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Hungerford Hill Fishcage Shiraz 2009, Hunter Valley, New South Wales, Australia: Love the savoury note that balances the fruit plushness here! Black fruit with a mouth-watering core juiciness. Amazing for the price. Drink: 2011-2014. 77958 14.50% D 750 mL  $15.95 Score: 90/100. October 29, 2011 Best Value Red Wine. Full Review
Quail's Gate Stewart Family Reserve Chardonnay 2006, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada: The vines are 12-15 years old and planted on clay and gravel soil. Full-barrel fermentation in French oak using Montrachet yeast strains, with all barrels warmed to complete malolactic fermentation. A rich, golden and luscious chardonnay with aromas of baked bread, vanilla, ripe pear and hazelnut. Well-rounded with a long finish. Drink: 2008-2014. 639641 14.50% XD 750 mL  $29.99 Score: 90/100. April 22, 2008 Full Review
Quail's Gate Stewart Family Pinot Noir 2006, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada: This pinot is from the estate vineyards on the slopes of Mt. Boucherie. This grape thrives in the rocky volcanic soils. After going through extended maceration where it stayed in contact with its skins for about 20 days, the wine is barrel-aged entirely in French oak for 11 months. A pinot with gorgeous notes of black cherries and earth. A smooth, medium-bodied wine with a silky texture. 585760 14% D 750 mL  $24.99 Score: 90/100. April 22, 2008 Full Review
Mission Hill Family Estate Five Vineyards Cabernet Merlot 2008, V.Q.A., Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada: Smooth with a medium- to full-bodied weight. Fleshy ripe plums and blackberries with a smoky finish. Bring this bottle to your next potluck gathering. 145102 13% D 750 mL  $16.45 Score: 86/100. March 28, 2011 Full Review
Tawse Winery Inc. Sketches Of Niagara Riesling 2010, V.Q.A., Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada: Stunning! Incredibly intensity of flavor and mouth-filling juiciness. Medium-bodied. This winery truly deserves its reputation. Drink: 2011-2015. 89029 10% MD 750 mL  $17.95 Score: 90/100. February 2, 2013 Best Value White Wine. Scrumptious Seafood Wine Full Review
Cave Spring Cellars Csv Cave Spring Vineyard Riesling 2008, V.Q.A., Beamsville Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada: Superb, benchmark Riesling from one of Canada’s best producers. How do they manage to squeeze so much flavour and pleasure into a bottle without going overboard? Lovely, lovely aromas of wake-up lime, chives, green apples and a fresh-running field stream where you dip your feet to cool off from a warm day. Relax and enjoy. Drink: 2010-2015. 566026 11.50% MD 750 mL  $29.95 Score: 93/100. September 18, 2010 Full Review
Mission Hill Family Estate S.L.C. Merlot 2005, V.Q.A., Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada: Vintages Wine Panel: Mission Hill is one of the most respected wineries in the Okanagan Valley wine region. This multi-award-winning Select Lot Collection Merlot has a toasty blueberry nose. Aromas and flavours of rich blackberry, cherry, plum and vanilla dominate this big, bold wine. The flavours echo on the palate with persistence, culminating in a dry, crisp finish. My note: Full-bodied aromas of black plums and cherries. Supple, smooth and layered. Pleasant dark chocolate finish. 68353 14% XD 750 mL  $34.95 Score: 89/100. January 22, 2011 Full Review
Cave Spring Cellars Riesling 2008, V.Q.A., Ontario, Canada: You simply won't find a better price/quality ratio among white wines. Gorgeous aromas of vibrant peach, pear and dry apricot. Zippy acidity. Goodness, this is a fantastic wine! 233635 11.50% D 750 mL  $14.95 Score: 89/100. November 6, 2010 Charming Grilled Chicken Wine Full Review
Mission Hill Family Estate Compendium Cabernet blend 2007, Okanagan, V.Q.A, Canada: This superb blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Cabernet France, 21% Merlot and 5% Petite Verdot offers gorgeous depths of blackcurrant, blackberry, dark spices and smoke. Savoury notes come through as well such as sage, cedar and black cherry. Perfect for dinner parties. Drink: 2010-2018. 776545555601 14% MD 750 mL  $35.00 Score: 94/100. November 6, 2010 Full Review
Mission Hill Family Estate S.L.C. Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2008, V.Q.A., Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada: Oh yum! Much more richly textured and layered than your average SB/Sem… I’m lovin it! Lemongrass and lanolin with a mouth-filling richness. Drink: 2011-2014. 68361 13% D 750 mL  $23.95 Score: 90/100. October 29, 2011 Full Review
Terra Noble Gran Reserva Carmenère 2008, Maule Valley, Chile: Oh my goodness, this is incredible! The price has to by a typo. Juicy, full-bodied, smooth with fleshy black fruit. Try with osso buco or a slow-cooked roast with root vegetables. Buy a case for your parties. Drink: 2011-2016. 957050 13.50% XD 750 mL  $15.95 Score: 91/100. November 12, 2011 Best Value Red Wine. Full Review
Château Fongaban Meritage 2006, A.C., Côtes De Castillon, France: Incredible for the price! Full-bodied and juicy with black fruit and smoke. Lip-smacking delicious layers of fleshy ripe blackberries. Top me up! Drink: 2011-2015. 138735 13.50% XD 750 mL  $15.95 Score: 90/100. November 12, 2011 Best Value Red Wine. Full Review
Domaine Grand Veneur Les Champauvins Alain Jaume & Fils 2009, A.C., Côtes Du Rhône-Villages, Rhône, France: Black cherry liqueur runs through the heart of this gorgeous, full-bodied red. Smooth as velvet and as seductive as satin sheets. Bring it on! Drink: 2011-2020. 76331 14.50% XD 750 mL  $18.95 Score: 93/100. October 15, 2011 Best Value Red Wine. Full Review
Terre Di Rubinoro Vino Nobile Di Montepulciano Vecchia Cantina Di Montelpulciano Sangiovese 2006, D.O.C.G., Tuscany, Italy: Earthy and mature with leather and cigar box. A fantastic price for such an evolved wine. Smooth and full-bodied. Almost makes me want to read a long novel, but I think I’d rather have another glass and then a nap. Drink: 2011-2016. 206862 13.50% XD 750 mL  $17.95 Score: 91/100. March 5, 2011 Full Review
Antica Napa Valley La Braccesca Vino Nobile Di Montepulciano 2003, DOCG, Italy: Dark and brooding like an Italian Heathcliffe. Decant for 2 hours to smooth out the tannins. Drink: 2010-2015. 566216 13% XD 750 mL  $32.95 Score: 91/100. November 24, 2007 Full Review
Konrad Sauvignon Blanc 2010, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: Vintages Wine Panel: A very generous nose offering up rich notes of lime, pea pods, grass, citrus, green pepper and seemingly limitless tropical fruit notes. The palate is lively and flavourful, with gooseberry, kiwi, lemon zest, and grassy notes, along with some sweet citrus on the finish. A very fine example of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc from a solid producer, for an excellent price. My note: One of my favourite Sauvignon Blancs, and it’s incredibly well priced. Herbal and zippy but not too grassy. Terrific acidity for food. Love it! Drink: 2011-2013. 616243 13.50% XD 750 mL  $17.95 Score: 90/100. December 10, 2011 Best Value White Wine. Charming Grilled Chicken Wine Full Review
Thornbury Sauvignon Blanc 2010, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: Lovely balance and not too grassy. Chives, lime and lemon sunlight. Liquid refreshment and very food friendly. Not oak. Drink: 2011-2013. 734798 13.50% XD 750 mL  $17.95 Score: 90/100. November 12, 2011 Best Value White Wine. Full Review

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