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Vintages Release June 25, 2016

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Dessert Wine

Chateau Imperial Tokaj 3 Puttonyos Aszu 2004, Tokaj-Hegyalja, Hungary: Apricot preserves and peach jam on the nose of this enticing dessert wine. Not too sweet: beautifully balanced. Food pairings: spicy ginger pork, samosas. Drink: 2012 - 2020 354506 10.5% MS 500 mL $22.95 Score: 92/100. June 2016. Top Rated Dessert Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cabral Late Bottled Vintage Port 2009, Douro D.O.P., Portugal: A full-bodied Portuguese dessert wine at a nice price. Notes of blackberry jam. Pair with Black Forest cake. Port food pairings: roasted nuts, manchego cheese, stilton cheese. Drink: 2016 - 2020 457713 19.5% S 750 mL $17.95 Score: 88/100. June 2016. Best Value Dessert Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Red Wine

Hitching Post Hometown Pinot Noir 2013, Santa Barbara County, California, United States: A smoky, fresh cherry-berry Californian Pinot Noir with silky texture and a pleasing medium-bodied weight. Just enough acidity to make this wine very versatile with food from planked salmon to roast chicken. Some fresh berry and spices on the finish. Partners Gary Hartley and Frank Ostini (Hartley-Ostini), a fisherman and chef respectively, have been producing wine since 1979. They characterize their Pinot Noirs as soulful due to the cool maritime climate that moderates temperatures. You can also taste their wines at the Hitching Post restaurant featured in the movie Sideways. Pinot Noir food pairings: grilled tuna with a pepper crust, grilled pork chops, lamb kabobs, venison burgers, roast veal. Drink: 2014 - 2019 256644 14.1% XD 750 mL $28.95 Score: 91/100. June 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Yalumba Shiraz 2014, South Australia, Australia: This organic red wine is full-bodied, smooth and delicious with aromas of smoky black plums and blackberries. Deep and rich and satisfying. Great taste for the price. It opens beautifully on the palate with rich flavours of fleshy black fruit. Some pepper and spice and everything nice on the finish. Shiraz food pairings: gourmet burgers, mutton with mint and coriander, pizza, barbecued beef, pork. Drink: 2014 - 2020 280883 14.5% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 92/100. June 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Gemma Giblin Riserva Barolo 2007, Piedmont D.O.C.G., Italy: A terrific Barolo! Big, tannic grip but gorgeous flavours flow in and around that dry feeling with juicy dried cherries and leather and smoke. Full-bodied with an incredibly long finish on this robust red wine. Dried tobacco leaves and leather on a satisfying ending. Barolo food pairings: meat and cheese stuffed porcini mushrooms, prime rib beef, lamb. Drink: 2009 - 2019 185025 14% D 750 mL $38.95 Score: 95/100. June 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Monte Del Frá Lena Di Mezzo Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico 2011, Veneto D.O.C., Italy: Full-bodied and remarkable lively for such a towering, well-structured red wine. It offers seductive aromas of dark spices, black fleshy cherry and mouth-watering juiciness. Balanced, deep, concentrated and long. Just the way you want the perfect evening to go. Try it with prime rib. Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico food pairings: beef, prime rib, hamburger. Drink: 2013 - 2018 47506 15% D 750 mL $53.95 Score: 92/100. June 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

J. Lohr South Ridge Syrah 2013, Paso Robles, California, United States: A pleasant, smooth, full-bodied Syrah with lots of toasty oak, smoke and vanilla-hickory notes from generous oak aging. Black fruit aromas and flavours on this Californian red wine. Pair with hearty meat dishes. Syrah food pairings: meat pizza, Margherita pizza, feta stuffed hamburgers. Drink: 2015 - 2019 948240 13.5% XD 750 mL $22.95 Score: 88/100. June 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Manus Dei Du Château Sixtine Châteauneuf-Du-Pape 2012, Rhone A.C., France: A full-bodied red wine that is a blend of tradition Rhone grapes: Grenache Syrah Mourvèdre Cinsault. This wine is bursting with black fruit aromas. Supple with dark spices and a long finish. Decant 2 hours. Drink with hearty meat dishes. Spice and anise on a long finish. Try it with a pepper steak. Châteauneuf-Du-Pape food pairings: beef bourguignon, roast lamb, pasta with Bolognese sauce.. Drink: 2014 - 2020 719120 15% D 750 mL $38.95 Score: 91/100. June 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Des Terrisses Grande Tradition Gaillac 2012, Southwest, A.C., France: Cedar and smoke on the nose of this full-bodied southern French red wine. Tart black currant and cassis notes. Pair with a juicy rare steak. Food pairings: beef pot roast with dumplings, minced beef and cabbage casserole, tenderloin beef Wellington. Drink: 2014 - 2019 451922 13% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 88/100. June 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Six Eight Nine 689 Cellars 2014, Napa Valley, California, United States: Loads of sweet chocolate on the nose and palate of this full-bodied, smooth Californian red wine from oak aging. Pair with gourmet hamburgers. Food pairings: oriental duck salad, stir fried duck and lemon and orange zest, Mandarin duck salad. Drink: 2016 - 2020 383976 13.5% XD 750 mL $26.95 Score: 88/100. June 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Viña Eguía Reserva 2010, Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain: Grapes from 30-year-old vines and the wine is matured for 2 years in American oak. Full-bodied with attractive aromas and flavours of dark fruit and smoke. Try it with grilled meats. Grippy tannins and lots of acidity. Some rust on the finish. Food pairings: lasagna with three cheeses, mussels Portuguese, pizza Margherita. Drink: 2012 - 2017 325845 13.5% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 88/100. June 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mitolo G.A.M. Shiraz 2012, Mclaren Vale, South Australia, Australia: This is a powerhouse of a wine, wow! Seductively rich, black cherry liqueur runs through its black heart. Full-bodied, velvet-smooth and hedonistically satisfying. Shiraz comes from the Chinese Block vineyard which is located in the Willunga district at the southern end of McLaren Vale. Biting acidity that isn't unpleasant just a surprise. Result > needs food like steak. Pair with brontosaurus burgers and King Henry VIII-style feasts (you may not need a fork and knife for the food, but you will--almost-- for this concentrated, chewy wine). Highly recommended. Shiraz food pairings: three cheese pizza, Margherita pizza, roasted asparagus, garlic and goat cheese flan. Drink: 2014 - 2019 596031 14.5% D 750 mL $39.95 Score: 93/100. June 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Eugénie Cuvée Réservée De L'aïeul 2013, Cahors, Southwest, A.C., France: A full-bodied juicy southern French red wine with dark fruit. Usually wines from the Cahors region are darker, blacker and oakier, but this one is not and delightfully so! Very nicely done, especially for the price. Not heavy on alcohol either for this region. Savoury, juicy and balanced with dried herbs on the finish. Food pairings: beef and roasted root vegetables casserole, beef steak on the barbeque, roast rack of lamb. Drink: 2015 - 2020 295949 14.5% XD 750 mL $22.95 Score: 90/100. June 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine De L'alba L'ermite 2013, Corbières, Midi A.C., France: The 2013 vintage of this robust Corbières l'Ermite is a red wine blend of Carignan, Grenache and Syrah grapes. This wine is matured in oak barrels. Lots of black fruit, cedar brush, pencil led and smoke. Pair with grilled meats. Food pairings: venison meatball pot pie, wild turkey shepherd's pie, roast rabbit and mushroom herb dumplings. Drink: 2015 - 2018 446138 13% D 750 mL $17.00 Score: 88/100. June 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

ORTAS Cave de Rasteau La Domelière Rasteau 2014, Rhone A.C., France: Produced by Cave de Rasteau, this rich, concentrated southern French red wine offers aromas and flavours of black cherry liqueur and dark spices. Pair with hearty meat dishes, especially grilled hamburgers. Made with old vines of grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre. Food pairings: hamburger stuffed with feta cheese, bobotje, pasta and rich tomato meat sauce. Drink: 2016 - 2020 222927 14.5% D 750 mL $16.95 Score: 89/100. June 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Pierre Amadieu La Grangelière Vacqueyras 2014, Rhone A.C., France: Savoury with cedar brush, spices and dried herbs on the nose and palate. Wild tart raspberry on the finish. Pair with grilled meats. Decant 1-2 hours. Food pairings: New York strip loin steak, mushroom and herb stuffed flank steak. baseball Sirloin burger. Drink: 2016 - 2021 76398 14% D 750 mL $22.95 Score: 91/100. June 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Chimney Rock Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California, United States: Rich, round, full-bodied and balanced with a chalky finish. Dark fruit aromas and flavours; nice layering of sensual pleasure. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: hearty meat dishes, pepper steaks, smoky ribs, mushroom burgers. Drink: 2014 - 2022 731810 14.2% XD 750 mL $99.95 Score: 90/100. June 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Les Yeuses Les Épices Syrah 2013, Languedoc, France: Fantastic for the money! Full-bodied and juicy with black and purple fleshy plums and berry aromas and flavours. The Ultimate grilled hamburger wine. Great for parties given the price. Syrah food pairings: ribs, lamb, burgers. Drink: 2013 - 2016 177584 13.5% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 88/100. June 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ninquen 2012, Colchagua Valley, Chile: A delicious, full-bodied red with mocha and dark red fruit. Pair with a rare steak. Food pairings: braised beef. Drink: 2013 - 2018 675553 14% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 90/100. June 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Villa Medoro Rosso Del Duca Montepulciano D'abruzzo 2012, Abruzzo D.O.C., Italy: Rustic and robust Italian red wine with cedar brush and black fruit aromas. The 2012 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Rosso del Duca is complex and layered with luxurious layers of black fruit and pencil led. Pair with a big meat casserole. Montepulciano D'abruzzo food pairings: pizza, meat loaf. Drink: 2013 - 2017 357160 14% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 88/100. June 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tom Gore Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Sonoma County, California, United States: Beautifully balanced and well-structured Californian Cabernet. Juicy and mouth-watering wit seductive aromas of cassis and fleshy blackberry. Pair with a pepper steak. Drink: 2015 - 2019 451336 13.5% MD 750 mL $17.00 Score: 89/100. June 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Henry of Pelham Winery Reserve Baco Noir 2013, Niagara, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: August Baco Noir that rises to Bordeaux levels of elegance and complexity. Aromas of black plums, cassis, smoke and earth. Pair with brisket. Baco Noir food pairings: blackened, smoked beef dishes, grilled radicchio, hamburgers. Drink: 2014 - 2019 461699 13.5% D 750 mL $24.95 Score: 92/100. June 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Kacaba Vineyards Cabernet Syrah 2013, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Peppery with black plum on the nose: love this! Full-bodied, juicy, voluptuous. Wowsers. Some smoke and pepper on the finish. This wine begs for a rare steak. Cabernet Syrah food pairings: herb-rubbed sirloin steaks, lamb tangine, roast rack of lamb, beef long ribs on the barbie. Drink: 2014 - 2019 317925 13.1% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 90/100. June 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Raymond Reserve Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Napa Valley, California, United States: A delicious red with ripe red fruit, plum and raspberry notes. Pair with a rare steak. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: steak, stew, bison, venison, boar. Drink: 2014 - 2018 715979 14.4% XD 750 mL $39.95 Score: 90/100. June 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tawse Winery Inc. Laundry Vineyard Cabernet Franc 2012, Lincoln Lakeshore, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: This rich, robust Niagara red wine was aged for 16 months in French oak, 20% of which was new and imparts a toasty flavour to the ripe black fruit. Lots of complexity and satisfaction in the glass. There's a cult following for the Laundry Cabernet Franc vintage after vintage. The 2012 vintage was a strong one. The grapes are grown on some of the oldest Cabernet Franc vines in Niagara. Pair with a rare steak. Cabernet Franc food pairings: old cheeses, fried, roasted or barbecued meats, seared pepper steak, roast beef, game meats. Drink: 2014 - 2019 130997 13.5% D 750 mL $31.95 Score: 90/100. June 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Burrowing Owl Estate Winery Pinot Noir 2014, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada: Spicy, dark and rich BC Pinot Noir with layers of rich fleshy ripe red berry flavours. Full-bodied with a long finish. Pair with game meats. Pinot Noir food pairings: veal chops, grilled duck sausages, pork tenderloin, barbecued lamb sirloin, grilled carrot mash and spring greens purée. Drink: 2015 - 2019 556613 13% XD 750 mL $40.95 Score: 90/100. June 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cousiño-Macul Don Matias Reserva Syrah 2014, Maipo Valley, Chile: A savoury, tart, dry Chilean red wine with wild cassis and red currant notes with lots of acidity. Full-bodied. Pair with grilled meats. Syrah food pairings: baseball steak with sautéed mushrooms on wilted greens, selection of prosciutto and breasola meats, bacon onion and potato omelet. Drink: 2016 - 2021 443515 14% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 87/100. June 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Blue Pyrenees Shiraz 2013, Victoria, Australia: Strong minty aromas wrapped in fleshy blackberries. Full-bodied and supple. Powerful, concentrated, deep and dark. Pair with a rare steak. Shiraz food pairings: Roast leg of lamb in roasted garlic and rosemary, lamb chops in rich tomato sauce and green herbs, lamb tangine. Drink: 2015 - 2021 935890 14.5% XD 750 mL $23.95 Score: 88/100. June 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

World's End If Six Was Nine Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Napa Valley, California, United States: Pitch black like tar in aroma and taste. Grippy beyond grippy tannins. This big baby needs cellar time then decant for 17 hours and pair with a rare brontosaurus steak. Oiy. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: hearty meat dishes, hard cheese, pepper steaks, smoky ribs.. Drink: 2015 - 2019 396127 14.5% XD 750 mL $79.95 Score: 89/100. June 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mas Des Bressades Les Vignes De Mon Père Cabernet Syrah 2013, Vin De Pays Du Gard, Midi I.G.P., France: Big black, tarry fruit and oak on the nose of this blockbuster red wine. A consistently great producer of robust red wines from Southern France. A savoury and deep red with dark red fruit and dried herbs. Mouth-watering and juicy. Some smoke and dark spices on the finish. Try it with prime rib. Cabernet Syrah food pairings: Roast Beef, Beef tenderloin in garlic and red wine sauce, Beef long ribs on the BBQ. Drink: 2015 - 2019 712174 14% D 750 mL $21.95 Score: 89/100. June 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Paxton Aaa Shiraz Grenache 2013, Mclaren Vale, South Australia, Australia: Succulent black fruit, including plums and blackberries. Lots of oak. Full-bodied. Pair with grilled meats. Shiraz Grenache food pairings: roast leg of Pork, pork tenderloin en croute, steak and kidney pie. Drink: 2015 - 2019 149898 14% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. June 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Willow Bridge Dragonfly Shiraz 2014, Geographe, Western Australia, Australia: A terrific, full-bodied, cool-climate Shiraz from Australia with dark fruit notes and some mint. Finishes with black raspberry and anise. Try it with gourmet hamburgers. Shiraz food pairings: gourmet hamburgers, Salisbury steak, bobotje. Drink: 2016 - 2020 289249 13% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 87/100. June 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Vistalba Corte C Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Mendoza, Argentina: Savoury, juicy fleshy ripe purple and black plums on the nose and palate. A smoky, savoury full-bodied Argentine wine with wood smoke and card smoke on the nose. Great price. Pair with barbecued meats or even better have a traditional asada -- BBQ in Argentina. Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: Salisbury steak, garlic and fresh green herbs hamburgers on the barbeque, pasta with rich tomato and meat sauce. Drink: 2016 - 2020 398818 14% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 89/100. June 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rupert & Rothschild Baron Edmond 2011, Western Cape W.O., South Africa: A gorgeous South African red wine blend of 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc grapes. Classic aromas of blackberry, cassis and black currant and smoke Superb craftsmanship. Pair with filet mignon. Food pairings: slow-roasted crown of pork stuffed with corn niblets chickpea green onion and cilantro, stir-fried pork tenderloin, veal Parmigianino. Drink: 2013 - 2020 433870 14% XD 750 mL $45.00 Score: 93/100. June 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cline Cellars Pinot Noir 2014, Sonoma Coast, California, United States: Fleshy ripe and sweet cherry and field berries with some mocha from oak aging. Full-bodied and satin smooth. Pair with grilled chicken. Pinot Noir food pairings: veal medallions, lamb in a red wine sauce, roasted pork loin, coq au vin, venison burgers.. Drink: 2016 - 2019 329649 14.5% D 750 mL $25.95 Score: 88/100. June 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Fincas Patagonicas Tapiz Alta Collection Malbec 2013, Mendoza, Argentina: Pitch black in flavour and hue: this is a brooding, blockbuster, don't mess with me wine. Holy smoke. Black currant, black, charred plum and roasted blackberry. This wine has walked through the fires of hell and lived to tell the tale. Pair with grilled meats. It's the only thing this wine knows. Malbec food pairings: pork roast with cranberry and cherry stuffing, pork roasted vegetables and cider stew, pork loin with prunes and sherry. Drink: 2015 - 2020 450155 14.2% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 92/100. June 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Concha Y Toro Terrunyo Lot No. 1 Carmenère 2013, Peumo, Chile: A terrific Carmenere form a cool vintage showing depth of flavour and finesse. Long finish. Pair with grilled lamb. Carmenère food pairings: rich tomato and roasted Italian vegetables sauce over penne, beef stuffed tomatoes and peppers. Drink: 2015 - 2020 451872 14% XD 750 mL $39.95 Score: 90/100. June 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Vega Moragona La Duna Single Vineyard Tempranillo 2011, Ribera Del Jucar D.O., Spain: Bizarre yet interesting: weird ripe dark purple berries, smoke and rusty earth. Full-bodied with juicy acidity for grilled meats. Tempranillo food pairings: roast shoulder of lamb with rosemary and citrus glaze, tenderloin of lamb wellington, grilled lamb lollipops. Drink: 2013 - 2017 378877 14% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 88/100. June 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Iwines Qu Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Maipo Valley, Chile: Loaded with sweet chocolate, mocha, coffee and espresso from lavish oak aging. Sweet black plums on the palate. Full-bodied and smooth. Pair with Mexican mole. Cabernet Sauvignon 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 - 2018 443531 13.5% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 87/100. June 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rosé

13th Street Winery Pink Palette Rosé 2015, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A robust Niagara rosé with aromas of rhubarb and cranberry on the nose that follow through on the dry, mouth-watering palate. Good acidity for food. Finishes with pink grapefruit and clementine. Pair this wine with lightly spiced or curried dishes. Rosé food pairings: charcuterie, pork or mushroom burgers, bean salads, salty cheeses like pecorino or asiago. Drink: 2015 - 2017 275834 12% D 750 mL $15.95 Score: 87/100. June 2016. Best Value Rosé Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Marques De Caceres Rosé 2015, Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain: This rose has an attractive depth and nuance with seductive aromas of ripe raspberries. Good mouth-watering action for food. Great price. Bone-dry, full-bodied rosé from Rioja, a region better known for robust red wines. This wine can handle even more robust dishes like grilled salmon and chicken. Seared tuna would pair beautifully with this vibrant rosé. Rosé food pairings: grilled salmon, grilled chicken salads, grilled pork dishes. Drink: 2015 - 2017 622142 13.5% XD 750 mL $13.95 Score: 89/100. June 2016. Best Value Rosé Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rosés

Southbrook Vineyards Triomphe Cabernet Franc Rosé 2015, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Rhubarb and strawberry notes on a sunny afternoon sitting on the deck. Dry, refreshing and medium-bodied. Dozy happiness. Pair with planked salmon. Cabernet Franc Rosé food pairings: spinach greens and fresh strawberry salad, goat cheese brick and dried cranberries and herbs, strawberry rhubarb crumble. Drink: 2015 - 2017 279117 12% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. June 2016. Top Rated Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Stratus Vineyards Wildass Rosé 2015, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Soft and pretty with aromas of sweet scented roses and lavender. Soft on acidity. Nice quaffer. Rosé food pairings: lox and capers, grilled salmon steak, shellfish, fresh fruit, veggies, pasta primavera.. Drink: 2015 - 2017 71712 11.8% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 87/100. June 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Caves D'esclans Whispering Angel Rosé 2015, Côtes De Provence, Provence A.C., France: Lovely pretty in pink French rosé with bone dry mouth-watering acidity. Aromas of field strawberries. Surprisingly robust for Provence which tends to be very light. Good balancing acidity and dry finish. Perfect for planked salmon. Rosé food pairings: marinated olives and chorizo tapas, a charcuterie platter, salmon burgers. Drink: 2015 - 2017 325076 13.5% XD 750 mL $26.95 Score: 92/100. June 2016. Top Rated Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Francis Coppola Sofia Rosé 2015, Monterey County, California, United States: Medium-bodied and pretty with rose petal and watermelon notes. Sofia is the name of Frances Ford Coppola's daughter. Pair with movie night and fresh seafood. Rosé food pairings: mild curry dishes, lamb stew, white turkey meat, tacos, salads.. Drink: 2015 - 2017 284943 12.8% D 750 mL $24.95 Score: 88/100. June 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Gérard Bertrand Gris Blanc Rosé 2015, Pays D'oc, Midi I.G.P., France: A pale ballet slipper pink, almost crystalline transparency in the glass. This southern French rosé is made from Grenache Noir and Grenache Gris grapes, thus Gris Blanc (grey-white) are hand-picked in the Roussillon region located in Tautavel between the Mediterranean sea and the Pyrenees mountains. The wine is matured on the fine lees for several weeks before bottling. Lovely mouth-watering acidity for fresh seafood salads. Finishes savoury with dried herbs and garrigue with some light racy cherry on the finish. Rosé food pairings: seafood salad, chilled prawns with strawberry champagne dressing, seafood ceviche. Drink: 2015 - 2017 451138 12.5% XD 1500 mL $29.95 Score: 91/100. June 2016. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Creekside Estate Winery Cabernet Rosé 2015, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Rhubarb and strawberry aromas on the nose: very enticing. Bold and refreshing with layers of small berry flavours. Dry and mouth-watering. This vivacious rose is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, which lends more depth and concentrated flavour of dark field berries and a refreshing finish. Pair with planked salmon. Cabernet Rosé food pairings: salmon steaks, sausages, lightly savoury cheeses like white cheddar or smoked provolone.. Drink: 2015 - 2017 48819 13.5% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 88/100. June 2016. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

Domaine Bott-Geyl Schoenenbourg Riesling 2012, Alsace A.C., France: An extremely complex Alsatian white wine made from the classic Riesling grape. Very food friendly and versatile. Pair with fresh seafood. Riesling food pairings: curry shrimp, pad Thai, sushi. Drink: 2014 - 2020 456970 12% D 750 mL $50.95 Score: 91/100. June 2016. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Claude Vialade Le Carla Special Reserve Colombard Sauvignon Blanc 2014, Côtes De Gascogne, Midi I.G.P., France: Lemongrass, lime and grapefruit on the nose and palate of this mouth-watering French white wine with lots of acidity for seafood and shellfish. Colombard Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: spicy salmon and tuna sashimi, cream of curry soup. Drink: 2014 - 2016 438788 11.5% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 87/100. June 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Inspector Péringuey Chenin Blanc 2014, Stellenbosch W.O., South Africa: Rich and full-bodied with smoky greatness and big aromas of deeply golden apple and campfire. Pair with grilled pork chops. Awesome. Chenin Blanc food pairings: seafood stew, broiled scallops, seafood cocktail. Drink: 2014 - 2019 443473 13.5% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 91/100. June 2016. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Bestheim Classic Gewurztraminer 2014, Alsace A.C., France: This off-dry Alsatian Gewurztraminer offers lovely notes of apricot preserves and honeydew and apple blossom. Some baking spice on the finish. Pair with cheeses and fruit-based desserts. Gewurztraminer food pairings: light sea-food dishes, Asian dishes, pork tenderloin, mile curried chicken. Drink: 2016 - 2020 656801 13% M 750 mL $18.95 Score: 90/100. June 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

CrossBarn by Paul Hobbs Cross Barn Chardonnay 2014, Sonoma Coast, California, United States: A luscious Californian Chardonnay, yet marked with great balance and finesse. Tropical fruit aromas a touch of smoke. Pair with grilled chicken. Chardonnay food pairings: Masala salad, saffron potato cakes, spinach and watercress salad with raspberry dressing. Drink: 2016 - 2019 235945 13.5% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 90/100. June 2016. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tolpuddle Vineyard Chardonnay 2013, Tasmania, Australia: A lovely, rich and luscious Australian Chardonnay from the cool climate island of Tasmania. Notes of butter and green apple. Pair with roasted chicken. Chardonnay food pairings: Masala salad, saffron potato cakes, spinach and watercress salad with raspberry dressing. Drink: 2015 - 2018 447045 13% D 750 mL $58.95 Score: 90/100. June 2016. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Parker Coonawarra Estate Chardonnay 2014, South Australia, Australia: A full-bodied, mouth-watering Australian chardonnay with notes of yellow and green apple. Pair with grilled chicken. Chardonnay food pairings: smoked whitefish on baguette, avocado and smoked salmon salad. Drink: 2016 - 2018 447029 14% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. June 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine De La Baume Elisabeth Viognier 2014, Pays D'oc, Midi I.G.P., France: Lovely floral and spice aromatics in this medium-bodied French white wine made from Viognier grapes. Wow! Pair with mild and medium curries and spices. Viognier food pairings: oriental chicken salad with yoghurt and citrus dressing. Drink: 2015 - 2018 438796 13.5% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 91/100. June 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Simonnet-Febvre Chablis 2014, Burgundy A.C., France: Clean and crisp with a dry finish. White peach and lemon on the palate with a lovely medium body. Very typical of the region. Brisk with a lick of lemon zest on the finish. Chablis food pairings: prawn bisque, brie fondue, mushroom stuffed chicken breast, oysters, grilled vegetables.. Drink: 2016 - 2022 41780 13% XD 750 mL $25.95 Score: 89/100. June 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Babich Wines Black Label Sauvignon Blanc 2014, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: A zesty, spritely New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc with aromas of chives, lime zest and lemongrass. Pair with fresh seafood. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: Asian chicken salad, pork tenderloin, linguine carbonara, pizza, grilled salmon. Drink: 2014 - 2017 9142 13% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 92/100. June 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Santa Ema Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2014, Leyda Valley, Chile: Grassy, herbal, gooseberry and lemon in this mouth-watering Chilean Sauvignon Blanc with lots of acidity. Pair with fresh seafood. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: perch filets in Newburg sauce, pan-fried lemon herb crusted walleye (or pickerel), salmon croquettes. Drink: 2014 - 2016 443507 13.5% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 87/100. June 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Matahiwi Estate Holly Sauvignon Blanc 2014, Wairarapa, North Island, New Zealand: A grassy, refreshing New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc with notes of lime and chives on the finish. Pair with seafood. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: clam, mussel and scallop hot pot, raw oysters, crab and asparagus omelet. Drink: 2016 - 2018 447391 13.5% XD 750 mL $25.95 Score: 88/100. June 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine De La Fruitière Sèvre & Maine Sur Lie Muscadet 2014, Loire A.C., France: Crisp, dry and refreshing French white wine. Pair it with oysters and other shellfish. Muscadet food pairings: raw oysters on the half shell with lemon and herb dressing. Drink: 2016 - 2018 451112 13% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 88/100. June 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Hogue Chardonnay 2013, Columbia Valley, Washington, United States: Full-bodied and smoky with toasted oak notes. Bright apple aromas on the mid-palate. Pair with grilled chicken. Chardonnay food pairings: turkey and vegetable casserole, turkey pot pie, marinated grilled turkey breast with red berry sauce. Drink: 2014 - 2017 402172 13.5% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 89/100. June 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

El Gordo Del Circo Verdejo 2014, Rueda D.O., Spain: Fresh and crisp with lots of acidity. Notes of white grapefruit and lime on the palate. Pair with shellfish. Verdejo food pairings: clam, mussel and scallop hot pot, raw oysters, crab and asparagus omelet. Drink: 2016 - 2018 441220 13.5% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 87/100. June 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Bersano Gavi Di Gavi 2014, Piedmont D.O.C.G., Italy: Clean, crisp and mouth-watering with a lovely lime brightness and lift. No oak, just freshness. Perfect for seafood. Gavi Di Gavi food pairings: steamed clams in lemon butter, mussels in their own juice, oyster hot pot. Drink: 2016 - 2020 999979 12.5% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 89/100. June 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Morgadio Da Torre Vinho Verde Alvarinho 2014, Vinho Verde D.O.C., Portugal: This Vinho Verde is a crisp white wine from Sogrape Vinhos that is green melon fresh and mouth-watering: loaded with personality. Great aperitif or companion to shellfish. This lively white really highlights the refreshing nature of the Alvarinho grape, which is known in Spain as Albariño. Vibrant notes of lime-citrus course through the glass with a lovely silver seam of acidity to keep things interesting, especially with seafood. Finishes with stonefruit and white grapefruit notes. Terrific minerality. Alvarinho food pairings: seafood tapas, spiced mixed olives with garlic and lemon zest, smoked fish appetizers, spring green salads. Drink: 2016 - 2018 960955 12.5% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 89/100. June 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Stonehedge Reserve Chardonnay 2013, Napa Valley, California, United States: Smoky with campfire and hickory smoke on the nose. Full-bodied and smooth with more smoke from toasty oak aging on the palate. Baked apple on the finish. Pair with smoked turkey. Chardonnay food pairings: linguine with clams and fennel, stuffed roasted turkey, Asian dishes, grilled seafood. Drink: 2014 - 2017 311548 13.9% D 750 mL $23.95 Score: 89/100. June 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domdechant Werner Hochheimer Riesling 2012, Rheingau, Germany: Stunning concentration or orange blossom essence and dried apricot. Lovely lightness yet packed with flavour. Pair with seafood. Riesling food pairings: light curry dishes, pad Thai, smoked fish. Drink: 2014 - 2018 722413 9% M 750 mL $21.95 Score: 90/100. June 2016. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Frog's Leap Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Rutherford, Napa Valley, California, United States: Intense lemon vibrancy on the nose and palate, which also offers green apple tartness. Assertive mouth-watering acidity. Crisp and refreshing with nuances of long wispy grass in a fresh spring rain. Finishes with green apple and lime tang. Try it with vegetarian dishes. This Californian Sauvignon Blanc is produced by a winery founded in 1981 by John Williams and Larry Turley. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: bell peppers, cheeses, shellfish, Caesar salad, corned beef and cabbage. Drink: 2015 - 2018 966036 13% XD 750 mL $34.95 Score: 89/100. June 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Zuccardi Serie A Torrontés 2014, Salta, Argentina: Intensely lemon floral notes with some acidity. Medium bodied. Torrontés food pairings: Asian dishes, fresh seafood salad, seafood appetizers, smoked turkey sandwiches. Drink: 2014 - 2017 389262 14% D 750 mL $15.95 Score: 86/100. June 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

St. Urbans-Hof Old Vines Riesling 2014, Mosel Q.B.A., Germany: Off-dry with lovely peach and pear ripeness. Perfect for glazed ham or sweet potatoes. Riesling food pairings: sushi, grilled salmon. Drink: 2014 - 2019 995746 9.5% MD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. June 2016. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


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