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Vintages Release November 14, 2020

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Dessert Wine

Lenz Moser Prestige Beerenauslese 2017, Burgenland Prädikatswein, Austria: A gorgeous Austrian dessert wine from one of the country's most respected producers. Aromas of lime blossom and peach preserves Pair with fruit cobbler. Beerenauslese food pairings: foie gras, terrines, roasted nuts, creamy cheeses. Drink: 2020 - 2025 930255 11.7% S 375 mL $22.95 Score: 94/100. November 2020. Top Rated Dessert Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Other Wines/Drinks

Reif Estate Winery Vinea, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A grape liqueur from Reif winery that's best served on the rocks on its own or mix with three parts white wine, as the winery suggests. Also lovely as a spritzer with soda or sparkling water. Food pairings: cherry macaroons, raspberry torte dipped in dark chocolate, dark chocolate studded with red and blueberry fruit. Drink: 2019 - 2029 645937 20% S 750 mL $29.95 Score: 88/100. November 2020. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Red Wine

Orin Swift Papillon 2017, Napa Valley, California, United States: The 2015 vintage of the robust Papillon Proprietary Red is a gorgeous, sensuously layered red wine blend featuring aromas of dark berries, smoke and spike. Some mocha and espresso from judicious oak aging. Satin texture with a long finish. Decant 1 hour and enjoy with a grilled steak. Food pairings: grilled Tomahawk steak, venison roast, roast saddle of rabbit. Drink: 2019 - 2028 478768 15.7% D 750 mL $90.95 Score: 94/100. November 2020. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

La Posta Estela Armando Bonarda 2018, Mendoza, Argentina: Produced by Laura Cantena from a 50-year-old vineyard in the Guaymallén zone. Juicy and delicious with ripe raspberry dark chocolate, smoke, plum, dark cherry, baking spice, vanilla, savoury and meaty. Bonarda food pairings: beef stew, spaghetti & meat balls, barbecued chicken, turkey, duck breast. Drink: 2020 - 2022 261586 13% D 750 mL $15.95 Score: 87/100. November 2020. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mission Hill Family Estate Reserve Meritage 2017, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia V.Q.A., Canada: A full-bodied, deep, dark red wine blend of 39% Cabernet Franc, 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot, matured in French and American oak barrels for 15 months. Full-bodied with ripe dark fruit, dark berry, black cherry, savoury herb, cracked pepper and smoky flavours on the palate with a long and silky smooth finish. Meritage food pairings: grilled red meat, roast pork, hard cheeses. Drink: 2020 - 2023 633628 14.9% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 89/100. November 2020. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Katnook Founder's Block Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, Coonawarra, South Australia, Australia: Produced from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, full-bodied and mouth-watering with rich blackberry, plum compote, dark cherry, black olive, bramble, minty and sage flavours lingering on the palate. Pour with a prime rib. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: pork tenderloin, prime rib, roast chicken. Drink: 2020 - 2023 660332 13.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 91/100. November 2020. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Jackson-Triggs Meritage 2017, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Love the dark cherry, smoky, spicy plum and vanilla aromas on this Bordeaux-style Cabernet Sauvignon, Franc and Merlot red wine blend from the Niagara Peninsula wine region. Dry and juicy on the palate with cherry compote, cassis, plum, oak spice and smoky vanilla flavours with a long and smooth finish. Meritage food pairings: grilled red meats, gourmet sausages, meat lover's pizza. Drink: 2020 - 2025 594002 12.5% XD 750 mL $25.95 Score: 90/100. November 2020. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Storybook Mountain Mayacamas Range Zinfandel 2016, Napa Valley, California, United States: A full-bodied and lush Napa Valley Zin from Storybook Mountain with ripe dark berry, raspberry, black cherry, toasty oak finishing on a fine mineral note. Nicely balanced with good acidity for food. Pour with burgers and ribs. Zinfandel food pairings: spaghetti Bolognaise, aged cheddar, grilled lamb loin, grilled duck breast. Drink: 2020 - 2024 682989 14.9% D 750 mL $71.95 Score: 89/100. November 2020. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Il Molino di Grace Chianti Classico 2015, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: A dry, medium-bodied Chianti Classico vibrant with red berry, tart cherry, fine herbs, sweet spicy flavours, meaty and savoury on the palate. Drink or hold. Chianti Classico food pairings: pasta with rich tomato sauce and wild mushrooms, vegetarian lasagne, chicken parmesan. Drink: 2020 - 2032 85209 13% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. November 2020. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Penfold's Max's Shiraz Cabernet 2018, South Australia, Australia: A robust Cabernet Sauvignon beautifully balanced and structured with blackberry, blueberry, savoury herb and smoky, spicy flavours on the palate. Drink or hold. Pair with grilled game sausages. Shiraz Cabernet food pairings: roast leg of lamb, grilled pork chops, roast Cornish game hens. Drink: 2020 - 2024 629238 14.5% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 90/100. November 2020. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Quails' Gate Pinot Noir 2018, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia V.Q.A., Canada: A satiny Pinot Noir, lithe and elegant with crushed raspberry and dark cherry, sweet spice and wrapped up in a whiff of smoke; beautifully balanced and bright on the palate. Tannins are supple. Pour with a wild mushroom ravioli. Pinot Noir food pairings: herb crusted chicken, roasted lamb, savoury slow cooked game. Drink: 2020 - 2023 585760 13.5% XD 750 mL $34.95 Score: 90/100. November 2020. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cannonball Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, California, United States: Cannonball Cab is so easy to enjoy. You know this is a campfire wine with all of its dark cherry, berry and smoky flavours on the palate. Oak spice is subtle on this fun, medium-plus-bodied red and a great value red from California. Pair with friends and beef and lamb kebabs from the grill. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: grilled burgers, Margherita pizza, pepper steaks, smoky ribs. Drink: 2019 - 2025 291666 13.8% D 750 mL $24.95 Score: 90/100. November 2020. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Bastide Miraflors Syrah Vieilles Vignes Grenache 2017, Côtes Du Roussillon, Roussillon A.P., France: A Sexy and smooth, full-bodied red wine blend of 74% Syrah and 26% Grenache with liquid cherry, crushed raspberry, fresh herb, anise and pepper spice flavours finishing long on the palate. Perfectly balanced and delicious. Enjoy now with a roast rack of lamb. Syrah Vieilles Vignes Grenache food pairings: gourmet hamburgers, meat tacos, roast chicken. Drink: 2019 - 2022 320499 14.5% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. November 2020. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

The Hess Collection Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Mount Veeder, Napa Valley, California, United States: Fantastic value on this full-bodied 81% Cabernet, 16% Malbec and a splash of Petit Verdot red wine blend. Silky with ripe blueberry and red berry flavours, earthy, licorice, cedar spice and espresso flavours finishing long. Tannins are grippy. Enjoy now and for the next five years. Pair with a rare rib roast. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: BBQ beef ribs, grilled lamb, sausage and chick pea casserole. Drink: 2020 - 2025 662015 14.5% XD 750 mL $99.95 Score: 92/100. November 2020. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Faust Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, Napa Valley, California, United States: From the Coombsville AVA in Napa Valley, California, an 82% Cabernet Sauvignon with smaller portions of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, aged for 19 months in 30% new French oak. Full-bodied, bold and lush, almost jammy with cassis, bright red and black fruit flavour, ripe plums and savoury herb flavours on the palate. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: grilled lamb chops, Asian chicken salad, pork tenderloin. Drink: 2020 - 2028 238261 14.5% XD 750 mL $59.95 Score: 90/100. November 2020. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Borsao Berola 2016, Campo De Borja D.O., Spain: Loving this full-bodied Grenache, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon red wine blend with liquid dark cherry, plum, blackberry, garrigue herbs and smoky, toasty oak flavours on the palate. A juicy blend aged in French and American oak barrels. Berola is the original name for the 12th century monastery of Veruela when the land was first granted to Cistercian monks to tend and plant as vineyards. Food pairings: lamb shanks in red wine and roasted garlic, grilled lamb lollipops, stuffed lamb tenderloin. Drink: 2020 - 2022 371518 15% D 750 mL $18.95 Score: 89/100. November 2020. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

McManis Zinfandel 2018, Lodi, California, United States: From the home of Zinfandel, this Lodi Zin is delicious and full-bodied with ripe dark plum, blackberry, ripe red berry, strawberry, earthy florals, coconut and smoky vanilla flavours on the palate. Simply delicious and a perfect choice for grilled ribs or burgers. Zinfandel food pairings: chicken wings, spaghetti Bolognese, grilled lamb loin, grilled duck breast. Drink: 2020 - 2024 256735 14% XD 750 mL $21.95 Score: 91/100. November 2020. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Collection Black Label Claret Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, California, United States: An easy-to-enjoy Cabernet from California's Sonoma Valley. "Claret" was a term originally used to identify the wines of Bordeaux. The red blend varies from year to year but consistent, as is this vintage with ripe black currant, black cherry, earthy, smoky vanilla and toasty oak flavours on the palate. Enjoy with roast beef. Claret Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: roast chicken, gourmet stuffed hamburgers, grilled pork chops. Drink: 2020 - 2023 479055 13.5% D 750 mL $29.95 Score: 90/100. November 2020. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Roche de Bellene Cuvée Réserve Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2018, Burgundy A.C., France: A Burgundian Pinot Noir, elegant with bright red berry, cherry, earthy mushroom, blue florals and cedar spice flavours on the palate. Vibrant and food-friendly. There are 4,620 hectares planted for this Pinot Noir and the vines are 35 to 70 years old. Pinot Noir food pairings: veal scaloppini with a mushroom sauce, beef bourguignon, pork tenderloin, mushroom and truffle dishes, coq au vin. Drink: 2020 - 2025 299859 13% D 750 mL $22.95 Score: 89/100. November 2020. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Montes Carmenère 2018, Colchagua Valley D.O., Chile: A plushy, medium-plus-bodied Carmenère with lots of ripe red berry, mulberry, savoury herb and pepper spice flavours on the palate. Excellent value under $15. Carmenère food pairings: hamburger, ribs in a rich sauce, spicy dishes, tomato-based dishes, beef tenderloin. Drink: 2020 - 2022 256685 14.5% D 750 mL $14.95 Score: 91/100. November 2020. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Jules Taylor Pinot Noir 2018, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: Lovely on the nose with rich raspberry, nutty and savoury aromas mirroring same on the palate with a long and luxurious ripe cherry and red berry finish. Pair with a veal Porterhouse. Pinot Noir food pairings: roasted pork loin, prime rib, roast beef, turkey, roasted and braised lamb. Drink: 2020 - 2022 329805 13.5% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 94/100. November 2020. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Falernia Gran Reserva Syrah 2016, Elquí Valley, Chile: From Chile's northernmost wine estate, a full-bodied, smooth and spicy Syrah produced from hand-harvested grapes from the Titon and Huanta vineyards. Savoury on the palate with dark berry, olive, chocolate, toasty oak spice and supple tannins. Syrah food pairings: rare roast beef, spice-braised lamb, chargrilled pork chop, burgers with blue cheese. Drink: 2020 - 2023 16793 14% D 750 mL $16.95 Score: 90/100. November 2020. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

J. Lohr Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, Paso Robles, California, United States: This is the magnum size of J. Lohr's Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 from Paso Robles, California. Lovely and lush with ripe dark fruit, pepper, baking spices and savoury herb flavours soul-satisfying on the palate. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: hard cheese, braised pork shanks, veal chops, roasted let of lamb. Drink: 2020 - 2024 16915 13.5% D 1500 mL $47.95 Score: 88/100. November 2020. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Frankland Estate Shiraz 2017, Frankland River, Western Australia, Australia: A bright and vibrant cool-climate Shiraz from the Frankland River wine region in Western Australia. Beautifully balanced, savoury and rich with dark berry, olive meaty and cracked pepper flavours vibrant on the palate. Shiraz food pairings: roast leg of lamb, barbecued ribs in sauce, hamburger, hard cheese. Drink: 2020 - 2024 15998 13.8% D 750 mL $23.95 Score: 89/100. November 2020. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

The Chocolate Block 2018, Swartland W.O., South Africa: From the Boekenhoutskloof winery, a classy and savoury Syrah and Grenache red wine full-bodied and generous with dark plum, black currant, dried pink florals, licorice and pepper spice flavours on the palate. Nice now, better in 2022. Food pairings: meaty chili, game meats, hard cheese. Drink: 2022 - 2032 135996 14% XD 1500 mL $79.95 Score: 92/100. November 2020. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Kadabra Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, Tupungato, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina: This is a juicy and mouth-watering Cabernet Sauvignon from the Tupungato, Uco Valley wine region. A classic Cab with dark berry, savoury herb and toasty baking spice flavours (from oak treatment). Tannins are supple. Pair with bison burgers. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: roast goose, aged cheddar, grilled game sausage. Drink: 2020 - 2025 568873 13% D 750 mL $15.95 Score: 89/100. November 2020. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ascheri Barolo 2015, Piedmont D.O.C.G., Italy: A spicy, mouth-watering and elegant Barolo with ripe dark cherry, rose petals, licorice, tar and iron flavours on the palate. Tannins are grippy. Needs a couple more years in cellar. Try in 2022. Barolo food pairings: roast partridge, venison sausage cassoulet, venison Swiss steak. Drink: 2022 - 2037 496851 14% XD 750 mL $49.95 Score: 88/100. November 2020. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Invivo Central Otago Pinot Noir 2018, Central Otago, South Island, New Zealand: A spicy, medium-bodied, vibrant Pinot Noir from the Central Otago wine region. Lush and satin-smooth with juicy raspberry, cherry, damson plums wrapped up in cedar spice and smoke. Tannins are supple. Pinot Noir food pairings: lamb tagine, filet mignon of venison, rib steak. Drink: 2020 - 2024 466029 14% D 750 mL $24.95 Score: 91/100. November 2020. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

CrossBarn by Paul Hobbs Pinot Noir 2017, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California, United States: Produced by master winemaker, Paul Hobbs. Gorgeous with earthy, smoky, spicy bright cherry, raspberry and soft citrus flavours on the palate. Tannins are pleasantly grippy. Lovely now and enjoy for the next five years. Pinot Noir food pairings: roast rack of lamb, rare roast beef, venison burgers. Drink: 2020 - 2024 522938 14.9% XD 750 mL $49.95 Score: 92/100. November 2020. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Coudoulet de Beaucastel Côtes du Rhône 2017, Côtes Du Rhône, Rhône A.C., France: In 1687, the wine estate of Pierre de Beaucastel was ennobled by King Louis XIV who obviously knew good wine. Produced by the Famille Perrin, Coudoulet de Beaucastel is a gorgeous Côtes Du Rhône red layered with ripe cherry, raspberry, wild herbs and mouth-filling with a long spicy finish. Drink or hold. Food pairings: braised meats, herbed steaks, venison. Drink: 2020 - 2029 48884 13.5% D 750 mL $29.95 Score: 93/100. November 2020. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Santa Julia Magna Cabernet Malbec Syrah 2017, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina: A fleshy, medium-plus-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Syrah red wine blend produced by the Zuccardi family. Lively and fresh with blackberry, blueberry, dark plum, spicy and savoury on the palate. Nicely done. Pour with burgers and ribs. Cabernet Malbec Syrah food pairings: roast chicken, rib steak, bison burgers. Drink: 2020 - 2023 93799 14% D 750 mL $15.95 Score: 90/100. November 2020. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Pascual Toso Barrancas Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, Mendoza, Argentina: A robust Argentinean Cabernet Sauvignon generous with blackberry, black currant, mocha and fresh fine herb flavours on the palate. Tannins are firm and structured. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: beef pot roast with dumplings, minced beef and cabbage casserole, tenderloin beef Wellington. Drink: 2020 - 2023 83337 13.9% XD 750 mL $21.95 Score: 87/100. November 2020. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Elderton Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, Barossa, South Australia, Australia: A rich and full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon with ripe blackberry, blueberry, cedar spice, smooth chocolate flavours plushy on the palate. Pair with smoked and braised meat dishes. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: venison filet mignon with red wine gravy, grilled bison strip steaks, game sausage cassoulet. Drink: 2020 - 2028 9175 14% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 91/100. November 2020. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Marchese Antinori Tenuta Tignanello Riserva Chianti Classico 2016, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: From the Tuscany wine region, Tenuta Tignanello is a lush, layered and juicy Chianti Riserva with ripe dark berry, raspberry, chocolate and fine dried herb flavours on the palate. Tannins are rounded. Pour with meaty stews. Chianti Classico food pairings: hearty stews, sausage cassoulet, meaty lasagne. Drink: 2020 - 2030 512384 13.5% D 750 mL $48.95 Score: 90/100. November 2020. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Luce 2017, Tuscany I.G.T., Italy: A muscular Super Tuscan rich and robust with dark berry, cedar spice, earthy, nutty and zesty on the palate with a lingering dark cocoa finish and textured tannins. Good now, better in 2022. Food pairings: bean-based dishes, lamb chops, grilled cheese sandwich, chateaubriand, cheddar cheeses. Drink: 2022 - 2026 685263 14.5% XD 750 mL $119.95 Score: 96/100. November 2020. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tawse Quarry Road Pinot Noir 2017, Vinemount Ridge, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: From the Vinemount Ridge, Niagara Peninsula wine region, a classic Pinot Noir, youthful and vibrant with zesty black cherry, pepper and toasty oak spice flavours on the palate. Pinot Noir food pairings: braised lamb with mushroom, duck comfit, grilled veal chops. Drink: 2020 - 2023 307686 13% D 750 mL $35.95 Score: 91/100. November 2020. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Belle Glos Eulenloch Pinot Noir 2016, Carneros, Napa Valley, California, United States: Love the fragrant ripe cherry, fresh blackberry and spicy nose on this juicy Pinot noir from Belle Glos. Spicy on the palate as well with vibrant ripe cherry and red berry flavours. Pair with grilled lamb chops. Pinot Noir food pairings: pork, beef Carpaccio, mushroom and leek risotto. Drink: 2020 - 2022 10095 14% D 750 mL $59.95 Score: 92/100. November 2020. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Masi Serego Alighieri Monte Piazzo Valpolicella Classico Superiore 2016, Veneto D.O.C., Italy: A medium-plus-bodied intense Valpolicella Classico and great value under $25 as well. Vibrant with blackberry, dried cherry, plum, cedar spice, earthy and dried wild herb flavours on the palate. Pietro Alighieri, son of the renowned poet Dante, bought land in 1353 and for 20 generations the family has been making wine. Valpolicella Classico Superiore food pairings: game, roast leg of lamb, rich meat lasagne. Drink: 2020 - 2022 661306 14% D 750 mL $26.95 Score: 89/100. November 2020. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Brancaia Riserva Chianti Classico 2015, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: A smoky and full-bodied Chianti Classico Riserva from the Tuscany wine region, produced from 80% Sangiovese and 20% Merlot. Spicy with zesty red plum, pink florals, sous bois and cedar spice flavours earthy and mouth-watering on the palate. Tannins are structured. Decant one hour prior to pouring with a wine-braised blade roast or cellar until 2024 to give it some time to marry and mellow. Chianti Classico food pairings: veal chops in red wine sauce, turkey tetrazzini, soft cheeses. Drink: 2024 - 2028 260802 14.5% XD 750 mL $42.95 Score: 90/100. November 2020. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Quintarelli Valpolicella Classico Superiore 2013, Veneto D.O.P., Italy: An elegant and lushly layered Valpolicella Classico Superiore, juicy and vibrant with concentrated black cherry, dark fruit, savoury and spicy flavours. Drink or hold. Pair with tomato-based, rich meaty dishes. Valpolicella Classico Superiore food pairings: beef steak, smoked ribs, venison tenderloin. Drink: 2020 - 2032 986117 15% D 750 mL $124.95 Score: 95/100. November 2020. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

J. Lohr Carol's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, St. Helena, Napa Valley, California, United States: A full-bodied, single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon-driven red blend with a splash of Petit Verdot, juicy with blackberry jam, spice, meaty and mocha flavours that linger on the palate. Wine grapes are sourced from Carol's Vineyard and this wine commemorates the passing of Jerry Lohr's wife in 2008 due to complications from breast cancer. Today, $3 from every purchase of J. Lohr Carol’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Since the program’s inception, sales from J. Lohr's Carol’s Vineyard releases have supported early breast cancer detection, access to mammograms, patient navigation systems and the delivery of HOPE Kits (a gift box of comforting items) to women undergoing breast cancer treatment. These programs continue to build on a partnership that has funded over 6,500 mammograms for women who otherwise would not be able to afford them. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: roast leg of lamb, beef enchiladas, barbecued ribs in sauce, hamburger, hard cheese. Drink: 2020 - 2026 246918 14.9% D 750 mL $94.95 Score: 88/100. November 2020. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

E. Guigal Gigondas 2016, Gigondas, Rhône A.C., France: A savoury and robust red blend of 70% Grenache, 25% Mourvèdre and 5% Syrah wine grapes from the Rhône wine region, rich and ripe with red berry fruit, wild herbs and a lingering smooth and spicy finish. Drink or hold. Food pairings: roasted veal, hearty soups, roasted duck breast, hamburger. Drink: 2020 - 2028 331900 14% XD 750 mL $42.95 Score: 93/100. November 2020. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Faust Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, Napa Valley, California, United States: This is the magnum-size of this full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon-driven red blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon with dollops of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot sourced from the Coombsville wine region. Look for ripe dark plum, blackberry, wild herb and cedar spice flavours on this vibrant red. Tannins are firm and grippy. Drink or hold. Pair with a well-marbled steak from the grill or roast beef. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: pork roast, vegetarian stew, slow-roasted beef long ribs. Drink: 2020 - 2031 377242 14% XD 1500 mL $139.95 Score: 90/100. November 2020. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Le Gravillas Sablet Côtes du Rhône-Villages 2017, Sablet, Rhône A.C., France: A robust and intense Côtes Du Rhône red wine blend of Grenache and Syrah, fragrant on the nose with wild strawberry, dried herb and savoury spice aromas, juicy with ripe red berry, cherry, savoury herb and earthy spice flavours on the palate. Pour with tourtière and lamb burgers from the grill. Food pairings: slow-baked brisket, BBQ long beef ribs, venison steak. Drink: 2020 - 2025 78790 14% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 88/100. November 2020. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Montecillo Gran Reserva 2010, Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain: A full-bodied Rioja red, vibrant with dried red fruits, dark black fruit, cedar spice and a hint of smoke on the palate. An elegant Rioja red with well-integrated oak spice and silky tannins. Food pairings: roast beef, grilled beef long ribs, smoked brisket. Drink: 2020 - 2024 239277 13.5% D 750 mL $29.95 Score: 90/100. November 2020. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Treana Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, Paso Robles, California, United States: Wow! Love the black cherry, blackberry and dark chocolate aromas on this robust Cabernet Sauvignon from the Paso Robles, California Wine Region. Full and lush on the palate with more of the same, minty, savoury herb and dark spice flavours silky on the palate. Tannins are firm. Pair with roasted meats. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: roast pork, grilled steak, BBQ long ribs. Drink: 2020 - 2026 639518 14.6% D 750 mL $39.95 Score: 90/100. November 2020. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sparkling Wine

13th Street Premier Cuvée Sparkling 2014, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A traditional method sparkler produced from equal amounts of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes, dry, rich and creamy with lemon curd, briny mineral and toasty flavours on a lively, persistent mousse. Chill and enjoy on its own or pour with a smoked, baked maple ham. Sparkling food pairings: Fresh steamed shellfish, seafood tapas, smoked whitefish. Drink: 2020 - 2024 142679 12.5% XD 750 mL $39.95 Score: 92/100. November 2020. Top Rated Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ruinart Brut Champagne, Champagne A.C., France: A vibrant, fresh and lightly floral Champagne with a long toasty finish. Very fine craftsmanship. Pair with oysters and celebrations. Champagne food pairings: smoked salmon on baguette, tempura seafood, hors d'oeuvres. Drink: 2017 - 2020 189878 12% D 750 mL $89.95 Score: 91/100. November 2020. Top Rated Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Louis Roederer Champagne 2013, Champagne A.C., France: A superbly crafted bone-dry Champagne with a pure mineral core, ripe stone-fruit, vibrant cherry, citrus zest, toasty and briny mineral flavours on a fine and persistent mousse. Champagne food pairings: grilled chicken sandwiches, fried chicken, shellfish hotpot. Drink: 2020 - 2023 981027 12% XD 750 mL $110.95 Score: 94/100. November 2020. Top Rated Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Carneros Brut Cuvée Sparkling 2016, Napa Valley, California, United States: A terrific, refreshing California bubble owned by the renowned Champagne Taittinger from France. This Napa Valley sparkler overdelivers on style, finesse, length and elegance. It's a blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, with 2% Pinot Gris grapes. Aromas of freshly baked bread and white peach. Pair with shellfish. Brut Cuvée Sparkling food pairings: fried chicken, watercress sandwiches, grilled seafood, salads. Drink: 2020 - 2024 301655 13% D 750 mL $49.95 Score: 92/100. November 2020. Top Rated Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Louis Roederer Brut Nature Champagne 2012, Champagne A.C., France: A bone-dry Champagne from Louis Roederer. Fresh on the nose with lemon zest, mouth-filling and vibrant with red berry, creamy apple, lemon zesty with a crisp saline minerality. Complex and delicious. Brut Nature Champagne food pairings: smoked salmon and chive cream cheese on baguette, shrimp chips, seafood canapes. Drink: 2020 - 2024 440891 12% XD 750 mL $124.95 Score: 91/100. November 2020. Top Rated Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Luc Belaire Rare Sparkling Rosé, Provence, France: A delightful sparkling rosé from southern France in the heart of Provence and home to those Mistral winds. Notes of wild field strawberries. Dry and refreshing. From sunny Provence, cooled by its famous mistral winds, comes this medium-bodied, fruit-forward rose. A mouth-watering blend of Syrah, Cinsault and Grenache grapes, with a touch of sweetness. Enjoy as a chilled aperitif or with grilled seafood. Sparkling Rosé food pairings: grilled seafood, egg dishes, ham and Edam cheese sandwiches. Drink: 2020 - 2022 540104 12.5% M 1500 mL $89.95 Score: 91/100. November 2020. Top Rated Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

Henry of Pelham Speck Family Reserve Riesling 2018, Short Hills Bench, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Produced from Pelham's oldest estate vineyards (1988) Speck Family Reserve Riesling is ripe with peach, fresh apple, pear, lime zest and mineral flavours. Heavy clay soils and 30-year-old vines both contribute to incredible depth, flavour and complexity in this vibrant Niagara Riesling. Pair with grilled pork chops. Riesling food pairings: briny shrimp, scallops, mussels and clams are great with this wine, roast pork as well as pasta with white sauce. Drink: 2019 - 2027 643361 12% M 750 mL $27.95 Score: 93/100. November 2020. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Wither Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2019, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: intense green herb, gooseberry, lime zest aromas on the nose with concentrated flavours of gooseberry, grapefruit, fresh green herbs and lime zest flavours vibrant on the palate So good now, pair with fish tacos. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: Thai green curry fish, apple stuffed chicken breast, steamed mussels, herbed couscous salad. Drink: 2020 - 2022 919514 13% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. November 2020. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Henry of Pelham Speck Family Reserve Chardonnay 2018, Short Hills Bench, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A gorgeously textured, rich, full-bodied Niagara Chardonnay with aromas of toasted almond, freshly baked bread, Asian pear and golden apple. Pair with roast chicken or turkey. Chardonnay food pairings: roast chicken, lobster in butter, sweet pea soup, smoked fish. Drink: 2019 - 2024 616466 14% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 93/100. November 2020. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cakebread Cellars Chardonnay 2018, Napa Valley, California, United States: Cakebread Cellars Chardonnay is a classic, top-of-the-line Chardonnay. Full-bodied, rich and zesty with poached pear, honeyed apricot, lemon curd and toasty nutty flavours on the palate. Most of the Chardonnay grapes for this vintage were sourced from the Carneros wine region. A portion of the wine was barrel-fermented in new French oak barrels and the wine rested on its lees for eight months on its lees prior to bottling. Pair with roast chicken. Chardonnay food pairings: roast chicken, scallops with a sesame ginger dressing, cheese. Drink: 2020 - 2022 709717 14.3% XD 750 mL $69.95 Score: 88/100. November 2020. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tahbilk Viognier 2019, Nagambie Lakes, Central Victoria, Victoria, Australia: A fantastic value Viognier under $20. Fragrant with warm white florals, balanced, vibrant and lush with ripe apricot, peach, ginger and lime zest flavours. Pair with a grilled pork tenderloin. Viognier food pairings: grilled chicken breast with marmalade glaze, roast pork with apricot coulis, asparagus, onion and pear galette. Drink: 2020 - 2023 271387 13.5% D 750 mL $18.95 Score: 91/100. November 2020. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Joseph Cattin Riesling 2018, Alsace A.C., France: From the Alsace wine region, a well-crafted Riesling expressive of its terroir, juicy with ripe golden apple, peach, lemon zest flavours vibrant on the palate. Enjoy with a veal schnitzel. Riesling food pairings: pan-fried freshwater fish, salads, chicken in orange balsamic sauce. Drink: 2020 - 2024 259788 13% D 750 mL $15.95 Score: 91/100. November 2020. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

St. Francis Chardonnay 2018, Sonoma County, California, United States: A dry, full-bodied, buttery and fresh California Chard with melon, nectarine, lemon curd, vanilla and well-integrated oak spice flavours creamy on the palate. Aged in both French and American oak barrels. Pour with roast chicken or turkey dinner. Chardonnay food pairings: grilled pork chops, stuffed chicken breast, mild hard cheese like fontina and edam. Drink: 2020 - 2024 317131 14% D 750 mL $24.95 Score: 91/100. November 2020. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Trinity Hill Sauvignon Blanc 2019, Hawke's Bay, North Island, New Zealand: A vibrant Sauvignon Blanc with lime-lemon zest, fine herbs, melon, ripe apple flavours with a lingering peppery finish. At its best now. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: grilled turkey tournedos, salads, warm herbed goat cheese on baguette, herbed quiche and breads. Drink: 2020 - 2021 247221 12% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 88/100. November 2020. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Fess Parker Chardonnay 2018, Santa Barbara County, California, United States: This luscious, full-bodied 2018 Chardonnay from Santa Barbara County offers appealing aromas of ripe peach, pear, apricot and lemon zest. Pair with roast chicken. Chardonnay food pairings: buttered lobster rolls, seafood chowders, egg dishes, herbed quiche, roast chicken. Drink: 2020 - 2023 16750 14.1% XD 750 mL $21.95 Score: 91/100. November 2020. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Whitehaven Pinot Gris 2018, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: A bright and palate pleasing Pinot Gris with lemon-lime zest, ripe stone fruit, fine herb and clean mineral flavours on the palate. Easy to enjoy chilled and on its own. Pinot Gris food pairings: shrimp tempura, seafood pasta dish, grilled salmon. Drink: 2020 - 2022 447516 14% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 91/100. November 2020. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Feudo Maccari Olli Grillo 2019, Sicily D.O.C., Italy: A great value 100% Grillo white wine from the Sicily wine region. Unpretentious, zesty with fine herb, white florals, lemon-lime zest flavours. Chill and enjoy with tempura vegetables or grilled calamari. Grillo food pairings: chicken salad sandwiches, spring green salad, cheese. Drink: 2020 - 2021 477877 12.5% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 87/100. November 2020. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Freemark Abbey Chardonnay 2018, Napa Valley, California, United States: Love the tropical fruit, pineapple, melon aromas on this Napa Valley Chardonnay. Dry, medium-plus-bodied and creamy on the palate with lemon meringue, ripe apple, fine herb and white floral flavours. So elegant and easy to enjoy. Pour with pan-fried pickerel. Chardonnay food pairings: scallops with a sesame ginger dressing, grilled chicken breast, pork tenderloin. Drink: 2020 - 2024 361949 14.5% XD 750 mL $49.95 Score: 91/100. November 2020. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Loosen Bros. Dr. L Riesling 2018, Mosel Qualitätswein, Germany: An excellent-value Riesling from the Loosen Bros., Dr. L is a Mosel Qualitätswein off-dry with ripe pear, melon, vanilla, light lemon zest flavours and mineral notes vibrant and mouth-filling. Pour with a pasta Primavera. Riesling food pairings: pork tenderloin, turkey breast, spicy pasta dishes, shrimp tempura. Drink: 2020 - 2024 599274 8.5% M 750 mL $14.95 Score: 89/100. November 2020. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Bernard Reverdy & Fils Sancerre 2018, Loire A.C., France: A mouth-watering Sancerre from the Loire wine region with fresh herbs, lime zest, crunchy green apple and flinty mineral flavours balanced with laser-like acidity. Drinking beautifully now. Sancerre food pairings: oysters on the half-shell, frittata, Dungeness crab, grilled lake fish. Drink: 2020 - 2021 200055 12.5% XD 750 mL $30.95 Score: 89/100. November 2020. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


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