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Vintages Release September 5, 2015

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Dessert Wine

Croft Late Bottled Vintage Port 2009, Douro D.O.P., Portugal: Lovely Portuguese dessert wine, with black fleshy plums and prunes and dried fig aromas and flavours. Such a pleasant after-dinner sipper wine; great price. Late Bottled Vintage (LBV) Ports are vintage-dated, with a year on the label. However, they are made in a style to consumer much earlier than Vintage Ports, and allow us a taste of the harvest earlier than usual, but deliciously so. Pair with Black Forest Cake. Port food pairings: fruit-based desserts, chocolate truffles. Drink: 2015 - 2019 87601 20% S 750 mL $18.95 Score: 91/100. September 2015. Best Value Dessert Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Studert-Prüm Raacher Himmelreich Riesling Spätlese 2009, Mosel Prädikatswein, Germany: A lovely, floral German dessert wine made from the classic Riesling grape. Aromas of fleshy ripe peach, pear and apricot. Riesling Spätlese food pairings: strawberry & rhubarb pie, blueberries with cream, fruit compote. Drink: 2014 - 2020 409680 8.5% S 750 mL $21.95 Score: 90/100. September 2015. Top Rated Dessert Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Red Wine

Alpha Estate Hedgehog Vineyard Xinomavro 2010, Amyndeon Macedonia P.D.O., Greece: Juicy, full-bodied and smooth with a very different and exciting taste profile in this robust red wine. Lovely dark cherry, smoke and some tanned leather aromas. Extremely mouth-watering which makes this a great dance partner with many dishes. Intriguing, try it! Xinomavro food pairings: beef, lamb. Drink: 2013 - 2018 259762 14% D 750 mL $22.95 Score: 90/100. September 2015. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Napa Cellars Napa Cellars Zinfandel 2012, Napa Valley, California, United States: Love it! Full-bodied and loaded with flavour yet vibrant and nimble and never heavy. Black fruit and spice with such a velvet smooth palate. Very complex and balanced. Perfect for grilled meats. Zinfandel food pairings: beef. Drink: 2013 - 2018 126607 14.9% D 750 mL $24.95 Score: 92/100. September 2015. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Brancaia Tre 2012, Tuscany I.G.T., Italy: A smooth, full-bodied pleasant red wine with aromas of dark plums and berries. Finishes with cedar spice and smoke from oak aging. This robust Italian red wine is a blend of Sangiovese (80%), with a splash of Cabernet and Merlot grapes in the remaining 20%, and are grown in the Chianti Classico and Maremma regions. The name Tre stands for the three grapes in the blend and for the winery's three Tuscan estates. Pair with pasta in a tomato meat sauce. Drink: 2013 - 2016 164715 13.5% XD 750 mL $23.95 Score: 90/100. September 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Francis Ford Coppola Director's Cut Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California, United States: A well-made robust red with black fruit and mocha notes. Yes, this is from the producer of The Godfather and other box office hits. The winery is well worth a visit when you're in Napa next time. Pair with ghoulash and the movie Dracula. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: pork tenderloin, spaghetti with meatballs and sausage, roast lamb, game meats, slow-roasted beef. Drink: 2014 - 2018 61002 14% D 750 mL $34.95 Score: 89/100. September 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Villa Mora Montefalco Sagrantino 2008, Umbria D.O.C.G., Italy: This robust, unfiltered Italian red wine features aromas of blackberry jam and toasty, tarry oak on the nose and palate. It's a full-bodied, mouth-filling wine. Definitely decant this wine for 2 hours, better yet, leave it in the cellar for a while. Pair with roast beef. Sagrantino food pairings: pepper steak. Drink: 2014 - 2018 342394 14.5% XD 750 mL $21.95 Score: 91/100. September 2015. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

M. Chapoutier Belleruche 2013, Rhône Valley Aoc, France: Rich, savoury and full-bodied: this southern French red wine has it all. This is a Rhone Valley blend of Grenache and Syrah from one of the region's most respected producers who has been making wine since 1808. The price point is amazing for this quality. Drink: 2014 - 2018 328831 14% D 750 mL $16.95 Score: 90/100. September 2015. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

The Hess Collection Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, North Coast, California, United States: Sweet chocolate notes and black plums on the nose and palate of this full-bodied smooth Californian red wine made from Cabernet sauvignon grapes. With the Mexican mole. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: chicken salad, pork tenderloin, Margherita pizza, hamburger. Drink: 2014 - 2017 25080 13.5% D 750 mL $24.95 Score: 87/100. September 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Schola Sarmenti Diciotto Primitivo 2008, Salento, Puglia I.G.T., Italy: What an odd creature this wine is that clocks in at 18% alcohol. Fortified wines like port start at 19%. As a result this tastes like a nutty, chocolatey version of port and sherry. I It'll clobber your food as surely as a steroid-driven body builder will throw the skinny guy into the ocean from the beach. Primitivo food pairings: barbecued ribs, chicken wings, steaks rubbed well with Primitivo, hamburgers. Drink: 2014 - 2017 379842 18% D 750 mL $29.95 Score: 87/100. September 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Coopers Creek Pinot Noir 2013, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: Lots of juicy, mouth-watering aromas on flavours on the nose and palate of this medium-bodied New Zealand Pinot Noir, including cranberry and tart cherry. Finishes crisp and clean with some spices and racy acidity. Great refreshment on its own or pair with fresh seafood or roasted chicken. Pinot Noir food pairings: veal cutlets, roast turkey, salads featuring root veggies. Drink: 2015 - 2018 57802 14% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 88/100. September 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Sonoma County, California, United States: A dependable and approachable Californian Cabernet year after year. Black fruit, oak, smoke and spice. Firm grippy tannins so decant for 1-2 hours and pair with a rare steak. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: barbecued steak, pork tenderloin, hard cheese, veal chops. Drink: 2014 - 2018 331603 13.5% D 750 mL $22.95 Score: 88/100. September 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Schola Sarmenti Negroamaro 2006, Nardò, Puglia D.O.C., Italy: This robust and smooth smoky Italian red wine is loaded with sweet chocolate and mocha notes form lavish oak aging. Fleshy black fruit with campfire smoke. Produced by Terrulenta, the 2006 vintage of Negroamaro Nardo is a blockbuster red wine. Pair with Mexican mole. Negroamaro food pairings: hamburger. Drink: 2015 - 2018 379768 13.5% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 88/100. September 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château De La Rivière 2009, Fronsac, Bordeaux A.C., France: A robust red wine blend that checks in at 14.5% alcohol, though you don't taste that heat on the palate. Rustic and cedary with wild blackberry notes. Richly concentrated and dense. Drink: 2014 - 2018 653147 14.5% XD 750 mL $34.95 Score: 88/100. September 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Sonoma County, California, United States: A dependable and approachable Californian Cabernet year after year. Black fruit, oak, smoke and spice. Firm grippy tannins so decant for 1-2 hours and pair with a rare steak. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: barbecued steak, pork tenderloin, hard cheese, veal chops. Drink: 2014 - 2018 706077 13.5% D 375 mL $12.95 Score: 88/100. September 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Vignamaggio Gherardino Chianti Classico 2012, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: Dry and almost past peak though it will hold for a few more years. This dark Italian red wine with classic black fruit flavours and smoke. Full-bodied and tasty. Mouth-watering. Pair with hearty meat dishes. Chianti Classico food pairings: roast beef, pasta with meat sauce, char-grilled sausages, steak topped pizza. Drink: 2014 - 2017 963512 13.5% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 88/100. September 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mastino Villa Girardi Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico 2011, Veneto D.O.C., Italy: A big, black and rich Italian red wine, with a river of black cherry liqueur running through its heart. Full-bodied and supple with a long finish. Decant 2 hours and put on the Italian tenors. Pair this with grilled meats and the History Channel. Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico food pairings: red meats, mature cheeses, pasta with a tomato sauce, roasted venison. Drink: 2015 - 2020 179382 15% XD 750 mL $41.95 Score: 89/100. September 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ironstone Merlot 2013, Lodi, California, United States: Mocha-dark chocolate with fleshy black plum and campfire smoke aromas on the nose of this full-bodied Merlot. Delicious and dependable. A consistent and accessible Californian Merlot with loads of toasty oak and chocolate flavours. Don't listen to Miles (from the movie Sideways), try this with burgers. Merlot food pairings: grilled ribs, burgers, cheese, poultry, lamb, grilled sausages. Drink: 2015 - 2018 704353 13.5% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 89/100. September 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Baret Héritiers Ballande 2009, Pessac-Léognan, Bordeaux A.C., France: Redolent of classic Bordeaux aromas: cassis, blackberry and smoke. This wine is layered, elegant and offers a long finish. This is a traditional blend of mostly Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes. Pair with prime rib. Food pairings: steak, venison, boar. Drink: 2015 - 2019 81877 14% XD 750 mL $36.95 Score: 90/100. September 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

The Big Easy Syrah 2012, Santa Barbara County, California, United States: Purple and juicy with a pleasant bite on the finish and lots of acidity through the palate that's balanced with fruit fleshiness for rare meats. Reminds me on a Zinfandel and Cabernet blend. Pair with BBQ anything. Syrah food pairings: chargrilled pork chop, spice-braised lamb, burgers with blue cheese, rare roast beef. Drink: 2013 - 2018 83212 14.9% XD 750 mL $35.95 Score: 90/100. September 2015. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Piccini Sasso Al Poggio 2009, Tuscany I.G.T., Italy: Robust and generous (you gotta like that in a wine or a person) with attractive aromas and flavours of tart cherry and wild blackberry. A solid finish. Great for potluck gatherings. This wine cries out for food, especially anything with a tangy tomato sauce. Decant 2 hours -- very grippy, firm tannins. Food pairings: stew, roast beef. Drink: 2015 - 2018 134809 14% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. September 2015. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Castello Di Querceto Riserva Chianti Classico 2011, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: Full-bodied and mouth-watering chianti, with black tart fruit, smoke, dried and earth aromas. This robust red wine is made from Sangiovese grapes and offers mouth-watering juiciness and a satisfying finish. Pair with a pepper steak. Chianti Classico food pairings: roast beef, pasta with meat sauce, char-grilled sausages, steak topped pizza. Drink: 2015 - 2019 650754 13.5% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 90/100. September 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mulderbosch Faithful Hound Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Petit Verdot Malbec Cabernet Franc 2012, Stellenbosch, Western Cape W.O., South Africa: The Faithful Hound offers enticing aromas of black, smoky fruit and a savoury, mouth-watering core. Some cedar notes in the background and on the finish. The 2012 vintage was a spectacular one for this winery. Perfect for prime rib or a rare steak. Decant for 1 hour. Highly recommended. Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Petit Verdot Malbec Cabernet Franc food pairings: beef. Drink: 2015 - 2019 922443 13.5% XD 750 mL $20.20 Score: 90/100. September 2015. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Santa Sofia Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico 2008, Veneto D.O.C., Italy: The nose of this robust Italian red wine is redolent of black cherry liqueur and raspberry jam. Full-bodied and smooth. Decant 2 hours. A wine that deserves its own fork and knife its so meaty and savoury. Pair with prime rib and a big smile. Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico food pairings: leg of lamb, pasta with tomato sauce, polenta dishes, venison, beef daube. Drink: 2015 - 2020 713669 15% D 750 mL $49.95 Score: 91/100. September 2015. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Patrick Lesec Galets Blonds 2012, Châteauneuf-Du-Pape, Rhône A.C., France: A deep, rich, concentrated red wine blend from southern France. Aromas of black, almost charred fruit, spice, tar and smoke. Pair with brontosaurus burgers. Drink: 2015 - 2021 78089 15% XD 750 mL $56.95 Score: 92/100. September 2015. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Le Gravillas Gigondas 2013, Rhône A.C., France: A robust, smoky southern French red wine blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre. Savoury and lip-smacking juicy with great depth and length. Aromas of charred black fruit, smoke and spice. Very smooth as is common in the Gigondas region of the Rhone Valley. Pair with grilled meats. Food pairings: barbecued beef steak. Drink: 2015 - 2019 78808 14.5% D 750 mL $22.95 Score: 92/100. September 2015. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Verbena Brunello Di Montalcino 2009, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: Classic mature, complex Brunello: don't look for fruit. Instead expect subtle aromas of leather, cigar box and dried herbs. Full-bodied and smooth. Perfect for discussions about the latest developments in the field of astro physics. Great balance and lots of length on the finish. Pair this terrific D.O.C.G. wine with wild boar with black truffles. Brunello Di Montalcino food pairings: grilled meats, game. Drink: 2015 - 2020 165126 14.5% D 750 mL $39.95 Score: 92/100. September 2015. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ridge Monte Bello 2012, Santa Cruz Mountains, California, United States: Menthol and fleshy voluptuous black fruit on the nose and palate. Super supple and satin smooth and full-bodied. Gorgeous length, depth and concentration yet sheer elegance. Pair with rare filet mignon. Drink: 2015 - 2020 209999 13.8% XD 375 mL $101.95 Score: 92/100. September 2015. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ferdinando Principiano Del Comune Di Serralunga D'alba Barolo 2010, Piedmont D.O.C.G., Italy: Very subtle Barolo with wild violets, leather and dried herbs. This is mature and ready to drink with those face ripping tannins that young Barolo has. Pair with truffled dishes. Barolo food pairings: herbed roast beef, roast veal, hamburgers, aged meats and cheeses. Drink: 2015 - 2020 210955 14.5% XD 750 mL $44.95 Score: 92/100. September 2015. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ridge Monte Bello 2012, Santa Cruz Mountains, California, United States: Menthol and fleshy voluptuous black fruit on the nose and palate. Super supple and satin smooth and full-bodied. Gorgeous length, depth and concentration yet sheer elegance. Pair with rare filet mignon. Drink: 2015 - 2020 711085 13.8% XD 750 mL $190.95 Score: 92/100. September 2015. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tessellae Old Vines Grenache Syrah Mourvèdre 2013, Côtes Du Roussillon, Midi A.P, France: The 2013 vintage of Tessellae Old Vines Cotes du Roussillon is fresh and intriguing on the nose with fleshy purple plums, black fruit and some toast. Perfect for grilled meats. Finishes with pepper and dark spice. Highly recommended. Grenache Syrah Mourvèdre food pairings: beef. Drink: 2015 - 2019 343517 14% XD 750 mL $17.00 Score: 93/100. September 2015. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Grgich Hills Zinfandel 2011, Napa Valley, California, United States: Incredibly intense and concentrated with enticing aromas of blackberries and plums. Great finesse and structure. This is benchmark Californian zinfandel. Serve with pepperoni pizza and a great movie. This winery is a leader not just in its first-class wines, but also in in eco-progressive viticulture as one the largest biodynamic grape growers in the United States. Almost all of the winery’s power is derived from solar energy. Let's raise a glass to them tonight. Zinfandel food pairings: pasta, grilled meat. Drink: 2015 - 2020 903237 15.5% XD 750 mL $49.95 Score: 93/100. September 2015. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tenuta Degli Dei Cavalli 2010, Tuscany I.G.T., Italy: Full-bodied, complex with great detailing and lines. This is a classic that will do well in the cellar or on the runway to your dinner table. Winemaker Tommaso Cavalli is masterful in his blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc grapes. Great cellar candidate, like vintage clothing, it'll wear well for a decade. Pair with a rare steak. Food pairings: beef. Drink: 2015 - 2022 350405 13.5% XD 750 mL $49.95 Score: 94/100. September 2015. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Georges Duboeuf Rochegres Moulin-à-Vent 2011, Burgundy A.C., France: Savoury and cedary with a country rustic sensibility. Medium-bodied and smooth French red wine made from gamay grapes in Beaujolais. Pair with planked salmon. Drink: 2013 - 2017 424861 13.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. September 2015. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cakebread Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, California, United States: Disappointing for the price but still a good wine with black fruit aromas, good acidity and toasty oak. Pair with hamburgers. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: lamb Bolognese, grilled New York strip loin, hard cheese, braised pork shanks, veal chops. Drink: 2014 - 2017 710426 14% XD 750 mL $99.95 Score: 87/100. September 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tommasi Ripasso Valpolicella Classico Superiore 2013, Veneto, Italy: Sweet purple plums and blueberry pie flavours. Relatively smooth and full-bodied. Pair with Mexican mole or sweet main entrees. Ripasso Valpolicella Classico Superiore food pairings: pizza topped with steak strips and garlic, spicy sausage , prime rib roast, hearty winter stew. Drink: 2014 - 2017 910430 13% D 750 mL $22.95 Score: 84/100. September 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

La Ferme Du Mont 2011, Chateauneuf-Du-Pape, Rhone, France: Incredible depth and concentration of black fruit, smoke and spice flavour on the nose and palate for this full-bodied French red wine. This wine is a blend of classic grapes including Grenache 80%, Syrah 10% and Mouvedre 10%. Long finish inflected with dried herbs and graphite. Pair with roast beef. Drink: 2016 - 2023 78857 14.5% D 750 mL $80.00 Score: 93/100. September 2015. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Viña Ventisquero Root:1 Carmenere 2013, Colchagua Valley, Chile: Wow, what a knockout Chilean red wine for this price point! Rich and concentrated with deep layers of black cherry liqueur flavour. Luscious, mouth-filling, smooth and full-bodied. Pair with grilled meats or roast beef. Carmenere food pairings: hearty c hili, pork stew or barbeque ribs, roasted eggplant parmesan or v egetarian lasagna, or rich cheeses like Camembert or Brie. Drink: 2013 - 2017 350546 13.5% D 750 mL $12.80 Score: 89/100. September 2015. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rancho Zabaco Zinfandel 2013, Sonoma County, California, United States: This Californian red wine is made from the state's classic red grape Zinfandel, which grows on the winery's Heritage Vines (old vines). Rancho Zabacho is named for the original Mexican land grants in northern Sonoma. Savoury, juicy and delicious with terrific aromas and flavours of blackberry, black raspberry and lip-smacking tasty spice. Lovely balance: not over-the-top. Just what you want for the BBQ. Pair with grilled meats and fun times with friends. Drink: 2014 - 2018 434605 14.8% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 91/100. September 2015. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Gundlach Bundschu Merlot 2011, Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California, United States: An elegant, restrained Californian Merlot with aromas of dark plums and chocolate. Almost full-bodied and supple smooth. Pair with stuffed peppers and pork chops. Merlot food pairings: grilled pork chops, rack of BBQ ribs, lentil dishes, veal Porterhouse, borsch. Drink: 2014 - 2018 397497 14.1% XD 750 mL $44.00 Score: 90/100. September 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sparkling Wine

Piper Heidsieck Sauvage Brut Rosé Champagne, Champagne A.C., France: A classic rose Champagne from one of the region's most respected producers. Notes of field berries and clementine zest. One of the best priced Champagnes on the market, especially for this quality. Rosé Champagne food pairings: caviar, quail, lobster thermidore, lamb stew, white turkey meat. Drink: 2014 - 2019 413633 12.5% XD 750 mL $69.95 Score: 91/100. September 2015. Top Rated Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé Champagne, Champagne A.C., France: One of the most iconic and coveted rosé champagnes on the market. Stunning. Robust rosé champagne with aromas of cherry and toast. Perfectly balanced and elegant. This is the convenient half bottle size (375 ml): perfect for when you and your partner want to start a meal with a glass of bubbly each, then move on to something else. Great refreshment and cleansing acidity for a variety of dishes from fried chicken to shellfish. Champagne food pairings: Thai coconut shrimp, pasta with cheese, game birds, seafood risotto. Drink: 2015 - 2019 924670 12% D 375 mL $56.95 Score: 94/100. September 2015. Top Rated Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Dom Pérignon Brut Vintage Champagne 2005, Champagne A.C., France: The 2005 vintage of this king of Champagnes, Dom Pérignon, is a marvel full of finesse and elegance, balanced perfectly between toasty goodness and vibrancy. It's less muscular than previous vintages, but nonetheless brimming with character. Pair with Google stock cash in. Champagne food pairings: lobster thermidore, lightly spiced curry dishes, lamb stew, white turkey meat. Drink: 2013 - 2020 280461 12.5% XD 750 mL $219.95 Score: 93/100. September 2015. Top Rated Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

Domaine La Haute Févrie Sur Lie Muscadet Sèvre & Maine 2014, Loire A.C., France: Bone-dry with lots of acidity: like biting into a fresh lemon. Needs food: shellfish, quiche, seafood, salads. Great vibrancy. Muscadet Sèvre & Maine food pairings: garden salad, crab legs. Drink: 2014 - 2017 390625 12% XD 750 mL $13.95 Score: 87/100. September 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Boutari Assyrtiko 2014, Santorini P.D.O., Greece: Zesty notes of grapefruit and lime. Nice aperitif or companion to seafood, salads and vegetarian dishes. Lemon freshness and medium body makes this a great companion to seafood. Lots of mouth-watering acidity makes this zesty Greek white wine a great companion to cream sauces and rich pasta dishes. Assyrtiko food pairings: seafood, salads, vegetarian dishes, shellfish. Drink: 2015 - 2017 47985 13.5% D 750 mL $18.95 Score: 89/100. September 2015. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine De Vaugondy Vouvray 2012, Loire A.C., France: Lime zest lift and juicy wonderful on the palate! This dry Chenin Blanc white wine offers lemon essence aromas with shafts of mouth-watering chives running through it. The vines for this French white wine are 20 to 55 years of age, and it's all Chenin Blanc grapes. Finishes with apple blossom, bone dry. Edged and trimmed with terrific citric acidity. Loads of juicy acidity: it's a gorgeous gusher. Love it! Try it with goat cheese. Vouvray food pairings: goat cheese. Drink: 2015 - 2018 189142 11.5% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 89/100. September 2015. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Paul Prieur Et Fils Sancerre 2014, Loire A.C., France: Wake up your senses and palate with this vivacious white wine made from Sauvignon Blanc grapes. Tons of acidity on the palate yet it's not over-bearing if you enjoy this with food like fresh seafood, salads and vegetarian dishes. Flavours of lime and grapefruit. Sancerre food pairings: pan-fried freshwater fish, goat cheese, garden salad, steamed mussels. Drink: 2014 - 2017 350421 13% XD 750 mL $26.95 Score: 89/100. September 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Dirty Laundry Vineyard Not So Knotty Chardonnay 2013, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada: This fresh, crisp BC white wine made from Chardonnay grapes and is unoaked, thus the reference to "Not so knotty" (wood). Reminds me more of fresh linens on a spring day than Dirty Laundry with aromas of lime and lemon zest. Pair with crossing off the last item on your to-do list. Chardonnay food pairings: stuffed chicken roasted, beef bourguignon, pork tenderloin, ravioli served in an Alfredo sauce. Drink: 2014 - 2017 353144 14% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. September 2015. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Dr. L Loosen Bros. Riesling 2014, Mosel Qualitätswein, Germany: A consistently great value year after year: this vibrant, off-dry German white wine offers lovely aromas of ripe peach, pear and apple blossom. Perfect for Asian dishes and medium curries and spices. Riesling food pairings: planked salmon, duck liver pate, spicy pasta dishes. Drink: 2014 - 2018 423566 12% D 750 mL $13.95 Score: 89/100. September 2015. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Maculan Pinot Grigio 2013, Veneto I.G.T., Italy: Fresh and dry with white peach and lime aromas. Great aperitif. Perfect companion to vegetarian dishes. Zesty, vibrant Pinot Grigio from an Italian producer that's consistent year after year. Medium-bodied. Good aperitif. Pinot Grigio food pairings: seafood, pasta, breaded veal cutlets, barbecued chicken, cheese. Drink: 2015 - 2017 734921 12.5% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 89/100. September 2015. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sutherland Thelema Mountain Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Stellenbosch Elgin W.O., South Africa: Incredibly vibrant with herbal, lime and freshly cut grass aromas. Very refreshing. Wonderful quaffer. The wine was fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks to preserve the freshness and purity of the fruit flavour. Great value. Pair with fresh seafood and salads. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: pasta, shellfish, Caesar salad, corned beef and cabbage, turkey pot pie. Drink: 2015 - 2016 446384 13% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 90/100. September 2015. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Pierre Sparr Mambourg Pinot Gris 2011, Alsace A.C., France: A medium sweet French white wine made from Pinot Gris grapes by one of Alsace's most respected producers. Lovely honeydew and apple blossom aromas and flavours with some baked apple pie and spice on the finish. Pinot Gris food pairings: pork tenderloin, roast turkey , seafood, pasta with cream sauce. Drink: 2014 - 2018 686451 12.5% M 750 mL $24.95 Score: 90/100. September 2015. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

La Crema Chardonnay 2013, Los Carneros, Sonoma County, California, United States: Butterscotch and baking spice on the nose of this lovely, voluptuous Californian Chardonnay. Cool climate viticulture comes through in the glass with a terrific balance and acidity. Pair with chicken a la king. Chardonnay food pairings: beef bourguignon, crab cakes, pork tenderloin, grilled seafood. Drink: 2014 - 2018 184929 14.5% XD 750 mL $39.95 Score: 92/100. September 2015. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cave Spring Cellars Chardonnay Musqué 2013, Beamsville Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Very pretty and mouth-watering Niagara Chardonnay Musqué, which is a clone of Chardonnay that is not exactly the same as many Chardonnay clones in that it offers more floral and apricot notes. Perfect for Asian dishes. Drink: 2013 - 2017 246579 13.5% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 89/100. September 2015. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Franciscan Chardonnay 2013, Napa Valley, California, United States: Loaded with butter, butterscotch, caramel, and toffee-vanilla from generous oak aging. Full-bodied and luscious with fleshy peach emerging on the palate. Finishes smoky. Pair with roast chicken. Chardonnay food pairings: barbecued chicken, pasta with white sauce, fruit and cheese platter. Drink: 2014 - 2017 496125 13.5% XD 750 mL $25.95 Score: 88/100. September 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Boya Familia Garces Silva Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Leyda Valley, Chile: Grassy good with herbal and lime citrus notes. Medium-bodied with good acidity. Pair with salads and seafood. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: grilled halibut steaks. Drink: 2013 - 2015 389726 12.5% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 87/100. September 2015. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

d'Arenberg The Hermit Crab Viognier Marsanne 2013, Mclaren Vale, South Australia, Australia: Winemaker Chester Osborn has a terrific reputation for his shiraz and cabernet wines, but this white blend of Viognier with about one-third Marsanne grapes is terrific! Not a lot of oak, but it combines with the fruit vibrancy to create an intriguingly rich and delicious wine. Aromas of apricot and white flowers with a dash of spice on the finish. Pair with mild curries and spices. Drink: 2015 - 2018 662775 13.1% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 92/100. September 2015. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


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