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Red Wine

Sister's Run Epiphany Shiraz 2017, Epiphany Vineyard, Mclaren Vale, South Australia, Australia: Sister's Run Epiphany 2017 is a great value, medium-bodied Shiraz under $20. Immensely drinkable with juicy blackberry, dark chocolate, savoury herbs and toast oak all delivered on a velvety palate. with ripe blackberry, red berry jam, plum, cocoa, savoury herbs and toasted nut flavours on the palate. Shiraz does well in the cool-climate of the McLaren Vale and is the wine region's most popular wine grape. Pair this beauty with a striploin beef steak. Shiraz food pairings: rare roast beef, grilled pork chops, blue cheese. Drink: 2019 - 2025 269464 14.5% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 91/100. July 2020. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Pierre de Montignac 2014, Médoc, Bordeaux A.C., France: Lovely full-bodied Cru Bourgeois from the Medoc wine region. Dark plum, rich cherry, fresh herbs and smoky on the nose and palate. The 2014 vintage received 2 out of 3 stars in the 2018 edition of Le Guide Hachette des Vins. Food pairings: veal chops, barbecued veal chops in red wine sauce, strong cheese. Drink: 2019 - 2026 437954 14% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 90/100. July 2020. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Remo Farina Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2016, Veneto D.O.C.G., Italy: A robust and full-bodied Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico made from Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella, Molinara, Oseleta and Turchetta red wine grapes. Rich and weighty and elegant on the palate with dried fig, raisin, ripe strawberry, cake spice and savoury herb flavours on the palate. Pair with rich meat pasta and tomato sauce dishes. Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico food pairings: leg of lamb, cheese, venison stew, hearty lasagne. Drink: 2019 - 2023 995910 14.5% D 750 mL $42.95 Score: 93/100. July 2020. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

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Cathedral Cellar Shiraz 2017, Western Cape W.O., South Africa: Cathedral Cellar Shiraz is full-bodied, smoky, earth red with lush ripe berry, cherry, cracked black pepper, licorice and smoked meat flavours finishing spicy and long on the palate. Tannins are firm. Pair with roast leg of lamb. Shiraz food pairings: lamb tagine, roast rack of lamb, beef long ribs on the barbie. Drink: 2019 - 2023 561142 14.3% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 90/100. July 2020. Best Value Red wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

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Patrick Lesec Galets Blonds Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2017, Rhône A.C., France: An intense, deep, rich and complex Châteauneuf du Pape with ripe cherry, mocha, flinty and wild herb flavours on the palate. Produced from a blend of de-stemmed Grenache grapes matured in stainless steel tanks (75%) and oak barrels. There's also Syrah and Mourvèdre grapes in the blend that are grown on low-yielding old vines planted in sparse, boulder-covered soils around the ancient village of Châteauneuf du Pape in the southern Rhone Valley. Enjoy now and for the next eight years. Pair with a roast leg of lamb. Châteauneuf-Du-Pape food pairings: hard cheeses, grilled meats, game sausage cassoulet. Drink: 2020 - 2024 78089 15% XD 750 mL $60.95 Score: 92/100. July 2020. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tapiz Alta Collection Malbec 2017, Mendoza, Argentina: A deep, dark, smoky and intense Malbec with smoky black currant, black pepper, concentrated blackberry and blueberry flavours on the palate. Fresh and rich with a touch of spice. Nicely done. Pair with a grilled Denver steak or roasted root vegetables with a touch of dark berry balsamic. Malbec food pairings: pork roast with cranberry and cherry stuffing, pork roasted vegetables and cider stew, pork loin with prunes and sherry. Drink: 2020 - 2024 450155 14.2% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. July 2020. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Columbia Crest Grand Estates Merlot 2017, Columbia Valley, Washington, United States: Love this Merlot! Rich and layered, concentrated and balanced with ripe black fruit, smoky and savoury flavours vibrant and finishing plushy and long on the palate. The Merlot wine grape has tighter and smaller grape clusters so skin to juice ratio when macerating and fermenting is lower which results in the more flavour compounds transferring to the juice (wine) before the skins are removed Pair this slow-braised veal shanks or roast duck. Merlot food pairings: Tandoori-flavored dishes, game, rack of BBQ ribs, veal Porterhouse. Drink: 2020 - 2023 454835 13.5% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 91/100. July 2020. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

José de Sousa 2016, Vinho Regional Alentejano, Alentejo, Portugal: A robust Portuguese Cabernet with aromas of dark fruit and smoke. Firm tannins so decant 1-2 hours. Pair with grilled meats. Food pairings: game roasts, lamb tagine, tourtière, BBQ ribs. Drink: 2020 - 2024 494153 11.7% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 93/100. July 2020. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Leonardo Rosso 2018, Tuscany I.G.T., Italy: Great price point on this smoky, juicy Sangiovese and Merlot red wine blend from the Tuscany wine region. Mouth-watering with ripe red berry, meaty, baking and well-integrated oak spice flavours on the palate. Pair with grilled beef long ribs. Rosso food pairings: roast quail stuffed with wild mushroom, slow-cooked beef short ribs in red wine sauce, gourmet burgers. Drink: 2020 - 2023 483818 14.5% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 89/100. July 2020. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Casas del Bosque Reserva Carmenère 2018, Rapel Valley D.O., Chile: Just a delightful mouthful of dark berry compote, plum, sweet red cherry, smoky vanilla and toasty oak spice. Excellent value under $17. Aged in oak barrel for 10 months. Carmenère food pairings: meaty stews, vegetarian lasagne, slow-braised lamb shanks in red wine sauce. Drink: 2020 - 2025 205872 14.5% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 90/100. July 2020. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Majella Shiraz 2015, Coonawarra, South Australia, Australia: A big and juicy, full-bodied Shiraz from the Barossa Valley loaded with ripe dark cherry, black fruit , menthol, warming with dark spices and toasty oak spice flavours on the palate. Enjoy now and for the next eight years. Pair with grilled steaks. Shiraz food pairings: rack of lamb, stuffed breast of veal, roast pork. Drink: 2020 - 2028 269308 15% XD 750 mL $31.95 Score: 90/100. July 2020. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

G. Marquis The Silver Line Pinot Noir, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Vibrant and bright with ripe sweet cherry, raspberry, fresh mushroom and smoky mineral flavours on this medium-bodied Niagara-on-the-Lake Pinot Noir. Wine grapes were hand-harvested off of 25-year old vines. Elegant and juicy and great value under $20. Pinot Noir food pairings: grilled tuna steak, chicken cacciatore, pasta. Drink: 2020 - 2023 258673 13.4% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 89/100. July 2020. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Antinori Badia a Passignano Gran Selezione Chianti Classico 2016, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: A robust, earthy, smoky Chianti Classico Riserva with black cherry compote, sweet baking spice, Madagascar vanilla and meaty flavours on the palate. Drink or hold. Pair with an equally meaty pasta and zesty tomato sauce dish. Chianti Classico food pairings: Margherita pizza, vegetarian lasagna, cannelloni with three cheeses. Drink: 2020 - 2031 384552 13.5% XD 750 mL $48.95 Score: 90/100. July 2020. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Clos de los Siete 2016, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina: A mouth-watering, full-bodied Malbec with a mouthful of blueberry compote, leather and dried herbs. Tannins are medium and chewy. Good now, better in a couple of years. Food pairings: grilled lamb chops, liver and onions, pork sausages and grilled veggies. Drink: 2022 - 2025 622571 14.5% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 92/100. July 2020. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Bosquet des Papes Cuvée Tradition Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2017, Rhône A.C., France: Produced by Maurice Et Nicolas Boiron, a spicy, lip-smacking and mouth filling Châteauneuf-du-Pape with a blend of up to 13 grapes, most of them red-wine grapes but some can be white. The dominant grape is this blend is Grenache, then Cinsault, Mourvèdre and Syrah with other lesser-known red grapes such as Terret Noir, Muscardin and Counoise as well as white grapes like Clairette Blanche, Bourboulenc, Grenache Blanc, Picardan, Roussanne and Picpoul permitted in the blend, though white grapes are increasingly rarely used, given the preference for the heft and depth that red grapes offer. Châteauneuf-Du-Pape food pairings: roast pork, roast leg of lamb, duck, pepper steak. Drink: 2020 - 2028 726687 14.5% XD 750 mL $58.95 Score: 93/100. July 2020. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Costa Lazaridi Amethystos Cava 2017, Drama, Macedonia P.G.I., Greece: Michel Rolland has had a hand in this Greek red wine from Macedonia produced from 100% Cabernet Franc and aged for 18 months in new French oak. Smoky with crushed raspberry, cherry, dark chocolate and pepper spice flavours on the palate. Enjoyable now, but it's also a great cellaring candidate and could easily do so for another 10 years. Food pairings: roast leg of lamb, roast garlic chicken, venison steak. Drink: 2020 - 2028 912980 14.5% D 750 mL $49.95 Score: 85/100. July 2020. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Castelli del Grevepesa Castelgreve Riserva Chianti Classico 2015, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: A mouth-watering, medium-plus-bodied Chianti Classico made for rich, tomato and pasta dishes. Smooth and mouth-filling with crushed berries and earthy florals, roasted nuts, dusty herbs and a lingering dark berry finish with well-integrated tannins. Delicious now, but can cellar for a few more years. Try it with pasta or ragu. Chianti Classico food pairings: beef, mushroom risotto, blue cheeses on burgers. Drink: 2020 - 2024 344416 13.5% XD 750 mL $23.95 Score: 89/100. July 2020. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine de La Madone Le Perréon Beaujolais-Villages 2018, Beaujolais A.C., France: A vibrant, medium-bodied, bright cherry and spicy Beaujolais Village with ripe red raspberry, pink florals, bright cherry and cracked pepper flavours on the palate. Terrific and a well-priced 100% Gamay. Food pairings: grilled chicken, roast breast of veal, beef tenderloin. Drink: 2020 - 2025 981175 13% D 750 mL $16.95 Score: 91/100. July 2020. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Beni di Batasiolo Sovrana Barbera d'Alba 2017, Piedmont D.O.C., Italy: Fantastic value on this Barbera D'alba from the Piedmont wine region. Beni di Batasiolo has nine estate vineyards surrounding the original winery in a circular pattern. The grapes for Sovrana – or ‘sovereign’ – are fermented with maceration on the skins for 10-15 days. The wine is then aged in oak for about 12-15 months. After bottling, the wine is aged for a further 8-10 months before release. The result is a rich, concentrated and brooding wine with layers of blueberries, blackberries, licorice, cigar box, dark spices orange zest and mocha. Barbera D'alba food pairings: veal parmigiana, lamb shanks, lamb kebabs, mushroom risotto. Drink: 2020 - 2021 642686 14% XD 750 mL $20.95 Score: 89/100. July 2020. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rodney Strong Merlot 2016, Sonoma County, California, United States: A crowd-pleaser, easy-to-love Merlot; so smooth and plushy with ripe dark plum, cherry, smoked meat flavours on the palate with a lingering mocha finish. Sit and back and enjoy with grilled burgers. Merlot food pairings: rack of BBQ ribs, veal Porterhouse, grilled lamb, pepper steak, lentil dishes. Drink: 2020 - 2024 497933 14.5% XD 750 mL $23.95 Score: 88/100. July 2020. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cerbaia Brunello di Montalcino 2014, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: A full-bodied Brunello di Montalcino made from 100% Sangiovese grapes grown at an altitude of 400 metres. This wine matured in stainless steel for four months and then matured for 32 months in Slavonian oak casks prior to bottling. The wine is deep garnet-red in the glass with an earthy, savoury spice nose. Look for bright dark cherry, dried red berry and savoury spice flavours on this Brunello made for a grilled prime rib. Brunello Di Montalcino food pairings: rich lasagne, meat lover's pizza, spaghetti Bolognese. Drink: 2020 - 2023 652446 14% XD 750 mL $66.95 Score: 93/100. July 2020. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Umani Ronchi Jorio Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2016, Abruzzo D.O.C., Italy: A very smooth and pleasant 100% Montepulciano with fresh, ripe blueberry, fine her, flinty and soft citrus flavours on a medium-plus frame. Tannins are structured and chewy. Pair with grilled lamb chops. Montepulciano D'abruzzo food pairings: meat lasagna, veal liver with sautéed onions, sausage casserole. Drink: 2020 - 2021 134577 13.4% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 87/100. July 2020. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Solanera Viñas Viejas 2016, Yecla D.O., Spain: Such an easy-to-enjoy rich and smooth Spanish red wine blend of old vines Monastrell, Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache wine grapes sourced from Spain`s Yecla wine region. Great value under $20. Look for ripe black raspberry, blueberry, lavender, tobacco, vanilla, mocha and spicy oak flavours on the palate. Great now and for the next eight years. Food pairings: roast lamb, grilled pork chops, pepper steak. Drink: 2020 - 2027 276162 14.5% D 750 mL $18.95 Score: 90/100. July 2020. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Whitehaven Pinot Noir 2016, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: I love this medium-bodied, elegant and fresh Pinot Noir from South Island, New Zealand. It's so silky smooth and juicy with ripe raspberry, red cherry, fine herbs, sweet baking spice, toasty oak spice and mocha flavours on the palate. dark chocolate. The PN grapes are sourced from select sites in six vineyards in the Awatere Valley, Wairau Valley and Southern Valley sub-regions of Marlborough. Pinot Noir food pairings: roast beef, turkey, pork tenderloin, coq au vin. Drink: 2020 - 2022 532929 13% XD 750 mL $26.95 Score: 93/100. July 2020. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rosés

Cabriz Rosé 2019, Dão D.O.C., Portugal: From the Dão wine region a rosé blend of Touriga Nacional and Alfrocheiro. Look for ripe strawberry, red cherry and raspberry food-friendly flavours. Pair with grilled chicken breast or wild salmon stead from the barbecue. Rosé food pairings: salmon, grilled pork with a berry compote, barbecued chicken. Drink: 2020 - 2022 30445 13.5% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 86/100. July 2020. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine des Carteresses Rosé 2019, Tavel, Rhône A.C., France: Love this Tavel with aromas of fresh red berry, pink florals and pink grapefruit citrus on the nose. Bright and juicy strawberry, raspberry with lemon-lime zest, garrigue herbs and mineral notes that linger on the palate with a mouth-watering finish. Pair with veal medallions in mushroom sauce. Rosé food pairings: lox and capers, grilled salmon steak, grilled Ahi tuna. Drink: 2020 - 2022 739474 13% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 92/100. July 2020. Top Rated Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Quails' Gate Estate Winery Rosé 2019, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia V.Q.A., Canada: A delicate, pretty salmon-pink in the glass rosé and a fresh and vibrant blend of 50% Gamay Noir, 40%, Pinot Noir and 10% Pinot Gris; dry, elegant, fresh and clean with melon, dried strawberry, juicy red cherries and light herbs flavours matched with balanced acidity. The only thing left to do is chill and enjoy. The winery suggests pairing it with a caprese salad, pizza or rosemary roast chicken. The Stewart Family settled in West Kelowna in 1908 to farm the land. In 1956, the family purchased the estate that now overlooks Okanagan Lake. The winery itself was founded in 1989 and from there on in the family has been involved in producing some of the best premium VQA wines BC has to offer. Rosé food pairings: lox and capers, grilled salmon steak, fresh fruit, veggies, pasta primavera. Drink: 2016 - 2018 275842 13.5% XD 750 mL $20.95 Score: 92/100. July 2020. Top Rated Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

La Cadiérenne Cuvée Grande Tradition Bandol Rosé 2019, Bandol, Provence A.C., France: A medium-bodied, refreshing Grande Tradition Bandol rosé wine blend of Mourvèdre, Grenache and Cinsault wine grapes. Lovely ripe peach, ripe cherry, red currant, wild herbs and baking spice flavours bright and zesty on the palate. Pair with grilled seafood, grilled chicken or summer salads. This wine comes from a long tradition of wine production in Bandol that started when the Greek civilization colonized the region more than 2,600 years ago. Rosé food pairings: salmon steaks, green salads with fresh berry fruit. Drink: 2020 - 2022 119453 14% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 91/100. July 2020. Top Rated Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Hidden Bench Locust Lane Rosé 2019, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: From the Beamsville Bench, a certified-organic 97% Pinot Noir and 3% Viognier rosé produced from one of Niagara's most esteemed producers. Juicy, savoury and mouth-watering with dried herbs and light red florals and strawberries. Pair with a duck confit. Rosé food pairings: ham and Swiss cheese sandwiches, cold turkey sandwiches, fish cakes. Drink: 2020 - 2022 68833 12.5% D 750 mL $24.95 Score: 92/100. July 2020. Top Rated Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Southbrook Vineyards Triomphe Cabernet Franc Rosé 2019, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, V.Q.A., Canada: A fresh, strawberry fields forever organic rose made from cabernet franc grapes. Medium-bodied with racy acidity for cold chicken sandwiches by a babbling brook. Cabernet Franc Rosé food pairings: spinach greens and fresh strawberry salad, goat cheese brick and dried cranberries and herbs. Drink: 2020 - 2021 279117 11.4% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. July 2020. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Caves d'Esclans Rock Angel Rosé 2018, Côtes De Provence, Provence A.C., France: Produced by Domaines Sacha Lichine from Grenache and Rolle (Vermentino) wine grapes are sourced from the Provence wine region. Love the bright cherry, raspberry and ripe red berry flavours balanced with crisp acidity and just a smatter of white pepper lingering on the palate. Chill and pair with grilled prawns. Rosé food pairings: roast turkey, grilled chicken salad, feta and goat cheese salads. Drink: 2019 - 2021 491027 13.5% D 750 mL $51.95 Score: 92/100. July 2020. Top Rated Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sparkling Wine

Château des Charmes Blanc de Blancs Sparkling 2014, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A lovely sparkling wine from Niagara-on-the-Lake with aromas of fresh field strawberries. Winemaker Amélie Boury created a rich and satisfying bubbly made from Chardonnay grapes (blanc de blancs). Pair with shellfish. Blanc De Blancs Sparkling food pairings: grilled chicken, smoked fish, watercress and cold turkey sandwiches. Drink: 2019 - 2021 423111 12.5% D 750 mL $34.95 Score: 90/100. July 2020. Top Rated Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

Bischöfliche Weingüter Trier Kanzemer Altenberg Riesling Kabinett 2016, Mosel Prädikatswein, Germany: A gorgeous German Riesling with aromas of lime and lemon zest. Dry and mouth-watering. Perfect for seafood. Riesling Kabinett food pairings: Korean BBQ ribs, sushi, sashimi, pad Thai. Drink: 2020 - 2023 15292 8.5% S 750 mL $27.95 Score: 94/100. July 2020. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Columbia Winery Chardonnay 2017, Columbia Valley, Washington, United States: A lovely, smooth, creamy coconut mouthfeel on this Washington Chardonnay. Look for tropical fruit, buttered apple, peach and butterscotch flavours luxuriously creamy and lingering on the palate attributed to nine months of lees-ageing. Food friendly acidity to pair with a creamy butternut squash or mushroom risotto. The Columbia Valley has varied and rich soil types with just as varied mesoclimates giving expression and complexity to their wines. Chardonnay food pairings: roast chicken, buttered lobster rolls, sautéed halibut steaks, grilled pork chops. Drink: 2020 - 2023 462804 13% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. July 2020. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Tertre de Launay 2018, Entre-Deux-Mers, Bordeaux A.C., France: I have always loved this Entre-Deux-Mers. It is consistently crisp and zesty. Entre-Deux-Mers is an exact translation of "between two seas" and refers to the area between Bordeaux's Garonne and Dordogne rivers. This is a dry, vibrant white wine blend of Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Muscadelle varietals and aged on its lees. Juicy with lemon grass, lemon-lime citrus zest and tropical fruit flavours - a zesty, mouth filling rollercoaster ride on the palate. Pair with grilled seafood dishes. Food pairings: grilled shellfish, salads, grilled chicken breast. Drink: 2020 - 2022 633909 12.3% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 88/100. July 2020. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Duckhorn Sauvignon Blanc 2018, Napa Valley, California, United States: Love this racy California Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon white wine blend. Beautifully dry, vibrant and zesty with citrus peel, ripe stone fruit, lemon grass and flinty mineral flavours long and mouth-watering on the palate. A small percentage of the Sauvignon Blanc is barrel fermented. Pair with smoked fish, a baguette and a picnic in a fresh green meadow. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: pork tenderloin, pork tacos, grilled chicken. Drink: 2020 - 2021 94375 13.5% XD 750 mL $40.95 Score: 89/100. July 2020. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Benjamin Bridge Tidal Bay 2018, Gaspereau Valley, Nova Scotia, Canada: Such a pretty sipper! The 2018 vintage of Benjamin Bridge's Tidal Bay is a floral blend of L'Acadie Blanc, Vidal and Seyval Blanc grapes. Tidal Bay is Nova Scotia's flagship white wine. Aromas of lime blossom and honeysuckle. Pair with seafood. Food pairings: curried shrimp, spicy Asian Fusion dishes, Tempura vegetables, sweet chilli grilled vegetables. Drink: 2020 - 2022 15538 9% S 750 mL $21.95 Score: 89/100. July 2020. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Fontanafredda Pradalupo Roero Arneis 2018, Piedmont D.O.C.G., Italy: A crisp, bright, mouth-watering Italian white wine with aromas of green apple and lime. Medium-bodied. Perfect for seafood. Roero Arneis food pairings: grilled shellfish platter, fish tacos, steamed shrimp, salads topped with grilled shrimp. Drink: 2020 - 2021 577700 13.6% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 91/100. July 2020. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Hunawihr Kuhlmann-Platz Gewurztraminer 2018, Alsace A.C., France: An old vines, medium-dry gewürztraminer from the Alsace wine region with peach, pear, rose petal and lychee flavours on the palate. Pair with Korean-style ribs, mildly spice curries or grilled pork chops. Very food-versatile. Hunawihr, established in 1954, was the first cooperative in Alsace with the winemaking overseen by Nicolas Garde. Gewurztraminer food pairings: mildly spiced Thai, Indian cuisine, curries, Asian dishes. Drink: 2020 - 2021 169474 13% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. July 2020. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Boya Sauvignon Blanc 2018, Leyda Valley D.O., Chile: From the Leyda Valley wine region Boya Sauvignon Blanc is easy to love. Medium-bodied with crisp liquid lemon acidity and a perfect match for fresh or steamed shellfish dishes. Boya Vineyards are influenced by the Pacific Ocean's moderating and cooling breezes bringing cool temperatures and allowing grapes to slowly ripen and develop their character. These cooling breezes also bring a salty tang to the grapes from the sea. Boya Sauvignon Blanc has been cold-fermented with no malolactic fermentation. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: grilled halibut steaks, lemon sole in white sauce, tuna burgers. Drink: 2019 - 2021 389726 12.5% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 89/100. July 2020. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Von Schubert Maximin Grünhaus Monopol Riesling 2018, Mosel Qualitätswein, Germany: The 2018 vintage of the medium-bodied Maximin Grünhaus Riesling is a blend of grapes from three grand cru vineyards and it shows in the glass. Lovely aromas of guava, melon and mango. Racy acidity with a long finish. Riesling food pairings: grilled chicken and veggie kebabs, spiced pulled pork, roast pork with quince and applesauce. Drink: 2022 - 2035 14797 12% M 750 mL $19.95 Score: 91/100. July 2020. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

William Fèvre Saint-Bris 2018, Saint-Bris, Burgundy A.C., France: This is my all around fave Sauv. Blanc. Produced by William Fèvre Saint-Bris is a Sauvignon Blanc Beauty amongst the Chardonnay vines in this tiny and only Burgundy appellation allowed to make Sauvignon Blanc. Doesn't get any cleaner, leaner and vibrant than this. Fragrant with light green herbs, fresh hay, gooseberry and lemon juice aromas on the nose. Brilliantly balanced with great acidity for food. Finishes long with lemon zest and briny mineral flavours on the palate. Made for raw oysters on the half-shell with a raspberry mignonette. Food pairings: grilled white fish with a lemon-dill sauce, squash soup, salad. Drink: 2020 - 2023 626523 12% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 87/100. July 2020. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

La Fortezza Taburno Falanghina del Sannio 2018, Campania D.O.C., Italy: The Falanghina white wine grape is said to have its roots in Greece. but this dry, fresh and zesty Falanghina is produced from wine grapes sourced from the Sannio area in the Campania wine region. Zesty on the nose as well with citrus peel, white florals and ripe pear aromas. Look for ripe peach, mandarin, white florals tangy and spicy with a lingering fresh herb finish. Elegant and well-crafted. Pair with grilled chicken breasts. Falanghina Del Sannio food pairings: grilled chicken, roast duck, grilled seafood. Drink: 2020 - 2022 527630 13% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 90/100. July 2020. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Bellevue Touraine Sauvignon 2018, Loire A.C., France: This medium-bodied Touraine Sauvignon is excellent value. On the palate this juicy Sauvignon Blanc is intense, zesty with lime, peach and pink grapefruit flavours on the palate. Pair with a creamy Brie topped with a warm peach coulis or simple with a ripe Camembert cheese - it has that well-known Loire vibrant acidity to handle it. Touraine Sauvignon food pairings: tempura seafood, sushi and sashimi, pan-fried panfish. Drink: 2020 - 2021 82305 12.5% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 89/100. July 2020. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Le Fils des Gras Moutons Muscadet Sèvre-et-Maine Sur Lie 2018, Sèvre-Et-Maine, Loire A.C., France: The Melon de Bourgogne wine grapes for this zesty, leesy Muscadet Sevre-et-Maine's sur lie are hand-harvested from 40-70 year-old vines. Lovely and lemony on the nose and palate with crisp apple crunch, vibrant citrus, fresh green herb and stony mineral flavours from beginning to finish on a medium-bodied frame. "Le Fils des Gras Moutons" translates as "the children of fat sheep." And while I don't think it would pair with mouton or lamb chops, it could definitely cut through the richness of any seafood or shellfish dish. Muscadet Sèvre-Et-Maine Sur Lie food pairings: steamed mussels and frites, oysters pot pie, seafood medley on creamy, spinach fettuccini noodles. Drink: 2020 - 2021 363150 12% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 87/100. July 2020. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mezzacorona Cliffhanger Pinot Grigio 2018, Trentino, Alto Adige-Trentino D.O.C., Italy: From the Alto Adige, Trentino wine region, an easy-to-enjoy and zesty Pinot Grigio that is bone-dry, with white blossoms, light herbs, and fresh pear flavours crunchy and lean on the palate. Pair with grilled pork chops. Pinot Grigio food pairings: pan-fried panfish, seafood Alfredo, green salads. Drink: 2020 - 2021 528687 13% D 750 mL $15.95 Score: 88/100. July 2020. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Trapiche Gran Medalla Chardonnay 2017, Mendoza, Argentina: A superb cool-climate Chardonnay that was fermented in large oak barrels to lend extra creamy texture. Robust and luscious with aromas of pineapple, peach and butterscotch. Pair with roast chicken. Chardonnay food pairings: roast chicken, grilled pork chops, turkey tornados. Drink: 2020 - 2023 14599 14% D 750 mL $26.95 Score: 94/100. July 2020. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


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