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Vintages Release June 21, 2014

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Dessert Wine

Signature Vin Doux Naturel Rasteau Cave De Rasteau 2009, Rhône A.C., France: Lovely dessert wine! not overly sweet, just enough for fruit-based desserts (think black cake with a raspberry swirl), nuts and cheeses. The 2009 vintage yielded very ripe grapes from its warmth, ideal for dessert style wines. Loaded with black plum and blueberry compote on the finish. Drink: 2013 - 2020 371740 17% S 500 mL $24.95 Score: 90/100. June 2014. Top Rated Dessert Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Red Wine

Vinology Wines Red Flat Rock Cellars 2011, Niagara, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: This soft, plush, fruit red wine is a blend of Merlot, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc and Syrah grapes from a very respected producer in Niagara. It comes off tasting mostly like a Pinot Noir-Gamay blend, and that's a good thing, especially at this price point. Try it with roast chicken or planked salmon. Drink: 2012 - 2015 305375 12.9% D 750 mL $12.95 Score: 87/100. June 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Da Vinci Cantine De Leonardo Da Vinci Chianti 2011, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: Sour cherry and smoky oak aromas on this Italian Chianti red wine. Full-bodied and smooth. The grapes for this wine come from a cooperative of more than 200 grape growers. Chianti food pairings: barbecued pizza with pepperoni and double-smoked bacon, tomato and basil salad with pasta and grilled mushroom caps. Drink: 2013 - 2016 171389 13% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 86/100. June 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sino Da Romaneira Quinta Do Romaneira 2010, Douro D.O.C., Portugal: Sweet aromas of cola and cherry with berry notes and flavours on this robust Portuguese red wine. Smooth and full-bodied. Pair this wine with hamburgers. Drink: 2013 - 2016 378372 12.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 86/100. June 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Milbrandt Traditions Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Columbia Valley, Washington State, United States: Purple and black plums linger on the nose and palate of this juicy, full-bodied, supple red wine from Washington State. Finishes with cassis and dark spice. Try it with grilled lamb. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: barbecue steak with a spicy rub. Drink: 2014 - 2018 551481 13.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 87/100. June 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Canteloup 2010, Médoc, Bordeaux A.C., France: Mocha, oak, smoke and wood aromas and flavours on this full-bodied Cabernet Merlot blend from Bordeaux. Decent price, great vintage. You must love a good glass of oak though. Decant 7 hours. Food pairings: gourmet burgers, grilled lamb. Drink: 2013 - 2017 243923 13.5% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 87/100. June 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Papale Linea Oro Di Manduria Primitivo 2010, Puglia D.O.P., Italy: This turbo-charged red wine is made from Primitivo grapes, aka Zinfandel. The fruit is blackened and charred with lots and lots of toasty oak. Finishes with mocha and oak. Great with BBQ or grilled meats. Primitivo food pairings: barbecue ribs. Drink: 2013 - 2017 261784 14% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 87/100. June 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Casas Patronales Reserva Privada Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, Maule Valley, Chile: Straight-forward, full-bodied, loaded with oak and black fruit aromas Chilean red wine. Charred and toasty Cabernet Sauvignon. Needs a rare steak to brighten up. Drink: 2014 - 2017 274134 14.5% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 87/100. June 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Union Squared Red 2012, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A supple, smooth, medium-bodied blend of 5 red grapes, Union Squared is an easy-drinking red wine from Niagara that would go well with various pizzas. The total production of this wine was only 200 cases. Food pairings: Canadian beef steaks, burgers. Drink: 2014 - 2017 292359 13.5% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 87/100. June 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Kc Klein Constantia Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2011, Western Cape, Constantia W.O., South Africa: Very tannic and full-bodied South African red wine: needs cellar time then decant 2 hours. Charred black fruit and toasty oak. Needs a steak. Drink: 2015 - 2018 366245 14.5% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 87/100. June 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Alento Adega Do Monte Branco Tinto 2011, Vinho Regional Alentejano, Portugal: Full-bodied with attractive tarry black, almost burnt, blackberry and blackcurrant. Big, oaky and toasty. Good price. Must be paired with hearty grilled meats. Drink: 2014 - 2017 377507 14% D 750 mL $15.95 Score: 87/100. June 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Pirca Viña Marty Carmenère 2010, Central Valley, Chile: Attractive mocha and fleshy dark berries on the nose and palate of this signature red wine grape, Carmenere, for Chile. Round, ripe, mouth-filling and full-bodied. Carmenère food pairings: herbed steaks. Drink: 2014 - 2017 379156 14% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 87/100. June 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Liberty School Syrah 2011, Central Coast, California, United States: This Californian syrah is actually very zinfandel-like with purple plums and a soft texture. Medium- to full-bodied and smooth. Try with grilled chicken. Drink: 2014 - 2017 942383 13.5% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 87/100. June 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Frei Brothers Winery Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California, United States: A full-bodied, balanced red wine that's restrained in its aromas and flavours. This cool-climate Californian Cabernet features dark fruit with good acidity, balanced. Not hugely fruit-forward, especially for California. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: beef. Drink: 2014 - 2018 38075 14% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 88/100. June 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château De Gaudou Grand Lignée Malbec Merlot 2010, Cahors, Southwest A.C., France: Love the fresh dark cherry nose with some smoke. Lots of mocha and dark chocolate on the palate from very generous oak aging. Tastes almost sweet even though it's technically a dry wine. Lusciously rich and voluptuous. Drink: 2013 - 2017 370239 14% XD 750 mL $17.00 Score: 88/100. June 2014. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Casar De Burbia Tebaida Nemesio Mencia 2010, Bierzo D.O., Spain: Bizarre but interesting Spanish red wine. Tart purple plums and blueberries wrapped in smoky oak and bacon. You decide. Full-bodied -- perfect (I think) for spicy wings and BBQ burgers. Drink: 2014 - 2019 377473 14.5% XD 750 mL $37.00 Score: 88/100. June 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Clos Du Val Zinfandel 2012, Napa Valley, California, United States: Restrained Californian Zinfandel that almost veers toward Cabernet in character. Dark fruit and some oak in balance. Polished tannins. Ready to drink now. Zinfandel food pairings: barbecued ribs. Drink: 2014 - 2017 590216 14.5% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 88/100. June 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Chateau Ste. Michelle Syrah 2011, Columbia Valley, Washington State, United States: This Washington Syrah is loaded with mocha, coffee, espresso and dark chocolate from very generous oak aging. Fleshy black plums and berries emerge from underneath on the palate. Smooth and full-bodied with a supple texture and pleasing finish. Try with coffee-rubbed steak or grilled pork chops. Drink: 2014 - 2018 949651 13.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 88/100. June 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Umberto Cesari Riserva Di Romagna Sangiovese 2010, Emilia-Romagna D.O.C., Italy: This dark and marauding red wine displays aromas of coffee, mocha, dark chocolate and espresso on the nose followed by fleshy black plums on the palate. Umberto Cesari is considered one of Romagna's finest wine producers. He led the way with exports around the world, helping to familiarize wine lovers with the region. A muscular wine, right up to the flavour punch on the finish. Sangiovese food pairings: hard cheeses, pasta, salami Toscana. Drink: 2012 - 2016 33399 13.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. June 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Poggio Al Tufo Tommasi Alicante 2010, Maremma, Tuscany I.G.T., Italy: Fascinating violet aromas on the nose. Alicante is a lesser-known red grape grown in Italy, but it's capable of producing full-bodied red wines like this one, full of interesting flavours. Both the skin and pulp or fleshy of the grape are red, which is unusual -- the only Vitis vinifera grape that is so. This wine offers robust aromas of cigar box, blackberries and dark plums. Attractively sour-bitter finish. Something different and new for your pepperoni pizza. Alicante food pairings: grilled or cured meats, pepperoni pizza. Drink: 2013 - 2017 70797 13% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. June 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cantina Di Venosa Terre Di Orazio Aglianico Del Vulture 2011, Basilicata D.O.C., Italy: Full-bodied weight with generous juiciness. This lively red wine is made from 100% Aglianico grapes and offers enticing aromas of black cherry, violets, toasty oak and a hint of dark chocolate. Polished tannins make this wine a polished package, especially at this price. Black cherry liqueur luxuriously laps over your tongue. Excuse me for a moment please. Okay, I’m back. Some smoke and anise on the finish. Perfect for hearty meat dishes. Drink: 2013 - 2016 247494 13.5% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. June 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Hitching Post Hometown Hartley-Ostini Pinot Noir 2012, Santa Barbara County, California, United States: A smoky, fresh cherry Californian Pinot Noir with silky texture and a pleasing medium-bodied weight. Just enough acidity to make this wine very versatile with food from planked salmon to roast chicken. Some fresh berry and spices on the finish. Drink: 2013 - 2017 256644 14.1% XD 750 mL $26.95 Score: 89/100. June 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Jean Paul Brun Terres Dorées 2012, Morgon, Beaujolais A.C., France: A bright, come-alive Beaujolais wine made from the gamay grape. Medium-bodied and mouth-watering with great acidity for a variety of dishes from roast chicken to seared tuna. Juicy aromas and flavours of field berries. A playful, happy finish. Food pairings: grilled chicken, salmon. Drink: 2013 - 2016 264465 12% D 750 mL $23.95 Score: 89/100. June 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château D'anglès La Clape Classique Syrah Grenache Mourvèdre 2010, Languedoc, Midi A.C., France: Love the sour black cherry on the nose and palate of this full-bodied French red wine. Deep concentration and ripeness here. Very smooth on the palate: great right out of the gate. That sourness is on the finish, but again in a pleasant way like cooked black fruit with dark spices. Drink: 2014 - 2019 286484 14.5% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 89/100. June 2014. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Brampton Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, Simonsberg-Stellenbosch, Western Cape W.O., South Africa: A full-bodied red wine with classic South African Cabernet aromas of dark fruit and cedar brush. Mouth-watering acidity makes this big red versatile with hearty meat dishes and mocha-dark chocolate aromas and flavours come through on the finish. Great wine for meat pizza. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: pizza, hearty meat dishes, hard cheese. Drink: 2013 - 2016 315903 14% D 750 mL $15.95 Score: 89/100. June 2014. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Dog Point Pinot Noir 2011, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: Black cherry and dark spices on the nose and palate with acidic bite. Supple, smooth and almost full-bodied. Fresh and energetic. Drink: 2014 - 2018 329672 14% XD 750 mL $48.95 Score: 89/100. June 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Man Vintners Bosstok Pinotage 2012, Coastal Region W.O., South Africa: Fresh on the nose with attractive black plum, coffee and smoke on the nose on this South African red wine. Very savoury and meaty on the palate. Beautifully balanced with just the right amount of acidity. Try it with hearty meat dishes and tangy sauces. Pinotage food pairings: steaks, barbecued chicken, sausages, fajitas. Drink: 2013 - 2017 366286 14% D 750 mL $13.95 Score: 89/100. June 2014. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Aliwen Reserva Undurraga Cabernet Sauvignon Carmenère 2012, Rapel Valley, Chile: Absolutely stunning value for this full-bodied Chilean red wine that's a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenère grapes. Perfect fleshy black fruit and dark spices. Pair with grilled meats. Cabernet Sauvignon Carmenère food pairings: beef. Drink: 2013 - 2017 371146 14% D 750 mL $14.95 Score: 89/100. June 2014. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Castelgiocondo Marchesi De' Frescobaldi Brunello Di Montalcino 2008, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: The Frescobaldi name is one of the best known in the Tuscany region, and this wine delivers on the promise. Great concentration and depth of big, black and brooding fruit, tar and smoke. This bruiser is in serious need of cellar time. This full-bodied red wine features aromas of blackberry, black plums, smoky oak and tar. It's fairly smooth, though this will improve with aging. Decant for 1-2 hours when you open it. Brunello Di Montalcino food pairings: pasta in meat sauce, spicy sausages, grilled meats, game. Drink: 2012 - 2021 35295 14% XD 375 mL $26.95 Score: 90/100. June 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Clos Du Val Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Napa Valley, California, United States: Superb balance and finesse here, with notions of cassis, blackcurrant, blackberry and toasty oak. This is what you come to expect from Californian Cabernet: Old World finesse and New World flair. On the finish, black cherry and some dark spices do a dance with your senses. Lively acidity for meat dishes. Decant 2 hours. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: pizza, grilled steak, sautéed mushrooms, hard cheese. Drink: 2014 - 2020 325779 13.5% XD 750 mL $39.95 Score: 90/100. June 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Irony Small Lot Reserve Pinot Noir 2012, Monterey, California, United States: Very juicy cherry-berry fresh and ripe, with that natural fruit sweetness in this dry wine. Some smoky oak. Medium-bodied, supple, juicy and lovely. Enticing mix of spice and fresh earth on the finish. Pinot Noir food pairings: grilled beef and mushrooms. Drink: 2013 - 2017 353227 13.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. June 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

3 Rings Shiraz 2009, Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia: This robust red is packed with notions of black plums, blackberries and smoke. Full-bodied but not heavy: deliciously balanced. Great price. Try it with meat lovers' pizza tonight. Yum! Shiraz food pairings: char-grilled beef, blackened chicken, black bean soup. Drink: 2013 - 2016 15495 13.5% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 91/100. June 2014. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Zig Zag Zin Zinfandel 2011, Mendocino County, California, United States: Here's a classic Californian Zinfandel: big, juicy and full of good-natured black and purple plums with a splash of blueberries. It rolls around in your mouth, and welcomes a host of dishes to roll with it, from hamburgers to pizza. Mouth-watering flavours of fleshy brambleberry that carry through on the finish. Supple with black pepper notes. This wine is brought to us by the Mendocino Wine Company. Perfect for barbecue and grilled meats. Zinfandel food pairings: gourmet sausages, grilled Portobello mushrooms, meat sauce pasta, aged cheddar. Drink: 2013 - 2016 39982 14.5% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 91/100. June 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Viña Herminia Excelsus 2009, Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain: Produced by Henri Gualco, Récolt., this is signature Rioja with dusty, dry nuances; not fruit-forward in the slightest. Full-bodied and smooth with terrific mouth-watering acidity for a wide range of dishes, from steak to grilled chicken or pork chops. Lovely smoky finish on this wine. Food pairings: steak, grilled chicken, pork chops. Drink: 2013 - 2018 50567 13.5% XD 750 mL $21.95 Score: 91/100. June 2014. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ercavio Roble Más Que Vinos Tempranillo 2011, La Mancha, Tierra De Castilla, Spain: A sensuous, seductive red wine with mocha and black fleshy fruit in the nose that follows through on the palate. Full-bodied with lots of character and life. Love the espresso finish. I drool with I think of this wine paired with a coffee-rubbed steak. Tempranillo food pairings: goat, leg of lamb with garlic, vinegar, and olive oil. Drink: 2013 - 2017 67504 14.5% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 91/100. June 2014. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Magpie Estate The Sack Shiraz 2010, Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia: Nice interplay of dark fruits across the palate on this mouth-filling Shiraz. Layers of flavour that coat the palate with a terrific texture and weight. Polished tannins add a suppleness and slippery smoothness to this wine. A hedonist's delight. Shiraz food pairings: blackened chicken, blue cheese. Drink: 2013 - 2016 94078 14% D 750 mL $22.95 Score: 91/100. June 2014. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Paolo Conterno Riva Del Bric Barolo 2009, Piedmont D.O.C.G., Italy: Barolos: you love them or leave them. This tends to be a polarizing Italian red wine. The Barolo Riva del Bric offers a great way to get familiar with this style of wine as it's very well-made. Dark fruit, violets, truffles and smoke. Decant 2 hours. Drink: 2015 - 2022 172783 14% XD 750 mL $42.95 Score: 91/100. June 2014. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

La Domelière Rasteau Cave De Rasteau 2012, Rhône A.C., France: Gorgeous richness in this powerful red wine at a staggeringly great price! Black fleshy plums that rub up against your senses and pleasure centre. Layers and layers of velvet richness. Mouth-filling and mouth-pleasing. Get a case. Food pairings: pepper steaks, burgers. Drink: 2014 - 2018 222927 14.5% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 91/100. June 2014. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Pascal Marchand Gevrey-Chambertin 2010, Burgundy A.C., France: Crushed rose petals and soft field berries on the nose and palate of this Old World Pinot Noir. Uniquely it's own signature and expressive of its terroir. Good finish. Try with planked salmon. Drink: 2013 - 2018 286450 13% XD 750 mL $67.95 Score: 91/100. June 2014. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Agostino Inicio Malbec 2011, Mendoza, Argentina: Seductive nose of fleshy, come on in black fruit. Fresh and deep and inviting with juicy layers of come hither. The 2011 vintage was matured for 6 months in American and French oak. Crazy good price. Buy a case. Drink: 2014 - 2018 330670 13.5% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 91/100. June 2014. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Venturini Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico 2009, Veneto D.O.C., Italy: Smoky with chary black fruit, yet it doesn't taste as alcoholic as it is at 16%. (Port is a mere 3 percentage points away at 19%) Layered and satisfying with hearty meat dishes. Drink: 2015 - 2020 379263 16% XD 750 mL $54.95 Score: 91/100. June 2014. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Barone Ricasoli Rocca Guicciarda Chianti Classico Riserva 2010, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: A truly classic Chianti in all senses, from signature aromas of dark fruit, sun-dried tomato and dried herbs, to mouth-watering acidity for a wide range of dishes from pasta in tomato sauce to spicy sausages. Great price. Chianti Classico Riserva food pairings: pasta, duck ragú with pappardelle, cold meats, lamb chops, pizza. Drink: 2013 - 2018 943613 13.5% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 91/100. June 2014. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Le Ragose Ripasso Valpolicella Classico Superiore 2009, Veneto D.O.C., Italy: Rustic, dry and terrific with distinctive aromas of maturity: think tanned leather, violets, dried herbs and wild black cherry though not fruity. Nice mouth-watering acidity for a variety of dishes. Highly recommended. Valpolicella Classico Superiore food pairings: lamb. Drink: 2013 - 2018 991984 13.5% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 91/100. June 2014. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château De Mercey 1Er Cru Domaine Rodet 2010, Mercurey, Burgundy A.C., France: This lovely medium-bodied red wine from Côte Chalonnaise features a seductive interplay of fresh earth, spices and tart red fruit on the nose. This is a juicy Old World Pinot Noir. On the palate you'll discover pleasantly tart cherry and cranberry flavours. I love this style but its an acquired taste as it's not fruity or ripely sweet. Try with roast chicken. Food pairings: roast chicken. Drink: 2013 - 2019 264531 12.5% XD 750 mL $25.95 Score: 92/100. June 2014. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Leuchtenburg Erste & Neue Kalterersee Classico Superiore 2012, Südtirol-Alto Adige Trentino D.O.P., Italy: Acidic and pleasantly bitter with tart cherry and racy spiciness. Medium-bodied and smooth. Demands food with tangy acidity itself. 373134 13% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 87/100. June 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine De Hermitage De Nantoux Beaune Les Blanches Fleurs 1Er Cru 2011, Burgundy A.C., France: Seductive notes of sour cherry and wet earth on the nose of this superb Old World Pinot Noir produced by Moreteaux & Fils. Satin texture and a medium- to full-bodied weight with gorgeous layers of dark berry fruit and violets on the palate and long finish. Drink: 2014 - 2020 366872 13% XD 750 mL $49.95 Score: 92/100. June 2014. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Boutisse Grand Cru 2010, Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux A.C., France: The classic Bordeaux nose that is at once fresh and yet deeply rich and inviting. Blackcurrant, cassis, hickory smoke and dark spice. Polished tannins, excellent structure and balance. Long finish with attractively baked black fruit. Drink: 2015 - 2022 368175 14.5% D 750 mL $39.95 Score: 92/100. June 2014. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

La Tour Coste La Combe Saint-Joseph 2010, Rhône A.P., France: Smoky nose with black and purple plums, black raspberry liqueur and cedar brush. New World finishes on this classic Old World Syrah from the Rhone Valley. Nicely balanced and structured. Drink: 2014 - 2020 370106 13% XD 750 mL $28.95 Score: 92/100. June 2014. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château La Nerthe 2011, Châteauneuf-Du-Pape, Rhone A.C., France: A towering wine of heroic proportions in its structure, depth, concentration and richness. Layers of black fruit, dark spice and smoke. Some underbrush and garrigue along with black pepper on the finish. Decant 2 hours and pair with rare filet mignon. Food pairings: beef. Drink: 2014 - 2020 735407 14.5% XD 750 mL $49.95 Score: 93/100. June 2014. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Jim Barry Wines The Mcrae Wood Shiraz 2009, Clare Valley, South Australia, Australia: Loaded with personality! This blockbuster Shiraz is loaded with dark fruit flavour, dark spices and toasty oak. Generous layers of black plums and cherries, coffee and peppers aromas. Full-bodied and rich. A real palate whopper. Highly recommended. Shiraz food pairings: steak, stew, brontosaurus burgers, blackened chicken, blue cheese. Drink: 2013 - 2018 737817 14.5% XD 750 mL $59.95 Score: 93/100. June 2014. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Capanna Brunello Di Montalcino 2008, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: Signature Brunello di Montalcino from both a great producer and a solid vintage. Classic aromas of violets, dark berries, smoke and some pencil led. Layered and nuanced; this wine will unfold in the glass (and on your senses) with time so decant 1-2 hours. Brunello is never inexpensive, but this lovely example is worth every penny. Try it with a rack of lamb tonight. Brunello Di Montalcino food pairings: lamb. Drink: 2015 - 2025 378513 14% XD 750 mL $48.95 Score: 94/100. June 2014. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Muga Selección Especial Reserva 2009, Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain: Complex, rich, balanced, powerful and concentrated: this robust Spanish red really does have it all. Great price-quality ratio too. Try it with Kobe beef. Drink: 2015 - 2022 921536 14% XD 750 mL $39.95 Score: 95/100. June 2014. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rosés

Tawse Winery Inc. Sketches Of Niagara Rosé 2013, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Light, soft, fragrant cool-climate rose that's both refreshing and invigorating. Aromas of delicate field strawberries, no big acidity here. Easy, light sipper. Lovely balance from one of Niagara's best producers. Rosé food pairings: grilled salmon steaks, grilled peppers. Drink: 2013 - 2015 172643 12.5% D 750 mL $15.95 Score: 87/100. June 2014. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Delheim Pinotage Rosé 2013, Coastal Region, Stellenbosch W.O., South Africa: A bone-dry, acidic rose that's mostly South Africa's signature red wine grape Pinotage with a dash Muscat Ottonel grapes in the blend for more lifted floral aromatics. Vibrant notes of tart cherry and some spice on the finish. Great price! Drink: 2013 - 2015 721670 12.5% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 87/100. June 2014. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Pondview Estate Winery Cabernet Franc Rosé 2013, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Big acidity, pleasing aromas and flavours of tart berries and fleshy sweet field ripeness. Great price for such a lovely rose. Finishes with strawberry-rhubarb jam notes. Cabernet Franc Rosé food pairings: grilled stuffed peppers, charcuterie and olives, spiced seafood. Drink: 2013 - 2015 241802 12.7% M 750 mL $14.95 Score: 88/100. June 2014. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Maby La Forcadière Tavel Rosé 2013, Rhône A.C., France: An unexpected, though not unpleasant, acidic attack on entry (to the mouth ;) Aromas and flavours of tart field berries and summer flowers. Full-bodied and dry. Absolutely requires food like grilled almost anything. Rosé food pairings: grilled chicken wings, short ribs, seafoods, salads. Drink: 2013 - 2015 701318 14% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 88/100. June 2014. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mission Hill Five Vineyards Rosé 2013, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada: Opening salvo: cranberry, rhubarb, mind-awakening tart cherry. Welcome to my world. Bone-dry rose form the Okanagan Valley that is anything but shy. Excellent acidity for food yet balanced enough to dry on its own as a chilled aperitif. Rosé food pairings: oysters, grilled fish, grilled shellfish. Drink: 2013 - 2015 229716 13.5% D 750 mL $14.95 Score: 89/100. June 2014. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Perrin & Fils Réserve Rosé 2013, Côtes Du Rhône A.C., France: Fragrant and pretty nose with aromas of wild field berries and flowers. On the palate, medium-bodied, dry and refreshing, with a little less heft than expected but not disappointing. Very balanced and clean. Rosé food pairings: fresh fruit, veggies. Drink: 2013 - 2015 719062 13% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 89/100. June 2014. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château La Mascaronne Quat'saisons Rosé 2013, Côtes De Provence A.C., France: Small red field flowers and berries bloom on the nose of this bone-dry, savoury rose. Tangy and zingy and refreshing. Good acidity for food. Light yet flavourful. Rosé food pairings: grilled zucchini flowers, fiddleheads, brie. Drink: 2013 - 2015 13.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. June 2014. Top Rated Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sparkling Wine

Gruhier Extra Brut Crémant De Bourgogne 2010, Burgundy A.C., France: Crisp, toasty, clean sparkling wine that's an absolutely steal for the money. Crémant de Bourgogne is Burgundy's take on bubbly and given it's just below Champagne, you still get that crisp, refreshing style. Crémant De Bourgogne food pairings: grilled chicken, seafood, veggies, mushroom dishes. Drink: 2013 - 2016 375428 12% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 87/100. June 2014. Best Value Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Bestheim Brut Méthode Traditionelle Crémant D'alsace, Alsace A.C., France: Clean and crisp with nice toasty fresh fruit aromas. Stunningly great price! A refreshingly dry finish with a lick of lemon zest. Try this with vegetarian dishes and salads. Crémant D'alsace food pairings: spring rolls, canapés, brioche, cheese, poultry, foie gras canapés. Drink: 2014 - 2016 141184 12% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 88/100. June 2014. Best Value Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé Champagne Champagne, Champagne A.C., France: One of the most iconic and coveted rose champagnes on the market. Billecart-Salmon has a deft touch with the most difficult bubblies to produce since this is not a blend of red and white wine, but rather a carefully calibrated exposure of the fermenting grapes to the skins for exactly the right pigmentation and flavour. Stunning. Drink: 2013 - 2019 924670 12% 375 mL $56.95 Score: 93/100. June 2014. Top Rated Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

Laurenz V. Friendly Grüner Veltliner 2012, Kamptal D.A.C., Austria: Lime green intensity. Loads of acidity. Refreshing x 10. Finishes with a lime lift into the blue sky yonder. Try with shellfish. Drink: 2013 - 2017 66225 13% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 87/100. June 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Duca Di Quadri Catemario Collezione Privata Pinot Grigio 2013, Friuli, Collio D.O.C., Italy: Signature Pinot Grigio offering crisp refreshment and a fine elegance in the glass. Notes of white citrus fruit and wild flowers. Mouth-watering vibrancy! Lemon-lime lift, medium-bodied. Great aperitif or companion to seafood and shellfish. Pinot Grigio food pairings: seafood finger foods, grilled calamari, chicken cacciatore, spaghetti, summer salads. Drink: 2013 - 2015 120782 12.4% D 750 mL $14.95 Score: 87/100. June 2014. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Creekside Estate Winery Laura's White 2012, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Hazelnut weirdness in an interesting way. This almost full-bodied white wine is a blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Riesling and Gewürztraminer grapes. Although Chardonnay Musqué is usually included in this blend it is not present in the 2012 vintage. Ripe peach, chestnut, almond and golden delicious apple. Drink: 2013 - 2017 121764 13% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 87/100. June 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Chateau Ollwiller Clos De La Tourelle Pinot Blanc 2009, Alsace A.C., France: Pretty, light and fun -- sun-dappled pears and other fresh white tree fruit aromas. This is no boring beige white wine ... give this Pinot Blanc a try especially if you enjoy Pinot Gris. Pinot Blanc food pairings: seared tuna steaks. Drink: 2013 - 2018 377788 12.5% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 87/100. June 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Vincent Raimbault Bel Air Domaine De La Robiniére Vouvray 2012, Loire A.C., France: Racy (and bracing) acidity offers freshness with crisp white grapefruit and pear notes. Cries out for food. Bone-dry and perfect for salads and shellfish. Vouvray food pairings: grilled chicken, green salads, shellfish. Drink: 2013 - 2015 205468 12.5% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 88/100. June 2014. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tar & Roses Don Lewis And Narelle King Pinot Grigio 2013, Central Victoria, Australia: Lovely salmon-ballet slipper pink hue with a mouth-watering fresh attack of lime-bright acidity. Versatile food companion or aperitif. Some white pear on the finish. Try it with vegetarian dishes. Pinot Grigio food pairings: salad, seafood, shellfish, chicken cacciatore, spaghetti. Drink: 2014 - 2016 282723 13% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 88/100. June 2014. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaines Schlumberger Les Princes Abbés Pinot Gris 2011, Alsace A.C., France: Kicks off with fresh orange zest then continues with a crisp citrus medley of vibrant notes of lemons and limes. Medium-bodied. Perfect as an aperitif or companion to seafood and salads. An energetic finish of dry refreshment. Pinot Gris food pairings: chicken cacciatore, pasta, potato salad, liver pâté, cheese. Drink: 2013 - 2016 21253 13% XD 750 mL $22.95 Score: 89/100. June 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rodney Strong Wine Estates Chardonnay 2012, Sonoma County, California, United States: Green apple aromas wrapped in toasted almond. Full-bodied with great acidity. Nice balance. This would be an interesting pairing with roast veal. Chardonnay food pairings: grilled lobster tail, pork, turkey burgers. Drink: 2013 - 2018 226936 13.7% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. June 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Yalumba Organic Viognier 2012, South Australia, Australia: An invitation of apricot and peach blossom on the nose. This organic wine follows through on that promise with fragrant lime blossom and baking spices on the palate. Full-bodied yet not heavy. A long, lingering finish. Viognier food pairings: mushroom risotto with truffle oil, Moroccan lamb tagine, roast pork stuffed with prunes and dried apricots, roast chicken. Drink: 2013 - 2016 288217 14.5% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 89/100. June 2014. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Eric Forest L'ame Forest Pouilly-Fuissé 2011, Burgundy A.C., France: Dazzling yellow-gold highlights in the glass, this aromatic Old World chardonnay features notes of lemongrass, lime and some green apple. Some smoke on the finish. Very fresh and nicely balanced. A luxurious, lush palate. Highly recommended. Pouilly-Fuissé food pairings: lobster in butter sauce, beef bourguignon, cheese, poultry, egg dishes. Drink: 2012 - 2017 301911 13% XD 750 mL $31.95 Score: 89/100. June 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Oyster Bay Pinot Grigio 2013, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand: The grapes are grown in New Zealand's North Island region for this zesty white wine. Zippy and refreshing with aromas of lime and grapefruit. Good mouth-watering acidity for seafood or an aperitif. Ends on an upnote of lime and lemon zest and springtime energy. Pinot Grigio food pairings: grilled lake fish, garden salad, shellfish, chicken cacciatore, spaghetti. Drink: 2013 - 2015 326090 12.5% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 89/100. June 2014. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Handsome Brut Mountainview Riesling 2009, Beamsville Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Petrol peach pretty with lots of acidity -- I adore this style of Niagara Riesling. Great price! Perfect for so many dishes from shellfish to seafood to vegetarian. Riesling food pairings: pan-seared scallops. Drink: 2013 - 2019 373175 12% D 750 mL $16.95 Score: 89/100. June 2014. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cape Point Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Cape Point W.O., South Africa: Lemon zest and lemongrass aromas with grapefruit freshness and sunshine happiness. Clean and refreshing. Finishes with white grapefruit and lime zest. Great value. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: cheese, shellfish, Caesar salad, corned beef and cabbage, turkey pot pie. Drink: 2014 - 2016 285221 13.5% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 90/100. June 2014. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Schloss Schönborn Marcobrunn Riesling Kabinett 2008, Prädikatswein, Rheingau, Germany: Totally sexy! Petrol peach short dress kind of wine -- want want want! So light in alcohol (thus the short dress) yet such a big tease and flavour on the palate. Drink: 2013 - 2020 928861 9.5% D 750 mL $21.95 Score: 92/100. June 2014. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Riesling 2012, Prince Edward County, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: I am in love! Pure petrol-peach siren call on the nose of this stunning Ontario Riesling. I almost don't believe how low the alcohol is at 10% for the staggering amount of flavour packed in here. Have mercy, it's fantastic. Lime acidity perfect for so many dishes, almost anything except steak. Drink: 2013 - 2019 131169 10.2% D 750 mL $21.00 Score: 94/100. June 2014. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Dr. Hermann Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Spätlese 2007, Prädikatswein, Mosel, Germany: An inviting, almost seductive nose, of fleshy white pear, baking spice and orange zest. On the palate, rich and unctuous with layers of flavour pleasure. Drink: 2013 - 2022 313528 8% M 750 mL $18.95 Score: 90/100. June 2014. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cupcake Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc - 2013, Marlborough, New Zealand, New Zealand: A straight-forward, fresh white wine with lots of mouth-watering acidity and some lemon notes. Clean and crisp with no oak. Try this with vegetarian dishes, seafood and salads. Drink: 2013 - 2015 368795 13% XD 750 mL Score: 83/100. June 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cellar Hand Free Run White, Black Hills 2012, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada: Clean, crisp and fresh with notes of lemon and white grapefruit. Cellar hands are the winemaker's assistants. This is a white belnd of Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Viognier, Chardonnay, Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc. Drink: 2013 - 2015 13.2% D 750 mL Score: 86/100. June 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


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