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Vintages Release February 26, 2020

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Red Wine

Viña Tarapacá Gran Reserva Carmenère 2017, Maipo Valley, Chile: A gorgeous Chilean Carmenere from Chile's cool Maipo Valley. This Gran Reserva over-delivers on taste and value versus its price. Velvet smooth with aromas of ripe black plums and dark berries. Pair with grilled meats. Carmenère food pairings: wine-braised beef, game, pork, turkey with heavy sauce. Drink: 2018 - 2021 57513 14% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 92/100. February 2020. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Avondale Jonty's Ducks Pekin Red 2014, Paarl W.O., South Africa: Avondale`s Jonty's Ducks Pekin Red 2014 is a lush and juicy red wine blend of Shiraz, Cab Sauv, Merlot, Cab Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. Grapes for this wine are organically grown in the Paarl wine region and the wine's name comes from the ducks that owner Johnathan Grieve has to take care of the snails and other pests that hang around the vineyard. On the palate, there is smoky blackberry, dark plum, earthy florals, underbrush and soft vanilla flavours. Pair with grilled meats. Food pairings: bison stew, beef rib, venison stroganoff. Drink: 2018 - 2022 383547 14.5% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 88/100. February 2020. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

The Tragically Hip Fully Completely Reserve Red 2017, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Still an easy-going and easy-drinking red wine blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot from Niagara wine region produced in honour of the late Gord Downie. A collaboration with the Hip and Stoney Ridge's head winemaker, Jeff Hundertmark. Food pairings: pork roast, sausage cassoulet, mushroom risotto. Drink: 2019 - 2023 411595 13.5% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 87/100. February 2020. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Salentein Malbec 2017, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina: A full-bodied and smooth Malbec lush on the palate with ripe dark berry, plum, earthy florals and cold tea flavours on the palate. Enjoy now or hold for another three years. Malbec food pairings: lamb shanks in red wine and roasted garlic, grilled lamb lollipops, stuffed lamb tenderloin. Drink: 2019 - 2024 640854 14% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 89/100. February 2020. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rolf Binder Hales Shiraz 2015, Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia: From the Barossa Valley in Southern Australia, Hales is so easy to enjoy. Ripe blueberry, anise and vanilla aromas on the nose with nose. Juicy and full on the palate with dark blackberry, smoked meat, sweet spice and vanilla flavours finishing long on the palate. Enjoy now and for the next five years. Shiraz food pairings: hamburgers, pizza, black bean soup, cheese. Drink: 2020 - 2026 54239 13.5% XD 750 mL $21.95 Score: 91/100. February 2020. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Bricco Rosso Dogliani 2016, Piedmont D.O.C.G., Italy: This Dolcetto from Dogliani, Piedmont wine region is so easy to enjoy. Full-bodied and vibrant with ripe dark cherry, blackberry, plum and cedar spice flavours on the palate. Structured tannins and has great acidity to accompany grilled red meat and game roast dishes. Pair with smoked meats. Food pairings: gourmet sausages, Margherita pizza, rich tomato and veal casserole. Drink: 2020 - 2023 705699 13% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 87/100. February 2020. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Beringer Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, Napa Valley, California, United States: From Beringer, a classic Cabernet Sauvignon blended with splashes of Merlot, Petit Verdot and Zinfandel. Ripe and juicy on the palate with blackberry compote, dark chocolate and savoury spice flavours lush and smooth n the palate. Nicely done! Pair with grilled steak. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: veal chops, rosemary lamb, barbecued ribs in sauce, chicken cacciatore. Drink: 2020 - 2025 91058 14.5% XD 750 mL $59.95 Score: 92/100. February 2020. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Burrowing Owl Athene 2016, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia V.Q.A., Canada: Burrowing Owl's Athene is a rich, full-bodied red wine blend of Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon lushly layered with blackberry, black currant, meaty and savoury with toasty oak spice and well-integrated oak tannins, finishing long and satisfying on the palate. The Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon wine grapes were hand-harvested from Burrowing Owl’s Vineyard on Black Sage Bench. Wine grapes were co-fermented to better marry the flavours. The wine was aged for 18 months in some new and previous-use French and Hungarian oak barrels. Enjoy with herb encrusted leg of lamb. Food pairings: grilled meats, meat lover's pizza, meaty stews. Drink: 2020 - 2023 371336 14.5% XD 750 mL $44.95 Score: 93/100. February 2020. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Trapiche Medalla Malbec 2015, Mendoza, Argentina: Succulent and concentrated with ripe red berry, blueberry and savoury herb flavours on the Argentinean 100% Malbec. dry, medium-plus-bodied and vibrant on the palate. Fresh with perfectly ripened fruit from the from Luján de Cuyo and Maipú. Aged in 40% new oak barrels. Malbec food pairings: grilled flank steak, pork roast, grilled root vegetables. Drink: 2020 - 2023 547869 14.2% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 93/100. February 2020. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, Sonoma County, California, United States: This is the half-bottle (375 ml) size of this wine and the full-size 750 ml is also available. A full-bodied and rich wine blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon with the balance in Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, and Merlot. Look for ripe dark cherry, red berry, dried sweet tobacco leak and smoky vanilla flavours on this well-balanced California Cab. Enjoy now and for the next three years. Pair with a meat-lover's pizza. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: barbecued steak, pork tenderloin, hard cheese, veal chops. Drink: 2020 - 2023 706077 13.5% D 375 mL $16.95 Score: 88/100. February 2020. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Renwood Premier Old Vine Zinfandel 2017, Amador County, California, United States: Renwood Premier is a smoky, spicy full-bodied, old-vines Zinfandel from Amador County, California. Ripe and concentrated flavors of blueberry, spiced plum and mocha flavours on the plate. Structured tannins and mouth-watering acidity for grilled fare from the BBQ, but will show better if cellared for three years. Zinfandel food pairings: cheese pizza, roast turkey, barbecued steaks, meat pies, meat and cheese stuffed Portobello mushrooms. Drink: 2020 - 2023 450510 15.3% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 91/100. February 2020. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Abad Dom Bueno Mencía 2015, Bierzo D.O., Spain: Abad Dom Bueno is a medium-body, mouth-watering 100% Mencía produced from old vines Mencia grapes from the Bierzo wine region. Toasty with oak spice, pink florals, dark cherry flavours robust on the palate. Give it some time in cellar. Better in 2022.. Mencía food pairings: roast venison, rabbit stew, gamebird casserole. Drink: 2023 - 2028 291989 13.6% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 89/100. February 2020. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sparkling Wine

Delamotte Brut Champagne, Champagne A.C., France: Toasty and elegant. Love the sweet, savoury and brioche flavours. Persistent, mouth-filling mousse finishing with soft citrus zest. Nicely done! Champagne food pairings: potato chips, steamed shellfish, grilled seafood. Drink: 2020 - 2021 183434 13% XD 750 mL $65.95 Score: 90/100. February 2020. Top Rated Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

Whitehaven Chardonnay 2018, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: A lovely, balanced New Zealand Chardonnay with notes of lime, golden apple and toasted almond. Perfect for roast chicken. Chardonnay food pairings: sautéed pork tenderloin, salmon chowder, grilled prawns. Drink: 2020 - 2023 12621 13.2% XD 750 mL $22.95 Score: 89/100. February 2020. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Beringer Luminus Chardonnay 2017, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley, California, United States: A silky, mouth-filling, medium-bodied Chardonnay with ripe red apple melons, tropical fruit note and toasty oak and sweet cake spice flavours with a smooth and lingering lemon curd finish. So delish now. Chardonnay food pairings: toasted ravioli served with Alfredo sauce, pork tenderloin, crab cakes, gougère. Drink: 2020 - 2022 395699 14.3% XD 750 mL $49.95 Score: 93/100. February 2020. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Talmard Mâcon Chardonnay Cuvée Joseph Talmard 2018, Mâcon, Burgundy A.C., France: Cuvée Joseph Talmard is a mouth-watering, voluptuous Chardonnay from the Mâcon in Burgundy. Fresh apple, pear, tropical fruit notes and lime zest aromas and flavours creamy on the palate with vibrant acidity food. Starting to show its best now. Pair with chicken Bourgignon. Chardonnay Cuvée Joseph Talmard food pairings: steamed crab with lemon garlic butter sauce, seafood salad, mussel and clam soup. Drink: 2020 - 2025 392712 13% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 88/100. February 2020. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Conundrum White 2016, California, United States: Produced by Charles f. Wagner, an off-dry, juicy white with baked apple, stone fruit, soft citrus and lemon zest flavours on the palate. Food pairings: coquilles St Jacques, Greek salad, salmon tartare served on shaved carrot and zucchini. Drink: 2019 - 2021 694653 13.5% M 750 mL $18.95 Score: 91/100. February 2020. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Zuccardi Serie A Chardonnay Viognier 2018, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina: Produced by Zuccardi Serie A is a 85% Chardonnay and 15% Viognier white wine blend and it is terrific. Excellent value from one the biggest and most trusted wine producers in Argentina. Juicy ripe apple, fresh pear, stone fruit accompanied by a brilliant balance of acidity to fruit. Pair with grilled honeyed-Dijon chicken breasts. Chardonnay Viognier food pairings: baked brie and apricot coulis, salad greens with goat cheese pomegranate and cranberry, Feta cheese. Drink: 2020 - 2022 262097 13% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 89/100. February 2020. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Bellingham Homestead Series The Old Orchards Chenin Blanc 2018, Paarl W.O., South Africa: Bellingham's Homestead Series The Old Orchards is a dry, full-bodied Chenin Blanc produced from 25-year-old Paarl bush vines. Vibrant and delicious with ripe red apple, Canary melon and citrus zest flavours on the palate. Delicious now, but can easily hold for another three years. Pair with crab cakes. Chenin Blanc food pairings: steamed shrimp, grilled shellfish, potato and saffron cakes. Drink: 2020 - 2022 484055 14% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 93/100. February 2020. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Aveleda Alvarinho 2018, Vinho Regional Minho, Portugal: Produced by Aveleda, this dry and zesty Alvarinho is a Colheita Selecionada or a single vineyard special selection wine from the winery's estate vineyards. Fragrant with ripe melon, fresh green herbs and briny aromas. Dry, zesty and creamy on the palate with bright apple, pear, herbs and briny mineral flavours on the palate. Great acidity for food. Pair with grilled seafood dishes. Alvarinho food pairings: fresh steamed shellfish, grilled sardines, fish tacos. Drink: 2020 - 2022 610295 12% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 91/100. February 2020. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

La Cala Vermentino di Sardegna 2018, Sardinia D.O.C., Italy: A vibrant northern Italian white wine produced from 100% Vermentino grapes. Fragrant with exotic florals and spices, this is a medium-bodied zesty white with bright citrus, fresh pear and lime leaf flavours and a briny mineral finish on the palate. So good, fresh and zesty. Pair with grilled fish dishes. Vermentino thrives under the Mistral Wind and its moderating influence and does well in Sardinia. Vermentino Di Sardegna food pairings: steamed shellfish with fresh lemon juice, poached white fish in white wine sauce, raw oysters with fresh lemon juice. Drink: 2020 - 2021 627067 14% D 750 mL $16.95 Score: 89/100. February 2020. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Justin Monmousseau Vouvray 2017, Loire A.C., France: A great value Vouvray from the Loire produced by Justin Monmousseau. Produced from 100% Chenin Blanc, the wine fresh on the nose with ripe stone fruit, lanolin and dried pineapple aromas, off-dry with ripe peach, tropical fruit notes and lemon pudding flavours finishing long and zesty on the palate. Vouvray food pairings: grilled calamari, steamed mussels, crab cakes. Drink: 2020 - 2023 271940 11.5% M 750 mL $19.95 Score: 88/100. February 2020. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mud House Sauvignon Blanc 2018, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: Zesty grapefruit, citrus and white melon aromas on the nose, vibrant with white grapefruit, fine herb and lime zest flavours vibrant on the palate. Pair with all things seafood. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: fresh oysters, poached halibut with lemon caper sauce. Drink: 2020 - 2021 190454 13% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. February 2020. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Luna Nuda Pinot Grigio 2018, Alto Adige Trentino I.G.T., Italy: From the Alto Adige, Trentino wine region, Luna Nuda (Naked Moon) is fresh on the nose with spring florals, fresh apple and citrus zest. Lovely pure expression of fresh apple, melon flavours and a brilliant citrus finish. Pinot Grigio food pairings: pasta with cream sauce, grilled chicken breast, summer salads. Drink: 2020 - 2021 19773 12.5% D 750 mL $15.95 Score: 90/100. February 2020. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc 2018, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc is crisp and fresh on the palate with bright apple, lemongrass, fine herb and soft citrus flavours on the palate. Enjoy now with all of its freshness. Pair with linguine with freshly steamed clams and mussels. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: cheese, shellfish, Caesar salad, corned beef and cabbage, turkey pot pie. Drink: 2020 - 2021 164228 13% D 750 mL $24.95 Score: 91/100. February 2020. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


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