail) aren't used in the wine just the juiciest, tastiest part of the juice. They also use the traditional Champagne method to make the wine. The wine spends 30 months on the lees which gives it a creamy texture. Serve as an aperitif on its own or add 1 oz. of Riesling Icewine or 1 oz of Cabernet Franc Icewine to 3 oz of Cuvee Catharine to make a Kir Catharine. Drink: 2010-2013. 217521 12% D 750 mL  $29.95 Score: 91/100. October 17, 2013 Gorgeous Gift Wine Full Review
Tawse Winery Inc. Riesling 2010, VQA Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada: The grapes for this excellent riesling were sourced from multiple vineyards in the area. The vines were cluster-thinned. There's a lovely zippy lime-fresh streak running through it, chased by lemon lightning. It finishes with notes of chives, grapefruit and the overwhelming desire for more. Drink: 2011-2016. 55103 10.50% MD 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 91/100. January 3, 2012 Full Review
Tawse Winery Inc. Quarry Road Riesling 2010, VQA Vinemount Ridge, Ontario, Canada: This organic and biodynamic wine is superb! The vines were grown on a limestone base and the wine shows an incredible mineral depth. Joyous aromas of lime and white peach leap from the glass. Mouth-watering and endlessly delicious. Drink: 2011-2020. 198853 10.50% XD 750 mL  $21.95 Score: 93/100. January 3, 2012 Full Review
Featherstone Winery Featherstone Vineyard Gewurztraminer 2010, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario, Canada: Exquisite white floral aromas open up into richer layers of lychee, rosewater and white peach. Zesty acidity makes this aromatic white perfect for light and medium curries, Asian dishes. This wine spent 12 weeks on the lees. Drink: 2011-2015. 874345000168 13.50% D 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 91/100. January 3, 2012 Full Review
Quintay Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Casablanca Valley, Chile: Grassy and herbal with chives and lemongrass. Refreshing and crisp, no oak. Drink: 2012-2014. 276493 13% XD 750 mL  $14.95 Score: 88/100. April 14, 2012 Full Review
Le Dit De La Clapassière Séguret 2009, A.C., Côtes Du Rhône-Villages, France: A fantastic wine for the money! Here's your party and summer barbecue vino. Full-bodied and layered with lip-smacking delicious layers of black fruit. Drink: 2012-2016. 652339 13.50% D 750 mL  $14.95 Score: 88/100. April 14, 2012 Full Review
Domaine Rebourgeon-Mure Volnay Pinot Noir 2009, A.C., Burgundy, France: Such a pretty pinot! The best of New and Old World styles: ripe luscious berry aromas without being too fruity. Terrific balance, silky, seductive texture and a long finish. A touch of earth and smoke but not a lot. Lovely! Drink: 2012-2016. 91090 13% XD 750 mL  $39.95 Score: 92/100. April 14, 2012 Top Rated Red Wine. Full Review
Hecht & Bannier 2008, A.C., Côtes Du Roussillon-Villages, Midi, France: Fantastic! Oh tripe yum. Savoury, juicy and meaty with seductive and slippery black cherries wrapped in cedar smoke. Layers and layers of pleasure. Drink: 2012-2017. 142802 15% XD 750 mL  $22.95 Score: 94/100. March 31, 2012 Top Rated Red Wine. Full Review
Gassier Sables D'azur Rosé 2011, A.C., Côtes De Provence, France: I love it! (I also just shouted that out the window to some surprised people on the sidewalk.) So very pretty with a basket of fresh field strawberries. Bask in the sun and pretend you are by the Mediterranean. Dry and refreshing. Drink: 2012-2014. 33621 12.50% XD 750 mL  $13.95 Score: 90/100. March 31, 2012 Top Rated Rosé. Full Review
Perrin Réserve Rosé 2011, A.C., Côtes Du Rhône, France: A mild rose with pleasant strawberry and raspberry notes. Bone-dry and food-friendly. Drink: 2011-2014. 719062 13.50% XD 750 mL  $15.95 Score: 87/100. April 28, 2012 Full Review
La Bastide Blanche Bandol Bronzo, Vign. Rosé 2009, A.C., Provence, France: Superb and it’s highway robbery in terms of the price. I love this wine. Light strawberry aromas and fleeting happiness that you will chase until the end of your days. Leave some for me please. Drink: 2010-2013. 71084 13.50% XD 750 mL  $21.95 Score: 93/100. June 25, 2011 Top Rated Rose. Terrific Turkey Wine Full Review
Perrin Tavel Grenache Mourvèdre 2010, A.C., Rhône, France: Vintages Wine Panel: Tavel, especially from talented producers such as Perrin, produces some of the richest, yet driest, rosés on the market. They work beautifully as sippers and are quite adaptable to a variety of foods. The Perrin 2010 is a lovely blend of Grenache, Mourvèdre and Cinsaut. My note : Another terrific rose from Perrin in Tavel. You can’t go wrong with that winery name and this region. Lovely aromas of black raspberries and rosés. Drink: 2010-2013. 680801 13.50% XD 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 91/100. June 11, 2011 Top Rated Rosé. Scrumptious Seafood Wine Full Review
Domaine De Vaugondy Brut Vouvray Methode Traditionnelle, Perdriaux Chenin Blanc, A.C., Loire, France: Full-bodied, robust dry bubbly. Good value with straight forward pleasure. Great price. Drink: 2011-2013. 154567 12% D 750 mL  $18.95 Score: 87/100. November 12, 2011 Best Value Sparkling Wine. Full Review
Domaine De Nizas Rosé 2010, A.C., Coteaux Du Languedoc, Midi, France: Vintages Wine Panel: Dry, fresh and fruit-filled blend of Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvèdre with cranberry and ripe strawberry notes prominent. Good structure and a lovely, long and fruity finish. A fine sipper that will also pair well with the cranberry sauce for your Thanksgiving dinner, and offer a tangy contrast to the more savoury elements of the meal. My note: terrific! Dry and robust with rose petal and raspberries and dried herbs. Fantastic refreshment served chilled. Drink: 2011-2013. 654988 13.50% XD 750 mL  $15.95 Score: 90/100. October 1, 2011 Top Rated Rosé Wine. Full Review
Louis Bouillot Perle Rare Brut Crémant De Bourgogne 2007, A.C., Burgundy, France: Vintages Wine Panel: Gold Medal at the 2011 Vinalies Internationales wine competition in Paris. Medium straw colour with aromas of lemon rind, freshly baked biscuits, pear, melon, mineral and apple. Quite dry and freshly zippy with good fruit and biscuit replays on the palate. Good balance and very fine mousse too. My note: Another great bargain bubbly! Toasty and refreshing with incredible vibrant flavour. Great for parties. Drink: 2011-2014. 178137 12% XD 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 88/100. October 29, 2011 Best Value Sparkling Wine. Full Review
Bandol Cuvée Grande Tradition La Cadierenne Rosé 2010, A.C., Provence, France: Vintages Wine Panel: The 2010 Cuvée Grande Tradition Bandol rosé is an intensely expressive wine offering a delightful nose of fresh flowers, strawberries, watermelon and minerality. The palate is dry, round and delicious. The tangy fruit and the minerality are well supported by a bracing acidity. Refreshing and complex, this makes a fantastic sipper. My note: Lovely and light with strawberry fields forever. Good acidity and great for food. Drink: 2011-2013. 119453 14% XD 750 mL  $17.95 Score: 90/100. July 9, 2011 Top Rated Rosé. Full Review
Domaine Des Carteresses Tavel Les Vignerons De Tavel Rosé 2010, A.C., Rhône, France: Vintages Wine Panel: From the world’s most famous appellation for rosé wines this is a rich, rose-petal pink colour with quite an intense and fruity nose. Prominent notes of strawberry, raspberry and spice along with a good sense of mineral. Medium bodied and ready to drink. Enjoy it tonight. My note: You can’t beat Tavel for rose, or go wrong with it: I’ve never had a bottle yet I didn’t like from this small region, knock on tetrapak! Raspberry aromas and lovely mouth-watering zestiness. So perfect for so many foods and occasions. Drink: 2011-2014. 739474 14% XD 750 mL  $15.95 Score: 91/100. July 9, 2011 Top Rated Rosé. Full Review
Château D'aquéria Jean Olivier, Prod. Rosé 2010, A.C., Tavel, Rhône, France: Vintages Wine Panel: Tavel, an AC located across the Rhône River from Châteauneuf-du-Pape, uniquely makes rosé wines its exclusive focus. This version offers up fresh strawberry, sweet cherry, rosehips, and spring flowers in abundance. Dry, light bodied, fresh and tangy on the palate with waves of vivacious acidity. The lingering finish sports a strawberry-rhubarb character embroidered by herbal and floral notes. My note: Such a perfect rosé. Don’t be a snob with the price: this is a seriously great wine. I could drink rose almost all year: it’s packed with flavour yet not heavy tannin or oak or alcohol so it goes with almost any dish except a big juicy steak. Join us! Drink: 2011-2013. 712000 14% XD 375 mL  $9.95 Score: 91/100. May 14, 2011 Favourite Rosé. Full Review
Château D'aquéria Jean Olivier, Producteur Rosé 2011, A.C., Tavel, Rhône, France: The rose I drink for personal pleasure and stock up every year. Bone-dry, complex with field berry notes and a long, dry finish. Drink: 2012-2014. 712000 13.50% XD 375 mL  $10.45 Score: 93/100. May 12, 2012 Top Rated Rosé. Scrumptious Seafood Wine Full Review
Domaine Chenevières Chablis Chardonnay 2010, A.C., La Chapelle Vaupelteigne, Burgundy, France: Just smelling this wine made my mouth water! Gorgeous aromas and flavours of lime, lemongrass, tart white peach and a laser pure focus and purity. No oak. Superb aperitif or food companion. Like chardonnay? Try this one. Drink: 2012-2016. 277913 12.50% XD 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 90/100. May 12, 2012 Full Review
Château Val Joanis Tradition Chancel Family, Prop.-Récolt. Syrah Rosé 2010, A.C., Luberon, Rhône, France: Vintages Wine Panel: Pale salmon-pink with lively aromas of spring flowers, strawberry and cherry. Dry, medium bodied and with plenty of mouthwatering acidity. There is also a touch of tannic influence that adds nice balance. Lovely tangy red fruit flavours with floral and herbal notes. Beautifully refreshing with a substantial finish. Perfect as a sipper. My note: I want it! Goodness gracious, this is fantastic for the money! Fresh strawberries and field berries. Perfectly balanced and refreshing. Drink: 2011-2013. 707281 12.50% XD 750 mL  $14.95 Score: 90/100. April 16, 2011 Favourite Rose. Full Review
Domaine Des Carteresses Les Vignerons De Tavel Rosé 2009, A.C., Tavel, Rhône, France: Vintages Wine Panel: A rich rose petal pink colour, with an intense nose filled with aromas of lovely strawberry, raspberry and peppery spice. The palate brims with fruit: cranberry, cherry, strawberry and raspberry along with notes of pepper and minerality. This rosé is medium bodied, bright, flavourful and ready to drink. Enjoy it tonight. My note: Rock your world and change it! This rosé will change your views of all roses, especially if you’re still thinking pink and sweet. Bone-dry lovely with aromas of fresh field raspberries. Love it! 739474 13.50% XD 750 mL  $15.95 Score: 91/100. July 24, 2010 Favourite Rosé. Full Review
Château De Bord La Croix De Frégère Laudun, Brotte, Aimé Et Pascal Fayolle, Prop.-Récolt. 2009, A.C., Côtes Du Rhône-Villages, France: A rich and delicious red with robust layers of black cherry, smoke and cherry. Mouth-watering and juicy with delicious flavours, especially for this price point. Drink: 2012-2016. 264218 14.50% D 750 mL  $16.95 Score: 91/100. April 14, 2012 Best Value Red Wine. Full Review
E. Guigal Rosé 2010, A.C., Côtes Du Rhône, France: Vintages Wine Panel: The Guigal family is renowned for producing extraordinary wines, so it is no surprise that their cranberry-pink Côtes du Rhône Rosé adds yet another feather to their cap. Delightful aromas of peach, strawberry and cranberry rise effortlessly from the glass. The palate is dry, medium bodied, fresh, fruity and nicely structured. This makes an ideal aperitif. My note: this producer is as dependably delicious as the sun rising and setting. Gorgeous, full-bodied rose with black raspberry notes and a bone-dry, mouth-watering texture and weight. Bring it on before the sun sets! Drink: 2011-2013. 225003 14% XD 750 mL  $15.95 Score: 91/100. August 20, 2011 Top Rated Rosé. Full Review
Domaine Maby La Forcadière Rosé 2010, A.C., Tavel, Rhône, France: Vintages Wine Panel: Tavel, in the Southern Rhône, is famous for its lively, flavourful rosés; in fact, this is the only wine style made in the region. These wines were favoured by Louis XIV, and continue to impress today. This ripe, Grenache-centered blend is bursting with attractive red berry fruit, spicy garrigue, and a hint of cranberry, further enlivened by tangy acidity. My note: I buy this wine by the case every year it comes out. Bone-dry and refreshing with aromas of field raspberries and happiness. Mouth-watering and perfect. Drink: 2011-2015. 701318 13.50% XD 750 mL  $16.95 Score: 91/100. July 23, 2011 Top Rated Rosé. Full Review
Louis Bouillot Perle D'aurore Brut Rosé Crémant De Bourgogne, A.C., Burgundy, France: Superb value! Superb aromas of field raspberries and strawberries. An I can't believe it price. Get it now if you have wedding and celebration this summer. Drink: 2012-2014. 48793 12% XD 750 mL  $18.95 Score: 89/100. May 12, 2012 Best Value Sparkling Wine. Smart Buy Wine Full Review
Pierre Sparr Brut Crémant D'alsace Rosé, A.C., Alsace, France: Superb quality and taste for the price! Toasty with some raspberry notes. Bone dry and refreshing. Here's your summer party bubbly. Drink: 2012-2015. 39016 12% D 750 mL  $17.95 Score: 88/100. May 26, 2012 Best Value Sparkling Wine. Perfect Pasta and Tomato Sauce Wine Full Review
Famille Perrin Tavel Rosé 2011, A.C., Rhône, France: Rose is a carefree wine but this one is complex is the most delightful way! Layers of rose petal, strawberry and sunshine. Love it! Drink: 2012-2014. 680801 13.50% XD 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 92/100. June 9, 2012 Top Rated Rosé. Full Review
Jean-Pierre & Alexandre Ellevin Vaucoupin 1Er Cru Domaine Ellevin Chablis 2009, A.C., Burgundy, France: An elegant expression of Chablis with white peach and melon notes and a pure crispness. No oak on this chardonnay, just Burgundy in the glass. Drink: 2012-2016. 264457 13% XD 750 mL  $26.95 Score: 92/100. March 31, 2012 Top Rated White Wine. Full Review
Château De Mercey Mercurey Domaine Rodet Pinot Noir 2009, A.C., Burgundy, France: A juicy pinot with pleasantly sour cherry and cranberry aromas and flavours. I love this style but its an acquired taste as it' not fruity or ripely sweet. Drink: 2011-2018. 264531 13% D 750 mL  $22.95 Score: 92/100. April 14, 2012 Top Rated Red Wine. Full Review
Domaine De Rimauresq 2010, A.C., Côtes De Provence, Midi, France: A blend of 45% grenache, 40% cinsault and 15% tibouren grapes. A light- to medium-bodied wine with vibrant field raspberry and strawberry aromas. Dry and refreshing. Perfect! Drink: 2011-2013. 226647 13% XD 750 mL  $18.95 Score: 91/100. December 10, 2011 Top Rated Rosé Wine. Full Review
Perrin Grenache Mourvèdre Cinsault Rosé 2009, A.C., Rhône, France: A blend of Grenache, Mourvèdre and Cinsault grapes. Absolutely superb: there is nothing better than Tavel rose for rose! Bone-dry, with a lovely basket of fresh field berries. A racy finish. 680801 14% XD 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 90/100. May 1, 2010 Favourite Rosé. Full Review
Pol Roger Blanc De Blancs 2000, Champagne, France: Crispy green apple with toasty goodness. Robust and crisp with incredible complexity and elegance. Drink: 2009-2017. 12.50%  750 mL  $60.00 Score: 94/100. June 11, 2011 Top-Rated Sparkling Wine. Full Review
Nicolas Maillart Brut Premier Cru Champagne 2005, A.C., France: A top-notch bubbly worth your attention this new year. Toasting, refreshing and complex. Worth every penny. Drink: 2005-2015. 245894 12.50% D 750 mL  $52.95 Score: 92/100. November 26, 2011 Top Rated Sparkling Wine. Full Review
Delas Frères Saint-Esprit Rosé 2011, A.C., Côtes Du Rhône, France: Dry and refreshing with notes of fleeting strawberries on a summer breeze. Drink: 2012-2014. 224964 13% XD 750 mL  $12.95 Score: 88/100. May 26, 2012 Best Value Rosé. Full Review
Domaine Maby La Forcadière Rosé 2009, A.C. ,Tavel, Rhône, France: Maby must be French for yummy! Gorgeous notes of fleshy strawberries and raspberries. I’m buying a case, how about you? 701318 14% XD 750 mL  $15.95 Score: 90/100. June 12, 2010 Favourite Rosé. Full Review
Ca’ Del Bosco Brut Cuvée Prestige N.V., D.O.C.G., Franciacorta, Italy: This wine spent 28 months aging on its lees for extra creaminess and richness. Pinot Meunier as a grape doesn’t do well in Italy so instead Italian sparkling wine producers tend to use Pinot Bianco, which does the same job of providing the zesty acidity to the wine. This is incredibly toasty with an elegant champagne-like character, but with its own distinctive Italian zest. This bubbly is perfect for many celebrations, from weddings to cashing in your Google stock. Beautifully produced; delightfully consumed! Drink: 2011-2014.  750 mL  $39.95 Score: 93/100. June 25, 2011 Top Rated Sparkling Wine. 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
Kettmeir Metodo Classico Athesis Brut Non-Vintage Sparkling Rosé, D.O.C., Italy: A blend of Pinot Bianco, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes that’s chiefly Pinot Noir (about 75%), which gives it a lovely salmon colour and robust character. Pinot Meunier as a grape doesn’t do well in Italy so instead Italian sparkling wine producers tend to use Pinot Bianco, which does the same job of providing the zesty acidity to the wine. This wine spent two years aging on its lees for extra creaminess and richness. This is simply a splendid sparkling wine with vibrant raspberry and strawberry notes on the nose that lead you on through a field of sensual pleasures. It’s perfect for toasting celebrations or just for sipping while you watch a movie and snack on some gourmet potato chips. This wine will be available in the LCBO in November. Drink: 2011-2014. 231399 12.50% XD 750 mL  $28.95 Score: 93/100. June 25, 2011 Top Rated Sparkling Wine. Full Review
Bellenda San Fermo Brut Superiore Prosecco 2010, D.O.C.G., Conegliano Valdobbiadene, Veneto, Italy: Vintages Wine Panel: Pale straw colour with a very plentiful and vibrant fizz. It is dominated by aromas of apples, mineral, pear, lanolin and a touch of fresh pastry. Dry with good fruit and a round mouth-feel. A rather robust Prosecco for moderately rich seafood dishes. It is also a nice choice for the classic cocktail, Bellini. My note: I’m loving it! Glorious bubbly for the price. They will never know how little you paid as they admire the extra-pricey earrings (cufflinks?) you were able to buy as a result. Toasty green apple goodness. Cheers! Drink: 2011-2013. 82347 11.40% XD 750 mL  $17.95 Score: 88/100. July 9, 2011 Best Value Sparkling Wine. Full Review
Cristina Ascheri Moscato D'asti 2010, D.O.C.G., Piedmont, Italy: Vintages Wine Panel: Moscato d’Asti is aromatically intense and slightly sweet, making it a terrific wine to sip at the end of a fine dinner, or during the pleasant idle-chat-and-sipping moments as a meal winds slowly to a close. It has a slight frizzante sparkle, giving it a lovely refreshing quality that means it is also a fine palate-refresher with, or instead of, the sorbet between courses. As a plus for the responsible host, it is also delightfully low in alcohol (5.5% alc./vol.). My note: Supreme… I want to wear a sandwich board and let people know about this type of wine… well, almost. Orange zest, peach fuzz nuzzle, some spritz and a lot of laughter. Slight sweetness, don’t be afraid, you’ll like it. Drink: 2011-2013. 746479 5.10% M 750 mL  $16.95 Score: 90/100. August 20, 2011 Best Value Sparkling Wine. Full Review
Bernard-Massard Brut Cuvée De L'écusson Méthode Traditionnelle Sparkling (Methode Champenoise), Luxembourg, Luxembourg: Vintages Wine Panel: Luxembourg has a long history of producing sparkling wines; its cool climate is ideal for creating sparklers with a marked crispness. This fizz is a unique blend of Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Enjoy as a palate refresher before a meal or between courses. My note: Solid budget bubbly with toasty notes and good refreshment. Drink: 2011-2013. 970970 12% XD 750 mL  $16.95 Score: 88/100. October 15, 2011 Best Value Sparkling Wine. Full Review
Lawson's Dry Hills Gewürztraminer 2009, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: Gorgeous! Exotic with lychee, rose petal and baking spices. Perfect with Asian and spicy dishes. Looooove it! Drink: 2012-2016. 60129 14% D 750 mL  $17.95 Score: 90/100. April 28, 2012 Top Rated White Wine. Full Review
Dog Point Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: Grassy great and refreshing! It's a burst of lemon sunshine on a cloudy day. Great food wine. Drink: 2012-2014. 677450 13.50% XD 750 mL  $20.95 Score: 90/100. September 29, 2012 Top Rated White Wine. Full Review
Adega Deu La Deu Alvarinho 2010, D.O.C., Monção E Melgaço, Vinho Verde, Portugal: Big acidic attack with lemon brightness on the nose. Pure and clean without oak. Austere and refreshing. Drink: 2012-2016. 40642 13% D 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 88/100. May 26, 2012 Full Review
Graham Beck Premier Cuvée Brut Blanc De Blancs 2007, W.O., Robertson, South Africa: Surely South Africa's best sparkling wine producer: this bubbly offers incredible complexity and depth with great refreshment as well. Lovely toasty notes with green apple brightness through its core. Yum! Drink: 2012-2015. 907568 12% XD 750 mL  $24.95 Score: 91/100. March 31, 2012 Top Rated Sparkling Wine. Full Review
The Grinder The Grape Grinder Pinotage 2010, W.O., Swartland, South Africa: Tasty and juicy with full on oak treatment. Black brooding fruit. Drink: 2012-2014. 269076 14% XD 750 mL  $14.95 Score: 87/100. March 3, 2012 Full Review
Castell D'olerdola Brut Cava, D.O., Penedès, Spain: A toasty bubbly that's terrific for this price point. Great for parties. Drink: 2012-2014. 267369 11.40% MD 750 mL  $18.95 Score: 87/100. February 18, 2012 Best Value Sparkling Wine. Full Review
Rioja Bordón Gran Reserva Bodegas Franco-Espanolas Tempranillo 2004, D.O.C.A., Rioja, Spain: Love that mature leather and tobacco flavour! Palate is more seductive than the nose. Age and wisdom have their benefits when it comes to wine as well. This is seductively smooth and complex; a contemplative wine. Full-bodied and elegant. Drink: 2012-2016. 114454 13% D 750 mL  $22.95 Score: 91/100. April 14, 2012 Top Rated Red Wine. Full Review
Faustino V Tempranillo Rosado 2011, D.O.C.A., Rioja, Spain: A robust and deeply satisfying rose, yet not heavy. Bone-dry and refreshing with gorgeous aromas of dark raspberries. Perfect. Drink: 2012-2014. 700534 13% XD 750 mL  $12.95 Score: 91/100. April 14, 2012 Top Rated Rosé Wine. Full Review
Torres Viña Esmeralda 2010, D.O., Catalunya, Spain: Lemon and white floral notes galore! Mouth-watering acidity. I dare you to find a better wine at this price for Asian and spicy dishes... Go ahead, challenge me. Drink: 2012-2015. 113696 11.50% MD 750 mL  $13.95 Score: 89/100. April 28, 2012 Best Value White Wine. Full Review
Rotllán Torra Crianza 2007, D.O.C., Priorat, Spain: Savoury and juicy with great complexity and depth. Smooth and full-bodied with lusciously ripe and fleshy dark berries. Drink: 2011-2017. 267989 13.50% D 750 mL  $17.95 Score: 93/100. April 14, 2012 Full Review
Baron De Ley Rosé 2010, D.O.C.A., Rioja, Spain: Vintages Wine Panel: Ernest Hemingway’s affection for Spain is well known, but perhaps less well known was his love of rosado, Spain’s rosé wine. Baron de Ley’s 2010 rosé offers aromas of ripe strawberry, cranberry and leather. Fresh and clean on the palate with exuberant fruit. Structured and medium bodied, this versatile wine will go very well with antipasto or as the ideal back patio sipper to accompany you as you peruse your Hemingway collection. My note: Love this one! Old World dustiness washed away with refreshing bone-dry crispness and a bed of ripe raspberries. Drink: 2011-2013. 117283 13.50% XD 750 mL  $13.95 Score: 90/100. July 23, 2011 Top Rated Rosé. Full Review
Van Ruiten Old Vine Zinfandel 2009, Lodi, California, United States: Love it! Concentrated and complex from the old vine intensity on the grapes. Balanced and juicy yet a lot more dimension than most zins. Try this and you'll love zin. Superb! Drink: 2012-2016. 58685 14% D 750 mL  $23.95 Score: 93/100. June 9, 2012 Top Rated Red Wine. Full Review
Cupcake Vineyards Chardonnay 2009, California, United States: A creamy, buttery, generous Chardonnay, but not too heavy. Delivers all the green apple, toasty pleasure Chardonnay lovers crave. Perfect for parties and movie night. Pass the bottle back here, will you please? 230821 13.50% D 750 mL  $14.95 Score: 87/100. December 10, 2011 Charming Grilled Chicken Wine Full Review
Andrew Rich Cuvée B Pinot Noir 2008, Willamette Valley, Oregon, United States: Gorgeous pinot: best of both worlds! Juicy cherry fruit yet elegant, long and refined with just enough mouth-watering juicy. Smooth as satin. Drink: 2012-2016. 127043 13.50% D 750 mL  $29.95 Score: 93/100. April 28, 2012 Top Rated Red Wine. Full Review
Frei Brothers Winery Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2008, Alexander Valley, California, United States: Love this! Big juicy purple and black plums, fleshy ripe blackberries with layers and layers of flavour. Full-bodied and smooth with just enough oak. Perfect for barbecue and meat lovers' pizza. Drink: 2012-2016. 38075 14.20% XD 750 mL  $23.95 Score: 93/100. April 28, 2012 Top Rated Red Wine. Full Review
Seghesio Zinfandel 2010, Sonoma County, United States: Very complex with a great balance of acidity and fruit. Layers of delicious flavour and a long finish. One of the most elegant zinfandels I've ever tasted. Drink: 2012-2016. 942151 14.80% D 750 mL  $29.95 Score: 93/100. May 12, 2012 Top Rated Red Wine. Best Beef Wine Full Review
Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Merlot 2008, Columbia Valley, Washington State, United States: Blueberry and blackberry aromas and flavours with attractive savoury middle notes on the palate. Good weight and a lovely velvet texture. Drink: 2012-2016. 408864 14.50% XD 750 mL  $25.95 Score: 90/100. March 31, 2012 Full Review
Mumm Méthode Traditionnelle Sparkling Rosé, Napa Valley, California, United States: Loving this! Terrific aromas of raspberries and toast. Perfect for parties and celebrations. Drink: 2012-2015. 205641 12.50% D 750 mL  $29.95 Score: 90/100. March 17, 2012 Top Rated Sparkling Wine. Full Review
Argyle Brut Sparkling Wine 2007, Willamette Valley, Oregon, United States: Terrific New World bubbly! Toasty and vibrant with lovely white peach notes. Perfect for weddings and other get-togethers. Drink: 2012-2015. 258160 12.50% XD 750 mL  $31.95 Score: 90/100. February 4, 2012 Top Rated Sparkling Wine. Full Review

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