Here are my top picks from the October 27 Vintages Release. You can also get all 62 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.
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Mike Weir Sauvignon Blanc 2010, V.Q.A., Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada: Grassy fresh, herbal and chives. Medium-bodied, mouth-watering and refreshing. Drink: 2012-2014. 686972 12.5% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 87/100. Best Value White Wine
Three Saints Chardonnay 2009, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Barbara, California, United States: Beautiful peach, almond and sunshine orchard on the nose. Rich and layered on the palate with just the right edge of balance. Drink: 2012-2015. 297531 14.1% D 750 mL $20.95 Score: 92/100. Top Rated White Wine
La Vendimia Palacios Remondo 2011, D.O.C.A., Rioja, Spain: Hauntingly savoury and delicious. Must be a typo on the price for such quality. Full-bodied and smooth with incredible texture. From the hands of a master. Pair with: chili con carne, lamb ragout. Drink: 2012-2016. 674564 14% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 90/100. Best Value Red Wine
Louis Bernard Gigondas 2010, A.C., Rhône, France: Yum! Juicy and loaded with purple and black plums and fleshy blackberries. Yet there’s structure, finesse and a long finish. Some kind of wonderful. Pair with: stuffed veal tenderloin, lighter red meats. Drink: 2012-2017. 222596 14% XD 750 mL $25.95 Score: 93/100. Top Rated Red Wine
Gloria Ferrer Sonoma Brut Sparkling Wine, Sonoma County, California, United States: One of my favourite Californian bubblies! Toasty and fresh at a great price. Drink: 2012-2015. 192898 12.5% D 750 mL $26.95 Score: 91/100. Best Value Sparkling Wine
Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage Brut Champagne 2002, A.C., Champagne, France: Smoky and toasty and deep and fulfilling! Yes! Yes! Yes! Not a lot of fruit more toast and depth. Drink: 2012-2017. 69773 12% XD 750 mL $81.95 Score: 95/100. Top Rated Sparkling Wine
Offley 10 Year Old Tawny Port Btld. 2012, D.O.C., Douro, Portugal: Terrific tawny! Very balanced and structured without being too sweet. Nice grip. Drink: 2012-2017. 297788 20% S 750 mL $24.95 Score: 89/100. Best Value Dessert Wine