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Vintages Release January 31, 2016

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Dessert Wine

Lenz Moser Prestige Trockenbeerenauslese 2012, Prädikatswein, Burgenland, Austria: A lovely dessert wine that’s complex and endless on the finish. Aromas of apricot and peach preserves with that distinctive note that botrytis adds. Gorgeous rich golden hue in the glass. Finishes with notes of marmalade and honey blossom. Pair with fruit flans and cobblers. Food pairings: spice cake, crème brûlée, fruit-based desserts, pastries, fresh field berries in cream. Drink: 2013 - 2022 729657 11% MS 375 mL $20.95 Score: 96/100. January 2016. Top Rated Dessert Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Other Wines/Drinks

Maverick Estate Winery Espresso Tag No. 5 Vodka, Oakville, Ontario, Canada: Coffee with a kick-- now this is how mornings should start. Kidding. This is stunningly tasty coffee-flavoured vodka. Great after-dinner sipper that will finish off the night (and you) just right. Pair with biscotti. Drink: 2015 - 2025 149567 35% S 750 mL $26.35 Score: 90/100. January 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Red Wine

Southbrook Vineyards Seriously Cool Red 2012, Niagara-On-The-Lake, V.Q.A., Ontario, Canada: Juicy, round, smooth and ripe with lip-smacking delicious flavours of fleshy ripe black and purple plums. This is so tasty that you'll be tempted not to have food with it, but try a meat lovers' pizza. This wine is made using sustainable viticultural methods. Food pairings: dried meat platters, steak frites, duck confit, pizza and pasta with red sauce. Drink: 2016 - 2020 453639 12.9% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 89/100. January 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Gabbiano Chianti 2014, Tuscany Docg, Italy: Savoury and juicy with attractive sour cherry notes. Supple and smooth and full-bodied. There's a lot to love in this wine. Racy acidity means this wine will dance with tomato sauce dishes, including pasta. Chianti food pairings: pastas with mushroom sauce, aromatized white meat, roast lamb, or half-mature cheese.. Drink: 2014 - 2019 78006 12% XD 750 mL $13.95 Score: 90/100. January 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Castello Di Gabbiano Chianti Classico 2013, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: Racy and ripe with lots of juicy mouth-watering action on the palate for pasta in tomato sauce or pizza. Aromas of tart dark berries and smoke. Decant 1 hour. Great value. Chianti Classico food pairings: pizza, sausages, lasagna. Drink: 2014 - 2019 219808 13% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 89/100. January 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Corona Del Aragon Reserva 2008, Aragon, Spain: A bone-dry Spanish red wine blend of Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Garnacha and Carinena grapes. Smoky, earthy, not fruit forward. Pair with lamb. Drink: 2014 - 2018 13% D 750 mL Score: 87/100. January 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Errazuriz Max Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Aconcagua Valley, Chile: Terrific lusciousness on the nose and palate of this robust Argentine Cabernet. The Max Reserva line of wines delvers extraordinary value. The 2014 vintage offers aromas of ripe black plum and cassis. Pair with a pepper steak. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: rack of lamb, grilled pork tenderloin. Drink: 2015 - 2019 335174 14% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 91/100. January 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Peninsula Ridge Estates Winery Cabernet Merlot 2013, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A pleasant, full-bodied, smooth Niagara red wine blend of Cabernet and Merlot grapes. Aromas of sour black cherry and spice. Pair with grilled chicken. Drink: 2015 - 2018 261305 13% D 750 mL $14.95 Score: 87/100. January 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Diemersfontein Pinotage 2014, Wellington W.O., South Africa: Classic coffeed nose and palate of this delicious South African Pinotage. Smoky and juicy with espresso and mocha. That's how it's supposed to smell and taste. Dry and mouth-watering. Pair with coffee-rubbed or marinated beef. Pinotage food pairings: meat topped pizza, blackened lamb burgers, quail, smoked cheese. Drink: 2014 - 2018 956409 14% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 90/100. January 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Southbrook Vineyards Triomphe Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Savoury, juicy and ultra-delicious, this Cabernet is extremely aromatic and enticing with notes of fleshy ripe blackberry and black plum. Mouth-watering and lip-smacking good. Smooth and supple on the palate with a long finish. The bonus? This is an organic wine. Pair with free range beef. Drink: 2016 - 2021 193573 12.6% D 750 mL $22.95 Score: 91/100. January 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Magnotta Winery Limited Edition Shiraz 2013, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A robust Ontario Shiraz with purple and black plum aromas and flavours and lots of toasty oak. Pair with grilled pork chops. Drink: 2013 - 2017 13.3% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 88/100. January 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cave Spring Cellars La Penna 2010, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A full-bodied, balanced red wine blend of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvingnon grapes. The winery uses the Italian, Veneto appassimento method of drying the grapes to concentrate the flavour. The wine is then matured for 3 years in oak barrels. Lots of dark fruit and toasty oak aromas. Pair with a rare steak for maximum pleasure. Drink: 2014 - 2019 224303 14% XD 750 mL $39.95 Score: 90/100. January 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Concha Y Toro Marques De Casa Concha Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Maipo Valley, Chile: Herbal with some bell pepper but very tasty. Fleshy black plums and blackberries. Smooth and layered. Perfect for grilled lamb. Great price for this quality! Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: lamb Bolognese, grilled New York strip loin, hard cheese, braised pork shanks, veal chops. Drink: 2014 - 2018 337238 14% XD 750 mL $21.95 Score: 90/100. January 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Colio Estate Wines Hat Trick NHL Alumni Cabernet Merlot 2014, Harrow, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Smoky and savoury with mouth-watering, juicy black fruit flavours wrapped in attractive toasty oak. Great value here for the money. First there was Wayne Gretzky then Doug Gilmour of the Maple Leafs with their own wines. Now here's one for the whole gang. Pair with game tacos and burgers. Drink: 2014 - 2017 424663 13% D 750 mL $14.95 Score: 88/100. January 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

In Situ Viña San Esteban Carmenere 2012, Aconcagua Valley, Chile: Outstanding wine for the money! Produced by San Esteban, this robust Chilean red wine comes from the winery's Winemakers Selection. It offers aromas of cassis and cedar with full-bodied richness. This wine is named after the river that divides it in half. The region of Aconcagua in Chile is extremely warm and dry, ideal for ripening rich, full-bodied red wines. It's supple and layered on the palate, like liquid velvet. I'd drink this wine with hearty meat dishes. Carmenere food pairings: pork tenderloin. Drink: 2015 - 2017 37952 14.5% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 88/100. January 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Concha Y Toro Marques De Casa Concha Pinot Noir 2013, Limarí Valley, Chile: Smooth, supple and seductive Chilean Pinot Noir with bright cherry-berry aromas and flavours. Sweet fleshy ripe fruit on the palate and finish along with baking spices. Pair with grilled salmon. Pinot Noir food pairings: lamb kabobs, venison burgers, coq au vin, grilled salmon.. Drink: 2015 - 2018 301424 14% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. January 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Napa Valley, California, United States: Distinguished, balanced and elegant Californian Cabernet. This will do well in the cellar given its terrific structure. Pair with a rare steak. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: lamb Bolognese, grilled New York strip loin, hard cheese, braised pork shanks, veal chops. Drink: 2015 - 2019 255513 14% D 750 mL $34.95 Score: 91/100. January 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ravenswood Old Vine Zinfandel 2013, Lodi, California, United States: A juicy, full-bodied Californian Zinfandel with generous aromas and flavours of black plums and blackberries. Pair with a pepper steak. Drink: 2013 - 2019 942599 14.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. January 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Jean León 3055 Merlot Petit Verdot 2014, Penedès D.O., Spain: A savoury, juicy, full-bodied Spanish red wine with seductive aromas of black chary, plum, dark spice and a kick of anise. Smooth and supple, this wine knows how to please your taste buds. Pair with roast beef or brisket. Drink: 2015 - 2018 437699 14% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 90/100. January 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Terra D'uro Finca La Rana Toro 2011, Toro D.O., Spain: Although the alcohol is high, this is a medium-bodied red wine with juicy acidity and lots of tart black cherry. Perfect for tomato sauce. Drink: 2012 - 2018 424135 14.5% D 750 mL $17.00 Score: 89/100. January 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Don't Hesitate Shiraz 2013, Mclaren Vale, South Australia, Australia: Charred black fruit with lots of toasty oak and mocha on the nose and palate. Pair with brontosaurus burgers. Shiraz food pairings: lamb cutlets, hamburgers, game meats, rare roast beef. 434159 14% XD 750 mL $17.00 Score: 88/100. January 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Terrazas De Los Andes Reserva Malbec 2013, Mendoza, Argentina: A rich, luscious, full-bodied Argentine Malbec with classic aromas of fleshy ripe black plum and mulberry. Some dark spice on the finish which is long and satisfying. A meaty, savoury mid-palate with a strong core of minerality. Pair with a rare filet mignon. Malbec food pairings: chicken herb-rubbed roast, hamburger, roasted veal, sausages. Drink: 2014 - 2018 29280 14% D 750 mL $18.95 Score: 92/100. January 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tormaresca Trentangeli 2012, Puglia D.O.C., Italy: Loaded with black fruit, dark spice and meaty notes. This full-bodied southern Italian red wine was oak aged and is a great wine for the cellar. Pair with prime rib. Food pairings: grilled pork sausage. Drink: 2013 - 2018 435529 14.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. January 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sparkling Wine

L'Acadie Vineyards Prestige Brut Sparkling Wine 2010, Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia, Canada: Terrifically toasty with bright green apple fruit and lime. Superbly crafted. Made from the NS white grape l'Acadie Blanc. This wine is aged on its lees for 5 years to add creaminess. Buy a case for all your celebrations, and open a bottle tonight to make it a celebration. Sparkling Wine food pairings: fried chicken, oysters, mussels. Drink: 2011 - 2017 11.5% XD 750 mL $49.00 Score: 90/100. January 2016. Best Value Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Nicholas Pearce Ward 5 Brut Blanc 2013, Cherry Valley, Prince Edward County, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Crisp and clean with a rich yeasty, leesy nose and freshly baked bread. Toasty to the max. Pair with oysters and other shellfish. Drink: 2015 - 2019 11% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 92/100. January 2016. Top Rated Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

L'Acadie Vineyards Cuvée Rosé 2012, Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia, Canada: A deeply flavoured sparkling rose from Nova Scotia from one of the best producers of this style in the province. This is a blend of organically grown Marechal Foch and L'Acadie Blanc grapes, both Maritime hybrids. The wine is aged on its lees. Pair with NS lobster. Drink: 2012 - 2017 11% XD 750 mL Score: 89/100. January 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Gérard Bertrand Crémant De Limoux 2013, Languedoc A.P., France: Crisp, fresh and toasty with green apple goodness and a lovely, racy seam of acidity for shellfish and fried chicken. Terrific value. Crémant De Limoux food pairings: quiche Florentine, planked salmon, light curry dishes, tacos. Drink: 2014 - 2018 438838 12% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. January 2016. Best Value Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Taittinger Millesime Champagne 2008, Champagne A.C., France: A benchmark Champagne and an interesting example of how this sparkling wine ages gracefully and to great complexity. Aromas of green apple, freshly based bread and pear. A long, satisfying finish. Great core of minerality. Pair with fresh shellfish. Champagne food pairings: pasta with cheese-based sauce, caviar, shellfish, seafood risotto. Drink: 2015 - 2021 989905 12.5% XD 750 mL $97.95 Score: 95/100. January 2016. Top Rated Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

Errazuriz Max Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Aconcagua Valley, Chile: Fresh and crisp with zesty notes of chives, lime zest and grass. Mouth-watering juiciness for shellfish, seafood and salads. Great value. Highly recommended. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: seafood, cheeses, salads, chicken, fish. Drink: 2015 - 2018 273342 13% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 90/100. January 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Le Clos Jordanne Le Grand Clos Chardonnay 2011, Niagara Peninsula, Twenty Mile Bench, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Rich, complex and layered Niagara Chardonnay from a master. Ripe peach and Asian pear with toasted almond. Ultra dry with a judicious weave of oak. Nicely balanced in all dimensions, especially the acidity for a wide range of dishes. This is the winery's flagship white wine. The Chardonnay grapes for Le Grand Clos are sourced from the estate's premium vineyards that has the best sunlight exposure and water drainage. Those unique conditions are expressed in the glass, especially with the challenging 2011 vintage. Burgundian in style but Niagara by heart, this gorgeous Chardonnay will do well in the cellar, but it's also ready to enjoy now with roast turkey. Chardonnay food pairings: lobster in butter sauce, beef bourguignon, breads, cheese, poultry. Drink: 2012 - 2018 34561 14% XD 750 mL $65.00 Score: 93/100. January 2016. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

J. Fritsch Riesling 2014, Alsace A.C., France: Bone-dry with lots of racy acidity and grapefruit aromas on the nose and palate. Medium-bodied and quite refreshing. Great aperitif or companion to shellfish. Riesling food pairings: roast chicken, spicy pasta dishes, shrimp tempura, grilled salmon with lemon sauce.. Drink: 2014 - 2018 430520 12.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. January 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rosehall Run Hungry Point Unoaked Chardonnay 2014, Prince Edward County, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Fresh and crisp, bursting with new life energy. Aromas of white melon and golden apple. Racy acidity for seafood, shellfish and vegetarian dishes. Nicely made. Chardonnay food pairings: pasta with Alfredo sauce, pork tenderloin, lobster with melted butter, stuffed roasted chicken.. Drink: 2014 - 2017 401208 13% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. January 2016. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Errazuriz Estate Chardonnay 2015, Casablanca Valley, Chile: These vines are planted in La Escultura. This is a rich, balanced and luscious Chilean Chardonnay that offers tremendous value and taste/quality for the price. Pair with roasted chicken or turkey. Drink: 2015 - 2019 31874 13.5% D 750 mL $13.95 Score: 88/100. January 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Martin Ray Winery Chardonnay 2013, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California, United States: Butterscotch nose that's very attractive (and from oak aging) is balanced with peach and golden apple notes. Nice balancing acidity on the palate for roast chicken or turkey. Lovely, classic Californian Chardonnay. Chardonnay food pairings: apple and aged cheddar grilled cheese sandwich, chicken supreme with mushroom risotto, pan-fried cod with lemon butter sauce, spring rolls with spicy sweet chili sauce. Drink: 2013 - 2018 57067 14.3% XD 750 mL $28.95 Score: 90/100. January 2016. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Le Clos Jordanne Village Reserve Chardonnay 2012, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Caramel, toffeed nose from oak aging which is very rich. Next up, aromas of white peach and pear with some butterscotch. Full-bodied and mouth-filling. Pair with grilled pork chops. Drink: 2013 - 2019 33936 13.5% XD 750 mL $30.00 Score: 90/100. January 2016. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Thirty Bench Wine Makers Riesling 2014, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Stunning Riesling from one of Niagara's best producers of the genre. Aromas of ripe pear and peach with a lovely core or minerality and racy acidity. Pair with pleasure and seafood. Riesling food pairings: roast chicken, spicy pasta dishes, shrimp tempura, grilled salmon with lemon sauce, duck liver pate. Drink: 2014 - 2020 24133 11% D 750 mL $18.95 Score: 91/100. January 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


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