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Vintages Release November 8, 2014

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Dessert Wine

Château Filhot 2E Cru 2010, Sauternes, Bordeaux A.C., France: A classic Sauternes from a superb vintage: apricot and honey preserves with some white peach on the finish. Terrific French dessert wine. Drink: 2013 - 2020 254730 13% S 375 mL $22.85 Score: 92/100. November 2014. Top Rated Dessert Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Emilio Lustau East India Solera Cream, Sherry, Spain: This lovely dessert wine is made from the traditional and local Sherry grape, Pedro ximenez . Nutty and toasty with enticing notes of caramel. Drink: 2014 - 2019 342931 20% S 500 mL $22.95 Score: 90/100. November 2014. Best Value Dessert Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Taylor Fladgate White Port, Portugal: Taylor Fladgate has been making wine in Portugal since 1692. This gorgeous dessert wine is a rare white port that was matured in wood. Pair it with salted almonds. Drink: 2014 - 2018 69856 20% S 750 mL $15.95 Score: 89/100. November 2014. Best Value Dessert Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Noval 10 Year Old Tawny Port 19, Douro Valley D.O.C., Portugal: This caramel-toffeed nose fortified dessert wine spends an average of ten years in oak. Perfect for coffee cake or apple pecan pie. Drink: 2014 - 2019 954503 20% S 750 mL $34.95 Score: 90/100. November 2014. Top Rated Dessert Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Dow's Late Bottled Vintage Port 2009, Douro Valley D.O.C., Portugal: Terrific value for this Portuguese fortified dessert wine from the Douro Valley. Aromas of blackcurrant jam and blackberry pie wrapped in smoke. Drink: 2014 - 2018 613927 20% S 750 mL $17.95 Score: 89/100. November 2014. Best Value Dessert Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Coutet 1Er Cru Chateau Ausone 2010, Barsac, Bordeaux A.C., France: A gorgeous French dessert wine made from botrytized Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc grapes (affected by noble rot). Pair with foie gras or fruit-based desserts. Drink: 2013 - 2022 257261 13% S 375 mL $62.85 Score: 94/100. November 2014. Top Rated Dessert Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

De Bortoli Wines - Yarra Valley Noble One Botrytis Semillon 2011, Riverina, New South Wale, Australia: This is a divine dessert wine! Australian dessert wines are often referred to as "stickies" however, there's nothing cloying about this wine and the only aspect that stickie is the memory of its taste. A lusciously layered dessert wine with rich aromas and flavours of honeyed apricot and peach preserves. Lovely nose of orange blossom, honey wax and white flowers. Terrifically concentrated sweetness at 231 grams per liter of residual sugar. Triple yum! Semillon food pairings: foie gras, cheeses, angel food cake, biscotti, bread & butter pudding. Drink: 2013 - 2020 917252 10% S 375 mL $31.95 Score: 94/100. November 2014. Top Rated Dessert Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Red Wine

Le Clos Jordanne Village Reserve Pinot Noir 2011, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: The 2011 vintage was difficult yet Le Clos Jordanne and this Pinot Noir from the Village Reserve vineyard tends to be a bit sour and tart. This wine cries out for food: feed it roast chicken or planked salmon. Drink: 2014 - 2018 33894 13.5% XD 750 mL $30.00 Score: 88/100. November 2014. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cloudy Bay Vineyards Ltd Pinot Noir 2012, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: This medium-bodied red wine is liquid lovely! Juicy, fleshy bright cherries and dark chocolate dance across your senses with this pinot noir. Ultra-smooth... like satin. Hedonistic. Amazingly great price for a flagship wine. Please make me some planked salmon and top up my glass. Pinot noir is New Zealand's benchmark red wine and it shows why in this wine. Highly recommended. Pinot Noir food pairings: planked salmon, roast beef, turkey, pork tenderloin, coq au vin. Drink: 2013 - 2019 598813 13% XD 750 mL $39.95 Score: 93/100. November 2014. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

First Press James Ewart Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, Napa Valley, California, United States: Delicato Family Vineyards produce this full-bodied with classic aromas of cassis and blackcurrant. Nicely balanced oak. Although it's robust, it's not heavy. Attractive wisps of hickory smoke on the finish along with cassis and blackcurrant. This is a good value for Napa Valley cabernet. Try it with a rare steak. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: grilled steaks, pulled pork, venison burgers, hard cheese, prime rib. Drink: 2014 - 2018 188110 14.5% D 750 mL $22.95 Score: 88/100. November 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tedeschi Capitel Nicalò Appassimento Valpolicella Superiore 2011, Veneto D.O.C.G., Italy: A full-bodied juicy red wine with lots of heft and mouth-filling flavour. Dark cherry and black plum, almost prune on the nose of this D.O.C. wine. Good value. This is one of the best producers of ripasso. Wonderful dry finish for a wide range of dishes, especially hearty meat ones. Appassimento Valpolicella Superiore food pairings: hamburger, hearty soups, pasta, Mediterranean cuisine, white or red meats. Drink: 2014 - 2020 984997 13% D 750 mL $16.95 Score: 90/100. November 2014. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ruffino Ducale Oro Riserva Chianti Classico 2009, Tuscany, Italy: Lovely tanned leather, dried herbs, wild violets and other tertiary aromas that come from age and superb craftsmanship on the nose. Ultra-dry and mouth-watering with supreme balance and complexity. A contemplative wine, suitable for libraries with the classics, or pair it with veal. Chianti Classico food pairings: meat-sauce pasta, meat lovers' pizza, beef stew. Drink: 2013 - 2020 353201 13.5% XD 750 mL $44.95 Score: 93/100. November 2014. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Oyster Bay Merlot 2012, Hawkes Bay, North Island, New Zealand: Balanced merlot with attractive black plum notes and lots of toasty oak. Lively and vibrant, but not over-the-top, like the perfect dinner guest. Smooth and full-bodied with a long finish. Great price. Try this with grilled pork chops. Merlot food pairings: rare roast beef, coq au vin, lamb chops. Drink: 2013 - 2016 692343 13% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 89/100. November 2014. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Hidden Bench Winery Terroir Caché Meritage 2010, Beamsville Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A restrained red wine blend of 53% Merlot with 19% Cab Franc, 16% Cab Sauv and 12% Malbec grapes. Very acidic and not particularly fruit-forward, more dusty earth than anything else with some leather and spice. Drink: 2014 - 2018 505610 13.8% D 750 mL $38.20 Score: 86/100. November 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Costa Lazaridi Amethystos Red 2010, Drama P.G.I., Greece: A juicy full-bodied Greek red wine with purple and black plums notes on the notes and palate. Tannic grip. Drink: 2012 - 2015 724831 14.5% D 750 mL $23.95 Score: 85/100. November 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Finca Flichman Dedicado 2011, Mendoza, Argentina: Very oaky with charred black fruit and dark chocolate. Full-bodied and brooding. Drink: 2014 - 2017 721423 14.5% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 86/100. November 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Giacomo Mori Chianti 2011, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: A tart, tannic, savoury Chianti with dark tart berry notes and sun-dried tomato. Pair with a tangy tomato sauce. Drink: 2014 - 2018 68858 13.5% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 87/100. November 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Giroud Terra Helvetica Pinot Noir 2013, Vin De Pays, Valais, Switzerland: Switzerland is known for its crisp, zesty white wines, but it also produces vibrant, medium-bodied reds like this Pinot Noir. There's lots of mouth-watering acidity and juiciness here for a wide variety of dishes from planked salmon to roast turkey. Aromas of tart cherry and spice. Smooth on the palate. For something different, try it tonight with a tangy tomato sauce dish. Pinot Noir food pairings: salmon steaks, veal, roast chicken. Drink: 2013 - 2016 121095 12.7% D 750 mL $18.95 Score: 87/100. November 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ghost Pines Winemaker's Blend Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Napa County, Sonoma County, California, United States: A smooth red wine that's a blend of 65% Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% from Napa Valley. This wine is named for the grey pines which at dust appear ghostlike through the coastal valley. Drink: 2014 - 2017 135376 14% D 750 mL $21.95 Score: 86/100. November 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Grove Street Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Sonoma County, California, United States: A serviceable Cabernet with aromas of dark fruit and some oak. Benignly sippable. Drink: 2013 - 2017 161190 13.5% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 87/100. November 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rivera Il Falcone Riserva 2008, Castel Del Monte, Puglia D.O.C., Italy: This robust Italian red wine is made in one of the more southerly wine regions of the country, where the grapes ripen to full flavour and depth. The 2008 vintage of the Rivera Il Falcone is a blend of 70% Nero di Troia and 30% Montepulciano grapes. Savoury, smoky and brooding with fleshy black fruit aromas and flavours. Ultra-delicious and smooth already in texture. Southern Italy has undergone a quality revolution. Taste this red to see what I mean. Pair this wine with hearty meat dishes. Food pairings: roasted lamb, game meats. Drink: 2013 - 2018 177295 13.5% XD 750 mL $22.95 Score: 87/100. November 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Adaptation Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Napa Valley, California, United States: Liquid chocolate and sweet blueberries. Full-bodied and smooth with a sweet finish. Pair with dark chocolate. Drink: 2014 - 2017 353102 14.6% D 750 mL $49.95 Score: 87/100. November 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Layer Cake Primitivo 2011, Puglia I.G.T., Italy: Sweet purple plums and fleshy blueberries on the nose and palate. Almost full-bodied and very plush and smooth. The requisite grandfather story is on the back label along with the words 100% hand-crafted. Loaded with mocha and black icing, this is a liquid layer cake. Drink: 2013 - 2017 384065 13.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 87/100. November 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Zolo Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Mendoza, Argentina: The 2012 vintage will be the first vintage with famed winemaker Jean Claude Berrouet of Pomerol, Chateau Petrus as an exclusive consulting winemaker working closely with Fabian Valenzuela the current winemaker at Bodega Tapiz. Mr. Berrouet is one of the most famous winemakers and is involved in every facet of the process from vineyard to wine. What an incredible wine for this price! Full-bodied with attractive aromas of blackberry and cassis. Good balance with a long, satisfying finish. This winery produces other terrific reds as well, so keep an eye out for this producer. Pair this wine with a juicy, rare steak and full-bodied conversation tonight. Decant for 1 hour. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: steak, hearty meat dishes, hard cheese. Drink: 2013 - 2017 54098 14% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 88/100. November 2014. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château La Caminade Cahors 2011, Southwest A.C., France: A rustic, robust French red wine blend with savoury, meaty mid-palate flavours of dark berries and toasty oak. Great price. Make a hearty meat dish or sauce please. Food pairings: beef stew, hard cheese. Drink: 2013 - 2017 102954 13.5% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 88/100. November 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Menguante Selección Garnacha 2008, Cariñena D.O.P., Spain: Fresh, aromatic nose of purple plums and blueberries. Darker on the palate with acidity and some sour fruit. Full-bodied and smooth. Drink: 2014 - 2018 313833 14% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 88/100. November 2014. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Valpantena Torre Del Falasco Ripasso Valpolicella 2012, Veneto D.O.C., Italy: Soft and supple with medium-bodied, sweet blackberries and mocha from oak aging. Pair with pasta in tomato sauce. Drink: 2014 - 2018 642421 13.5% D 750 mL $16.95 Score: 88/100. November 2014. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Antinori Pian Delle Vigne Brunello Di Montalcino 2008, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: Lots of tannin and a firm grip in this full-bodied Italian red wine. Leave this baby in the cellar for a while. Full-bodied, black fruit, smoke and an impenetrable depth with long finish. Decant 1-2 hours. Pair with prime rib when its ready. Brunello Di Montalcino food pairings: grilled meats, game. Drink: 2015 - 2020 651141 14% XD 750 mL $59.95 Score: 88/100. November 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

L'Aventure Winery Optimus Stephan Vineyards 2011, Paso Robles, California, United States: This robust Californian red wine is a lovely blend of 55% syrah, 27% cabernet sauvignon and 18% petit verdot grapes. The alcohol is high at 15.8% but it doesn't taste hot or out of balance. Attractive aromas of black fruit and smoke. Try it with filet mignon. Food pairings: cheese pizza, filet mignon. Drink: 2013 - 2017 683409 15.1% D 750 mL $63.95 Score: 88/100. November 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Frei Brothers Winery Reserve Zinfandel 2012, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California, United States: A robust red wine with big purple and black plum aromas and flavours as well as blueberry pie notes on the finish. Smooth and supple. The fruit profile is not as raisined as it is in some Californian Zinfandels. Nonetheless, this is a juicy, pleasing red wine. Perfect for potluck gatherings featuring grilled meats. Zinfandel food pairings: pizza, pulled pork served with crackling pigskin. Drink: 2013 - 2016 281758 14.9% D 750 mL $24.95 Score: 89/100. November 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Pascal Aufranc Vignes De 1939 Chénas Gamay 2013, Beaujolais A.C., France: Jubilant, juicy red fruit dance across your palate and senses in this classic French red wine! Strawberry-raspberry jam aromas and flavours, but it's still light-bodied. Lots of flavour -- lovely, fresh, aromatic and fragrant. This red wine was made from Gamay grapes grown on vines planted in 1939. Pair this Beaujolais with seared tuna. Gamay food pairings: grilled chicken. Drink: 2013 - 2016 329987 12.5% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 89/100. November 2014. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Quinta Da Romaneira Touriga Nacional 2010, Douro D.O.C., Portugal: A medium-bodied, supple Portuguese red wine with nice length and elegance. I had expected more heft here. Aromas of small dark berries and a touch of smoke. Touriga Nacional food pairings: beef bourguignon. Drink: 2014 - 2018 385831 13% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 89/100. November 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Vieux Chevrol Lalande De Pomerol 2010, Lalande-De-Pomerol, Bordeaux A.C., France: Rustic, robust and woodsy with cedar brush and tart wild blackberry. Tannic grip so decant 1-2 hours. Drink: 2014 - 2018 388579 13.5% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 89/100. November 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Produttori Del Barbaresco 2009, Piedmont D.O.C.G., Italy: Tart cherry, leather and spice with a firm tannic grip. Medium- to almost full-bodied. Lots of acidity. Drink: 2014 - 2019 708826 14.5% XD 750 mL $41.95 Score: 89/100. November 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Vila Santa Reserva Tinto 2011, Vinho Regional Alentejano, Portugal: A savoury, meaty wine with a good full-bodied grip on the palate and mouth-watering action. Pair with hearty meat dishes. Loaded with black fruit and tarry oak. Great value. Drink: 2014 - 2018 917849 14% XD 750 mL $21.95 Score: 89/100. November 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Emina Crianza 2010, Ribera Del Duero D.O., Spain: Black fruit, tar, toasty oak, mocha and dark chocolate on the nose of this full-bodied Spanish red wine that has been generously oaked. Drink: 2014 - 2017 993220 14% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 89/100. November 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Viña Real Oro Reserva 2009, Rioja D.O.C.A, Spain: Dry and earthy with some tannic grip on the palate that could smooth out in the cellar. Full-bodied and supple. Aromas of dark fruit and some smoke. OT Food pairings: meat pies. Drink: 2013 - 2018 94896 13.5% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 89/100. November 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Claymore Walk On The Wild Side Shiraz 2012, Clare Valley, South Australia, Australia: This full-bodied Australian red wine is mostly Shiraz, with a splash of the white wine grape Viognier, which gives it a floral lift through the mid-palate. This blend is popular in Australia and creates wine of great complexity and depth. The Claymore Shiraz Viognier is juicy and mouth-watering with purple and black plum aromas and flavours. Full-bodied, smooth and satisfying. Satin smooth tannins with a long finish. Great value. Shiraz food pairings: steak, hamburgers, meat lovers pizza. Drink: 2013 - 2018 166983 15.2% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. November 2014. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Casas del Bosque Reserva Carmenère 2012, Rapel Valley, Chile: Extraordinary for the money! Wow. Aromas of fleshy back fruit, toasty oak and plush, plush berries. So good. Drink: 2013 - 2018 205872 14.5% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 90/100. November 2014. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Churton Pinot Noir 2010, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: Wake up your senses with this zesty New Zealand Pinot Noir! The 2010 vintage of the Churton Pinot is mouth-watering, with vibrant acidity with rolling, round, luscious cherry-berry aromas. Medium- to full-bodied and smooth. Lip-smacking delicious. Try this one with veal or pork chops. Pinot Noir food pairings: salmon steaks, pork, spaghetti Bolognese, veal, roast chicken. Drink: 2012 - 2017 237164 13% D 750 mL $39.95 Score: 90/100. November 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Paso Creek Zinfandel 2012, Paso Robles, California, United States: Dark and brooding with Cab leanings in his plush Zinfandel. Black plums and dark berries. Smooth and supple, and delicious. Zinfandel food pairings: tortilla stuffed with refried beans and cheese, highly seasoned beef. Drink: 2013 - 2017 279810 14.6% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. November 2014. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Hermanos Peciña Señorío De P. Peciña Crianza 2009, Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain: A supple, complex Spanish red wine from the classic grape Tempranillo. Leather, violets and some smoke on the nose, palate and finish. Food pairings: variety of cheeses, beef stew in a red wine sauce, duck. Drink: 2014 - 2018 313726 13.5% XD 750 mL $21.95 Score: 90/100. November 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Chaume-Arnaud Vinsobres 2011, Rhône A.C., France: Rich and full-bodied with fleshy black and purple plums aromas and flavours. Nice long finish. Food pairings: burgers, burritos. Drink: 2014 - 2020 380709 14.5% XD 750 mL $23.95 Score: 90/100. November 2014. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Barbara Fores Coma D'en Pou 2010, Terra Alta D.O., Spain: Black raspberry and smoke on the nose of this smooth, full-bodied Spanish red wine. High alcohol at 15% though it tastes balanced. This is a blend of Garnacha, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. The wine was matured for 14 months in French oak barrels. Food pairings: Brazilian slow-cooked pork, beef and black bean stew. Drink: 2014 - 2018 393546 15% XD 750 mL $38.95 Score: 90/100. November 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Concha Y Toro Terrunyo Vineyard Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Pirque, Maipo Valley, Chile: This towering Chilean red wine is a real conversation starter! Full-bodied and smooth with black plum, blackberry and mocha aromas. Nice balance. Great for barbecues. It's mostly (97%) Cabernet Sauvignon, with about 3% Cabernet Franc grapes. Great structure and balance with a long, smoldering finish that will leave you longing for more. Try it with prime rib. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: beef. Drink: 2012 - 2016 562918 14.5% XD 750 mL $34.95 Score: 90/100. November 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, Sonoma County, California, United States: Such an elegant, yet expressive Californian Cabernet on the nose. Aromas of blackcurrant cassis mingle with dried herbs and cigar box. The palate opens to layers of dark fruit anise and smoke. Terrific balance, depth and length with a dry finish. Pair with filet mignon or lamb with rosemary. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: lamb, pork tenderloin, pepper steak, hamburgers, cheese. Drink: 2014 - 2018 678615 13.5% XD 750 mL $34.95 Score: 89/100. November 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

La Vite Lucente 2012, Tuscany I.G.T., Italy: Complex, full-bodied yet subtle Italian red wine. Gorgeous aromas of dried black cherry, cedar, smoke, fleshy blackberries from an iconic producer. This full-bodied red wine is the second wine to Frescobaldi’s flagship label Luce. It's a blend of Merlot, Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, and it was aged for 1 year in French barriques. Decant for 1 hour and you're ready to go! The grapes are sourced from the same vineyards as Luce. Pair this wine with prime rib. Food pairings: pepper steak. Drink: 2015 - 2021 747030 13.5% XD 750 mL $34.95 Score: 90/100. November 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

La Vite Lucente 2012, Tuscany I.G.T., Italy: This is the magnum size of this wine, equivalent to two regular (750 ml) bottles. The regular sized format is also in this release. Complex, full-bodied yet subtle Italian red wine. Gorgeous aromas of dried black cherry, cedar, smoke, fleshy blackberries from an iconic producer. This full-bodied red wine is the second wine to Frescobaldi’s flagship label Luce. It's a blend of Merlot, Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, and it was aged for 1 year in French barriques. Decant for 1 hour and you're ready to go! The grapes are sourced from the same vineyards as Luce. Pair this wine with prime rib. Food pairings: pepper steak. Drink: 2015 - 2021 979062 13.5% XD 1500 mL $89.95 Score: 90/100. November 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ramitello Di Majo Norante 2011, Biferno Rosso, Molise, Italy: Big and rich Italian red wine with generous layers of dark plums and smoke notes and mocha. Terrific price! Good aging potential but also ready to enjoy tonight with pizza. This medium-bodied blend of 80% Montepulciano and 20% Aglianico grapes offers lots of depth of flavour in the glass. Mouth-watering and perfect for ribeye steak. VERY nice! Food pairings: hearty meat dishes. Drink: 2013 - 2017 973214 13.5% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 90/100. November 2014. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rocca Delle Macìe Ser Gioveto 2010, Tuscany I.G.T., Italy: Savoury, meaty, balanced and complex Italian red wine. Attractive aromas and flavours of cedar brush, tart black cherry and woodland. Food pairings: hearty beef stew with root vegetables. Drink: 2014 - 2019 974964 13.5% D 750 mL $39.95 Score: 90/100. November 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Fonterutoli Marchesi Mazzei Chianti Classico 2011, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: Full-bodied and juicy Chianti Classico with rich aromas and flavours of black cherry, blackberry, smoke and just enough oak. Nicely balanced with a satisfying finish. Pair with pepper steak. Supple and smooth, and finishing nicely with oak spice and black fruits. Polished tannins and pair with asiago cheese or charcuterie . Chianti Classico food pairings: beef, hard Italian cheese. Drink: 2013 - 2018 977629 13.5% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 89/100. November 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

2012, Napa Valley, California, United States: A juicy, full-bodied smooth red wine from California that's a Proprietary blend of classic red grapes such as Cabernet Sauvignon. Aromas of sweet blackberry, hickory smoke, bacon, and dark spices on the nose and palate of this richly concentrated wine. Ultra-dry and polished with a long finish. Decant for 1-2 hours and pair with a rare steak. A robust Californian red wine that's a Proprietary blend of classic red grapes such as Cabernet Sauvignon. Consistently great year after year. Black fruit, toasty oak and dark spice follows through from the nose to the palate to the long finish. A great cellar candidate. Superb craftsmanship. Highly recommended. Food pairings: hearty meat dishes. Drink: 2015 - 2020 104299 15.2% D 750 mL $49.95 Score: 91/100. November 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

St. Hallett Gamekeeper's Shiraz 2013, Barossa, South Australia, Australia: This popular Australian Shiraz offers terrific taste especially for the price. Ripe and tart blackberry flavours with some black plum and just enough oak. Very consistent producer. Lovely dark cherry notes on the finish. Lip-smacking delicious. The 2013 vintage of the St. Hallet Shiraz is mouth-watering and full-bodied: this robust red cries out for a rare steak! Shiraz food pairings: pizza, barbecued beef, bison steak, grilled chicken, fajitas. Drink: 2014 - 2018 166991 14% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 91/100. November 2014. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Masi Mazzano Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico 2007, Veneto D.O.C., Italy: A towering Italian red wine of great depth, nuance, layering and complexity. This is amarone at its best produced by a master. Aromas of black raspberry, kirsch, blackberry liqueur and tar with black spice and a deep core of concentrated pleasure. This is not for the faint of palate. Full-bodied and mouth-filling. Demands hearty meat dishes. Decant 2 hours. Great cellar candidate. Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico food pairings: meaty pasta, beef stew. Drink: 2015 - 2022 215764 16% XD 750 mL $101.95 Score: 91/100. November 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Rousseau De Sipian 2010, Médoc, Bordeaux A.C., France: The 2010 vintage was a spectacular one for the Bordeaux region, and for this producer in particular who won a gold medal at the 2013 Decanter World Wine Awards for this 2010 bottling. The Château Rousseau De Sipian is a classic blend of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. Medium- to full-bodied, smooth and elegant with a lovely balance of cassis, smoke and toasty oak aromas. This wine was aged for one year in French oak barrels. Beautifully structured with polished tannins and a long finish. Try it with prime rib. Tannic so decant 2 hours. Food pairings: roast beef, pheasant, Camembert, game. Drink: 2015 - 2020 246637 13.5% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 91/100. November 2014. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Wakefield Jaraman Shiraz 2012, Clare Valley, Mclaren Vale, South Australia, Australia: Black fleshy plums on the nose with a pleasant bite of acidity mid-palate. More black fruit and mouth-filling roundness. A consistently good producer at good prices for the quality. Shiraz food pairings: juicy, grilled rare sirloin steak, hard cheese like Cheddar or Havarti. Drink: 2014 - 2018 377036 14.5% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 91/100. November 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine De Vieille Fontaine Vidal-Fleury 2012, Côtes Du Rhône Villages A.C., France: Terrific value for the price! Peppery and robust with layers of forest blackberries and black raspberry. Great party wine for those on any budget. Pair with hearty meat dishes. Food pairings: beef roasted rare. Drink: 2014 - 2018 393215 14.5% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 91/100. November 2014. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Flat Rock Cellars Gravity Pinot Noir 2012, Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Flat Rock is one of Niagara's finest producers of Pinot Noir, and this bottling of their Gravity from an exceptionally great vintage shows why. The winery uses the gentlest methods to press the grapes and make the wine via a gravity flow system rather than pumping (thus the name gravity on the label). Then the wine was aged in French oak barrels for 18 months. Medium ruby hue with cherry accents, polished tannins, silky smooth texture and medium bodied weight. Gorgeous cherry-berry aromas and flavours on the mid-palate. Then it finishes with wisps of black raspberry and vanilla toast. This red wine is so vibrant and so fantastically great year after year. Try it with roast chicken or turkey. Pinot Noir food pairings: duck risotto, planked salmon, roast chicken. Drink: 2013 - 2018 1560 12.9% XD 750 mL $29.25 Score: 91/100. November 2014. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Napa Valley, California, United States: This robust Californian Cabernet is almost chiseled in structure. Loaded with dark fruit aromas and flavours, it delivers. Generous character with great fruit, structure, complexity and balance. Now let's try it with duck comfit, shall we? Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: duck comfit. Drink: 2013 - 2018 24190 14.5% XD 750 mL $79.95 Score: 92/100. November 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Michele Castellani Cinque Stelle Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico 2009, Veneto D.O.C., Italy: Full-bodied and delicious Italian red wine from the Veneto region. Lovers of Amarone will love this bottling as it offers a full-palate-flavour of fleshy black cherries and blackberries. There's also some dried herbs and dark spices on the finish. Powerfully crafted for pleasure. Match it with a New York steak. Highly recommended. Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico food pairings: ribeye steak. Drink: 2013 - 2019 75127 15.5% D 750 mL $57.95 Score: 92/100. November 2014. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Álvaro Palacios Camins Del Priorat 2013, Priorat D.O.C.A., Spain: This full-bodied Spanish red wine offers rich, deeply concentrated black fruit flavours. Dark spices on the finish with some anise. Great for hearty meat dishes. Winemaker Alvaro Palacios is one of Spain’s superstar vintners who also produces the cult wine L’Ermita. The grapes for this wine are mostly sourced from young vines in the same vineyards that create his second wine, Les Terrasses, which is made only from old vines. Try this with prime rib. Food pairings: hearty meat dishes, pizza. Drink: 2013 - 2016 216291 14.8% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 91/100. November 2014. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mollydooker The Maitre D' Sarah & Sparky Marquis Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Mclaren Vale, South Australia, Australia: This blockbuster Australian red wine is incredibly concentrated with great depth and length. On the nose are big, dark aromas and flavours of blackberry, blackcurrant and dark spices. Very mouth-filling and rich Cabernet Sauvignon. Pair with brontosaurus burgers. Highly recommended. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: hamburgers, steak, hearty meat dishes, hard cheese. Drink: 2014 - 2018 246629 15.5% D 750 mL $29.95 Score: 92/100. November 2014. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Chapel Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Mclaren Vale, South Australia, Australia: Deep ruby hue with violet accents. Classic Cabernet nose of blackcurrant, cassis and sage brush on this Australian red wine. Full-bodied and very solidly structured. Packed with dark fruit personality and flavour. Finishes with oak spice and dried herbs. Decant 2 hours for maximum pleasure. Great for steak. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: beef, pork tenderloin, burgers, hard cheese. Drink: 2013 - 2018 965830 14.5% XD 750 mL $26.95 Score: 92/100. November 2014. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Quails' Gate Estate Winery Pinot Noir 2012, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia V.Q.A., Canada: Gorgeous depth and concentration of flavour in this iconic BC Pinot Noir, yet it's not heavy at all. Aromas of fleshy ripe black cherries, violets and some dark spice on the nose follow through on the palate. This is seductive Pinot that gives liquid definition to opulence. Pair it with something naughty. Love, love the mouth-watering juiciness! Try it with roast turkey. Pinot Noir food pairings: herb crusted chicken; roasted lamb; savory slow cooked game. Drink: 2013 - 2019 585760 13.9% XD 750 mL $26.95 Score: 93/100. November 2014. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Jonata Todos Red 2010, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, California, United States: This superb Californian red wine offers gorgeous black fruit aromas that slip up and out of the glass in between violet notes. Plush and luxurious with full-bodied goodness. Although it’s big, it’s still in balance. Wow. The Jonata Todos Red is a blend of 63% Syrah, 12% Sangiovese, 11% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes and smaller amounts of Grenache, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier. Pair with roast beef. Food pairings: chicken salad, pork tenderloin, sugar snap pea soup, hodge-podge, avocado and papaya salad. Drink: 2014 - 2022 218941 14.9% XD 750 mL $67.95 Score: 94/100. November 2014. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Layer Cake Shiraz 2013, South Australia, Australia: Mostly liquid oak: mocha, espresso, black tar and more oak. Same company as the Layer Cake Primitivo from Italy in this release. More grandfather stories on the back label. Shiraz food pairings: grilled skirt steak in a taco, cheeseburgers. Drink: 2014 - 2017 186197 14.5% XD 750 mL $22.95 Score: 87/100. November 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Folie À Deux Folie À Deux Winery Pinot Noir 2012, Sonoma Coast, California, United States: Cherry berry fruit and plush liquid opulence that's not too sweet and beautifully balanced with terrific mouth-watering acidity for food like roast chicken or turkey. Pinot Noir food pairings: roast chicken. Drink: 2013 - 2018 392274 14.2% XD 750 mL $23.95 Score: 90/100. November 2014. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Le Vieux Donjon 2012, Châteauneuf-Du-Pape, Rhône A.C., France: This is what big Rhone Valley red wines from the Châteauneuf-du-Pape region are all about! Superb, luxurious, rich liquid velvet. Encase yourself in this wine and we’ll never see you again. Gorgeously ripe blackberries, plums and black raspberry liqueur aromas and flavours. This one will keep a long time in the cellar … if you can wait. Worth laying down a case for a child or grandchild born in 2012. Pair with roast beef. Food pairings: rare and juicy beef tenderloin, hamburgers. Drink: 2016 - 2025 700922 14.5% XD 750 mL $63.95 Score: 92/100. November 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Quintarelli Valpolicella Classico Superiore 2004, Veneto D.O.C., Italy: A towering, blockbuster Italian red wine. Rich black cherry liqueur and dark spice aromas with layers of full-bodied goodness on the palate. A long, lasting finish. In 2012, founder Giuseppe Quintarelli died at the age of 84. His legacy lives on though, especially in the Quintarelli. Taste to see what a decade of patience yields in the glass. Benchmark Veneto red wine. Pair with prime rib. Valpolicella Classico Superiore food pairings: beef steak, smoked ribs. Drink: 2013 - 2020 986117 12.6% D 750 mL $96.95 Score: 93/100. November 2014. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Jackson-Triggs Delaine Syrah 2012, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Full-bodied, supple and smooth Niagara red wine made from Syrah grapes, one of the most promising red wine grapes of Ontario. Notes of dark fruit and smoke. The Delaine Vineyards micro-climate creates a unique style. The wine is cold macerated and fermented for 20 days to preserve fruit freshness. The wine is then aged in French and American oak barrels where malolactic fermentation takes place. Pair with a rare pepper steak. Syrah food pairings: BBQ chicken, beef stew, lamb cutlets, pasta. Drink: 2013 - 2017 86553 12.5% D 750 mL $32.95 Score: 89/100. November 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rosés

Rosehall Run Just One Rose 2013, Prince Edward County, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A vibrant County rose wine with not overly tart cran-cherry aromas and flavours. Medium-bodied and smooth with a nice juicy flavour. This rose is a blend of 80% Gamay and 20% Pinot Noir grapes. Pair with grilled seafood. Food pairings: raw and lightly cooked seafood, like raw seared tuna and also try it with goats’ cheeses.. Drink: 2013 - 2015 834328002749 12.5% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 87/100. November 2014. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sparkling Wine

Tawse Winery Inc. Spark Limestone Ridge Estate Vineyard Riesling 2012, Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Bright and zesty with lime-alive aromas and toasty bread. Great value and quality for the price. Finishes with a lick lemon zest. This bubbly is made from Riesling -- not the same grape base as the half bottle size in this release. The vines are planted in limestone soils on the Twenty Mile Bench. Drink: 2014 - 2017 370361 12% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. November 2014. Best Value Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Bollinger Special Cuvée Brut Champagne, Champagne A.C., France: Bollinger is on of my favourite non-vintage champagnes: robust, complex, toasty and layered. No wonder James Bond loved it. Crisp and dry with a lovely mousse and persistent ting beaded bubbles that laced down the sides of the glass. Pair with tuna tartar. Drink: 2013 - 2019 234104 12% D 375 mL $43.95 Score: 93/100. November 2014. Top Rated Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Megalomaniac Wines Bubblehead 2011, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Pleasant and crisp with soft field strawberry notes. Straight forward bubbly. Pair with potato chips or fried chicken. Drink: 2012 - 2015 363655 12% D 750 mL $28.95 Score: 87/100. November 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Fleury Fleur De L'europe Champagne, Champagne A.C., France: Crisp, toasty and creamy with generous mousse. Nice price for this quality Champagne. Try it with Dover sole. Drink: 2014 - 2018 385153 12.5% XD 750 mL $63.95 Score: 91/100. November 2014. Top Rated Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

Hidden Bench Winery Chardonnay 2012, Beamsville Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: An acidic Niagara Chardonnay with green apple focus on aroma and flavour. Pair with dishes that have a strong tang and zest to them. Drink: 2012 - 2015 68817 13.5% XD 750 mL $28.95 Score: 87/100. November 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Alta Vista Premium Chardonnay 2013, Mendoza, Argentina: A fabulous find from Alta Vista's Premium series! Full-bodied, buttery Chardonnay a bargain price. Lovely richness and satisfaction in this Argentine white wine. Yay! This full-bodied white wine is made from grapes grown at high altitudes. Pair with lobster in melted butter. Chardonnay food pairings: lobster in butter sauce, beef bourguignon, breads, cheese, poultry. Drink: 2013 - 2017 166504 13.5% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 87/100. November 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Jean-Max Roger Cuvée Les Chante-Alouettes Pouilly-Fumé 2013, Loire A.C., France: Herbal lime lemon aromas on this Old World Sauvignon Blanc... it's mouth-watering and tasty. Pair with fresh seafood. Pouilly-Fumé food pairings: chives and goat cheese quiche, seafood. Drink: 2013 - 2016 391623 12.5% XD 750 mL $28.95 Score: 87/100. November 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rene Muré Signature Gewürztraminer 2012, Alsace A.C., France: Soft and medium-bodied with fresh with lychee and rose petal notes. Not a lot of acidity. Drink: 2013 - 2017 387563 13% XD 750 mL $21.95 Score: 88/100. November 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Novellum Lafage Chardonnay 2013, Pays D'oc, Roussillon I.G.P., France: Clean and crisp with green apple and lime mingling o the palate and mind. The 2013 vintage of the VDP Cotes Catalanes Novellum is a solid Chardonnay from southern France. Drink: 2013 - 2016 390781 13% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 88/100. November 2014. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Menade Verdejo 2013, Rueda D.O., Spain: Clean, crisp and green with a fresh lime lift. Great aperitif. Also pair with field greens or spinach quiche. Drink: 2013 - 2015 392159 13% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 88/100. November 2014. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Liberty School Chardonnay 2013, Central Coast, California, United States: Lusciously big pineapple and tropical fruit notes with a round, viscous mouth-filling texture and a toasty vanilla-caramel finish. Great price for big Californian Chardonnay. Pair with roast chicken. Chardonnay food pairings: pasta, hodge podge, lobster with mayonnaise, honey-garlic chicken, pork. Drink: 2014 - 2017 960120 13.5% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 89/100. November 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Peter Zemmer Pinot Grigio 2013, Alto Adige D.O.C., Italy: Fresh and alive like spring white linens blowing in the breeze. This Italian Pinot Grigio is the essence of lime and lemon zest. Mouth-watering and medium-bodied. Peter Zemmer is one of the most respected producers of Pinot Grigio whose benchmark home is in the northern region of the country in cool-climate vineyards. This winery is tough on their yields and sorting, which results in remarkably flavourful wines. The wine also experiences a slow, temperature-controlled fermentation in stainless steel vats to preserve freshness. Pair with shellfish or seafood. Pinot Grigio food pairings: seafood chowder, cheese, poultry, pizza, pork. Drink: 2013 - 2015 95802 13.5% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 90/100. November 2014. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rutherford Ranch Chardonnay 2012, Napa Valley, California, United States: Lovely balance and bite (acidity) in this vibrant green apple, butter-toffee classic Californian Chardonnay. Great price for the quality. Pair with roast turkey or chicken. Chardonnay food pairings: pork tenderloin topped with unsweetened apricot chutney. Drink: 2013 - 2017 136382 13.5% XD 750 mL $20.95 Score: 90/100. November 2014. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Donatien Bahuaud Les Grands Mortiers Vouvray 2013, Loire A.C., France: This lovely Loire Valley Chenin Blanc offers floral notes. It's and festive with attractive aromas of white peach. A terrific aperitif or companion to vegetarian dishes. This A.C. Vouvray also features lemon zest, mango and some lovely, luxurious candle wax notes (the latter, more texture than flavour). Very viscous, voluptuous and mouth-filling. Bring it! A lick of sweetness makes it versatile with dishes such as glazed ham. Vouvray food pairings: honey-glazed pork, mango chicken, coquilles St. Jacques. Drink: 2013 - 2017 140889 12% M 750 mL $18.95 Score: 90/100. November 2014. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sacred Hill Halo Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: Winemaker Tony Bish has crafted a vibrant Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc with lots of grassy and gooseberry goodness in the glass! So zesty and mouth-watering. Just waiting for you, to wake up your senses. Finishes with crisp notes of gooseberry and lemon essence. Pair this wine with vegetarian dishes. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: cheese, shellfish, Caesar salad, corned beef and cabbage, turkey pot pie. Drink: 2013 - 2015 278671 13% D 750 mL $21.95 Score: 90/100. November 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Wynns Coonawarra Estate Chardonnay 2013, Coonawarra, South Australia, Australia: Full-bodied and balanced Australian Chardonnay, with lovely aromas of green apple, smoke and butter. Enticing stonefruit on the finish along with some toasty oak. Knock your socks off with this tasty white wine! Pair with roast chicken. Chardonnay food pairings: basil pesto, prawn bisque, cheese fondue, stuffed chicken breast. Drink: 2013 - 2017 468728 13% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 91/100. November 2014. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Momo Seresin Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: The Momo Sauvignon Blanc is produced by New Zealand's Seresin Estate of Michael Seresin, the producer and film director. (Think Harry Potter, Midnight Express, Angela's Ashes.). The kiwi savvy is herbal and refreshing with lots of mouth-watering, lime zest acidity for a range of dishes. There's some lemon zest on the finish. Intense, vibrant and clean. Bring it, especially for movie night with fried chicken! Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: fresh seafood, spinach quiche, Thai green curry shrimp, grilled herbed chicken breast, pork tenderloin. Drink: 2013 - 2016 9167 13.5% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 92/100. November 2014. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sbragia Home Ranch Chardonnay 2012, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California, United States: Caramel-rich and layered Californian Chardonnay from one of the region's best-known and most-respected winemakers. Buttery and toasty through the mid-palate with fleshy peach and pear aromas on the finish. Full-bodied and layered. Pair with roast chicken or turkey. Chardonnay food pairings: pasta, hodge podge, lobster with mayonnaise, roasted chicken, pork with a creamy lemon sauce. Drink: 2013 - 2019 52720 14.7% D 750 mL $42.95 Score: 92/100. November 2014. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Dr. Heidemanns-Bergweiler Bernkasteler Badstube Riesling Spätlese 2012, Pradikätswein Mosel, Germany: Gorgeous apricot preserves and honey blossom notes in this medium dry German Riesling from one of the country's best vineyards. Drink: 2013 - 2020 391045 11.5% MD 750 mL $25.95 Score: 93/100. November 2014. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Coudoulet De Beaucastel Blanc 2012, Côtes Du Rhône A.C., France: Gorgeous depth and richness and complexity in this French white wine produced by Château De Beaucastel, Famille Perrin. Get out of your white wine rut with this one: spectacular! Aromas of lychee, white flowers and pure dry peach essence. Finishes with fresh apricot, peach and vanilla spice. Pair it with roast turkey. Food pairings: grilled calamari, turkey dinner. Drink: 2013 - 2019 48892 14% XD 750 mL $33.95 Score: 95/100. November 2014. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Collection Gold Label Chardonnay 2012, Monterey County, California, United States: Toffee and caramel aromas from the oak aging on the nose followed by fleshy peach, burnt apples and pear on the mid-palate. Full-bodied and delicious. From the movie director of Dracula. Try it with grilled chicken tonight. Chardonnay food pairings: pork, chicken, lobster in butter sauce, beef bourguignon, breads. Drink: 2013 - 2016 708305 13.5% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 87/100. November 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

La Crema Chardonnay 2012, Sonoma Coast, California, United States: Sonoma Coast vineyards enjoy a long, cool growing season due to the moderating influence of the Pacific Ocean, and its fogs and winds that blow inland. This is perfect for slowly ripening grapes to develop complex flavours and nuances without lots of sugar that translates to heavy alcohol. Classic Californian Chardonnay with toast, oak and green apple on the nose. Full-bodied, and generously layered. Generous flavours of pear and peach on the palate with a long, dry finish and a hint of wild white flowers in a spring rain. Perfect for roast chicken or mild curries. This wine is matured in both new and seasoned French and American oak for seven months which rounds out the package with a toasty finish. Chardonnay food pairings: pasta, hodge podge, lobster with mayonnaise, roasted chicken, pork with a creamy lemon sauce. Drink: 2013 - 2016 962886 13.9% D 750 mL $28.95 Score: 91/100. November 2014. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Flat Rock Cellars Twisted 2012, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A smooth, medium-bodied white wine made by one of Niagara's best gravity-flow wineries. This is a white wine blend of Riesling, Gewurztraminer and Chardonnay. Aromas of white flowers, white peach and sunshine. Pair with fresh seafood. Drink: 2013 - 2015 1578 12% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 88/100. November 2014. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


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