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Vintages Release May 2, 2015

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Dessert Wine

Friedrich-Wilhelm-Gymnasium Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Kabinett 2012, Prädikatswein Mosel, Germany: Gorgeously flavourful and rich, but not heavy. This medium sweet German Riesling offers lovely aromas of fresh apricot and fleshy peach. Enjoy with a fruit-based dessert like a cobbler, crumble or flan. Riesling Kabinett food pairings: spice cake, crème brûlée, fruit-based desserts, pastries, fresh field berries in cream. Drink: 2013 - 2021 411249 9% MS 750 mL $22.95 Score: 91/100. May 2015. Top Rated Dessert Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

C.H. Berres Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Kabinett 2012, Prädikatswein Mosel, Germany: A lovely, floral lifted German Riesling with honeydew and apple blossom notes. Pair with a fruit flan. Riesling Kabinett food pairings: spice cake, crème brûlée, fruit-based desserts, pastries, fresh field berries in cream. Drink: 2013 - 2021 207274 9% MS 750 mL $24.95 Score: 92/100. May 2015. Top Rated Dessert Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Red Wine

Christian Moueix 2011, Pomerol, Bordeaux A.C., France: Dry, classic Bordeaux with a blackberry, cigar box nose. A lovely, long finish with a savoury, smoky note. It's got a hefty grip on the palate so decant for 1-2 hours. This wine will also do well in the cellar for another 3-4 years. Enjoy it with filet mignon. This blend leads with Merlot from the right-bank of Bordeaux, although Cabernet plays a strong supporting role. Food pairings: pepper steak, prime rib, filet mignon. Drink: 2013 - 2017 903013 12.5% XD 750 mL $32.95 Score: 90/100. May 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Santa Rita Medalla Real Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Maipo Valley, Chile: This Chilean red wine has an intense and aromatic nose of mint and blackberry with plush fleshy plums on the palate. Nicely balanced with full-bodied goodness. The Cabernet Sauvignon grapes for this wine are sourced from Santa Rita’s estate vineyard in Alto Jahuel. Great structure and a good grip on the palate. Decant 1-2 hours. Finishes with dark spices. Pair with meat lamb and rosemary. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: hamburgers, steak, hearty meat dishes, hard cheese. Drink: 2012 - 2018 460170 14% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 90/100. May 2015. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Columbia Crest Winery Grand Estates Merlot 2012, Columbia Valley, Washington State, United States: This full-bodied and smooth Washington red wine is made from the state's best-known red wine grape, Merlot. Lots of mocha and black plum aromas on the nose and palate. Pair with grilled pork chops. Drink: 2013 - 2016 263418 13.5% D 750 mL $15.95 Score: 89/100. May 2015. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Antinori Pian Delle Vigne Brunello Di Montalcino 2009, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: Tanned leather, cigar box and dried tobacco: lovely tertiary aromas of a mature wine that has bouquet not just aroma. I would drink now (because I'm a hedonist) but I suppose you could wait. But why really? Brunello Di Montalcino food pairings: grilled steak, roast leg of lamb, hard cheese, veal piccata. Drink: 2013 - 2018 651141 14% D 750 mL $59.95 Score: 90/100. May 2015. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Beringer Knights Valley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Sonoma, California, United States: This heavy-hitter needs more cellar time, but the wait will be well worth your while. Magnificently structured and balanced, with layers of black fruit, dark spice and and smoke. Pair with celebrations of any kind. Drink: 2016 - 2022 392142 14% XD 750 mL $69.95 Score: 94/100. May 2015. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Bosquet Des Papes Cuvée Tradition 2012, Châteauneuf-Du-Pape, Rhône A.C., France: Produced by Maurice Et Nicolas Boiron, Prop.-Récolt., this generous and full-bodied Italian red wine offers attractive aromas of dark cherry, berry and spice-infused smoke. Red wines in Châteauneuf-du-Pape are blends of up to 13 grapes, the dominant one being Grenache, then Cinsault, Mourvèdre and Syrah. There is also lesser-known red grapes such as Terret Noir, Muscardin and Counoise as well as white grapes like Clairette Blanche, Bourboulenc, Grenache Blanc, Picardan, Roussanne and Picpoul permitted in the blend, though white grapes are increasingly rarely used, given the preference for the heft and depth that red grapes offer. Try this AC-appellation wine with a hearty meat dish tonight. This Amarone was bottled on March 2014. Drink: 2015 - 2023 726687 14.5% XD 750 mL $50.95 Score: 93/100. May 2015. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Willow Bridge Dragonfly Shiraz 2013, Geographe, West Australia, Australia: A terrific, full-bodied, cool-climate Shiraz from Australia with dark fruit notes and some mint. Finishes with black raspberry and anise. Try it with gourmet hamburgers. Shiraz food pairings: gourmet hamburgers. Drink: 2014 - 2018 289249 13.1% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 87/100. May 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Dog Point Pinot Noir 2012, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: Lots of sweet cherry aromas and flavours along with mocha and dark chocolate from lavish oak aging. Smooth and medium-bodied. Pair with Mexican mole. Pinot Noir food pairings: veal medallions, lamb in a red wine sauce, roasted pork loin, coq au vin, venison burgers. Drink: 2013 - 2017 329672 14% XD 750 mL $49.95 Score: 87/100. May 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Jackson-Triggs Sunrock Red Meritage 2010, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia V.Q.A., Canada: Minty-medicinal nose wrapped in lots of mocha and dark chocolate from generous oak aging. Full-bodied and smooth. Pair with a rare steak. Meritage food pairings: veal, meat topped pizza, cheese fondue, seafood risotto, roast pork tenderloin. Drink: 2014 - 2017 408393 14% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 87/100. May 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Velenosi Brecciarolo Gold Rosso Piceno Superiore 2012, Marche D.O.C., Italy: Mocha and black fruit on the nose, sweet blackberry on the palate. Weird but interesting. Drink: 2014 - 2017 412890 13.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 87/100. May 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Zinfandel 2013, Mendocino County, California, United States: Sweet almost candied purple plums and blueberry jam on this full-bodied, smooth zinfandel. Pair with grilled meats topped with sweet relish and loads of ketchup. Zinfandel food pairings: grilled lamb loin, spaghetti Bolognaise, aged cheddar, grilled duck breast, Italian sausage burgers. Drink: 2013 - 2017 967679 14.5% XD 750 mL $21.95 Score: 87/100. May 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

D'angelo Del Vulture Aglianico 2010, Basilicata D.O.C., Italy: A rustic and full-bodied Italian red wine with cherry liqueur nose, and deep, dark concentration of flavour on the palate. Powerful dark fruit flavours follow through on the finish. The 2010 vintage is robust with dark fruit and toasty oak. Good acidity and finish. Pair with grilled meats. Aglianico food pairings: grilled meats, strong cheese. Drink: 2014 - 2019 971689 14% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 87/100. May 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cigliano Chianti Classico 2011, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: Smooth and almost full-bodied Italian red wine with mocha, dark chocolate (from oak aging), dark plums. Chianti Classico food pairings: bucatini with sausage and peas, roast beef, cheesy pizza, stuffed roasted turkey. Drink: 2013 - 2017 189803 13.5% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 88/100. May 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rocca Delle Macìe Vino Nobile Di Montepulciano 2011, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: Very pleasant and full-bodied Italian red wine, although somewhat past peak, so drink now. Fruit is fading. Dark spices and smoke. It finishes with smoke and dried herbs. The Sangiovese and Canailo grapes that comprise the blend in this robust red wine are grown in vineyards with the most advantageous orientation on the estate. Try it with prime rib tonight. Vino Nobile Di Montepulciano food pairings: veal scaloppini, grilled lamb, prime rib. Drink: 2013 - 2019 232488 14% XD 750 mL $25.95 Score: 88/100. May 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Trivento Golden Reserve Malbec 2012, Luján De Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina: Warm and full-bodied Argentine red wine made from the country's signature red grape Malbec. This supple red has a generous palate with flavours of plush berries and plums. Pair with roast beef. Nice price. Malbec food pairings: pizza, veal, beef, tagliatelle alla Bolognese, chicken herb-rubbed roast. Drink: 2013 - 2017 588731 14.5% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 88/100. May 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château De Sérame Réserve Du Château Corbières Syrah Carignan Grenache 2010, Midi A.C., France: A full-bodied tasty southern French red wine blend of Syrah, Grenache and Carignan grapes. Great wines for parties as it's a palate pleaser at a nice price. The vines are panted very warm, arid conditions which makes them struggle for nutrients and water and thus results in deeply concentrated, flavourful wines. Pair with grilled meats. Syrah Carignan Grenache food pairings: barbecued chicken. Drink: 2012 - 2017 175216 13.5% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 89/100. May 2015. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Pedroncelli Alto Vineyards Sangiovese 2012, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California, United States: Savoury, juicy and meaty and mercifully no sweet fruit and mocha. Lovely. Pair with equally savoury food and meats. Sangiovese food pairings: braised pork shoulder in Chianti sauce, slow-roasted lamb shank over mushroom risotto. Drink: 2014 - 2018 204461 14.1% XD 750 mL $20.00 Score: 89/100. May 2015. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Jonata Tierra 2008, Santa Ynez Valley, California, United States: Savoury, meaty and juicy on the nose and palate. Finishes with sweet chocolate. Dark fruit mid-palate. Smooth and full-bodied. Drink: 2014 - 2018 221150 14.6% XD 750 mL $89.00 Score: 89/100. May 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cline Cellars Pinot Noir 2013, Sonoma Coast, California, United States: Fleshy ripe and sweet cherry and field berries with some mocha from oak aging. Full-bodied and satin smooth. Pinot Noir food pairings: veal medallions, lamb in a red wine sauce, roasted pork loin, coq au vin, venison burgers. Drink: 2014 - 2018 329649 14.5% D 750 mL $22.95 Score: 89/100. May 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rocky Point Prophet's Rock Pinot Noir 2013, Central Otago, South Island, New Zealand: A smooth, medium-bodied red wine with tart cherry aromas and flavours and good acidity. Some dark spice on the finish. Pinot Noir food pairings: veal medallions, lamb in a red wine sauce, roasted pork loin, coq au vin, venison burgers. Drink: 2014 - 2017 411777 13.5% XD 750 mL $39.95 Score: 89/100. May 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Trio Reserva Concha Y Toro Merlot Carmenère Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Rapel Valley, Chile: This full-bodied Chilean red wine offers vibrant aromas and flavours purple plums. Smooth and gulpable. Great price. Great for pizza. Originally, winery owner Don Melchor de Concha y Toro married French woman, Emiliana Subercaseaux, who owned a vineyard planted with Bordeaux vines. This is a red wine blend of mostly Merlot, plus Carmenère and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. Pair with gourmet hamburgers. Merlot Carmenère Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: mushroom risotto and osso bucco, grilled steak. Drink: 2013 - 2017 433920 13.5% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 89/100. May 2015. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Starmont Merryvale Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Napa Valley, California, United States: Full-bodied and smooth with dark fruit aromas and toasty oak. Pair with a pepper steak. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: grilled New York strip loin, barbecued ribs in sauce, braised pork shanks, strong cheeses, Margherita pizza. Drink: 2013 - 2017 725150 14.5% XD 750 mL $44.95 Score: 89/100. May 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Marqués de Cáceres Gran Reserva Tempranillo 2005, Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain: Traditional, classic and savoury Italian red wine, with aromas of leather, dried herbs and red earth dust. Smoky not fruity. Full-bodied, smooth and mouth-watering. Great food wine. Decant for 1 hour. Tempranillo food pairings: herbed steaks, portobello mushroom, chili, soup, Papas con chorizo. Drink: 2011 - 2018 976670 13.5% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 89/100. May 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Norton Reserva Malbec 2011, Mendoza, Argentina: Juicy and full-bodied with blackberry and black currant aromas wrapped up in some toasty oak, mocha and dark chocolate. Good acidity. Rich dark red hue with violet accents in the glass. Try it with a combination pizza or roast beef. Malbec food pairings: lamb cutlets, beef tenderloin. Drink: 2013 - 2017 17061 14.5% XD 750 mL $17.00 Score: 89/100. May 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Wirra Wirra Church Block Cabernet Shiraz Merlot 2012, Mclaren Vale, South Australia, Australia: Juicy and savoury dark fruit on this full-bodied Australian red wine. Black and fleshy purple plums and ripe berries dominate. Smooth. Great for a pepper steak. Drink: 2013 - 2017 24034 14.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. May 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

KWV Triptych K.W.V. 2012, Western Cape W.O., South Africa: This WO-designated wine is smooth, smoky and delicious with full-bodied layers of fleshy black plums. Amazingly great price for the quality. This wine is a blend that leads with cabernet sauvignon, but also includes shiraz and merlot grapes. Just enough toasty oak aging to bring this whole delicious package together. Good finish. Try it tonight with meat lovers pizza. Food pairings: roast beef. Drink: 2013 - 2017 53124 14.4% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 90/100. May 2015. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Heartland Ben Glaetzer Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Langhorne Creek, South Australia, Australia: A massive, towering wine with full-on flavour and character. This full-bodied Australian red wine is made from Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, which tend to offer more structure and balance than other red grapes. Finishes with smoke, dried herbs and fleshy black fruit. Decant for 1-2 hours. Pair with grilled ribs tonight. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: grilled New York strip loin with chimichurri sauce, roast leg of lamb and root vegetables, barbecued pork spareribs, veal chops. Drink: 2014 - 2018 58099 14.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. May 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Vincent Sauvestre Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2013, Burgundy A.C., France: Dark cherry and spice on the nose of this well-priced Burgundian Pinot Noir. Very supple and smooth with a medium body. Pair with planked salmon. Pinot Noir food pairings: veal medallions, lamb in a red wine sauce, roasted pork loin, coq au vin, venison burgers. Drink: 2014 - 2018 66456 12.5% XD 750 mL $23.95 Score: 90/100. May 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Folie À Deux Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California, United States: A spectacularly rich and full-bodied Californian Cabernet with aromas of mocha, fleshy blackberry and black plum. Smooth and supple. Pair with meat lovers' pizza or hamburgers. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: lamb Bolognese, grilled New York strip loin with chimichurri sauce, barbecued ribs in sauce, hamburger, hard cheese. Drink: 2013 - 2018 186163 14.1% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 90/100. May 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Serene Yamhill Cuvée Pinot Noir 2011, Willamette Valley, Oregon, United States: Bright acidity that's balanced. Cranberry and tart cherry aromas and flavours. Lively and refreshing. #Like. Pinot Noir food pairings: veal medallions, lamb in a red wine sauce, roasted pork loin, coq au vin, venison burgers. Drink: 2014 - 2019 186858 13% XD 750 mL $69.95 Score: 90/100. May 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Tour Saint-Vincent 2010, Médoc, Bordeaux A.C., France: Love the tanned leather, cigar box and wild violets o this complex, mature-tasting Bordeaux. Full-bodied and wise, this wine has seen many things: let it show you through your senses. Pair with a rare steak. Drink: 2014 - 2018 295816 13.5% XD 750 mL $23.95 Score: 90/100. May 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Xavier 2011, Côtes Du Rhône A.C., France: This robust southern French red wine has seductive aromas of black cherry liqueur, dark spice and some oak. Very attractive, especially for the price. This full-bodied red wine is a blend of mostly Grenache grapes and the remainder Mourvèdre and Syrah grapes for the 2010 grapes. Decant 2 hours. Pair with grilled meats. Food pairings: pizza. Drink: 2013 - 2017 297317 14.5% D 750 mL $16.95 Score: 90/100. May 2015. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Bachelder Pinot Noir 2012, Willamette Valley, Oregon, United States: Very Old World: not fruity at all, lots of acidity. Some faint floral notes and earth. Interesting to see how it will evolve. Could go in so many directions. Thomas, tell us. Pinot Noir food pairings: veal medallions, lamb in a red wine sauce, roasted pork loin, coq au vin, venison burgers. Drink: 2015 - 2020 333278 14% XD 750 mL $34.95 Score: 90/100. May 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Plaisance Cuvée Alix 2005, Côtes De Bordeaux A.C., France: This is a very full-bodied Bordeaux that tastes a little hot on the finish. New World power and fruit, but Old World styling, signature. Aromas of blackest fruit, toasty oak and dark spice. Decant 2 hours and enjoy with a steak. Drink: 2015 - 2020 348789 13.5% XD 750 mL $26.95 Score: 90/100. May 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Gérard Bertrand Syrah Grenache 2011, Languedoc A.P., France: Savoury and juicy with meaty, dark spice character. Amazing QPR: quality price quality. This is mostly Syrah and Grenache in the blend. The greater diurnal shift (change) between daytime and night-time temperatures in the region intensifies the dark fruit and dense cassis character of the wine. The wine is aged in French oak barrels for a minimum of 12 months. Pair with prime rib. Drink: 2014 - 2018 413237 13.5% XD 750 mL $17.00 Score: 90/100. May 2015. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

La Gerla Brunello Di Montalcino 2009, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: Sandalwood, wood smoke, wild forest cherry and violets on the nose of this classic Italian red wine from the northern wine region in the country. Exotic and lovely. Full-bodied and supple. Long, satisfying finish that is both refreshing and mouth-filling. Love it! Brunello Di Montalcino food pairings: grilled steak, roast leg of lamb, hard cheese, veal piccata. Drink: 2014 - 2020 642561 14.5% XD 750 mL $49.95 Score: 90/100. May 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Leone De Castris Maiana Salice Salentino Rosso 2013, Puglia D.O.C., Italy: A delicious Italian red wine that is terrific for the money. Ripe cherry and plum notes. The 2013 vintage of Maiana offers notes of dark berries, smoke and dried herbs. Pair with grilled lamb chops. Food pairings: gourmet pizza, sausages. Drink: 2013 - 2017 717959 13.5% D 750 mL $14.95 Score: 90/100. May 2015. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Gran Lurton Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina: This full-bodied, single vineyard Argentine red wine offers incredible depth, concentration and power. Black fruit and juicy goodness. High alcohol at 15%, though it doesn't taste hot. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: grilled New York strip loin, barbecued ribs in sauce, braised pork shanks, strong cheeses, Margherita pizza. Drink: 2014 - 2018 980334 15% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 90/100. May 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Small Gully Mr. Black's Little Book Shiraz 2013, Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia: I love a little black book reading with a sympathetic robust red wine that has a big vocabulary when it comes to aromas and flavours, like this one! Rich and full-bodied with fleshy ripe blackberry, mint and black olive aromas on the nose. Layers and smooth, with polished tannins and a long finish. Terrific mouth-watering juiciness. You put on the jazz music and I'll pour the wine, deal? Shiraz food pairings: pork, pasta in meat sauce, steak, lamb cutlets, beef brisket, peppercorn steak. Drink: 2013 - 2017 287979 15% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 91/100. May 2015. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Le Bourdieu 2009, Médoc, Bordeaux A.C., France: Most excellent for the money! Classic Bordeaux aromas without the classic(high) Bordeaux price. Think cassis and blackcurrant with some cedar smoke and Band-Aids (the good kind). Pair with prime rib. Drink: 2014 - 2018 403691 13.5% XD 750 mL $21.95 Score: 91/100. May 2015. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Igino Accordini Le Bessole Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico 2007, Veneto D.O.C., Italy: Savoury and meaty with a river of blackberry liqueur pleasure running through the heart of this black wine. An Amarone for the unrepentant. Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico food pairings: leg of lamb, pasta with tomato sauce, roasted venison, beef daube. Drink: 2013 - 2019 651570 15% XD 750 mL $49.95 Score: 91/100. May 2015. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Terra Noble Gran Reserva Carmenère 2011, Maule Valley, Chile: Love the full-on campfire, toasty oak and smoke on the nose of this robust red. Gorgeous layering on this Chilean red wine made from Carmenere grapes, with voluptuously fleshy black plum and berry aromas and flavours. This wine goes on and on and on. Nice price. Pair with grilled pork chops. Carmenère food pairings: wine-braised beef, game, rustic bread, turkey with heavy sauce. Drink: 2014 - 2018 957050 13.5% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 91/100. May 2015. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sequoia Grove Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Napa Valley, California, United States: Elegant, distinguished and full-bodied Californian Cabernet. Classic red wine aromas of blackcurrant and cassis. Very dry and long on the finish. Perfect dinner party wine. Some attractive blackcurrant and cedar brush on the finish. Highly recommended. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: hearty meat dishes, hard cheese. Drink: 2014 - 2019 60020 14.2% D 750 mL $55.95 Score: 92/100. May 2015. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château De Vaudieu 2012, Châteauneuf-Du-Pape, Rhône A.C., France: Black, brooding, rich and deep: this is a huge French red wine. Aromas of blackened berries and plums and charred toasty oak. Pair with a brontosaurus burger. Drink: 2015 - 2022 164871 15% XD 750 mL $59.95 Score: 92/100. May 2015. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Brick Kiln Shiraz 2011, Mclaren Vale, South Australia, Australia: Full-bodied, chalky and dry with black fruit and smoke on the nose of this Australian red wine made from Shiraz grapes. Pair with hearty meat dishes. This wine was aged for 21 months in American oak barrels (85%) and small French barriques. Pair with gourmet hamburgers. Shiraz food pairings: lamb cutlets with pepperade and goat cheese, hamburgers, pizza, espresso and cocoa-rubbed flank steak with sautéed wild mushrooms and cherries in balsamic reduction. Drink: 2013 - 2017 329979 14.5% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 92/100. May 2015. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Bachelder Lowrey Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012, St. David's Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A medium-bodied Ontario red wine with a seductive, silky texture and a Burgundian style that still bears the Niagara signature. Follow this winery, and buy now, while you can. Great finesse, elegance and aristocratic style. Pair with planked salmon. Pinot Noir food pairings: veal stew with sautéed vegetables served with gnocchi, roasted pork loin with a glaze of herbs, cloves, and brown sugar, Tourtière, roast beef, turkey. Drink: 2013 - 2018 361816 13.5% XD 750 mL $44.95 Score: 92/100. May 2015. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

E. Guigal Crozes-Hermitage 2011, Rhône A.C., France: Robust, black and brooding southern French red wine, with incredible concentration and depth. Toasty oak and lots of rich, tarry notes. Needs cellar time and decant 2 hours. Classic Old World styling, balance and finesse. Finishes with black olive, anise, and dried herbs. Pair with lamb and rosemary. Food pairings: lamb cutlets with pepperade and goat cheese, hamburgers, pizza, black bean soup, cheese. Drink: 2014 - 2019 704908 13% XD 750 mL $28.95 Score: 92/100. May 2015. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Tanunda Grand Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia: A solid, full-bodied Australian Cabernet Sauvignon with classic aromas of cassis and blackcurrant. Robust and a little tannic so be sure to decant for 1-2 hours before serving with a juicy steak. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: grilled New York strip loin, barbecued ribs in sauce, braised pork shanks, strong cheeses, Margherita pizza. Drink: 2013 - 2017 357517 14.5% XD 750 mL $23.95 Score: 88/100. May 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rosés

13th Street Winery Pink Palette Rosé 2014, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A robust Niagara rosé with aromas of rhubarb and cranberry on the nose that follow through on the dry, mouth-watering palate. Good acidity for food. Finishes with pink grapefruit and clementine. Pair this wine with lightly spiced or curried dishes. Rosé food pairings: charcuterie, pork or mushroom burgers, bean salads, salty cheeses like pecorino or asiago. Drink: 2014 - 2016 275834 12% D 750 mL $15.95 Score: 87/100. May 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Francis Ford Coppola Sofia Rosé 2014, Monterey County, California, United States: Light and pretty with rose petal and watermelon notes. Sofia is the name of Frances Ford Coppola's daughter. Rosé food pairings: lightly spiced curry dishes, lamb stew, white turkey meat, tacos, salads. Drink: 2014 - 2016 284943 12.5% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 87/100. May 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mas Des Bressades Cuvée Tradition Rosé 2014, Costières De Nîmes, Rhône A.P., France: Lovely, red floral, wild strawberry, bone-dry, mouth-watering. Packed with flavour yet not heavy. Perfect for hedonists and when you with dull conversationalists as at least you'll still have your wine. Rosé food pairings: lightly spiced curry dishes, lamb stew, white turkey meat, tacos, salads. Drink: 2014 - 2016 950576 13.5% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 88/100. May 2015. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Real Agrado Rosé 2014, Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain: Lots of acidity and rose petal aromas in this rose. Dry and mouth-watering and medium-bodied. Pair with seared tuna. Rosé food pairings: lightly spiced curry dishes, lamb stew, white turkey meat, tacos, salads. Drink: 2014 - 2016 13.5% D 750 mL $12.95 Score: 87/100. May 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sangre De Toro Miguel Torres Rosé 2014, Catalunya D.O., Spain: Very robust Spanish rosé with aromas dark raspberries and field berries. Nicely balanced, great quaffing wine. Pair with cold cuts and charcuterie , Spanish tapas style with Serrano ham and almonds. Rosé food pairings: pasta, smoked salmon, sausages, grilled pork. Drink: 2014 - 2016 13.5% XD 750 mL $11.95 Score: 89/100. May 2015. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

E. Guigal Rosé 2014, Côtes Du Rhône A.C., France: Rich strawberry and raspberry fleshy fruit, yet bone dry. Refreshing, delicious and I want more .... now. Good mouth-watering action as an aperitif or with seafood. Amazingly great price. Rosé food pairings: lightly spiced curry dishes, lamb stew, white turkey meat, tacos, salads. Drink: 2014 - 2016 225003 13.5% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 91/100. May 2015. Top Rated Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Brotte Les Eglantiers Tavel 2014, Rhône A.C., France: Lovely, aromatic, red florals and garrigue. Wild tart berries and sun-swept happiness. You'd never guess this was 14% alcohol: tastes light-medium, carefree and refreshing. Pair with grilled seafood. Food pairings: lightly spiced curry dishes, lamb stew, white turkey meat, tacos, salads. Drink: 2014 - 2016 654970 14% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 91/100. May 2015. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sparkling Wine

Roederer Estate Brut Rosé Sparkling Wine, Anderson Valley, Mendocino County, California, United States: One of my favourite California bubblies. Love it! Why don't more people drink rose sparkling wine? I think there's a perception that it's sweet but this is bone-dry though there are lovely aromas of field raspberries on the nose. Supremely delicious and half the price of champagne. Raise a toast to this wine. Just a hint of dry strawberry on the finish. Rosé Sparkling Wine food pairings: Bengali risotto, Asian chicken salad, fried chicken. Drink: 2013 - 2015 479758 12% D 750 mL $36.95 Score: 91/100. May 2015. Best Value Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Colet A Priori Brut 2011, Penedès D.O., Spain: This Spanish sparking wine uses the traditional method of the second fermentation in the bottle, as they do in Champagne. The flavour profile is distinctly different and weird in a good way wit strange floral notes and lemon baking spice. Food pairings: lightly spiced curry dishes, lamb stew, white turkey meat, tacos. Drink: 2012 - 2016 402164 11.5% D 750 mL $21.95 Score: 88/100. May 2015. Best Value Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Labouré-Gontard Brut Crémant De Bourgogne, Burgundy A.C., France: Toasty, rich, crisp and elegant. Absolute stunner for the money! This Burgundian sparkling wine uses the tradition method or Méthode Traditionnelle of the second fermentation in the bottle, just like its northern neighbour Champagne. Crémant De Bourgogne food pairings: lightly spiced curry dishes, lamb stew, white turkey meat, tacos. Drink: 2015 - 2018 401018 12% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. May 2015. Best Value Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

Beringer Chardonnay 2012, Napa Valley, California, United States: Solid producer year after year of signature Napa Valley chardonnay. Toasty oak, Asian pear and toasted almond. Full-bodied but not heavy. Try it with roast chicken. Chardonnay food pairings: roast chicken, grilled pork. Drink: 2014 - 2017 84988 14.1% D 750 mL $22.95 Score: 90/100. May 2015. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château de Beaucastel Coudoulet De Beaucastel Blanc 2013, Côtes Du Rhône A.C, France: Gorgeous depth and richness and complexity in this French white wine produced by Famille Perrin. Get out of your white wine rut with this one: spectacular! Aromas of lychee, white flowers and pure dry peach essence. A classic blend of Marsanne, Viognier, Bourboulenc, and a splash of Clairette grapes. Pair with roast chicken. Food pairings: grilled calamari, turkey dinner. Drink: 2014 - 2018 48892 14% XD 750 mL $33.95 Score: 93/100. May 2015. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Fowles Stone Dwellers Chardonnay 2013, Strathbogie Ranges, Victoria, Australia: A firm attack of acidity with notes of white grapefruit and lime. Medium-bodied. Chardonnay food pairings: scallops with a sesame ginger dressing, spinach and pepper jack stuffed chicken, beef bourguignon, pan-fried cod with lemon butter sauce, toasted ravioli served with Alfredo sauce. Drink: 2013 - 2016 336958 13.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 87/100. May 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Markus Molitor Haus Klosterberg Riesling 2013, Qualitätswein Mosel, Germany: Clean and fresh with lemon and white grapefruit. Pair with fresh seafood. Riesling food pairings: grilled chicken with lemongrass stalk, spicy pasta dishes, shrimp tempura, grilled salmon with lemon sauce, duck liver pate. Drink: 2013 - 2017 409698 11.5% XD 750 mL $20.95 Score: 87/100. May 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Klumpp Riesling 2013, Qualitätswein Baden, Germany: Lime bright on the nose with tons of acidity on the palate. Cries out for seafood. Dry and crisp and mouth-watering. Riesling food pairings: grilled chicken with lemongrass stalk, spicy pasta dishes, shrimp tempura, grilled salmon with lemon sauce, duck liver pate. Drink: 2013 - 2017 409748 12.5% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 87/100. May 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Salwey Pinot Gris 2013, Qualitätswein Baden, Germany: Acidic and refreshing, white melon and grapefruit. Pair with shellfish. Pinot Gris food pairings: pork tenderloin, roast turkey, pasta with cream sauce, cheeses, salads. Drink: 2013 - 2017 409912 12% D 750 mL $21.95 Score: 87/100. May 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sander Trocken Pinot Blanc 2013, Qualitätswein Pfalz, Germany: Lots of acidity and dry with chives and white grapefruit. Pair with Asian dishes and curries. Pinot Blanc food pairings: salmon rice bowl with ginger-lime sauce. Drink: 2013 - 2017 413930 12.5% D 750 mL $15.95 Score: 87/100. May 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Talbott Logan Sleepy Hollow Vineyard Chardonnay 2013, Santa Lucia Highlands, California, United States: Almost full-bodied Chardonnay with white peach and white melon notes. Pair with pastas in cream sauce. Chardonnay food pairings: scallops with a sesame ginger dressing, spinach and pepper jack stuffed chicken, beef bourguignon, pan-fried cod with lemon butter sauce, toasted ravioli served with Alfredo sauce. Drink: 2013 - 2017 716290 14.6% XD 750 mL $32.95 Score: 87/100. May 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Fielding Estate Winery White Conception 2012, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A fresh and lively Niagara white wine, yet it also has deepness and richness. Aromas of green apple and toasted almond with a terrific long length. Superbly crafted. Slightly off-dry and ultra-food-friendly. Pair with fresh seafood. Food pairings: pan-fried freshwater fish. Drink: 2013 - 2017 203737 13% D 750 mL $18.95 Score: 88/100. May 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

McManis Family Vineyards Chardonnay 2013, River Junction, California, United States: This California Chardonnay is soft and plush with not a lot of acidity, golden apple. Pair with pastas in a seafood sauce. Chardonnay food pairings: scallops with a sesame ginger dressing, spinach and pepper jack stuffed chicken, beef bourguignon, pan-fried cod with lemon butter sauce, toasted ravioli served with Alfredo sauce. Drink: 2013 - 2017 265983 13.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 88/100. May 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

De Wetshof Bon Vallon Chardonnay 2014, Robertson W.O., South Africa: Lots of acidity and fresh attack on this crisp South African white wine. Green apple and white grapefruit note in this Chardonnay would pair well with fresh seafood. Chardonnay food pairings: scallops with a sesame ginger dressing, spinach and pepper jack stuffed chicken, pan-fried cod with lemon butter sauce, toasted ravioli served with Alfredo sauce. Drink: 2014 - 2017 403675 14% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 88/100. May 2015. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Toussaint Vouvray 2013, Loire A.C., France: A medium sweet French white wine made from Chenin Blanc; classic Vouvray with aromas of white florals, peach blossom and lime zest. Pair with medium curries and spices. Vouvray food pairings: grilled chicken with lemongrass stalk, spicy pasta dishes, shrimp tempura, grilled salmon with lemon sauce, duck liver pate. Drink: 2013 - 2017 408260 11.5% M 750 mL $15.95 Score: 88/100. May 2015. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Opawa Pinot Gris 2014, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: Dry and mouth-watering with good acidity in this New Zealand white wine made from Pinot Gris grapes. Aromas of chives and lime. Pair with mussels and oysters. Pinot Gris food pairings: pork tenderloin, roast turkey, pasta with cream sauce, cheeses, salads. Drink: 2014 - 2017 408625 13.5% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 88/100. May 2015. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mahi Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: Grassy goodness bursts forth from the glass in this New Zealand white made from Sauvignon Blanc grapes. Clean and crisp that refreshes the palate for many dishes. Lots of mouth-watering acidity for seafood or shellfish. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: barbecued prawns marinated in chili powder and lime juice. Drink: 2013 - 2016 63941 13.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. May 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

El Bufón Verdejo 2013, Rueda D.O., Spain: Lemon fresh and zesty. Perfect aperitif to sip on yonder sunny deck. Pair with fresh seafood or shellfish. Great price. Verdejo food pairings: lobster salad with Meyer lemon and grilled asparagus. Drink: 2013 - 2017 405969 13% D 750 mL $13.95 Score: 89/100. May 2015. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Famiglia Bianchi Chardonnay 2014, San Rafael, Mendoza, Argentina: Lovely Argentine Chardonnay, especially for the price! Rich and round white wine, with green apple aromas and a toasty goodness. The grapes for this Chardonnay were handpicked and then the wine was barrel-fermented for extra creaminess and texture. There's some golden lemon notes on the finish. Lots of toasty oak. Leaves you longing for more. Produced by Valentín Bianchi, this is an amazing robust Chardonnay for the money! The grapes are hand-picked and the wine is 100% barrel fermented for 8 months. Pair with roast chicken. Chardonnay food pairings: lobster in butter sauce, beef bourguignon, broccoli mornay, turkey, cedar-planked salmon. Drink: 2014 - 2017 1461 14% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 90/100. May 2015. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Trefethen Estate Chardonnay 2012, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley, California, United States: Vibrant Old World style Chardonnay: great acidity, vibrant yellow apple yet butterscotch balanced. Love Chardonnay food pairings: scallops with a sesame ginger dressing, spinach and pepper jack stuffed chicken, pan-fried cod with lemon butter sauce, toasted ravioli served with Alfredo sauce. Drink: 2013 - 2018 95760 14.1% XD 750 mL $46.95 Score: 90/100. May 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Spottswoode Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Napa Valley, California, United States: Fragrant and fresh with lemon blossom no oak on this Californian Sauvignon Blanc. Pair with pasta in cream sauce. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: Thai green curry fish, chicken and sage skewers, fresh tomato and basil salad, fresh oysters on the half shell. Drink: 2013 - 2016 313593 14.2% XD 750 mL $44.95 Score: 90/100. May 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Gustave Lorentz Réserve Gewurztraminer 2013, Alsace A.C., France: Classic Gewurztraminer aromas of rose petal, lychee and baking spices in this dry Alsatian white wine. Pair with mild curries. Gewurztraminer food pairings: light-flavoured sea-food dishes, pork tenderloin, panko-crusted chicken, Asian dishes. Drink: 2013 - 2017 408195 13.5% D 750 mL $21.95 Score: 90/100. May 2015. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Des Malandes Chablis 2013, Burgundy A.C., France: This vibrant, unoaked French Chardonnay is ideal as an aperitif or companion to shellfish. Crisp notes of green apple and grapefruit. Naked Chardonnay in all its unadorned glory. Good value. Chablis food pairings: fresh seafood, salads. Drink: 2014 - 2019 111658 12.5% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 91/100. May 2015. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Pahlmeyer Chardonnay 2013, Napa Valley, California, United States: Toasted almond and butterscotch aromas in this cult Californian Chardonnay. Very rich and deep and hedonistically satisfying. Pair with success. Chardonnay food pairings: scallops with a sesame ginger dressing, spinach and pepper jack stuffed chicken, beef bourguignon, pan-fried cod with lemon butter sauce, toasted ravioli served with Alfredo sauce. Drink: 2014 - 2020 147454 14.9% XD 750 mL $96.95 Score: 91/100. May 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Robert Oatley Vineyards Signature Series Riesling 2013, Great Southern, Western Australia, Australia: What an exquisite Australian Riesling! Lovely aromas of lemon and lime sunshine with just a hint of white flowers underneath and the great kind of flint stone and petrol (trust me). Fresh and crisp. Perfect for seafood. Pair with vegetarian dishes. Riesling food pairings: roast chicken, grilled chicken with lemongrass stalk, spicy pasta dishes, turkey. Drink: 2013 - 2019 357426 12% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 91/100. May 2015. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Waimea Estates Classic Riesling 2014, Nelson, South Island, New Zealand: Here's what New Zealand Riesling is all about: depth of flavour, laser focus, yet incredibly elegant. Notes of white stone fruit from start to finish. Riesling food pairings: grilled chicken with lemongrass stalk, spicy pasta dishes, shrimp tempura, grilled salmon with lemon sauce, duck liver pate. Drink: 2014 - 2019 408666 12% D 750 mL $18.95 Score: 91/100. May 2015. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Des Fines Caillottes Pouilly-Fumé 2013, Loire A.C., France: This French white wine is citrus-driven rather than herbal or grassy. Classic Old World Sauvignon Blanc. There's a pale straw hue in the glass. This aromatic French white wine hails from the Loire Valley. Pair with Dover sole in a lemon butter sauce. Pouilly-Fumé food pairings: pan-seared scallops with grilled asparagus, cheese, pasta with cream-based sauce, pizza, sushi. Drink: 2013 - 2017 695908 12.5% XD 750 mL $25.95 Score: 91/100. May 2015. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


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