This week’s wine reviews and value picks cover all price points, styles and regions: I’ve recommended a total of 46 wines.

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Natalie

 

2010 Tawse Riesling Sketches Of Niagara, V.Q.A., Niagara Peninsula, Ontario

Stunning! Incredibly intensity of flavour and mouth-filling juiciness. Medium-bodied. This winery truly deserves its reputation. Drink: 2011-2015.

$17.95
Score: 90/100
Best Value White Wine

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

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2010 Loosen Bros. Riesling Dr. L, Qualitätswein, Mosel, Germany

This is a favourite of so many people I know and for good reason: packed with flavour, floral notes and melon essence. Light- to medium-bodied and low in alcohol. Drink: 2011-2014.

$14.95
Score: 88/100
Best Value White Wine

Pair with: mildly spiced seafood pasta dish.

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2010 Matua Valley Estate Sauvignon Blanc Series Paretai, Marlborough, New Zealand

2010 Matua Valley Estate Sauvignon Blanc Series Paretai, Marlborough, New Zealand

Powerful and mouth-watering in the absolutely best tradition of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Grassy, lime-zest refreshment with layers of complexity and satisfaction. Terrific! Drink: 2011-2014.

$24.95
Score: 92/100
Top Rated White Wine

Pair with: lightly spiced seafood platters, grilled vegetarian spread.

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2008 Freestone Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast, California

Toasty almonds and hazelnuts plus green apple vibrancy and some white peach. Full-bodied, layered and luscious. Just what you want from Cal Chard. Drink: 2011-2015.

$69.95
Score: 92/100
Top Rated White Wine

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2008 Famiglia Bianchi Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina

Absolutely phenomenal for the price! Here’s your holiday party wine by the case. Juicy blackberry liqueur rich aromas and flavours. Full-bodied and ultra-smooth. Drink: 2011-2014.

$14.95
Score: 89/100
Best Value Red Wine

Pair with: grilled gourmet sausages, steaks.

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2008 Concha Y Toro Syrah Winemaker's Lot 54, Los Brujos Vineyard, San Javier Valley, Maule Valley, Chile

Cassis and blackberry liqueur with an attractive savoury, almost bitter bite that makes it meaty. Drink: 2011-2015.

$16.95
Score: 90/100
Best Value Red Wine

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2008 Penfolds Shiraz Bin 28 Kalimna, Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia

So beautifully made: classic structure, endless flavor, ultimate pleasure. Minty cool wraps around lush blackberries and cassis to ticket your senses. Perfect for dinner parties and other gatherings. Drink: 2011-2016.

$34.95
Score: 94/100
Top Rated Red Wine

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2001 Rioja Bordón Gran Reserva Bodegas Franco-Españolas, D.O.C.A., Rioja, Spain

There it is again: that unmistakable, exotic aroma of old tanned leather and cigar smoke. Love it! Try a mature wine like this if you haven’t and discover the many pleasures of “tertiary” aromas that only develop with bottle age. This is simply some kind of wonderful. Full-bodied, smooth and elegant. Drink: 2011-2015.

$23.95
Score: 93/100
Top Rated Red Wine

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2007 Louis Bouillot Crémant De Bourgogne Perle Rare Brut, A.C., Burgundy, France
Another great bargain bubbly! Toasty and refreshing with incredible vibrant flavour. Great for parties. Drink: 2011-2014.

$19.95
Score: 88/100
Best Value Sparkling Wine

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2007 Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey Sauternes, 1Er Cru, A.C., Bordeaux, France

Stunning concentration of apricot preserves and honeyed richness. Perfect after-dinner drink. Drink: 2011-2020.

$37.00
Score: 95/100
Best Dessert Wine

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