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Wine Picks August 27, 2016

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Note: This batch of wine reviews is not part of the bi-weekly Vintages Releases. Instead, it's a collection of wines outside the Vintages section in store (general list) or wines sent to me directly from wineries that may not yet be available in liquor stores. Click on the Winery or Wine Agency link to get more info.

Dessert Wine

Williams & Humbert Dry Sack Sherry, Jerez, Spain: An excellent dry sherry with attractive aromas of toasted almond and clementine. Pair with soup or enjoy on its own as an aperitif. This is a dry, fortified wine. Drink: 2016 - 2022 13565 19.5% D 750 mL $13.45 Score: 89/100. August 2016. Best Value Dessert Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Puklus Pincészet 3 Puttonyos Tokaji Aszú 2010, Hungary: Lovely, rich Hungarian dessert wine with aromas of honey, apricot jam and peach. Pair with fruit cobbler. Tokaji Aszú food pairings: spice cake, crème brûlée, fruit-based desserts, pastries, fresh field berries in cream. Drink: 2011 - 2020 980805 13.5% S 500 mL $20.95 Score: 90/100. August 2016. Top Rated Dessert Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Graham's Late Bottled Vintage Port 2009, Douro Valley, Portugal: Stunningly great dessert wine for the money! Aromas of blackberry liqueur and cassis jam. Smooth and supple. Pair with Black Forest Cake. Drink: 2013 - 2020 191239 20% S 750 mL $17.25 Score: 90/100. August 2016. Best Value Dessert Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Red Wine

Man Vintners Bosstok Pinotage 2014, Coastal Region W.O., South Africa: Fresh on the nose with attractive black plum, coffee and smoke on the nose on this South African red wine. Very savoury and meaty on the palate. Beautifully balanced with just the right amount of acidity. Try it with hearty meat dishes and tangy sauce. Pinotage food pairings: barbecued chicken, sausages, fajitas.. Drink: 2016 - 2020 366286 14% D 750 mL $13.95 Score: 89/100. August 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

CedarCreek Estate Winery Platinum Meritage 2013, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada: A supple, round, luscious BC red wine blend of 14% Merlot, 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Cabernet Franc, 6% Malbec for the classic Meritage. The 2013 vintage was a strong one. Aromas of dark fleshy ripe plums and some smoke. These vines are planted in stony soils that reflect the heat back to the vines at night. Decant 2 hours. Pair with a rare steak. Drink: 2017 - 2025 14.5% XD 750 mL $34.95 Score: 92/100. August 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

CedarCreek Estate Winery Platinum Desert Ridge Merlot 2013, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada: Beautifully balanced and luxurious BC Merlot with supple layers of fleshy black plum and black currant. Pair with grilled lamb. Drink: 2016 - 2022 14.5% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 92/100. August 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Lunessence Merlot 2014, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada: Rich, smooth and medium-bodied BC Merlot -- classically styled. Beautifully textured and succulent on the palate. Pair with grilled pork chops. Drink: 2015 - 2019 14.5% D 750 mL $28.00 Score: 88/100. August 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mcmichael Collection Cabernet Merlot 2014, Niagara, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Smooth, almost full-bodied Niagara red wine blend of Cabernet and Merlot grapes. Named for the gallery featuring The Group of Seven artists' works. Pair with artfully prepared beef dishes. Drink: 2015 - 2018 456590 12.5% D 750 mL $14.95 Score: 87/100. August 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Far & Near L'avenir Pinotage 2014, Stellenbosch W.O., South Africa: Savoury and juicy with mouth-watering acidity. Tart dark cherry and spice on the nose and palate. Not the coffee-type Pinotage, but more dark berry. Pair with grilled chicken. Medium-bodied and smooth. Pinotage food pairings: game sausage, venison steak, wild boar burgers. Drink: 2016 - 2020 455626 14% D 750 mL $14.95 Score: 87/100. August 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Monte Creek Ranch Winery Foch 2015, Monte Creek, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada: Juicy with purple plums and blueberries on the nose and palate. Smooth, supple and full-bodied with good acidity for hamburgers. Drink: 2016 - 2019 14.1% MD 750 mL $18.49 Score: 88/100. August 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Monte Creek Ranch Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2014, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada: A supple, round, smooth, juicy BC Cab with surprisingly well-integrated tannins and lots of fleshy black plum and blackberry jam aromas and flavours. Pair with a pepper steak. Drink: 2016 - 2020 14.7% MD 750 mL Score: 90/100. August 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château des Charmes Cabernet Franc 2013, Niagara, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Full-bodied, herbal with some bell pepper on the nose of this cool-climate Niagara Cabernet Franc from one of the largest wineries in the region. Pair with grilled pork chops. Drink: 2014 - 2017 162602 13% D 750 mL $14.95 Score: 87/100. August 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Charles Audoin Les Favieres Marsannay 2012, Burgundy, France: A seductive, silky Burgundian Pinot Noir with aromas of dark cherry and spice. Domaine Charles Audoin has been a family estate winery for five generations in Marsannay, a village known as the Porte d'Or of Burgundy. Pair with roast chicken. Drink: 2014 - 2022 422832 13% XD 750 mL $48.95 Score: 92/100. August 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Argento Reserva Malbec 2014, Mendoza, Argentina: A full-bodied, supple, smooth Argentine red wine made from the country's signature red grape Malbec. Aromas of fleshy balck plum. Pair with grilled lamb. Drink: 2014 - 2018 363192 13.9% D 750 mL $12.90 Score: 87/100. August 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Casas del Bosque Reserva Carmenère 2014, Rapel Valley, Chile: A rich, full-bodied Chilean red wine made from the country's signature red wine grape Carmenere. Aromas of dark fruit and smoke. Made from grapes grown in the Rapel Valley that are hand-harvested in May. The grapes were crushed and de-stemmed in stainless steel tanks. The wine was aged in French oak barrels for 10 months. Pair with roast beef. Tremendous value. Carmenère food pairings: wine-braised beef, turkey with heavy sauces, wild boar, bison chili. Drink: 2014 - 2018 205872 13.5% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 90/100. August 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Young & Wyse Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Osoyoos, British Columbia V.Q.A., Canada: A smoky, full-bodied BC red wine made from the classic grape Cabernet Sauvignon. Lots of toasty oak from oak barrel aging. Black fruit and tar flavours. Dense, chewy tannins. Finishes with cedar smoke. Decant 1-2 hours and pair with a rare steak. Drink: 2014 - 2018 13.7% XD 750 mL $25.00 Score: 89/100. August 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cave Spring Cellars Gamay 2014, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Light-bodied, smooth and mouth-watering with juicy acidity for roast turkey. Notes of sour cherry and cranberry. Gamay food pairings: goat’s cheese appetizers; tomato based pizza or pasta; grilled meats; barbecue chicken; serve lightly chilled. Drink: 2014 - 2017 228569 13% D 750 mL $15.95 Score: 87/100. August 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Muratie Ansela Van De Caab 2011, Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa: Sour cherry and tart cranberry on the nose of this full-bodied South African red wine made from a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc grapes. Lots of acidity for tangy meat sauces. Drink: 2015 - 2018 14% D 750 mL Score: 88/100. August 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Muratie Annemarie Merlot 2012, Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa: Lots of mocha and chocolate and smoke on the nose from generous oak aging. Savoury with mouth-watering acidity on the palate. Aromas of black plum and spice. Pair with grilled meats. Drink: 2016 - 2021 14% D 750 mL $11.95 Score: 89/100. August 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Groote Post Vineyards Kapokberg Pinot Noir 2014, Darling Hills, South Africa: Tart, sour cherry on the nose and palate with lots of mouth-watering acidity on this South African Pinot Noir. Pair with roast turkey. Drink: 2016 - 2019 14% D 750 mL Score: 87/100. August 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Casas del Bosque Gran Reserva Syrah 2014, Casablanca Valley, Chile: A gorgeous, rich, complex cool-climate Chilean Syrah with aromas of fleshy black plum. Savoury and meaty with notes of bacon fact, cordite (burnt gun powder) and graphite. Pair with dishes inflected with rosemary and thyme, like lamb. Syrah food pairings: lamb Bolognese, grilled New York strip loin with chimichurri sauce, hamburger, braised pork shanks with white beans, hard cheese. Drink: 2015 - 2019 995092 14.5% XD 750 mL $22.95 Score: 94/100. August 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Casas del Bosque Gran Reserva Pinot Noir 2013, Casablanca Valley, Chile: A rich, luxurious Chilean Pinot Noir with aromas of dark plum and spice. The 2013 vintage was the coldest one on record for the Casablanca region in 120 years. Contrary to what you might expect, the alcohol level in this wine is 14.7%, usually the result of a warm vintage. However, in cool vintages, Grant Phelps, the winemaker, waits for full physiological ripening in the grapes and as a result, grape sugars build with longer hang time and convert at higher levels of alcohol. That said, this wine has great freshness and there's not a hint of alcoholic warmth. Pair with grilled lamb. Pinot Noir food pairings: truffle risotto, planked salmon. Drink: 2016 - 2021 14% XD 750 mL $22.00 Score: 93/100. August 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Casas del Bosque Pequenas Producciones Syrah 2014, Casablanca Valley, Chile: A superb Chilean Syrah with great textural richness on the palate. The grapes for this wine enjoyed a long Indian summer during the fall harvest and as a result ripened to great depth and concentration of flavour. Aromas of black plum and spice. This is an elegant coastal cool-climate Syrah made from grapes that grow on 11-year-old vines planted on well-drained hillsides. Pair with rack of lamb. Drink: 2015 - 2021 13.7% D 750 mL $22.00 Score: 94/100. August 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Casas del Bosque Pequenas Producciones Syrah 2013, Casablanca Valley, Chile: This superb Chilean Syrah comes from the cool 2013 vintage: the grapes weren't picked until May in order to get full phenolic ripening. This wine benefits from using barrels that were convection toasted: toasting was even, at a medium toast, rather than the blistering that happens with regular toasting methods. There's a terrific spicy character but none of the the buttery or coconut notes. About 40% of the barrels are made in Cognac and 60% in Chile using French oak. Pair with pork chops. Drink: 2015 - 2021 13.7% D 750 mL $22.00 Score: 92/100. August 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Casas del Bosque Pequenas Producciones Syrah 2012, Casablanca Valley, Chile: This voluptuous Chilean Syrah hails from the strong 2012 vintage. Winemaker Grant Phelps allows the grapes to dry natural in perforated cases in the vineyard a day then leaves the grapes on their skins for 16 days for a rich, long maceration to soak up the wickedly deep colour and flavour. Surprisingly, the wine ferments to complete dryness in just 1 day. It's lush and has the textural richness of a warm climate even though the Casablanca region is a decidedly cool climate. Pair with lamb shank. Drink: 2014 - 2020 13.7% D 750 mL $22.00 Score: 93/100. August 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Henri Boillot Volnay 2013, Burgundy, France: A silky smooth Burgundian Pinot Noir with notes of dark cherry and smoke. Great texture on the palate with medium-bodied weight. Pair with veal. Drink: 2014 - 2022 418376 13% XD 750 mL $90.00 Score: 92/100. August 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Maison Louis Jadot Volnay Premier Cru Clos Barre 2009, Côte De Beaune, Burgundy Aoc, France: Founded in 1859, the house of Louis Jadot has been making wine in Burgundy for generations. This is a mature Burgundian Pinot Noir now displaying attractive tertiary aromas such as wild violets and truffle, along with black cherry and spice. Pair with veal chops. Drink: 2012 - 2022 977074 14% D 750 mL $98.00 Score: 92/100. August 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cafe Culture Pinotage 2015, Western Cape, South Africa: Very, very coffee, espresso and mocha from the nose to the finish. You'll adore and abhor this style, but you need to try it at least once. Pinotage made in the coffee style has become a cult favourite. This isn't sweet but it beats coffee spiked with anything and has lower alcohol when compared to Bailey's etc. Pair with coffee-rubbed meats. Pinotage food pairings: coffee-rubbed steak or pork. Drink: 2015 - 2017 292466 14% XD 750 mL $12.95 Score: 88/100. August 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Quails' Gate Estate Winery Old Vines Foch 2014, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada: Rich, full-bodied and decadent with aromas of purple and black plum, charred blueberry and spice. A little like Baco Noir, but deeper and darker and funkier. Pair with grilled hamburgers. Foch food pairings: bison or beef. Drink: 2014 - 2017 639625 14% D 750 mL $24.99 Score: 90/100. August 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Quails' Gate Estate Winery Old Vines Foch Reserve 2014, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada: Intense and concentrated old vines foch from BC with deep, dark black fruit flavours, smoke and spice. Pair with hearty meat dishes. Decant 1 hour. Foch Reserve food pairings: lamb kebab or moussaka. Drink: 2014 - 2019 639666 14.5% D 750 mL $24.95 Score: 91/100. August 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

La Fiole Brotte 2014, Cotes Du Rhone, France: Deliciously spicy and smoky on the nose and palate. This full-bodied, southern French red wine from the Rhone Valley over-delivers on value and taste. The oddly shaped bottle evokes the twisted vines from the strong Mistral wind that blows through the vineyards keeping the grapes dry until harvest.This is a blend of Grenache and Syrah grapes aged in French oak tanks for 6 months. Decant 1 hour and pair with a juicy steak. Food pairings: lamb, beef, BBQ, or sausages. Drink: 2014 - 2019 293498 14% D 750 mL $15.05 Score: 88/100. August 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

J.P. Chenet Reserve Pinot Noir 2014, Languedoc, France: A rustic, full-bodied southern French Pinot Noir with notes of black cherry, hickory smoke and oak. Pair with grilled meats. Drink: 2014 - 2017 142406 12% D 750 mL $12.95 Score: 85/100. August 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Lavau 2014, Cotes Du Rhone Villages Aoc, France: Extraordinary value in this full-bodied southern French red wine with aromas of pepper, cedar and black cherry. The grapes are grown in the southern Rhone Valley in well exposed areas. Great price for this quality. Finishes with pepper and spice. Pair with grilled pork chops. Drink: 2014 - 2020 421024 13.5% XD 750 mL $12.90 Score: 89/100. August 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Inception Deep Layered Red 2013, Western Cape, South Africa: A smooth, juicy, medium-bodied South African red wine that leads with Shiraz in the blend but also has Petit Verdot and Mouvedre. Sweet fleshy ripe black plums and blackberry jam on the nose and palate. Pair with a spicy meat dish. Drink: 2013 - 2017 369967 13% D 750 mL $13.90 Score: 87/100. August 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Jacob's Creek Double Barrel Shiraz 2014, South Australia, Australia: Dense, rich and concentrated Australian Shiraz. This wine was matured in French and American oak barrels for 15 months, then for another 3-6 months in old Scotch whisky barrels. This adds a sweet caramelized note to the wine. Pair with a pepper steak. Drink: 2014 - 2018 419986 14% MD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. August 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cardinal Zin Big House Zinfandel 2013, California, United States: A terrific wine for the money! Campfire smoke and toasty goodness on the nose wraps around fleshy black plums and berries on the palate. Smooth, supple and full-bodied. Perfect for barbecued meats. Zinfandel food pairings: hamburgers, prime rib. Drink: 2013 - 2019 272401 13.5% XD 750 mL $12.95 Score: 89/100. August 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Big House Winery Red 2013, California, United States: Rustic, robust Californian red wine with aromas of toasty oak, black fruit, tar and spice. Decant 1 hour and pair with grilled meats. Food pairings: beef cooked in red wine. Drink: 2013 - 2017 178632 13% D 750 mL $11.00 Score: 87/100. August 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Campo Viejo Tempranillo 2014, Rioja D.O.C., Spain: Savoury with dried herbs, dust and smoke on the nose and juicy dark fruit on the palate. Terrific value for this price. Pair with rack of lamb. Drink: 2015 - 2019 342006 13.5% XD 750 mL $14.45 Score: 89/100. August 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Campo Viejo Reserva 2010, Rioja, Spain: Savoury and juicy with smoky, dark fruit aromas. Dry and earthy; balanced and full-bodied. Perfect for grilled lamb. Drink: 2014 - 2020 137810 13.5% XD 750 mL $18.45 Score: 90/100. August 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Monte Creek Ranch Winery Hands Up Red 2015, Thompson Valley, British Columbia, Canada: This is a blend of Frontenac Noir, Marquette, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes. A juicy, mouth-watering BC red wine with aromas of fleshy ripe black plum and blackberries. Train robber Billy Miner is on the front label, a local rascal from the 1890s. Pair with grilled meats. Food pairings: mushroom dishes, duck, tomato based pastas. Drink: 2015 - 2018 13% D 750 mL $15.50 Score: 88/100. August 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

La Vieille Ferme 2015, Cotes Du Ventoux, Rhone A.O.C., France: A full-bodied, rustic, robust southern French red wine blend. Aromas of black fruit, cedar brush and spice. Pair with grilled meats. Drink: 2015 - 2018 263640 13% D 750 mL $12.45 Score: 88/100. August 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Huff Estates Winery South Bay Merlot 2013, Prince Edward County, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: An exceptional cool-climate Merlot from Prince Edward County. Aromas of black plum and some herbal notes. Pair with grilled pork chops. Drink: 2015 - 2020 13% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 90/100. August 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

The View Winery The View Winery and Vineyard Pinotage Reserve 2014, Okanagan, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada: Full-bodied BC Pinotage with lots of mouth-watering acidity for grilled meats. Aromas of tart, dark berries and spice. Pinotage Reserve food pairings: roast beef dinner with all the trimmings. Drink: 2014 - 2017 443630 13.7% D 750 mL $23.95 Score: 87/100. August 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Nederburg 56 Hundred Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz 2015, Paarl, South Africa: A terrific, full-bodied South African red wine blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz grapes. Aromas of ripe blackberry and cassis. Pair with hamburgers. Drink: 2015 - 2018 437442 13.5% D 750 mL $10.95 Score: 87/100. August 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rosés

C. C. Jentsch Cellars The Dance Rose 2014, Oliver, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada: A pleasant BC rose with notes of watermelon, rose petal and wild strawberry. Medium-bodied with mouth-watering acidity for fresh seafood. Drink: 2014 - 2016 13.4% D 750 mL $21.00 Score: 87/100. August 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ruffino Rosatello, Italy: Pretty, soft with field strawberry notes. Light-bodied and fresh without a lot of acidity. Lovely as a chilled aperitif or pair with seafood. Drink: 2015 - 2017 12% D 750 mL $15.95 Score: 87/100. August 2016. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sparkling Wine

Château des Charmes Brut Sparkling wine, Niagara, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Crisp, clean Niagara bubbly that uses the traditional method of the second fermentation in the bottle. Pair with fried chicken. Drink: 2016 - 2018 12.5% D 750 mL $20.00 Score: 87/100. August 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

Quails' Gate Estate Winery Chenin Blanc 2015, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada: Terrific mouth-watering acidity for seafood and shellfish in this crisp, vibrant BC Chenin Blanc. Notes of green apple and white pear. Chenin Blanc food pairings: aperitif wine that pairs exceptionally well with fresh seafood. Drink: 2015 - 2018 391854 13% XD 750 mL $21.95 Score: 90/100. August 2016. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Flat Rock Cellars Twisted White 2015, Niagara, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Light, floral and pretty Niagara white wine blend with notes of fleshy ripe peach and pear. Perfect as a chilled aperitif or companion to seafood. Drink: 2015 - 2018 1578 12% M 750 mL $16.95 Score: 89/100. August 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Bouchard Pere & Fils 2013, Macon-Lugny St-Pierre, Burgundy, France: A pleasant, well-priced Burgundian Chardonnay with notes of white peach and green apple. Pair with roast turkey. Drink: 2014 - 2018 51573 12.5% D 750 mL $14.95 Score: 87/100. August 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada: Crisp, clean BC Sauvignon Blanc with white grapefruit and lime zest notes. Mouth-watering acidity for seafood dishes. Drink: 2015 - 2017 132571 12% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 90/100. August 2016. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Argento Chardonnay 2015, Argentina: Smoky with toasty oak on the nose of this Argentine Chardonnay. Some sulphur goes away with decanting. Pair with roast chicken. Drink: 2015 - 2017 591701 13% D 750 mL $9.95 Score: 85/100. August 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Casas del Bosque Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Casablanca Valley, Chile: Terrific lime zest on the nose of this exceptionally well-priced Chilean Sauvignon Blanc! All the fruit was sourced from two different soil types, 99% clay loam and 1% red clay mixed with decomposed granite. Located in the coolest, westernmost reaches of the Casablanca Valley, and cropped for low yields at 2.4 tons per acre. Lots of juicy acidity on the palate for seafood and shellfish. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: Thai green curry fish, shellfish, chicken and sage skewers, fresh tomato and basil salad. Drink: 2015 - 2017 974717 14% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 90/100. August 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Strewn Winery Terroir Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Crisp and mouth-watering Niagara Sauvignon Blanc with classic Sauvignon green citrus and herbal notes. A touch grassy but not overly so. Clean and fresh: a terrific match for vegetarian dishes, including grilled vegetables. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: Thai green curry fish, chicken and sage skewers, fresh tomato and basil salad, fresh oysters on the half shell, seafood salad. Drink: 2015 - 2017 343897 12.9% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 88/100. August 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

The View Winery The View Winery and Vineyard Gewurztraminer Dry Reserve 2015, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada: A spicy, aromatic BC white wine made from the Gewurztraminer grape. Medium-bodied with racy acidity. Pair with curries and spicy dishes. Gewurztraminer Dry Reserve food pairings: spicy Asian cuisine, curries. Drink: 2015 - 2018 12.7% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 88/100. August 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

The View Winery Riesling 2014, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada: A superb, well-priced BC Riesling with aromas of wet stone, petrol and lemon zest. Pair with fresh seafood. Lots of juicy, mouth-watering acidity. Drink: 2014 - 2018 496521 12.6% MD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 88/100. August 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Wild Goose Vineyards Gewurztraminer 2014, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia V.Q.A., Canada: A pleasant, off-dry BC white wine made from the aromatic gewurztraminer grape. Notes of spice, lychee, rosewater. Pair with mild curries. Drink: 2014 - 2017 12.5% D 750 mL $13.84 Score: 88/100. August 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Backsberg Chenin Blanc 2015, Western Cape, South Africa: Fresh, crisp and lively South African Chenin Blanc with notes of green apple and white peach. Pair with fresh seafood. Drink: 2015 - 2018 13% D 750 mL $18.00 Score: 88/100. August 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Backsberg Chardonnay 2015, W.O., Paarl, South Africa: This South African white wine is made from Chardonnay grapes and is kosher (KMP). It's crisp and clean with bright green apple aromas and flavours and mouth-watering acidity for roast turkey. Chardonnay food pairings: grilled salmon, chicken breast, potato cakes, French onion soup, breaded veal cutlets. Drink: 2015 - 2018 156661 13.5% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 89/100. August 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Strewn Winery Two Vines Riesling Gewurztraminer 2014, Niagara, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: This medium-bodied, off-dry Niagara white wine blend of the aromatic grapes Riesling and Gewurztraminer is a delight! Floral and pretty in peach. Pair with mild curries. Drink: 2014 - 2018 467662 12% M 750 mL $11.95 Score: 88/100. August 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Traynor Family Vineyard Chardonnay 2013, Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada: Fresh and crisp with notes of green apple and lemon zest. Pair with light seafood dishes. Drink: 2015 - 2018 13.5% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 89/100. August 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

CedarCreek Estate Winery Platinum Viognier 2014, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada: Beautiful richness and mouth-coating texture in this lovely BC Viognier. Floral and elegant. Perfect for lightly spicy dishes. Viognier food pairings: spot prawns, mild curries. Drink: 2014 - 2019 157420 11.5% D 750 mL $24.95 Score: 92/100. August 2016. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Black Tower Classic Riesling, Pfalz, Germany: This light, medium sweet German white wine is a well-known commercial brand. Dependably consistent. Notes of sweet peach. Pair with mild curries. Drink: 2016 - 2017 394825 12% M 750 mL $11.95 Score: 84/100. August 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Fetzer Shaly Loam Gewurztraminer 2012, California, United States: An off-dry Californian Gewurtraminer with notes of sweet peach, lychee and flowers. Pair with medium curries. Drink: 2012 - 2017 222778 12% MD 750 mL $11.95 Score: 87/100. August 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Diabolica 2012, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada: An off-dry, floral white wine that would be lovely as a chilled aperitif or companion to seafood. Notes of peach and pear. Drink: 2012 - 2017 407486 12.7% M 750 mL $11.93 Score: 87/100. August 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Wild Goose Vineyards Pinot Gris 2014, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada: A medium-sweet BC white wine made from the Pinot Gris grape. Lots of fleshy ripe peach and pear. Match with glazed ham and chutney. Pinot Gris food pairings: pork, seafood, fennel, lemon, and cream sauces. Drink: 2014 - 2017 12.8% M 750 mL $18.00 Score: 87/100. August 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Wild Goose Vineyards Autumn Gold 2014, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada: A pleasant BC sipper that's off-dry but balanced nicely with mouth-watering acidity for roast turkey. This is a blend of equal parts Riesling, Gwurzraminer and Pinot Blanc. Food pairings: seafood, spicy dishes, chicken hot pot. Drink: 2014 - 2017 414755 12.5% MD 750 mL $19.00 Score: 87/100. August 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Weingut Muster Klassik Sauvignon Blanc 2014, Sudsteiermark, Austria: A smoky, lemon zest nose with lots of mouth-watering acidity on the palate for seafood. Medium-bodied and refreshing. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: avacado and shrimp verrines, bagel with smoked salmon and cheese, barbecued halibut with salted herbs.. Drink: 2014 - 2017 12% D 750 mL $15.95 Score: 87/100. August 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Excelsior Estate Viognier 2015, Robertson, South Africa: Crisp and clean South African white wine made from Viognier grapes. Lots of mouth-watering acidity for roast turkey. Medium-bodied. Viognier food pairings: Chicken noodle soup, chicken caesar salad.. Drink: 2015 - 2018 14.5% D 750 mL $14.95 Score: 87/100. August 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Casas del Bosque Pequenas Producciones Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Casablanca Valley, Chile: Great freshness on the nose of this Chilean Sauvignon Blanc. Small production this vintage of just 500 cases. Voluptuous and food-friendly. No fruity-tuity wine, as winemaker Grant Phelps likes to say. More saline, smoke and grapefruit. Pair with seafood. Drink: 2015 - 2017 13% D 750 mL $22.00 Score: 93/100. August 2016. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Casas del Bosque Gran Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Casablanca Valley, Chile: A spirited and energizing Chilean Sauvignon Blanc with lots of texture and mouth-feel. Aromas and flavours of grapefruit pips that make you hungry and thirsty for more wine. More citrus than herbal. Tannins and structure come from the grapes not seeds (which are bitter and are kept tamed by 5 degree maceration). This wine undergoes 100% skin contact for 7 days to get its rich texture. Pair with rich seafood dishes. Drink: 2016 - 2018 974717 13% D 750 mL $14.95 Score: 92/100. August 2016. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Casas del Bosque Pequenas Producciones Sauvignon Blanc 2014, Casablanca Valley, Chile: A terrific and vibrant cool-climate Chilean Sauvignon Blanc sourced from two grape clones planted on hillsides in decomposed granite soils that are 110 million years old. There's also a thin layer of red volcanic clay. Pair with shellfish. Drink: 2014 - 2017 13% D 750 mL $22.00 Score: 92/100. August 2016. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Casas del Bosque Pequenas Producciones Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Casablanca Valley, Chile: This zesty Chilean Sauvignon is made from grapes grown on 10-year-old vines planted on hillsides within the Cantera sector of the winery's vineyard. Cropped for low yields at just 2.6 tons per acre. Pair with seafood. Drink: 2013 - 2016 13% D 750 mL $22.00 Score: 91/100. August 2016. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

CedarCreek Estate Winery Platinum Chardonnay 2014, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada: A rich, full-bodied BC Chardonnay with notes of green apple, butter and toasty oak. Pair with roasted chicken. Chardonnay food pairings: crab cakes, halibut, shellfish. Drink: 2014 - 2018 607218 13.8% D 750 mL $29.95 Score: 91/100. August 2016. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


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