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Vintages Release November 14, 2015

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Dessert Wine

Taylor Fladgate Fine White Port, Douro D.O.P., Portugal: So fine and elegant with lovely aromas of baking spice and creamed corn. Love the long honeyed finish, yet it's not heavy. Perfect for toasted almonds and creamy cheeses. Port food pairings: apple dumplings, blueberry grunt , chocolate mousse, cheesecake.. Drink: 2014 - 2019 69856 20% S 750 mL $15.95 Score: 90/100. November 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Lustau East India Solera Sherry, Jerez D.O., Spain: This fortified wine is a blend of an aged dry Olorso sherry and a an aged sweet Pedro Ximenez that are returned to cask and aged in the humid, warm conditions of Lustau's Sarcristia, which replicates the conditions aboard ships that sailed to the Americas in the sixteenth century with casks lashed to their decks. The dessert wine gained a smooth, deep, rich, complex character that blended raisins, toasted nuts and crème brûlée. Pair this with pudding, crème brûlée and hard cheeses. Sherry food pairings: trifle, shortbread cookies, fresh field berries in cream, chocolate mousse.. Drink: 2014 - 2019 342931 20% S 500 mL $24.95 Score: 91/100. November 2015. Best Value Dessert Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sandeman Vintage Port 2011, Douro D.O.P., Portugal: An august vintage port from one of the region's finest producers. Aromas of black fig and dark berry preserves dusted with dark spice. Beautiful dessert wine. Pair with Black Forest Cake. Food pairings: spice cake, crème brûlée, chocolate cookies, berry tarts.. Drink: 2015 - 2027 362491 21% S 750 mL $70.00 Score: 97/100. November 2015. Top Rated Dessert Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

PondView Estate Winery Icewine Vidal 2013, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A lovely Niagara dessert made from Vidal grapes. This icewine offers classic aromas of peach, apricot preserves, honeydew and clementine. Vidal food pairings: pavlova, cheesecake, chocolate mousse, honey cake.. Drink: 2014 - 2019 390351 11% S 200 mL $19.95 Score: 88/100. November 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Warre's 2003, Douro D.O.P., Portugal: A superb Late Bottled Vintage Port with very complex and rich layers yet not heavy. Aromas of blackberry preserves, smoke and dark spice. So satisfying and soul warming. Please pass the bottle and that bowl of toasted nuts. Food pairings: fruit filled pastries, chocolate cake, ice cream, crème brûlée.. Drink: 2014 - 2021 20% S 750 mL $34.95 Score: 93/100. November 2015. Top Rated Dessert Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rosewood Mead Royale Honey Wine 2014, Ontario, Canada: Medicinal nose wrapped in honey. Some toasted nuts on the finish of this dessert wine. Pair with biscotti. Mead Royale Honey Wine food pairings: fruit-based desserts, pastries, fresh field berries in cream, Camembert.. Drink: 2014 - 2017 437319 12% S 500 mL $16.95 Score: 87/100. November 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Zilliken Saarburger Rausch Riesling Spätlese 2009, Mosel Prädikatswein, Germany: A gorgeous German Riesling made in the sweet style, but still balanced by racy acidity. Aromas of tangerine, apricot jam, fresh peach and lemon tart. Pair with fruit-based flans. Riesling Spätlese food pairings: spice cake, crème brûlée, fruit-based desserts, pastries.. Drink: 2013 - 2019 949966 13% S 750 mL $43.00 Score: 93/100. November 2015. Top Rated Dessert Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Red Wine

Château Rahoul Alain Thiénot, Prop. Meritage 2010, A.C., Graves, Bordeaux, France: Glorious richness and balance in this full-bodied, complex and concentrated Bordeaux at a bargain price (for Bordeaux). Fleshy black fruit wrapped gently in a toasty oak blanket. Long finish. Great for dinner parties and hostess gifts. Drink: 2013 - 2018 226043 13% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 92/100. November 2015. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Batasiolo Benito Langhe Rosso 2012, Piedmont, Italy: A smooth, medium-bodied Italian red wine with attractive plum and berry notes. This red wine is a blend of Dolcetto, Barbera and Nebbiolo grapes, each of which contribute different flavours and complexity to the wine: Dolcetto d'Alba offers ripe fruit, Barbera d'Alba brings balancing acidity for food and Langhe Nebbiolo imparts tannin for structure. Enjoy with a prime rib. Drink: 2015 - 2018 981019 13% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 87/100. November 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Boutari Grande Reserve Xinomavro 2008, Naoussa, Greece: Boutari was founded in Naoussa region of Greece back in 1879. This is the Xinomavro grape that makes this particular wine. Serve at 18 degrees with meats and cheeses. Juicy with attractive mouth-watering acidity with savoury notes of dried herbs and red and black fruit. Elegant wine for many dishes. Really worth trying. Great price. Some spice and smoke on the finish. Drink: 2013 - 2016 140111 12.5% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 90/100. November 2015. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Gérard Bertrand Terroir Fitou 2011, Midi A.C., France: Juicy-delicious, absolutely wonderful aromas and flavours of fleshy black jam, blackberry pie and some smoke. This is a dry, full-bodied wine but the riot of aromas are amazing. Food pairings: grilled pork chops, rack of BBQ ribs, veal Porterhouse, grilled lamb, lentil dishes. Drink: 2015 - 2020 403683 14.5% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 92/100. November 2015. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Teyssier 2010, Montagne Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux A.C., France: A classic Bordeaux that superbly balanced and elegant. The 2010 vintage was a spectacular one for Bordeaux, so this is bargain-priced for that quality. Snap it up! Aromas of blackcurrant, cassis and smoke. Great cellar candidate though it's drinking well now. Nice finish. Great with steak. Food pairings: steak. Drink: 2014 - 2020 226035 14% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 92/100. November 2015. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ruffino Greppone Mazzi Brunello Di Montalcino 2008, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: Gorgeous aromas of earth and black fruit on the nose of this robust Italian red wine made from 100% Sangiovese grapes. Lots of layers and complexity on the palate. Very versatile with food, from grilled meats to pasta. High Recommended. Drink: 2015 - 2021 926402 13.5% XD 750 mL $49.95 Score: 91/100. November 2015. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Quintarelli Primofiore 2011, Veneto I.G.T., Italy: Almost mature Bordeaux in its complexity and that weird but attractive Band-Aid aroma that probably comes from the oak barrels. Mature beyond its year with lovely aromas of tanned leather, tobacco leaves and smoke. Contemplative wine: just don't think about how much you paid for it. Pair with juicy lamb. Drink: 2014 - 2020 20867 14% D 750 mL $64.95 Score: 93/100. November 2015. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Trivento Amado Sur Malbec Bonarda Syrah 2012, Mendoza, Argentina: This Argentine wine was matured for a year in oak. Bursting with aromas of black fruit, smoke and tar. This wine needs cellar time and decanting of 2 hours. Pencil led and black fruit on the finish. Try it with hearty meat dishes. Malbec Bonarda Syrah food pairings: roast beef, pork tenderloin, lamb cutlets.. Drink: 2015 - 2018 37036 14% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 89/100. November 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Morgante Don Antonio Nero D'avola 2011, Sicily I.G.T., Italy: A full-bodied, fleshy black, deeply flavoured southern Italian red wine made from Nero d'Avola grapes by Don Antonio. Pair with grilled meats. Nero D'avola food pairings: slow-roasted rump roast.. Drink: 2014 - 2018 51789 14% XD 750 mL $39.95 Score: 90/100. November 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Giordano Primitivo Di Manduria 2013, Puglia D.O.C., Italy: Aromas of big juicy purple plums and blueberries and mocha on this Italian blockbuster, and very Zinfandel-like, which makes sense given the grape's connection to Primitivo. A supple and full-bodied red wine with a good-natured heart of hedonism. Perfect for casual dinner parties with people you like. The vines are trained for low yields to ensure concentrated flavour. Intensely packed with dark fruit flavour and dark chocolate. Pair with wild and grilled meats and spicy cheeses. Primitivo Di Manduria food pairings: grilled hot Italian sausages, barbecued ribs, chicken wing, hamburgers with relish, game.. Drink: 2015 - 2018 51797 14% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 92/100. November 2015. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Howling Moon Old Vine Zinfandel 2012, Lodi, California, United States: A full-bodied, juicy, mouth-watering Californian Zinfandel with aromas and flavours of purple and black plums. Some blueberry jam on the finish. Pair with meat lovers' pizza. Zinfandel food pairings: cheese pizza, roasted stuffed turkey, aged cheddar, grilled lamb loin.. Drink: 2014 - 2018 57356 13.5% D 750 mL $22.95 Score: 89/100. November 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Emiliana Coyam 2011, Colchagua Valley, Chile: This beautifully structured, full-bodied Chilean red wine offers complex aromas of pencil led, smoke, cassis, wild blackberry and wild violets. Superbly balanced with great structure. Pair with rare filet mignon. Drink: 2014 - 2018 63891 14.5% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 92/100. November 2015. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Giacomo Mori Chianti 2012, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: A full-bodied, savoury, robust Italian red wine with lots of mouth-watering acidity for pasta in tomato sauce. Dried herbs and sun-dried tomato on the finish. Drink: 2015 - 2019 68858 13% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 88/100. November 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Poggio Verrano Dròmos Francesco Bolla 2005, Maremma, Tuscany I.G.T., Italy: What a beautiful and artistic expression of the Maremma region in the heart of Tuscany! This red wine blend is extraordinary on length, depth, complexity and flavour. This will do well in the cellar, but it's also drinking nicely now. I know that I can't wait ;) Pair with hearty meat dishes and sauces. Drink: 2014 - 2019 107383 14% XD 750 mL $39.95 Score: 94/100. November 2015. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Barista Pinotage 2014, Western Cape W.O., South Africa: This supple South African red wine features coffee espresso on the nose and palate from the toasty oak aging. Lovely smoky richness and layering of dark fruit flavours. Looking for a breakfast wine? Okay, maybe not. But if you love espresso and coffee wafting from your glass, give this wine a try. This South African Pinotage is one of the Bertus 'Starbucks' Fourie coffee style wines. This wine is Certified for Integrity & Sustainability by the South African Wine and Spirit Board. Some black raspberry and mocha on the finish. Great price. Pair with (what else?) coffee-rubbed steak. Pinotage food pairings: biscotti, blackened lamb burgers, smoked cheese, braised beef in a Porter reduction.. Drink: 2015 - 2017 172585 13.5% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 90/100. November 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Decoy Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Sonoma County, California, United States: A robust Californian Cabernet has excellent structure and firm tannins. This baby needs cellar time then decant 1-2 hours and pair with rare meats. Aromas of cassis and black currant. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: veal chops, rosemary lamb, barbecued ribs in sauce, strong cheese.. Drink: 2016 - 2020 186171 13.9% D 750 mL $35.95 Score: 90/100. November 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Speri Vigneto Monte Sant'urbano Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico 2010, Veneto D.O.C.G., Italy: Gorgeous, seductive nose of fleshy black and purple plums that opens to an expansive, mouth-filling luscious textured palate of blackberry and smoke. Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico food pairings: polenta dishes, pasta with a tomato sauce, roasted venison, beef stew.. Drink: 2014 - 2022 205294 15% D 750 mL $74.95 Score: 95/100. November 2015. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

San Pedro Carmenere 2013, Maule Valley, Chile: Wow, this single vineyard Carmenere rocks! Carmenere is arguably the flagship red wine of Chile. It has it all: concentrated, rich black fruit flavours and depth, yet it's supple and smooth with a long finish. Velvet on the palate, lingering in the mind. The wines from San Pedro's 1865 line come from its own vineyard planted with a specific variety. The Carmenere comes from the winery's property in the Maule Valley, with rolling hillside vineyards averaging 20 years of age and planted in alluvial soil with angular stones to control plant vigour. This robust red wine finishes with notes of cassis and dried tobacco. Great balance and depth. Try it with a rack of lamb tonight. Highly recommended. Carmenere food pairings: venison, ratatouille, rabbit stew, bison steaks. Drink: 2015 - 2018 249201 14.5% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 93/100. November 2015. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Koyle Royale Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, Colchagua Valley, Chile: A rugged, robust, cedary Chilean red wine with mouth-watering aromas of wild blackberries. Very clean with a nice finish. Great balance. Pair with pork chops. Decant 2 hours. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: lamb Bolognese, grilled New York strip loin, barbecued ribs in sauce, hamburger, hard cheese.. Drink: 2015 - 2018 255760 13.5% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 91/100. November 2015. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cade Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Napa Valley, California, United States: Mocha and dark chocolate nose of this classic Napa Valley red wine from oak aging. Surprisingly smooth and supple on the palate. Pair this wine with a rare filet mignon. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: grilled New York strip loin, hamburger, hard cheese, grilled lamb chops, Asian chicken salad.. Drink: 2015 - 2019 296509 14.5% XD 750 mL $103.95 Score: 91/100. November 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Don Jacobo Reserva Bodegas Corral 2005, Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain: Savoury dried herbs and tanned leather on the nose of this mature Spanish red wine, along with dried red fruit and smoke. Very attractive and drinking at its peak if you love mature wines like I do. Pair with a savoury, juicy lamb dish garnished with rosemary. Food pairings: turkey stuffed and roasted.. Drink: 2013 - 2017 313270 13.5% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 89/100. November 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Versado Reserva Ancient Malbec 2011, Mendoza, Argentina: Another gorgeous red wine from Versado - this wine and winemaker perform consistently well every year. Aromas of fleshy black fruit, dried herbs, spices and pepper. Pair with grilled lamb. Malbec food pairings: roasted veal, hearty soups, roasted duck breast, hamburger.. Drink: 2015 - 2020 316984 14.2% D 750 mL $59.95 Score: 93/100. November 2015. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Clos Du Val Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Napa Valley, California, United States: A solid Californian Cabernet that shows well every year. Aromas of cassis and blackcurrant with toasty oak. Pair with a pepper steak. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: strong cheeses, barbecued steak, grilled lamb chops, Margherita pizza.. Drink: 2014 - 2018 325779 13.5% XD 750 mL $53.95 Score: 88/100. November 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Masi Riserva Costasera Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico 2009, Veneto D.O.C., Italy: Lots of mocha, coffee-espresso and black fleshy fruit on the nose and palate of this towering, huge Italian red wine. Pair with T-Rex burgers. Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico food pairings: leg of lamb, cheese, venison stew, hearty lasagna.. Drink: 2015 - 2022 348037 15.5% D 1500 mL $149.95 Score: 92/100. November 2015. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Torres Altos Ibéricos Crianza 2012, Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain: A superb Spanish red wine, especially at this price point! Full-bodied, rich and layered with aromas of black fruit, dark spice, earth and toast. Pair with game meats. Drink: 2014 - 2018 381046 14% D 750 mL $16.95 Score: 91/100. November 2015. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rustenberg Buzzard Kloof Syrah 2010, Stellenbosch W.O., South Africa: A full-bodied, smoky South African red wine with aromas of cassis and black currant. Finishes with woodsmoke and dark spice. Pair with prime rib. Syrah food pairings: game meats, rare roast beef, spice-braised lamb, hamburger.. Drink: 2013 - 2017 414151 14.5% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 90/100. November 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Penfolds Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, South Australia, Australia: A hallway breeze of minty cool rushes out of the glass, then you open the door to fleshy black fruit on the palate and a lovely long finish. Full-bodied, smooth. This is a flagship wine for Australia, from a master producer. Great complexity, balance, structure and depth. It will do well in the cellar, but I challenge you to wait as it's terrific now! The Cabernet Sauvignon grapes for this robust Australian red wine grow in the McLaren Vale, Barossa Valley, Robe, Coonawarra, Wrattonbully, Padthaway and Langhorne Creek. The 2012 Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon has polished tannins. The wine was aged in 30% new French oak barrels and remainder, in American oak barrels, of which 20% is new. Decant 1-2 hours. Try it tonight with rare filet mignon. Highly recommended. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: filet mignon, pork tenderloin, pizza, pasta, hard cheese. Drink: 2015 - 2021 414987 14% XD 750 mL $59.95 Score: 93/100. November 2015. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Bodegas Lan Crianza 2011, Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain: A full-bodied Spanish red wine with notes of dried herbs, tanned leather, cigar box and smoke. Smooth texture with a good finish. Pair with a rare steak. Food pairings: rare roast beef, lamb chops, smoked cheese, pan-seared venison.. Drink: 2014 - 2017 424531 13.5% XD 1500 mL $29.95 Score: 88/100. November 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tedeschi Capitel San Rocco Ripasso Valpolicella Superiore 2013, Veneto D.O.C., Italy: A full-bodied, relatively smooth Italian red wine with aromas and flavours of dark red fruit and some smoke. Good acidity for tomato sauce. Drink: 2014 - 2018 424549 14.5% XD 1500 mL $44.95 Score: 87/100. November 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Magnol 2010, Haut-Médoc, Bordeaux A.C., France: Black fleshy fruit and lots of toasty oak and mocha on the nose of this full-bodied French red wine. Good value, especially for a magnum bottle. Pair with a rare steak. Drink: 2015 - 2020 424598 13.5% XD 1500 mL $47.95 Score: 89/100. November 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Meiomi Monterey, Santa Barbara, Sonoma Pinot Noir 2013, California, United States: Lovely fleshy ripe cherries and black raspberry on the nose and palate of this luscious red wine. Nice balancing acidity with fleshy black cherry. Supple, smooth, silky, seductive come hither Californian Pinot Noir. Pair with hamburgers and sweet relish or salsa. Pinot Noir food pairings: veal scaloppini, grilled salmon, beef carpaccio, tourtière.. Drink: 2015 - 2019 429977 13% D 1500 mL $26.50 Score: 92/100. November 2015. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

d'Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz 2010, Mclaren Vale, South Australia, Australia: A savoury, juicy, darkly rich Australian red wine made from Shiraz grapes. Aromas of dark spicy, blackberry, anise and pepper. Pair with gourmet hamburgers. Shiraz food pairings: lamb cutlets, hamburgers, espresso and cocoa-rubbed flank steak, black bean soup.. Drink: 2014 - 2018 430512 14% XD 750 mL $54.95 Score: 93/100. November 2015. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Shirvington Shiraz 2009, Mclaren Vale, South Australia, Australia: A deep, rich, mature Australian Shiraz: this is absolutely fascinating to taste a well-aged Aussie wine that has mature aromas of tanned leather and dried herbs yet doesn't taste dried out or past peak. Finishes with sandalwood smoke, dark spice and cedar brush. Try it and compare to a younger vintage of this wine or another Australian Shiraz - again fascinating. Shiraz food pairings: game meats, rare roast beef, spice-braised lamb, Muscovy duck.. Drink: 2014 - 2018 430629 15% XD 750 mL $56.95 Score: 94/100. November 2015. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Francis Ford Coppola Archimedes Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California, United States: A chalk dry, full-bodied Californian red wine with firm tannins. Aromas of dried herbs, blackcurrant and cassis with pepper. Pair with prime rib and star gazing. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: barbecued steak, grilled lamb chops, Asian chicken salad, pork tenderloin.. Drink: 2015 - 2018 431825 14.5% XD 750 mL $77.95 Score: 89/100. November 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Napa Valley, California, United States: A solid, well-crafted and firmly tannic Californian Cabernet that needs cellar time and then decant for 1-2 hours and pair with a rare filet mignon. Aromas of cassis, blackcurrant and dark spice. Highly recommended. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: lamb Bolognese, grilled New York strip loin, pork tenderloin, barbecued ribs in sauce.. Drink: 2017 - 2022 435131 15% XD 1500 mL $70.95 Score: 92/100. November 2015. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

St. Hallett Blackwell Shiraz 2012, Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia: A full-bodied, richly concentrated Australian red wine with luscious aromas and flavours of fleshy black plum, blackberries and dark spice. Finishes with cracked black pepper. Pair with grilled steak. Shiraz food pairings: lamb cutlets, hamburgers, marinated pepper steaks, pizza.. Drink: 2014 - 2018 535104 14.5% D 750 mL $39.95 Score: 90/100. November 2015. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Masi Campolongo Di Torbe Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico 2009, Veneto D.O.C.G., Italy: Mocha and dark chocolate with dark spice on this robust Italian red wine made from the Appassimento method of drying the grapes for great concentration of flavour. Pair with grilled meats. Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico food pairings: pasta with a tomato sauce, roasted venison, beef and veggie stew, leg of lamb.. Drink: 2015 - 2022 548677 16% D 750 mL $101.95 Score: 91/100. November 2015. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Collection Blue Label Merlot 2013, California, United States: Smoky, dark and brooding Californian red wine like winemaker (and director) Francis Coppola's Dracula movie. Full-bodied and smooth with black plums and toasty oak. Pair this wine with grilled pork chops and movie night. Merlot food pairings: Applewood smoked cheddar, gourmet burgers.. Drink: 2015 - 2018 595686 13% D 750 mL $24.95 Score: 90/100. November 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cloudy Bay Vineyards Ltd Pinot Noir 2013, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: This medium-bodied New Zealand red wine is satin smooth and tickles the senses. Juicy, fleshy bright cherries and dark chocolate dance across your senses with this pinot noir. Ultra-supple and sensuous. Amazingly great price for a flagship wine. Cloudy Bay put New Zealand on the wine map for its Sauvignon Blanc, but this Pinot Noir holds its own and deserves its own shining place in the wine world. Please make me some seared tuna and top up my glass. Pinot noir is New Zealand's benchmark red wine and it shows why in this wine. Highly recommended. Pinot Noir food pairings: planked salmon, roast beef, turkey, pork tenderloin, coq au vin.. Drink: 2015 - 2019 598813 13% XD 750 mL $44.95 Score: 93/100. November 2015. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mazzei Badiola 2013, Tuscany I.G.T., Italy: Soft and plush Italian red wine that's medium- to almost full-bodied. Fleshy black plums and berry aromas on the nose and palate of this Sangiovese-based wine. Nice aperitif or companion to pork tenderloin. Food pairings: braised pork shoulder in Chianti sauce, slow-roasted lamb shank.. Drink: 2015 - 2018 662197 13% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 90/100. November 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Croze De Pys Prestige Malbec 2010, Cahors, Midi Southwest A.C., France: A rich, full-bodied southern French red with black fruit and smoke aromas. This wine is a blend of Malbec and Merlot grapes, from a family who has been growing vines since 1773 in this region. This red displays that history with lots of heft, concentration and depth. It finishes with some pepper and smoke. I'd drink it with brisket or prime rib. Produced by Domaines Roche, and located in the heart of the Cahors region of southern France. Pair with meaty ravioli or a thick minestrone soup. Malbec food pairings: hamburgers, pizza, Irish stew, hodge podge, spaghetti and meat balls.. Drink: 2015 - 2018 681668 13% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 90/100. November 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Travaglini Gattinara Gattinara 2009, Piedmont D.O.C.G., Italy: If you like Barolo, try this one as it's also made from the Nebbiolo grape. This seductive, robust Italian red wine is still quite tannic with tarry black fruit and violets, so it needs cellar time. Decant 2 hours. Try it with a rack of lamb. Food pairings: beef, mushroom risotto, gorgonzola.. Drink: 2015 - 2021 713354 13.5% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 88/100. November 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

La Crema Pinot Noir 2013, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California, United States: This classic Californian red wine is pure liquid satin in the glass! Black cherry seduction with mouth-watering yearning for more. Complex with layered of dark berries that intermingle with a judicious use of oak. Cherry and raspberry jam on the midpalate: rich and delicious. Drink now or save for a few years: you have the luxury of that choice with this wine. Pair with holiday turkey. The grapes for this full-bodied red wine are grown in Sonoma's Russian River Valley appellation. Highly recommended. Pinot Noir food pairings: grilled radicchio , zucchini frittata, seared tuna, barbecued duck, veggie mushroom burger.. Drink: 2015 - 2019 154442 14.5% XD 750 mL $45.95 Score: 93/100. November 2015. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

John Glaetzer John's Blend Margarete's Shiraz 2010, Langhorne Creek, South Australia, Australia: Dark fruit and mint aromas on the nose of this benchmark Australian red wine that are engulfed by a flood of fleshy blackberries aromas and flavours on the palate. Quite a pleasant sensation. Full-bodied and luscious Shiraz. Supple with a long finish. This wine would be terrific with hearty meat dishes. A toasty finish. Shiraz food pairings: goose, black bean soup, pork with soy, pot roast, grilled tuna.. Drink: 2015 - 2018 927657 14.5% XD 750 mL $39.95 Score: 94/100. November 2015. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

d'Arenberg The High Trellis Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Mclaren Vale, South Australia, Australia: Juicy, savoury and delicious Australian red wine with black fruit and cedar aromas. Smooth and long. The result is an intensely concentrated Cab that finishes with terrific notes of vanilla smoke, chocolate and black fruits. Pair this hearty red wine with grilled meats. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: hamburgers, steak, hearty meat dishes, hard cheese.. Drink: 2015 - 2018 943456 14.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 92/100. November 2015. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Du Vieux Lazaret 2012, Châteauneuf-Du-Pape, Rhône A.C., France: A savoury, rich, full-bodied southern French red wine with mouth-watering flavours of black cherry and dried herbs. Lovely texture, mouth-filling and smooth. Great value for the price. Pair with roast beef. Drink: 2015 - 2020 957266 14.5% XD 1500 mL $45.25 Score: 90/100. November 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Marqués de Cáceres Gran Reserva Tempranillo 2008, Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain: Traditional, classic and savoury Spanish red wine, with aromas of leather, dried herbs and red earth dust. Smoky and earthy, not fruit-forward. Full-bodied, smooth and mouth-watering. Great food wine. Decant for 1 hour. This robust Spanish red wine finishes with clove, dark spice and vanilla smoke. Pair with rack of lamb. Tempranillo food pairings: herbed steaks, portobello mushroom, chili, soup, Papas con chorizo.. Drink: 2015 - 2019 976670 13.5% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 89/100. November 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Alvaro Palacios Velles Vinyes Les Terrasses 2013, Priorat D.O.C.A., Spain: A robust, rustic Spanish red wine with meaty notes of smoked bacon, wild blackberry and anise. Layers and luscious with dark concentrated depths of flavour. Pair with grilled meats. Highly recommended. Drink: 2015 - 2019 977843 14.5% XD 750 mL $46.95 Score: 93/100. November 2015. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cline Cellars Big Break Vineyard Zinfandel 2012, Contra Costa County, Central Coast, California, United States: A blockbuster, huge Zinfandel clocking in at 16% alcohol. Juicy, mouth-watering with big fleshy purple and black plums and blueberry jam. Perfect for BBQ meats. Zinfandel food pairings: aged cheddar, grilled lamb loin, grilled duck breast, Italian sausage burgers.. Drink: 2014 - 2018 985176 16% XD 750 mL $37.95 Score: 90/100. November 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Pirramimma Shiraz 2013, Mclaren Vale, South Australia, Australia: A vibrant, peppery Australian red wine with a black plum mantle and warming shawl of mouth-filling flavour. The superb 2013 vintage was ideal for ripening Shiraz. The grapes were selected from vineyards such as War Horse, Johnson Prolific, Bellevue and Bullrush. Finishes with vanilla bean and black pepper. Try with a rack of lamb. Shiraz food pairings: grilled back ribs with a rich sauce, marinated steaks, dark chocolate, lamb, salmon.. Drink: 2015 - 2018 987784 14% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 93/100. November 2015. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sparkling Wine

Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards Méthode Traditionnelle Blanc De Blancs, Carneros, California, United States: Luscious, creamy and full-bodied Californian sparkling wine made using the traditional methods and grape of Champagne to create a Blanc de Blancs (white wine from white grapes) - Chardonnay. Pair with fried chicken. Blanc De Blancs food pairings: pulled pork sammies, grilled meats in a black bean sauce, chili, lamb stew.. Drink: 2014 - 2018 223792 12.5% D 750 mL $34.95 Score: 90/100. November 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Vintage Rosé Champagne 2004, Champagne A.C., France: Supremely satisfying and lovely... just like Mom. Hint. Gorgeous notes of field strawberry and some subtle smoke on a long, refreshing finish. Mouth-watering and crisp with some orange citrus lift on the mid-palate. Some kind of wonderful. Pair with shellfish. Rosé Champagne food pairings: turkey sandwiches, veal tenderloin, light fruit pastries.. Drink: 2015 - 2018 588475 12% D 750 mL $102.95 Score: 96/100. November 2015. Top Rated Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

Closson Chase Closson Chase Vineyard Chardonnay 2013, Prince Edward County, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A remarkable Ontario Chardonnay from a remarkable producer. Rich and full-bodied, yet balanced with great finesse. Honey-gold apple and toasty oak aromas. Long finish. Pair with roasted chicken. Chardonnay food pairings: ravioli served with Alfredo sauce, lobster in butter sauce, fish tacos, gougère.. Drink: 2014 - 2019 148866 12.8% D 750 mL $27.95 Score: 94/100. November 2015. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Flowers Chardonnay 2013, Sonoma Coast, California, United States: Lovely mouth-watering juiciness with green apple brightness on this terrific Californian white wine, and just a kiss of toasty buttery oak. Lovely lanolin richness on this classic Californian Chardonnay. The 2013 vintage of this Chardonnay from the cool Sonoma Coast has a racy vibrancy. Superb balance. Super food friendly. Pair with roast turkey or chicken. Chardonnay food pairings: grilled pork chops, stuffed chicken breast, beef bourguignon, cheese.. Drink: 2015 - 2019 215210 13.5% XD 750 mL $64.95 Score: 91/100. November 2015. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Santa Margherita Impronta Del Fondatore Pinot Grigio 2014, Alto Adige, Trentino D.O.C., Italy: This zesty Italian white wine is fresh, clean and crisp with white peach notes. Medium-bodied with lime lift on the finish. Great aperitif. Try this medium-bodied white wine with balsamic grilled radicchio, basil pesto or zucchini and red onion frittata. Pinot Grigio food pairings: pasta in a garlic sauce, avocado and papaya salad.. Drink: 2015 - 2017 231258 13.5% XD 750 mL $21.95 Score: 90/100. November 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

MacMurray Ranch Chardonnay 2013, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California, United States: A full-bodied, luscious Californian Chardonnay with notes of butterscotch, golden apple and pear. Finishes with baking spice. Pair with roasted turkey. Chardonnay food pairings: pasta with tomato sauce, pork tenderloin, lobster in butter sauce, grilled seafood.. Drink: 2014 - 2018 262063 13.9% D 750 mL $21.95 Score: 91/100. November 2015. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

La Chablisienne Montmains Chablis 2012, Burgundy A.C., France: Crisp, clean with lots of racy acidity with lime and grapefruit notes. No oak on this northern Burgundian Chardonnay. Perfect for seafood and shellfish. Drink: 2014 - 2018 265090 13% D 750 mL $32.95 Score: 90/100. November 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Reif Estate Winery Reserve Gewürztraminer 2013, Niagara River, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A floral, zesty Niagara Gewurztraminer with attractive aromas of white peach, baking spice and lychee on the palate. Very Alsatian in style and elegance. Finishes with rosewater notes. Pair with Asian dishes. Gewürztraminer food pairings: baked ham, panko crusted chicken, light flavoured seafood dishes, pork tenderloin.. Drink: 2014 - 2018 360255 13% D 750 mL $18.95 Score: 89/100. November 2015. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Casa Silva Cool Coast Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Colchagua Valley, Chile: A grassy, herbal, zesty Chilean Sauvignon Blanc with lots of mouth-watering acidity. Good price for this quality. Finishes with lime and green apple. Pair with spinach quiche. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: oysters on the half shell, fresh tomato and basil salad, pan-fried freshwater fish, Asian dishes.. Drink: 2013 - 2016 419812 13% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 89/100. November 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Jost Vineyards 2014, Nova Scotia Tidal Bay, Canada: An aromatic, floral, off-dry white wine from Nova Scotia's largest winery. This drinks well as a chilled aperitif or companion to shellfish. Finishes with clementine and spice notes. Drink: 2014 - 2016 431783 11% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 89/100. November 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc 2014, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: A grassy, herbal Sauvignon Blanc with an acidic attack on the palate. Mouth-puckering white grapefruit and lime on the palate. Pair with salads. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: chicken and sage skewers, Thai green curry fish, steamed mussels, pasta primavera.. Drink: 2014 - 2016 677450 13.5% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 87/100. November 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Louis Jadot Pouilly-Fuissé 2013, Burgundy A.C., France: A classic Old World Burgundian white wine made from Chardonnay grapes. The wine was aged in oak barrels. Aromas of peach, pear, green apple, vanilla spice, smoke and toasty oak. Good acidity on the palate. Pair with roast chicken. Pouilly-Fuissé food pairings: fish and chips, pork chops with maple glaze, roasted turkey breast, breaded scallops.. Drink: 2014 - 2019 732917 13% D 750 mL $34.95 Score: 89/100. November 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Catena Chardonnay 2014, Mendoza, Argentina: A full-bodied Argentine white wine made with Chardonnay grapes that has been oak aged. Aromas of green apple and vanilla spice. Pair with roast chicken. Chardonnay food pairings: roasted stuffed chicken, seared scallops, pasta with tomato sauce, fish and chips.. Drink: 2014 - 2017 918805 14% D 750 mL $18.95 Score: 88/100. November 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Lanzerac Chardonnay 2013, Stellenbosch W.O., South Africa: White peach and baked bread on the nose of this South African white wine from toasty oak aging and balanced fruit maturation. Good tension here. Full-bodied and tasty. Excellent price. Finishes with ginger, clover and citrus. This full-bodied Chardonnay was barrel fermented and aged in French oak for 11 months. Serve chilled at 12-14oC. Lots of green apple and baked bread aromas in this luscious Chardonnay. Pair with roasted chicken. Chardonnay food pairings: grilled pork chops, stuffed chicken breast, beef bourguignon, cheese.. Drink: 2015 - 2017 971929 12.2% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 89/100. November 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Flat Rock Cellars Unplugged Chardonnay 2013, Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Clean, crisp and fresh, this unoaked (therefore "unplugged") Niagara chardonnay shows how good a cool-climate chardonnay can be. Chardonnay food pairings: lobster in butter sauce, roasted stuffed chicken, pork chops. Drink: 2013 - 2016 68015 13% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 87/100. November 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


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