My top picks and best value wines from the July 23 Vintages Release:

Full-bodied, deep and delicious Italian red wines: Barolo, Brunello, Amarone

Cool-climate, generously layered Chardonnay: Tasmania, Niagara, Italy, France

Zesty, herbal, food-friendly New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc

Blackberry-rich Cabernet and Shiraz from Australia

Smooth and luscious Niagara Merlot

Rhone and Okanagan Syrah

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2009 Lingenfelder Bird Label Riesling, Q.B.A., Pfalz, Germany

I recommend this wine year after year after year: love it! Incredible quality/taste for the price. Loaded with peach and pear fruit. Terrific mouth-watering acidity for so many dishes. Buy a case or two for your house white wine.Drink: 2010-2014.

Price: $13.95
Score: 89/100

Pair with: lightly spiced Thai, Indian cuisine.

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2008 Steve Bird Winery & Vineyards Old Schoolhouse Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand

Terrific lime-zestiness in this citrus-herbal Sauvignon Blanc. Refreshing and zippy: class New Zealand style. Top me up!Drink: 2010-2012.

Price: $16.95
Score: 90/100

Pair with: seafood salads, goat cheese with fresh baguette, poached salmon.

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2008 Steve Bird Big Barrel Pinot Noir, Marlborough, New Zealand


Wonderfully vibrant with bright cherries that dance across your mouth followed by lovely silky layers of baking spices, field berries and a little smoke. A core of plush fruit. Medium- to full-bodied and generous. Love this style! Drink: 2010-2013.

Price: $26.95
Score: 91/100

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2009 Hardys Butcher's Gold Shiraz Sangiovese, South Australia, Australia

A terrific, full-bodied red with mouth-watering savoury notes that make it extra food-friendly, especially with hearty dishes and tomato sauces. A black-cherry-infused finish. Gets my vote! Drink: 2-11-2014.

Price: $14.95
Score: 88/100


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2008 Brave Faces Shiraz Grenache Mataro,Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia

Espresso-mocha nose from generous oaking followed by blackberry and plush plums. Full-bodied and luscious. Drink: Now

$24.95
Score: 90/100


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2008 Mark West Pinot Noir, California

A juicy wine with lovely sour cherry aromas and some baking spices. Supple texture. Medium body. Drink while watching that classic movie Sideways again.

$19.95
Score: 88/100

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200 Ironstone Obsession Symphony, California

So, so lovely! Floral with dry apricot. No wonder people get obsessed with this wine. And the price is incredible. Imagine drinking this lovely little number with a spicy dish. Heaven. Drink: 2011-2014.

$14.95
Score: 88/100

Pair with: curry, spicy finger food.

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2009 Megalomaniac Wines Narcissist, Edra's Vineyard, John Howard Cellars Of Distinction Riesling, V.Q.A., Niagara Peninsula, Ontario

Juicy-terrific! Lovely melon and peach fruit unfold in waves of flavour. Love this style. Slightly off-dry so it is incredibly food-friendly and light-bodied. Drink: 2011-2015.

$17.95
Score: 89/100

Pair with: chicken salad, crab salad, shellfish.

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2009 Union Wines Riesling Sauvignon Blanc Gewurztraminer Chardonnay, V.Q.A., Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario


Pretty floral and white peach notes on the nose of this refreshing, vibrant white wine. Makes a terrific aperitif as well as an accompaniment to many dishes. Drink: 2010-2013.

$13.95
Score: 86/100

Pair with: fusion foods, seafood salads, spicy tapas, grilled chicken.

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2009 Robert Oatley Vineyards James Oatley Tic Tok Cabernet Sauvignon, Mudgee & Frankland River, Australia

Lovely nose of dark, fleshy blackberries, smoke and a hint of mint. Good, balanced acidity for food. Smooth and full-bodied. Drink: 2011-2014.

$15.95
Score: 88/100

Pair with: pasta with tomato sauce, sauces with mushrooms, BBQ beef, stews, braised meats and poultry, salami.


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