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Vintages Release March 19, 2016

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Dessert Wine

Konzelmann Late Harvest Gewürztraminer 2013, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Beautifully concentrated apricot elixir with lychee and rose petal. Got Asian spice or heat or something sweet? This is your wine. Gewürztraminer food pairings: lighter-flavoured sea-food dishes, Asian dishes, pork tenderloin, curried rice. Drink: 2014 - 2019 392357 13% M 750 mL $14.75 Score: 88/100. March 2016. Best Value Dessert Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine De Rancy Rivesaltes Ambré 2001, Rivesaltes, Roussillon A.C., France: The 2001 vintage of the southern French sweet wine from Rivesaltes Ambré features aromas of caramel and rich toffee. It's layered, complex and mouth-filling. Pair with crème brûlée. Food pairings: bread pudding, chocolate mousse, honey cake, ice cream sundae. Drink: 2014 - 2019 165647 18% S 500 mL $39.95 Score: 90/100. March 2016. Top Rated Dessert Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Red Wine

Monasterio De Las Viñas Reserva 2006, Cariñena D.O., Spain: Brought to us by Grandes Vinos Y Viñedos and San José de Aguarón, this is a great wine for the price point! Juicy, full-bodied, savoury and smooth. Aromas of cedar and black cherry. Great pick for a potluck gathering or movie night. It would also be terrific with cold cuts and hard cheeses. Food pairings: cold cuts, hard cheese. Drink: 2012 - 2017 166579 13% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 89/100. March 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Chateau Bellevue La Forêt 2011, Fronton, Southwest, France: This robust, well-priced French red wine comes to us via Philip Grant, Propriétaire. The wine is mostly made from the Negrette grape and offers lip-smacking delicious flavours of dark fruit and cedar brush. Decant 1 hours and try it with a juicy steak tonight. Food pairings: winter stew, rare cuts of meat, Olivier salad. Drink: 2014 - 2018 354134 14.5% XD 750 mL $13.95 Score: 88/100. March 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Kilikanoon Wines The Lackey Shiraz 2013, South Australia, Australia: Big, bold and black fruit with delicious fleshy ripeness wrapped in toasty oak. Polished tannins. Black pepper with a hint of eucalyptus on the finish. Pair with grilled meats. Shiraz food pairings: spiced beef dishes, spicy ribs, lamb cutlets with piperade and goat cheese, hamburgers, black bean soup. Drink: 2013 - 2017 5199 14% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 90/100. March 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Caliterra Tributo Single Vineyard Carmenère 2013, Colchagua Valley, Chile: Mocha chocolate and espresso on the nose of this full-bodied Chilean red wine made from Carmenere grapes. Plush an smooth Carmenere, the country's signature red wine grape. From the Colchagua Valley. Aged 12 months in mostly American oak and 16% in French oak. Vinified in stainless steel. Purple plum and pepper aromas on the finish. Pair with spicy pasta sauce and hard cheeses. Drink: 2014 - 2016 56630 14.5% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 88/100. March 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

La Crema Pinot Noir 2013, Sonoma Coast, California, United States: Fleshy cherry and dark spice with a long, naughty finish on this California Pinot Noir. Medium-bodied and satin smooth like lingerie. A supple red wine with cherry-berry mouth-filling wonder and flavours. Just enough oak for hedonists. Layered yet not heavy. This pinot has been one of my favourites for years. Satin seduction in a glass. This wine is actually made by a Canadian, the Niagara Falls native Elizabeth Grant-Douglas who as a child helped her father with his backyard vineyard. She then became a member of the first graduating class of Brock University's Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture program. Pair with roasted turkey or chicken. Pinot Noir food pairings: veal medallions, roasted pork loin, roasted and braised lamb, chicken stuffed with asparagus and goat cheese, venison burgers. Drink: 2015 - 2018 732040 13.9% XD 375 mL $16.95 Score: 93/100. March 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Susana Balbo Signature Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina: Robust and savoury with blackberry and wild cassis. Firm tannic grip. A great value. Pair with a rare steak. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: Margherita pizza, barbecued ribs in sauce, New York strip loin, hard cheese. Drink: 2014 - 2017 260919 14% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. March 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

The Hess Collection Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, 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: Asian chicken salad, pork tenderloin, hodge-podge, grilled burgers. Drink: 2015 - 2018 25080 13.5% D 750 mL $24.95 Score: 88/100. March 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Innisfree Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Napa Valley, California, United States: A smoky nose with charred black fruit, anise, blackberry and cassis. Very dry, full-bodied with integrated tannins. Finishes long and dry with dark spices. The alcohol is high but it doesn't taste hot or out of balance. Pair with a rare filet mignon. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: pepper steaks, smoky ribs, chicken cacciatore, meat pizza. Drink: 2015 - 2019 38125 14% XD 750 mL $49.95 Score: 89/100. March 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Liberty School Zinfandel 2013, California, United States: This full-bodied Californian Zinfandel features enticing aromas of sweet purple plums and blueberries and coffee mocha toast from oak aging. It's succulent, smooth, lip-smacking delicious and full-bodied. Lots of juicy black raspberry on the finish. Pair with meat lovers' pizza. Zinfandel food pairings: aged cheddar, grilled lamb loin, grilled duck breast, Italian sausage burgers. Drink: 2014 - 2018 41095 13.5% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. March 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Glaetzer Wallace Shiraz Grenache 2012, Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia: A towering, big Australian red wine loaded with notes of toasted black fruit including blackberry, cedar spice, black raspberry. This wine is a blend of mostly Shiraz and some Grenache. It was matured for 12 months in French and American oak. It's generous and full-bodied with great concentration and complexity. Lovely dark spice finish is perfect with barbecued ribs. Drink: 2014 - 2019 47605 14.5% XD 750 mL $28.95 Score: 91/100. March 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Intriga Viña Montgras Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Maipo Valley, Chile: A full-bodied Chilean red wine with attractive aromas of black fruit and toasty oak. Pair with grilled meats. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: meat pizza, grilled portobello mushroom burgers, lamb Bolognese, grilled New York strip loin. Drink: 2015 - 2019 57901 14.6% D 750 mL $22.95 Score: 90/100. March 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Grand Veneur Les Champauvins 2013, Côtes Du Rhône, Rhône A.P., France: A chewy, savoury Cote du Rhone red wine with enticing aromas of dark red berries and wild black raspberries with some smoke and dust. Good value. Pair with grilled meats. Drink: 2014 - 2018 76331 14.5% XD 750 mL $21.95 Score: 88/100. March 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Frascole Chianti Rufina 2012, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: Medium-bodied with pleasant dark red berry notes, some smoke and tannic grip. Needs lasagna. Drink: 2015 - 2018 85167 13.5% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 88/100. March 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Donatella Cinelli Colombini Brunello Di Montalcino 2008, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: Love the Band-Aid aromas on the nose -- I sometimes get that from fine Bordeaux and is related to the oak aging. Savoury, tart and pleasantly bitter with sour cherry and smoky, dusty earth notes. Full-bodied. Love the maturity on this wine. Pair with lamb. Brunello Di Montalcino food pairings: grilled steak, roast leg of lamb, hard cheese, veal piccata. Drink: 2015 - 2022 113357 14% XD 750 mL $44.95 Score: 93/100. March 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Flagstone Dark Horse Shiraz 2013, Western Cape, South Africa: Smoky dark plums with fleshy blackberries in this full-bodied wonder. Some earthy notes and black pepper on the finish. Terrific! Shiraz food pairings: grilled pork chops, spice-braised lamb, baby back ribs, game meats. Drink: 2015 - 2021 127654 14% D 750 mL $24.95 Score: 90/100. March 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Renzo Masi Erta E China 2012, Tuscany I.G.T., Italy: Tart with lots of acidity and grippy tannins on the palate. Toasty oak and smoke. Decant 2 hours. Needs rare meat. Drink: 2015 - 2018 132308 13.5% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 87/100. March 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Segal's Merlot Cabernet Franc Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Galilee Heights, Israel: This Kosher Israeli red wine offers a smoky nose with mocha from oak aging, black fruit and a tannic grip. decant 1-2 hours. Drink: 2014 - 2018 157206 13.5% D 750 mL $24.95 Score: 87/100. March 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Luca Laborde Syrah 2013, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina: A seductive nose of coffee and brooding black fleshy fruit opens up to mouth-filling richness on the palate. Velvet layers of dark fruit, tanned leather and cigar box. Perfect for hearty meat dishes. Syrah food pairings: game meats, rare roast beef, spice-braised lamb, cheddar. Drink: 2015 - 2019 167346 14.5% D 750 mL $29.95 Score: 89/100. March 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Speri Pigaro Ripasso Valpolicella Classico Superiore 2013, Veneto D.O.C., Italy: Black cherry and Band-Aid on the nose of this sexy Italian red wine. Hint of smoke. Full-bodied and supple and lip-smacking delicious Italian red wine. Try it with combination pizza or spicy sausages. Nice finish. Ripasso Valpolicella Classico Superiore food pairings: meat lovers pizza , spicy sausage , prime rib roast, hearty winter stew. Drink: 2015 - 2019 205286 13.5% D 750 mL $23.95 Score: 90/100. March 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Two Hands Sexy Beast Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Mclaren Vale, South Australia, Australia: Sexy Beast is indeed sexy, with fleshy ripe back fruit, a lingering whiff of smoke and a voluptuous texture that wraps itself around your senses. Classic Cabernet Sauvignon aromas on the finish of cassis, dark spice and some tar. Powerful, but balanced. Pair with hearty meat dishes. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: pepper steaks, smoky ribs, chicken cacciatore, meat pizza. Drink: 2015 - 2020 219469 16% XD 750 mL $27.95 Score: 90/100. March 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cascina Dardi Bussia Barolo 2010, Piedmont D.O.C.G., Italy: Sour cherry and red licorice and blueberry on this unusual Barolo from northern Italian. Tannins are starting to come under control but need time. Pair with truffle-accented risotto and wild boar. Barolo food pairings: roast beef, roast veal, hamburgers, aged meats. Drink: 2016 - 2023 268516 14% XD 750 mL $49.95 Score: 92/100. March 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Antichi Poderi Jerzu Chuèrra Riserva Cannonau Di Sardegna 2011, Sardinia D.O.C., Italy: Lovely, especially for the price. Mature aromas of tanned leather, faint mocha, dust and dried herbs. Savoury and juicy. Pair with lamb. Drink: 2015 - 2018 270272 13.5% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 90/100. March 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Tanunda Barossa Tower Shiraz 2013, Barossa, Australia: Attractive black fruit, smoke, black pepper and black plum on the nose and palate. A mouth-fillingly rich, smooth and supple texture on the palate. Savoury, meaty notes on the finish. Pair with hamburgers. Shiraz food pairings: lamb cutlets, espresso and cocoa-rubbed flank steak, black bean soup, cheese. Drink: 2015 - 2019 289983 14.5% D 750 mL $18.95 Score: 91/100. March 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Le Gravillas Séguret 2014, Côtes Du Rhône-Villages, Rhône A.C., France: Love the racy wild black cherry and feral cedar underbrush on this lip-smacking delicious, well-priced southern French red wine from the Rhone Valley. Pair with game meats. Drink: 2016 - 2020 309260 14% D 750 mL $16.95 Score: 91/100. March 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Musella Amarone Della Valpolicella 2010, Veneto D.O.C.G., Italy: Chocolate and mocha on the nose with black plums. Sweet and full-bodied. Pair with roast beef. Amarone Della Valpolicella food pairings: polenta dishes, pasta with a tomato sauce, roasted venison, beef and veggie stew. Drink: 2015 - 2019 363382 15.5% D 750 mL $56.95 Score: 88/100. March 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Zaccagnini Dal Tralcetto Montepulciano D'abruzzo 2013, Abruzzo D.O.C., Italy: Full-bodied with chocolate, mocha and espresso from lots of oak aging. Full-bodied with black fruit. Pair with Mexican mole. Drink: 2015 - 2018 396382 12.5% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 87/100. March 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Merlot 2012, Columbia Valley, Washington, United States: Fleshy ripe dark berries and plums on the nose of this generous and full-bodied Washington State red wine. Blueberry and blackberry aromas and flavours with attractive savoury middle notes on the palate. Good weight and a lovely velvet texture. Pair with roast beef. Merlot food pairings: rack of BBQ ribs, veal Porterhouse, grilled lamb, cheese. Drink: 2015 - 2020 408864 14.5% XD 750 mL $25.95 Score: 91/100. March 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rustenberg Buzzard Kloof Syrah 2011, Simonsberg-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: slow-cooked beef ragú, mutton with mint and coriander, espresso and cocoa-rubbed flank steak, black bean soup. Drink: 2015 - 2020 414151 14.5% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 89/100. March 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Masseria Surani Heracles Primitivo 2013, Puglia I.G.T., Italy: Juicy and delicious with blackened plums and purple plum notes. Lots of toasty, charred oak. Perfect for grilled and barbecued meats. Primitivo food pairings: barbecued ribs, chicken wings, steaks rubbed well with Primitivo, hamburgers garnished. Drink: 2015 - 2018 434274 13.5% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 88/100. March 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Il Molino Di Grace Il Margone Chianti Classico 2010, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: Lots of racy acidity on the palate, with black fruit and some mocha. Finished with back spice. Pair with grilled meats. Chianti Classico food pairings: steak topped pizza, pasta in tomato sauce, breaded veal cutlets, cobb salad. Drink: 2015 - 2020 435115 13.5% XD 750 mL $39.95 Score: 88/100. March 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cantina Del Nebbiolo Barbaresco 2012, Piedmont D.O.C.G., Italy: Good acidity and sour cherry aromas an flavours in this medium-bodied, attractive Italian red wine made from Barbaresco grapes. Pair with grilled chicken. Barbaresco food pairings: barbecued leg of lamb, cheddar cheese, roasted pork loin, game birds. Drink: 2015 - 2019 437053 14.5% XD 750 mL $27.95 Score: 89/100. March 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Farina Appassimento 2013, Veneto I.G.T., Italy: Dark chocolate and mocha, with full-bodied goodness and cherry liqueur and licorice concentration from the Appassimento technique of drying the grapes and therefore concentrating the flavours. Drink: 2015 - 2018 438481 13% D 750 mL $15.95 Score: 88/100. March 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Viños Los Valles Crianza Tempranillo Graciano 2010, Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain: A lovely, full-bodied Spanish red wine that's mouth-filling both on texture and flavour. Dark fruit and smoke. Pair with grilled meats. Drink: 2015 - 2020 438721 13% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. March 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château De L'ou Infiniment Syrah 2012, Côtes Catalanes, Midi I.G.P., France: A full-bodied southern French red wine made from Syrah grapes. Aromas of fleshy black plums, cassis and berries. Finished with smoke and pepper. Pair with grilled meats. Syrah food pairings: lamb cutlets, gourmet burgers, char grilled pork chop, Muscovy duck. Drink: 2015 - 2021 440610 15% D 750 mL $26.95 Score: 90/100. March 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Duseigneur Par Philippe Faure-Brac 2009, Laudun Côtes Du Rhône-Villages, Rhône A.C., France: A gorgeous southern French red wine with seductive aromas of fleshy black plum, berries, smoke and violets. Pair with a pepper steak. Drink: 2016 - 2022 443077 15% XD 750 mL $42.95 Score: 92/100. March 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Fonréaud 2012, Listrac-Médoc, Bordeaux A.C., France: Almost full-bodied and pleasant though I'd like a little more complexity and flavour for this price point. Great vintage so perhaps it'll come into its own with cellar time. Aromas of black fruit and some oak. Drink: 2016 - 2019 444083 13% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 88/100. March 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

La Braccesca Vino Nobile Di Montepulciano 2012, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: Pleasant and full-bodied with black charred fruit, oak, smoke and some juicy acidity on the mid palate. Pair with meat lasagna. Drink: 2015 - 2019 566216 13.5% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 88/100. March 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Antu Viña Montgras Syrah 2014, Colchagua Valley, Chile: Great concentration and depth of flavour. Exotic black and sweet purple plums and dark spices on the finish of this Chilean red wine made from Syrah grapes. Amazing quality for the price. Full-bodied, rich, endless. Plush, fleshy black plums wrap themselves around your tongue and dance with your senses. This full-bodied red wine pairs well with grilled meats. Syrah food pairings: grilled pork chops, wild mushroom strudel, fajitas, marinated pepper steaks. Drink: 2015 - 2019 675371 14.5% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 89/100. March 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Alta Vista Malbec 2013, Mendoza, Argentina: Terrific value for the taste and quality! The wine is aged in French oak barrels for 12 months. Aromas of black fruit and toasty oak. Needs steak. Malbec food pairings: cheese pizza , tagliatelle alla Bolognese, chicken herb-rubbed roast, hamburger. Drink: 2015 - 2019 677443 15% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. March 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Francis Coppola Diamond Collection Red Label Zinfandel 2013, California, United States: Juicy with mouth-watering flavours of black plums, blueberries and blackberries. Full-bodied, plush, smooth and delicious. Some vanilla spice, anise and blackberry roll off the finish. Try it with game dishes. Lot of jammy flavours and pepper. Zinfandel food pairings: grilled duck breast, Italian sausage burgers, roasted stuffed turkey, cheese pizza. Drink: 2015 - 2019 939743 13.5% D 750 mL $22.95 Score: 88/100. March 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Muga Selección Especial 2010, Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain: Complex, rich, balanced, powerful and concentrated: this robust Spanish red really does have it all. Great price-quality ratio too. Try it with Kobe beef. Drink: 2015 - 2022 712067 13% XD 750 mL $39.95 Score: 93/100. March 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Primus The Blend 2013, Colchagua Valley, Chile: Chocolate and mocha from oak aging with some sweet blackberry flavours. Pair with hamburgers and relish. This full-bodied Chilean red wine is just dripping with fleshy berry flavor and plums with some real vibrancy and lift on the mid-palate. This wine is a blend of about a third cabernet sauvignon, a third syrah, and the balance split between merlot and carmenere grapes. Superb craftsmanship; great value. Judicious use of oak has a toasty weave throughout the wine. Balanced acidity and polished tannins, but the dark fruit power and energy leads in the glass. Pair with prime rib. Drink: 2015 - 2019 712463 14.5% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. March 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ornellaia Bolgheri Superiore 2012, Tuscany D.O.C., Italy: Feral with underbrush and wild mushroom and truffle notes. Earthy, dark and complex. Needs cellar time. Pair with truffle accented risotto and wild boar while you're lounging in Piedmont. Drink: 2018 - 2026 722470 14.5% D 750 mL $195.95 Score: 93/100. March 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cantele Riserva Salice Salentino 2012, Puglia D.O.C., Italy: Juicy, full-bodied and straight-forward at a good price. Black plums and lots of oak. Pair with gourmet hamburgers. Drink: 2015 - 2017 724328 13% D 750 mL $14.95 Score: 88/100. March 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Barone Ricasoli Rocca Guicciarda Riserva Chianti Classico 2012, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: The 2012 vintage was a strong though you'll want to decant this baby 1-2 hours before serving. Even better leave it in the cellar for a few more years at least. A truly classic Chianti in all senses, from signature aromas of dark fruit, sun-dried tomato and dried herbs, to mouth-watering acidity for a wide range of dishes from pasta in tomato sauce to spicy sausages. Great price. Chianti Classico food pairings: stuffed roasted turkey, steak topped pizza, pasta in tomato sauce, breaded veal cutlets. Drink: 2016 - 2023 943613 13.5% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 90/100. March 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Giuseppe Quintarelli Rosso Ca' Del Merlo 2007, Veneto I.G.T., Italy: You can smell the high alcohol on the nose though on the palate it's not evident given the weight and aromatic intensity of this wine. Black cherry liqueur and kirsch with smoke. This is a full-on blockbuster. Pair with brontosaurus burgers and pterodactyl wings. Drink: 2015 - 2019 958595 15% D 750 mL $99.95 Score: 90/100. March 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château St. Jean Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Alexander Valley, California, United States: Balanced, complex and distinguished: this full-bodied Californian Cabernet hails from the cool climate of Sonoma. The dramatic difference in day and nighttime temperatures (diurnal) makes for ripe wines that have underlying balance. Finishes with cassis, smoke, anise and dried tobacco. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: meat pizza, grilled portobello mushroom burgers, lamb Bolognese, grilled New York strip loin. Drink: 2015 - 2020 977173 14.2% XD 750 mL $39.95 Score: 91/100. March 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Hamilton Russell Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir 2013 Dry 2013, Hemel-En-Aarde Valley, Walker Bay W.O., South Africa: Lavish fleshy ripe cherry aromas and flavours yet not simple or sweet. Complex, elegant and layered. Some dark spice on the finish. Silk texture. Chapter three of my second book (Unquenchable) includes a visit to this winery and dinner with the brilliant Anthony Hamilton Russell. Dry food pairings: lamb kabobs, venison burgers, roast veal, beef carpaccio. Drink: 2015 - 2023 999516 13.5% D 750 mL $57.95 Score: 95/100. March 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rosés

Carpineto Rosé 2014, Tuscany I.G.T., Italy: This robust Italian rosé is made with Sangiovese and Canaiolo, the signature grapes of Chianti. The vines are dry-farmed, which adds extra depth and nuance to this refreshing rosé with lots of acidity. Terrific notes of wild strawberry and field flowers on the finish. Dry and crisp and medium-bodied. Great aperitif or sunset sipper. Dry, refreshing finish. Enticing floral aromas on the nose of this medium-bodied to robust rosé that pairs well with grilled seafood and veal. Rosé food pairings: pasta salad with sun-dried tomatoes, tapas featuring marinated olives and chorizo, a charcuterie platter, salmon burgers. Drink: 2014 - 2016 699934 12.5% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 88/100. March 2016. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sparkling Wine

Cave De Ribeauvillé Giersberger Brut Crémant D'alsace, Alsace A.C., France: Terrific baked bread yeasty nose with more green apple brightness on the palate. Excellent value. Pair with fried chicken for more pleasure. Drink: 2013 - 2017 183624 12% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. March 2016. Best Value Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Carpenè Malvolti 1868 Brut Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore, Veneto D.O.C.G., Italy: Terrific toasty, rich, dry bubbly at a steal of a deal price. Goodness, stock up for your next party or all of the weddings in your future. Prosecco Superiore food pairings: calamari in a citrus cream sauce, salad, beef, gorgonzola. Drink: 2015 - 2018 727438 11% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. March 2016. Best Value Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Graham Beck Premier Cuvée Brut Blanc De Blancs 2010, Robertson W.O., South Africa: A vibrant sparkling wine at an great price. Lovely toasty notes with green apple brightness through its core. It finishes with fresh green apple notes, crisp and dry. Food pairings: crab legs, chili, pulled pork sammies, beef and root vegetable stew. Drink: 2014 - 2020 907568 12% D 750 mL $23.95 Score: 91/100. March 2016. Top Rated Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

Garcés Silva Amayna Sauvignon Blanc 2010, Leyda Valley, Chile: A full-bodied Chilean Sauvignon Blanc with tropical fruit aromas and flavours and racy acidity on the palate. Pair with fish dishes. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: chicken and sage skewers, fresh tomato and basil salad, pan-fried freshwater fish, grilled prawns. Drink: 2014 - 2017 143511 14% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 88/100. March 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ad Lib Hen & Chicken Chardonnay 2014, Pemberton, Western Australia, Australia: A terrific, robust Australian chardonnay produced by The Yard Wine Company. A mouth-watering acidity balances the luscious tropical fruit flavours here. Green apple vibrancy is blanketed in toasted hazelnut. Full-bodied and generous. Highly recommended. Pair this full-bodied chardonnay with pasta and rich chicken dishes (naturally). Chardonnay food pairings: Dover sole, steak and a Béarnaise sauce, pasta with tomato sauce, pork tenderloin. Drink: 2014 - 2018 297697 14% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. March 2016. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Vintage Ink Indelible Wines Sauvignon Blanc 2014, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A zesty Niagara Sauvignon Blanc with racy acidity on the palate for fresh seafood and salads. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: beer battered haddock and chips, vegetarian dishes, Thai green curry fish, fresh oysters. Drink: 2014 - 2017 391953 13.5% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 88/100. March 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Schloss Vollrads Volratz 1573 Riesling 2013, Rheingau Qualitätswein, Germany: A zesty and refreshing German Riesling with notes of lime zest and minerality. Pair with freshly caught halibut or sole. Riesling food pairings: duck liver pate, pork tenderloin, turkey breast, feta cheese. Drink: 2014 - 2019 424481 12% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. March 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Eradus Pinot Gris 2014, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: A refreshing and zesty New Zealand Pinot Gris with notes of white grapefruit and lime. Pair with fish and chips. Pinot Gris food pairings: pork tenderloin, roast turkey , seafood, pasta with cream sauce. Drink: 2014 - 2017 439000 13.5% D 750 mL $18.95 Score: 88/100. March 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Marea Chardonnay 2014, Leyda Valley, Chile: Full-bodied with rounded, gloriously rich butterscotch and golden apple aromas. Luscious and voluptuous texture. Pair with roasted chicken. Chardonnay food pairings: chicken cordon bleu, stuffed pork roast, grilled butterflied leg of lamb, pumpkin ravioli. Drink: 2014 - 2019 439349 14% XD 750 mL $22.95 Score: 90/100. March 2016. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Psâgot Winery M Series Chardonnay 2014, Judean Hills, Israel: Buttery, rich, round and balanced Chardonnay. Nice green apple lift on the mid-palate. Nicely done. Pair with grilled chicken. Chardonnay food pairings: fish tacos, gougère, toasted ravioli with Alfredo sauce, lobster in melted butter. Drink: 2014 - 2019 441675 13.5% XD 750 mL $33.95 Score: 90/100. March 2016. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Clos Henri Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: Herbal but not too much in this Kiwi Savvy. Good grassy, lime lift through the mid-palate and finish. Mouth-watering acidity. Great food wine. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: steamed mussels, ahi tuna ceviche, pasta primavera, vegetarian dishes. Drink: 2013 - 2016 675629 12% XD 750 mL $28.95 Score: 87/100. March 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Vinum Africa Chenin Blanc 2013, Stellenbosch W.O., South Africa: Spicy peach and Asian pear with lots of mouth-watering acidity for food. Medium-bodied. Pair with mild curries. Chenin Blanc food pairings: white fleshed fish, mild sausage, Greek salad, game. Drink: 2013 - 2017 739995 13% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 87/100. March 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Terredora Di Paolo Loggia Della Serra Greco Di Tufo 2014, Campania D.O.C.G., Italy: Aromatically delightful Italian white wine! Notes of white pear and pear. Good racy acidity for seafood. Drink: 2014 - 2019 288927 12.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. March 2016. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Open Riesling Gewürztraminer 2011, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: This is an incredible wine for the price point! Joyous notes of peach, peach and lychee. The gewurztraminer really comes through in this blend. Riesling Gewürztraminer food pairings: honey glazed BBQ chicken, Asian fusion, fresh salads, and a variety of soft, mild cheeses. Drink: 2012 - 2014 134965 11.1% MD 750 mL $11.95 Score: 88/100. March 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Folie À Deux Chardonnay 2013, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California, United States: Full-bodied and luscious Californian Chardonnay with attractive aromas of toasted almond, butterscotch and golden apple. Pair with roasted chicken or turkey. Chardonnay food pairings: lobster in butter sauce, pan-fried cod, pork tenderloin, egg dishes. Drink: 2014 - 2018 146951 13.9% D 750 mL $21.95 Score: 91/100. March 2016. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cave Spring Cellars Chardonnay 2013, Beamsville Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A fresh and mouth-filling Niagara Chardonnay that is not heavy, but rather, completely balanced. The 2013 vintage of this Chardonnay from Cave Spring has great depth and persistence of flavours such as green apple and fresh peach. The Chardonnay grapes were grown in the winery's Cave Spring Vineyard for this Niagara white wine. Pair with roast chicken. Chardonnay food pairings: planked salmon. Drink: 2013 - 2018 256552 13% D 750 mL $18.95 Score: 90/100. March 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Charles Baker Picone Vineyard Riesling 2012, Vinemount Ridge, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Superb craftsmanship in this benchmark Niagara Riesling. You simply won't find better than this. Incredible depth and concentration of flavour yet ephemerally light in alcohol. The best of all worlds: pure hedonism without the headache. Pair with happiness. Riesling food pairings: roast chicken, spicy pasta dishes, shrimp tempura, grilled salmon with lemon sauce, duck liver pate. Drink: 2013 - 2020 241182 11% M 750 mL $35.20 Score: 96/100. March 2016. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


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