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Vintages Release July 23, 2016

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Dessert Wine

Reif Estate Winery Icewine Vidal 2013, Niagara River, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Serious Platonic ideal of apricot preserves in this lovely Niagara icewine from Reif. Luscious layers of peach preserves fold over each other across your mouth and then bring on a tide of pleasurable sun-dappled orchard fruit on the finish. Pair with fruit flans and cobblers. Vidal food pairings: spice cake, crème brûlée, fruit-based desserts, pastries, fresh field berries in cream. Drink: 2014 - 2020 544791 10% S 200 mL $24.95 Score: 92/100. July 2016. Top Rated Dessert Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Red Wine

Rodney Strong Wine Estates Merlot 2012, Sonoma County, California, United States: Smooth, jazz wine: don't think, just drink. Dark plums, some toast. Merlot food pairings: rack of BBQ ribs, veal Porterhouse, grilled lamb, pepper steak, lentil dishes. Drink: 2013 - 2017 497933 13.5% XD 750 mL $22.95 Score: 87/100. July 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Crios Malbec 2014, Mendoza, Argentina: Winemaker Susana Balbo does it again and delivers a remarkable tasty red wine at a very reasonable price point. Lots of blackberry, cassis and black currant here with toasty oak. Pair this Malbec with grilled pork chops. Malbec food pairings: hamburger, roasted veal, beef, hearty soups, meatloaf. Drink: 2015 - 2018 162529 13.5% D 750 mL $14.95 Score: 89/100. July 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Lungarotti Rubesco Sangiovese Canaiolo Colorino 2012, Rosso Di Torgiano, Umbria D.O.C., Italy: Very tart, acidic and tannic: sour cherry notes with blackened earth. Perfect for a tangy, acidic tomato sauce best served in a rustic Italian taverna with Mamma coaxing you to eat more ... You are too thin! This rustic Italian red wine is a blend of Sangiovese, Canailo and Colorino grapes. Lots of minerality and earthy notes. Drink: 2015 - 2018 368548 13.5% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 88/100. July 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

16 Mile Cellar Rebel Pinot Noir 2011, Niagara, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Tart cherry and cranberry aromas on the nose and palate. Lots of acidity. Medium-bodied and smooth. Pair with seared tuna. Drink: 2012 - 2018 461731 13.3% XD 750 mL $22.95 Score: 88/100. July 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Zuccardi Q Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Mendoza, Argentina: Savoury, dark, meaty and brooding. Ripe aromas of blackberries and black plums with a smoky, satisfying finish. Yum! Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: steaks, ribs, grilled meats, pasta sauces, pizza, cheese, hearty stews, blackened seafood. Drink: 2016 - 2019 140855 14% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. July 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

St. Hallett Gamekeeper's Shiraz 2014, Barossa, South Australia, Australia: As good as ever: this full-bodied Aussie Shiraz delivers. This popular Australian Shiraz offers terrific taste especially for the price. Ripe and tart blackberry flavours with some black plum and just enough oak. Very consistent producer. Lovely dark cherry notes on the finish. Lip-smacking delicious. The 2014 vintage of the St. Hallet Shiraz is mouth-watering and full-bodied: this robust red cries out for a rare steak! Shiraz food pairings: pizza, barbecued beef, bison steak, grilled chicken, fajitas. Drink: 2016 - 2018 166991 13.5% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 90/100. July 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Corte Giara Allegrini Superiore Valpolicella Ripasso 2013, Veneto D.O.C.G., Italy: Love it! Juicy delicious with aromas of purple plums and blackberries. Some dark cherries prance down the middle of this wine leaving you thirsty for a top up. Have fun with it! Valpolicella Ripasso food pairings: gravy, stuffing, cranberry sauce. Drink: 2015 - 2019 83964 13.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 88/100. July 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Layer Cake Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, California, United States: Smoky with savoury black fruit and a hickory campfire finish. Full-bodied and smooth -- great for meat lovers pizza. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: roasted beef. braised pork shanks, veal chops, rosemary lamb. Drink: 2015 - 2019 224162 14.1% D 750 mL $23.95 Score: 88/100. July 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ser Lapo Riserva Chianti Classico 2012, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: Juicy and full-bodied Italian red wine with lots of wild black cherry notes, some smoke and mocha. Savoury and meaty with a long finish. Pair with grilled meats. Chianti Classico food pairings: ravioli, beef stew, pizza, pork chops. Drink: 2015 - 2018 288530 13.5% XD 750 mL $23.95 Score: 90/100. July 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Beni Di Batasiolo Riserva Barolo 2006, Piedmont D.O.C.G., Italy: A full-bodied, still fairly tannic northern Italian red wine made from the classic Nebbiolo grape. Aromas of black fruit, dried tobacco leaves and dark spice. Pair with risotto truffled dishes. Barolo food pairings: game burgers, beef steak, rack of lamb. Drink: 2014 - 2018 330704 13.5% XD 750 mL $39.95 Score: 88/100. July 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Lafage Nicolas Vieilles Vinges Grenache Noir 2014, Côtes Catalanes, Bordeaux I.G.P., France: A spectacular, robust red wine with glorious aromas and flavours of black cherry liqueur, anise and smoke. Loaded with seductive black raspberry on the finish. Superb craftsmanship! Grenache Noir food pairings: turkey, soft cheese, roasted beef, lamb. Drink: 2016 - 2017 354191 14.5% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 92/100. July 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

13th Street Winery Cabernet Merlot 2012, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A full-bodied red wine with aromas and flavours of black fruit, smoke, tar and dark spices from toasty oak aging. Finishes with cedar smoke. Pair with duck or lamb. Cabernet Merlot food pairings: duck, lamb. Drink: 2013 - 2017 56598 12% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 87/100. July 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Calliope Figure 8 Cabernet Merlot 2014, Okanagan, British Columbia V.Q.A., Canada: Mocha and dark plum An medium-bodied, smooth BC red wine produced by Figure Eight Wyse Family Wines. Aromas of mocha from oak aging along with black plum and spice. pair with grilled pork chops. Calliope is the name of a hummingbird that flies through the Okanagan Valley. Cabernet Merlot food pairings: gourmet hamburgers, roast pork, meat pizza. Drink: 2016 - 2019 324582 14% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 87/100. July 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Beringer Merlot 2014, Napa Valley, California, United States: Toasty oak with tasty dark chocolate and black plum aromas and flavours in this iconic Californian red wine. Fairly smooth though decanting for 2 hours will help. Soul soothing and heart quickening. Finishes with black plum and dark spice. Concentrated, deep and satisfying. Pair with roast beef. Merlot food pairings: beef stew, prime rib, lamb cutlets, coq au vin, pot roast. Drink: 2016 - 2020 919647 14.3% D 750 mL $39.95 Score: 93/100. July 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mojo Rockbare Shiraz 2013, Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia: A terrific, full-bodied Australian red wine made from the country's iconic Shiraz grape. Pair with roast beef. Decant 1-2 hours. Shiraz food pairings: beef stew, prime rib, lamb cutlets, coq au vin, pot roast. Drink: 2015 - 2019 327767 13.5% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 90/100. July 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Conde de Valdemar Gran Reserva Bodegas Valdemar Tempranillo Mazuelo Graciano 2007, Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain: Opens with red currants, black cherry, cigar box and a back note of liquorice. Full-bodied with polished tannins and good acidity. A great wine to buy for the boss. Tempranillo Mazuelo Graciano food pairings: prime rib steak, beef tenderloin, duck, zucchini, grilled green peppers, grilled eggplant. Drink: 2010 - 2017 114504 13% XD 750 mL $30.00 Score: 91/100. July 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Laya 2014, Almansa D.O., Spain: Savoury and juicy -- highly aromatic with notes of black smoky plums and fleshy blackberry. Wowsers. Especially for this price. Pair with grilled meats. Food pairings: meat pizza, grilled portobello mushroom burgers, lamb Bolognese, hard cheese. Drink: 2016 - 2019 132605 14.5% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 90/100. July 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Kaiken Terroir Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Mendoza, Argentina: Produced by Montes, this is savoury, dark plum and cedar brush nose on this full-bodied well-priced Argentine red wine blend. Lots of mocha and dark chocolate on the nose and palate from generous oak aging. this wine was matured in oak barrels for 10 months, both new and used French oak. Pair with chorizo sausages or jambalaya. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: game burgers, beef steak.. Drink: 2016 - 2018 384305 14.5% D 750 mL $15.95 Score: 90/100. July 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Bousquet Reserve Malbec 2012, Tupungato Valley, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina: Savoury, meaty and juicy Argentine red wine made from Malbec grapes. Nice bite on the mid-palate and finish. Black fruit and dark spice. Pair with a pepper steak. Malbec food pairings: braised beef dishes, turkey, soft cheese, roasted pork. Drink: 2014 - 2018 55244 14.5% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 88/100. July 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Santa Carolina Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Maipo Valley, Chile: A full-bodied, well-structure, balanced and fairly priced Chilean Cabernet. Aromas of cassis and blackberry. Pair with a rare steak. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: beef stew, pizza, pork chops. Drink: 2014 - 2018 461202 13.5% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 88/100. July 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Emmolo Merlot 2013, Napa Valley, California, United States: Purple and black fleshy plums; full-bodied and somewhat sweet and over-priced, yet delicious. Merlot food pairings: slow-cooked roast beef with root vegetables. Drink: 2015 - 2018 96024 14.9% D 750 mL $69.95 Score: 87/100. July 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Prieuré De Cénac Mission Malbec Merlot 2011, Cahors, Southwest A.C., France: A rustic straight-forward southern French wine with charred black fruit tarry oak and smoke. Pair with rare brontosaurus burgers. Malbec Merlot food pairings: roasted beef. braised pork shanks, veal chops, rosemary lamb. Drink: 2014 - 2018 459214 13% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 86/100. July 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Menguante Selección Garnacha 2012, Carinena D.O.P., Spain: Juicy and succulent with lip-smacking flavours of fleshy blueberries. Fresh, aromatic nose of purple plums and blueberries. Darker on the palate with acidity and some sour fruit. Full-bodied and smooth. Pair with barbecued ribs. Garnacha food pairings: braised beef dishes, turkey, soft cheese, roasted pork. Drink: 2014 - 2018 313833 14% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 89/100. July 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Santa Rita Medalla Real Syrah 2012, Limarí Valley, Chile: A full-bodied, supple and richly flavoured Chilean Syrah with aromas of black plum, dark berries and smoke. Pair with prime rib or lamb. Syrah food pairings: slow-cooked roast beef with root vegetables. Drink: 2014 - 2018 443523 13.5% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 88/100. July 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Maipo Valley, Chile: A full-bodied, richly flavoured Chilean red made from Cabernet Sauvignon grapes with classic notes of black plum, blackberry and dark spice. Pair with grilled meats. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: ravioli, beef stew, pizza, pork chops. Drink: 2016 - 2018 434191 13.5% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 88/100. July 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Finca Constancia 2013, Vino De La Tierra De Castillia, La Mancha, Spain: An attractive, juicy and succulent Spanish red wine. Savoury and meaty with black fruit and tarry smoke. Pleasant fleshy blackberries on the palate and finish. Decant 2 hours and pair with prime rib. Food pairings: gourmet hamburgers, prime rib. Drink: 2015 - 2019 376384 14% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 89/100. July 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Francis Ford Coppola Director's Cut Zinfandel 2013, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California, United States: Supple, full-bodied, yet mellow: the kind of wine you'd sip slowly while watching The Godfather or Dracula. (Yes, the winery owner is that Francis Ford Coppola, the famous movie director.) Dark fruit and a long finish. Finishes with black raspberry and cracked pepper. Signature Dry Creek Zin with that cool climate influence and balance. Pair with beef brisket. Zinfandel food pairings: turkey, pizza, hamburgers, venison, chicken. Drink: 2015 - 2019 203208 14.5% D 750 mL $38.95 Score: 89/100. July 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

M. Chapoutier Belleruche 2014, Rhône Valley, Rhone A.O.C., France: Rich, savoury and full-bodied: this southern French red wine has it all. This is a Rhone Valley blend of Grenache and Syrah from one of the region's most respected producers who has been making wine since 1808. The price point is amazing for this quality. Food pairings: steaks, ribs, grilled meats, pasta sauces, pizza, cheese, hearty stews, blackened seafood. Drink: 2016 - 2018 328831 14% D 750 mL $16.95 Score: 90/100. July 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Caiarossa Pergolaia 2009, Tuscany I.G.T., Italy: A concentrated and complex Italian red wine made from the classic Tuscan grape Sangiovese. Aromas of red berries, black plum, dark spice and smoke. Great structure and a long, satisfying finish. Decant 1-2 hours and enjoy with rare steak. Great cellar wine. Food pairings: braised beef dishes, turkey, soft cheese, roasted pork. Drink: 2012 - 2018 460097 13.5% XD 750 mL $31.45 Score: 90/100. July 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cave de Rasteau Ortas Les Hauts Du Village Rasteau 2010, Côtes Du Rhône Villages, Rhone A.C., France: A gorgeous, full-bodied red with incredible balance and structure. Powerful without being a fruit bomb. Black cherry liqueur, dried herbs and some smoke on a long finish. Food pairings: game burgers, beef steak, rack of lamb. Drink: 2013 - 2018 581785 13.5% XD 750 mL $23.95 Score: 91/100. July 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ghost Pines Winemaker's Blend Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Napa County, Sonoma County, California, United States: A smooth red wine that's a blend of 65% Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% from Napa Valley. This wine is named for the grey pines which at dust appear ghostlike through the coastal valley. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: meat pizza, grilled portobello mushroom burgers, lamb Bolognese, hard cheese. Drink: 2015 - 2020 135376 13.9% D 750 mL $22.95 Score: 90/100. July 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Canonica A Cerreto Chianti Classico 2012, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: Full-bodied and dry with dark red fruit and a short finish. Great food wine. Pair with pasta in meat sauce. Chianti Classico food pairings: roast beef, breaded veal cutlets, stuffed roasted turkey, steak topped pizza. Drink: 2014 - 2019 283697 13.5% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 87/100. July 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Lamartine Meritage 2014, Castillon, Côtes De Bordeaux, Bordeaux A.C., France: Full-bodied and tannic red wine from Gourraud et Fils with tarry black fruit and toasty oak. This honkin' big red wine is a blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. Try it with a hearty meat dish. Meritage food pairings: meat topped pizza, cheese fondue, seafood risotto, roast pork tenderloin. Drink: 2016 - 2019 368159 14% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 87/100. July 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Zuccardi Serie A Malbec 2014, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina: A full-bodied, rich red Argentine wine with aromas and flavours black plum, pepper and dark spices on the finish. This muscular wine will elbow its way in beside a rare steak or prime rib. It's strong, but not overpowering like the ideal dinner companion conversation. Malbec is Argentina's flagship red wine grape, and this producer excels at the style of wine. Pair with grilled meats. Malbec food pairings: pepperoni pizza, radicchio, lamb cutlets, beef tenderloin. Drink: 2016 - 2018 105956 14% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 88/100. July 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Le Arche Amarone Della Valpolicella 2012, Veneto D.O.C.G., Italy: Rich and succulent black cherry liqueur on the nose and palate of this blockbuster Italian red wine. A gorgeously rich and concentrated marine, yet not heavy: it's also balanced. Lovely, seductive aromas and flavours of black cherry, fleshy black plum, dark spices and mystery. Pair with a flank steak or a secret love. Amarone Della Valpolicella food pairings: blackened leg of lamb with dried figs, high-cacao (70% or more) dark chocolate. Drink: 2014 - 2022 95836 15% D 750 mL $34.95 Score: 93/100. July 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Creation Pinot Noir 2014, Walker Bay W.O., South Africa: A lovely satin smooth South African Pinot Noir with aromas of dark cherry, nutmeg and smoke. Lots of layers of pleasure here. Pair with planked salmon. Pinot Noir food pairings: beef stew, prime rib, lamb cutlets, coq au vin, pot roast. Drink: 2016 - 2020 455279 13.5% XD 750 mL $26.95 Score: 88/100. July 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Fess Parker Ashley's Pinot Noir 2013, Santa Rita Hills, Santa Barbara County, California, United States: The 2013 vintage of this lovely, medium-bodied smooth Californian red wine is made from Pinot Noir grapes. Ashley's offers lots of pleasure, with aromas of black cherry and spice. Pair with seared seafood or grilled chicken. Pinot Noir food pairings: grilled steak, roast leg of lamb, hard cheese, veal piccata. Drink: 2015 - 2020 456749 13.5% XD 750 mL $61.95 Score: 91/100. July 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

d'Arenberg D'arry's Original Shiraz Grenache 2013, Mclaren Vale, South Australia, Australia: Another gorgeous vintage for this benchmark Australian red wine. This red wine is savoury, dark and delicious with chary, toasty oak and black fruit. Full-bodied and smooth with loads of sensory pleasure and made by one of Australia's most respected producers. Pair this wine with a pepper steak. Shiraz Grenache food pairings: gourmet hamburgers. Drink: 2015 - 2018 942904 14.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 92/100. July 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cosentino Cigarzin Old Vine Zinfandel 2014, California, United States: Surprisingly low in alcohol for such a full-bodied, full-flavoured Californian zinfandel. Pure delicious! Smoky with fleshy black fruit. Complex zinfandel in all its glory. Yahoo! Old vines truly do make a difference to the complexity and concentration of flavour, especially in zinfandel. Finishes with dark spice, smoke and pepper. Pair with spaghetti and meat balls. Zinfandel food pairings: steaks, ribs, grilled meats, pasta sauces, pizza, cheese, hearty stews, blackened seafood. Drink: 2016 - 2018 269340 13.5% XD 750 mL $21.95 Score: 93/100. July 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Two Hands Wines Samantha's Garden Shiraz 2013, Clare Valley, South Australia, Australia: A full-bodied Australian red wine made from the country's iconic Shiraz grape. Pleasantly bitter blackberry and wild currant on the palate and finish with some wood smoke. Shiraz food pairings: beef stew with root vegetables, lamb cutlets with pepperade and goat cheese, hamburgers, pizza, black bean soup. Drink: 2015 - 2020 67355 16% D 750 mL $71.95 Score: 89/100. July 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Bodegas Piqueras Castillo De Almansa Seleccion 2010, Almansa, Spain: Smoky and dark with big, black and purple fruit, with plums and blueberries on the finish. Toasty oak and smoke. Pair with grilled meats. Drink: 2012 - 2018 586719 14% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 88/100. July 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sueño Bodega La Magdelena Tempranillo 2013, Ribera Del Júcar D.O., Spain: Full-bodied Spanish red wine made from the country's classic red grape Tempranillo grown on old vines. Lots of black fruit and toasty oak aromas with a firm tannic grip. Pair with a rare steak. Drink: 2013 - 2018 397133 14% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 87/100. July 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Alpha Estate Turtles Vineyard Syrah 2011, Florina, Macedonia, Greece: Mature aromas such as tanned leather and dried herbs. Reminds me of elegant and mature Rioja but with more horsepower under the hood. Spice on the finish. Pair with lamb in rosemary. Drink: 2014 - 2019 115295 13.7% D 750 mL $21.95 Score: 91/100. July 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rosés

Anew Rosé 2015, Columbia Valley, Washington, United States: This first vintage of this vibrant Washington State rosé was 2013. Anew Wines belongs to the respected portfolio of Chateau Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, that also includes Columbia Crest. This rosé is a blend of 83% Syrah and 17% Sangiovese grapes. Lovely notes of wild berries and clementine with juicy mouth-watering acidity for grilled seafood and veggies. Rosé food pairings: strawberry spinach salad, roast turkey, veal scaloppini. Drink: 2015 - 2017 451765 13.5% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 88/100. July 2016. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Hecht & Bannier Bandol Rosé 2015, Provence A.C., France: Intensely aromatic with notes of cherry blossom, raspberry and rose petal. Medium-bodied with racy acidity for planked salmon or grilled chicken. Rosé food pairings: strawberry spinach salad, roast turkey, veal scaloppini. Drink: 2015 - 2017 450767 13.5% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 91/100. July 2016. Top Rated Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaines Ott Rosé 2015, Côtes De Provence A.C., France: Produced by Château De Selle Coeur De Grain, this is spectacularly great, and probably the best-known rosé in the region famous for it. Dried herbs, savoury goodness, bone dry, complex. This is the Dom Perignon of rosé from Provence. Domaines Ott is a Cru Classe that leads the pack worldwide for rosé, thus that price tag. Complex, wild yet elegant. Love that curvy bottle too. Pair with halibut. Rosé food pairings: strawberry spinach salad, roast turkey, veal scaloppini. Drink: 2015 - 2017 74617 13% XD 750 mL $46.95 Score: 94/100. July 2016. Top Rated Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rosado 2015, Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain: Lots of deep throated flavours of black raspberry and cranberry on the nose and palate of this robust rosado, Spain’s rosé wine. Finishes with notes of blood orange and mixed spice. Pair with grilled chicken. Rosado food pairings: prosciutto and hard cheeses plate, grilled salmon, spring salad. Drink: 2015 - 2017 117283 13.5% XD 750 mL $13.95 Score: 90/100. July 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Masi Rosa dei Masi Rosato Rosé 2015, Venezie I.G.T., Italy: Candied strawberry on the nose, but dry on the palate. Aromas of wild berries and some spice. Pretty, with some rose petal notes. Made from Refosco grapes grown on the estate's property. A small proportion are dried using the Appassimento method to concentrate the wine's acidity and freshness. Rosé food pairings: Margherita pizza, salad, pork, strong cheese. Drink: 2015 - 2017 377267 12.5% D 750 mL $15.95 Score: 88/100. July 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Pondview Estate Winery Cabernet Franc Rosé 2015, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Candied raspberry on the nose and palate. Lots of acidity: roses and red grapefruit. Pair with grilled seafood. Cabernet Franc Rosé food pairings: lox and capers, grilled salmon steak, shellfish, fresh fruit, veggies, pasta primavera. Drink: 2015 - 2017 241802 12.5% M 750 mL $14.95 Score: 85/100. July 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sparkling Wine

La Marca Prosecco 2014, Veneto D.O.C., Italy: A toasty, crisp, fresh Italian sparkling wine that's both robust and mouth-filling. Aromas of freshly baked bread and green apple. This is a consistently great product of Italian bubbly with a Prosecco that's styled to enjoy on its own or with seafood. Prosecco food pairings: calamari or other seafood in a citrus cream sauce, salad, beef, gorgonzola. Drink: 2014 - 2017 287987 11% M 750 mL $17.95 Score: 89/100. July 2016. Best Value Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Louis Bouillot Perle D'ivoire Crémant De Bourgogne Blanc De Blancs, Burgundy A.C., France: The Burgundian estate of Louis Bouillot was one of the first wineries in the region to create sparkling wine, called Crémant de Bourgogne, back in 1877. Crisp and clean with toasty warmth and green apple refreshment. Pair with fried chicken. A toasty Crémant de Bourgogne with great texture and mouth-filling weight. Nice crisp finish. Crémant De Bourgogne Blanc De Blancs food pairings: pan fried chicken. Drink: 2015 - 2018 48801 12% M 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. July 2016. Best Value Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Billecart-Salmon Champagne, Champagne A.C., France: A crisp, dry, elegant Champagne from one of the region's most respected producers. Notes of green apple and lime with a toasted bread finish. Pair with shellfish. Drink: 2015 - 2017 458570 13.5% XD 750 mL $73.95 Score: 92/100. July 2016. Top Rated Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

Hesketh Bright Young Things Sauvignon Blanc 2015, South Australia, Australia: Lots of grassy, herbal notes on the nose and palate of this zesty, high acidity white wine made from Sauvignon Blanc grapes. Pair with fresh seafood. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: steamed prawn in garlic and lemon sauce, king crab in lemon butter, steamed mussels. Drink: 2015 - 2017 447086 13% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 88/100. July 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Flowers Chardonnay 2014, Sonoma Coast, California, United States: Lovely mouth-watering juiciness with green apple brightness on this terrific Californian white wine, and just a kiss of toasty buttery oak. Lovely lanolin richness on this classic Californian Chardonnay. The 2013 vintage of this Chardonnay from the cool Sonoma Coast has a racy vibrancy. Superb balance. Super food friendly. Pair with roast turkey or chicken. Chardonnay food pairings: grilled pork chops, stuffed chicken breast, cheese. Drink: 2015 - 2019 215210 14.3% XD 750 mL $68.95 Score: 90/100. July 2016. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Twomey Silver Oak Cellars Sauvignon Blanc 2014, Napa County, Sonoma County, California, United States: Most of the Sauvignon Blanc grapes for this zesty Californian white wine are sourced from the winery's vineyards in Calistoga and Oakville and Healdsburg. Notes of lemon zest, lime and nettles. Pair with shellfish. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: steamed prawn in garlic and lemon sauce, king crab in lemon butter, steamed mussels. Drink: 2014 - 2017 458695 13.7% XD 750 mL $44.95 Score: 90/100. July 2016. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Redstone Winery Limestone Vineyard South Riesling 2012, Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A spectacular Riesling founded by one of Niagara's best producers Tawse. This is the first Redstone Riesling release from the south block of the Limestone Vineyard, a 14-year-old sustainably farmed block on Twenty Mile Bench. The 2012 vintage was warm and it shows in the pure fruit intensity and laser focus of this wine: white peach, lime zest and a deep core of minerality. I am thrilled with this first effort from Redstone, and anxiously look forward to future vintages. Cheers! Riesling food pairings: scallop ceviche, white fish with mango salsa, salt and pepper shrimp skewers. Drink: 2014 - 2024 381251 10% M 750 mL $18.95 Score: 92/100. July 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mer Soleil Silver Unoaked Chardonnay 2014, Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey County, California, United States: Lots of acidity with green almond on this unoaked Californian Chardonnay. Pair with shellfish. Chardonnay food pairings: spinach and pepper jack stuffed chicken, beef bourguignon, pasta with tomato sauce, pork tenderloin, lobster with melted butter. Drink: 2015 - 2018 220343 14% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 86/100. July 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Quail's Gate Gewurztraminer 2014, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia V.Q.A., Canada: Crisp and fresh with light spices and lychee and rosewater. Good acidity for light Asian and spicy dishes. Gewurztraminer food pairings: baked red snapper, onion pie and green salad, planked salmon. Drink: 2014 - 2017 354480 12% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 88/100. July 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Hunter's Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: What a mouth gusher! Loaded with bright lime acidity and grassy goodness. Classic and lovely. Bring on the seafood! Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: pasta, shellfish, Caesar salad, turkey pot pie. Drink: 2015 - 2017 280271 13% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 91/100. July 2016. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sutherland Thelema Mountain Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc 2014, Elgin W.O., South Africa: Smoky, robust and complex South African Sauvignon Blanc. Incredibly vibrant with herbal, lime and freshly cut grass aromas. Very refreshing. Wonderful quaffer. Pair with seafood in a cream or butter sauce. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: pasta, shellfish, Caesar salad, corned beef and cabbage, turkey pot pie. Drink: 2014 - 2017 446384 13% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 90/100. July 2016. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

The Organized Crime Fumé Blanc 2012, Beamsville Bench, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Juicy and mouth-watering with toasted almond with notes of peach. Pair with fresh seafood. Fumé Blanc food pairings: pasta, shellfish, Caesar salad, corned beef and cabbage, turkey pot pie. Drink: 2013 - 2017 465013 13% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 88/100. July 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Villa Maria Cellar Selection Pinot Gris 2015, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: A crisp and refreshing New Zealand white wine made from Pinot Gris grapes that were mostly fermented in stainless steel tanks. Only 5% of the wine was aged in oak barrels. This wine is racy and refreshing with only 5.8 grams/litre of residual sugar. Perfect for fresh seafood. Pinot Gris food pairings: steamed prawn in garlic and lemon sauce, king crab in lemon butter, steamed mussels. Drink: 2015 - 2017 447490 13.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 91/100. July 2016. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Stoneleigh Latitude 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. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: lemon and green herb crusted fried sole, baked sole with gooseberry coulee, pizza with cheese and arugula. Drink: 2016 - 2018 324228 13.5% XD 750 mL $21.95 Score: 89/100. July 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine De La Commanderie Quincy 2014, Loire A.C., France: Zesty, crisp and juicy with lots of mouth-watering acidity for shellfish and seafood. This French Sauvignon Blanc offers terrific refreshment in the glass. Serve chilled. Food pairings: oysters Rockefeller, seafood hot pot, mussels a la Portuguese. Drink: 2014 - 2018 205450 12.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 88/100. July 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

William Fèvre Champs Royaux Chablis 2014, Burgundy A.C., France: Lime zest on the nose with lots of refreshment. Crisp, dry unoaked Chardonnay from northern Burgundy. Notes of green apple brightness and acidity. Pair with shellfish. Serve chilled. Chablis food pairings: oysters on the half-shell, mussels Portuguese, clam linguine. Drink: 2015 - 2018 461640 13.5% XD 750 mL $25.95 Score: 88/100. July 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Roger & Didier Raimbault Sancerre 2014, Loire A.C., France: Lemon zest on the nose and palate of this delightful French white wine. Lovely balance and acidity here in a sun-dappled Old World Sauvignon Blanc. Pure expression of fruit, great mineral intensity. Sancerre food pairings: oysters on the half-shell, mussels Portuguese, clam linguine. Drink: 2015 - 2018 82255 12.5% XD 750 mL $26.95 Score: 90/100. July 2016. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tiefenbrunner Pinot Grigio 2014, Alto Adige Trentino I.G.T., Italy: Bone-dry and mouth-watering with notes of white grapefruit and lime zest. Pair with fresh seafood. Pinot Grigio food pairings: steamed prawn in garlic and lemon sauce, king crab in lemon butter, steamed mussels. Drink: 2015 - 2017 458208 13.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. July 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Boya Familia Garces Silva Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Leyda Valley, Chile: Very grassy and refreshing, with herbal and lime citrus notes. Medium-bodied with good acidity. Pair with salads and seafood. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: grilled halibut steaks, lemon sole in white sauce. Drink: 2015 - 2017 389726 12.5% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 87/100. July 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

William Fevre Champs Royaux Chablis William Fèvre 2014, Chablis, France: Crisp, dry unoaked Chardonnay from northern Burgundy. Notes of green apple brightness and acidity. OTHER: William Fevre owns 50 hectares in the heart of the Chablis region, more than half of which are Premiers Crus and Grand Crus. Drink: 2014 - 2019 276436 13% XD 750 mL $19.70 Score: 89/100. July 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Markham Chardonnay 2014, Napa Valley, California, United States: Buttery, rich and enveloping Californian Chardonnay. Lap it up in tonguefuls. Toasted almond on the finish. Pair with grilled fish. Chardonnay food pairings: steamed crab with lemon garlic butter sauce, seafood salad, mussel and clam soup. Drink: 2015 - 2018 418277 13.8% XD 750 mL $23.95 Score: 91/100. July 2016. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


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