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Vintages Release January 10, 2015

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Dessert Wine

Messias Late Bottled Vintage Port 2009, Douro Valley D.O.P., Portugal: Deep concentration of blackberry jam and currant liqueur in this classic dessert wine. Great match for Black Forest cake. Drink: 2013 - 2020 140863 19.5% S 750 mL $18.95 Score: 88/100. January 2015. Best Value Dessert Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

El Maestro Sierra Amontillado 12 Year Old Sherry, Spain: This fortified Spanish wine is dry, smoky and nutty: it's an acquired taste, but one well worth acquiring. This Sherry underwent oxidative aging under a layer of flor aestro (layer on top) that creates a bitter almond finish. The wine was aged in American oak casks. Drink: 2013 - 2020 310458 17.5% XD 375 mL $22.95 Score: 87/100. January 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Anselmann Auslese Riesling 2012, Qualitätswein Pfalz, Germany: Gorgeous concentration of fleshy ripe peach and apricot preserves with some honey blossom on the finish. Enjoy with fruit flans and tarts. Highly recommended. Drink: 2013 - 2022 391052 10% S 750 mL $19.95 Score: 92/100. January 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Joseph Cattin Gewurztraminer 2012, Alsace A.C., France: Lovely not cloyingly sweet almost medium dry in perception given the extraordinary balance with the natural acidity. Apricot and lychee and rose petal gorgeous. Gewurztraminer food pairings: baked ham with pineapple slices. Drink: 2012 - 2018 224626 13.5% S 750 mL $17.95 Score: 90/100. January 2015. Best Value Dessert Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Red Wine

[yellow tail] Shiraz 2013, New South Wales, Australia: A full-bodied, well-priced Australian Shiraz in the magnum format, the equivalent of two regular (750 ml) bottles. Aromas of fleshy ripe blackberries and toasty oak. Good option for large parties. Drink: 2013 - 2016 20289 13% MD 1500 mL $23.75 Score: 84/100. January 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

[yellow tail] Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, South Australia, Australia: A solid Australian Cabernet with tasty notes of ripe fleshy black berries and toasty oak. Pair with meat lovers' pizza. Drink: 2013 - 2016 621623 13% MD 750 mL $10.95 Score: 86/100. January 2015. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Trapiche Reserve Syrah 2013, Argentina, Argentina: A tasty, lip-smacking Argentine red wine with full-bodied aromas and flavours of dark fruit and toasty oak. Pair with grilled hamburgers. Drink: 2013 - 2016 222281 14% MD 750 mL $10.95 Score: 85/100. January 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Boutari Naoussa Xinomavro 2010, Macedonia P.D.O., Greece: Full-bodied, smooth and juicy with aromas of dried red fruits. Lots of acidity for a wide range of dishes from lamb with rosemary to pork tenderloin. Earthy and dry. Classic Old World style, not fruit-forward. Some dark spices on the finish makes it ideal for hearty meat dishes. Xinomavro food pairings: lamb, pizza, planked salmon, paté. Drink: 2013 - 2017 943695 13.5% XD 750 mL $13.95 Score: 87/100. January 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Man Vintners Skaapveld Shiraz 2013, Coastal Region W.O., South Africa: A serviceable red wine for the money. Smoky with loads of toasty oak and black charred fruit. This easy-drinking Shiraz has soft tannins with plum and spice flavours. A splash of viognier lends a mid-palate lift. Pair with gourmet hamburgers. Shiraz food pairings: hamburgers, pizza, black bean soup, cheese, beef. Drink: 2014 - 2017 71332 14% XD 750 mL $13.95 Score: 87/100. January 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

San Silvestro Cantine Brumo Nebbiolo D'alba 2012, Piedmont D.O.C., Italy: Dry and slightly tannic with tanned leather and dried fruit notes. Good price. Pair with a juicy steak. Nebbiolo D'alba food pairings: leg of lamb roasted. Drink: 2014 - 2016 101444 13.5% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 87/100. January 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Laplace 2011, Madiran, Southwest A.P., France: Produced by Pierre Laplace, this robust French red wine has a firm tannic grip on the palate (decant 1-2 hours). Offers aromas and flavours of black tart cherries, smoke, cedar and toasty oak. Cries out for a juicy, rare steak. Food pairings: steak. Drink: 2013 - 2017 103705 14% D 750 mL $16.95 Score: 87/100. January 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Hauchat 2011, Fronsac, A.O.C., France: Ripe dark red fruit and some smoke on the nose. Juicy and tannic on the palate with a full-bodied weight. Decant 2 hours. Great price. Drink with grilled pork chops or pepper steak. Food pairings: lamb, grilled pork chops, pepper steak. Drink: 2013 - 2017 123489 13% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 87/100. January 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Graffigna Grand Reserve Malbec 2011, San Juan, Argentina: Fleshy dark fruit and toasty oak on the nose and palate. The 2011 vintage of Graffigna is quaffable, robust and well-priced. Pair this robust Argentine wine, made from the country's iconic red wine grape Malbec, with hearty meat dishes. Malbec food pairings: steak, hamburgers, herbed chicken, hard cheese, turkey. Drink: 2012 - 2017 162149 14.5% XD 750 mL $17.00 Score: 87/100. January 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cantina Del Nebbiolo Superiore Barbera D'alba 2011, Piedmont D.O.C., Italy: Dry with tanned leather and dusty earth. Lovely especially if you dislike fruit bombs. Pair with lamb and rosemary. Barbera D'alba food pairings: pasta in a rich tomato sauce. Drink: 2014 - 2017 363002 14% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 87/100. January 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Piazzano Chianti 2012, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: Good price for this Italian quaffer. Pair with movie night and pizza. Food pairings: polenta dishes, venison, beef daube, leg of lamb, pasta with tomato sauce. Drink: 2013 - 2016 393199 13.5% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 87/100. January 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mural Red 2011, Douro D.O.C., Portugal: A rustic, robust, rough and ready red wine that's priced right. Not for analysis, just quaff it at large parties. Pair with hearty meat dishes. Drink: 2013 - 2017 586636 13.5% D 750 mL $14.95 Score: 87/100. January 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Puig-Parahy Cuvée Georges 2011, Côtes Du Roussillon, Midi A.C., France: Full-bodied and savoury with attractive notes of fleshy black fruit, dark spice, anise and toasty oak. Great value for the price. Food pairings: roast veal, lamb, beef, hamburgers, wild boar. Drink: 2013 - 2017 171025 13.5% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 88/100. January 2015. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Grove Street Pinot Noir 2012, Sonoma County, California, United States: Juicy cherry-berry aromas with some mocha on the nose. Round and mouth-filling and smooth on the palate. Lovely fireside wine. Pair with veal. Pinot Noir food pairings: roast beef, turkey, pork tenderloin, mushroom and truffle dishes, coq au vin. Drink: 2013 - 2018 231613 14.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 88/100. January 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

J. Lohr Carol's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, Napa Valley, California, United States: Very balanced with good structure in this classic Californian Cabernet from J. Lohr's Painter Bridge label. Full-bodied, but not heavy. Attractive aromas of dark chocolate, black plum and blackberry. Good mouth-watering action on the palate for food. Terrific for dinner parties and gifts! Pair with a coffee-rubbed steak. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: roast leg of lamb and root vegetables, beef enchiladas, barbecued ribs in sauce, hamburger, hard cheese. Drink: 2013 - 2017 246918 14.9% XD 750 mL $49.95 Score: 88/100. January 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Castello Di Meleto Chianti Classico 2010, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: Dry and tannic with dried red fruit, smoke, tar and The 2010 vintage of this Chianti Classico is very robust. Chianti Classico food pairings: bucatini (pasta) with sausage and peas. Drink: 2014 - 2017 332114 14% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 88/100. January 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Saint-Saturnin De Vergy Bourgogne Hautes-Côtes De Beaune 2012, Burgundy A.C., France: A tart, smooth, supple red wine with sour cherry notes and some cedar underbrush. This Burgundian Pinot Noir is priced well for Burgundy. It's an organic wine that finishes with vanilla smoke and dried leaves. Pair with duck and game birds. Food pairings: braised game bird. Drink: 2013 - 2018 13% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 88/100. January 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Du Prieuré Vieilles Vignes Savigny-Les-Beaune 2011, Burgundy A.C., France: Very sour and tart cherry with earthy notes and wet leaves. Medium-bodied and smooth. Decent price for Burgundy. Pair with roast chicken. Food pairings: chicken cooked in red wine. Drink: 2014 - 2018 392001 13% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 88/100. January 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Casar De Burbia Mencía 2010, Bierzo D.O., Spain: A rustic, very tannic Spanish red wine with loads of toasty oak and dark chocolate on the nose. Decant 2 hours and pair with brontosaurus burgers. Mencía food pairings: hearty, cold weather, meat dishes. Drink: 2015 - 2018 392530 14.6% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 88/100. January 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Incognito Red 2012, Lodi, California, United States: Campfire hickory smoke on the nose with some dark fruit. Full-bodied and smooth. The grapes are grown in the Lodi appellation of California that has warm days and cool nights. Food pairings: barbecued pork spareribs, sausages, port or wine reduction sauces, sizzling New York strip steaks, veal chops. Drink: 2013 - 2017 394890 14.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 88/100. January 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

KWV Kwv Merlot 2012, Western Cape, Coastal Region W.O., South Africa: Although the Vintages Catalogue notes 2011 as the vintage, we tasted the 2012 vintage. Solid value here. Rich, full-bodied, smooth and mouth-watering with fleshy ripe black plums and some herbal notes. Awesome price for this quality. Great party wine that is matured in new French oak. Try it with hamburgers. Merlot food pairings: beef, cheese, poultry, quesadillas, Tandoori-flavored dishes. Drink: 2013 - 2017 522219 14.5% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 88/100. January 2015. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Viña Real Plata Crianza 2010, Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain: Smoky, dry, straight-up pleasure for the price. Full-bodied with black smoky fruit and toasty oak. Decant 1 hour. Food pairings: roasted pork loin, prime rib, roast beef, mushroom and truffle dishes, coq au vin. Drink: 2014 - 2017 657411 13.5% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 88/100. January 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Viña Ventisquero Queulat Carmenere 2011, Maipo Valley, Chile: Blackberry and purple plum depth on the palate of this Single Vineyard Gran Reserva red wine; it's also juicy, full-bodied and smooth. Terrific pleasure in the glass. Open it tonight with some pizza. Chile's signature red wine grape, Carmenère, gets a dash of Syrah here to add more plushness to the finished wine. Notes of black pepper and spice on the finish. Pair with grilled pork chops. Carmenere food pairings: pizza, wine-braised beef, rustic bread, turkey with heavy sauces, wild boar. Drink: 2012 - 2017 243386 14% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 89/100. January 2015. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Concha Y Toro Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Marchigue, Ribera Del Tinguiririca, Chile: A full-bodied, robust red with black fruit and toasty oak aromas. Excellent price. The 2012 vintage of the Concha Y Toro Serie Riberas Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon is a balanced and well-structured Chilean red wine. It finishes nicely with notes of vanillin and cedar brush. Polished tannins, but still could benefit from 1 hour decanting. Pair with a pepperoni pizza. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: beef enchiladas, barbecued ribs in sauce, hamburger, hard cheese. Drink: 2013 - 2017 256693 14% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 89/100. January 2015. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Beauséjour Hostens 2010, Haut Médoc, Bordeaux A.C., France: Terrific value for classic Bordeaux from an outstanding vintage, 2010. This Cabernet blend offers aromas of cassis and blackcurrant. Finishes with tar and bitter black fruit. Decant 1-2 hours. It will also cellar well. Pair with rare steak. Food pairings: beef enchiladas, barbecued ribs in sauce, hamburger, hard cheese. Drink: 2015 - 2019 14% XD 750 mL $22.95 Score: 89/100. January 2015. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Jim Jim Hugh Hamilton Shiraz 2013, South Australia, Australia: Classic Aussie shiraz with black, almost toasted plums, generous oak and full-bodied heft. Some mint. Tasty! The Down-Underdog is the second-label Shiraz from Hugh Hamilton winery, and among a pack of playful per names such as “The Villain,” “The Scoundrel,” and “Jekyll & Hyde.” This robust red wine is named in honour of the winery’s faithful dog, Jimmy. Shiraz food pairings: lamb cutlets with pepperade and goat cheese, hamburgers, pizza, black bean soup, beef. Drink: 2013 - 2017 682005 14.5% D 750 mL $15.95 Score: 89/100. January 2015. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Perrin & Fils Nature 2013, Côtes Du Rhône A.C., France: This classic French red wine is loaded with aromas of fleshy black plums, blackberries and blueberries. Full-bodied with smoky forest floor. Mouth-filling and rich with a long finish. Surprising acidity on the mid-palate: almost tingling in sensation on the tongue. One of the best organic wine producers worldwide. Pair with free range grilled chicken or beef. Food pairings: grilled Angus beef steak. Drink: 2013 - 2018 948059 13% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 89/100. January 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Perrin & Fils Nature 2013, Côtes Du Rhône A.C., France: This classic French red wine is loaded with aromas of fleshy black plums, blackberries and blueberries. Full-bodied with smoky forest floor. Mouth-filling and rich with a long finish. Surprising acidity on the mid-palate: almost tingling in sensation on the tongue. One of the best organic wine producers worldwide. Pair with free range grilled chicken or beef. Food pairings: grilled Angus beef steak. Drink: 2013 - 2018 10363 13% XD 375 mL $9.95 Score: 89/100. January 2015. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rolf Binder Hales Shiraz 2012, Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia: Here's a lip-smacking, delicious Australian red wine at a great price! Loaded with aromas of black fruit and dark spice, this shiraz over-delivers and floods the senses. You order the pizza, and I'll pour the wine. So easy-drinking, this wine gets my vote. Well crafted Australia Shiraz. Shiraz food pairings: hamburgers, pizza, black bean soup, cheese, beef. Drink: 2013 - 2019 54239 13.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. January 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Momo Seresin Estate Pinot Noir 2012, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: Big and juicy, with pleasingly tart and vibrant cherry aromas and flavours in this kiwi pinot noir. Mouth-watering acidity is fantastic for a range of dishes, from planked salmon to roast chicken. Smooth and medium- to full-bodied. Very tasty. Made by the film director of many famous movies, including several of the Harry Potter series. This red wine is bio-gro certified and the grapes came from three vineyard sites. The wine was fermented with indigenous yeasts and aged 11 months in old French barrels. Pinot Noir food pairings: salad, mushroom risotto, planked salmon, frittata, coq au vin. Drink: 2013 - 2018 163972 14% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. January 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Columbia Crest H3 Merlot 2012, Horse Heaven Hills, Washington State, United States: Here's a stellar Washington State wine for your grilled meat. Rich and complex with black fruit fleshy aromas and some espresso on the nose and palate. Chalky dry with a tannic grip. Finishes with cigar box and dried herbs. Pair with prime rib or brisket. Decant 1 hour. Highly recommended. Merlot food pairings: grilled pork chops, pepper steak, duck, grilled lamb, cheese. Drink: 2013 - 2017 209874 14.5% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. January 2015. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Clos Floridène 2010, Graves, Bordeaux A.C., France: Big black tarry fruit and black smoke on the nose and palate of this Bordeaux red wine. Full-bodied with a firm grip on the palate. Good finish. Food pairings: grilled meats and game. Drink: 2015 - 2019 257675 13.5% XD 750 mL $29.85 Score: 90/100. January 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rio Madre 2013, Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain: A terrific, full-bodied red wine at an staggeringly great price! This is a DOCA wine and is produced by Bodegas Y Vinedos Ilurce. Loaded with black pepper, fleshy dark fruit, mouth-watering action and layers of lip-smacking flavours. This wine was matured in French oak and made from 100% Graciano, a native Spanish grape enjoying a resurgence in popularity. This is modern and complex Rioja red wine. Pair with lamb and rosemary. Food pairings: Montreal spices, turkey with cranberry sauce. Drink: 2014 - 2018 354753 14% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 90/100. January 2015. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Quercecchio Rosso Di Montalcino 2012, Tuscany D.O.C., Italy: Very juicy and mouth-watering: great price for this full-bodied Italian red wine. Let's have pizza right now please! Food pairings: Margherita pizza. Drink: 2014 - 2018 394973 14.5% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 90/100. January 2015. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Lafage Côté Sud 2012, Côtes Catalanes, Roussillon I.G.P., France: Seductive fleshy blackberry and black on the nose and palate of this full-bodied, supple French red wine that's a blend of syrah and grenache grapes. The vines are planted on south-facing terraces at the foot of the Pyrenees, Cote Sud translates to South Side. The white sister wine of this red is called Cote Est or East Side... sounds like a Broadway musical. Eastside Story ;) Food pairings: breaded veal cutlets, duck breast with celeriac purée, pomegranate gastrique and Brussel sprout ragout, tagliatelle alla Bolognese, chicken herb-rubbed roast. Drink: 2014 - 2017 395236 14% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 90/100. January 2015. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rupert & Rothschild Classique 2011, Coastal Region W.O., South Africa: This South African red wine is produced by Anthonij Rupert & Benjamin de Rothschild and so elegant with great finesse and length. France comes to South Africa and picks up some muscle yet keeps its balletic grace. I’d serve this at a dinner party or give it as a gift. Finishes with dried herbs and tobacco leaves. Savoury, meaty, racy. Pair with rare filet mignon. Yes please! Food pairings: beef. Drink: 2013 - 2018 717991 13.5% XD 750 mL $22.95 Score: 90/100. January 2015. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ontañón Crianza Tempranillo Garnacha 2010, Rioja, D.O.C.A., Spain: Grilled meat aromas and savory notes of bacon and blackberries wrapped in smoke on the nose and palate. Full-bodied and rich with mocha and vanilla-spice on the finish. Tannic grip so decant 1-2 hours. Some leather and cigar box give this wine an intriguingly mature bouquet. Amazing for the price. Try this Spanish red wine rock star. Tempranillo Garnacha food pairings: chorizo sausage empanadas, tapas dishes. Drink: 2013 - 2017 976910 13% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 90/100. January 2015. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Devil's Corner Brown Brothers Pinot Noir 2013, Tasmania, Australia: Juicy and balanced and elegant. Supple, silky, seductive: doesn't taste like 14% alcohol. Elegant and with finesse. Aromas of almost tart cherry, dried tobacco and happiness. Pinot Noir food pairings: roasted pork loin, prime rib, roast beef, mushroom and truffle dishes, coq au vin. Drink: 2013 - 2018 317966 14% D 750 mL $23.95 Score: 91/100. January 2015. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

d'Arenberg The Footbolt Shiraz 2011, Mclaren Vale, South Australia, Australia: Meaty, savoury and lip-smacking delicious! Enticing eucalyptus and blackberry aromas in this full-bodied, smooth Australian red wine. Sure to please even the most hardened cabernet fan. Loaded with concentrated dark red fruit flavours on the finish, along with a spice kick. This robust red wine was not fined or filtered. Pair with meat lovers pizza. Shiraz food pairings: beef fajitas, black bean soup, blue cheese, caramelized onion dip. Drink: 2013 - 2018 984021 14.2% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 91/100. January 2015. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Trivento Amado Sur Malbec Bonarda Syrah 2012, Mendoza, Argentina: This robust red wine is a blend of 80% Malbec, 10% Bonarda and 10% Syrah grapes that was matured for a year in oak. Bursting with aromas of black fruit, smoke and tar. This wine needs cellar time and decanting of 2 hours. Pencil led and black fruit on the finish. Try it with hearty meat dishes. Match with robust dishes of beef, pork or lamb. Drink: 2014 - 2017 37036 14% D 750 mL $16.95 Score: 88/100. January 2015. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Featherstone Winery Red Tail Merlot 2012, Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Attractive dark red berry fruit on the nose of this full-bodied, smooth Niagara red wine. Supple with lots of layers of pleasure. Pair with grilled pork chops. Merlot food pairings: beef, cheese, poultry, pork tenderloin , quesadillas, game. Drink: 2013 - 2016 131540 12.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. January 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sparkling Wine

Torresella Prosecco, Veneto D.O.C., Italy: Vibrant, fresh and fruity with white and green melon notes. Great aperitif or companion to hors d'ouevres. Drink: 2013 - 2016 400440 11.5% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 87/100. January 2015. Best Value Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Antech Grande Réserve Brut Blanquette De Limoux 2012, Midi A.C., France: Produced by Georges & Roger Antech, this smoky, toasty, robust bubbly offers baked bread and some apple notes. Very refreshing and crisp sparkling wine. Great price. Finishes with a lime citrus lift. Pair with fresh seafood or shellfish. Blanquette De Limoux food pairings: pulled pork sammies, grilled meats in a black bean sauce, beef and root vegetable stew. Drink: 2013 - 2016 656470 12% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 89/100. January 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

Paranga White Kir-Yianni 2013, Regional Wine Of Macedonia P.G.I., Greece: Crisp and clean with loads of acidity and white grapefruit notes. Pair with fresh seafood. Food pairings: lobster in butter sauce, grilled fish, chicken, beef bourguignon, cheese. Drink: 2013 - 2016 394056 12.5% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 84/100. January 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Zuccardi Serie A Torrontés 2013, Salta, Argentina: Liquid Lemon Pledge for the domestic goddess. Intensely lemon floral notes with some acidity. Medium bodied. Torrontés food pairings: Asian dishes, fresh seafood salad, seafood appetizers, smoked turkey sandwiches. Drink: 2013 - 2015 389262 14% D 750 mL $15.95 Score: 85/100. January 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Borgo Magredo Pinot Grigio 2013, Grave, Friuli D.O.C., Italy: A classic Italian white wine produced by Mosaic and made from pinot grigio grapes and offering white melon and citrus notes. The Borgo Magredo winery is situated the region of Friuli that has gravel soils, with the vines planted at the foot of the Carnic Alps range. Pair with seafood and vegetarian dishes. Pinot Grigio food pairings: pasta with cream sauce, Caprese salad, Dungeness crab. Drink: 2013 - 2016 72389 12.5% D 750 mL $15.95 Score: 87/100. January 2015. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Du Bois Malinge Sèvre Et Main Muscadet 2013, Loire A.C., France: Refreshing and zesty with pleasantly bitter orange peel and white lime aromas and flavours. This wine was aged sur lie. Medium-bodied with such an intriguing tang and zest. Perfect for light to medium curries and spices. Muscadet food pairings: eggs Benedict, leeks, green pepper. Drink: 2013 - 2017 224246 12% XD 750 mL $13.95 Score: 87/100. January 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Pillitteri Protagonist 2012, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Light, delicate and floral without a lot of acidity: great aperitif. A lovely blend of Riesling, Viognier and Gewürztraminer. Notes of honeydew, apple blossom, and melon. Pair with light fish dishes. Food pairings: sautéed diver scallops with celery root and citrus, chicken, pork, mild curries and spices. Drink: 2012 - 2016 294025 12% M 750 mL $15.95 Score: 87/100. January 2015. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sartori Sella Soave Classico 2013, Veneto D.O.C., Italy: Clean and crisp with white and green melon: not overbearing on acidity. Light-bodied and pretty. Great aperitif. Drink: 2013 - 2016 395061 12.5% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 87/100. January 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Royal Tokaji Furmint 2011, Hungary: This dry Hungarian white wine features aromas and flavours of bitter almond and other nuts, with lots of acidity. It's unusual and a good companion for fresh seafood. Medium-bodied. Tokaji Furmint food pairings: lobster in butter sauce, grilled fish, chicken, beef bourguignon, cheese. Drink: 2011 - 2016 653220 14% D 750 mL $14.95 Score: 87/100. January 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mallory & Benjamin Talmard Mâcon-Uchizy 2013, Burgundy A.C., France: Pleasant for the price: Old World Chardonnay with a touch of oak but not much. Green apple goodness. Harvested from the southern end of Burgundy. Finishes with a citrus lift and bright orchard fruit. Pair with Dover sole. Food pairings: stuffed roast chicken, linguini with clams and fennel, grilled fish, lobster in butter sauce, beef bourguignon. Drink: 2014 - 2018 733956 13% D 750 mL $16.95 Score: 87/100. January 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

See Ya Later Ranch Chardonnay 2012, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada: Buttery Chardonnay with blousy aromas of ripe peach and pear and a butterscotch finish. Mouth-filling and layered richness with a long finish. Pair with roast turkey or chicken. Chardonnay food pairings: grilled fish, chicken, lobster in butter sauce, beef bourguignon, breads. Drink: 2014 - 2017 126912 13% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 88/100. January 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Miguel Torres Santa Digna Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2014, Curico Valley, Chile: Herbal, grassy refreshment and citrus zest with a lovely energetic lime lift in the mid-palate. Terrific price for such quality. Pair with vegetarian dishes, seafood and salads. Highly recommended. This zesty white wine is made from 100% Sauvignon Blanc grapes that receives no oak contact to maintain its freshness. Pair with seafood or spinach quiche. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: pan-fried freshwater fish, grilled prawns, chicken and sage skewers, fresh tomato and basil salad. Drink: 2014 - 2016 177444 13% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 88/100. January 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Gunderloch Fritz's Riesling 2013, Rheinhessen Q.B.A., Germany: This Qualitätswein (QBA) German white wine is lime happiness in a glass. Zesty and zingy with a bright lemon sunset on the finish. Mouth-watering. Pair with glazed ham and salsa. Riesling food pairings: roasted turkey, shrimp tempura, grilled salmon with lemon sauce, duck liver pate, Feta cheese. Drink: 2014 - 2020 216366 11.5% M 750 mL $13.95 Score: 88/100. January 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Crios Susana Balbo Chardonnay 2013, Mendoza, Argentina: A medium-bodied Chardonnay not heavy yet flavourful: green apple and ripe peach and a touch of oak. Very nice especially for the price. Chardonnay food pairings: lobster in butter sauce, grilled fish, chicken, beef bourguignon, cheese. Drink: 2013 - 2016 243196 14% XD 750 mL $13.95 Score: 88/100. January 2015. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rabl Kittmansberg Gruner Veltliner 2013, Kamptal D.A.C., Austria: Green, crisp and clean with not a spot of oak. Light and mouth-watering with lots of acidity for food such as salads and vegetarian dishes. The appellation for this wine is DAC. The terraced vines of Kittmansberg are planted in wind-blown soil that has superb drainage. Crisp finish. Pair with vegetarian dishes. Gruner Veltliner food pairings: lentil soup, smoked salmon, boiled ham with parsley sauce, vegetable rissoles. Drink: 2013 - 2016 346007 12.5% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 88/100. January 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Stéphane Berg Cave Vinicole Les Faîtières Riesling 2013, Alsace A.C., France: Dry and mouth-watering with lots of acidity that's excellent for food from vegetarian dishes to shellfish. Aromas of lime and white grapefruit. Riesling food pairings: turkey, shrimp tempura, grilled salmon with lemon sauce, duck liver pate, eggs Benedict. Drink: 2013 - 2018 12% D 750 mL $14.95 Score: 88/100. January 2015. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Héritiers Dubois Vouvray 2013, Loire A.C., France: Lovely, light and delicate yet not wimpy on flavour. Subtle white floral notes. This isn't as pungent as Viognier can be. Terrific aperitif or companion to light seafood. Vouvray food pairings: green salad, fresh seafood, any shellfish. Drink: 2013 - 2017 390708 11% M 750 mL $16.95 Score: 88/100. January 2015. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Gnarly Head Viognier 2013, California, United States: Pretty and floral but not over the top in aromatics. Delicate and full of character. Perfect for mild curry and spice dishes. Nice aperitif too. Viognier food pairings: sautéed diver scallops with celery root and citrus, chicken, pork, mild curries and spices. Drink: 2013 - 2017 396416 13.5% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 88/100. January 2015. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Attems Pinot Grigio 2013, Venezia Giulia, Friuli I.G.T., Italy: Juicy, crisp and mouth-watering Italian white made from the iconic grape Pinot Grigio, with lovely lime, grapefruit and white melon aromas. Great aperitif or companion to many dishes. The Attems family has been making wine since 1106. Their pinot grigio is favourite of mine year after year. Perfect for sipping as an aperitif or paired with seafood. Pinot Grigio food pairings: grilled chicken breast, summer salads, frittata, basil pesto, pork burgers, grilled lake fish. Drink: 2013 - 2016 707950 12.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 88/100. January 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Bersano Gavi Di Gavi 2013, Piedmont D.O.C.G., Italy: Clean, crisp and mouth-watering with a lovely lime brightness and lift. No oak, just freshness. Perfect for seafood. Food pairings: fresh fish. Drink: 2013 - 2017 999979 12.5% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 89/100. January 2015. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Bishop's Peak Talley Vineyards Chardonnay 2013, San Luis Obispo County, California, United States: Vibrant and lively notes of green apple freshness on this nose of this Californian Chardonnay. Some smoke from the oak but the purity of fruit still shines through. Lively acidity for food. Full-bodied and balanced. Try with creamy pasta and chicken dishes. Chardonnay food pairings: grilled fish, chicken, lobster in butter sauce, beef bourguignon, pasta with tomato sauce. Drink: 2013 - 2017 318360 13.7% XD 750 mL $22.95 Score: 90/100. January 2015. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Wakefield Chardonnay 2013, Clare Valley, Adelaide Hills, South Australia, Australia: Great value Chardonnay! Full-bodied with green apple and toasty oak aromas. Perfect for roast chicken. Lovely melon and pear notes on the finish of this Australian Chardonnay. Chardonnay food pairings: turkey burgers, crab cakes, chicken breast, lobster in butter sauce, cheese. Drink: 2013 - 2017 711556 14% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 90/100. January 2015. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

J. Lohr Arroyo Vista Chardonnay 2012, Arroyo Seco, Monterey County, California, United States: Richly balanced and developed Chardonnay with a creamy texture and lovely green apple notes. Buttery hazelnuts on the finish. Oh yum! A mouth-filling, luxurious Chardonnay from J. Lohr's Painter Bridge label. Pair with roast chicken. Chardonnay food pairings: roast chicken, creamy pasta sauce dishes, grilled fish, beef bourguignon. Drink: 2014 - 2018 171272 14.9% D 750 mL $29.95 Score: 90/100. January 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Joseph Cattin Gewurztraminer 2012, Alsace A.C., France: Classic Gewürztraminer: rose petal, lychee and baking spice aromas. Mouth-watering and dry yet exotically floral. Previous vintages of this wine won the Gold Medal at the coveted Concours Général Agricole in Paris. Medium-bodied and mouth-filling. Highly recommended. Gewurztraminer food pairings: ham, pork tenderloin topped with unsweetened apricot chutney, curried rice with cloves, cinnamon and cardamom. Drink: 2013 - 2018 224626 13% M 750 mL $17.95 Score: 91/100. January 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mulderbosch Chenin Blanc 2012, Western Cape W.O., South Africa: This is a great example South African Chenin Blanc with seductive aromas of Asian pear and something I can only describe as black apricot. Oak imparts baked bread and wraps this wine beautifully. Baking spices on the finish of this exotically wonderful wine. Pair with mild curries. Chenin Blanc food pairings: pizza, white fleshed fish, mild sausage, Greek salad, game. Drink: 2014 - 2017 675421 13.5% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 91/100. January 2015. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rodney Strong Wine Estates Reserve Chardonnay 2012, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California, United States: Full-bodied Californian Chardonnay from a cool climate region that produces terrific balance along with richness in the finishes wine. There's also toasted hazelnut and almond on the nose from generous oak aging, following by fleshy peach notes on the mid-palate. Long finish. Pair with pork tenderloin. Chardonnay food pairings: grilled fish, chicken, lobster in butter sauce, beef bourguignon, breads. Drink: 2014 - 2018 210039 14.5% XD 750 mL $44.95 Score: 92/100. January 2015. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Hãhã Wine Fern Ridge Wine Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: Herbal and grassy great! Laugh and winter (haha!) and rev your lawnmower in the garage just for fun. Crisp, clean and chives on the finish. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: chicken and sage skewers, fresh tomato and basil salad, pan-fried freshwater fish. Drink: 2013 - 2016 388363 13% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 90/100. January 2015. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


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