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Dessert Wine

Magnotta Vidal Icewine 2016, Niagara, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Luscious peach preserves and apricot jam. Rich and layered dessert wine. Treat yourself. Aromas of honey and toffee on the finish. Pair with cheese and fruit-based desserts. Vidal Icewine food pairings: blue-veined creamy cheeses, custards and fruit flans. Drink: 2016 - 2021 587154 10% S 375 mL $33.95 Score: 92/100. August 2021. Top Rated Dessert Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Other Wines/Drinks

Quinta de Santa Eufêmia Lágrima White Port, Douro D.O.P., Portugal: Eufemia Lágrima white Port is produced from Malvasia Fina, Viosinho and Gouveio grapes sourced from the Douro wine region. Elegant and sweet with honeyed dried stone fruit, citrus, orange peel, fruity, lush and balanced with crisp acidity. Refreshing in a soda cocktail or try it with a fresh fruit cup dessert. White Port food pairings: fresh fruit cup, sponge cake. Drink: 2021 - 2025 18475 19% S 500 mL $15.95 Score: 90/100. August 2021. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Red Wine

Boissy & Delaygue Lou Pontias 2016, Côtes Du Rhône, Rhône A.C., France: Produced by Boissy & Delaygue, Lou Pontias 2016 is a juicy Côtes Du Rhône red blend of 80% Syrah and 20% Grenache. Love the balance on this dry, full-bodied Rhône red with ripe red berry, cherry, vanilla, baking and pepper spice flavours. Excellent now. Pour with a butcher's steak from the grill. Food pairings: duck confit, lamb chops, veal cutlets, pork tenderloin. Drink: 2021 - 2026 18643 13.5% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 91/100. August 2021. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Teliani Valley Medium-Sweet Red 2019, Alazani Valley, Kakheti, Georgia: From the Alazani Valley, Kakheti Teliani Valley 2019 Saperavi is a medium-sweet red fragrant with pink florals, ripe cherries and soft citrus aromas. On the palate look for a mouthful of ripe red berry, cherry, plum and dried fine herb flavours balanced with food-friendly acidity. Pour with roast duck rubbed with thyme and glazed with a cherry sauce. Food pairings: oriental duck salad, stir fried duck and lemon and orange zest, mild beef and vegetable curry. Drink: 2021 - 2025 143578 12% M 750 mL $15.95 Score: 85/100. August 2021. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Palacio del Burgo Crianza 2017, Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain: Palacio Del Burgo Crianza 2017 is a great value Rioja red under $15. Produced from 90% Tempranillo and 10% Graciano, this is a juicy medium-bodied wine with dark plum, red berry, smoky toasty oak spice and firm tannins. Grapes were hand-harvested and fermented in controlled-temperature stainless steel tanks with malo in concrete tanks, then aged in American oak barrels for one year. Decant one hour and pour with grilled meats or aged cheeses. Crianza food pairings: venison stew, fricassee rabbit, roast duck, partridge. Drink: 2021 - 2025 18939 13.5% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 87/100. August 2021. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ferraton Père & Fils Plan de Dieu Côtes du Rhône-Villages 2019, Rhône A.C., France: Ferraton Père & Fils Plan De Dieu 2019 is a full-bodied, vibrant Southern Rhône red with ripe raspberry, wild herbs, dark chocolate and stony, flinty flavours silky on the palate. Tannins are velvety. Beautiful now and for the next three years. Pour with a prime rib roast. Food pairings: game roast, roast partridge, tourtière. Drink: 2021 - 2024 74229 14.5% D 750 mL $18.95 Score: 91/100. August 2021. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Soléna Grand Cuvée Pinot Noir 2018, Willamette Valley, Oregon, United States: From the Willamette Valley wine region, Soléna Grand Cuvee 2018 Pinot Noir is an elegant and lithe PN with fresh violets, raspberry, cold tea, spicy and smoky flavours with balanced acidity on the palate. Tannins are fine and velvety. Drink or hold. Pour with grilled chicken. Pinot Noir food pairings: smoked meats, roast leg of lamb, veal cutlets. Drink: 2021 - 2027 486944 13.8% XD 750 mL $32.95 Score: 92/100. August 2021. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Wente Wetmore Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, Livermore Valley, San Francisco Bay, California, United States: From Livermore Valley wine region, Wente Wetmore Vineyard 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon is a Cabernet-driven, dry and full-bodied red blend of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Petite Sirah, 8% Petit Verdot and 2% Malbec produced from sustainably-farmed and estate grown grapes. Rich and concentrated on the palate with ripe blackberry, blueberry, black currant, vanilla, minty and savoury spices on the palate with well-integrated tannins. Grapes were fermented in stainless steel tanks, pumped over twice daily and aged 18 months in 40% new and 60% second and third use French oak barrels. Pour with pasta Bolognese. Drink or hold. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: roast beef with root vegetables, baron of beef with red wine sauce and scalloped potatoes, flat iron steak on the BBQ. Drink: 2021 - 2024 963397 14.5% XD 750 mL $34.95 Score: 92/100. August 2021. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Montemajor Equinox Campania 2017, Amabile, Campania I.G.T., Italy: From the Campania wine region, Montemajor Equinox 2017 is a Rosso Amabile produced from Aglianico and Piedirosso wine grapes. A rich ruby colour in the glass, the wine is fresh and concentrated with pink florals, red berry, cherry and spicy flavours vibrant and harmonious on the palate. Food pairings: cheese, turkey, pasta and meat sauce, rich soups. Drink: 2021 - 2024 19027 13.5% D 750 mL $24.95 Score: 88/100. August 2021. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Delas Les Launes Crozes-Hermitage 2019, Crozes-Hermitage, Rhône A.C., France: From Crozes-Hermitage, Rhône wine region, Delas Les Launes 2019 is a full-bodied Syrah, fragrant with ripe dark berry, savoury and pepper spice aromas on the nose with ripe blueberry, blackberry, dark cherry, olive, anise, earthy floral and smoky flavours on the palate. Supple and smooth with fine, velvety tannins. Lovely now. Food pairings: rare roast beef with oven roasted potatoes, spice-braised lamb with sweet potatoes and white beans, Char grilled pork chop with braised red cabbage and celeriac purée, Muscovy duck, turnips, fennel and blackberries. Drink: 2021 - 2024 701359 12.8% XD 750 mL $32.95 Score: 92/100. August 2021. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Marchesi Mazzei Fonterutoli Chianti Classico 2018, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: From the Tuscany wine region, Mazzei Fonterutoli 2018 Chianti Classico is fragrant with enticing ripe tart cherry, sous-bois, dark chocolate and grilled herb aromas on the nose and delivers with juicy red berry, cherry, earthy and savoury herb and spicy flavours on the palate. A vibrant and juicy 100% Sangiovese with great acidity for food. Pour with roast chicken and full-flavoured pasta and tomato sauce dishes. Drink or hold. Chianti Classico food pairings: roast pork tenderloin, grilled veal chops, veal Scaloppini. Drink: 2021 - 2025 977629 13.5% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 92/100. August 2021. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Luciano Arduini Classico Superiore Valpolicella Ripasso 2018, Veneto D.O.C., Italy: Luciano Arduini 2018 Valpolicella Ripasso is a full-bodied, supple Italian red wine blend of 40% Corvina, 30% Corvinone, 20% Rondinella, 10% Oseleta and Croatina wine grapes. Grapes are hand-harvested and sorted, destemmed and gently pressed. Maceration lasts 15 days with manual punch downs and pump overs. The “Ripasso” technique is employed with Amarone grape skin contact for 10 days. Fragrant with aromas of ripe berry, dried red fruit, along with some smoky spice. On the palate, this Classico Superoire is concentrated with ripe blackberry, dark cherry, plum, dark chocolate, fine herbs, savoury spice and dusty tannins. Valpolicella Ripasso food pairings: meat-lover's pizza, meaty lasagne, grilled steaks. Drink: 2021 - 2024 12407 15.1% D 750 mL $21.95 Score: 88/100. August 2021. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Courtney Benham Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, Rutherford, Napa Valley, California, United States: From Rutherford, Napa Valley wine region, Courtney Benham 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon is a full-bodied Cab fresh on the nose with blackberry, black currant, blueberry, violets and spicy aromas. The wine is a bit shy on the palate and would benefit from some cellar time to unwind flavours. Tannins are firm. Try after 2023. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: tourtiere, game burgers, venison stew, grilled goose sausages, roast duck. Drink: 2023 - 2028 20691 13.9% XD 750 mL $74.95 Score: 94/100. August 2021. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Lapis Luna Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, Lodi, California, United States: Lapis Luna 2018 is a great value Lodi wine region Cabernet Sauvignon under $20. Lapis Luna translates to “stone” and “moon” and the artful labels on the wine bottles are an interpretation of the relationship between the earth (stone), the moon (luna), the connection to each other and the grapes. Lapis Luna 2018 is ripe and soft, with rich, mouth filling dark fruit. Enjoy with ribs and burgers from the grill. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: hard cheeses, grilled steak topped with blue cheese, lamb Bolognese. Drink: 2021 - 2024 17809 14.2% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. August 2021. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

The Pundit Syrah 2018, Columbia Valley, Washington, United States: Produced by Tenet Wines, The Pundit 2018 Syrah is dry, medium-plus-bodied Columbia Valley Syrah, a broody dark ruby-violet colour in the glass and enticing on the nose with earthy florals, sandalwood, cinnamon, pepper spice aromas. This lush Syrah is gorgeous on the palate with ripe dark berry, crushed raspberry, blue florals, cinnamon, anise and pepper spice flavours finishing long on a mineral note. A beautifully-balanced Washington State Syrah. Drink or hold. Syrah food pairings: grilled steak, tortellini, pasta and rich tomato sauce. Drink: 2021 - 2025 462945 13.5% XD 750 mL $34.95 Score: 94/100. August 2021. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Omen Rorick Heritage Vineyard Limited Edition Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, Calaveras County, Sierra Foothills, California, United States: Produced by the Atlas Wine Company, Omen, Rorick Heritage Vineyard 2018 is a Limited Edition, vegan-friendly 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Syrah and 3% Petit Sirah red wine blend from Calaveras County, Sierra Foothills wine region in California. Fresh on the nose with blackberry, cassis, blueberry, vanilla and spicy aromas, on the palate the wine is dry, full-bodied and concentrated with fresh ripe blackberry, dark cherry, blueberry, savoury herb, cedar spice, smoky vanilla and dark chocolate flavours creamy on the palate. Tannins are fine-grained. Drink or hold. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: dark chocolate studded with dried dark berry and cherry fruit, hard cheeses, grilled steaks and ribs. Drink: 2021 - 2024 20758 13.9% D 750 mL $59.95 Score: 93/100. August 2021. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mission de Picpus Malbec 2018, Cahors, Southwest A.C., France: From Les Vignobles Saint-Didier Parnac, Mission de Picpus 2018 is a bright Malbec from the Cahors wine region in Southwest France. Look for bright and juicy dark berry, wild herb and spicy flavours on the palate. Enjoy now with a mixed grill. Malbec food pairings: veal tenderloin en croute, veal Scaloppini, lamb kebabs, pork roast. Drink: 2021 - 2024 10573 14% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 88/100. August 2021. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

D.V. Catena Historic Red Blend 2018, Tupungato, Mendoza, Argentina: Produced by Catena Zapata, D.V. Catena Historic 2018 is an excellent value 72% Malbec, 21% Bonarda and 7% Petit Verdot red wine blend under $20. Fragrant with dried wild red berry, pink florals and savoury spice aromas, juicy and full-bodied with ripe dark berry fruit, strawberry, pink florals and citrusy flavours on the palate. Drink or hold. Food pairings: pork tenderloin, veal cutlets, roast beef Wellington. Drink: 2021 - 2024 555466 12.7% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 92/100. August 2021. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Réserve de La Roncière Cuvée Traditionnelle 2018, Côtes Du Rhône, Rhône A.C., France: Réserve De La Roncière 2018 is an amazing value Côtes Du Rhône Cuvée Traditionnelle under $16. Juicy, dry and robust, this intense Rhône red is a blend of 85% Grenache, 10% Syrah and 5% Mourvèdre. Earthy with dried fine herbs and anise spice aromas on the nose, look for ripe red berry, plum, raspberry, dried herbs and spicy flavours on the palate. So good now. Pour with roast Cornish game hens. Food pairings: pork crown roast, duck confit, roast chicken, game burgers. Drink: 2021 - 2024 19333 15% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 90/100. August 2021. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Fina Nero d'Avola 2017, Sicily D.O.C, Italy: Fina 2017 Nero D'avola is a full-bodied, robust and vibrant Sicilian red with mouthfuls of blackberry, dark-cherry, savoury herb and spicy flavours on the palate. Enjoy with grilled game sausages and rustic stews. Nero D'avola food pairings: meat-lover's pizza, meaty lasagne, pork roast. Drink: 2021 - 2024 17679 14% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 89/100. August 2021. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Precept Pendulum 2019, Columbia Valley, Washington, United States: From the Columbia Valley, Washington wine region, Pendulum 2019 is a fragrant Merlot, Syrah, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Malbec red wine blend sourced from select sites in the valley. From a cool vintage, the wine is bright, lifted and supple on the palate with juicy dark cherry, plum, blackberry, blueberry, mocha and spicy flavours. Pour with an equally juicy pork tenderloin from the grill. Pendulum food pairings: mixed grill meats, roast chicken, veggie kebabs. Drink: 2021 - 2024 46300 14.5% XD 750 mL $27.95 Score: 90/100. August 2021. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Pipoli Aglianico del Vulture 2018, Basilicata D.O.C., Italy: From the Basilicata wine region, Pipoli 2018 Aglianico Del Vulture is produced from 100% Aglianico grapes grown in the southern regions of Italy in volcanic soils. A bright purple color in the glass, fragrant with liquid dark cherry, earth, anise, cocoa and vanilla flavours on the palate. Vigneti del Vulture is owned by the Farnese Vini, a young winery that quickly became the leading exporting company in Southern Italy with a production of nearly 13 million bottles. The vineyards belonging to this estate sit on the volcanic soils of the slopes of Mount Vulture at altitudes of up to 800 metres above sea level. The wine was matured in a combination of stainless steel and neutral oak barrels for 10 months. Pour with a sausage cassoulet or roast boar. Aglianico Del Vulture food pairings: pasta in tomato sauce, vegetarian lasagne, roasted eggplant in rich tomato sauce. Drink: 2021 - 2024 320507 13.5% D 750 mL $16.95 Score: 88/100. August 2021. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Henry of Pelham Estate Cabernet Merlot 2016, Short Hills Bench, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: From the south-facing slopes of Henry Of Pelham Estate, a medium-plus-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot red wine blend lush with layers of blueberry, plum, black currant, dark chocolate, vanilla, cloves and cinnamon spice. Nice spicy lingering finish on this topnotch wine for one of Ontario's best-known producers. Aged 10 months in French and American oak. Cabernet Merlot food pairings: beef, pork, lamb roast with grilled vegetables. Drink: 2020 - 2025 395855 13.5% D 750 mL $24.95 Score: 90/100. August 2021. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Southbrook Vineyards Laundry Vineyard Gamay Noir 2018, Vinemount Ridge, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: An exceptionally great Gamay with aromas of vibrant dark field berries. Medium-bodied and supple. Pair with veal. Gamay Noir food pairings: veal chops, pork roast, roast quail. Drink: 2020 - 2025 646323 13% D 750 mL $29.95 Score: 91/100. August 2021. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Hyot 2016, Castillon Côtes De Bordeaux, Bordeaux A.C., France: A rich and vibrant Bordeaux red wine blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes. Look for fleshy ripe plum, blackberry, mint, cedar spice flavours with firm and chewy tannins. Nice now, better in 2021. A good match for pork, lamb, and beef dishes. Food pairings: rare rib steak, stuffed pork tenderloin roast, gourmet burgers. Drink: 2021 - 2025 63537 13% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 89/100. August 2021. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Plantagenet Three Lions Shiraz 2017, West Australia, Australia: A generous, full-bodied, supple Australia Shiraz with aromas of fleshy ripe black plums and spice. Perfect for grilled meats. Shiraz food pairings: grilled lamb chops, roast quail stuffed with wild mushrooms, veal Porterhouse. Drink: 2021 - 2024 18482 14.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 88/100. August 2021. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Königschaffhauser Steingrüble Trocken Pinot Noir 2018, Baden Qualitätswein, Germany: Königschaffhauser Steingrüble 2018 Pinot Noir is a dry, vibrant Baden Qualitätswein zesty with ripe red berries, dark cherry, dark chocolate, incense and cedar spice flavours on the palate. Great acidity for food on this typical Kaiserstühler PN. Pair with baked morels stuffed with herbed cream cheese. Pinot Noir food pairings: sweet-sour pot roast, spaetzle, red cabbage, frankfurters, goat cheese. Drink: 2021 - 2024 460410 12.5% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 89/100. August 2021. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Frescobaldi Tenuta Perano Rialzi Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2016, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: From Frescobaldi, Tenuta Perano Rialzi Gran Selezione 2016 Chianti Classico is one of the best in the Frescobaldi portfolio. Bright, fresh and elegant with ripe dark fruits, sweet-tart cherry, blue florals, toasty oak spice and chalky, flinty mineral flavours. Beautifully-balanced and, well, just beautiful. Pour with ossobuco or roast duck. Chianti Classico Gran Selezione food pairings: meaty lasagne, cheesy pizza, veal Parmesan. Drink: 2021 - 2033 17682 14% XD 750 mL $49.95 Score: 95/100. August 2021. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Josh Cellars Paso Robles Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, Paso Robles, California, United States: Produced by Joseph Carr, Josh Cellars Reserve 2017 is a concentrated, medium-bodied Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon. Smoky with ripe dark plum, blackberry, savoury herb and dark chocolate flavours elegant and vibrant on the palate. Enjoy with burgers and ribs from the grill. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: pork tenderloin, hodge-podge, grilled burgers. Drink: 2021 - 2024 412320 13.5% D 750 mL $24.95 Score: 91/100. August 2021. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tonel 46 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina: Tonel 46 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon is a well-priced and enticing Cab with fine herb, dark berry and oak spice flavours on the palate. Expressive and nicely balanced. Tannins are velvety. The wine matured in oak barrels for one year and 50,000 bottles were produced. Enjoy with burgers and ribs from the grill. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: tourtiere, grilled bavette steak, cassoulet. Drink: 2021 - 2022 17445 13.5% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 91/100. August 2021. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Kir-Yianni Diaporos Single Vineyard Xinomavro 2016, Imathia, Macedonia P.G.I., Greece: From the Imathia, Macedonia wine region, Kir-Yianni Diaporos 2016 Xinomavro is produced from mostly Xinomavro, with 13% Syrah added to the mix. A deep, dark violet colour in the glass, the wine is dry, full-bodied, fresh and expressive with dark plum, dried tobacco leaf, rosemary, cedar spice, menthol, cherry, olive, dark chocolate and vanilla flavours on the palate. Tannins are rich throughout. Grapes for this vintage were sourced from Block #5 of the Yianakohori Vineyard in Naousa and the wine was aged 22 months in 225-litre oak casks and six months in bottle prior to its release. Pour with rich, roasted meats. Xinomavro food pairings: roast Mediterranean lamb, roast chicken, duck, pork tenderloin stuffed with dried apricots en croute. Drink: 2021 - 2038 14131 14.5% XD 750 mL $53.95 Score: 94/100. August 2021. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Kaiken Terroir Series Malbec Bonarda Petit Verdot 2019, Mendoza, Argentina: Kaiken Terroir Series showcases Argentina's winemaking heritage and varieties. In this case, Kaiken Terroir Series 2019 is a modern, dry and vibrant blend of Malbec, Bonarda and Petit Verdot with juicy dark berry, plum, savoury herb, vanilla and spicy flavours on the palate. Great for barbeque fare. Malbec Bonarda Petit Verdot food pairings: roast pork tenderloin, roast chicken, veal Porterhouse. Drink: 2021 - 2024 450163 14.5% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 89/100. August 2021. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Glenelly Glass Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, Stellenbosch W.O., South Africa: Glenelly Glass Collection 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon is a full-bodied Bordeaux-style red and second label for May-Eliane de Lencquesaing, formerly of Pauillac Château Pichon Comtesse. Fragrant with pink florals, dried herbs, cedar spice and ripe dark berry aromas and flavours on the palate and delivers for the price. Drink or hold. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: burgers and ribs from the grill, tourtiere, slow-braised beef blade roast. Drink: 2021 - 2026 13316 14.8% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 93/100. August 2021. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Bodegas Hidalgo Tradición H Reserva 2015, Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain: Hidalgo Tradición H Reserva 2015 is a full-bodied Tempranillo-driven (with a splash of Graciano and Garnacha) Rioja Red produced from 70-plus-year-old bush vines in San Asencio, Rioja Alta, Spain. On the palate, there is a nice balance of dark plum, dried red berry fruit, baking spice, dried tobacco leaf and black olive flavours balanced with good acidity for food and pleasantly grippy tannins. Food pairings: roast pork, tourtiere, grilled game sausages, meat-lover's pizza, rustic lasagne. Drink: 2021 - 2023 18933 14.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 92/100. August 2021. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Gauchezco Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, Mendoza, Argentina: Gauchezco Reserve 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon is a great value, dry and full-bodied Argentinean red under $17. Grapes are hand-harvested from two vineyards in the Uco Valley and Vista Flores. Smoky on the nose with cassis and blackberry aromas and vibrant on the palate with black currant, toasty oak spice, vanilla and smoky flavours. The wine was matured in (60%) French and (40%) American oak barrels. Pour with a roast duck. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: venison roast, grilled game sausages, roast duck, goose. Drink: 2021 - 2024 17460 14% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 88/100. August 2021. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

The Calling Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California, United States: Produced by the Deutsch Nantz Alliance, this Alexander Valley, Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon is dry, full-bodied and very approachable now. The Calling 2017 is rich with dark cherry, blackberry, sage, thyme, olive and vanilla flavours on the palate. This wine was aged 18 months in French oak barrels (50% new). Nicely done and easy to love. Pour with steaks from the grill. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: prime rib roast, pork tenderloin, roast turkey. Drink: 2021 - 2025 20689 14.5% XD 750 mL $49.95 Score: 92/100. August 2021. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rustenberg Buzzard Kloof Syrah 2018, Stellenbosch W.O., South Africa: Buzzard Kloof 2018 Syrah is beautifully floral on the nose with violets, blueberry and blackberry aromas; dry, medium-plus-bodied with silky dark berry fruit, dark cherry, pepper spice, finishing long and plushy on the palate. Drink or hold. Syrah food pairings: prime rib roasts, veal Porterhouse, grilled lamb chops. Drink: 2021 - 2026 414151 14.5% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 90/100. August 2021. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Folie à Deux Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California, United States: Folie À Deux 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon is a spicy and peppery Alexander Valley Cab from cool climate Sonoma. The wine is vibrant with a mouthful of fresh dark berry fruit, cassis, toasted nut, cedar spice and vanilla flavours on its medium-plus-bodied frame. Tannins are firm and chewy and the wine is still quite tight, so decant one hour prior to pouring with a well-marbled steak from the grill or hold in cellar or another year or two. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: lamb Bolognese, grilled New York strip loin with chimichurri sauce, barbecued ribs in sauce, hamburger, hard cheese. Drink: 2021 - 2024 186163 14.1% XD 750 mL $44.95 Score: 92/100. August 2021. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Secret Indulgence Secret Blend 2018, Napa Valley, California, United States: Secret Indulgence Secret Blend 2018 is a full-bodied, fragrant 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot and 6% Cabernet Franc red wine blend from the Napa Valley wine region. The nose is shy at first, but after spending a little time in the glass, the nose opens to earthy mushroom, cassis, black plum and blackberry aromas. Dry, rich and concentrated on the palate with a mouthful of blue florals, black plum, cassis, dark cherry, cedar and dark spice flavours finishing long on the palate. Tannins are firm. Pour with a traditional roast beef dinner. Food pairings: prime rib, roast duck, rack of lamb. Drink: 2021 - 2035 927731 15.8% D 750 mL $95.95 Score: 95/100. August 2021. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Paringa Shiraz 2017, South Australia, Australia: Paringa 2017 Shiraz is enticingly fragrant on the nose with aromas of dark cherry, dark berry, earthy, dark chocolate, spiced plum and anise flavours on the palate. Full-bodied and warming at 14.7% abv but balanced with a mouthful of fruit and good acidity for food. Tannins are plushy. Excellent value as well under $16. Drink or hold. Shiraz food pairings: game roasts, roast turkey, partridge, veal Scaloppini. Drink: 2021 - 2025 632083 14.7% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 90/100. August 2021. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Lapostolle Gran Selección Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, Rapel Valley, Chile: Lapostolle Gran Seleccion 2018 is a fantastic value Rapel Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($17) from a carbon neutral winery. Fresh and juicy on the palate, this is a dry, medium-bodied Cab with ripe blackberry, black currant, cedar spice and toasty oak spice flavours finishing long and bright on the palate. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: prime rib roasts, grilled veal chops, roast chicken. Drink: 2021 - 2022 514166 14.1% D 750 mL $16.95 Score: 91/100. August 2021. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Luis Duarte Rubrica 2017, Vinho Regional Alentejano, Alentejo, Portugal: Produced by Luis Duarte Vinhos, Lda. Rubrica 2017 is a dry, juicy and medium-plus-bodied red wine blend of 35% Alicante Bouschet, 18% Touriga Nacional, 15% Aragonez, 12% Syrah, 11% Petit Verdot and Tinta Miúda, aged for one month in French oak barrels (75% new). The wine is fragrant with aromas of ripe red berries, blackberries and raspberries, warming at 14.9% but balanced with a mouthful of fresh blackberry and raspberry, anise, clove, pepper and minty, flinty flavours on the palate with vibrant acidity for food. Drink or hold. Food pairings: grilled game sausages, roast Cornish game hens, meat-lover's pizza. Drink: 2021 - 2032 563766 14.5% D 750 mL $27.95 Score: 93/100. August 2021. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Angeline Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2018, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California, United States: Angeline 2018 Pinot Noir is a lovely, elegant, cherry, berry PN from Green Valley, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County wine region. Fresh with spiced cherry, dried strawberry, plum, soft citrus and smoky, toasty oak flavours on the palate. Green Valley benefits from the cooling maritime fog as it rolls inland over the vines in the morning before burning off with the afternoon sun. Green Valley is the foggiest and coolest region of Sonoma and the soils have significant deposits of Goldridge soil, which is ideal for Pinot Noir. Pinot Noir food pairings: grilled lamb sirloin with cocoa rub, barbecued duck sausages, grilled pork tenderloin with cauliflower purée and cherry compote, veal chops. Drink: 2021 - 2022 396143 13.5% XD 750 mL $28.95 Score: 92/100. August 2021. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Heredad de Urueña Santo Terroir Tempranillo 2014, Castilla Y León, Spain: Heredad De Urueña Santo Terroir 2014 Tempranillo is excellent value under $17. Produced from 100% Tempranillo with lots of dried dark fruit, mocha, savoury herb, well-integrated oak spice and smoky vanilla flavours on the palate. Tannins are velvety. The wine was entirely aged in new (80%) French and (20%) American oak barrels. Drink or hold. Pour with pork and veggie brochettes. Tempranillo food pairings: roast pork, roast goose, grilled game sausage. Drink: 2021 - 2024 629832 15% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 89/100. August 2021. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Quinta do Vallado Sousão 2017, Douro, Portugal: Quinta do Vallado 2017 is produced from 100% Sousão, foot trodden in traditional lagares for six days and aged for 18 months in French oak barriques (38% new). Dry, full-bodied and intense on the palate with strawberry, dark plum, sweet dried tobacco leaf, sweet spice from oak ageing and balanced with vibrant acidity for food. Produced by winemakers, Francisco Olazabal & Francisco Ferreira. Sousão food pairings: roast pork, roast game hens, grilled venison sausage. Drink: 2022 - 2043 18756 14% XD 750 mL $44.95 Score: 95/100. August 2021. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rosés

Berne Inspiration Rosé 2020, Côtes De Provence, Provence A.P., France: Berne Inspiration 2020 is a crisp and fragrant 50% Grenache 30% Cinsault and 20% Syrah from Chateau de Berne's limestone terroir in the Côtes De Provence wine region. Fresh with good acidity for food and juicy with flavours of pink grapefruit, red berry, pepper spice finishing on a flinty mineral note. The grapes for this blend were sourced from predominantly south-facing vineyards in the heart of Provence. A perfect summer sipper or chill and pour with charcuterie, soft cheeses, olives and a baguette. Rosé food pairings: charcuterie and cheese plate, roast maple smoked ham, green salads. Drink: 2021 - 2022 278861 12.5% XD 750 mL $23.95 Score: 90/100. August 2021. Top Rated Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Hãhã Rosé 2020, Hawke's Bay, North Island, New Zealand: From Hawke's Bay, North Island, Hãhã 2020 rosé is a vegan-friendly, Merlot and Malbec rosé blend with white florals, raspberry, watermelon and nectarine flavours dry, medium-bodied and intense on the palate. This is a perfect picnic rosé. Chill and enjoy with watercress and cold roast chicken sandwiches. Rosé food pairings: chicken burgers, cold turkey sandwiches, fish tacos. Drink: 2021 - 2022 19550 12.5% D 750 mL $18.95 Score: 89/100. August 2021. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

The Foreign Affair Amarosé 2020, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: From the Niagara Peninsula wine region, The Foreign Affair 2020 Amarosé is a rich and vibrant, full-bodied rosé made in the appassimento style. Amarose is a lush Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Gamay blend with dried skins and lees contact. Appasimento is a famous wine making method from the Veneto wine region, but Amarose is uniquely Canadian with concentrated strawberry, cherry, raspberry and watermelon flavours on the palate. Pour with grilled salmon burgers. Amarosé food pairings: sushi, white turkey meat, fish tacos, salads. Drink: 2021 - 2023 388702 12.7% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 87/100. August 2021. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Veuve Clicquot Rosé Champagne, Reims, Champagne, France: A stunning Rosé Champagne with lively notes of field strawberries and melon. Perfect as a chilled aperitif or companion to shellfish or grilled seafood. Drink: 2021 - 2026 19661 12.5% XD 750 mL $93.25 Score: 93/100. August 2021. Top Rated Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Casal de Ventozela Espadeiro Rosé 2020, Vinho Verde D.O.C., Portugal: Casal De Ventozela 2020 Espadeiro rosé is produced from 100% Espadeiro, a traditional grape variety native to the Vinho Verde wine region. Bright with a lovely spritz showing ripe strawberry, citrus, earthy, fine herb and spicy flavours on the palate balanced with food-friendly acidity. Pour with grilled calamari or a more casual herbed flatbread. Rosé food pairings: salads, stir-fried chicken-flavoured tofu, veggie kebabs. Drink: 2021 - 2022 450841 11.5% D 750 mL $14.95 Score: 88/100. August 2021. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Underwood Rosé 2020, Oregon, United States: From the Willamette and Umpqua Valley wine regions, Underwood 2020 rosé is a fresh and vibrant blend of Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir with lesser amounts of Muscat and Riesling. Great food-friendly acidity on this unassuming rosé crisp with white floral, citrus zest and tropical fruit notes. Chill and enjoy on its own or pour with summer salads or grilled seafood dishes. Rosé food pairings: chicken cutlets, lamb kebabs, roast Cornish game hens. Drink: 2021 - 2023 19531 12% D 750 mL $22.95 Score: 88/100. August 2021. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

López de Heredia Viña Tondonia Gran Reserva Rosé 2010, Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain: From López de Heredia Viña Tondonia Gran Reserva 2010 Rosado is produced from 60% Garnacho, 30% Tempranillo and 10% white Viura from vines averaging 90 years of age. Elegant and complex with ripe red berry, earthy florals, wild herbs, sweet baking spices, anise and chalky mineral flavours crisp and clean on the palate. Chill and enjoy with roast Mediterranean chicken. Rosé food pairings: fish tacos, crab cakes, Paella, pork tenderloin. Drink: 2021 - 2033 15781 13% XD 750 mL $43.95 Score: 96/100. August 2021. Top Rated Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Bonny Doon Vineyard Gris de Cigare Vin Gris 2020, Central Coast, California, United States: Bonny Doon Vineyard De Cigare 2020 Vin Gris is an intriguing, tasty and unique wine from the Central Coast of California. Produced from a blend of 71% Grenache, 11% Cinsault, 5% Clairette Blanche, 5% Grenache Blanc, 4% Vermentino and 4% Mourvèdre, this is a pale pink fragrant rosé produced from lightly pressed, mostly red grapes, juicy and spicy on the palate with white and pink florals, ripe red berry, rose hips, plum and spicy, toasty flavours on the palate. Regarding flying Cigares label (or UFOs); In 1954 a village in Châteauneuf-du-Pape wisely adopted an ordinance prohibiting the landing of such spacecraft in local vineyards. The regulations have worked exceptionally well in discouraging alien landings :) Vin Gris food pairings: crab cakes, grilled chicken with olives, pork tenderloin. Drink: 2021 - 2023 19526 13.5% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 92/100. August 2021. Top Rated Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Hecht & Bannier Bandol Rosé 2020, Bandol, Provence A.C., France: Hecht & Bannier 2020 Bandol is a dry, medium-bodied southern French rosé blend of Mourvèdre along with Grenache and Cinsault fragrant with aromas of wild strawberry, raspberry, ripe cherry, earthy florals, fine herbs finishing with a pleasant, refreshing bitter bite reminiscent of unripe stone fruit. Chill and enjoy with moules and steak frites. Drink or hold. Rosé food pairings: strawberry spinach salad, roast turkey, veal scaloppini. Drink: 2021 - 2023 12933 13.5% XD 750 mL $34.95 Score: 91/100. August 2021. Top Rated Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Redstone Rosé 2020, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: From the Niagara Peninsula wine region, Redstone 2020 rosé is produced from 100% Pinot Noir and is as fresh on the palate as it is on the nose with aromas of fresh red berries, strawberry, cranberry, capsicum and minty flavours on the palate. The wine is light-bodied and juicy with food-friendly acidity, chill and enjoy with salads or brunch fare. Rosé food pairings: charcuterie, grilled chicken, creamy cheeses. Drink: 2021 - 2022 650655 12.5% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 88/100. August 2021. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Fielding Rosé 2020, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Fielding 2020 rosé is a great value ($16) and zesty rosé blend of 32% Pinot Noir, 27% Cabernet Franc, 24% Pinot Gris, 13% Sauvignon blanc and 4% Gamay fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks. Floral and pretty on the nose and palate with pink grapefruit, tart cherry, ripe strawberry and spicy flavours finishing crisp and clean. A perfect match chilled with grilled chicken dishes. Rosé food pairings: veal chops in creamy white wine sauce, veal schnitzel, cold turkey sandwiches. Drink: 2021 - 2022 53421 12.3% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 88/100. August 2021. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sparkling Wine

Vincent Couche Sensation Champagne 1999, Champagne A.C., France: Produced by Vincent Couche, Sensation 1999 vintage Champagne is a lovely mature champagne, gold in the glass with a lively mousse of honeyed apple, dried mushroom, rhubarb, brioche and toasty notes on the palate. Elegant, vibrant and delicious now. Champagne food pairings: caviar, fresh-steamed lobster, fish and chips, chips and dip, crab cakes, oysters on the half shell with a strawberry mignonette. Drink: 2021 - 2022 403006 12.5% XD 750 mL $121.95 Score: 92/100. August 2021. Top Rated Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Haute Cabrière Pierre Jourdan Belle Rose Brut Sparkling, Western Cape W.O., South Africa: Haute Cabrière Pierre Jourdan Belle is a great value traditional method sparkling rosé under $20 from the Western Cape wine region. Produced by Tim Hoek and Takuan von Arnim from 100% Pinot Noir, there is bright strawberry, raspberry and toasted bread flavours balanced with racy acidity on this joyful bubble drinking beautifully now. Rose Brut Sparkling food pairings: smoked salmon, creamy cheeses, salads. Drink: 2021 - 2023 18569 12% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. August 2021. Best Value Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Vincent Raimbault Bel-Air Sparkling Vouvray 2018, Vouvray, Loire A.C., France: From Vouvray, Raimbault Bel-Air 2018 is a refreshing French white bubble from the Loire wine region. This is a crisp Chenin Blanc sparkler, bone dry with bracing acidity. Look for a lively mousse of honeyed peach, apple, ginger spice and toast on the palate. This vintage was awarded Gold at the 2019 Concours de la Saint Vincent. Sparkling Vouvray food pairings: grilled chicken, green salads, shellfish. Drink: 2021 - 2022 205468 13% D 750 mL $22.95 Score: 88/100. August 2021. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Chandon Blanc de Pinot Noir Sparkling Wine, California, United States: This Californian sparkling wine producer is owned by one of Champagne's most revered wineries, Moët & Chandon, the same house that makes top-of-the-line Dom Pérignon. Chandon is actually no newcomer to the scene having been founded in the 1970s, and the first winery to make sparkling wine using the traditional Champagne method (Méthode Traditionelle). Blanc De Noirs This bubbly offers terrific value for the money; a great bottle to serve at small or larger gatherings given its taste: price ratio. Crisp, clean and dry with aromas of green apple and baked bread. Terrific! Blanc De Pinot Noir Sparkling Wine food pairings: lightly spiced curry dishes, lamb stew, white turkey meat, fried chicken, fish tacos. Drink: 2021 - 2022 100693 13% D 750 mL $32.95 Score: 90/100. August 2021. Top Rated Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Hãhã Brut Cuvée Sparkling, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: Hãhã is a Traditional Method Brut bubble from the Marlborough wine region. A blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, this is a bone dry, refreshing sparkler vibrant on the palate with red berry, ripe apple, vanilla and citrus zest flavours. A great palate cleanser between meal courses or simply chill and enjoy on its own. Sparkling food pairings: seafood canapes, smoked trout on crackers, fresh-steamed shrimp, salads. Drink: 2021 - 2022 18328 12.5% D 750 mL $24.95 Score: 92/100. August 2021. Top Rated Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Gruet Millésimé Brut Champagne 2012, Champagne A.C., France: Gruet Millésimé 2012 vintage Champagne is a bone-dry cuvée blend of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay. Intense with a lively, persistent mousse of honeyed apple, pear, citrus zest, brioche and toasty flavours vibrant on the palate. Chill and enjoy with fish and chips. Champagne food pairings: sushi, fish and chips, salads, seafood canapes. Drink: 2021 - 2024 20240 12% MD 750 mL $52.95 Score: 91/100. August 2021. Top Rated Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

Bliss Sauvignon Blanc 2018, Mendocino, California, United States: From Mendocino, California, Bliss 2018 Sauvignon Blanc is an excellent value ($18) estate bottle SB bright with layers of tropical fruit, green herbs, citrus zest and flinty flavours balanced with food-friendly acidity on the palate. Chill and enjoy with summer salads and grilled chicken dishes. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: steamed mussel and clam hot pot, chilled fresh steamed shrimp, salads topped with herbed pepper goat cheese. Drink: 2021 - 2022 512772 13.7% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 90/100. August 2021. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Donnachiara Greco di Tufo 2018, Campania D.O.C.G., Italy: From the Campania wine region, Donnachiara 2018 Greco Di Tufo is a tangy white wine, dry, medium-bodied and crisp with lemon-lime zest and flinty mineral flavours vibrant and silky on the palate. Chill and enjoy with grilled seafood or steamed shellfish dishes. Greco Di Tufo food pairings: grilled chicken, pork tenderloin, fish tacos, fish and chips. Drink: 2021 - 2022 262964 13% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 92/100. August 2021. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Produttori Vini Manduria Zìn Fiano 2019, Salento, Puglia I.G.T., Italy: From the Puglia wine region, Produttori Vini Manduria Zìn 2019 Fiano is produced from sustainably-grown grapes. Smoky on the nose with lemon zest and flinty aromas, the wine is dry, medium-bodied with ripe yellow plum, citrus zest, melon wrapped up with smoky, flinty mineral flavours silky on the palate. Nicely done! Chill and enjoy with grilled seafood dishes. Fiano food pairings: oysters Rockefeller, smoked fish on baguette, pan-fried trout. Drink: 2021 - 2023 909283 13% D 750 mL $14.95 Score: 87/100. August 2021. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Quinta do Cume White Reserva 2018, Douro D.O.C., Portugal: From the Douro wine region, Quinta do cume Reserva 2018 is a dry, rich blend of 30% Malvasia Fina, 30% Rabigato, 20% Viosinho and 20% Gouveio. One-third of the wine juice was fermented and aged for six months in new French oak barrels with the balanced in stainless-steel tanks. Look for ripe orchard fruit, white florals and toasty oak flavours finishing on a mineral note. Intense and zesty. Drink or hold Food pairings: pan-fried panfish, smoked trout, grilled halibut steaks. Drink: 2021 - 2025 20079 13.5% D 750 mL $29.95 Score: 90/100. August 2021. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tselepos Moschofilero 2020, Mantinia, Peloponnese P.D.O., Greece: From the Peloponnese wine region, Tselepos 2020 Moschofilero is a fresh floral grape variety indigenous to Greece. Dry and vibrant on the palate with fresh white florals, citrus and a touch of spice, the wine is a perfect match to pasta with a tangy, lemony white sauce or pan-seared scallops. This vintage was awarded Gold at the 2020 Berliner Wein Trophy. Moschofilero food pairings: grilled calamari, roast chicken, fish tacos, crab cakes. Drink: 2021 - 2023 724583 12.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. August 2021. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Matahiwi Estate Holly Chardonnay 2020, Hawke's Bay, North Island, New Zealand: Matahiwi Holly 2020 Chardonnay is a dry, full-bodied and zesty Chard from Hawke's Bay, North Island wine region. Fragrant with gold apple, baked peach pie aromas, this is a gorgeously supple and layered wine with ripe peach, golden apple, baked pastry, vanilla and sweet toasty oak spice flavours elegant and long on the palate. Just lovely! Drink or hold. Chardonnay food pairings: grilled pork chops, onion tarte, vegetarian pizza, grilled chicken with lime-lemon zest. Drink: 2021 - 2025 12622 13.1% XD 750 mL $25.95 Score: 91/100. August 2021. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Auntsfield Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2020, Southern Valleys, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: Auntsfield 2020 Sauvignon Blanc is a produced from sustainably-grown grapes from a single vineyard. This is a mouth-watering Sauvignon Blanc from Southern Valleys, Marlborough; dry, medium-bodied and intense on the palate with a mouthful of fresh melon, passionfruit, green herb and lime zest flavours finishing long. Drink or hold. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: oriental chicken salad with yoghurt and citrus dressing, grilled lemon herb chicken breast, roast duck breast on sliced poached pears. Drink: 2021 - 2024 663286 13% XD 750 mL $21.95 Score: 92/100. August 2021. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Umani Ronchi Casal di Serra Verdicchio Dei Castelli Di Jesi Classico Superiore 2019, Marche D.O.C., Italy: From the Marche wine region, Casal Di Serra Classico Superiore 2019 Verdicchio Dei Castelli Di Jesi is a medium-bodied, bone-dry Verdicchio, mineral laden and nicely finessed with white-fleshed stone fruit, grapefruit zest, blanched almond, fine herbs finishing on a briny mineral note and balanced with food-friendly acidity. Nicely done! Chill and enjoy with a seafood Alfredo. Verdicchio Dei Castelli Di Jesi Classico Superiore food pairings: calamari, sous-vide octopus, steamed shellfish, grilled chicken breasts. Drink: 2021 - 2023 268169 13% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. August 2021. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Feudo Antico Organic Pecorino 2019, Terre Di Chieti, Abruzzo I.G.P., Italy: From the Abruzzo wine region, Feudo Antico 2019 Pecorino is produced from organically-grown grapes. Love the freshness and weight on this silky white from Terre di Chieti. Bright on the nose and palate with fresh pear, melon, citrus zest and briny mineral flavours. So easy to love, as is the price ($16). Pecorino food pairings: grilled seafood, fresh steamed shellfish with a squeeze of lemon and lime zest, fish tacos. Drink: 2021 - 2022 644930 13.4% D 750 mL $16.95 Score: 88/100. August 2021. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Southbrook Vineyards Triomphe Chardonnay 2017, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Southbrook Triomphe (2016) is a full-bodied Niagara white wine made from organically grown Chardonnay grapes and is ideal for vegans and vegetarians. Dry, creamy and clean finish with lightly buttered toast on the finish. Drink now and for the next three years. Chardonnay food pairings: scallops with a sesame ginger dressing, grilled seafood, spinach and pepper jack stuffed chicken. Drink: 2020 - 2021 172338 12.6% D 750 mL $24.95 Score: 90/100. August 2021. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Closson Chase The Brock Chardonnay 2018, Niagara River, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A lovely PEC Chardonnay with aromas of green apple and toasted almond. Pair with roast chicken. From the Niagara-On-The-Lake wine region, Closson Chase, The Brock 2018 Chardonnay is a beautifully-crafted, balanced, cool-climate Chard with ripe yellow apple, plum, ripe stone fruit, green herbs, toasted nut, lemon curd and buttery toffee flavours wrapped up in toasty oak spice on the palate. Chill and enjoy with butternut squash gnocchi or lobster bisque. Drink or hold. Chardonnay food pairings: roast chicken, grilled veal chops, lobster rolls. Drink: 2020 - 2024 20899 13% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 91/100. August 2021. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Su Puddu Vermentino di Sardegna 2019, Sardinia D.O.C., Italy: From the Sardinia wine region, Su Puddu 2019 Vermentino Di Sardegna is produced in stainless-steel tanks to keep fruit flavours and aromas fresh with this example showing a mouthful of melon, lime, lemon and grapefruit zest balanced with vibrant acidity. Produced by Silvio Carta. Chill and enjoy with all things seafood. Vermentino Di Sardegna food pairings: seafood pizza, seafood Alfredo, grilled chicken breasts, calamari. Drink: 2021 - 2023 230599 12% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 87/100. August 2021. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Quails' Gate Estate Winery Chardonnay 2018, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada: A beautiful BC Chardonnay with notes of green apple and peach. Medium- to full-bodied with a luscious, mouth-filling texture. Perfect for roast turkey or chicken. Chardonnay food pairings: turkey burgers, crab cakes, chicken breast, lobster in butter sauce, cheese. Drink: 2019 - 2023 377770 13% D 750 mL $24.95 Score: 91/100. August 2021. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Dr. Loosen Blue Slate Riesling Kabinett 2018, Mosel Prädikatswein, Germany: Floral fragrant, medium-bodied Kabinett Riesling from the Mosel Prädikatswein with ripe pear, stone fruit, lemon tarte and mineral flavours on the palate. "Blue Slate" refers to the area of blue Devonian slate in the Middle Mosel producing a more floral Riesling. Pair with mildly spiced dishes. Riesling Kabinett food pairings: sushi with extra wasabi, roast chicken, spicy pasta dishes, baby greens salad, feta cheese.. Drink: 2020 - 2025 160846 7.5% M 750 mL $24.95 Score: 94/100. August 2021. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Disruption Chardonnay 2017, Columbia Valley, Washington, United States: Disruption 2017 Chardonnay is a dry, medium-bodied and zesty Chard from the Columbia Valley wine region. Grapes for this vintage were sourced from Evergreen and Sundance Vineyards with a portion of the grapes aged in stainless-steel tanks and some in neutral oak barrels. Look for bright flavours of fresh apple, lemon zest, some tropical fruit notes with a chalky mineral finish. Nicely layered with good fruit concentration and acidity in check. Chardonnay food pairings: roast chicken, turkey, broiled lobster tails with drawn lemon garlic butter. Drink: 2021 - 2024 20653 13.5% D 750 mL $26.95 Score: 89/100. August 2021. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Michel Gassier Château de Nages JT White 2018, Costières De Nîmes, Rhône A.C., France: From the Costières De Nîmes wine region, Michel Gassier Château De Nages Jt 2018 is a delicious Rhône white produced from 70% Roussanne, 15% Viognier and 15% Grenache Blanc. Lovely on the nose with warm white florals, soft citrus, fresh almond and a sniff of vanilla. On the palate, this Chard is dry, full-bodied and floral with ripe pear, apple, orange blossom, ripe stone fruit, toasted almond and ginger spice flavours finishing lush and long with balanced acidity. Nicely made! White food pairings: grilled chicken with lemon and thyme, planked salmon, quiche. Drink: 2021 - 2023 485854 13% XD 750 mL $27.95 Score: 92/100. August 2021. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Marchand-Tawse Bourgogne Chardonnay 2018, Burgundy A.C., France: From the Burgundy wine region, Marchand-Tawse 2018 Chardonnay is a savoury, rich and nutty Old World Burgundian Chardonnay, full-bodied and vibrant with bright apple, fresh pear, warm white florals, lemon meringue pie and nutty flavours on the palate. Great acidity for food on this wine underpinned by fine minerality. This is a collaboration between French vigneron Pascal Marchand and the Niagara winery Tawse. Vineyards are located in the Côte de Beaune (75%) and from the hill side of Viré-Clessé (25%). Grapes were whole bunch pressed, lightly crushed with fermentation in barrels, "sur lies" without "batonnage" and aged in neutral oak barrels. Chill and enjoy with grilled lobster tails. Chardonnay food pairings: crab cakes with lemon sauce, seafood, oysters on the half shell with strawberry mignonette. Drink: 2021 - 2024 414557 12.5% XD 750 mL $31.95 Score: 89/100. August 2021. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Miles Mossop The Introduction Chenin Blanc 2019, Coastal Region W.O., South Africa: From the Coastal Region wine region, Miles Mossop The Introduction 2019 Chenin Blanc is an entry-level Chenin with grapes sourced from the Stellenbosch and Swartland wine regions. Bright and zesty on the palate with crunchy apple, soft citrus, spicy and stony flavours on the palate balanced with great acidity for food. Drink or hold. Pour with roast chicken. Chenin Blanc food pairings: roast chicken, grilled shrimp, sauteed halibut steaks. Drink: 2021 - 2023 18766 13% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 91/100. August 2021. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Estate Argyros Assyrtiko 2019, Santorini P.D.O., Greece: Argyros 2019 is a 100% Assyrtiko sourced from the Santorini wine region. Lush and zesty on the palate with ripe stone fruit, savoury herbs, white pepper flavours balanced with vibrant acidity and finishing long on a briny mineral note. Assyrtiko food pairings: seafood, lemon chicken, filet of sole with a squeeze of lemon juice. Drink: 2021 - 2023 387365 13.5% XD 750 mL $45.95 Score: 93/100. August 2021. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Heron Sauvignon Blanc 2018, Mendocino County, California, United States: Heron 2018 Sauvignon Blanc is a smooth, creamy and mouth filling medium-plus-bodied SB from Mendocino County wine region, dry and zesty with bright citrus, fine herb, ripe melon and stone fruit flavours. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: salads, smoked whitefish on baguette, steamed shellfish in their own juice. Drink: 2021 - 2022 18755 13% D 750 mL $27.95 Score: 93/100. August 2021. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Kaiken Ultra Chardonnay 2019, Mendoza, Argentina: Kaiken Ultra 2019 is a great value, dry and medium-plus-bodied Chardonnay ($20) from the Altimira Zone in the Mendoza wine region. Supple and smooth with ripe orchard fruit, apple pie spice and toasty oak spice vibrant and creamy on the palate. The Chardonnay grapes for this vintage were sourced from vineyards in the Uco Valley that are 1200 metres above sea level. More than half of the wine was fermented in stainless steel tanks with the balance in new oak barrels. Chill and enjoy with pan-fried trout. Chardonnay food pairings: roast chicken, duck, Cornish game hens, steamed lobster with lemon butter, sauteed sole in lemon butter sauce. Drink: 2021 - 2024 355552 14.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. August 2021. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Spier Seaward Sauvignon Blanc 2020, Cape Town W.O., South Africa: Spier Seaward 2020 Sauvignon Blanc is a vegan-friendly SB with grapes sourced from the Tygerberg Hills in the Cape Town wine region about 16 kilometres from the cold Atlantic Ocean. Dry, fresh and zesty on the palate with cut hay, green apple, guava, mango and pineapple flavours balanced with mouth-watering acidity and finishing long and juicy on a briny mineral note. So good now. Chill and enjoy with grilled fish or veggie dishes. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: flatbread and goat cheese, Caprese salad, quiche, brunch fare, crab cakes. Drink: 2021 - 2023 20922 13.5% D 750 mL $15.95 Score: 89/100. August 2021. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Jean-Marc Brocard Vau de Vay Chablis 1Er Cru 2018, Burgundy A.C., France: Jean-Marc Brocard Vau De Vay 2018 Premier Cru Chablis is produced from 20-plus-year-old, organically-farmed Chardonnay vines with an eastern exposure on a 38% slope. This is a classic Chablis with fresh aromas of the ocean, oyster shells and citrus zest. Lots of energy in this wine with a mouth-watering and briny, salty mineral finish. Needs some to time to come together and show its best. Try in 2024. Chablis 1Er Cru food pairings: raw oysters on the half shell with raspberry mignonette, smoked whitefish, crab cakes and aioli sauce. Drink: 2021 - 2025 24723 13% XD 750 mL $42.95 Score: 91/100. August 2021. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Benziger Family Winery Chardonnay 2018, Sonoma County, California, United States: Benziger 2018 Chardonnay is produced from sustainably-grown grapes from the Sonoma County wine region. Pale gold in the glass with a buttery nose of apple crisp, caramel, ripe pear; on the palate, the wine is dry, full-bodied, creamy and crisp with lively peach, pear, lemon meringue and buttery caramel toasty and long on the finish. Chill and enjoy with roast turkey. Benziger's sustainability program focuses on biodiversity, soil revitalization and integrated pest management. Chardonnay food pairings: grilled calamari, roast chicken, buttered lobster rolls. Drink: 2021 - 2024 34777 14% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 91/100. August 2021. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


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