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Vintages Release July 25, 2015

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Dessert Wine

Morando Moscato D'asti 2014, Piedmont D.O.C.G., Italy: Gorgeous aromas and flavours of clementine with orange zest sweetness. Perfect after dinner drink on it's own or with cheeses and nuts. Drink: 2014 - 2016 420844 5.5% MS 750 mL $14.95 Score: 91/100. July 2015. Best Value Dessert Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Balthasar Ress Kabinett Hattenheimer Schützenhaus Riesling 2013, Prädikatswein Rheingau, Germany: A lovely German white wine made from the country's classic grape Riesling. Just enough residual sugar to balance the vibrancy of the acidity. A perfect match for Asian dishes and curries. Riesling food pairings: roast chicken, spicy pasta dishes, shrimp tempura, grilled salmon with lemon sauce, duck liver pate. Drink: 2014 - 2019 735241 10% MS 750 mL $17.95 Score: 91/100. July 2015. Best Value Dessert Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Messias 10-Year-Old Tawny Port, Douro D.O.P., Portugal: This fortified dessert wine from Portugal was bottled in 2015. Attractive aromas of dark spice, berry jam, toasted almond and toffee. This fortified dessert wine was aged in oak barrels, which impart that lovely nutty essence to the bouquet. Port food pairings: spice cake, crème brûlée, fruit-based desserts, pastries, fresh field berries in cream. Drink: 2014 - 2018 87205 20% S 750 mL $24.95 Score: 89/100. July 2015. Best Value Dessert Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Other Wines/Drinks

Branca Menta, Emilia-Romagna, Italy 90852 35% 500 mL $22.95 July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

The King's Ginger Liqueur, Holland, Netherlands 269407 41% 750 mL $44.95 July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

The Arran Malt, Scotland, United Kingdom 291302 50% 700 mL $87.95 July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Springbank 10-Year-Old Cambeltown Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Scotland, United Kingdom 708362 46% 750 mL $98.95 July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Red Wine

Alpha Omega Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Napa Valley, California, United States Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: lamb Bolognese, grilled New York strip loin, hard cheese, braised pork shanks, veal chops.. 397711 14.1% D 750 mL $119.00 July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Casa Silva Los Lingues Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, Colchagua Valley, Chile Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: lamb Bolognese, grilled New York strip loin with chimichurri sauce, braised pork shanks with white beans, Asian chicken salad, Margherita pizza. Drink: 2013 - 2017 640870 14% XD 750 mL $15.95 July 2015. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Grant Burge 5Th Generation Shiraz 2015, Australia, Australia Shiraz food pairings: lamb cutlets, hamburgers, espresso and cocoa-rubbed flank steak, black bean soup, cheese, pizza. Drink: 2014 - 2017 361295 14% XD 750 mL $18.95 July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Barahonda Barrica Monastrell Syrah 2012, Yecla D.O., Spain 378869 14.5% XD 750 mL $17.95 July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Pesquié Terrasses 2014, Côtes Du Ventoux, Rhône A.C., France Food pairings: Love this cedar-rich, rustic southern French red wine. Amazing vivacity and depth with dark red fruit flavour, cedar brush and some smoke. Pair with grilled hamburgers or meat lovers' pizza.. Drink: 2015 - 2018 652313 14% D 750 mL $17.95 July 2015. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Fèlsina Beradenga Chianti Classico 2013, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy Chianti Classico food pairings: bucatini with sausage, roast beef, cheesy pizza, stuffed roasted turkey, steak topped pizza. 730788 13.5% D 750 mL $29.95 July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Pesquié Terrasses 2015, Côtes Du Ventoux, Rhône A.C., France Food pairings: Love this cedar-rich, rustic southern French red wine. Amazing vivacity and depth with dark red fruit flavour, cedar brush and some smoke. Pair with grilled hamburgers or meat lovers' pizza.. Drink: 2015 - 2018 652313 14% D 750 mL $17.95 July 2015. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Coyote's Run Cabernet Merlot 2012, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada 26757 13% XD 750 mL $19.95 July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Batasiolo 2011, Piedmont, Italy: Juicy, mouth-watering acidity makes this robust Italian red wine ultra-versatile with food. This vibrant wine offers lovely aromas of tart cherries and plums. Smokey with a satisfyingly long finish. Full-bodied and supple. Decant 1-2 hours for maximum pleasure. Try it tonight with a dish featuring tangy tomato sauce. Food pairings: homemade tagliatelle and veal ragú, lamb, roasted game meat, slices of Piave vecchio. Drink: 2013 - 2017 37051 13% XD 750 mL $27.95 Score: 92/100. July 2015. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Collection Silver Label Pinot Noir 2013, Monterey County, California, United States Pinot Noir food pairings: veal medallions, lamb in a red wine sauce, roasted pork loin, Tortiere, prime rib. 47720 13.5% D 750 mL $24.95 July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Le Gravillas Sablet 2013, Côtes-Du-Rhône-Villages A.P., France 78790 14.5% XD 750 mL $15.95 July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Barrua 2011, Isola Dei Nuraghi, Sardinia I.G.T., Italy 109124 14% XD 750 mL $43.95 July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Paxton Aaa Shiraz Grenache 2012, Mclaren Vale, South Australia, Australia 149898 14% XD 750 mL $19.95 July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

San Fabiano Calcinaia Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Tuscany I.G.T., Italy Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: lamb Bolognese, grilled New York strip loin, hard cheese, braised pork shanks, veal chops.. 181420 14.5% XD 750 mL $24.95 July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Chante Cigale 2012, Châteauneuf-Du-Pape, Rhône A.P., France: Full-throttle French wine yet surprising smooth and not tannic. Juicy, concentrated flavour of blackberry liqueur and dried tobacco leaves. Super divine with prime rib or roast beef. Drink: 2015 - 2021 194993 15% XD 750 mL $44.95 Score: 94/100. July 2015. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Lealtanza Reserva Bodegas Altanza 2009, Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain 208223 13.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tsantali Reserve 2010, Naoussa P.D.O., Greece 209627 13.5% D 750 mL $16.95 July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ladies Who Shoot Their Lunch Fowles Wine Shiraz 2012, Victoria, Australia: Big black sweet berry flavours on this full-bodied Australia red wine. Fairly supple. Finish with jammy notes. Pair with hamburgers. Shiraz food pairings: lamb cutlets, hamburgers, espresso and cocoa-rubbed flank steak, black bean soup, cheese, pizza. 243592 14% XD 750 mL $35.95 Score: 88/100. July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Raymond Field Blend Lot No. 5 2013, California, United States: Full-bodied, juicy and mouth-watering with sweet cherry-blackberry flavours. Luscious layers of purple plum fruit and berries that finishes long, smoky and satisfying. This robust Californian red wine is a blend of 5 grapes, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Petit Sirah and Zinfandel -- thus the name "Collection". This is where field blend comes from and it's a traditional method of planting different grape varieties in a vineyard rather than just one. There are notes of blackberries and plums on the finish. Supple and polished. Aromas and flavours of blueberry pie, black raspberry jam, red licorice. I can taste a grilled hamburger with this wine., especially with sweet relish and garnishes or salsa. Food pairings: grilled hamburger topped with grilled veggies, pizza. Drink: 2014 - 2018 265959 13.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 91/100. July 2015. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Carol Shelton Karma Zin Bastoni Vineyard Zinfandel 2011, Sonoma County, California, United States Zinfandel food pairings: spaghetti Bolognaise, aged cheddar, grilled lamb loin, grilled duck breast, Italian sausage burgers. 282509 14.8% XD 750 mL $40.00 July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Dievole La Vendemmia Chianti Classico 2011, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: A vibrant Italian red wine made from Sangiovese grapes. Bright and tart red cherries mingle with fleshy ripe ones and a touch of mocha. Absolutely delicious and perfect for pasta in tomato sauce. Almost full-bodied, and very supple. Chianti Classico food pairings: bucatini with sausage, roast beef, cheesy pizza, stuffed roasted turkey, steak topped pizza. Drink: 2014 - 2018 283101 14% XD 750 mL $23.95 Score: 91/100. July 2015. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Valle Las Acequias Oak Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, Mendoza, Argentina: Produced by Luis Segundo Correas, this is a solid citizen with black fruit, toasty oak and mocha. Balanced and full-bodied. Good price. Finishes with dark spice and smoke. Pair with grilled burgers. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: charcuterie, barbecued steaks, sausages, back ribs. Drink: 2014 - 2017 287516 14% D 750 mL $16.95 Score: 88/100. July 2015. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Firriato Santagostino Baglio Soria Nero D'avola Syrah 2011, Sicily I.G.T., Italy: Juicy, round and supple with mocha on the nose and palate from oak aging. Full-bodied and smooth with sweet chocolate flavours. Drink: 2014 - 2018 291369 14.5% XD 750 mL $21.95 Score: 89/100. July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Les Halos De Jupiter 2011, Châteauneuf-Du-Pape, Rhône A.C., France 296814 14.5% XD 750 mL $64.95 July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mt. Brave Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, Napa Valley, California, United States Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: lamb Bolognese, grilled New York strip loin, hard cheese, braised pork shanks, veal chops.. 329433 14.5% XD 750 mL $99.00 July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tessellae Carignan 2013, Côtes Catalanes, Southwest I.G.P., France: Juicy and full-bodied with very supple and smooth and juicy. Lots of fleshy blackberry aromas and flavours. Great value, quality and taste for the price. Pair with pork tenderloin. Carignan food pairings: stuffed beef braciole, venison stew, sharp aged cheddar.. Drink: 2015 - 2018 343509 14% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 89/100. July 2015. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Capezzana Carmignano 2010, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy 344762 13% XD 750 mL $32.95 July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Brandeau 2010, Castillon, Côtes De Bordeaux A.C., France: Produced by A. Gray Et A.F. King, Prop.-Viticulturalist, this Bordeaux red wine has terrific depth, complexity and concentration along with terrific length on the finish. Aromas of dark fruit and some smoke. Simply incredible for this price point. Pair with a pepper steak. Drink: 2015 - 2019 351973 14% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 90/100. July 2015. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Grant Burge 5Th Generation Shiraz 2013, Australia: A full-throttle Australian Shiraz that's absolutely loaded with oak. Aromas of charred wood, toasty, smoke, vanilla or hickory dominate the nose with some blackberry underneath. Pair with brontosaurus burgers, preferably charred. Shiraz food pairings: lamb cutlets, hamburgers, espresso and cocoa-rubbed flank steak, black bean soup, cheese, pizza. Drink: 2014 - 2017 361295 14% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 88/100. July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Perez Pascuas Viña Pedrosa La Navilla 2009, Ribera Del Duero D.O., Spain 368019 15% XD 750 mL $47.00 July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

López De Haro Crianza 2008, Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain 377481 13.5% D 750 mL $14.95 July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Barahonda Barrica Monastrell Syrah 2011, Yecla D.O., Spain 378869 14.5% XD 750 mL $17.95 July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Kaiken Terroir Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Mendoza, Argentina: Produced by Montes, this is savoury, dark plum and cedar brush nose on this full-bodied well-priced Argentine red wine blend. Lots of mocha and dark chocolate on the nose and palate from generous oak aging. this wine was matured in oak barrels for 10 months, both new and used French oak. Pair with chorizo sausages or jambalaya. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: game burgers, beef steak. Drink: 2013 - 2017 384305 14.5% D 750 mL $15.95 Score: 90/100. July 2015. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Pegos Claros 2010, Palmela D.O.C., Portugal: This is incredibly delicious! Full-bodied, juicy, smooth, with black and purple plum liqueur and fleshy blueberries. Produced by winemaker Frederico Falcão, this full-bodied Portuguese red wine is made from grapes grown on the winery's estate farm in the Palmela region from the local variety Castelao. The vines grow in sandy soils and are harvested via traditional methods with a foot treading for pressing and open lager fermentation and oak maturation. The grapes grow on old vines which lends concentration and aging potential to the wine. You can't beat the price here. Great party wine when the party involves hearty meat dishes. Stock up! Food pairings: meat lovers pizza. Drink: 2013 - 2018 385252 14% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 91/100. July 2015. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Prunotto Mompertone 2012, Monferrato, Piedmont D.O.C., Italy 281732 14% XD 750 mL $18.95 July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Quivira Wine Creek Ranch Grenache 2012, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California, United States Grenache food pairings: braised beef dishes, turkey, soft cheese, roasted pork, lamb. 394478 14.1% XD 750 mL $45.00 July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Nicolás Catena Zapata 2010, Mendoza, Argentina 396960 14% D 750 mL $110.00 July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Alpha Omega Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Napa Valley, California, United States Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: lamb Bolognese, grilled New York strip loin, hard cheese, braised pork shanks, veal chops.. 397711 14.1% D 750 mL $119.00 July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Maçanita Red 2012, Douro, Alentejo D.O.C., Portugal 368869 14.5% XD 750 mL $18.95 July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tamar Ridge Pinot Noir 2012, Tasmania, Australia: Cherry-berry fleshy ripe yet not heavy: zippy and vibrant with mouth-awakening vivaciousness. Love Tasmanian Pinot Noir, and buy it whenever I can... Cool climate but still ripe Pinot that's a fraction of the cost of French Burgundy. Pair with pork tenderloin. Pinot Noir food pairings: veal medallions, lamb in a red wine sauce, roasted pork loin, Tortiere, prime rib. 411512 13% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 91/100. July 2015. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tscharke Barossa Grounds Collection Shiraz 2012, Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia Shiraz food pairings: lamb cutlets, hamburgers, espresso and cocoa-rubbed flank steak, black bean soup, cheese, pizza. 411520 15.5% XD 750 mL $17.95 July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Villa Pinciana Tilaria 2011, Italy 413203 13% XD 750 mL $19.95 July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Medlock Ames Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Alexander Valley, California, United States Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: lamb Bolognese, grilled New York strip loin, hard cheese, braised pork shanks, veal chops.. 413476 13.5% XD 750 mL $43.95 July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Casato Di Melzi Riserva Salice Salentino 2011, Puglia D.O.C., Italy 413823 13.5% XD 750 mL $13.95 July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Seven Terraces Pinot Noir 2013, Canterbury, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand Pinot Noir food pairings: veal medallions, lamb in a red wine sauce, roasted pork loin, Tortiere, prime rib. 414037 12.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Desierto 25 Cabernet Franc 2012, Patagonia, Argentina: Full-bodied with charred black fruit, toasty oak, smoke and blackness. Very big and oaky. Decant 2 hours and pair with a rare steak. Cabernet Franc food pairings: Brazilian slow-cooked pork, roast turkey, beef and black bean stew, shepherd's pie. Drink: 2014 - 2018 414201 14.5% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 88/100. July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Bel Air Cru Bourgeois 2011, Haut-Médoc, Bordeaux A.C., France 416172 13.5% XD 750 mL $22.95 July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Melville Winery Verna's Estate Syrah 2012, Santa Barbara County, California, United States Syrah food pairings: game meats, rare roast beef, spice-braised lamb, cheddar, grilled pork chops. 417451 14% XD 750 mL $37.95 July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

1907 Madiran Plaimont 2010, Southwest A.C., France 417550 14% XD 750 mL $18.95 July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ktima Kir-Yianni 2011, Imathia, Macedonia P.G.I., Greece: A peppery rustic red wine with a firm tannic grip. Decant 2 hours. Aromas of toasty black fruit and toasty oak. Pair with rare cuts of meat. Drink: 2014 - 2017 459742 14% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 88/100. July 2015. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Vieni Estates Briganti Reserve 2012, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada 419440 13% XD 750 mL $18.95 July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cloof The Very Sexy Shiraz 2012, Darling W.O., South Africa Shiraz food pairings: lamb cutlets, hamburgers, espresso and cocoa-rubbed flank steak, black bean soup, cheese, pizza. 419523 14% XD 750 mL $14.95 July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Amastuola Centosassi Primitivo 2011, Puglia I.G.P., Italy Primitivo food pairings: barbecued ribs, chicken wings, steaks rubbed well with Primitivo, hamburgers garnished, spicy sweet coconut curry dishes. 420661 15.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Remuelluri 2010, Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain 156801 13.5% XD 750 mL $22.95 July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château La Grange Clinet Grand Réserve 2012, Côtes De Bordeaux, Bordeaux A.C., France 422386 13.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Silenus Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Napa Valley, California, United States: A classic Californian cabernet with aromas of mocha and dark chocolate from oak aging, followed by fleshy blackberries and some warmth from the high alcohol. Full-bodied, layered and intense. Decant this baby for 2 hours then pair with rare filet mignon. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: lamb Bolognese, grilled New York strip loin, hard cheese, braised pork shanks, veal chops.. Drink: 2016 - 2020 422394 14.5% XD 750 mL $65.00 Score: 90/100. July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Pedroncelli Bushnell Vineyard Zinfandel 2012, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California, United States Zinfandel food pairings: spaghetti Bolognaise, aged cheddar, grilled lamb loin, grilled duck breast, Italian sausage burgers. 463026 14.8% XD 750 mL $24.95 July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Malivoire Wine Company Albert's Honour Old Vines Foch 2013, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada 551036 12% XD 750 mL $24.95 July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Caparzo Brunello Di Montalcino 2008, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy Brunello Di Montalcino food pairings: grilled steak, roast leg of lamb, hard cheese, veal piccata. 579094 13.5% XD 750 mL $44.95 July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Lailey Merlot 2013, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada Merlot food pairings: Brazilian-style flank steak, rack of BBQ ribs, veal Porterhouse, grilled lamb, cheese. 591396 13.5% XD 750 mL $24.95 July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Osoyoos Larose Le Grand Vin 2010, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada 626325 13.5% XD 750 mL $44.95 July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Casa Silva Los Lingues Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Colchagua Valley, Chile: Big and fleshy with plush plums and berries that elbow each other for your attention. Loaded with flavour and pleasure. Very smooth and finishing with cedar brush and tart woodland blackberries. Pair with strip loin steak. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: lamb Bolognese, grilled New York strip loin with chimichurri sauce, braised pork shanks with white beans, Asian chicken salad, Margherita pizza. Drink: 2013 - 2017 640870 14% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 90/100. July 2015. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Pesquié Terrasses 2013, Côtes Du Ventoux, Rhône A.C., France Food pairings: Love this cedar-rich, rustic southern French red wine. Amazing vivacity and depth with dark red fruit flavour, cedar brush and some smoke. Pair with grilled hamburgers or meat lovers' pizza.. Drink: 2015 - 2018 652313 14% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 91/100. July 2015. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Stags' Leap Winery Merlot 2011, Napa Valley, California, United States: Love this juicy and ultra-smooth Californian Merlot: it's liquid velvet. Aromas of luscious black plums and dark berries. Long finish. This will cellar well, but why wait? Pair with lamb chops. Merlot food pairings: Brazilian-style flank steak with chimichurri sauce, rack of BBQ ribs, veal Porterhouse, grilled lamb, Tandoori-flavored dishes. Drink: 2012 - 2018 655399 14.2% D 750 mL $39.95 Score: 92/100. July 2015. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

St. Francis Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Sonoma County, California, United States Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: lamb Bolognese, grilled New York strip loin, hard cheese, braised pork shanks, veal chops.. 671164 14.6% XD 750 mL $29.95 July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Delas Les Launes Syrah 2012, Crozes-Hermitage, Rhône A.C., France: This AC Rhone red wine delights from the get-go and is produced by Delas Frères! Immediately pleasurable aromas of blackberry liqueur, dark spice and smoke. Thank goodness it's so reasonably price because I think you'll be wanting more than one bottle. Pair with hard cheeses and finer cuts of steak. Syrah food pairings: rare roast beef with oven roasted potatoes, spice-braised lamb with sweet potatoes and white beans, Char grilled pork chop with braised red cabbage and celeriac purée, Muscovy duck, turnips, fennel and blackberries.. Drink: 2014 - 2019 701359 12.8% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 92/100. July 2015. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

De Loach Ofs Pinot Noir 2011, Russian River Valley, Sonoma, California, United States Pinot Noir food pairings: veal medallions, lamb in a red wine sauce, roasted pork loin, Tortiere, prime rib. 703926 14.5% XD 750 mL $43.95 July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Fèlsina Beradenga Chianti Classico 2011, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy Chianti Classico food pairings: bucatini with sausage, roast beef, cheesy pizza, stuffed roasted turkey, steak topped pizza. 730788 13.5% D 750 mL $29.95 July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Blue Pyrenees Shiraz 2012, Pyrenees, Victoria, Australia Shiraz food pairings: lamb cutlets, hamburgers, espresso and cocoa-rubbed flank steak, black bean soup, cheese, pizza. 935890 14.5% XD 750 mL $22.95 July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

d'Arenberg D'arry's Original Shiraz Grenache 2010, Mclaren Vale, South Australia, Australia: This robust Australian red wine is 50-50 blend of Shiraz and Grenache grapes with enticing aromas of fleshy black fruit, spice and pepper. It offers a long finish with polished tannins. Pair with grilled hamburgers. Drink: 2013 - 2018 942904 13.9% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 92/100. July 2015. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Christian Moueix Saint-Émilion 2010, Bordeaux A.C., France 979955 13% XD 750 mL $21.95 July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Carpineto Farnito Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Tuscany I.G.T., Italy: Full-bodied, savoury and meaty with a good grip on the palate of this Italian red wine. Could use cellar time and/or decanting 2 hours. Loaded with aromas and flavours of black fruit, smoke, mocha, and tanned leather. Great structure, long finish, deep satisfaction. The Cabernet grapes in this wine grow on vines planted on hillsides in Gaville, which is close to Florence, as well as in Chianciano and Montepulciano in Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. Pair with a pepper steak. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: lamb Bolognese, grilled New York strip loin with chimichurri sauce, braised pork shanks with white beans, Asian chicken salad, Margherita pizza. Drink: 2014 - 2018 996553 12.5% D 750 mL $27.95 Score: 92/100. July 2015. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rosés

The Foreign Affair Winery Amarosé 2014, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada Food pairings: spice cake, crème brûlée, fruit-based desserts, pastries, fresh field berries in cream. 388702 12.4% XD 750 mL $18.95 July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

The Foreign Affair Winery Amarosé 2015, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada Food pairings: spice cake, crème brûlée, fruit-based desserts, pastries, fresh field berries in cream. Drink: 2015 - 2017 388702 12.4% XD 750 mL $18.95 July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

The Foreign Affair Winery Amarosé 2016, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada Food pairings: spice cake, crème brûlée, fruit-based desserts, pastries, fresh field berries in cream. Drink: 2015 - 2017 388702 12.4% XD 750 mL $18.95 July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Kir-Yianni Akakies Rosé 2014, Amyndeon A.C., Greece: Very mouth-watering with juicy ripe cherry aromas with a refreshing finish. Amyndeon is the only appellation producing rosé wines in Greece. This wine is made exclusively from the Xinomavro grape, is full of fresh strawberries balanced with fine acidity. Xinomavro is grown as far south as the foot of Mount Olympus – this version is fit for the gods. Pair with seared tuna. Drink: 2014 - 2016 71050 12% D 750 mL $12.95 Score: 87/100. July 2015. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaines Ott Rosé 2014, Côtes De Provence A.C., France: Produced by Château De Selle Coeur De Grain, this is spectacularly great, and probably the best-known rose in the region famous for it. Dried herbs, savoury goodness, bone dry, complex. This is the Dom Perignon of rose from Provence. Domaines Ott is a Cru Classe that leads the pack worldwide for rose, thus that price tag. Complex, wild yet elegant. Love that curvy bottle too. Pair with halibut. Rosé food pairings: seafood. Drink: 2014 - 2017 74617 13% XD 750 mL $46.95 Score: 94/100. July 2015. Top Rated Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Catemario Pinot Grigio Rosé 2014, Delle Venezie, Veneto I.G.T., Italy: Crisp and clean with mouth-watering acidity with aromas and flavours of small wild tart strawberries. Lovely pink ballet slipper hue. Pinot Grigio Rosé food pairings: soft cheese, grilled salmon steak, fresh fruit, veggies, pasta primavera. Drink: 2014 - 2016 451146 12.5% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 87/100. July 2015. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sparkling Wine

Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve Champagne, Champagne A.C., France: One of the consistently best producers of non-vintage champagne at this price point: excellent value here in the bottle. This French sparkling wine is lively, fresh and toasty with persistent mousse and finish. Very balanced and elegant. Pair with fried chicken. Champagne food pairings: caviar, live turtle, quail, lobster thermidore. Drink: 2013 - 2019 36962 12% D 750 mL $69.95 Score: 93/100. July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Naveran Brut Nature Millessime Cava 2011, Navarra D.O., Spain: A toasty, earthy Spanish sparkling wine, Cava, made using the traditional method as in Champagne but with Spanish grapes. Pair with seafood. Cava food pairings: caviar, shellfish, seafood risotto. Drink: 2012 - 2016 414649 12.5% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 88/100. July 2015. Best Value Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cleto Chiarli E Figli Vecchia Modena Premium Lambrusco Di Sorbara, Emilia-Romagna D.O.C., Italy Lambrusco Di Sorbara food pairings: lightly spiced curry dishes, white turkey meat. 416024 12.5% D 750 mL $19.95 July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Dom Pérignon Altum Villare Champagne 2004, Champagne A.C., France: This benchmark Champagne is now showing its age in a good way with toastier and nuttier aromas versus fresh fruit. Still lively and kicking strong though. Pair with gracious drawing rooms and long gowns. Champagne food pairings: Thai coconut shrimp, pasta with cheese-based sauce. Drink: 2014 - 2019 422584 12.5% XD 750 mL $245.95 Score: 94/100. July 2015. Top Rated Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Bailly Lapierre Réserve Brut Crémant De Bourgogne, Burgundy A.C., France: This Burgundian bubbly offers tremendous value, especially at this modest price point. It's crisp and toasty with good persistence of tiny bubbles. Finishes with vibrancy. Pair with shellfish. Crémant De Bourgogne food pairings: white turkey meat, tacos, seafood. Drink: 2014 - 2018 991562 12% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. July 2015. Best Value Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

Vineland Estates Winery Elevation St. Urban Vineyard Riesling 2014, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: This Niagara Riesling is a consistently great wine, vintage after vintage. Terrific intensity of flavour yet the wine is refreshing and medium-bodied. Lovely racy acidity for seafood and shellfish. Riesling food pairings: roast chicken, spicy pasta dishes, shrimp tempura, grilled salmon with lemon sauce, duck liver pate. Drink: 2014 - 2019 38117 8.4% M 750 mL $19.95 Score: 92/100. July 2015. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Trius Winery at Hillebrand Divine White 2014, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada 54957 12.5% D 750 mL $19.95 July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Jean-Max Roger Cuvée Les Caillottes Sancerre 2013, Loire A.C., France: A soft white wine with subtle acidity and white pear notes. Some lime on the finish. Clean and fresh. Pair with seafood and salads. Drink: 2014 - 2017 65573 12.5% XD 750 mL $26.95 Score: 88/100. July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Jermann Pinot Grigio 2014, Venezia Giulia, Friuli I.G.T., Italy: The price tag on this Pinot Grigio may surprise given it's well above average prices for this northern Italian white wine, but it is a benchmark of its class. Crisp, clean and zesty with aromas of lemon and lime. Pair with Dover sole. Pinot Grigio food pairings: pasta with cream sauce, grilled chicken breast, summer salads, pork burgers, oysters on the half-shell. Drink: 2014 - 2017 117093 12.5% XD 750 mL $31.95 Score: 92/100. July 2015. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Dal Cero Pinot Grigio 2013, Veneto I.G.T., Italy: Refreshing, clean and crisp with no heavy oak and buttery notes. Great aperitif. Some crisp green apple on this finish. Pair with fresh seafood and salads. Pinot Grigio food pairings: herb-and-olive-oil pastas, mild vegetable curries. Drink: 2013 - 2016 161661 12.5% D 750 mL $15.95 Score: 89/100. July 2015. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Momo Pinot Gris 2014, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: This spritely organic wine makes my mouth water just smelling it! Lovely white peach and melon with mouth-watering acidity for food. Very refreshing as an aperitif or companion to many dishes from seafood to salads. Classic aromas and flavours here for a cool climate region. Some toasted almond on the finish. Great wine for potluck gatherings and barbecues -- think grilled veggies and portobello mushrooms. Yum! Momo is the second label of New Zealand's Seresin Estate, and the quality shows in the glass of this zesty, organic Pinot Gris. A fresh finish with terrific food versatility. Pinot Gris food pairings: seafood, light pastas, grilled chicken and vegetables, cured meats, green salads. Drink: 2014 - 2017 163535 14.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 91/100. July 2015. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Fielding Estate Winery Unoaked Chardonnay 2013, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Clean, fresh and crisp unoaked Niagara Chardonnay with a good bite on the palate and palate-cleansing acidity. Aromas of white melon and grapefruit. Pair with fresh halibut. Chardonnay food pairings: scallops with a sesame ginger dressing, grilled seafood, spinach and pepper jack stuffed chicken, beef bourguignon, breads, cheese.. Drink: 2014 - 2017 164491 12.5% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 88/100. July 2015. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Roux Père & Fils Les Chaumes Chassagne-Montrachet 2013, Burgundy A.C., France 208512 13.5% XD 750 mL $64.95 July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Crossbarn Paul Hobbs Chardonnay 2013, Sonoma Coast, California, United States Chardonnay food pairings: scallops with a sesame ginger dressing, grilled seafood, spinach and pepper jack stuffed chicken, beef bourguignon, breads, cheese.. 351717 14.2% XD 750 mL $29.95 July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Dog Point Chardonnay 2012, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: Full-bodied with hazelnut richness on the nose plus green apple, white peach and pear on the palate. Complex and layered but not heavy. Terrific balance and finish. Pair with roast chicken. Chardonnay food pairings: crab cakes, pork chops, chicken thighs in a light cream sauce. Drink: 2012 - 2017 238568 14.5% XD 750 mL $42.95 Score: 88/100. July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Pascal Jolivet Sancerre 2014, Loire A.C., France 264945 12.5% D 750 mL $29.95 July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tommasi Adorato Appassionato Bianco 2014, Veneto, Italy 320721 13% D 750 mL $15.95 July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Billaud-Simon Montée De Tonnerre Chablis 2011, Burgundy A.C., France 325241 12.5% XD 750 mL $45.95 July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Louis Jadot Clos De Malte Santenay 2011, Burgundy A.C., France 332528 13.5% XD 750 mL $39.95 July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Maria Papoila Escolha 2013, Vinho Verde D.O.C., Portugal 505841 11.5% D 750 mL $16.95 July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Wolfberger Signature Muscat 2013, Alsace A.C., France Muscat food pairings: avocado salad, gorgonzola piccante. 408211 12% D 750 mL $16.95 July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Pietro Marini Torrontés 2013, Salta, Argentina: A floral white wine made from Argentina's signature white grape Torrontes. Lots of mouth-watering acidity with some white pear and peach. Ideal for fresh seafood. Torrontés food pairings: Asian dishes, fresh seafood salad, seafood appetizers, smoked turkey sandwiches. Drink: 2014 - 2017 408443 13.2% XD 750 mL $12.95 Score: 87/100. July 2015. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tenute Messieri Visioni Offida Pecorino 2012, Marche D.O.C.G., Italy: I'd never guess based on taste alone that this zesty and refreshing white wine has such high alcohol at 14%. So if you chill it, take care as you'll be asleep on the deck by 3 pm ;) Attractive aromas of lime, lemon and white grapefruit. Pair with dozy afternoons, seafood and salads. Drink: 2014 - 2017 414011 14% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 87/100. July 2015. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Saint Paul Viognier 2013, Pays D'oc, Midi I.G.P., France Viognier food pairings: sautéed diver scallops, chicken, pork, mild curries and spices.. 414490 13% XD 750 mL $13.95 July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Squealing Pig Sauvignon Blanc 2014, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: Grassy green and fresh herbal aromas in classic Marlborough cool climate Sauvignon Blanc. Love the redacted text on the back label. Very refreshing. Pair with pork chops (of course). Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: Thai green curry fish, shellfish, chicken and sage skewers, fresh tomato and basil salad. Drink: 2014 - 2016 414789 13.5% XD 750 mL $21.95 Score: 91/100. July 2015. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Henri De Villamont Prestige Bourgogne 2007, Burgundy A.C., France: Crisp and clean French Chardonnay with white pear and golden apple notes and just hint of smoke. Pair with roasted chicken. Food pairings: scallops with a sesame ginger dressing, grilled seafood, spinach and pepper jack stuffed chicken, beef bourguignon, breads, cheese.. Drink: 2013 - 2017 416123 13% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. July 2015. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Schloss Schönborn Hattenheim Alte Reben Trocken Riesling 2012, Rheingau Qualitätswein, Germany Riesling food pairings: roast chicken, spicy pasta dishes, shrimp tempura, grilled salmon with lemon sauce, duck liver pate. 416891 12% XD 750 mL $28.95 July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Robola San Gerasimo Robola 2014, Cephalonia P.D.O., Greece: A crisp, clean and refreshing Greek white wine with notes of lime and lemon zest. Good acidity. Pair with seafood. Medium-bodied. Drink: 2014 - 2016 365188 12.5% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 88/100. July 2015. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Beronia 2014, Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain 422055 12.5% XD 750 mL $18.95 July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cooper's Hawk Talon White 2013, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada 425934 13% XD 750 mL $15.95 July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château La Nerthe Blanc 2013, Châteauneuf-Du-Pape, Rhône A.C., France 704429 13.5% D 750 mL $44.95 July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Seresin Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: Grassy-great and herbal with crisp, ultra dry refreshment. Limes and lemons dance in delight across your palate. This medium-bodied white wine works as both an aperitif or companion to many dishes. A nice snap of refreshment on the finish. Complex and dry. Perfect for fresh seafood. Signature Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand's Marlborough region. Seresin uses bio-dynamic farming principles, wild yeast for fermentation and the principles expounded on in 1924 by Rudolph Steiner. Try it with a fresh field greens salad or clams. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: seafood, Asian chicken salad, rosemary-stuffed pork tenderloin, turkey. Drink: 2013 - 2017 735043 13.5% XD 750 mL $23.95 Score: 92/100. July 2015. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Wither Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Wairau Valley, Marlborough, New Zealand: Classic grassy New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc with mouth-watering acidity and herbal flavours on the finish. Perfect for spinach quiche. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: Thai green curry fish, shellfish, chicken and sage skewers, fresh tomato and basil salad. Drink: 2013 - 2016 919514 13.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. July 2015. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

D'arenberg The Stump Jump 2014, Mclaren Vale, Adelaide Hills, South Australia, Australia: Lively and expressive with lovely white floral notes, white peach and lychee. Stunning and refreshing. This Australian white wine is a blend of Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Marsanne and Roussanne grapes. Mouth-watering acidity makes it a terrific food companion for dishes such as grilled chicken. Drink: 2014 - 2017 922203 11.8% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 90/100. July 2015. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ktima Gerovassiliou White 2014, Epanomi P.G.I., Greece: Crisp and clean with white melon, lime, lemon and grapefruit notes. Much like a citrus Sauvignon Blanc (not an herbal one). Lots of mouth-watering acidity. Pair with seafood and shellfish. Drink: 2014 - 2017 999714 13.5% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 88/100. July 2015. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Pietro Marini Torrontés 2015, Salta, Argentina Torrontés food pairings: Asian dishes, fresh seafood salad, seafood appetizers, smoked turkey sandwiches. Drink: 2014 - 2017 408443 13.2% XD 750 mL $13.95 July 2015. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ktima Gerovassiliou White 2017, Epanomi P.G.I., Greece Drink: 2014 - 2017 999714 13.5% XD 750 mL $18.95 July 2015. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Fielding Estate Winery Unoaked Chardonnay 2014, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada Chardonnay food pairings: scallops with a sesame ginger dressing, grilled seafood, spinach and pepper jack stuffed chicken, beef bourguignon, breads, cheese.. Drink: 2014 - 2017 164491 12.5% XD 750 mL $14.95 July 2015. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ktima Gerovassiliou White 2016, Epanomi P.G.I., Greece Drink: 2014 - 2017 999714 13.5% XD 750 mL $18.95 July 2015. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

d'Arenberg The Stump Jump 2016, Mclaren Vale, Adelaide Hills, South Australia, Australia Drink: 2014 - 2017 922203 11.8% XD 750 mL $14.95 July 2015. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


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