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Vintages Release June 26, 2020

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Red Wine

Henry of Pelham Cabernet Merlot 2015, Short Hills Bench, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Henry Of Pelham Estate's 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot red wine blend is produced from grapes grown on the winery's own estate. Yields are kept low to 2 to 3 tonnes per acre so that the grapes are concentrated with layers of blueberry, plum, black currant, mocha, vanilla and cloves, cinnamon spice. This wine is one that stands out above the rest from one of Ontario's best-known producers. Enjoy now with a slow-roast beef brisket or hold in cellar for five years. Cabernet Merlot food pairings: beef, pork, lamb roast with grilled vegetables. Drink: 2018 - 2023 395855 13.5% D 750 mL $24.95 Score: 90/100. June 2020. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Firriato Chiaramonte Nero D'Avola 2015, Sicily I.G.T., Italy: Full-bodied with dried berry, floral, licorice and dark spice flavours on the palate. Chiaramonte 2015 is a mouth-watering Nero D'avola from the Sicily wine region. Drink of hold for three years. Nero D'avola food pairings: roast partridge, game pot pie, pork roast. Drink: 2019 - 2022 121145 14.1% D 750 mL $16.95 Score: 89/100. June 2020. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Culmina Family Estate Winery Hypothesis 2014, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada: A full-bodied, towering BC red wine blend of 33% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Franc and 45% Cabernet Sauvignon. Hypothesis is the winery's nod to their best guess or hypothesis as to what the land can offer, and the specific blend of grapes, each year. The 2014 vintage shows lots of strength. Aromas of blackcurrant and fresh blackberry. decant 1-2 hours. Pair with grilled steak. Food pairings: roast pheasant, grilled rib eye steak, gourmet burgers. Drink: 2019 - 2024 414243 14% XD 750 mL $49.95 Score: 92/100. June 2020. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Arboleda Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, Aconcagua Valley D.O., Chile: A single-vineyard, medium-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon with ripe dark plum, berries and savoury herb flavours on the palate. Smooth, elegant and a pleasure to enjoy. Arboleda was founded in 1999 by Eduardo Chadwick. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: beef enchiladas, barbecued ribs in sauce, hamburger, hard cheese, braised pork shanks with white beans. Drink: 2019 - 2025 606764 14% XD 750 mL $20.95 Score: 90/100. June 2020. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Hauchat 2016, Fronsac, Bordeaux A.C., France: Produced by Jean-Bernard Saby & Fils, vitic. a Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon/Franc red wine blend from the right bank of Bordeaux. Pleasant, dry, medium-bodied fresh with black currant, dark cherry, sweet spice flavours and earthy notes on the palate. Tannins are medium. Food pairings: lamb, grilled pork chops, pepper steak. Drink: 2019 - 2024 123489 14% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 88/100. June 2020. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Lander-Jenkins Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, California, United States: What a wonderful nose on this Cali Cab sourced from the Monterey Coast and Central Valley with ripe red berry, black fruit, savoury herbs, earthy, mineral and toasty oak spice flavours on the palate. Cabernet grapes are sourced from the Monterey Coast and Central Valley. The winery is family-owned and family-farmed with a strong connection to their roots reflected in the Lander-Jenkins name: Reese T. Jenkins, who ranched and farmed in Lander, Nevada, is the great-grandfather of Rutherford's general manager. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: lamb Bolognese, beef enchiladas, barbecued ribs in sauce, hamburger, hard cheese. Drink: 2020 - 2026 161398 13.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 88/100. June 2020. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Campagnola Ripasso della Valpolicella Classico Superiore 2016, Veneto D.O.C., Italy: Wow. Amazing, rich and intense dark fruit flavours on this medium-plus-bodied, mouth-watering Ripasso with blackberry, dark plum, blueberry, tobacco and earthy flavours that fill the mouth and linger on the palate. So good. Pair with sharp cheese, meaty lasagnes and grilled games sausages. Ripasso Della Valpolicella Classico Superiore food pairings: grilled pork sausages, pork ribs, hard cheeses. Drink: 2020 - 2023 313486 13.5% D 750 mL $22.95 Score: 87/100. June 2020. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Valpantena Torre del Falasco Ripasso Valpolicella 2017, Valpantena, Veneto D.O.C., Italy: A juicy, medium-plus-bodied Amarone from Valpantena produced from 70% Corvina 30% Rondinella with ripe, dark cherry, dark chocolate, meaty and dried, sweet tobacco leaf flavours finishing smoky on the palate. Pair with roast Cornish game hens. Ripasso Valpolicella food pairings: rich tomato sauce and pasta, vegetarian lasagna, fricassee rabbit. Drink: 2020 - 2025 642421 13.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 88/100. June 2020. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino 2014, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: An elegant and smoky, juicy Brunello produced by Elisabetta Gnudi Angelini and winemaker Massimo Bracalente. Vibrant with bright cherry, fresh raspberry, mineral and spicy flavours on the palate. Tannins are firm and give it another year to mellow and mature. Pair with meaty stews. Brunello Di Montalcino food pairings: rich tomato sauce and pasta dishes, full-bodied meat dishes. Drink: 2021 - 2031 579094 14% D 750 mL $49.95 Score: 92/100. June 2020. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Lornano Le Bandite Riserva Chianti Classico 2015, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: A smoky, mouth-watering Chianti Classico from Siena, Italy produced from 100% Sangiovese wine grapes. Dark-berry, cherry, dark chocolate and nutty, spicy flavour on the palate. Needs food! Pair with a rich, cheesy lasagne or meat-lover's pizza. Aged for 21 months in oak barrels. Chianti Classico food pairings: breaded veal cutlets, stuffed turkey roasted, meat lovers pizza, cobb salad. Drink: 2020 - 2023 230672 14.5% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 88/100. June 2020. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Charles & Charles Post No. 35 2017, Columbia Valley, Washington, United States: A great wine to pair with ribs or brisket with ripe, dark plum, blackberry, dark cherry, savoury herbs, smoky and silky smooth on the palate. Food pairings: steak frites, grilled gourmet sausages. Drink: 2020 - 2023 363838 13.9% XD 750 mL $21.95 Score: 90/100. June 2020. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Torres Cordillera de los Andes Reserva Especial Carmenère 2016, Parcela La Ladera, Peumo, Cachapoal Valley D.O., Chile: Love this elegant and modern Chilean Carmenère with a fragrant dark ripe fruit, green leaf nose. Grapes of this juicy red are sourced from Parcela La Ladera, Cachapoal Valley, Peumo wine region, known for producing highly aromatic and plushy Carmenère with dark cherry, dark berries and white pepper flavours on the palate. Pair with grilled game sausage and gourmet burgers. Carmenère food pairings: grilled burgers, BBQ pork long ribs, roast quail. Drink: 2020 - 2025 389692 14% XD 750 mL $22.95 Score: 92/100. June 2020. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Zuccardi Q Malbec 2018, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina: A juicy Malbec produced from grapes sourced form the Altamira and Chacayes in Argentina. Love the ripe blackberry, blueberry aromas joined by ripe black plum, spicy and slightly smoky finish. A portion of the grapes were whole-clustered fermented in concrete tanks with a portion of the wine juice aged in previous-use oak barrels. Nicely done and easy to enjoy now. Malbec food pairings: tomato sauces, meaty casseroles, hamburgers, steak and kidney pie. Drink: 2020 - 2022 723478 14.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. June 2020. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Carmen Gran Reserva Syrah 2018, Colchagua Valley D.O., Chile: A juicy and intense Syrah rich with dark cherry, cold tea, earthy violets and pepper spice flavours on the palate. The south facing slopes of the winery's Penasco vineyard are mainly formed by granite soils which act like a sponge and regulate the water delivered to the vines, reducing vine vigour thereby concentrating the flavour of the fruit. The Apalta region of Chile benefits from warm days and mild night which accentuates the spicy and dark floral notes in the wine. Syrah food pairings: grilled pork chops, rare roast beef, burgers with blue cheese, spice-braised lamb. Drink: 2020 - 2024 14124 14% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 89/100. June 2020. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Chateau St. Jean Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, Sonoma County, California, United States: A full-bodied California Cabernet Sauvignon from a warm vintage. Lots of juicy, ripe blackberry, dark plum, sweet tobacco, mocha, vanilla and spicy flavours on the palate. Margo Van Staaveren became winemaker and general manager for Chateau St. Jean in August of 2003. Enjoy with prime rib or beef stew. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: beef brisket, gourmet burgers, rich meat-based pasta dish. Drink: 2020 - 2026 38034 13.8% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 91/100. June 2020. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Paraduxx Proprietary Red 2016, Napa Valley, California, United States: Fragrant with ripe blackberry, cassis and black licorice aromas on the nose. Medium bodied, balanced, and juicy with dark plum, black currant, blackberry, minty and dark chocolate flavours on the palate. Warming at 15% abv. Pair with a prime rib steak. Proprietary Red food pairings: grilled ribs, roast duck, grilled game sausages. Drink: 2020 - 2023 919662 14.5% D 750 mL $61.95 Score: 89/100. June 2020. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Beringer The Waymaker 2016, Paso Robles, California, United States: Love this juicy and rich red blend 38% Shiraz, 24% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Petite Sirah, 7% Zinfandel, 6% Tannat, 3% Mouvedre and 3% Malbec from the Paso Robles wine region in California. Lovely with ripe dark berry, cherry, earthy and dark chocolate flavours and a savoury mouthful. Pair with barbequed beef long ribs. Food pairings: grilled meats, sausage cassoulet, vegetarian chili. Drink: 2020 - 2026 631861 14% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 92/100. June 2020. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

St. Hallett Faith Shiraz 2017, Barossa, South Australia, Australia: Another beautiful Barossa Valley Shiraz with juicy, ripe black fruit, toasty oak and baking spice flavour with ripe velvety tannins. So easy to understand. The Shiraz was aged in French and American oak barrels for 16 months. Pair with your favourite grilled meats. Shiraz food pairings: meaty stews, slow-braised smoked meats, grilled game sausages. Drink: 2020 - 2024 980631 14.5% D 750 mL $23.95 Score: 89/100. June 2020. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Caliterra Tributo Carmenère 2017, Colchagua Valley D.O., Chile: A medium-plus bodied, single-vineyard Carmenère from the Colchagua Valley with ripe blueberry, earthy and flinty mineral flavours on the palate. Tannins are easy. Enjoy now on its own or paired with chicken and ribs from the BBQ. Carmenère food pairings: rich tomato sauce and pasta dishes, hard cheeses, grilled pork tenderloin. Drink: 2020 - 2021 56630 14.5% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 88/100. June 2020. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Lealtanza Crianza 2016, Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain: A great value rustic Rioja produced from 100% estate-grown Tempranillo. Look for ripe black cherry, dark plum, blackberry, cracked pepper, meaty and smoky flavours on the palate. Finishes long and smooth with rich dark berry flavours on the palate. Good now, better in 2021. Crianza food pairings: chili, soup, beef, lamb chops, smoked cheese. Drink: 2020 - 2025 114835 13.3% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. June 2020. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Serafino Shiraz 2016, Mclaren Vale, South Australia, Australia: A smoky, full-bodied, estate-grown Shiraz from the McLaren Vale with full-on juicy blackberry, ripe cherry, dark chocolate, anise, smoky, toasty flavours on the palate. Tannins are soft and easy. Enjoy now with a grilled New York striploin steak. Shiraz food pairings: espresso and cocoa-rubbed flank steak, lamb cutlets, burgers with blue cheese, grilled pork chops. Drink: 2020 - 2026 407718 14% XD 750 mL $25.95 Score: 93/100. June 2020. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rosés

Flat Rock Pink Twisted Rosé 2019, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Love the rose petal, juicy red cherry nose on this medium-bodied pretty, juicy rosé. Zesty with sweet cherry, wild strawberry, raspberry, citrus zest and savoury herb flavours on the palate. Pair with cream cheeses and Monte Cristo sandwiches. Rosé food pairings: poached salmon fillet, vegetarian dishes, Spring green salads topped with steamed freshwater shrimp. Drink: 2020 - 2021 39974 12.5% M 750 mL $17.95 Score: 88/100. June 2020. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Masi Rosa dei Masi 2019, Veneto I.G.T., Italy: A well-priced rosé produced from Refosco grapes with a proportion of the grapes dried as in the Appassimento method to concentrate the wine's acidity and freshness. Pink florals with lots of red berry, cherry concentration of flavours and a zesty citrus finish. Pair with roast chicken. Food pairings: herbed quiche, salad, pork, creamy cheeses. Drink: 2020 - 2021 377267 12.5% D 750 mL $16.95 Score: 88/100. June 2020. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château la Tour de l'Évêque Rosé 2019, Côtes De Provence, Provence A.P., France: Produced by Régine Sumeire, a bone dry rosé with 45% Grenache, 28% Cinsault and 11% Syrah and a splash of Sémillon, Rolle, Mourvèdre, Ugni Blanc fermented in stainless steel tank. Love the dried wild strawberry, orange zest, mineral and fresh fine herb flavours on the palate. Pair with roast chicken. Rosé food pairings: pan-fried pickerel, steamed shrimp with lemon butter, salads. Drink: 2020 - 2022 319392 13.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. June 2020. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Saint Aix Rosé 2019, Coteaux D'aix-En-Provence, Provence A.P., France: Nicely balanced, fine and delicate on the nose and palate, a vibrant rosé lifted with pink florals, raspberry, ripe stone fruit and wild herb flavours on the palate. Fresh and lively with mouth-watering acidity for food. Chill and enjoy with grilled shellfish or wild salmon dishes. Rosé food pairings: endive and ham in Mornay (white) sauce, chicken a la king, tagliatelle with ham. Drink: 2020 - 2022 451906 13% D 750 mL $25.95 Score: 92/100. June 2020. Top Rated Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

Bellingham The Bernard Series Old Vine Chenin Blanc 2017, Coastal Region W.O., South Africa: Love this South African Chenin Blanc! Beautifully balanced with lush ripe pear, hay and pastry flavours on the palate and food-friendly acidity. Chenin Blanc wine grapes were sourced from several different vineyards in Durbanville, Darling, Stellenbosch and Swartland from old vines Chenin Blanc. Good now, better in 2021 to mellow. Chenin Blanc food pairings: roast chicken, crab cakes with lemon garlic aioli, fish tacos. Drink: 2021 - 2026 12724 14% D 750 mL $29.95 Score: 93/100. June 2020. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Evangelos Assyrtiko 2018, Santorini A.P., Greece: Produced from the Assyrtiko wine grape, this is a mouth-watering, lemon-lime zesty white wine with a core of briny mineral and savoury smoky flavours on the palate. Food-friendly acidity for grilled fresh white fish or raw oysters. Assyrtiko food pairings: seafood ceviche, crab cakes, fish and chips. Drink: 2020 - 2022 14231 13.5% XD 750 mL $27.95 Score: 90/100. June 2020. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Santa Carolina Gran Reserva Chardonnay 2017, Itata Valley D.O., Chile: Great value on this Chilean Chardonnay. Fragrant with ripe tropical fruit, soft citrus and toasty aromas on the nose. Dry, medium-plus-bodied with ripe pear, apple, dried pineapple and toasted nut flavours on the palate. Great acidity for food and a real crowd pleaser. Chill and enjoy with grilled chicken dishes. Chardonnay food pairings: crab cakes, roast pork, prawn bisque, cheese fondue, stuffed chicken breast, roast turkey. Drink: 2019 - 2021 928580 13.5% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 90/100. June 2020. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

J. Lohr October Night Chardonnay 2017, Arroyo Seco, Monterey County, California, United States: A beautiful, buttery Californian Chardonnay from the well-known J. Lohr. Love the nutty and apple pie spice aromas on the nose, medium-plus-bodied with hazelnut, nutmeg and lemon zest flavours silky-smooth on the palate. Made for grilled pork chops and applesauce. Chardonnay food pairings: marinated lemon herb chicken breast grilled on the barbie, fish tacos. Drink: 2019 - 2023 225375 14.9% D 750 mL $34.95 Score: 89/100. June 2020. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Megalomaniac Wines My Way Chardonnay 2017, Niagara, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A lovely, medium-bodied Niagara Chardonnay with fresh peach and pear aromas. The 2017 vintage was a hot fall which gave extra ripening. The berries were whole cluster pressed with no new oak used. Pair with roast chicken. Chardonnay food pairings: roast chicken, ham and melted gruyere cheese sandwiches, fish tacos. Drink: 2018 - 2022 142646 13% D 750 mL $24.95 Score: 90/100. June 2020. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

The Foreign Affair Winery Riesling 2013, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: The Foreign Affair 2013 Riesling is off-dry, medium-bodied, mouth-watering with flinty, apple butter, lemony-lime zest on the palate and an incredible mineral backbone. This wine is made with 20% dried grapes as in the appassimento style. Wonderfully rich and concentrated yet refreshing and crisp too. Chill and enjoy now. Pair with a pork schnitzel and spaetzle topped with Gruyere cheese. Riesling food pairings: sushi, paprika chicken, turkey dinner with a spicy stuffing. Drink: 2018 - 2020 127290 11.4% D 750 mL $23.95 Score: 93/100. June 2020. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Susana Balbo Signature Torrontés 2018, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina: From Susana Balbo's an oaked Torrontés that tastes more like a Viognier, probably because it was fermented in new French oak barrels. Not only that, wine grapes were hand-harvested and macerated with dry ice for 6 hours retaining fruit freshness. Fragrant with white florals, ripe melon, soft orange, pink grapefruit, lime, slightly herbal with spicy flavours on the palate and finishing with a salty tang. Nicely done. Enjoy now in all of its freshness and for the next three years. A consistently great Torrontés year after year! Torrontés food pairings: mild vegetarian curries, sushi, salads topped with grilled mango chicken. Drink: 2020 - 2023 384339 13% XD 750 mL $21.95 Score: 93/100. June 2020. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Lawson's Dry Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2018, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: Produced by Ross and Barbara Lawson who have been grape growers since 1980, and winemakers since 1992. This winery is part of the Family of Twelve, a group of a dozen artisanal wineries, six of which are from the North Island and six from the South Island, that was founded in 2005. This vibrant white wine was barrel-fermented in the Marlborough wine region. Look for herbal-grassy notes, mouth-watering acidity and a lime citrus lift on this juicy SB briefly barrel-aged for added creaminess and finesse. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: grilled Dijon chicken stuffed with ham and cheese, salads topped with grilled shrimp, fish tacos. Drink: 2020 - 2025 214460 13% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 90/100. June 2020. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tegernseerhof Federspiel Durnstein Grüner Veltliner 2017, Durnstein Wachau D.A.C., Austria: A superb Austrian white wine made from the country's classic Gruner Veltliner grape. Aromas of white pepper, lemongrass and lime zest. Ultra refreshing. Racy acidity for seafood and shellfish. Simply summer in a glass. Grüner Veltliner food pairings: Asian dishes, pork tenderloin, curry vegetables. Drink: 2020 - 2022 14229 13% XD 750 mL $30.95 Score: 94/100. June 2020. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


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