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Vintages Release July 9, 2016

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Dessert Wine

Williams & Humbert Walnut Brown Medium Sweet Sherry, D.O., Spain: A lovely oloroso sherry that's not as sweet as a cream cherry; rather it has a terrific dark nutty, black toffee goodness (thus Walnut Brown). Try this sometime instead of tawny port with hard cheeses, toasted nuts or crème brûlée. Sherry food pairings: spice cake, crème brûlée, fruit-based desserts, pastries, fresh field berries in cream.. Drink: 2016 - 2020 437467 19.5% S 750 mL $13.95 Score: 88/100. July 2016. Best Value Dessert Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Red Wine

Vicchiomaggio Ripa Delle Mandorle 2014, Tuscany I.G.T., Italy: Smoky Tuscan red wine with dark tart cherry aromas. Good value for the money. A quaffer (stop analyzing). Food pairings: spaghetti bolognese, coq au vin, gourmet hamburgers. Drink: 2016 - 2019 677930 13% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 87/100. July 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Xavier Châteauneuf-Du-Pape 2011, Rhone A.C., France: Plush black plum aromas give this wine a luscious mouth-filling character and juiciness before an incoming tide of peppered darker fruit that creates a lovely bite. Full-bodied and voluptuous. Drink now if you decant for 2 hours or hold it in your cellar for a decade or more. Incredible richness, depth and concentration. Demands hearty meat dishes. This is a blend of 65% Grenache and the remainder equal parts Mourvèdre and Syrah grapes. Loaded with purple and black plums and liquorice on the finish. Châteauneuf-Du-Pape food pairings: prime rib, wild game, cherry and wine-reduction sauces.. Drink: 2013 - 2021 244814 14.5% XD 750 mL $39.95 Score: 92/100. July 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cigliano Chianti Classico 2013, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: Smooth and almost full-bodied Italian red wine with tart cherry, rust and lots of acidity. Almost past prime, but not quite. Pair with a tangy tomato sauce. Chianti Classico food pairings: bucatini with sausage and peas, roast beef, stuffed roasted turkey.. Drink: 2015 - 2019 189803 13.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 88/100. July 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Famiglia Bianchi Malbec 2014, San Rafael, Mendoza, Argentina: Absolutely phenomenal for the price! Here’s your summer party wine by the case. Juicy blackberry liqueur rich aromas and flavours. Full-bodied and ultra-smooth. Pair with barbecued meats and late-night conversations. Malbec food pairings: chicken herb-rubbed roast, breaded veal cutlets, tagliatelle alla Bolognese, lamb burgers,. Drink: 2016 - 2020 677559 14.5% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 88/100. July 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rodney Strong Wine Estates Symmetry 2012, Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California, United States: A towering and august wine of great depth and structure. Needs cellar time. Aromas of black currant and cassis with toasty oak. this is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Food pairings: mushroom garlic stuffed flank steak, prime rib roast, barbequed flat iron steak. Drink: 2014 - 2020 641142 15.3% XD 750 mL $74.95 Score: 90/100. July 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Oak Bay St. Hubertus Pinot Noir 2012, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia V.Q.A., Canada: Dark cherry and fresh earth on the nose of this BC pinot noir. Medium-bodied, smooth and supple. Pair with grilled seafood. Pinot Noir food pairings: roast duck in port wine sauce, veal chops, grilled duck sausages, pork tenderloin. Drink: 2014 - 2020 267146 12.5% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 87/100. July 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Lapostolle Cuvée Alexandre Carmenère 2013, Colchagua Valley, Chile: A solid Chilean red wine made from the country's iconic Carmenere grape. Notes of black plums. Pair with grilled lamb. Carmenère food pairings: pork tenderloin en croute served with Honeycrisp apple sauce. Drink: 2015 - 2020 169813 14% D 750 mL $24.95 Score: 89/100. July 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Finca El Origen Reserva Malbec 2015, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina: A little warm on the nose form the alcohol, but balanced and rich on the palate. Plummy, juicy, supple and tasty. Great price for this plum-packed malbec and a soft jazz finish. Pair with grilled pork chops. Malbec food pairings: pulled pork sandwiches, Swedish meatball stew, barbequed rib steak. Drink: 2017 - 2021 65664 14.1% D 750 mL $15.95 Score: 88/100. July 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Thorn-Clarke Shotfire Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz 2013, Barossa, South Australia, Australia: A firm tannic grip o the palate: needs cellar time then decant 2 hours. This full-bodied red wine wonder is a blend of 56% Cabernet Sauvignon and 44% Shiraz grapes. It packs a lot of black fruit flavour along with attractive dark spices, pepper and anise. It's concentrated, rich and deep with a long, satisfying finish. Bring it on with a prime rib dish. Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz food pairings: prime rib roast, slow-braised beef short ribs, barbequed lamb ribs. Drink: 2015 - 2021 296582 14.7% D 750 mL $21.95 Score: 89/100. July 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Georges Duboeuf Domaine Mont Chavy 2013, Morgon, Beaujolais A.C., France: Juicy and mouth-watering with blackberries and a pleasantly long finish. Surprisingly full-bodied for Beaujolais and the Gamay grape, but then again, the Morgon region is among the best of Beaujolais and capable of producing great wines like this one. Pair this with holiday turkey. Drink: 2013 - 2016 276477 12.8% D 750 mL $21.95 Score: 90/100. July 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Jackson-Triggs Grand Reserve Meritage 2012, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Wow, what a spectacular red wine blend of Cabernet and Merlot grapes! This Niagara producer has made the most of the amazing 2012 vintage. Complex, concentrated, rich and satisfying with a long finish. Loaded with dark fruit and smoke. Highly recommended. Meritage food pairings: grilled red meats, gourmet sausages. Drink: 2014 - 2020 594002 12.5% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 90/100. July 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mountadam Estate The Red 2009, High Eden, Eden Valley, South Australia, Australia: This full-bodied and complex Australian red wine features great depths of black fruit and some mocha notes. Long finish. This wine was aged in new French oak barriques for 2 years and the added richness enfolds your palate. This is a traditional meritage blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc grapes. Perfect for dinner parties. Savoury, meaty and delicious with some espresso on the finish. Pair with a rare steak. Yum! Food pairings: Asian chicken salad, asparagus and sugar snap sea soup, autumn hodge-podge, pork tenderloin. Drink: 2013 - 2019 931105 14.5% D 750 mL $34.95 Score: 90/100. July 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Antiche Terre Ripasso Valpolicella 2013, Veneto D.O.C., Italy: Love that smoky, meaty, sizzling bacon nose! The Antiche Terre winery was founded in 2000, and in a short time has earned a reputation for respecting the traditions of the Veneto wine region, while injecting some new energy and style into its winemaking. Honkin' big black fruit with great depths of flavour and concentration. A pleasant finish with some notes of tar and smoke. Awesome price! Fire up the grill please! Ripasso Valpolicella food pairings: grilled steaks, gourmet sausages, hamburgers, pasta with chorizo. Drink: 2014 - 2018 178459 13.5% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 90/100. July 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

3 Rings Shiraz 2013, Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia: The high alcohol is evident with the heat on the palate of this rich, full-bodied Australian Shiraz. Attractive aromas and flavours of fleshy ripe black plum and blackberry liqueur with toasty oak. Shiraz food pairings: hamburgers, espresso and cocoa-rubbed flank steak, black bean soup, cheese. Drink: 2014 - 2019 15495 15.2% D 750 mL $18.95 Score: 90/100. July 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Castello Di Gabbiano Bellezza Chianti Classico 2012, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: Here's a knock-out Italian red that is at once robust and flavourful yet ultra-smooth and refined. All the elements have come together in this wine including a spectacular vintage. Aromas of dark fruit and smoke. Pair with rare steak. Drink: 2015 - 2023 158229 13.5% XD 750 mL $44.95 Score: 93/100. July 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Kings Ridge Pinot Noir 2014, Willamette Valley, Oregon, United States: Lots of acidity and tart cherry with tomato leaf aromas and flavours. Oregon Pinot Noir is a different wine than pinots from other regions: it's edgier, mouth-watering and acidic in a great way that can handle many dishes from planked salmon to roast chicken. This wine also sports a silky texture, medium body and a snap on the finish. Pinot Noir food pairings: cedar-planked salmon, roast beef, turkey, pork tenderloin, coq au vin.. Drink: 2016 - 2020 237776 13% XD 750 mL $27.95 Score: 89/100. July 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rancho Zabaco Heritage Vines Zinfandel 2014, Sonoma County, California, United States: Savoury, juicy and delicious with terrific aromas and flavours of blackberry, black raspberry and lip-smacking tasty spice. Lovely balance: not over-the-top. Just what you want for the BBQ. Pair with grilled meats and fun times with friends. Zinfandel food pairings: gourmet hamburger, lamb burger stuffed with feta cheese, bobotje. Drink: 2016 - 2020 434605 14.8% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 91/100. July 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Kaiken Terroir Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Mendoza, Argentina: This Argentine red wine blend offers savoury, dark plum and cedar brush aromas on the nose. This is a full-bodied well-priced Argentine. Lots of mocha and dark chocolate on the nose and palate from generous oak aging. Pair with chorizo sausages or jambalaya. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: game burgers, beef steak, rack of lamb. Drink: 2016 - 2020 384305 14.5% D 750 mL $15.95 Score: 90/100. July 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Baglio Di Pianetto BDP Nero D'avola 2013, Sicily I.G.T., Italy: Love this especially for the price! Gorgeous layers of liquid black plums roll down a velvet carpet of polished tannins. Pair with grilled pork chops. Nero D'avola food pairings: grilled lamb skewers, lamb tangine, lamb chops in red wine and garlic. Drink: 2015 - 2019 207423 13% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 89/100. July 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Stalking Horse Shiraz 2012, Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia: Campfire smoky, with charred wood embers and toasty oak. Tasty with black fruit. Smooth and full-bodied. Great price. Pair with grilled meats. Shiraz food pairings: roast venison, three pepper beef steak, venison burgers on the barbeque. Drink: 2014 - 2018 251215 14.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. July 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Luciano Arduini Amarone Di Valpolicella Classico 2011, Veneto D.O.C.G., Italy: Full-bodied, pitch black Amarone with aromas and flavour of black cherry liqueur. Pair with roast beef. Amarone Di Valpolicella Classico food pairings: wine-braised duck, legume and pancetta stew, noodles with rabbit ragout. Drink: 2013 - 2020 438507 14% XD 750 mL $48.95 Score: 91/100. July 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Alkoomi Shiraz 2014, Frankland River, Western Australia, Australia: Smoke and savoury bacon on the nose and palate with fleshy, juicy black plums on the palate. Full-bodied, supple and smooth. Pair with a pepper steak. Shiraz food pairings: roast rack of lamb, prime rib roast, New York striploin on the barbeque. Drink: 2016 - 2020 138560 14.5% D 750 mL $16.95 Score: 89/100. July 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Barahonda Sin Madera Monastrell 2014, Yecla D.O., Spain: Big sweet purple plums and blueberries on the nose and palate. Smooth and full-bodied. Black and red liquorice on the finish. Pair with gourmet hamburgers. Monastrell food pairings: pork tornedos, tenderloin en croute, pizza Margherita. Drink: 2016 - 2020 366823 14.5% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 87/100. July 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tablas Creek Esprit De Tablas 2012, Paso Robles, California, United States: A charry, almost roast black fruited wine with loads of oak and smoke. Pair with grilled meats. Food pairings: three-cheese pizza, tomato and herb stuffed pork chops, savoury pot pie. Drink: 2014 - 2019 735654 14.5% XD 750 mL $65.95 Score: 88/100. July 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Quinta Do Encontro Preto Branco Reserva 2013, Bairrada D.O., Portugal: Dark chocolate, mocha and espresso on the nose followed by fleshy ripe blackberries on the palate. Full-bodied and smooth. Food pairings: three-pepper steak with sauteed bell peppers, tortellini stuffed with turkey, Bolognese meat sauce over noodles. Drink: 2015 - 2019 452755 14% D 750 mL $18.95 Score: 87/100. July 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

La Gerla Brunello Di Montalcino 2010, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: Sandalwood, wood smoke, wild forest cherry and violets on the nose of this classic Italian red wine from the northern wine region in the country. Exotic and lovely. Full-bodied and supple. Long, satisfying finish that is both refreshing and mouth-filling. Love it! Brunello Di Montalcino food pairings: grilled steak, roast leg of lamb, hard cheese, veal piccata. Drink: 2012 - 2019 642561 14.5% XD 750 mL $63.95 Score: 90/100. July 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Dark Side Of The Moon Claymore Wines Shiraz 2013, Clare Valley, South Australia, Australia: Charred black fruit and black currant and wild cassis aromas on the nose: well-structured and balanced, not flabby. Lots of acidity. Loaded with dark fruit depths and concentration of flavour. Smart use and integration of oak, with this wine having spent 18 months in barrel. This full-bodied red wine pairs well with lamb. Shiraz food pairings: grilled radicchio, beef prosciutto & greens, black bean soup, blue cheese, lamb.. Drink: 2015 - 2020 72652 14.3% XD 750 mL $27.95 Score: 91/100. July 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Piazzano Blend 2 2013, Tuscany I.G.T., Italy: Full-bodied with a firm tannic grip on the palate. This wine needs more cellar time. Aromas of blackened fruit, tar and oak. Decant 2 hours and pair with a rare steak. Food pairings: cranberry braised partridge, pork filet au gratin with green herbs, grilled chicken breast with cranberry and red currant sauce. Drink: 2017 - 2022 455493 14% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 88/100. July 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Coppi Peucetico Primitivo 2010, Gioia Del Colle, Puglia D.O.C., Italy: Lots of mocha and dark chocolate on the nose from oak aging. Sweet purple plums on the palate. It's full-bodied with layers of voluptuous dark fruit. Perfect for meat lovers' pizza and meat sauce pasta. This Primitivo (aka Zinfandel) offers dark spice and vanilla smoke on the finish. Pair with Bolognese or salami and charcuterie. Primitivo food pairings: veal scaloppini in a sun-dried tomato sauce, salad, pasta.. Drink: 2012 - 2016 724674 13.5% D 750 mL $14.95 Score: 87/100. July 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Nada Giuseppe Casot Barbaresco 2012, Piedmont D.O.C.G., Italy: The 2012 vintage of this rich, full-bodied Italian red wine is a blend of 50% Sangiovese, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Merlot grapes. The vines are planted primarily in the vineyards of Poggio Casciano and Santedame, which is hilly clay rich in fossil fragments. The wine undergoes a malolactic fermentation and a post-fermentative maceration on the skins for 2 weeks to add richness and depth. It's then aged for 12 months in first, second and third use American and French 225 litre oak barrels. This Super Tuscan is worthy of your attention, from its ruby-violet gem glints in the glass to its finish as long as a Tuscan country road. It delivers an intense bouquet of black cherry, plum, graphite, dried tobacco leaves and dark spice. This robust red wine has remarkably polished tannins that yield to a supple, smooth texture. Incredible concentration and flavour at such a reasonable level of alcohol. Pair with truffle-inflected dishes and grilled meats. Food pairings: pork tenderloin, grilled chicken, autumn hodge-podge. Barbaresco food pairings: ratatouille and shell pasta with tomato sauce, tomato and squash casserole, veal stew. Drink: 2014 - 2020 456988 14% D 750 mL $41.95 Score: 90/100. July 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rosés

Quails' Gate Estate Winery Rosé 2015, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada: Lovely strawberry florals on the nose and palate of this dry, zesty BC rose. Perfect for cold cuts, charcuterie and creamy cheeses. Rosé food pairings: lox and capers, grilled salmon steak, fresh fruit, veggies, pasta primavera. Drink: 2015 - 2017 275842 13% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 89/100. July 2016. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Flat Rock Cellars Pink Twisted Rosé 2015, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Sweet strawberry aromas on the nose and berry flavours on the palate of this off-dry Niagara rose. Pair with toasted almonds and creamy cheeses. Rosé food pairings: poached salmon fillet, vegetarian dishes. Drink: 2015 - 2017 39974 12.5% MD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 87/100. July 2016. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Perrin & Fils Tavel 2015, Rhone A.C., France: Soft with rose petal floral. No biting acidity here yet it's still fresh. Fleshy cherries. Lovely aperitif. Pass that bottle please. Food pairings: lox and capers, grilled salmon steak, shellfish, fresh fruit, veggies, pasta primavera.. Drink: 2015 - 2017 680801 13.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. July 2016. Top Rated Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sparkling Wine

Domaine Allimant-Laugner Brut Crémant D'alsace, Alsace A.C., France: A crisp, fresh, toasty well-priced Alsatian sparkling wine. A gentle, persistent mousse rather caresses the palate -- not aggressive at all. Absolutely elegant. Crémant D'alsace food pairings: smoked white fish, roast chicken, Munster cheese, duck liver pate,. Drink: 2016 - 2020 30593 12.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 91/100. July 2016. Top Rated Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Pierre Sparr Le Clos Sainte Odile Brut Crémant D'alsace, Alsace A.C., France: Crisp, fresh and dry with notes of lemon zest freshness. Perfect aperitif or companion to shellfish. Crémant D'alsace food pairings: pan-fired pickerel, gravalax, steamed shrimp with lemon butter. Drink: 2016 - 2019 457788 12.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. July 2016. Top Rated Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

G.H. Mumm Le Millésimé Champagne 2006, Champagne A.C., France: Toasty, with baked bready and crisp refreshment. Very well-priced for Champagne. Great as an aperitif or companion to a fried chicken feast. Champagne food pairings: spicy tuna and salmon sashimi, oysters on half shell with strawberry champagne ice, smoked fish and baguette. Drink: 2012 - 2016 439224 12% XD 750 mL $82.95 Score: 90/100. July 2016. Top Rated Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

Spinyback Sauvignon Blanc 2014, Nelson, South Island, New Zealand: Herbal and very grassy with big mouth-watering acidity for a variety of dishes. Medium-bodied and food-friendly. Lime zested on crushed stones on the finish. Try it with vegetarian pizza or seafood. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: pasta, shellfish, Caesar salad, turkey pot pie. Drink: 2014 - 2016 694737 13.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 88/100. July 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Bachelder Chardonnay 2013, Burgundy A.C., France: Lime and lemon essence on the nose. Extremely crisp, refreshing and clean on the palate with marvellous mouth-watering acidity for a wide range of dishes from seafood to salads. Finishes with dried herbs, more green citrus and a long core of minerality. As fresh as a mountain spring sourced deep inside the cavernous soils. Try it with vegetarian dishes. Chardonnay food pairings: steamed prawn in garlic and lemon sauce, king crab in lemon butter, steamed mussels. Drink: 2015 - 2019 416602 13% XD 750 mL $28.95 Score: 90/100. July 2016. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Chehalem Inox Unoaked Chardonnay 2014, Willamette Valley, Oregon, United States: A lovely unoaked Oregonian Chardonnay with notes of fresh melon and apple. Medium-bodied with a touch of acidity. Floral and attractive. Pair with roasted chicken. Chardonnay food pairings: poached salmon with sauteed snap peas and snow peas, Thai seafood noodle salad, butternut squash risotto,. Drink: 2015 - 2019 288647 13.6% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 90/100. July 2016. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

J. Lohr Flume Crossing Sauvignon Blanc 2014, Arroyo Seco, Monterey County, California, United States: Like grassy, herbal New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc with lots of acidity and lime and fresh cut grass. Great for vegetarian dishes. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: Thai green curry fish, fresh oysters on the half shell, chicken and sage skewers,an-fried freshwater fish. Drink: 2016 - 2018 418228 13.5% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 88/100. July 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio 2015, Valdadige, Alto Adige Trentino D.O.C., Italy: Fresh, clean and crisp with sunshine bright aromas of lemon zest, lime blossom and white peach. Finishes with crisp lime citrus notes. Pair with grilled veggies. Pinot Grigio food pairings: shellfish, chicken, salads, basil pesto and pasta. Drink: 2017 - 2019 687558 12.5% XD 375 mL $9.95 Score: 89/100. July 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Irony Small Lot Reserve Chardonnay 2013, Napa Valley, California, United States: Full-bodied, textbook Californian Chardonnay: butter, oak and some peach. Pair with grilled chicken. Chardonnay food pairings: coquilles St Jacques, cheese, poultry, spiced grilled seafood.. Drink: 2015 - 2018 27409 14.5% D 750 mL $21.95 Score: 89/100. July 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tabali Reserva Especial Chardonnay 2013, Limarí Valley, Chile: Racy vibrancy with green apple zest with some good balancing acidity. Full-bodied, rich and mouth-filling. Notes of chives and lime. Pair with grilled seafood. Chardonnay food pairings: roast chicken breast in cream sauce, poached salmon in white lemon butter sauce, grilled asparagus with cheese sauce. Drink: 2014 - 2018 663005 14% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 88/100. July 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Opawa Pinot Gris 2015, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: Dry and mouth-watering with good acidity in this New Zealand white wine made from Pinot Gris grapes. Aromas of chives and lime. Pair with mussels and oysters. Pinot Gris food pairings: pork tenderloin, roast turkey, pasta with cream sauce, cheeses, salads. Drink: 2017 - 2019 408625 13.5% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 88/100. July 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Duca Catemario Collezione Privata Pinot Grigio 2015, Friuli, Italy: Clean and crisp Italian white wine made from Pinot Grigio grapes. Aromas of lemon and lime. Pair with shellfish and salads. Pinot Grigio food pairings: pasta with cream sauce, grilled chicken breast, summer salads, pork burgers.. Drink: 2015 - 2018 120782 12.5% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 87/100. July 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tinhorn Creek Vineyards Chardonnay 2014, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia V.Q.A., Canada: Balanced and supple with mouth-watering juiciness. Yellow apple and some toasted almond. Pair with grilled seafood. Chardonnay food pairings: linguini with rose sauce, creamy green herb risotto, asparagus with fried egg. Drink: 2014 - 2019 378489 14% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 88/100. July 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ironstone Vineyards Chardonnay 2014, Lodi, California, United States: Classically made Californian Chardonnay with balance and finesse, but it also reveals lip-smacking delicious flavours of green apple and butterscotch. The winemaking Kautz family was first to plant Chardonnay grapes in Lodi and that experience with the varietal shows. There's a crisp, refreshing finish. Crack it open tonight. Finishes with fleshy ripe tropical fruit flavors and toast. Almost full-bodied, lots of oak and butter with some peach fruit. Pair with roast chicken. Chardonnay food pairings: pasta, shellfish, chicken breast, barbecued pork. Drink: 2015 - 2018 355776 13.5% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 88/100. July 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Henry of Pelham Winery Speck Family Reserve Chardonnay 2014, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A rich, buttery, luscious Niagara Chardonnay with layers of complexity and pleasure. Aromas of toasted almond and orchard apples. Balanced with a long finish of longing. Pair with grilled or roasted chicken. Chardonnay food pairings: roast chicken, lobster in butter, sweet pea soup, smoked fish. Drink: 2015 - 2020 616466 14% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 92/100. July 2016. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Artesa Chardonnay 2013, Carneros, California, United States: The Carneros cool climate shows through in the mouth-watering acidity, while this full-bodied Californian white wine finishes with aromas of tree fruit, citrus and vanilla smoke. Pair this Chardonnay with roasted chicken. Chardonnay food pairings: lobster in butter sauce, beef bourguignon, breads, cheese, poultry. Drink: 2013 - 2017 657585 14.3% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 89/100. July 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Gérard Bertrand Viognier 2014, Languedoc, Pays D'oc, Midi I.G.P., France: A classic floral Viognier from southern France by one of the region's best-known producers. Aromas of clementine, apple blossom and honeydew on the nose. Lemon zest and mouth-watering on the palate. Medium- to full-bodied. Intense and lovely. Great for Asian fare. Viognier food pairings: grilled shrimp, lobster, crab cakes. Drink: 2014 - 2019 147975 13% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 90/100. July 2016. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Chatelain Les Charmes Pouilly-Fumé 2013, Loire A.C., France: Lime and lemon essence on the nose. Extremely crisp, refreshing and clean on the palate with marvellous mouth-watering acidity for a wide range of dishes from seafood to salads. Finishes with dried herbs, more green citrus and a long core of minerality. As fresh as a mountain spring sourced deep inside the cavernous soils. Try it with vegetarian dishes. Pouilly-Fumé food pairings: steamed prawn in garlic and lemon sauce, king crab in lemon butter, steamed mussels. Drink: 2015 - 2020 727990 13% XD 750 mL $21.95 Score: 88/100. July 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Waterkloof Circle Of Life 2012, Stellenbosch W.O., South Africa: Something wonderful here! A gorgeous blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc and Chenin Blanc grapes in this luscious South African white wine. Aromas of smoke, green apple, butter and smoke. Perfect for grilled chicken. Food pairings: fried herb-crusted and panko trout, chickpea lentil pea and potato curry, pizza with pork sausage. Drink: 2013 - 2017 284588 13.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 91/100. July 2016. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château des Charmes St. David's Bench Vineyard Chardonnay 2012, St. David's Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Butterscotch, toasty oak and green apple vibrancy. Waiting for roast chicken or turkey. Chardonnay food pairings: roast chicken, turkey tetrazzini, roast lemon duck. Drink: 2014 - 2017 430991 14% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 87/100. July 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Flat Rock The Rusty Shed Chardonnay 2013, Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Love this Niagara Chardonnay: voluptuous but balanced. Like you in your jeans. Chardonnay that is the liquid version of worn-in jeans. Comfy, familiar, just right. Almost full-bodied, this tongue-loving, caressing white wine will be perfect tonight when you kick back with some buttered popcorn and an old movie. Chardonnay food pairings: pan fired scallops, spinach and pepper jack stuffed chicken, toasted ravioli served with Alfredo sauce.. Drink: 2015 - 2018 1552 13.5% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 88/100. July 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Pearl Morissette Cuvée Dix-Neuvième Chardonnay 2013, Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Some nail polish acetone on the nose: very volatile acidity. Opens with sharp peach on the palate. Chardonnay food pairings: pan fried scallops, spinach and pepper jack stuffed chicken breast, ravioli served with Alfredo sauce. Drink: 2015 - 2018 303602 13.8% XD 750 mL $38.20 Score: 87/100. July 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mount Riley Limited Release Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: A zesty, medium-bodied, unoaked New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc with aromas of freshly cut grass and lime. Herbal on the palate with lots of acidity. Pair with shellfish. Drink: 2017 - 2019 447425 13.5% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 89/100. July 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Martinon Entre-Deux-Mers 2014, Bordeaux A.C., France: A layered, full-bodied white wine that's expertly made with terrific balance and length. Smoky, like a comforting campfire, and all the stories to boot. Loaded with green apples, hazelnut and some spice. Try it with roast chicken. Entre-Deux-Mers food pairings: bouillabaisse, creamed savour chicken over flat noodles, pizza with mussels, clams and cheese. Drink: 2016 - 2018 421230 13% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 88/100. July 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Charles Baker Ivan Vineyard Riesling 2015, Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Classic Niagara Riesling from a master. Lemon fresh with wet stone. Pair with seafood. Riesling food pairings: pad Thai, shrimp tempura, grilled salmon with lemon sauce, eggs benedict. Drink: 2017 - 2022 395921 12% D 750 mL $27.20 Score: 92/100. July 2016. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Megalomaniac Selfie 2015, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Crisp and clean, and delivering lots of delight. Pair with seafood. Food pairings: lemon and green herb crusted fried sole, baked sole with gooseberry coulee, pizza with cheese and arugula. Drink: 2017 - 2020 453506 13.5% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 88/100. July 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


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