Here are my top wine picks from the February 2 Vintages Release. You can also get all 91 of my Best Value Wines and Top Rated Wines for red, white, rose, sparkling and dessert wines that encompass many price points, styles and regions. I’ve also posted my picks for the February 16 Vintages Release.
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Familia Zuccardi Organica Torrontés 2011, Mendoza, Argentina
Gorgeous floral aromatics on this organic wine has just 8 mg/l of free sulphur. Medium- to almost full-bodied with mouth-watering acidity for seafood and grilled chicken. Some white peach on the finish. Lovely, especially for the price. Pair with: sushi, Thai noodles in a light lemongrass sauce. Drink: 2012-2015. 232694 13% XD 750 mL $13.95 Score: 89/100. Best Value White Wine. A Spectacular Spicy Wine
Simi Chardonnay 2010, Sonoma County, California
Lemon sunshine swirls out of the glass, followed by ripe peach and pear. Some smoke and vanilla spice is deftly woven through orchard fruit on the palate. Full-bodied and mouth-filling. Try it with pork tenderloin. Pair with: scallops, lobster, salmon, grilled chicken, spicy Asian fare. Drink: 2012-2016. 673806 13.5% XD 750 mL $20.95 Score: 92/100. Top Rated White Wine. A Scrumptious Seafood Wine
Jip Jip Rocks Shiraz Cabernet 2010, Padthaway, South Australia, Australia
Minty blackberry on the nose with fleshy black plum on the palate. Mouth-filling and rich with a great finish. Balanced and food friendly especially for meat lovers’ pizza. Drink: 2013-2016. 186114 14.5% D 750 mL $16.95 Score: 90/100. Best Value Red Wine. A Best Beef Wine
Cirrus Syrah 2007, W.O., Stellenbosch, South Africa
Opulent and intriguing with rich dark blackberry, black and purple plums that are fleshy ripe. There’s a tang and a zing here that keeps it lively. Full-bodied with a velvet texture and mouth-filling capacity for happiness. Drink: 2013-2016. 54338 14.5% D 750 mL $33.95 Score: 93/100. Top Rated Red Wine. A Heavenly Hamburger Wine
Loosen Bros. Dr. L. Sparkling Riesling, Deutscher Sekt, Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, Germany
Fans of Dr. L Riesling will lap this bubbly up, literally! It’s fresh and crisp with lovely white peach and toasty pear notes. And my goodness, the price: you can’t beat it. Is it a typo? Stock up for your weddings and big parties now. Try with fresh steam lobster and a marriage proposal. Drink: 2012-2015. 296095 12% D 750 mL $13.95 Score: 89/100. Best Value Sparkling Wine. A Scrumptious Seafood Wine
Muga Conde De Haro Brut Cava Metodo Tradicional, D.O., Spain
Beautiful toasty, fresh baked bread on the nose. This is a blend of 90% viura and 10% malvasia grapes. Terrific notes of green apple and lime fresh on the palate. Pretty amazing for the price. Try with oysters or clams. Drink: 2012-2015. 168559 12.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 92/100. Top Rated Sparkling Wine. A Terrific Turkey Wine
Megalomaniac Coldhearted John Howard Cellars Of Distinction Riesling Icewine 2008, V.Q.A., Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
Lovely! Lemon meringue and honeysuckle on this gorgeous dessert wine. Yet it’s light and gliding over the palate. Try it with angela food cake. Pair with: spicy spring rolls, freshly sliced melon. Drink: 2013-2020. 243519 7.9% S 200 mL $29.95 Score: 94/100. Top Rated Dessert Wine. An Enchanting Cheese Wine
Quinta Das Carvalhas Reserva Tawny Port Real Companhia Velha, D.O.C., Douro, Portugal
Very pretty dessert wine with attractive toffee and toasted almond aromas and flavours. Pair with crème brûlée and biscotti. Yum. Pair with: nut bowl, blue-veined cheese. Drink: 2013-2018. 298059 19% S 750 mL $17.95 Score: 89/100. Best Value Dessert Wine. A Divine Dessert Wine
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