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Dessert Wine

Domaine des Bernardins Muscat Beaumes De Venise 2020, Rhône A.C., France: Domaine des Bernardins 2020 Muscat Beaumes De Venise is a blend of mostly Muscat Blanc petits grains with 25% Muscat Rosé petit grains grapes. This very elegant and aromatic dessert wine is fragrant with honeyed stone fruit, ripe pear, crab apple, fresh on the palate with a lovely sweetness and balanced acidity. A perfect size for two to share over pan-fried foie gras or a fruit tart. Muscat Beaumes De Venise food pairings: crème brûlée, fruit-based desserts, pastries, fresh field berries in cream. Drink: 2022 - 2028 442160 15% S 375 mL $23.95 Score: 90/100. April 2022. Top Rated Dessert Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Red Wine

Folie à Deux Merlot 2017, Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California, United States: From Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, Folie à Deux 2017 Merlot is smooth and rich with bright plum, red and dark berries, blueberry, baking spices and velvety tannins. Drink or hold. Merlot food pairings: roast pork, roast leg of lamb, veal Porterhouse. Drink: 2022 - 2024 22592 14.9% XD 750 mL $36.95 Score: 91/100. April 2022. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Vicente Faria Gloria Reserva 2019, Douro D.O.C., Portugal: Vicente Faria Gloria 2019 is a full-bodied red wine blend from Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca and Touriga Nacional wine grapes from the Douro wine region. Fresh, fragrant and youthful with dark cherry, dark berry, chocolate and toasty, oak spice flavours on the palate. Tannins are firm. Decant for one hour prior to pouring it with grilled red meats. Food pairings: slow-braised brisket, roast goose, grilled rack of lamb. Drink: 2022 - 2028 146522 13% D 750 mL $16.95 Score: 89/100. April 2022. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Vino del Sol Wapisa Malbec 2018, San Javier Rio Negro, Patagonia, Argentina: Wapisa 2018 Malbec is from San Javier near Patagonia. A beautiful, elegant Malbec with dark berry, blueberry, fine herbs, with a kiss of toasty oak spice vibrant and long on the palate. Produced by winemaker, Jean-Claude Berrouet of Château Pétrus fame. Drink or hold. Malbec food pairings: meat-lover's pizza, gourmet burgers, ribs from the grill, grilled game sausages. Drink: 2022 - 2027 631879 13.9% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 92/100. April 2022. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Portlandia Pinot Noir 2019, Willamette Valley, Oregon, United States: From the Willamette Valley wine region, Portlandia 2019 Pinot Noir is produced from grapes sourced from the Olsen and Hyland vineyards. Look for juicy, ripe dark berry, cherry, cinnamon and coffee flavours on the palate. Tannins are velvety. Pinot Noir food pairings: grilled chicken breasts, roast quail, mushroom risotto. Drink: 2022 - 2024 445486 13.5% D 750 mL $29.95 Score: 90/100. April 2022. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Castello di Collemassari Montecucco Rosso Riserva 2016, Tuscany D.O.C., Italy: Castello Di Collemassari Montecucco Rosso Riserva 2016 is a dry and full-bodied blend of 80% Sangiovese with the balance in Ciliegiolo and Cabernet Sauvignon. A Tuscan classic with pink florals, bright cherry, crushed raspberry, subtle spice and savoury herb flavours finishing on a mineral note. Lovely balance of acidity to fruit wrapped up in velvety tannins. Drink or hold. Rosso Riserva food pairings: veal Parmesan, chicken Cacciatore, cheesy pizza. Drink: 2022 - 2030 23039 14% XD 750 mL $22.95 Score: 91/100. April 2022. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Curvos Prova Cega 2019, Douro D.O.C., Portugal: From the Douro wine region, Prova Cega 2019 is excellent value at $15. A dry and robust blend of Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca and Tinta Roriz, floral on the nose, with dark cherry, dark fruits, dried herb, liquorice and baking spice flavours velvety on the palate. Enjoy with a sausage cassoulet. Food pairings: grilled pork sausages, pork ribs, meat pies. Drink: 2022 - 2024 446054 14% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 88/100. April 2022. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Wente Vineyards Beyer Ranch Zinfandel 2018, California, United States: Wente Beyer Ranch 2018 Zinfandel is dry, full-bodied and fresh on the nose and palate with dark cherry, red berry, mint, fine herbs, with a citrusy mineral finish vibrant with food-friendly acidity. Lightly chill and enjoy with burgers and ribs from the grill. Zinfandel food pairings: gourmet burgers, meat lover's pizza, barbeque pork side ribs. Drink: 2022 - 2025 66118 14.5% D 750 mL $21.95 Score: 91/100. April 2022. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Decoy Red 2019, California, United States: Decoy 2019 is a full-bodied, structured and well-crafted red wine blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel with a splash or two of Petite Sirah, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Syrah and Carignan, aged 12 months in French oak barrels. Fragrant with dark plum, cassis, wild herbs, ripe red berry, spicy, long and vibrant long on the palate. Pour with steaks from the grill. Drink or hold. Red food pairings: roast beef, grilled beef long ribs, pork tenderloin, roast turkey. Drink: 2022 - 2026 22600 13.9% D 750 mL $35.95 Score: 90/100. April 2022. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Résonance Pinot Noir 2018, Willamette Valley, Oregon, United States: Résonance 2018 Pinot Noir is an elegant and silky 100% PN with grapes sourced from the Willamette Valley wine region and is fresh on the palate with bright red berry, plum, fine herbs and subtle baking spice flavours. From Louis Jadot Estates. Drink or hold. Pinot Noir food pairings: roast quail, mushroom and leek risotto, grilled lamb ribs, lamb chops, veal Masala, roast chicken, duck confit. Drink: 2022 - 2030 467696 13.1% D 750 mL $58.95 Score: 93/100. April 2022. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cabeça de Toiro Reserva 2017, Tejo D.O.C., Portugal: From the Tejo wine region, Cabeça de Toiro Reserva 2017 is excellent value at $18. A blend of Syrah, Castelão and Touriga Nacional aged nine months in French oak barrels. The wine is dry, medium-plus-bodied and zesty on the palate with ripe dark fruits, savoury herbs, dried sweet tobacco and toasty oak spice flavours. Tannins are firm. Produced by Winemaker, João Vicêncio. Food pairings: bison burgers, tourtière, ribs. Drink: 2022 - 2024 168856 13.5% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 91/100. April 2022. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tbilvino Alazani Valley Red 2020, Alazani Valley, Kakheti, Georgia: From Alazani Valley, Kakheti Tbilvino 2020 is excellent value at $16. Produced from 70% Saperavi with the balance in Rkatsiteli, this is a medium sweet red wine from Georgia and a perfect pairing served up lightly chilled with BBQ ribs or mildly-spiced curries. Vibrant with dark plum, red berry, mocha and savoury herb flavours on the palate with great acidity for food. The grapes for this wine spent four days on their skins and then pressed off for fermentation in temperature-controlled tanks (25/27°C). In the late 1990s the Tbilvino Company emerged as an independent wine company and is one of the largest, most awarded producers and exporters of high quality wines from Georgia. Food pairings: turkey and cranberry sauce, pork with a fruit reduction, fresh fruit tart. Drink: 2022 - 2026 142109 12% MS 750 mL $15.95 Score: 87/100. April 2022. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Antinori Riserva Chianti Classico 2018, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: From Villa Antinori, Riserva 2018 Chianti Classico is elegant and powerful with dark and tart cherry, red berry, blueberry, savoury herbs, cedar brush and toasty oak spice smooth and velvety with a lingering finish of vanilla and chocolate on its medium-bodied frame. Tannins are fine and velvety. Drink or hold. Chianti Classico food pairings: grilled meats, meat pasta, lamb stew. Drink: 2022 - 2031 540971 13.5% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 91/100. April 2022. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Goretti Le Mura Saracene Montefalco Rosso 2018, Montefalco, Umbria D.O.C., Italy: From Umbria, Goretti Le Mura Saracene 2018 is an intense red wine blend of 60% Sangiovese, 30% Merlot and 10% Ciliegiolo. Juicy on the nose and palate with ripe dark cherry aromas, red berry, leather, anise and sweet dried tobacco leaf flavours finishing spicy on the palate. Tannins are fine and structured. Pour with roasted and grilled red meats or aged cheeses. Montefalco Rosso food pairings: meat-lover's pizza, fricassee rabbit, grilled game sausages. Drink: 2022 - 2024 101170 13% D 750 mL $25.95 Score: 89/100. April 2022. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

John Glaetzer John's Blend No. 41 Langhorne Creek Individual Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Langhorne Creek, South Australia, Australia: John's Blend 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon is a dry and robust Cabernet Sauvignon from Langhorne Creek in South Australia. Look for dark cherry, plum, cassis, bitter chocolate and menthol flavours with a kiss of toasty oak spice on the palate. Tannins are fine and velvety. The wine spent 40 months in French oak barrels. Pour with barbequed meats. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: lamb Bolognese, beef enchiladas, barbecued ribs in sauce. Drink: 2022 - 2023 927640 14.5% XD 750 mL $39.95 Score: 92/100. April 2022. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Matias Riccitelli This Is Not Another Lovely Malbec 2021, Mendoza, Argentina: Matias Riccitelli This Is Not Another Lovely 2021 Malbec is a full-bodied, chewy, fruit-driven Malbec that was fermented in concrete eggs. Look for layers of dark fruit, blueberry, mulberry, spicy and vibrant on the palate. Tannins are chewy. Pour with not so polite pork chops from the grill : ). Malbec food pairings: grilled game sausage, grilled pork tenderloin, veal chops. Drink: 2022 - 2024 24222 13.5% D 750 mL $29.95 Score: 90/100. April 2022. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Nieto Senetiner Don Nicanor Malbec 2018, Mendoza, Argentina: Nieto Senetiner Don Nicanor 2018 Malbec is dry, rich and full-bodied with blueberry, blackberry, savoury herbs and smoky spices juicy on the palate. Structured and focused. Pour with a roast of pork and all the trimmings. Malbec food pairings: grilled bavette steak, roast quail, veal Porterhouse. Drink: 2022 - 2025 178657 14.5% D 750 mL $16.95 Score: 89/100. April 2022. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Bonterra Merlot 2019, California, United States: Bonterra 2019 is a rich and structured Merlot-driven red wine blend with 13% Petite Sirah added to the mix. Dry, full-bodied and concentrated with ripe blueberry, dark plum, cassis, sweet dried tobacco leaf, savoury herb and pepper spice flavours fresh on the palate. Pour with beef brisket. Merlot food pairings: eggplant parmigiana, mole poblano chicken, homemade burgers. Drink: 2022 - 2026 984724 13.5% XD 750 mL $21.95 Score: 90/100. April 2022. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

San Felice Il Grigio Chianti Classico 2018, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: San Felice Il Grigio RIserva 2018 is a full-bodied, vibrant Chianti Classico labelled with Titian's famous painting entitled "Man in Armour." Dry with red berry fruit, black cherry, earthy mushroom, wild herbs and well-integrated oak spice on the palate. Layers of flavours and nicely balanced. Pour with a meaty lasagne. Drink or hold. Chianti Classico food pairings: spring vegetable pizza with goat cheese, sundried tomato, zucchini and red onion pizza. Drink: 2022 - 2028 716266 13% D 750 mL $29.95 Score: 92/100. April 2022. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cesari Jèma Corvina 2015, Veneto I.G.T., Italy: Cesari Jèma 2015 Corvina is a single vineyard, bright and flavoursome red from the Veneto wine region. Look for fresh and ripe red berry, fine herbs and cocoa flavours on the palate. Pour with a sausage cassoulet. Corvina food pairings: steak and kidney pie, roast goose, steaks from the grill. Drink: 2022 - 2025 16474 13.5% D 750 mL $29.95 Score: 89/100. April 2022. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Santa Alicia Gran Reserva de Los Andes Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, Maipo Valley D.O., Chile: Santa Alicia 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon is rich on the nose with blackberry compote, chocolate and vanilla aromas. Dry, full-bodied and smooth on the palate with ripe blackberry, plum, mint, dark chocolate, with good acidity for food. Tannins are firm and ripe. Ammonites were the predators of their time millions of years ago stalking and feeding on marine creatures such as mollusks and small fish. It was likely that they lived in shallower waters as the high pressures of being in deep water would have likely crushed their shells. This is interesting because the Ammonite pictured on the front label of this Chilean Cabernet represents the plentiful Ammonite fossils that are found in the higher Andres Mountains where the irrigation water for this winery's vineyard originates. The grapes are grown in the Pirque region of the Maipo Valley. The wine aged for 12 months in French oak barrels. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: back ribs, gourmet pizza topped with steak strips. Drink: 2022 - 2025 60244 14% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 90/100. April 2022. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Muddy Water Deliverance Pinot Noir 2020, North Canterbury, South Island, New Zealand: From North Canterbury, South Island wine region, Deliverance 2020 Pinot Noir is a dry, mouth-watering and medium-bodied PN with bright cherry, raspberry, fine herbs, anise and baking spice flavours on the palate. Tannins are pleasantly grippy. Lightly chill and pour with lamb chops from the grill. Pinot Noir food pairings: rack of lamb, veggie burgers, butternut squash risotto. Drink: 2022 - 2025 22849 14% D 750 mL $29.95 Score: 90/100. April 2022. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tenuta San Vincenti Gran Selezione Chianti Classico 2015, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: Tenuta San Vincenti 2015 Chianti Classico is rich on the nose with dried dark berry, plum, anise and balsamic notes. The wine is dry, full-bodied and supple with dried berry fruit, plum compote, anise, fine herb and flinty mineral flavours long and juicy on the palate. Tannins are rounded and velvety. Chianti Classico food pairings: Bistecca Florentine, meaty lasagne, lamb Bolognese. Drink: 2022 - 2028 414417 14.5% XD 750 mL $39.95 Score: 92/100. April 2022. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Head Red Gsm 2019, Barossa, South Australia, Australia: Head Red 2019 is a fresh and spicy red wine blend of 50% Grenache with the balance in Shiraz and Mourvèdre sourced from vines between 25 and 75 years of age. The Grenache grapes for this vintage were sourced from up to four different vineyards across the Barossa. The Shiraz is a blend of Eden Valley vineyards and the Mourvèdre is sourced from a dry-farmed vineyard on Mengler's Hill, Eden Valley. Each varietal component is fermented separately and a portion of the wine juice was whole-bunch fermented with native yeasts and left on its skins for 14 days. Deep, dark and juicy with dark berry and cherry fruit flavours, spicy and harmonious on the palate. Pour with roast leg of lamb. Red Gsm food pairings: grilled chicken breasts, roast turkey, pork tenderloin. Drink: 2022 - 2028 23637 14.2% D 750 mL $33.95 Score: 92/100. April 2022. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Brokenwood Pinot Noir 2020, Australia: Brokenwood 2020 Pinot Noir is a great value pinot that would like to be a Shiraz when it grows up. Big aromas of cherry liqueur. Although Tasmania is known for its sparkling wines, cool-climate Tasmania also grows excellent Pinot Noir. Pair with grilled lamb or beef mince pie. Pinot Noir food pairings: lamburgers, pork and veggie kebabs, lentil and mushroom casserole. Drink: 2022 - 2024 23780 14% XD 750 mL $33.95 Score: 90/100. April 2022. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Clos de L'Oratoire des Papes Châteauneuf-Du-Pape 2019, Rhône A.P., France: Clos de L'Oratoire des Papes 2019 Châteauneuf-Du-Pape is a ruby red, plushy, full-bodied pape loaded with black raspberry, blackberry compote, red plum, anise spice and wild herbs harmonious and long on the palate. Tannins are structured and firm. Good now, better in 2024. Drink or hold. Châteauneuf-Du-Pape food pairings: grilled lamb, pepper steak, wild mushroom stuffed pork tenderloin. Drink: 2024 - 2031 993279 14.5% XD 750 mL $56.95 Score: 92/100. April 2022. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Don Quintín Ortega 2011, Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain: Don Quintín Ortega 2011 is produced from old vines Tempranillo and Garnacha, with some vines up to 100 years of age! Floral on the nose with pink roses and bright on the palate with cherry, flinty, smoky and earthy flavours. Drink or hold. Pour with sausages from the grill. Food pairings: bison burgers, venison stew, game sausages, roast goose. Drink: 2022 - 2025 23335 14.2% XD 750 mL $34.95 Score: 92/100. April 2022. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sea Sun Pinot Noir 2019, California, United States: Sea Sun 2019 Pinot Noir is produced by Charlie Wagner from wine grapes sourced from California's cool-climate coastal vineyards The Wagners come from a long line of Napa Valley wine grape growers and winemakers dating back to the 1850s. They're also the family who produce the coveted Caymus wines. Look for ripe cherry, plum, red berry compote, vanilla, flinty and toasty oak spice flavours vibrant on the palate. Tannins are fine-grained, giving a silky mouth-feel. Drink or hold. Pinot Noir food pairings: grilled bavette steak, wild mushroom bisque, roast duck, veal Porterhouse. Drink: 2022 - 2025 16027 14.5% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 90/100. April 2022. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Marqués de Murrieta Reserva Rioja Finca Ygay 2016, Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain: Marqués de Murrieta Finca Ygay Reserva 2016 is a full-bodied Tempranillo-driven red wine blend with some Graciano, Mazuelo and Garnacha added in for good measure. The bodega reduced its grapes yields to come up with a more concentrated wine that has been aged in American oak barrels for 19 months. This Reserva is elegant and savoury with dried cherry, fig, dried pink rose petals, cedar spice and smoky flavours on the palate. Drink or hold. Reserva Rioja Finca Ygay food pairings: black bean soup, short ribs, sharp cheddar, pork. Drink: 2021 - 2028 209148 14% D 750 mL $32.95 Score: 92/100. April 2022. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Daou Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, Paso Robles, California, United States: From the Paso Robles wine region in California, Daou Vineyards 2018 is a full-bodied, youthful 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc blend aged 11 months in French oak barrels (60% new). Meaty, mouth-watering and intense with blackberry, cedar spice and dried savoury herbs finishing fresh on the palate. Drink or hold. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: bison burgers, rich meaty lasagne, grilled steaks. Drink: 2021 - 2028 14392 14.5% D 750 mL $29.95 Score: 92/100. April 2022. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Primus The Blend 2018, Apalta, Colchagua Valley, Chile: From Apalta, Colchagua Valley wine region, Primus The Blend 2018 is a vegan-friendly, and stylish red blend produced from sustainably-grown Cabernet Sauvignon with 45% in Carmenère, Syrah, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Fresh and fragrant with dark cherry, plum, earthy aromas; dry, medium-plus-bodied with dark cherry, earthy violets, savoury herb and spice flavours long on the palate. Tannins are quite firm. Good now, better in 2023. Food pairings: rib roast, pork long ribs on the barbeque, stuffed veal breast roast. Drink: 2023 - 2027 712463 14.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 92/100. April 2022. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

United Stars Kindzmarauli 2019, Kindzmarauli, Kakheti P.D.O., Georgia: United Stars 2019 Saperavi is produced from Georgia's flagship teinturier grape, Saperavi (meaning "paint dye"). This example is a late-harvest wine with "Kindzmarauli" designation indicating a wine of high quality and naturally semi-sweet. Lush with dark and red berry fruit flavours, fresh acidity and velvety tannins. Grapes are grown in the Kindzmarauli PDO Micro-Zone known as the “royal vineyards”. Serve at 16°C as an aperitif or to accompany mildly spiced roasted meats or salty cheeses. Food pairings: sweet and warm curry dishes, spicy dark chocolate, chocolate covered ginger. Drink: 2021 - 2024 13961 12.5% MS 750 mL $18.95 Score: 85/100. April 2022. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Duckhorn Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, Napa Valley, California, United States: Duckhorn 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon is a full-bodied, smooth Cabernet Sauvignon-driven red blend with some Merlot added to the mix. Concentrated and plushy on the palate with layers of cassis, rich dark cherry, plum, dark chocolate, pepper and toasty oak spice flavours. Renee Ary blends fruit from Duckhorn's estate with grapes from other growers, adding the 12% Merlot for a plushier mouthfeel. Drink or hold. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: rib roast, roast chicken, roast breast of veal. Drink: 2022 - 2030 24190 14.5% D 750 mL $89.95 Score: 93/100. April 2022. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

McManis Petite Sirah 2020, Lodi, California, United States: McManis 2020 Petite Sirah is produced from sustainably-grown grapes from the estate vineyard in the Lodi wine region. There is a splash of Tannat and Teroldego grapes to add texture and tannins to the wine which was fermented in stainless-steel tanks and aged six months in French oak barrels. Look for spicy, robust and earthy flavours along with ripe dark fruit and vibrant acidity on the palate. Pour with bison burgers or a game tourtière. Petite Sirah food pairings: grilled beef ribs, smoked brisket sandwiches, lamb shoulder roast. Drink: 2022 - 2026 15101 13.5% D 750 mL $22.95 Score: 89/100. April 2022. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Flat Rock Red Twisted 2019, Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Flat Rock Twisted 2019 is terrific value. A dry, full-bodied red blend of Gamay, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir that were vinified and barrel-aged separately. The resulting wine is vibrant and generous on the palate with fresh red berry, black cherry, cracked pepper spice, savoury herb flavours with a touch of smoke on the finish. Tannins are velvety. Food pairings: barbecued braised chicken, marinated ribs, veggie burgers. Drink: 2022 - 2024 86918 12% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. April 2022. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Feudo Maccari Noto Neré Nero d'Avola 2018, Sicily D.O.P., Italy: Feudo Maccari Noto Neré 2018 Nero D'avola is a full-bodied and fruity Sicilian red with dark berry, savoury olive, dark chocolate and hot stone flavours with a smoky, long and vibrant finish on the palate. Nero D'avola food pairings: grilled meats, game stews, tourtière. Drink: 2022 - 2025 339101 13.5% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 90/100. April 2022. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Liberty School Cabernet Sauvignon 2019, Paso Robles, California, United States: From the Paso Robles wine region, this is Liberty School's Backyard Barbeque party version of their 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon (1500 ml). Big, full-bodied and smooth with ripe dark cherry, black currant, cedar brush spice, savoury herbs and smoky vanilla flavours on the palate. This vintage matured 15 months in oak barrel prior to bottling. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: grilled steaks, gourmet burgers, meat-lover's pizza. Drink: 2022 - 2026 74567 13.5% D 1500 mL $23.95 Score: 90/100. April 2022. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Villa Puccini castellaniRiserva Chianti 2016, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: From the Tuscany wine region, Villa Puccini 2016 Chianti is excellent value at $16. Dry, medium-bodied and juicy on the palate with red cherry, dark berry, blood orange, vanilla and savoury herbs velvety and smooth on the palate. Enjoy with spaghetti and meatballs. Chianti food pairings: vegetarian pizza, lasagne, grilled tomato, bocconcini and eggplant paninis. Drink: 2022 - 2023 573519 12.3% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 88/100. April 2022. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Antiche Terre Venete Ripasso Valpolicella 2019, Veneto D.O.C., Italy: Antiche Terre Venete 2019 Ripasso Valpolicella is a robust and concentrated red blend of Corvina Veronese, Corvinone and Rondinella grapes. Grapes were hand-harvested and fermented for 10 days at 25°C, after which the wine was filtered and stored in stainless steel tanks until the end of December/beginning of January, when there was a second fermentation for five days on the Amarone must. The blended wine was aged for 12 months in a variety of French oak barrels. Look for savoury herbs, dark cherry, dark ripe fruit, smoked meat, baking spice and cocoa flavours vibrant on the palate. Pour with a traditional veal Parmesan. Ripasso Valpolicella food pairings: grilled steaks, gourmet sausages, hamburgers, pasta with chorizo. Drink: 2022 - 2024 178459 13.5% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 88/100. April 2022. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ravenswood Old Vine Lodi Zinfandel 2018, Lodi, California, United States: A spectacular Californian Zinfandel from one of the state's top producers. Aromas of cigar box, black plums, smoke and dark spice. Look for ripe strawberries, blue and blackberries with earthy and savoury spice flavours on the palate. Ideal for grilled meats and hamburgers. Zinfandel food pairings: hearty meat meals, pasta, aged cheddar, pulled pork. Drink: 2022 - 2026 942599 14.5% D 750 mL $21.95 Score: 92/100. April 2022. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cicchitti Gran Reserva Malbec 2012, Mendoza, Argentina: The Malbec wine grapes for this full-bodied Gran Reserva red wine were sourced from the Altamira vineyard and matured for one year in French and American oak barrels. Cicchitti 2012 is smoky with dark chocolate and savoury spice aromas, dry and full-bodied with dark fruit, crushed blackberry, dark chocolate, savoury spice and smoky flavours on the palate. Malbec food pairings: pizza, lamb, spicy sausage, beef, meatloaf. Drink: 2019 - 2023 155713 14% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 90/100. April 2022. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Pierre de Montignac 2015, Médoc, Bordeaux A.P., France: Excellent value on this Cru Bourgeois from the Médoc, Bordeaux wine region with bright red berry, crushed blueberry, earthy violet, cocoa, vanilla flavours finishing spicy on the palate. Tannins are firm and fine-grained. Food pairings: veal chops, barbecued veal chops in red wine sauce, strong cheese. Drink: 2021 - 2027 437954 14% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 92/100. April 2022. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tenuta Sette Ponti Crognolo 2018, Tuscany I.G.T., Italy: Tenuta Sette Ponti Crognolo 2018 is a dry, full-bodied, 90% Sangiovese and 10% Merlot red wine blend matured in French oak barrels. Bright on the nose with dark cherry, pink florals, zesty on the palate with tart cherry, citrus zest, savoury and finishing long. Pair with game stews and grilled game meats. Crognolo is named after a wild bush, Cornus, that grows abundantly on the estate. Food pairings: tomato sauce and pasta, vegetarian lasagna with rich tomato sauce, three cheese pizza. Drink: 2022 - 2029 727636 14% D 750 mL $34.95 Score: 90/100. April 2022. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Donnafugata Floramundi Cerasuolo di Vittoria 2018, Cerasuolo Di Vittoria, Sicily D.O.C.G., Italy: Cerasuolo Di Vittoria Donnafugata Floramundi 2018 is a dry, medium-bodied red wine blend of sustainably grown Nero d'Avola and Frappato wine grapes from the Vittoria commune in the Sicily wine region. Look for juicy red berry, raspberry compote, wild herbs and spicy flavours on the palate. Tannins are smooth. Drink or hold. Cerasuolo Di Vittoria food pairings: roast suckling pig, rabbit stew, roast duck. Drink: 2022 - 2024 13451 13% D 750 mL $27.95 Score: 92/100. April 2022. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

The Hedonist Shiraz 2016, Mclaren Vale, South Australia, Australia: From Walter Clappis Wine Co., The Hedonist 2016 Shiraz is a big-boned and meaty red from cool-climate McLaren Vale wine region. The wine is richly layered with ripe blackberry, cherry, dark plum, menthol, a touch of smoke and finishing long with a juicy dark berry finish. Tannins are ripe and fine-grained. Drink or hold. Shiraz food pairings: Greek marinated lamb ribs on the grill, souvlaki, spanakopita pie. Drink: 2022 - 2024 90191 14% XD 750 mL $23.95 Score: 92/100. April 2022. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Villa Cafaggio Basilica del Cortaccio Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Tuscany I.G.T., Italy: Cafaggio Basilica Del Cortaccio 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon is a mature 100% Cab Sauv., from the Tuscany wine region. Elegant with dried cherry, dark berry, cassis, cedar brush spice and wild herb flavours plushy on the plate. Tannins are velvety. Drink or hold. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: roasted vegetable casserole with piquant cheese, hard cheeses, pasta and rich tomato meat sauce. Drink: 2022 - 2027 20966 14% XD 750 mL $34.95 Score: 91/100. April 2022. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Framingham Pinot Noir 2019, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: Framingham 2019 Pinot Noir is as enticing on the nose as it is on the palate. Dry, medium-bodied with balanced acidity, look for pink florals, dark cherry, plum, meaty, nutty, spicy flavours silky and concentrated on the palate. Drink or hold. Pinot Noir food pairings: grilled chicken breasts, roast turkey, lamb kebabs. Drink: 2022 - 2025 699322 14% D 750 mL $37.95 Score: 92/100. April 2022. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Plantagenet Lions' Circle Shiraz 2018, Great Southern, Western Australia, Australia: From the Great Southern, Western Australia, Plantagenet Lions' Circle 2018 is an excellent value Shiraz, supple, full-bodied with layers of dark cherry, plum, dried herbs, pepper and well-integrated toasty oak spice flavours with a silky, long and vibrant finish. Very approachable now. Pour with lamb kebabs from the grill. Shiraz food pairings: grilled lamb chops, roast quail stuffed with wild mushrooms, veal Porterhouse. Drink: 2022 - 2024 15977 14.5% D 750 mL $18.95 Score: 89/100. April 2022. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Zonte's Footstep Super Trooper 2018, Fleurieu, South Australia, Australia: Zonte's Footstep Super Trooper 2018 is a vegan-friendly, fresh and zesty, full-bodied red wine blend of 60% Shiraz and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from the Fleurieu wine region in South Australia. Ripe, delicious and mouth-filling with pink florals, dark berry, nutty and spicy flavours and a satisfyingly long finish. Drink or hold. Food pairings: beef stews, cheesy pizza, burgers, ribs. Drink: 2022 - 2027 23782 14% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 91/100. April 2022. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Lamadrid Single Vineyard Bonarda 2019, Agrelo, Luján De Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina: From the Luján De Cuyo, Mendoza wine region, the grapes for Lamadrid 2019 Bonarda are sourced from a single vineyard in Agrelo. Deep violet in the glass, rich on the nose and generous on the palate with dark berry, plum, spicy and savoury flavours textured and juicy. Lightly chill and enjoy with veal chops smothered in a rich wild mushroom sauce. Bonarda food pairings: roast duck, quail, turkey tournedos. Drink: 2022 - 2025 232652 14% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 90/100. April 2022. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Bellevue La Forêt 2019, Fronton, Southwest A.P., France: Château Bellevue La Forêt 2019 is an excellent value southwest France red blend of Négrette with Syrah, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Rich, dry and full-bodied with dark fruit, earthy notes, herbs and spices. Grapes are vinified separately and aged in large oak vats two years prior to bottling. The Négrette wine grape appeared in the 12th century and was named "Mavro" (black) originally brought in from Cyprus by the Knights of the Order of Saint John of Jerusalem. Food pairings: winter stew, rare cuts of meat, sausage cassoulet. Drink: 2022 - 2024 354134 12.5% D 750 mL $14.95 Score: 90/100. April 2022. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cline Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, Contra Costa County, Sonoma County, California, United States: Cline 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon is vegan-friendly with grapes sourced from six vineyards across Sonoma County and Contra Costa County. Lush and rich on the palate with dark berry, cassis, dark plum, anise and toasty oak spice, finishing silky and long with dark chocolate and dark spices on the palate. Tannins are structured but approachable. Pour with a meat-lover's pizza. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: meat-lover's pizza, bison burgers, tourtiere. Drink: 2022 - 2026 24914 14.5% D 750 mL $22.95 Score: 91/100. April 2022. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rubinelli Vajol Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2013, Veneto D.O.C.G., Italy: Rubinelli Vajol 2013 Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico is an elegant, fruity, medium-plus-bodied red wine with dark cherry, blueberry, bell pepper, citrus zest, sandalwood and savoury herb flavours vibrant on the palate. Enjoy with a Bistecca Florentine. Drink or hold. Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico food pairings: meaty stews, lasagne, meat-lover's pizza, venison sausage casserole. Drink: 2022 - 2028 268821 16% XD 750 mL $54.95 Score: 92/100. April 2022. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

St. Supéry Estate Bottled Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, Napa Valley, California, United States: St. Supéry 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon is a rich and full-bodied California Cab from the Napa Valley wine region with layers of dark berry, cassis, chocolate, olive and savoury herb flavours creamy on the palate with a long finish. Tannins are velvety. Drink or hold. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: burgers, ribs, roast beef. Drink: 2022 - 2026 423822 14.3% D 750 mL $64.95 Score: 92/100. April 2022. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Gayda Syrah 2020, South Of France, Pays D'oc I.G.P., France: Gayda 2020 Syrah is produced from 100% Syrah grown in sandstone, limestone, clay-limestone and granitic schist soils from four different vineyards in the Pays d'Oc wine region. Excellent value at $15 for this ripe and juicy red with dark cherry, blueberry, pepper, plum, earthy violets and pepper spice flavours velvety on the palate. Pour with ribs from the grill. Syrah food pairings: roast leg of lamb, pork loin, rare ribeye steak. Drink: 2022 - 2025 392977 13% D 750 mL $14.95 Score: 89/100. April 2022. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

J.Garcia Carrion Mayor de Castilla Reserva 2014, Ribera Del Duero D.O., Spain: From the Ribera Del Duero wine region, Mayor De Castilla 2014 is produced from 100% Tinta del País. Dry, rich and velvety on the palate with dried cherry, sous bois, dried sweet tobacco leaf, mint and fine herb flavours. Tannins are velvety and rounded and there is fresh acidity for food on this lovely and mature Spanish red. Food pairings: roast pork, grilled root vegetable casserole, veal chops. Drink: 2022 - 2025 23420 14% XD 750 mL $21.95 Score: 91/100. April 2022. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Bollina Bormida Primitivo 2018, Puglia I.G.T., Italy: From the Puglia wine region, Bollina Bormida 2018 Primitivo is a dark and inky red, fragrant with earthy violets, dry and robust with blackberry, dark plum, pepper spice, smoky and savoury on the palate. Pour with a meat-lover's pizza topped with strips of grilled steak. Primitivo food pairings: grilled pork sausages, gourmet burgers from the grill, veggie burgers. Drink: 2022 - 2025 23033 14% D 750 mL $16.95 Score: 88/100. April 2022. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Hollick Wines Wrattonbully Shiraz 2019, Coonawarra, South Australia, Australia: Hollick Wrattonbully 2019 Shiraz is a rich, full-bodied and supple Coonawarra Shiraz with bramble berry, blackberry, sous bois, baking and pepper spice flavours vibrant and long with a dark chocolate finish. Tannins are velvety. Drink or hold. Shiraz food pairings: grilled lamb, roast of pork, grilled sausages. Drink: 2022 - 2027 165944 14.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 92/100. April 2022. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Yering Station Little Yering Shiraz 2019, Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia: From the Yarra Valley, Victoria wine region, Yering Station Little Yering 2019 Shiraz is produced from the first vineyard planted in Victoria established in 1838. Look for bright dark berry, plum, earthy, fine herbs and a kiss of toasty oak spice on this medium-plus-bodied and elegant Shiraz. Nicely done. Shiraz food pairings: roast leg of lamb, pork tenderloin, tourtiere. Drink: 2022 - 2025 23342 14% XD 750 mL $21.95 Score: 90/100. April 2022. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Chalk Hill Wits End Luna Cabernet Sauvignon 2020, Mclaren Vale, South Australia, Australia: Wits End Luna 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon is a floral and fragrant cool-climate Cab Sauv. from the McLaren Vale wine region. Look for plushy ripe dark fruit, cassis, dark cherry, dark chocolate and toasty oak spice concentrated and vibrant on the palate. Tannins are rich. Pour with burgers and ribs from the grill. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: braised blade roast with roasted garlic and rosemary, bison burgers, lentil patties. Drink: 2022 - 2025 921239 14.7% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. April 2022. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Hollick Old Vines Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2019, Coonawarra, South Australia, Australia: Hollick 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon is a full-bodied, Old Vines Coonawarra Cab., herbal on the nose with dark berry, black olive, menthol, eucalyptus, currant, tobacco leaf and spicy flavours on the palate. Tannins are structured and quite firm. Pour with steaks, burgers and ribs. Drink or hold. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: tourtiere, burgers, ribs, pork roast. Drink: 2022 - 2029 18343 14% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 92/100. April 2022. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Penley Estate Tolmer Cabernet Sauvignon 2019, Coonawarra, South Australia, Australia: Penley Tolmer 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon is a well-priced, dry, full-bodied Coonawarra Cab with dark berry, olive, violet and roasted herb aromas. Rich and textured on the palate with blueberry compote, black olive, earthy florals, roasted herbs and dark spices. Tannins are fine-grained and velvety. Pour with steaks from the grill. Drink or hold. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: roast beef, pulled pork sandwiches, veal Porterhouse. Drink: 2022 - 2025 23339 14% D 750 mL $21.95 Score: 91/100. April 2022. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rosés

Famille Perrin Réserve Rosé 2021, Côtes Du Rhône, Rhône A.C., France: From the Famille Perrin, Reserve 2021 rosé is a delicious, bright and fresh rosé blend of Cinsault, Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah sourced from the Grand Prébois vineyard in the Côtes Du Rhône wine region. Elegant and precise with wild strawberry, red berry, citrus zest, fine herbs, mildly spicy and balanced with food-friendly acidity. Chill and enjoy with grilled chicken or baked ham dishes. Rosé food pairings: salads, raw veggies and dip, sushi. Drink: 2022 - 2024 719062 13% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 89/100. April 2022. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sparkling Wine

Cave de Lugny Cuvée Millésimée Brut Crémant de Bourgogne 2016, Burgundy A.C., France: Cave de Lugny Millésimée 2016 Crémant De Bourgogne is a traditional method bubble produced from sustainably grown Chardonnay grapes. Zesty and tasty on the palate with a mouth-filling and creamy mousse of ripe gold apple, pear, toasty almond, citrus zest and baked goods on the palate. Chill and enjoy with seafood chowders or oyster Po'boy sandwiches. Brut Crémant De Bourgogne food pairings: steamed mussels in their own juice, oyster pot pie, oyster poor boy burger. Drink: 2022 - 2024 183764 11.5% D 750 mL $24.95 Score: 89/100. April 2022. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Villa Sandi Il Fresco Millesimato Brut Rosé Prosecco 2020, Veneto D.O.C., Italy: From the Veneto wine region, Villa Sandi Il Fresco Millesimato 2020 Rosé Prosecco is a fresh and fruity bubble with a persistent and vibrant mousse of ripe strawberry, cherry, lemon-lime zest with a mouth-watering finish. So fresh! Brut Rosé Prosecco food pairings: sushi, fish tacos, veggies and dip, salads. Drink: 2022 - 2023 23545 11% M 750 mL $17.95 Score: 90/100. April 2022. Best Value Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Gosset Celebris Extra Brut Champagne 2007, Champagne A.C., France: Gosset Celebris 2007 Champagne is a bone dry and elegant Extra Brut with a lively, fine and persistent mousse of brioche, nutty almond, lemon zest and briny, flinty mineral flavours with brilliant acidity on the palate. Chill and enjoy with seafood canapes. Drink or hold. Champagne food pairings: oysters on the half shell with raspberry mignonette, smoked fish on baguette, brunch dishes. Drink: 2022 - 2038 344952 12% D 750 mL $204.95 Score: 95/100. April 2022. Top Rated Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine J. Laurens Le Moulin Brut Blanquette de Limoux Méthode Traditionnelle, Languedoc A.C., France: A toasty bubbly at a great price. Vibrant and zesty with some green apple on the palate and finish of this A.C. Sparkling wine. Try it with shellfish. Food pairings: cheese, shellfish, pasta, charcuterie, vegetarian casseroles. Drink: 2021 - 2022 180323 12% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. April 2022. Best Value Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

Torres Viña Esmeralda 2020, Catalunya D.O., Spain: Viña Esmeralda 2020 is a vegan friendly, off-dry, medium-bodied white wine blend of Muscat of Alexandria and Gewürztraminer. Fragrant with summer kissed white florals and pink rose, tasty with citrus zest, lychee, peach, rose petal and soft spicy notes on the palate. So pretty for spring. Chill and enjoy with brunch dishes or pad Thai. Food pairings: grilled shrimp, fish tacos, crab cakes, quesadillas. Drink: 2022 - 2024 113696 11.5% M 750 mL $14.95 Score: 90/100. April 2022. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Elk Cove Pinot Gris 2019, Willamette Valley, Oregon, United States: Elk Cove 2019 is a zesty and dry white wine blend of mainly Pinot Gris with some Gewürztraminer and Muscat added to the mix. A lush and mouth filling fresh white from Willamette Valley wine region, produced by Adam Campbell with vibrant apple, pear, pink grapefruit, lemon curd, finishing with a fresh kiss of orange blossoms on the palate. The estate dates back to 1985 and the winery operates under gravity flow for gentle treatment of the grapes and juice. Pinot Gris food pairings: crab-stuffed-flounder, Asian dishes, stuffed chicken. Drink: 2022 - 2023 955906 13% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 90/100. April 2022. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Flowers Chardonnay 2019, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California, United States: From Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County wine region, Flowers 2019 Chardonnay is a dry, medium-bodied, fresh and creamy Chard., elegant with layers of ripe pear, green apple, lemon curd and fresh herbal notes finishing long and savoury. Chardonnay food pairings: grilled pork chops, stuffed chicken breast, cheese. Drink: 2022 - 2025 215210 13.5% XD 750 mL $59.95 Score: 93/100. April 2022. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

J. Moreau & Fils Chablis 2020, Burgundy A.C., France: From J. Moreau & Fils, 2020 Chablis is mouth-watering with green apple, stone fruit, fine herbs, lemon-lime zest flavours finishing on a flinty mineral note. Drink or hold. Chablis food pairings: lemon butter lobster, sautéed sea scallops, oyster poor boy sandwiches. Drink: 2022 - 2025 466144 12.5% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 91/100. April 2022. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Peter Lehmann Layers Semillon Muscat Gewürztraminer Pinot Gris 2019, South Australia, Australia: Peter Lehman's Layers 2019 is a fragrant, dry and juicy white wine blend of Semillon, Muscat, Gewürztraminer sourced from the Barossa Valley with Pinot Gris from Adelaide Hills. Look for grapey, fresh pear, honeyed melon, fresh hay, pink florals, citrus zest and spicy notes on the palate. Peter Lehmann died in 2013, but his unwavering belief in the Barossa Valley established one the world's leading wine regions. Semillon Muscat Gewürztraminer Pinot Gris food pairings: salads, baked ham, fish tacos, lobster chowder. Drink: 2022 - 2024 22983 11% D 750 mL $16.95 Score: 91/100. April 2022. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Famille Sichel Sirius 2019, Bordeaux A.C., France: From the Bordeaux wine region, Famille Sichel Sirius 2019 is a white Meritage blend of Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc. Fresh, dry and elegant with fine herb, citrus zest and pineapple flavours on the palate matched with food-friendly acidity and finishing long on a spicy note. A portion of the wine was aged in French oak barrels. Food pairings: salads, sauteed lemon sole, fish cakes and chips. Drink: 2022 - 2023 23980 12.5% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 90/100. April 2022. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Willy Gisselbrecht Tradition Gewurztraminer 2019, Alsace A.C., France: Willy Gisselbrecht Tradition 2019 Gewurztraminer is a fresh and vibrant off-dry Gew with rosewater, lychee, lemon meringue, honeyed peach and ginger spice flavours on the palate. A benchmark Alsatian Gewurztraminer from the Gisselbrecht Family who have been crafting wines since the 1600s. Chill and enjoy with pork schnitzel. Gewurztraminer food pairings: lighter-flavoured sea-food dishes, Asian dishes, pork tenderloin, curried rice, Panko-crusted chicken. Drink: 2022 - 2024 928390 13% M 750 mL $19.95 Score: 91/100. April 2022. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Robert Mondavi Winery To Kalon Vineyard Reserve Fumé Blanc 2016, Napa Valley, California, United States: Robert Mondavi's To Kalon Vineyard 2016 Fumé Blanc is a fragrant white wine blend of mostly Sauvignon Blanc with a splash of Semillon sourced from To Kalon Vineyard. Flinty, spicy and smoky on the nose, brilliant on the palate, creamy with bright apple, pear, flinty mineral and smoky flavours wrapped up with laser-like acidity. Beautifully crafted. Fumé Blanc food pairings: grilled shrimp, seafood Shepherd's pie, calamari, grilled whitefish. Drink: 2022 - 2025 326165 14.5% XD 750 mL $79.95 Score: 92/100. April 2022. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Invivo Chardonnay 2020, Gisborne, North Island, New Zealand: Invivo 2020 Chardonnay is a zesty and creamy Chard from Gisborne, North Island, New Zealand. Fragrant and flinty on the nose with ripe apple, peach, vanilla, with a long stony mineral finish on the palate. Chill and enjoy now or on its own or with seafood. Chardonnay food pairings: roast chicken, grilled whitefish, pasta Primavera. Drink: 2022 - 2024 499855 13% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 90/100. April 2022. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cline Cellars Chardonnay 2019, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California, United States: From the Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County wine region, the grapes for Cline Estate 2019 Chardonnay were sourced from four of Cline's vineyards - Catapult, Sister Ranch, Diamond Pile and Lazy M. This lush Chard is dry, medium-bodied and vibrant with ripe red apple, lemon curd, butterscotch and apple pie spice flavours. Lovely depth and balance, chill and enjoy it with a seafood or chicken Alfredo dish. Chardonnay food pairings: pork chops, grilled chicken, seafood chowders. Drink: 2022 - 2024 418301 14% D 750 mL $21.95 Score: 89/100. April 2022. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Fattoria Le Pupille Poggio Argentato 2019, Tuscany I.G.T., Italy: Fattoria Le Pupille Poggio Argentato 2019 is a dry, bright and medium-bodied white wine blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Petit Manseng, Traminer and Semillon. Soft and creamy on the palate with ripe orchard fruit, orange zest and marzipan flavours. Chill and enjoy with pan-fried pickerel filets and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Food pairings: pan-fried panfish, panko shrimp, salads topped with Edam or Fontina cheese. Drink: 2022 - 2023 23040 13.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 92/100. April 2022. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Wynns Coonawarra Estate Coonawarra Estate Chardonnay 2020, Coonawarra, South Australia, Australia: From the Coonawarra, South Australia, Wynns Coonawarra Estate 2020 Chardonnay is a classic, robust Coonawarra Chard that was fermented in oak barrels to add richness and depth. Look for layers of ripe green apple, subtle tropical fruit, buttered toast, vanilla, coconut and a lovely integration of oak spice finishing long with a mineral kiss. A complex, excellent value Australian Chardonnay at $17. Chardonnay food pairings: basil pesto, prawn bisque, cheese fondue, stuffed chicken breast. Drink: 2022 - 2024 468728 13% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 92/100. April 2022. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

On Seven The Pursuit Chardonnay 2018, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: On Seven, The Pursuit 2018, is a Southbrook Chardonnay from a difficult vintage. Summer drought was an issue in the young vineyard and cluster thinning to one bunch per shoot did reduce the crop and also lessen the burden on the young vines. The estate fruit was hand-harvested and whole cluster pressed. After settling, the wine juice was transferred to French oak barrels (20% new) for fermentation with up to 18 months aging in barrel. Dry, medium-plus-bodied and zesty on the palate with ripe pear, apple, white-fleshed stone fruit, vanilla, nutty and toasty oak spice flavours on this elegant Niagara-on-the-Lake wine region Chardonnay. Drink or hold. Chardonnay food pairings: roast pork and corn niblets, veal chops, turkey. Drink: 2022 - 2025 25856 13.9% D 750 mL $45.00 Score: 95/100. April 2022. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Urlar Gladstone Sauvignon Blanc 2019, Wairarapa, Gladstone, North Island, New Zealand: From the Wairarapa, Gladstone, North Island wine region, Urlar 2019 Sauvignon Blanc is a grassy, gooseberry, fine herb and flinty SB zesty on the palate with food-friendly acidity and a lingering finish. Chill and enjoy with a pasta Primavera. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: salads, calamari, fish tacos, grilled chicken. Drink: 2022 - 2023 22852 12.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 92/100. April 2022. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

2027 Cellars Wismer Vineyard Foxcroft Block Chardonnay 2020, Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: 2027 Cellars Wismer Vineyard Foxcroft Block 2020 Chardonnay is produced from grapes sourced from the Foxcroft Block. Grapes are hand-harvested, whole cluster pressed and wild-fermented with malo conversion and aged for 14 months in 100% French oak barrels. A crowd pleaser Chardonnay lush with bright green apple, nut, citrus zest with subtle spice and mineral notes on the finish. Chardonnay food pairings: roast chicken, steamed fresh crab, lobster on buttered toast. Drink: 2022 - 2025 421362 12.8% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 92/100. April 2022. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tawse Limestone Ridge North Block Riesling 2019, Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Tawse Limestone Ridge North Block 2019 Riesling is off-dry and brilliant with fresh green apple, ripe stone fruit, Meyer lemon and a mouth-wateringly long and minerally finish. So fresh and good now. Produced from organically and biodynamically grown grapes. The Limestone Ridge plot is the most limestone-laden among Tawse's estate vineyards. Riesling food pairings: roast chicken, shrimp tempura, grilled salmon. Drink: 2022 - 2027 431593 10% M 750 mL $21.95 Score: 92/100. April 2022. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Bellingham The Bernard Series Old Vine Chenin Blanc 2020, Coastal Region W.O., South Africa: Bellingham The Bernard Series 2020 is produced from sustainably grown Old Vines Chenin Blanc (between 35 and 45 years of age), sourced from several vineyards in the Durbanville, Darling, Stellenbosch and Swartland wine regions. Look for ripe tropical fruit, pear, roasted hazelnut and a kiss of caramel, creamy and lingering on the palate. Drinking beautifully now. Chenin Blanc food pairings: roast chicken, crab cakes with lemon garlic aioli, fish tacos. Drink: 2022 - 2022 12724 14% D 750 mL $29.95 Score: 93/100. April 2022. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Vineland Estates Winery Pinot Grigio 2020, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Vineland Estates 2020 Pinot Grigio is dry and refreshing with lime and white grapefruit notes. Winemaker Brian Schmidt has delivered a flavourful white wine with great body that's still refreshing. Try it with seafood. Pinot Grigio food pairings: chicken Alfredo, linguine alla vongole, spring salads topped with goat cheese. Drink: 2022 - 2024 330944 12.5% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 89/100. April 2022. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Whitehaven Greg Single Vineyard Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2020, Awatere Valley, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: Whitehaven, Greg Reserve 2020 Sauvignon Blanc is a dry, zesty and mouth-watering single-vineyard SB as intense on palate as it is on the nose with fresh passionfruit, lime, citrus zest, green peppers, grassy and fine herb flavours. Acidity is in check. Chill and enjoy with salads or goat cheese on herbed flatbreads. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: vegetable stir-fry, mild green curry, grilled whitefish. Drink: 2022 - 2024 325944 13% XD 750 mL $23.95 Score: 94/100. April 2022. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

J. Lohr Riverstone Arroyo Seco Monterey Chardonnay 2019, Arroyo Seco, Monterey County, California, United States: From the Arroyo Seco, Monterey County wine region, J. Lohr Riverstone 2019 is the beautiful big size (1500 ml) of this Chardonnay and is produced from sustainably grown grapes. The Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing logo on this wine's back label attests that at least 85% of the grapes were grown in a certified-sustainable vineyard and produced in a certified sustainable winery. Dry, medium-plus-bodied, vibrant and generous on the palate with tropical fruit, ripe pear, buttered toast, vanilla and coconut flavours from ageing in American oak barrels. Chill and enjoy with roast chicken or a pork tenderloin from the grill. Chardonnay food pairings: roast chicken, sauteed filet of halibut, pork chops. Drink: 2022 - 2024 22609 13.9% D 1500 mL $39.95 Score: 91/100. April 2022. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mer Soleil Silver Unoaked Chardonnay 2019, Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey County, California, United States: Mer Soleil Silver 2019 Chardonnay is an unoaked, mouth-watering, medium-bodied Chard, dry and zesty with lemon peel, ripe yellow apple, ripe stone-fruit, passionfruit and briny mineral flavours on the palate. Grapes for the 2018 vintage were sourced from California’s Santa Lucia Highlands. Chill and enjoy with BBQ chicken. Chardonnay food pairings: spinach and pepper jack stuffed chicken, beef bourguignon, pasta with tomato sauce, pork tenderloin, lobster with melted butter. Drink: 2022 - 2024 220343 14% XD 750 mL $21.95 Score: 90/100. April 2022. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tom Gore Chardonnay 2018, California, United States: A well-priced, medium-bodied Chardonnay, easy to enjoy chilled on its own or paired with roast turkey or chicken. Bright on the palate with ripe apple, stone fruit, dried pineapple, dulce de leche flavours finishing smooth and creamy. Chardonnay food pairings: roast chicken, turkey tetrazzini, roast lemon duck. Drink: 2021 - 2025 458810 13.5% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. April 2022. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


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