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Vintages Release April 30, 2016

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Dessert Wine

El Maestro Sierra Sherry, Jerez D.O., Spain: An enticing Spanish dessert wine offering classic sherry aromas such as toasted almonds and hazelnuts. Perfect for crème brûlée. Sherry food pairings: French vanilla ice cream, pecan pie, fig tarte. Drink: 2015 - 2020 451468 15% S 375 mL $17.95 Score: 89/100. April 2016. Best Value Dessert Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Red Wine

Lamadrid Single Vineyard Reserva Malbec 2012, Agrelo, Luján De Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina: Very purple on the nose and palate: purple plums and purple berries. Tasty and delicious with full-bodied richness. Perfect for BBQs and movie night. Malbec food pairings: venison meatball pot pie, wild turkey shepherd's pie, roast rabbit and mushroom herb dumplings. Drink: 2014 - 2019 234492 14% XD 750 mL $17.00 Score: 89/100. April 2016. Best Value Red Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Marqués De Carrion Pata Negra Reserva 2010, Rioja D.O.C.A, Spain: Savoury and juicy with mouth-watering acidity on the palate. Smoky with leather and earth aromas. Decant 2 hours and pair with lamb. Food pairings: pork roast with cranberry and cherry stuffing, pork roasted vegetables and cider stew, pork loin with prunes and sherry. Drink: 2012 - 2020 443804 14% D 750 mL $17.00 Score: 91/100. April 2016. Best Value Red Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Des Demoiselles 2011, Castillon - Côtes De Bordeaux, Bordeaux A.C., France: Austere and tannic with charred black fruit and a lot of acidity on the palate. Loads of oak from lavish oak aging. Needs a rare steak. Food pairings: roast beef with root vegetables, baron of beef with red wine sauce and scalloped potatoes, flat iron steak on the bbq. Drink: 2013 - 2019 348755 13% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 87/100. April 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Seven Falls Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Wahluke Slope, Columbia Valley, Washington, United States: This is a terrific Washington State Cabernet Sauvignon, especially for the price point! Mocha and dark chocolate aromas with black fruit. Chalky dry and full-bodied. Some black plum and berries on the finish. Great balance, with a deep red-garnet colour. Finishes with vanilla smoke. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: Mediterranean spiced steak with red rice and quinoa dumplings, marinated beef long ribs on the bbq, beef stir fry. Drink: 2015 - 2020 360222 14.5% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. April 2016. Top Rated Red Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Pascual Toso Barrancas Vineyards Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Mendoza, Argentina: This robust Argentine red wine has cassis, wild tart blackberry and some mint on the nose. Full-bodied with a firm grip on the palate so decant for 1-2 hours. Pair with hamburgers. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: beef pot roast with dumplings, minced beef and cabbage casserole, tenderloin beef Wellington. Drink: 2016 - 2021 83337 13.9% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 87/100. April 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Stonecap Syrah 2013, Columbia Valley, Washington, United States: A pleasant, smooth, full-bodied Washington State Syrah with dark fleshy plums and berries and mocha-chocolate. So supple. Pair with grilled lamb chops. Syrah food pairings: venison stew, cabbage rolls stuffed with veal, beef and pork, saddle of rabbit stuffed with apricots and apple. Drink: 2015 - 2020 443150 14.2% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 88/100. April 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Unbroken Mckinley Springs 2012, Horse Heaven Hills, Washington, United States: Savoury and full-bodied with mouth-watering acidity on the palate. Tart dark berries and smoke. Pair with grilled chops. Food pairings: Mexican-style venison sausage and roasted root vegetables, stuffed rolled flank steak, boar stew. Drink: 2014 - 2020 444729 13.9% XD 750 mL $26.95 Score: 89/100. April 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Coyote's Run Black Paw Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013, Niagara Peninsula, Four Mile Creek, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Powerful with notes of black cherry, dark spices, violets and truffles. Terrific balance and length. Very impressive. Pair with planked salmon. Pinot Noir food pairings: Caesar Salad, fried Gruyere cheese sandwich, raclette. Drink: 2015 - 2019 116442 13% XD 750 mL $32.95 Score: 91/100. April 2016. Top Rated Red Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ghost Pines Winemaker's Blend Zinfandel 2013, San Joaquin, Sonoma, California, United States: Seductive notes of fleshy ripe black plums on the nose of this rich, full-bodied Californian red wine. Loaded with luscious rich flavours of these same fruits on the palate. Full-bodied and juicy. Pair with a juicy steak. Zinfandel food pairings: Mediterranean spiced steak with red rice and quinoa dumplings, marinated beef long ribs on the bbq, beef stir fry. Drink: 2015 - 2019 269373 14.9% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 91/100. April 2016. Top Rated Red Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Wente Vineyards Charles Wetmore Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Livermore Valley, San Francisco Bay, California, United States: Full-bodied, smooth and elegant with Old World restraint. Not fruit forward. More structure and earthy notes than big berry flavours. Decant 1 hour and enjoy with a rare steak. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: roast beef with root vegetables, baron of beef with red wine sauce and scalloped potatoes, flat iron steak on the bbq. Drink: 2015 - 2020 963397 13.7% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 89/100. April 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ferrari-Carano Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Mountain Vineyards, Alexander Valley, California, United States: A full-bodied Californian Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve with classic aromas of cassis, anise, black currant and spicy oak. Pair with a rare steak and decant for 2 hours. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: short ribs on the bbq, beef enchiladas, stuffed beef flank steak with minced pork mushrooms and garlic, steak Diane. Drink: 2012 - 2018 450429 14.2% D 750 mL $74.95 Score: 88/100. April 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Simi Landslide Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California, United States: Dark, rich, deep and intensely flavoured Californian Cabernet from a respected producer. Aromas of black fruit, toasty oak and some spice. Great balance with a long finish. Pair with roast beef. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: roast chicken paprika with onion and herb stuffing, onion pie, roast bresse chicken. Drink: 2014 - 2020 462721 14.4% D 750 mL $40.95 Score: 91/100. April 2016. Top Rated Red Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Bogle Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, California, United States: Savoury, meaty and cedar notes with full-bodied goodness. Pair with a pepper steak. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: roast goat shoulder with green beans and shallot and lemon dressing, venison curry, bison burgers. Drink: 2015 - 2020 904565 13.5% D 750 mL $23.95 Score: 88/100. April 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tabalí Reserva Especial Syrah 2012, Limarí Valley, Chile: Chocolate with black fruit and a pleasant bite. Full-bodied and smooth. Great for barbecue. Syrah food pairings: venison steak flamade, chicken fried venison, boar steak with red wine and garlic sauce. Drink: 2015 - 2020 213538 14.5% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 89/100. April 2016. Best Value Red Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mitolo Jester Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Mclaren Vale, South Australia, Australia: This robust Australian Cabernet over-delivers against its price point beautifully. I also love the Shiraz this winery makes. Full-bodied with smoky black fruit. Great concentration and depth with a good finish. Very satisfying. Crack open a bottle (or two) tonight. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: rabbit with dumplings, venison sausage cassoulet, venison Swiss steak. Drink: 2015 - 2020 43224 14.9% XD 750 mL $22.95 Score: 91/100. April 2016. Top Rated Red Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sidewood Shiraz 2013, Adelaide Hills, South Australia, Australia: Cool climate Australian red wine made from Shiraz grapes grown in the Adelaide region. Aromas of blackberry and mint. Pair with gourmet burgers. Shiraz food pairings: roast pheasant with sauerkraut, grilled marinated game birds, Hasenpfeffer. Drink: 2015 - 2020 446146 14% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. April 2016. Top Rated Red Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Five Geese The Pippali Old Vine Shiraz 2012, Mclaren Vale, South Australia, Australia: A robust Australian Shiraz with firm, gripping tannins. Packs a wallop on the palate. Needs a big juicy steak. Shiraz food pairings: fried lamb's liver with Tyroler bacon and onions, roasted lamb shanks in red wine sauce, roast leg of lamb with garlic and rosemary. Drink: 2015 - 2020 443895 14.5% D 750 mL $29.95 Score: 90/100. April 2016. Top Rated Red Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Fairview Pinotage 2015, Paarl W.O., South Africa: A terrific wine for the money! Savoury and juicy with notes of blackberries, dark spices and anise. A wine to sip while you plan your next vacation and mentally escape wherever you are. Pinotage food pairings: roast quail stuffed with wild mushrooms and leek, sausage and apple stuffed Cornish hen, rabbit goulash. Drink: 2017 - 2021 205203 14% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 87/100. April 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Les Clos Bourgogne 2013, Burgundy A.C., France: Extremely tart and acidic with sour cherry and cranberry notes. Medium-bodied and mouth-watering. Needs seared tuna. Food pairings: veal stew and herbed dumplings, veal piccata, blanquette de veau. Drink: 2015 - 2020 356733 13% XD 750 mL $22.95 Score: 87/100. April 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Rombeau Cuvée Elise Vieilles Vignes 2011, Côtes Du Roussillon-Villages, Midi, A.P., France: Purple plum and raspberry liqueur on the nose and palate. Full-bodied and smooth with spicy notes. Juicy. Pair with grilled pork chops. Food pairings: minced sirloin tomato mozzarella cheese pizza, three-sausage and cheese pizza, bacon ham and minced pork pizza with pineapple and onion. Drink: 2013 - 2018 439695 14.5% D 750 mL $22.95 Score: 89/100. April 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mas Janeil François Lurton Grenache 2009, Côtes Du Roussillon-Villages, Midi A.C., France: Gorgeous depth and plushness in this full-bodied wine! Like diving into a sea of black plum pillows tongue-first. Supple and sexy. Pair it with grilled steak or pork chops. Grenache food pairings: grilled chicken breast stuffed with ham and cheese, flattened Cornish hen with savoury dressing. Drink: 2011 - 2016 992800 14.5% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 91/100. April 2016. Best Value Red Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Paul Jaboulet Aîné Les Cèdres Grenache 2010, Châteauneuf-Du-Pape, Rhone A.C., France: Loaded with black fruit, tar, smoke and a bitter but pleasant bite at the back palate. Robust and ready for grilled meats. Decant 2 hours. Grenache food pairings: chicken Marbella, lemon garlic and herb roast chicken, paprika chicken. Drink: 2012 - 2018 274225 13.5% XD 750 mL $54.95 Score: 88/100. April 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Le Gravillas Plan De Dieu Syrah 2014, Côtes Du Rhône-Villages A.C., France: Woodsmoke and espresso on the nose followed by attractive dark fruit aromas and flavours. Amazing for the price. Perfect for grilled meats. Syrah food pairings: Asian beef fondue, beef tongue with raisin sauce, steak and kidney pie. Drink: 2016 - 2022 264648 14.5% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 89/100. April 2016. Best Value Red Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château De Gaudou Renaissance Malbec 2012, Cahors, Southwest A.C., France: Black fruit, toasty oak and Band-Aids on the nose with a blackish hue in the glass. Almost smooth and definitely full-bodied as wines are from southern France. Pair with brontosaurus burgers. Malbec food pairings: beef cutlets with mushroom gravy, beef pot pie, beef Carpaccio. Drink: 2014 - 2019 364786 14% XD 750 mL $25.95 Score: 88/100. April 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Nuova Cappelletta Del Monferrato Barbera 2013, Piedmont D.O.C.G., Italy: This robust Italian red wine features red berries on the nose with some toasty oak. Very tasty with straight-up pleasure. Pair with pizza. Barbera food pairings: curried pork, sweet and sour pork, pork croquettes. Drink: 2015 - 2018 719518 13% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 88/100. April 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Layer Cake Primitivo 2012, Puglia I.G.T., Italy: Sweet purple plums, chocolate and fleshy blueberries on the nose and palate. Almost full-bodied and very plush and smooth. The requisite grandfather story is on the back label along with the words 100% hand-crafted. Loaded with mocha and black icing, this is a liquid layer cake. Primitivo food pairings: pepperoni, Italian sausage and pancetta pizza with mozzarella cheese, feta cheese stuffed hamburgers, Italian wedding soup. Drink: 2014 - 2018 384065 13.5% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 87/100. April 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Castelli Del Grevepesa Chianti Classico 2011, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: Smoky with black fruit on the nose. Full-bodied with a tannic grip on the palate. Pair with a juicy rare steak. Chianti Classico food pairings: slow-roasted crown of pork stuffed with corn niblets chickpea green onion and cilantro, stir-fried pork tenderloin, veal Parmigianino. Drink: 2014 - 2019 972695 13.5% XD 750 mL $37.95 Score: 91/100. April 2016. Top Rated Red Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tenuta Di Capraia Chianti Classico 2013, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: Attractive aromas of juicy black plums and berries on the nose and palate of this smooth, full-bodied Italian red wine. Smoky, tangy goodness with aromas of black cherries, plums and mocha aromas on the nose. Perfect for lasagna or pepperoni pizza. Decant for an hour to see this baby open up. It will also age nicely in the cellar for a few years, but really, why wait? Chianti Classico food pairings: rabbit alfredo, roast partridge with cranberry and apple stuffing. Drink: 2015 - 2020 135277 13.5% XD 750 mL $21.95 Score: 88/100. April 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Poggio Al Tufo Poggio Al Tufo Rompicollo 2012, Maremma, Tuscany I.G.T., Italy: A full-bodied Italian red wine with black cherry and spice on the nose. Pair with roast beef. Food pairings: rich tomato and roasted Italian vegetables sauce over penne, beef stuffed tomatoes and peppers. Drink: 2014 - 2018 13755 12.5% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 89/100. April 2016. Best Value Red Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tenuta Sant'antonio Monti Garbi Ripasso Valpolicella Superiore 2013, Veneto D.O.C., Italy: Sweet berry aromas on the nose and flavours on the palate, yet finishes dry. Almost full-bodied and very smooth and supple. Pair with hamburgers. Valpolicella Superiore food pairings: vegetarian pizza, vegetable and lentil stew, stuffed tomatoes with beef, pork and roasted garlic. Drink: 2015 - 2019 29850 13.5% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. April 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Åguia Moura Em Vinhas Velhas Reserva 2013, Douro D.O.C., Portugal: Big, black and brooding with dark fruit, tar, smoke and dust. Lots of toasty oak. Full palate whack. Good price. Food pairings: grilled Mediterranean chicken, grilled chicken breast with citrus and rosemary. Drink: 2015 - 2019 354738 13.5% D 750 mL $18.95 Score: 88/100. April 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Callabriga Touriga Franca 2012, Dão D.O.C., Portugal: Black cherry liqueur on the nose and palate. This is a big, black brooding wine that finishes with pepper and smoke. Complex and layered. Pair with prime rib. Touriga Franca food pairings: pork and bean cassoulet, roast shoulder of pork with mushroom and shallot gravy, pork cutlet and scalloped potatoes. Drink: 2015 - 2018 43638 14% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 88/100. April 2016. Best Value Red Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Juan Gil 4 Meses Monastrell 2014, Jumilla D.O., Spain: Full-bodied, juicy, savoury and delicious Spanish red wine offering great value. Loaded with dark wild blackberries, purple plums and forest-deep cherries and cedar. Decant this wine 1-2 hours for maximum pleasure. Pair with veal chops. Monastrell food pairings: veal chops in creamy white wine sauce, veal schnitzel, Osso Buco, veal liver and olives in rose sauce. Drink: 2016 - 2020 13656 14.5% D 750 mL $16.95 Score: 89/100. April 2016. Best Value Red Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Laughing Stock Portfolio Merlot 2013, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia V.Q.A., Canada: A robust BC red wine blend that positioned as a cult wine with its price, though it doesn't deliver on value and taste. Made by two MBA graduates, thus the name "Portfolio" and Laughing "Stock." This is a blend of Merlot, Cabernets Sauvignon and Franc, and Malbec grapes. Pair with over-priced restaurant meals. Merlot food pairings: pulled pork sandwiches, garlic and fresh herb crusted pork roast, ham and green pea soup. Drink: 2015 - 2018 71464 14% XD 750 mL $54.95 Score: 88/100. April 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Finca Flichman Delicado Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Mendoza, Argentina: Very oaky with charred black fruit and dark chocolate. Full-bodied and brooding. Needs a rare steak. Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: roast partridge stuffed with garlic, wild duck comfit, wild turkey and root vegetable stew. Drink: 2014 - 2019 721423 14.2% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 86/100. April 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rendola Classic Wines Brunello Di Montalcino 2004, Tuscany Docg, Italy: Dark, rich and mouth-watering with brooding black heart. Aromas of black cherry, spice and smoke. Drink: 2010 - 2016 181412 13.5% XD 750 mL $36.95 Score: 88/100. April 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Trapiche Terroir Series Ambrosia Vineyard Malbec 2010, Mendoza, Argentina: The grapes for this magnificent Argentine red wine are sourced from vineyards in Gualtallary, Tupungato and Mendoza planted at an altitude of 1307 metres above sea level in mostly sandy soil and 30% calcaire gravel. The grapes are carefully hand harvested, with bunch and berry selection and destemming. Fermentation is done with wild native yeast and maceration takes place in small concrete vats over 25 days, at 26-28ºC with a natural malolactic fermentation. The wine is then aged for 18 months in new French oak barrels with bottle aging of another 12 months. This Malbec offers classic aromas of black fruit, thyme, rosemary, and anise. Great mineral depth with firm tannins and a long finish. Pair with game meats and hard cheeses. Highly recommended. Drink: 2012 - 2020 402941 15.5% XD 750 mL $39.95 Score: 94/100. April 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Featherstone Winery Red Tail Merlot 2013, Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Sweet dark cherry aromas on the nose with some mocha. Medium-bodied and super smooth with juicy and fleshy black plums flavours. Very nice. Merlot food pairings: beef, cheese, poultry, pork tenderloin , quesadillas, game. Drink: 2013 - 2017 131540 12.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. April 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Wildass Red 2012, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Black fruit aromas and flavours with a firm tannic grip on the palate of this full-bodied Niagara red wine blend. Fire up the grill! Drink: 2013 - 2017 86363 13.1% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 87/100. April 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mountadam Estate Patriarch High Eden Shiraz 2010, Eden Valley, South Australia, Australia: Generous mint and black cherry aromas on the nose wrapped in toasty oak. Full grip with mouth-filling layers of black fruit flavour. Pair with grilled meats. Shiraz food pairings: grilled or charred red meats, game, BBQ sauced spareribs, hamburgers, steak. Drink: 2013 - 2017 906255 13.5% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 91/100. April 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

13th Street Winery Gamay Noir 2013, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Lovely toasty oak aging that's integrated with the fleshy blackberry notes on this medium-bodied Niagara red wine. Mocha and espresso smoke wrap around a black fruit core. This is a very full-bodied style of Gamay Noir and I really like it. Finishes long and smooth. Pair with grilled seafood. Gamay Noir food pairings: grilled salmon, antipasto plate, meaty tomato based pasta, roasted turkey. Drink: 2015 - 2017 177824 13.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. April 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Wakefield Jaraman Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Clare Valley, Coonawarra, South Australia, Australia: Minty coolness on the nose of this gorgeous Australian red wine is flooded by fleshy blackberry richness on the palate. A hedonist's wine to fill the senses. Full-bodied and smooth Cabernet Sauvignon. Finishes with dried herbs, tobacco leaves and cedar brush. Very satisfying, especially at this price. Pair with ribeye steak. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: beef enchiladas, barbecued ribs in sauce, hamburger, hard cheese.. Drink: 2015 - 2019 142398 14.5% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 93/100. April 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Hogue Cellars Genesis Meritage 2012, Columbia Valley, United States: Full-bodied and savoury with notes of black fruit, smoke and dried herbs. Pair with grilled meats. Drink: 2014 - 2020 443135 13.5% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 88/100. April 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Errazuriz Aconcagua Alto Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Aconcagua Valley, Chile: Savoury and juicy with dried herbs and seductively fleshy black berries. Supple texture. Wow, this is great! Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: herbed steaks, beef fajitas. Drink: 2016 - 2022 203364 14% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 91/100. April 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rosé

Santa Julia Vida Orgánica Malbec Rosé 2015, Mendoza, Argentina: Strawberry pie sprinkled with spice and cinnamon. Zesty with mouth-watering acidity. Pair with cold chicken sandwiches. Malbec Rosé food pairings: baked mushrooms stuffed with cream cheese crab and green onion, mushroom and onion risotto, cheese and potatoes rissole. Drink: 2015 - 2017 271015 13.5% XD 750 mL $13.95 Score: 87/100. April 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Zonte's Footstep Scarlet Ladybird Rosé 2015, Fleurieu Peninsula, South Australia, Australia: Full-bodied Australian rose with lots of acidity. Raspberry aromas and lots of spice. Pair with cold cuts. Rosé food pairings: veal masala, veal and ham casserole, veal breast with herb stuffing. Drink: 2015 - 2017 408476 13.5% D 750 mL $15.95 Score: 88/100. April 2016. Best Value Rosé Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

L'ostal Cazes Rosé 2015, Midi I.G.P., France: Pink florals and spice on the nose and palate of this delicate, light-bodied French rose. Perfect as an aperitif or companion to light seafood dishes. Rosé food pairings: roast quail stuffed with wild mushrooms and leek, sausage and apple stuffed Cornish hen, rabbit goulash. Drink: 2015 - 2017 450809 13% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 88/100. April 2016. Best Value Rosé Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Saint Aix Rosé 2015, Coteaux D'aix En Provence A.P., France: Lovely and light bodied with notes of spring flowers and raspberries. Racy and exciting acidity on the palate. Pair with grilled seafood. Rosé food pairings: endive and ham in Moray (white) sauce, chicken a la king, tagliatelle with ham. Drink: 2015 - 2017 451906 13% D 750 mL $22.95 Score: 91/100. April 2016. Top Rated Rosé Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Maby La Forcadière Tavel Rosé 2015, Rhone A.C., France: Love this fresh, mouth-watering Tavel rosé with racy, tart field berries and spices. Great aperitif or pair it with planked salmon. Pair with grilled seafood. Rosé food pairings: grilled chicken breast stuffed with ham and cheese, flattened Cornish hen with savoury dressing. Drink: 2015 - 2017 701318 13.5% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 92/100. April 2016. Top Rated Rosé Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Gabriel Meffre Saint Ferréol Tavel Rosé 2015, Rhone A.C., France: Full-bodied, savoury and mouthwatering with complex aromas of garrigue, thyme and dried herbs. This is French rose at its pinnacle. Grab it while you can. Pair with grilled chicken. Rosé food pairings: chickpea, parsley and feta salad, Caesar salad. Drink: 2015 - 2017 450866 13% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 93/100. April 2016. Top Rated Rosé Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Duca Catemario Di Quadri Collezione Privata Pinot Grigio Rosé 2015, Friuli D.O.C., Italy: Soft and pretty with soft floral and strawberry blossom notes. Serve as a chilled aperitif on a hot summer's day. Pinot Grigio Rosé food pairings: green salad with feta and cranberries, spinach salad with strawberries and balsamic dressing, tomato, basil and boccocini salad. Drink: 2015 - 2017 451146 12.5% D 750 mL $14.95 Score: 88/100. April 2016. Best Value Rosé Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Viña Real Rosado 2015, Rioja D.O.C.A, Spain: Lots of mouth-watering acidity and savoury dried herbs on the palate of this light Spanish rose. Very pretty and refreshing. Needs grilled veggies. Rosado food pairings: curried pork, sweet and sour pork, pork croquettes. Drink: 2015 - 2017 451120 12.5% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 88/100. April 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rosés

Villa Maria Estate Private Bin Rose 2015, Marlborough, New Zealand: Pretty aromas of field strawberries tickle the nose and senses on this vibrant New Zealand rose. It's dry and delicate yet refreshing. It finishes with a touch of spice and sun-dappled berries. Pair with planked salmon. Serve chilled. Drink: 2015 - 2017 234377 12.5% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 90/100. April 2016. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sparkling Wine

Tarlant Zero Brut Nature Champagne, Champagne A.C., France: Aged character rather than fresh: toasted almond with some golden amber aromas. For those who love aged champagne. Champagne food pairings: smoked salmon and crème fraiche, fresh trout stuffed with shrimp and spring onion, spring onion and shrimp spring rolls. Drink: 2016 - 2017 996264 12% XD 750 mL $57.95 Score: 90/100. April 2016. Top Rated Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

Yalumba Organic Viognier 2015, South Australia, Australia: Lovely spice and honeydew on the nose of this benchmark Australian Viognier. Perfect for mild to medium curries. Viognier food pairings: Moroccan couscous; grilled pork chops with mango chutney. Drink: 2016 - 2020 288217 14.5% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 90/100. April 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Attems Pinot Grigio 2014, Venezia Giulia, Friuli I.G.T., Italy: A terrific Pinot Grigio year after year with fresh, zesty aromas of lime, white pear and grapefruit. Mouth-wateringly perfect for grilled fish or calamari. Pinot Grigio food pairings: grilled chicken breast, summer salads, pork burgers, oysters on the half-shell. Drink: 2014 - 2016 707950 13% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. April 2016. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cloudline Pinot Gris 2014, Willamette Valley, Oregon, United States: Crisp, fresh and zesty Oregon Pinot Gris. This is Oregon's iconic white wine grape. Great balancing acidity for seafood or shellfish. Pinot Gris food pairings: pork tenderloin, roast turkey , seafood, pasta with cream sauce. Drink: 2014 - 2018 159988 13% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. April 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Wineworks A To Z Chardonnay 2014, Oregon, United States: Fresh, crisp and clean Oregonian chardonnay with mouth-watering green apple and lime lift. Pair with fresh seafood or pasta in a cream sauce. Chardonnay food pairings: marinated lemon herb chicken breast grilled on the barbie. Drink: 2016 - 2019 269258 13% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 90/100. April 2016. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Chateau Ste. Michelle Gewurztraminer 2013, Columbia Valley, Washington, United States: A lovely expression of Washington Gewürztraminer with aromas of classic lychee, rosewater, spice. Pair with curries and Asian dishes. Gewurztraminer food pairings: spicy salmon and tuna sashimi, cream of curry soup. Drink: 2015 - 2017 443176 12% M 750 mL $20.95 Score: 91/100. April 2016. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Joel Gott Riesling 2012, Columbia Valley, Washington, United States: Minerality and wet stone with a blossoming of lime citrus brightness on the palate. Mouth-watering and juicy. Perfect for fresh seafood. Riesling food pairings: Masala salad, saffron potato cakes, spinach and watercress salad with raspberry dressing. Drink: 2014 - 2019 443143 12.9% M 750 mL $19.95 Score: 91/100. April 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Skuttlebutt Stella Bella Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2014, Margaret River, South Australia, Australia: Generously mouth-watering: Herbal and lime notes but not aggressive. Refreshing with passion fruit and pink grapefruit. Pair with fresh seafood. Sauvignon Blanc Semillon food pairings: coquilles St Jacques, Greek salad, salmon tartare served on shaved carrot and zucchini. Drink: 2016 - 2019 47621 13.5% D 750 mL $18.95 Score: 89/100. April 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Josef Chromy Pepik Chardonnay 2014, Tasmania, Australia: Crisp and clean Australian Chardonnay from a cool climate that preserves fruit freshness. I can't taste any oak. Green apple vibrancy on the palate. Pair with shellfish. Chardonnay food pairings: chicken Kiev bites in white sauce, chicken onion mini quiches. Drink: 2016 - 2019 378240 13% XD 750 mL $22.95 Score: 91/100. April 2016. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Pikes Traditionale Riesling 2015, Clare Valley, South Australia, Australia: Classic cool-climate Australian Riesling with lime, wet stone and lemon zest. Racy acidity for shellfish. Riesling food pairings: spicy salmon and tuna sashimi, cream of curry soup. Drink: 2017 - 2021 66894 12% D 750 mL $23.95 Score: 90/100. April 2016. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Fielding Estate Bottled Chardonnay 2014, Beamsville Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Light and subtle with some white melon not a lot of acidity. Fresh and soft. Nice aperitif sipping wine. Chardonnay food pairings: oriental chicken salad with yoghurt and citrus dressing. Drink: 2016 - 2019 355842 12.5% XD 750 mL $21.95 Score: 88/100. April 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Bonterra Sauvignon Blanc 2014, Mendocino, Lake County, California, United States: A mild Californian white wine with medium body and attractive notes of white flowers and lime. Pair with seafood dishes. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: seafood stew, broiled scallops, seafood cocktail. Drink: 2015 - 2017 86249 13.1% D 750 mL $18.95 Score: 88/100. April 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Montes Outer Limits Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Zapallar, Aconcagua Valley, Chile: Lots of herbal and fresh cut grass notes. Crisp and mouth-watering acidity. Pair with shellfish. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: clam, mussel and scallop hot pot, raw oysters, crab and asparagus omelet. Drink: 2015 - 2017 389643 12.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. April 2016. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Marisco Vineyards The King's Favour Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Waihopai, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: Lovely, expressive kiwi sauvignon blanc. Herbal but not too grassy. Great mouth-watering acidity. Pair with oysters or clams. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: Masala salad, saffron potato cakes, spinach and watercress salad with raspberry dressing. Drink: 2015 - 2018 374165 12.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 92/100. April 2016. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Anne De Laweiss Vieilles Vignes Gewurztraminer 2013, Alsace A.C., France: A seductive and floral Alsatian white wine made from the spicy Gewürztraminer grape. Lots of flavour for Asian dishes. Gewurztraminer food pairings: curried shrimp, biryani, green curry chickpeas and potatoes. Drink: 2015 - 2017 141226 12.8% D 750 mL $20.95 Score: 92/100. April 2016. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château De La Bretesche Muscadet Sèvre Et Maine Sur Lie 2014, Loire A.C., France: Zesty and vibrant with fresh notes of white grapefruit and minerality. Lots of racy acidity for seafood. Muscadet Sèvre Et Maine Sur Lie food pairings: raw oysters on the half shell with lemon and herb dressing. Drink: 2015 - 2017 412163 12% XD 750 mL $13.95 Score: 88/100. April 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château De Tréviac 2014, Corbières, Midi A.P., France: Lemon zest and white grapefruit on the nose and palate of this fresh French white wine with lots of racy acidity. Pair with shellfish. Food pairings: smoked whitefish on baguette, avocado and smoked salmon salad. Drink: 2016 - 2018 438747 13.5% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 88/100. April 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mönchhof Robert Eymael Riesling 2014, Mosel Qualitätswein, Germany: Perfect petrol (stay with me), lime, apricot: balance, finish, juicy flavours, sweetness in tandem with focus. Pear and apple pie on the finish. Great with glazed ham, sweet potatoes and happy discussions. Riesling food pairings: pad Thai, pacers, aloof tick. Drink: 2016 - 2020 553776 10% MS 750 mL $21.95 Score: 92/100. April 2016. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Fattoria Il Palagio Le Ginestrelle Vernaccia 2013, San Gimignano, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: Green citrus and white grapefruit with white pepper and lots of acidity. Medium-bodied and mouth-watering. Pair with quiche and vegetarian dishes. Vernaccia food pairings: steamed vegetables in white sauce on penne, grilled chicken in a citrus white sauce over linguini. Drink: 2015 - 2017 435636 12.5% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 87/100. April 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Quinta De Couselo Rosal 2014, Rías Baixas D.O., Spain: Savoury, juicy and medium-bodied with racy, mouth-watering acidity. Notes of white peach and grapefruit. Pair with fresh seafood. Food pairings: oyster spinach green onion crusted with mashed potato hot pot, potted shrimp on herbed toast, seafood chowder. Drink: 2016 - 2018 440362 13% XD 750 mL $23.95 Score: 89/100. April 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


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