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Open Cab2-Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2011: A mouth-filling red with layers of fleshy blackberries, blackcurrant and a lick of vanilla spice. This full-bodied number delivers lots of hedonistic pleasure for those who enjoy instant gratification. (Translation: You don't need to cellar this bottle!) The price is amazing for such a well-made wine. Perfect for potluck gatherings, book clubs and evenings when you want to wear your faded jeans. Pair with: pepper steak, lamb with rosemary, tacos, fajitas. Drink: 2012-2014. 134957 12%  750 mL  $10.95 Score: 88/100. October 31, 2012 Best Beef Wine Full Review
Inniskillin Winemaker's Series Two Vineyards Riesling 2010, V.Q.A., Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada: Petrol and peach: love it! Don't be put off if you haven't heard that description before; it's wonderful, especially for food. Terrific mouth-watering acidity makes it a match for seafood, salads and cream sauces. Wonderful! Drink: 2012-2016. 105387 11.50% XD 750 mL  $17.95 Score: 89/100. April 14, 2012 Best Value White Wine. Full Review
Featherstone Winery Black Sheep Riesling 2012, V.Q.A., Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada: So beautiful! This riesling has it all: juicy, peach and lime aromas, balance, complexity, length and lambs. (That was a baaaaah-d joke, I know.) Medium-bodied and packed with flavour. These folks are Riesling Masters: Ka-pow! Drink: 2013-2017. 80234 10% M 750 mL  $16.95 Score: 91/100. February 1, 2014 Best Value White Wine. Scrumptious Seafood Wine Full Review
Sibling Rivalry Pink 2010, Niagara Escarpment, Canada: Pretty perfumed aromas of ripely sweet field strawberries and sun-kissed small raspberries. Mouth-watering and refreshing. Drink: 2010-2013. 171033 11.80% MS 750 mL  $13.95 Score: 88/100. June 22, 2012 Scrumptious Seafood Wine Full Review
Tantalus Vineyards Single Vineyard Riesling 2010, VQA, Okanagan Valley, BC, Canada: A cracking great Riesling, with come-alive lime zest and lemon aromas. Spectacularly juicy and mouth-watering with a finish of Granny Smith apple. Taste and see what BC is capable of when it comes to vibrant Riesling! Drink: 2011-2018. 626990067412 12.20% M 750 mL  $22.90 Score: 92/100. August 5, 2011 Full Review
Rosehall Run Defiant Pinot Noir 2011, VQA, Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada: Terrific vibrancy in this mouth-watering pinot! Aromas and flavour of tart cherry and cranberry. Medium-bodied, smooth and food-friendly. Drink: 2012-2015. 307769 12.50% D 750 mL  $18.95 Score: 88/100. July 30, 2012 Full Review
Cono Sur Bicicleta Pinot Noir 2011, Central Valley, Chile: Lovely juicy flavours of red and black cherries. Medium- to almost full-bodied and extremely smooth and supple. You can't beat the quality for this price. Drink: 2012-2014. 341602 13.50% D 750 mL  $10.95 Score: 88/100. March 7, 2013 Scrumptious Seafood Wine Full Review
Perrin & Fils Réserve Blanc 2012, A.C., Côtes Du Rhône, France: Lovely! Not too oaky or fruity... Just a delicious blend of earth and sunshine. Full-bodied with layers of Asian pear and a hint of smoke. Lots of energy and character in this white wine charmer. Drink: 2012-2015. 499509 13% XD 750 mL  $14.95 Score: 89/100. August 17, 2013 Best Value White Wine. Smart Buy Wine Full Review
Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: Classic New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc from one of the leading producers. This half bottle size is perfect for nights own your own. Lemon and lime zest brighten the heart of this wine and any day. The full bottle size is also available. Drink: 2013-2015. 160085 13% XD 375 mL  $9.95 Score: 90/100. September 14, 2013 Smart Buy Wine Full Review
Momo Seresin Estate Pinot Noir 2010, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: Big and juicy with pleasingly tart and vibrant cherry aromas and flavours. Mouth-watering acidity is fantastic for a range of dishes. Smooth and medium- to full-bodied. Very tasty. Absolutely needs food. Made by the film director of many famous movies, including several of the Harry Potter series. Drink: 2012-2016. 163972 14% XD 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 92/100. September 28, 2013 Best Value Red Wine. Splendid Salad Wine Full Review

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