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Vintages Release July 28, 2020

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Argentina

Alamos Selección Malbec 2016, La Consulta, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina: A full-bodied, balanced and smooth Malbec with layers of dark plum, blueberry, cherry, cake spice and vanilla flavours finishing long on the palate. Malbec food pairings: herb-roasted lamb, pork tenderloin, cheddar cheese, spaghetti and meat balls. Drink: 2019 - 2023 322800 13.5% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 92/100. July 2020. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Susana Balbo Signature Rosé 2019, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina: A medium-bodied, fresh and zesty rosé wine blend of mainly Malbec, Pinot Noir and a smattering of Sauvignon Blanc wine grapes. Lovely balance on this bright wine with ripe red berries, red cherry, fine herbs and earthy flavours on the palate. Susana Balbo graduated with honours in 1981 and has twice been named "Woman Entrepreneur of the Year" by the Argentine Organization of Businesswomen. Rosé food pairings: fried chicken, salads with feta cheese, charcuterie and cheese dish. Drink: 2020 - 2022 493130 13% D 750 mL $22.95 Score: 90/100. July 2020. Top Rated Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Australia

Tahbilk Marsanne 2019, Nagambie Lakes, Central Victoria, Australia: Produced from the Marsanne wine grape sourced from Nagambie Lakes. Fragrant with white florals, dried straw, lemon honey and fresh almond aromas with fresh apple, grassy and honeyed citrus flavours bright on the palate. Marsanne food pairings: crab cakes, pork tenderloin, steamed lobster. Drink: 2020 - 2038 117945 12.5% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 91/100. July 2020. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Shingleback Davey Estate Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, Mclaren Vale, South Australia, Australia: A full-bodied red blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Shiraz grapes rich and smooth on the palate with dark plum, black cherry, menthol, blackberry, fresh herb, sweet tobacco leaf flavours on the palate. Cool coastal breezes help moderate temperatures in this region that typically produces intensely flavoured red wines. Pair with grilled meats. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: steak enchilada casserole, deep dish pizza and cheese pie, pan-fried goose breast with watercress. Drink: 2020 - 2029 444455 14.5% XD 750 mL $22.95 Score: 92/100. July 2020. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mountadam Riesling 2018, Eden Valley, South Australia, Australia: Produced from 42-year-old Riesling vines, a cool-climate Eden Valley Riesling zesty spicy with ripe pear, mouth-watering grapefruit and lemon-zest flavours on the palate. Enjoy now and for the next eight years. Pair with a rich pork roast. Riesling food pairings: shrimp tempura, grilled salmon, duck liver pate, eggs Benedict. Drink: 2020 - 2028 288266 13.5% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. July 2020. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Zonte's Footstep Scarlet Ladybird Rosé 2019, Fleurieu, South Australia, Australia: A Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache rosé with wine grapes sourced from a single vineyard site in the Fleurieu Peninsula, which juts into the Indian Ocean due south of Adelaide. Love the ripe strawberry, citrus and white floral aromas on the nose with bright red berry fruit, soft citrus flavours creamy on the palate. The Scarlet Ladybird refers to the Ladybugs that prey on vineyard pests like aphids. Rosé food pairings: veal Masala, veal and ham casserole, veal breast with herb stuffing. Drink: 2020 - 2021 408476 13.5% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 88/100. July 2020. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Canada

13th Street Cabernet Merlot 2018, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Love this full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon-driven, Merlot red wine blend from Lakeshore Farm Vineyard. Well-balance with bright acidity to ripe dark berry, cherry, cracked pepper and toasty oak spice flavours finishing long smoky and meaty on the palate. Nice now! Pair with bison burgers from the grill. Cabernet Merlot food pairings: grilled lamb chops, roast chicken, slow-braised pork shoulder roast. Drink: 2020 - 2024 56598 13.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. July 2020. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Creekside Laura's Red 2016, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: From the Niagara wine region in Ontario, Creekside's Laura's 2016 is a full-bodied Bordeaux blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon with 2% Syrah added into the mix and showing a lot of promise. On the nose field berries, wet stone, chocolate, earthiness and hint of vanilla. There's plenty of acidity for food and some warming alcohol on the palate. Long toasted oak and cherry finish Decant and drink now or hold in cellar for three to five years. Food pairings: tourtière, lamburger, pork pies. Drink: 2020 - 2024 117960 13% XD 750 mL $25.00 Score: 90/100. July 2020. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sue-Ann Staff Fancy Farm Girl Foxy Pink 2018, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A zesty Riesling and Cabernet Franc rosé blend from a single-estate winery in the Niagara wine region. Sue-Ann Staff is the recipient of the 2018 Tony Aspler Award of Excellence for contributions to the Ontario wine industry. Look for ripe raspberry, apple, flinty and light dried herb flavours on the palate. An excellent match for fish tacos. Food pairings: eared wild salmon steaks, charcuterie, grilled pork chop. Drink: 2019 - 2021 469338 11% M 750 mL $15.95 Score: 90/100. July 2020. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Megalomaniac Pink Slip Rosé 2018, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, V.Q.A., Canada: Megalomaniac Pink Slip Rosé is produced by John Howard Cellars of Distinction and is a bright and juicy rosé that with bright raspberry, ripe red cherry and savoury herb flavours on the palate. Don't give this wine the pink slip, instead, pair it with grilled, BBQ pork ribs. Rosé food pairings: lox and capers, grilled salmon steak, shellfish. Drink: 2019 - 2021 85126 12% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 88/100. July 2020. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mission Hill Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2019, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia V.Q.A., Canada: Love this elegant Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2018 from the Black Sage Bench in the Okanagan wine region. Grassy, with fine lemon, fine herb, white florals and mineral flavours balanced and finishing long on the palate. Aged six months in French oak barrels and then stainless-steel tank. Pair with pan-fried pickerel. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: grilled salmon with herb butter, green salads with goat cheese, freshly steamed shrimp with salad. Drink: 2020 - 2022 57430 13% D 750 mL $22.95 Score: 89/100. July 2020. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Chile

Santa Ema Gran Reserva Chardonnay 2018, Leyda Valley D.O., Chile: A full-bodied Gran Reserva Chardonnay lush with apple pie, tropical fruit, butterscotch and lemon pudding flavours on the palate. Wine grapes were sourced from the Leyda wine region and from the coastal Maipo. A portion of the wine was fermented and matured in oak barrel. Roast chicken please. Chardonnay food pairings: grilled seafood, Caesar salad topped with grilled chicken breast, roast quail stuffed with wild mushrooms. Drink: 2020 - 2022 542365 13.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. July 2020. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

France

Domaine De La Charbonnière Châteauneuf-Du-Pape 2016, Rhône A.P., France: Sweet and smoky with crushed raspberry, earthy, dried sweet tobacco leaf and cocoa aromas on the nose. Lots of juicy layers of ripe cherry, dark berry and baking spice flavours intense, generous and finishing silky smooth on the palate. Easy to enjoy now and for the next 10 years. Pair with a rib roast. Châteauneuf-Du-Pape food pairings: maple glazed roasted root vegetables, vegetable cassoulet, sausage cassoulet. Drink: 2023 - 2035 62711 14% D 750 mL $51.95 Score: 91/100. July 2020. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Jean Pabiot et Fils Domaine des Fines Caillottes Pouilly-Fumé 2018, Loire A.C., France: Wow, just love this smoky, Old World Sauvignon Blanc produced by Jean Pabiot & Fils from the Loire region. Smoky with citrus, grapefruit zest, white stone fruit, light herbal and grassy notes finishing with a flinty almost briny minerality. Pair with raw oysters on the half shell, fresh-steamed shrimp with a squeeze of lemon juice or smoked, butter-sautéed sea scallops. Pouilly-Fumé food pairings: pan-seared scallops with grilled asparagus, cheese, pasta with cream-based sauce, sushi.. Drink: 2020 - 2024 695908 12.5% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 91/100. July 2020. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Vignerons de Buxy Buissonnier Montagny 2017, Montagny, Burgundy A.C., France: A mouth-watering, unoaked Chardonnay brought up in stainless-steel tank. A lean and steely Burgundian Chardonnay steely made for raw oysters and grilled shellfish. Full-on lime-lemon zest, fresh apple and pear with mineral and chalky flavours (in a good way) on the palate. Elegant and balanced with bracing acidity for food. Food pairings: grilled chicken, pork tenderloin, fresh steamed crab. Drink: 2020 - 2023 382879 12.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 88/100. July 2020. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Baron de Hoen Gewurztraminer 2018, Alsace A.C., France: Love the nose on this aromatic Gewurztraminer rose petals, soft citrus, lychee and ginger spice aromas on the nose. Zesty and off-dry with honeyed apple, ripe fresh pair, lychee and baking spice flavours on the palate. Lightly chill and enjoy with grilled seafood dishes. Gewurztraminer food pairings: pork seasoned with ginger, sashimi and sushi, mild vegetarian curries. Drink: 2020 - 2021 377721 13.5% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 88/100. July 2020. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Germany

Dr. Bürklin-Wolf Estate Riesling 2018, Pfalz Qualitätswein, Germany: This Pfalz Riesling is so fresh on the nose with white peach, yellow apple and lemon zest aromas on the nose. Dry, light-bodied with medium-plus acidity, bright and fresh with clean peach, tropical fruit and lemony flavours on the palate. Produced from biodynamically-grown grapes. Riesling food pairings: roast pork, chicken pot pie, pan-fried panfish, turkey. Drink: 2020 - 2021 991315 12.5% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 91/100. July 2020. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Dr. Hermann Kinheimer Hubertuslay Riesling Kabinett 2018, Mosel Prädikatswein, Germany: The 2018 vintage of the steely Kinheimer Hubertuslay Riesling Kabinett is a profusion of heady dailies and lilies along with lime blossom on the nose. Medium sweet with balanced acidity. Long finish. Pair with seafood. Riesling Kabinett food pairings: mild curries, Thai chicken, BBQ pork ribs, sushi. Drink: 2020 - 2035 15290 9% S 750 mL $21.95 Score: 92/100. July 2020. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Jesuitenhof Fundament Riesling Trocken 2018, Pfalz Qualitätswein, Germany: This mouth-watering, dry German Riesling delivers well above it's price point. Aromas of lime and lemongrass. Pair with seafood. Riesling Trocken food pairings: roast chicken, sautéed pork tenderloin, smoked salmon. Drink: 2020 - 2023 15358 12.5% D 750 mL $18.95 Score: 90/100. July 2020. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Greece

Lantides Neméa Agiorgitiko 2016, Neméa, Peloponnese P.D.O., Greece: From the Neméa wine region, Lantides Neméa 2015 is a juicy, mouth-watering and full-bodied 100% Agiorgitiko red wine with ripe dark plum, dark chocolate and sweet spice flavours on the palate. Agiorgitiko food pairings: venison steak, bison burgers, roast pheasant. Drink: 2019 - 2025 286708 14% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 88/100. July 2020. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Troupis Fteri Agiorgitikoi Moschofilero Rosé 2018, Peloponnese, Greece: A lovely Greek rose with aromas of watermelon and strawberry. Medium-bodied with juicy acidity for seafood. Agiorgitikoi Moschofilero Rosé food pairings: calamari, spanakopita, grilled fish, chicken. Drink: 2020 - 2022 15139 12.5% D 750 mL $16.95 Score: 90/100. July 2020. Top Rated Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Italy

Carpineto Riserva Chianti Classico 2015, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: This Riserva is an elegant, medium-plus bodied 80% Sangiovese and 20% Canaiolo red wine blend with bright cherry, dark berry, leather, dried herbs, cedar spice and meaty flavours on the palate. Love the lingering smoky finish. Enjoy now and for the next 10 years. Pair with meaty dishes. Chianti Classico food pairings: pasta in tomato sauce, breaded veal cutlets, stuffed roasted turkey. Drink: 2020 - 2033 47118 13.5% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 92/100. July 2020. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tormaresca Torcicoda Primitivo 2017, Salento I.G.T., Italy: A full-bodied Primitivo, rich and smooth with black plum, blackberry, black raspberry, black cherry, dark chocolate flavours vibrant, full and smooth on the palate. Lush and luxurious. Wine grapes are organically grown and are sourced from two sites, the Maime Estate vineyards at San Pietro Vernotico, and from the Bocca di Lupo estate in Minervino Murge. The wine matured 10 months in small French and Hungarian oak barrels and a further eight months in bottle prior to its release. Primitivo food pairings: acorn squash apples and cabbage bake, stuffed zucchini with herbs tomatoes onions and garlic, stuffed baked tomatoes. Drink: 2020 - 2024 320929 14% D 750 mL $21.95 Score: 88/100. July 2020. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Avignonesi Nobile di Montepulciano 2015, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: Produced from organically-grown Sangiovese wine grapes in a vineyard converted to using biodynamic practices. Love the fragrant pink florals, bright cherry and earthy aromas on this medium-plus-bodied red with ripe, supple dark cherry, ripe strawberry, earthy dried herbs, pepper and cold black tea flavours lingering on the palate. Pair with game dishes or hard cheeses. Nobile Di Montepulciano food pairings: minced sirloin tomato mozzarella cheese pizza, three-sausage and cheese pizza, bacon ham and minced pork pizza with pineapple and onion. Drink: 2020 - 2024 943670 14% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 90/100. July 2020. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

New Zealand

Villa Maria Cellar Selection Pinot Noir 2017, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: Lovely pink floral and ripe plum aromas on the nose, fresh with bright sweet plum, cherry baking spice flavours juicy and velvety on the palate. Drinking beautiful now. Pair with grilled lamb chops. Pinot Noir food pairings: grilled steak, grilled lamb chops, venison striploin. Drink: 2020 - 2021 285361 14% D 750 mL $24.95 Score: 91/100. July 2020. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rapaura Springs Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2019, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: Love this mouth-watering Sauvignon Blanc from the Marlborough wine region. Fragrant with tropical fruit, lime earthy aromas with green melon, herbal and tropical fruit flavours on the palate finishing long and zesty. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: chicken salad, pork tenderloin, seafood, barbecued lobster. Drink: 2020 - 2022 388421 13.5% D 750 mL $21.95 Score: 90/100. July 2020. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Portugal

Quinta Do Encontro Preto Branco 2016, Bairrada D.O., Portugal: A full-bodied Touriga Nacional, Baga and Bical (white) smooth with fresh red berry, oak spice flavours vibrant on the palate. Tannins are fine and firm. Good now, better in 2021. Food pairings: three-pepper steak with sautéed bell peppers, tortellini stuffed with turkey, Bolognese meat sauce over noodles. Drink: 2021 - 2026 452755 14% D 750 mL $24.95 Score: 87/100. July 2020. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

South Africa

Waterkloof Circle Of Life Red 2017, Stellenbosch W.O., South Africa: A lush and layered Syrah, Petit Verdot, Merlot and Cabernet Franc red wine blend with ripe dark cherry, plum, savoury herb, smoky and white pepper flavours, vibrant on the palate. Great value under $20. Pair with bison burgers. Food pairings: grilled game sausages, pork chops, tri-tip roast beef. Drink: 2020 - 2024 698175 13% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 91/100. July 2020. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Waterkloof Seriously Cool Cinsault 2018, Stellenbosch W.O., South Africa: A full-bodied South African red wine made from the Cinsault grape. Aromas of blackberries and smoke. Juicy mouth-watering acidity for tomato sauce dishes. Cinsault food pairings: roast chicken, grilled veal chops, grilled pork tenderloin. Drink: 2020 - 2023 15595 11.5% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 92/100. July 2020. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Spain

Casa Balaguer Vinessens Sein 2015, Alicante D.O., Spain: A full-bodied red wine blend of 60% Monastrell and 40% Syrah vinified and aged separately in oak casks for one year. Vibrant with intense and ripe black fruit, toasty oak and smoky on the nose and palate. Warming at 15% abv. Great value under $20. Enjoy with rich and meaty dishes. Food pairings: meat pizza, lasagne, rich tomato sauce and pasta. Drink: 2020 - 2022 391896 15% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 89/100. July 2020. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

United States

Kings Ridge Pinot Noir 2018, Willamette Valley, Oregon, United States: A mouth-watering, medium-bodied Pinot Noir, bright ruby in the glass with sour cherry, anise and fine herb flavours finishing, smooth, long and vibrant on the palate. Pinot Noir food pairings: cedar-planked salmon, roast beef, turkey, pork tenderloin, coq au vin. Drink: 2020 - 2024 237776 13% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 89/100. July 2020. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Boneshaker Old Vine Zinfandel 2017, Lodi, California, United States: Love the strawberry jam and smoky cherry nose on this Lodi Zinfandel. Robust and mouth filling with dried strawberry, mocha, smoky vanilla, baking and toasty oak spice flavours long on the palate. Pair with ribs from the grill. Zinfandel food pairings: grilled pork ribs, smoked meat brisket, grilled rib eye steak. Drink: 2020 - 2024 394221 15% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 90/100. July 2020. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Hess Select Monterey County Chardonnay 2018, Monterey County, California, United States: A lip-smacking Chardonnay with ripe apple, melon, vanilla, soft citrus, baking and toasty oak toast flavours on the palate. Balanced and tasty. Nicely done. Pair with grilled pork chops. Chardonnay food pairings: grilled herbed chicken, pan-seared scallop dishes, lobster. Drink: 2020 - 2023 986778 13.5% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. July 2020. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mer Soleil Reserve Chardonnay 2015, Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey County, California, United States: A gorgeous, luxurious Californian Chardonnay with aromas of butterscotch, toffee, golden apple and peach. Full-bodied with a long finish. Pair with grilled chicken. Chardonnay food pairings: turkey burgers, smoked king crab legs, chicken breast, cheese, pork loin topped with pineapple. Drink: 2018 - 2023 958975 14.9% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 92/100. July 2020. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Duckhorn Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, Napa Valley, California, United States: An intense Cabernet Sauvignon with layers of rich dark cherry, crushed raspberry, cassis, dark chocolate and pepper spice flavours on the palate. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: rib roast, roast chicken, roast breast of veal. Drink: 2019 - 2027 24190 14.5% D 750 mL $89.95 Score: 92/100. July 2020. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Girard Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2018, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California, United States: Love this Russian River Valley Chardonnay with bright, ripe red apple, vanilla-lemon pudding and baking spice flavours finishing butterscotchy on the palate. Nicely balanced! Pair it with roast chicken. Chardonnay food pairings: spinach and pepper jack stuffed chicken, scallops with a sesame ginger dressing, toasted ravioli served with Alfredo sauce. Drink: 2020 - 2024 276675 13.9% XD 750 mL $39.95 Score: 87/100. July 2020. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


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