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Vintages Release October 15, 2016

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Dessert Wine

Osborne Solaz Pedro Ximenez 1827 Premium Sweet Sherry, D.O., Jerez, Spain: A gorgeous sherry with lovely aromatic of spiced toffee, nuts and dried fruit. Perfect for after-dinner sipping, especially when paired with spice cake. Drink: 2013 - 2018 47944 17% S 750 mL $17.95 Score: 92/100. October 2016. Best Value Dessert Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

De Bortoli Wines - Yarra Valley Noble One Botrytis Semillon 2013, Riverina, New South Wales, Australia: A lusciously layered Australian dessert wine made from the classic Semillon grape. Rich aromas and flavours of honeyed apricot and peach preserves. Lovely nose of orange blossom, honey wax and white flowers. Terrifically concentrated sweetness at 231 grams per litre of residual sugar. Spreads with gorgeous textural weight across the palate. Australian dessert wines are often referred to as "stickies" however, there's nothing cloying about this wine and the only aspect that stickie is the memory of its taste. It has a refreshing finish. Pair with lemon tart, soft cheeses and smoked nuts. Semillon food pairings: mango or tropical cheesecake, blue cheese, fig tarte. Drink: 2016 - 2022 917252 10% S 375 mL $29.95 Score: 96/100. October 2016. Top Rated Dessert Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Michele Chiarlo Moscato D'asti 2015, Piedmont D.O.C.G., Italy: Lovely apricot sweetness, yet light and slightly frizzy Italian wine made from Moscato grapes. What's truly amazing about this wine is just how much flavour is packed into every sip, yet the level of alcohol is incredibly low. Perfect as a chilled aperitif for holiday parties (particularly with its low alcohol) or sip with biscotti or a fruit flan. Moscato D'asti food pairings: peach pie, mandarin cheesecake, apple and almond torte. Drink: 2015 - 2017 942888 5.5% MS 750 mL $18.45 Score: 90/100. October 2016. Best Value Dessert Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Red Wine

Villa Mora Montefalco Sagrantino 2009, Umbria D.O.C.G., Italy: Estate grown and produced from only Sagrantino grapes. This robust, unfiltered Italian red wine features aromas of blackberry jam, coffee, brambleberry and toasty, tarry oak on the nose and palate. It's a full-bodied, mouth-filling wine. Definitely decant this wine for 2 hours, better yet, leave it in the cellar for a while. Pair with roast beef. Sagrantino food pairings: pepper steak, roast leg of lamb with garlic and rosemary, roast pork tenderloin. Drink: 2016 - 2021 342394 14.5% D 750 mL $24.95 Score: 92/100. October 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rockway Vineyards Red Assemblage 2013, Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Supple and generous with attractive black plum notes. This wine is a blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes. Very nice quality and taste for the price. Try it with grilled chicken or pork chops. Food pairings: grilled chicken, pork roast, meat tacos. Drink: 2015 - 2019 321893 13.5% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 88/100. October 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Brandlin Henry's Keep Proprietary 2012, Mount Veeder, Napa Valley, California, United States: A classic, full-bodied Californian red wine with a price tag to match. This is definitely a collector's item or gift wine. Aromas of black fruit an toasty oak. Pair with a rare steak. Food pairings: rare rib steak, roast of lamb New York strip loin. Drink: 2014 - 2022 460717 14% XD 750 mL $99.95 Score: 92/100. October 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Le Ferme Du Mont Le Ponnant 2014, Côtes Du Rhône-Villages, Rhone A.C., France: Although Grenache leads in the blend at 80%, there's also 10% Syrah and 10% Mourvèdre grapes in this cuvee. Winemaker Stéphane Vedeau lovingly brings forward luscious fruit flavours that Syrah adds to this red wine blend from the Rhone Valley. Full-bodied and smooth yet it has terrific concentration and complexity. Savoury with satisfying aromas and flavours of black cherry and cedar forest floor. Attractive notes of black raspberry, violets and wild brush on the mid-palate. A powerful red wine from the Rhone Valley, with seriously rich and fleshy ripe brandied cherry aromas and flavours. Polished tannins with anise and blackberry on the finish. Decant for 1 hour for maximum pleasure. Pair with rare cuts of meat. Food pairings: braised beef ribs, Porterhouse steak, standing rib roast. Drink: 2016 - 2020 171371 14.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. October 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ridge Geyserville Zinfandel 2014, Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California, United States: Aromas of black fruit, dark spice and toasty oak. Pair with a rare steak. The 2014 vintage of Ridge's Geyserville is another blockbuster Californian red wine that could use serious cellar aging. A towering, monumental Californian red wine from one of the state's most respected producers. Full-bodied with a long finish. Pair with grilled meats. Zinfandel food pairings: barbecued meats, venison steak, bison burgers. Drink: 2018 - 2022 723072 14.5% XD 750 mL $63.95 Score: 96/100. October 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Belle Glos Dairyman Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California, United States: This is one of four single vineyard wines from this Californian winery. The vines for this Pinot Noir grow in alluvial soils of the Russian River Valley. Heavy fog rolls in over the coastal range and burns off when the sun reaches its highest point in the day. This cooling morning effect and the loamy soils allows the Dijon clone of Pinot Noir in this wine to ripen slowly but to full maturity. Rich and chocolaty: although this is a dry wine technically, it has a generously sweet nose due to the ripeness of the fruit and the toasty oak again. Mocha and espresso flavours on the palate with fleshy sweet dark cherry notes. Supple and smooth. Pair with grilled chicken, Mexican mole or dark chocolate. Pinot Noir food pairings: grilled chicken, roast pheasant, stuffed roast of veal breast. Drink: 2016 - 2022 366013 14% D 750 mL $69.95 Score: 90/100. October 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Errazuriz Don Maximiano 2013, Aconcagua Valley, Chile: This wine is the full package: spectacular dark fruit flavour, great structure and a finish that (almost) lasts until you open the next bottle (you hope). European elegance meets New World concentration and power. This is Chile's icon flagship wine: drink it to understand both where the country has been and where it's going. Decant 2 hours. Pair with kobe beef. Great gift wine and cellar candidate. Highly recommended. Food pairings: rib steak, mushroom and savoury herb stuffed flank steak, bison burgers. Drink: 2018 - 2025 501247 14% XD 750 mL $79.95 Score: 96/100. October 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Herdade Do Rocim 2012, Vinho Regional Alentejano, Portugal: A robust Spanish red wine blend of made from a blend of Aragonez, Touriga Nacional, Alicante, Bouschet grapes. Perfect for grilled lamb. Food pairings: rosemary lamb, garlic and wild leek stuffed chicken, chorizo cassoulet. Drink: 2016 - 2020 423574 14% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 91/100. October 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Viña Ventisquero Queulat Gran Reserva Pinot Noir 2014, Casablanca Valley, Chile: This single-vineyard Chilean Pinot Noir is part of Queulat's line of single-vineyard wines. The sites are chosen by winemaker Sergio Hormazabal: "We challenge the status quo, always searching for unique and different ways to accomplish our goal ... to create great wines." Lots of toasty oak, violets and fresh earth on the nose of this Chilean red wine. It opens up with cherry berry notes on the palate. Medium-bodied and smooth. The 2014 vintage displays classic Casablanca cool climate character. This wine's big brother, Viña Ventisquero, Grey, Leyda Valley, often gets scores in the high 90s. Pair with herb crusted salmon, veal or roasted turkey. Pinot Noir food pairings: planked salmon on the grill, smoked chicken. Drink: 2016 - 2019 389213 12.5% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 88/100. October 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Hogue Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Columbia Valley, Washington, United States: A full-bodied Washington state red wine made from the classic Cabernet Sauvignon grape. Aromas of black fruit and toasty oak. Pair with a rare steak. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: roast leg of venison, rib roast, roasted root vegetables. Drink: 2016 - 2020 462960 14% D 750 mL $14.95 Score: 89/100. October 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Antinori Guado Al Tasso 2013, Bolgheri, Tuscany D.O.C., Italy: A modern-style Italian red wine, with fleshy ripe blackberry and lots of toasty oak. This Italian Superiore red wine is a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot grapes. This wine is aged in small oak barrels for 18 months and then another 10 months in bottle before being released from the winery. Pair with rare cuts of beef. Food pairings: filet mignon, prime rib, rack of lamb, gourmet burgers. Drink: 2018 - 2028 986380 14% XD 750 mL $104.95 Score: 94/100. October 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Pisano Cisplatino Pequeña Reserva Tannat Merlot 2012, Uruguay: Uruguay is located between the 30 and 35 degrees southern latitude, between the Atlantic Ocean and Rio de la Plata. Cold Antarctic breezes travel north to mediate temperatures. This robust blend of Tannat and Merlot grapes offer brooding black fruit, toasty oak and chary, tarry notes. Pair with rare steak. Tannat Merlot food pairings: rare rib steak, roast of lamb New York strip loin. Drink: 2014 - 2018 365999 13% XD 750 mL $13.95 Score: 87/100. October 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Deumayen Trez Reserva Malbec 2009, Mendoza, Argentina: Mouth-filling flavours of black fruit, toasty oak and anise. Great value in the glass for this full-bodied red wine made form Argentina's marquee grape Malbec. The Malbec grapes for this wine grow at 1100 metres above sea level and harvested at ideal maturity in March (southern hemisphere wineries have their "fall harvest" opposite to northern hemispheres). This wine was matured in 33% new French oak for 12-14 months. Perfect for prime rib. Malbec food pairings: cheesy pizza wine, meat lover's pizza, prime rib. Drink: 2016 - 2019 284000 14% XD 750 mL $25.95 Score: 91/100. October 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Galaman Claude Gros, Select Vins 2013, Fitou, Midi A.P., France: A staggeringly great value! Spicy and peppery on the nose that opens to voluptuously richness on the palate. Layered and gorgeous. Lots of fleshy black plums. Food pairings: marinated pepper steaks, burgers with blue cheese, chargrilled pork chop, cheddar. Drink: 2015 - 2019 395467 14% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 90/100. October 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Girard Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Napa County, California, United States: Supple, smooth and full-bodied Californian Cabernet from the heart of Napa Valley. Features aromas of black fruit, vanilla smoke, tobacco and dark spice. Pair with roast beef. Enticing aromas of leather, smoke, cedar and cocoa on the nose of this robust Californian red wine. Mouth-filling, balanced and integrated with smooth tannins. Pair this Cabernet with a leg of lamb. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: lamb barbecued, crown roast of lamb, stuffed saddle of rabbit. Drink: 2016 - 2019 231712 14.5% XD 750 mL $44.95 Score: 93/100. October 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Quinta Dos Aciprestes Reserva 2013, Douro D.O.C., Portugal: This outstanding Portuguese red wine sports a vibrant New World Style with fleshy ripe dark fruit aromas and mocha dark chocolate on the nose. Full-bodied and smooth. A real crowd pleaser. Pair with grilled meats. Food pairings: rib steak, lamb chops, pork tenderloin, roast chicken. Drink: 2016 - 2020 167627 14% XD 750 mL $22.95 Score: 91/100. October 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Bastide Miraflors Vielles Vignes Syrah Grenache 2014, Côtes Catalanes, Midi, Roussillon I.G.P., France: A towering southern French red wine blend of 70% Syrah and 30% Grenache grapes. The Grenache component of the wine was aged for 1 year in 80% concrete tanks while the Syrah was matured in 500-litre demi-muids (large barrels). Purple plums and blueberry pie on the nose and palate of this robust, smooth, juicy French red wine. Pair with hamburgers and relish with salsa on the side. Syrah Grenache food pairings: gourmet hamburgers, meat tacos, roast chicken. Drink: 2016 - 2020 320499 14.5% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. October 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

J Lohr Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Paso Robles, California, United States: Attractive aromas of chocolate, toasty oak and smoke on the nose of this red wine with a firm grip on the palate. Nice balance in this Californian Cabernet. The 2013 vintage was a strong one in this Californian of Paso Robles, a warm region. Lots of blackberry and mocha and dark chocolate notes on the finish. Smooth and full-bodied. Pair with a rare steak. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: hearty meat dishes with autumn veggies. Drink: 2016 - 2019 686584 14.9% D 750 mL $47.95 Score: 91/100. October 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Masi Serego Alighieri Vaio Armaron Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico 2011, Veneto D.O.C.G., Italy: Complex, rich, deep and long on the finish: this Italian red wine has it all. A full-bodied, intensely concentrated Italian red wine made using the Appassimento method of drying grapes before fermentation to add intensity of flavour, body and alcohol to the final wine. Pair with roast beef. This towering Italian red wine is also a great cellar wine. Decant for 1-2 hours before serving with a juicy steak. Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico food pairings: pasta with a tomato sauce, roasted venison, beef and veggie stew, leg of lamb. Drink: 2018 - 2025 462812 15.5% D 750 mL $84.95 Score: 96/100. October 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Quails' Gate Estate Winery Merlot 2013, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia B.C. V.Q.A., Canada: Succulent, juicy and savoury with aromas and flavours of plush ripe black plums. A spectacular BC merlot with enticing aromas of fleshy dark fruit and smoke. Quail's Gate is what I'd call a merlot specialist, having elevated the whole varietal for the country. Love the cedar brush finish that leaves a wispy trail right back to the bottle. Superb craftsmanship. Pair with Angus steak, cheddar cheese, beef quesadillas. Merlot food pairings: roast pork, pulled pork sandwiches, veal scaloppini. Drink: 2017 - 2021 639633 12% XD 750 mL $26.95 Score: 92/100. October 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, California, United States: Blackberry pie on the nose and palate wrapped in smoke and toasty oak which imparts lots of dark chocolate and mocha aromas. This Californian Cabernet blend celebrated its 40th anniversary recently. The family has been farming in Napa Valley for five generations. The winemaker is Chuck Wagner. This fleshy, full-bodied and delicious Californian red wine is a cult classic. Pair with pepper steak. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: grilled New York strip loin, pork tenderloin, hamburger, hard cheese, grilled lamb chops. Drink: 2016 - 2022 222877 14.8% D 750 mL $103.95 Score: 91/100. October 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cliff Lede Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Stag's Leap District, Napa Valley, California, United States: An opulent Californian red wine made in the coveted Stag's Leap District of Napa Valley with some of the best vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon grapes in the state. Full-bodied with aromas of blackberry, cassis, smoke, tobacco and cedar box. Terrific structure, depth, complexity and concentration with a long finish. This wine is for celebrating for and cellaring (if you have the self-discipline and patience to wait, you will be rewarded). Pair with a rare filet mignon and béarnaise sauce. Decant 2 hours. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: roast leg of lamb, grilled New York strip loin, braised pork shanks, grilled burgers, hard cheese. Drink: 2018 - 2023 14209 14.9% XD 750 mL $126.95 Score: 96/100. October 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Barolo 2011, Piedmont D.O.C.G., Italy: A beautiful Barolo with aromas of wild violets, truffle, smoke and feral underbrush. Needs cellar time, then decant 2 hours. Pair with risotto. Barolo food pairings: mince sirloin, sausage and cheese pizza, Tuscan rabbit, sausage cassoulet. Drink: 2017 - 2022 548719 14.5% XD 750 mL $54.95 Score: 93/100. October 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

The Bean Coffee Pinotage 2015, Western Cape, Stellenbosch W.O., South Africa: Totally coffee-espresso on the nose and palate of this pinotage, and unapologetically (and delightfully) so. Weirdly wonderful: end your day with the alcoholic version of your morning coffee. Full-bodied and smooth red wine with some black fruit flavours as well. The coffee-style pinotage has become popular among South African winemakers. The grape Pinotage, the most iconic red wine for South Africa, was originally created by crossing Pinot Noir and Cinsault grapes. Produced by Mooiplaas Wines, this red wine is robust, rugged and full of character. The espresso notes are derived from both the toasting and type of French oak barrels in which the wine is aged. Try it with gourmet hamburgers or meat lovers' pizza. Pinotage food pairings: roast leg of lamb, grilled chicken, venison steak. Drink: 2016 - 2020 251165 14% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 90/100. October 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Fattoria Carpineta Fontalpino 2012, Tuscany I.G.T., Italy: The strength of the 2012 vintage shows in this blockbuster Italian red wine that is a blend of Merlot, Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. Attractive aromas of leather, dried tobacco, dust and black cherry. So classic and typical for Tuscany. Pair with charcuterie and grilled meats. Highly recommended. Food pairings: Margherita pizza, lamb Bolognese, beef enchiladas, hard cheese, braised pork shanks with white beans. Drink: 2016 - 2022 48827 13.5% XD 750 mL $38.95 Score: 93/100. October 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Vina Maipo Gran Devoción Carmenère Syrah 2013, Maule Valley, Chile: A full-bodied Chilean red wine with typical aromas of black fruit, herbs and spice. This is a red wine blend of Carmenere and Syrah grapes. A dark ruby in the glass with violet tints. Finishes with black liquorice, dark plum and sage. Pair with meat lovers' pizza. Carmenère Syrah food pairings: Meat Lover's Pizza, lamburgers, gourmet hamburgers. Drink: 2016 - 2019 274100 14.5% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 91/100. October 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rocche Dei Manzoni Bricco Manzoni 2010, Langhe, Piedmont D.O.C., Italy: A juicy, robust and absolutely delicious Italian red wine! Fleshy ripe cherry and mocha on the nose and palate. Pair with hearty meat dishes. Food pairings: rare rib steak, roast of lamb New York strip loin. Drink: 2013 - 2020 459651 14% XD 750 mL $38.95 Score: 91/100. October 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Palacios Remondo La Vendimia 2014, Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain: Aromas of savoury cedar and fleshy purple and black plums. Like Zinfandel but more savoury. Full-bodied and smooth. Pair with BBQ meats. Drink: 2015 - 2018 674564 14.5% D 750 mL $15.95 Score: 89/100. October 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Viña Real Gran Reserva 2008, Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain: Slightly past peak maturity but still drinking well. The fruit has fallen away; what remains is acidity, dust and earthy notes. Think all bones, no flesh. Some tanned leather, cigar and dried tobacco leaves. Drink: 2012 - 2016 280545 13.5% XD 750 mL $36.95 Score: 87/100. October 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Henry of Pelham Winery Speck Family Reserve Pinot Noir 2010, Short Hills Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A luscious and layered Niagara Pinot Noir from the warm and spectacular 2010 vintage. Layers of fleshy ripe black cherry and raspberry with terrific balancing and racy acidity for so many dishes, from roast chicken and turkey to planked salmon and pork chops. Pinot Noir food pairings: smoked salmon, grilled pork chops, coq au vin, beef bourguignon. Drink: 2014 - 2018 657874 13.5% XD 750 mL $34.95 Score: 92/100. October 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château de Beaucastel 2013, Châteauneuf-Du-Pape, Rhône A.C., France: A spectacularly rich, complex and deep southern French red wine blend with aromas of cassis liqueur, blackberry preserves and dark spice. Pair with roast beef. Drink: 2016 - 2028 711317 14.5% D 750 mL $89.95 Score: 95/100. October 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Palacios Remondo Propiedad 2011, Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain: This Spanish red wine is made from Garnacha grapes by one of the country's most respected producers. Lots of dark fruit and smoke on the nose and palate. Smooth texture with polished tannins. Pair with lamb. Drink: 2015 - 2020 438671 14% XD 750 mL $40.95 Score: 90/100. October 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Seghesio Zinfandel 2014, Sonoma County, California, United States: Spicy, peppery but not heavy. Mouth-watering juicy lovely. The Seghesio Zinfandel is one of Californian's best Zins. It packed with jammy black fruit. Zinfandel food pairings: prime rib, grilled pork, chicken. Drink: 2016 - 2022 942151 14.8% D 750 mL $29.95 Score: 93/100. October 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Palacio De Sada Crianza 2011, Navarra D.O., Spain: A juicy, black-fruited tasty wonder from the Spanish wine region of Navarra. Perfumed purple and black plum aromas on the nose with an intriguing savoury note on the finish. This will also do well in the cellar for a few years. Pair with grilled pork chops. Great price. Food pairings: barbecued meats, stews featuring beef and root veggies. Drink: 2016 - 2019 246736 14% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 91/100. October 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Dominus Napanook 2012, Napa Valley, California, United States: Warm on the nose and finish from high alcohol at 14.5%. A Bordeaux-style Napa red wine blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot grapes. More earthy and elegant than fruity. Lovely dusty, smoky finish. Needs cellar time then decant 2 hours when you open it. Pair with prime rib. The 2012 vintage of this robust Californian red wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc grapes. Food pairings: rib steak, lamb chops, beef tenderloin, roast chicken. Drink: 2016 - 2022 212357 14.5% D 750 mL $95.95 Score: 91/100. October 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Duckhorn Merlot 2013, Napa Valley, California, United States: Fleshy black plums and some smoke wrap themselves around your senses. Slide into this wine and enjoy. Ultra-plush red wine for diehard merlot fans seeking the Platonic ideal of merlot. Founders Daniel and Margaret Duckhorn have created quite a following for their Merlot-based wines since they first made them in the 1970s, as well as other classic Bordeaux grapes. Cellar this beauty or enjoy it with grilled pork chops tonight. Merlot food pairings: bison burgers, steaks, crown pork roast. Drink: 2017 - 2020 992529 14.5% XD 750 mL $62.95 Score: 93/100. October 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Flat Rock Cellars Gravity Pinot Noir 2013, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: The winery uses the gentlest methods to press the grapes and make the wine via a gravity flow system rather than pumping (thus the name gravity on the label). Then the wine was aged in French oak barrels for 18 months. I've long been a fan of Flat Rock's Pinot Noirs, especially the Gravity which I think is even stronger in 2013 over last year. Aromas of fleshy cherry yet it's balanced with racy acidity. Medium ruby hue with cherry accents, polished tannins, silky smooth texture and medium bodied weight. Gorgeous cherry-berry aromas and flavours on the mid-palate. Then it finishes with wisps of black raspberry and vanilla toast. This red wine is so vibrant and so fantastically great year after year. Try it with roast chicken or turkey. Pinot Noir food pairings: duck risotto, planked salmon, roast chicken. Drink: 2016 - 2019 1560 12.9% XD 750 mL $30.25 Score: 92/100. October 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Castello Di Neive Santo Stefano Albesani Barbaresco 2012, Piedmont D.O.C.G., Italy: One of the best Barbaresco wines I've tasted. Ethereal and refined, yet packed with nervy, tart cherry, smoke and spice aromas. Needs food for the great acidity, try tomato sauce. Barbaresco food pairings: rosemary lamb, garlic and wild leek stuffed chicken, chorizo cassoulet. Drink: 2016 - 2024 702944 14.5% XD 750 mL $64.95 Score: 92/100. October 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Banfi Aska 2013, Bolgheri D.O.C., Italy: A full-bodied, black-fruited Italian red wine from a reputable producer. Pair with grilled meats and tangy tomato sauce Food pairings: roast leg of venison, rib roast, roasted root vegetables. Drink: 2015 - 2020 459644 14% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 88/100. October 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Stoneleigh Latitude Pinot Noir 2012, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: A sculpted, medium-bodied New Zealand Pinot Noir with clear, defined lines and layers. Aromas of tart cherry, fresh earth and springtime morning mist. Mouth-watering acidity makes this such a food-friendly wine ... I'm thinking of planked salmon. You? Pinot Noir food pairings: roast turkey, planked salmon, pork tenderloin, mushroom and truffle dishes, coq au vin. Drink: 2013 - 2018 325654 13.5% XD 750 mL $25.95 Score: 91/100. October 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Curto Eloro Nero D'avola 2010, D.O.C., Sicily, Italy: Attractive purple and black plums on the nose opens up to juicy, mouth-watering blackberries and blueberries on the palate. Full-bodied, smooth and lip-smacking tasty. Pair with hamburgers or meat lovers' pizza. Nero D'avola food pairings: peppercorn steaks, veal parmigiana. Drink: 2012 - 2015 311639 13.5% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 88/100. October 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Jim Barry Wines The Cover Drive Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Coonawarra, South Australia, Australia: Juicy, full-bodied and delicious! Fleshy ripe blackberry and black cherries lead on the nose of this robust red wine. Good layering and complexity. This is classic cool-climate Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon offering dark spice and racy acidity on the finish with deep and satisfying hint of mint refreshment. Cabernet Sauvignon thrives in Coonawarra with its limestone soils, cooling ocean winds and warm days. Straight-up pleasure! Try it with a juicy steak tonight. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: hamburgers , pulled pork, venison burgers, hard cheese, prime rib. Drink: 2013 - 2018 677476 13.5% XD 750 mL $26.95 Score: 92/100. October 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Southbrook Vineyards Triomphe Cabernet Franc 2013, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Juicy with chocolate notes from oak aging and fleshy black sweet plums. Supple, smooth and almost full-bodied. Cabernet Franc food pairings: Brazilian slow-cooked pork, roast turkey, beef and black bean stew, shepherd's pie with root vegetables. Drink: 2014 - 2017 275958 12.6% XD 750 mL $21.95 Score: 88/100. October 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Bonacchi Brunello Di Montalcino 2010, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: A smooth, supple Brunello that's approachable now. Often you have to wait a lot longer before Brunello of this age is ready to drink. Attractive aromas of black fruit, tar, violets and smoke. Pair with mushroom risotto or duck comfit. Brunello Di Montalcino food pairings: grilled steak, roast leg of lamb, hard cheese, veal piccata. Drink: 2012 - 2020 266965 13.5% XD 750 mL $35.80 Score: 90/100. October 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ernie Els Big Easy 2014, Western Cape W.O., South Africa: Savoury, juicy and lip-smacking with dried herbs and a core of spicy, wild blackberry. Pair with a ribeye steak. Food pairings: rare rib steak, roast of lamb New York strip loin. Drink: 2016 - 2019 220038 14.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. October 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Quail's Gate Estate Winery Stewart Family Reserve Pinot Noir 2014, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia V.Q.A., Canada: This is an extremely powerful and concentrated BC Pinot Noir. It needs some cellar time to come together, but when it does: watch out! Luscious layers of black cherry and spice. Great mouth-watering acidity for seared tune and planked salmon. Pinot Noir food pairings: baked salmon, duck comfit, coq au vin, beef bourguignon. Drink: 2018 - 2023 639658 14% XD 750 mL $44.99 Score: 93/100. October 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Firriato Santagostino Baglio Soria Nero D'avola Syrah 2012, Sicily I.G.T., Italy: This southern Italian red wine from the island of Sicily is a blend of Nero d'Avola and Syrah grapes. This IGT wine's label is emblazoned with the Rose Window, a precious gothic jewel that stands out on the facade of the Santagostino Monastery in Trapani. The monastery was given by King Federico III of Aragona in the fourteenth century to the Augustinian fathers who were then masters of fine winemaking. The red colour represents a true and renewed synthesis of their doctrine. Juicy, round and supple with mocha notes on the nose and palate from oak aging. Full-bodied and smooth with dark chocolate flavours. Pair this juicy red wine with grilled pork chops. Nero D'avola Syrah food pairings: mushroom risotto, duck comfit, fricassee rabbit. Drink: 2016 - 2019 291369 14% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. October 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Penfolds Kalimna Bin 28 Shiraz 2013, South Australia, Australia: This robust Australian Shiraz was matured for 13 months in second-use American oak hogshead barrels. The 2013 vintage of the Kalimna Bin 28 Shiraz offers rich aromas of ripe blackberry, cassis, anise and dark spice. Polished tannins. It finishes beautifully with anise and dark spice. Decant 1 hour and pair with a pepper steak. Shiraz food pairings: marinated pepper steaks, burgers with blue cheese, chargrilled pork chop, cheddar. Drink: 2017 - 2022 422782 14% XD 750 mL $34.95 Score: 93/100. October 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

De Bortoli Wines - Yarra Valley Gulf Station Pinot Noir 2015, Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia: The grapes for this wine come from the Brookland Vineyard in Australia's Yarra Valley and provide great balance of fruit ripeness and some zingy acidity. A gorgeous, silky pinot noir with layers of fleshy black cherries and a satin-rich texture. This balanced red wine shows attractive intensity in the glass. This Australian red wine is made from Pinot Noir grapes and has great vibrancy and verve. Gulf Station is the original pastoral holding of the Bell family who settled in the Yarra Valley in 1864. The site of today's De Bortoli vineyard was known as "the summer paddock". It had a large dam and held green pasture for the summer months. The Pinot grapes for this wine grow on mature vines in the Dixon Creek, Yarra Glen Tarrawarra and Woori Yallock vineyards. Each vineyard is picked and vinified separately. The wines are matured in new and used oak barrels for 10 months. Finishes with great vibrancy and refreshment. Try this vibrant Australian wine with game meats, duck and roast turkey. Excellent value. Highly recommended. Pinot Noir food pairings: chicken, pasta, planked salmon, braised lamb, roast beef, rosemary pork tenderloin. Drink: 2016 - 2023 15511 13% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 93/100. October 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Buena Vista Pinot Noir 2012, Carneros, California, United States: This smooth, supple Californian red wine is produced by Buena Vista winery which is housed in an historic building in the heart of Sonoma. The French company Boisset now owns this winery. The pinot noir grapes grow in the cool climate of Carneros, with cooling breezes from the San Francisco Bay. Lovely layers of liquid satin, black cherries and some dark spice. Packed with flavour yet not heavy. Aromas of mocha and smoke. Medium- to full-bodied and very supple. Pair with pork chops. Pinot Noir food pairings: roast chicken, roast veal, planked salmon. Drink: 2016 - 2020 304105 14.5% XD 750 mL $25.95 Score: 92/100. October 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Luigi Bosca Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Maipu, Mendoza, Argentina: Full-bodied Argentine Cabernet Sauvignon with black smoky fruit and a deep core of richness. The ripeness of the fruit is a terrific example of the long ripening season the Mendoza region enjoys. Terrific toastiness as well from judicious oak aging. Perfect for grilled meats, hard cheeses and charcuterie. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: grilled thick cut steaks. Drink: 2016 - 2019 128629 14% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 92/100. October 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Paso Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Paso Robles, California, United States: Complex, balanced and structured: this Californian Cabernet offers lots of pleasure but also has great elegance and length on the finish. Aromas of dark fruit, spice and smoke. Layered and concentrated. The Paso Robles wine region is more southern than Napa Valley in the state of California, and so wines there ripen longer and develop terrific intensity. Pair with a rare filet mignon. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: rib steak, lamb chops, pork tenderloin, roast chicken. Drink: 2016 - 2019 161141 13.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 92/100. October 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Torres Altos Ibéricos Crianza Tempranillo 2013, Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain: This robust Spanish red wine is made from 100% Tempranillo grapes, the country's flagship red wine varietal. The wine was matured for 12 months in oak barrels followed by prolonged bottle aging before being released from the winery. A superb Spanish red wine, especially at this price point! Full-bodied, rich and layered with aromas of black fruit, dark spice, earth and toast. Pair with game meats. Serve at 17-18 degrees Celsius. Tempranillo food pairings: grilled, smoked meats, slow-braised brisket. Drink: 2016 - 2020 381046 14% D 750 mL $14.95 Score: 91/100. October 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Yalumba Patchwork Shiraz 2013, Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia: Shiraz from the Barossa Valley shines, and here is a prime example. With 160 years of Barossa heritage, Yalumba shows exactly what Barossa terroir is capable of. The winery creates this wine from a "patchwork quilt" of soils, aspects, microclimates and cultures, thus the name. The winery has selected specific parts of its cool-climate vineyard in the Eden Valley for this "patchwork" blend of Shiraz. It marries these with some warm plots in the Barossa Valley to create a remarkable wine. A rich, full-bodied, supple Australian red wine with attractive aromas of black plum, blackberries and black raspberries. Incredible concentration and depth with a long finish. Yalumba is synonymous with Australia wine, particularly Shiraz. Seductive notes of cedar smoke on the finish. Great for dinner parties. Excellent price for the taste and quality. Shiraz food pairings: steak, lamb, pork, cheese, chicken. Drink: 2016 - 2022 98392 13.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 93/100. October 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

J.L. Chave Séléction Silène Crozes-Hermitage 2014, Rhone A.C., France: Purple and juicy like Zinfandel. Smooth and full-bodied. Pair with barbecued meats. Crozes-Hermitage food pairings: roast pheasant, lamb stew, rib eye steak. Drink: 2015 - 2020 387332 14% XD 750 mL $28.95 Score: 90/100. October 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

Lapostolle Gran Selección Chardonnay 2015, Casablanca Valley, Chile: Full-bodied with voluptuous aromas of green apples, peach and kiwi. Chardonnay food pairings: grilled chicken skewers, pork chops garnished with apple chutney. Drink: 2016 - 2018 396986 14% D 750 mL $15.95 Score: 87/100. October 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cantena Zapata Chardonnay 2015, Mendoza, Argentina: A full-bodied Argentine white wine made with classic Chardonnay grapes that has been oak aged. Aromas of green apple and vanilla spice. Balanced, rich, luscious and lasting. Pair with roast chicken. Chardonnay food pairings: roasted stuffed chicken, seared scallops, pasta with primavera sauce, fish and chips. Drink: 2016 - 2020 918805 14% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 92/100. October 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Toro De Piedra Grand Reserve Chardonnay 2014, Maule Valley, Chile: Toasted almond, butterscotch and toasty oak from lavish oak aging. Aromas of golden apple and peach. Full-bodied and luscious for lovers of oaky Chardonnay. Chardonnay food pairings: pan fired scallops, spinach and pepper jack stuffed chicken, beef bourguignon, pork tenderloin, toasted ravioli served with Alfredo sauce. Drink: 2014 - 2017 417493 14% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 88/100. October 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Queylus Tradition Chardonnay 2013, Niagara, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A rich, full-bodied Niagara Chardonnay with great balance and freshness. Pair with roasted chicken. Drink: 2013 - 2017 417774 13% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 90/100. October 2016. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Paul Anheuser Kabinett Schlossböckelheimer Königsfels Riesling 2009, Prädikatswein, Nahe, Germany: Citrus peel aromas lead the way in this pale lemon yellow wine, as well as ripe lime, green apple and a stony-clay minerality. Off-dry on the palate, with lime cordial, and a streak of racy acidity that nicely complements the sweetness. The finish is citrus-infused ,long, and crisp. Absolutely lovely! Soft and floral with ripe peach and pear in the background. Love it! Light- to medium-bodied with a touch of sweetness. Soft but balanced acidity. Riesling food pairings: seafood pastas, turkey dinner, pulled-pork dishes, rosemary-garlic chicken breast, pork chops. Drink: 2010 - 2018 161828 10% MD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 90/100. October 2016. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Pré Baron Touraine Sauvignon 2013, Loire A.C., France: Produced by Guy Mardon, Proprietor, this lovely light French Sauvignon Blanc with lemon freshness won a Gold Medal at the 2014 Concours des Vins du Val de Loire. Pair with vegetarian dishes. Sauvignon food pairings: field greens, seasoned seafood. Drink: 2013 - 2016 107128 12% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 88/100. October 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Grgich Hills Fumé Blanc 2014, Napa Valley, California, United States: Zesty, vibrant herbals aromas on the nose of this Californian Fume Blanc, along with aromas of lime, chives and lemongrass. Ultra-refreshing. This organic wine is made from 100% estate-grown Sauvignon Blanc grapes that are grown certified biodynamic. The vineyards are located in American Canyon and Carneros. Fume Blanc is the Californian term for Sauvignon Blanc and sometimes does receive oak aging. Pair with halibut in a lemon sauce or roast chicken. Fumé Blanc food pairings: chicken salad, pork tenderloin, seafood, barbecued lobster. Drink: 2016 - 2020 346296 14.3% D 750 mL $47.95 Score: 94/100. October 2016. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rutherford Ranch Chardonnay 2014, Napa Valley, California, United States: Rich and balanced and full-bodied Californian Chardonnay with attractive aromas of butterscotch, baking spice and Asian pear. Rutherford Ranch winery is family owned in Napa Valley o the historic Silverado Trail surrounded by century-old olive tree groves. Finishes with vanilla smoke and toasty peach. Pair with grilled chicken. Chardonnay food pairings: egg dishes, pan-fried cod, pasta in a Alfredo sauce.. Drink: 2016 - 2019 136382 13% XD 750 mL $23.95 Score: 92/100. October 2016. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Louis Moreau Chablis 2015, Burgundy A.C., France: An approachable unoaked Chardonnay from the northern Burgundian region of Chablis. Aromas of green apple and grapefruit. Pair with fresh seafood. Chablis food pairings: crab cakes, pan fried seafood, raw oysters with white wine and fresh green herbs dressing. Drink: 2015 - 2019 124305 12.5% D 750 mL $25.95 Score: 87/100. October 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Thornbury Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: A fresh, lively New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc with notes lime zest, lemongrass and chives. Juicy and racy acidity for a variety of dishes, from shellfish and seafood to spinach quiche and roast chicken. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: seared scallops, pan-roasted shellfish or mussels. Drink: 2015 - 2017 734798 13.5% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 92/100. October 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Napa Cellars Sauvignon Blanc 2014, Napa Valley, California, United States: Fresh and crisp with aromas of chives, lime zest, lemongrass and smoke. Medium-bodied with racy acidity on the palate for seafood, salads and shellfish. This Californian white wine is made from grapes grown in the warmer sub-appellations of Napa Valley: Rutherford, Yountville and Saint Helena. The capable winemaker is Joe Shirley who suggests pairing his wine with crispy fish tacos, grilled asparagus or bluff oysters with dill and lime vinaigrette. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: beer battered haddock and chips, vegetarian dishes, Thai green curry fish, fresh oysters. Drink: 2014 - 2018 127027 14.3% D 750 mL $21.95 Score: 91/100. October 2016. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sbragia Home Ranch Chardonnay 2013, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California, United States: Buttery and toasty through the mid-palate with fleshy peach and pear aromas on the finish. Full-bodied and layered. Caramel-rich and layered Californian Chardonnay from one of the region's best-known and most-respected winemakers. Pair with roast chicken or turkey, or lobster bisque. Chardonnay food pairings: pasta, hodge podge, lobster with mayonnaise, roasted chicken, pork with a creamy lemon sauce. Drink: 2016 - 2021 52720 14.9% XD 750 mL $49.95 Score: 93/100. October 2016. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Hamilton Russell Vineyards Chardonnay 2015, Hemel-En-Aarde Valley, South Africa: A chardonnay lover's chardonnay. One of South Africa's benchmark producers of Chardonnay in a cool climate region of the country of Hermanus. Rich, concentrated and hedonistic, yet with a nervy edge in this South African Chardonnay. A concentrated vein of tree fruit and minerality. Perfectly balanced between luscious ripe peach and green apple, toasty oak and a nervy seam of acidity for a range of dishes, from roast chicken to seafood. Highly recommended. Chardonnay food pairings: prawn bisque, chicken breast, frittata, cheese fondue, turkey. Drink: 2016 - 2022 931006 13% XD 750 mL $42.95 Score: 95/100. October 2016. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Baron De Hoen Reserve Pinot Gris 2014, Alsace A.C., France: The much-respected Alsatian winery Cave de Beblenheim has been making wine for more than 50 years. This vibrant white wine is made from 100% Pinot Gris grapes. It offers notes of tropical tree fruit, apricots, peach blossom and honeysuckle. The sweetness is balanced and add a mouth-filling voluptuousness to this wine. It finishes with quince and floral notes. Try it with Asian dishes and mild to medium curries or mushroom risotto. Pinot Gris food pairings: mild curries, pad Thai, veal in white wine sauce. Drink: 2016 - 2019 461657 12% D 750 mL $15.95 Score: 91/100. October 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Bartier Scholefield Pinot Blanc 2015, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A light, refreshing white with mild aromas of white flowers and lime blossom. Pinot Blanc food pairings: fresh fish, slow roasted chicken, pizza, Chinese food. Drink: 2016 - 2018 164467 11% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 87/100. October 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mike Weir Limited Edition Riesling 2014, Beamsville Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Finishes with crisp notes of green apple and lime zest. Pair with fresh seafood. This Niagara Riesling offers lemon sunshine with attractive petrol on the nose. Full-blown Riesling with packed flavour yet not heavy. Mouth-watering for so many dishes. An extraordinary zesty white wine for the price! Riesling food pairings: lemon-herbed chicken, nuts, soft cheese, curries, spicy food.. Drink: 2016 - 2019 229286 10.5% M 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. October 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Fielding Estate Bottled Riesling 2015, Beamsville Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Very light and fleeting Riesling: would work well as a chilled aperitif. A pretty Niagara Riesling with good acidity and natural sweetness balancing each other for seafood dishes. Love the low alcohol of just 10.3%. Riesling food pairings: roast chicken, spicy pasta dishes, shrimp tempura, grilled salmon. Drink: 2016 - 2019 251439 10.3% M 750 mL $19.95 Score: 87/100. October 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cave Spring Cellars Pinot Gris 2015, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Cave Spring is a cool-climate white wine wizard, best known for their Rieslings, but take a look at this lovely Pinot Gris. Superb flavour, finesses, balance and length. Aromas of lemongrass and lime zest. Pair with vegetarian dishes and salads. Pinot Gris food pairings: pork tenderloin, roast turkey , pasta with cream sauce, cheeses, salads. Drink: 2016 - 2019 522979 13% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 91/100. October 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Newton Vineyard Chardonnay 2013, Napa County, California, United States: This flagship Californian Chardonnay features a gorgeous mouth-filling texture. Rich and voluptuous with fleshy aromas of peach, pear and butterscotch. The finish is long and lovely. Pair with roast chicken or turkey. Chardonnay food pairings: planked salmon, poached whitefish, fried pan fish. Drink: 2016 - 2023 1537 15% XD 750 mL $67.95 Score: 95/100. October 2016. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Bouchard Pere & Fils Les Clous Chardonnay 2014, Meursault, Côte De Beaune, Burgundy A.C., France: This is classic Old World chardonnay with tremendous balance and finesse. Enticing aromas of green apple and freshly baked bread. Chardonnay food pairings: lobster, chicken, salads, roast turkey. Drink: 2016 - 2022 661322 13% XD 750 mL $58.95 Score: 92/100. October 2016. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Newton Chardonnay 2013, Napa Valley, California, United States: A Classic California Chardonnay that was not filtered before bottling and displays immense creaminess. Gorgeous mouth-filling texture. Rich and voluptuous with fleshy peach, pear and butterscotch. Chardonnay food pairings: poached white fish in white wine sauce, smoked kippers with lemon sauce, pan-fried trout. Drink: 2015 - 2019 1537 14.5% D 750 mL $68.95 Score: 91/100. October 2016. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Buena Vista Chardonnay 2014, Carneros, Sonoma County, California, United States: This Californian winery is part of the Boisset Collection. Jean-Charles Boisset, of the famous French winemaking family (and married to Gina Gallo), now guides operations. Buttery, round, balanced and amazing for the price! This full-bodied, classic Californian Chardonnay features aromas of green apple and butterscotch yet it's not heavy. Pair with roasted chicken or turkey. Chardonnay food pairings: lobster in butter sauce, beef bourguignon, breads, cheese, poultry. Drink: 2016 - 2020 67405 13.5% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 93/100. October 2016. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mount Nelson Sauvignon Blanc 2014, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: A lovely floral New Zealand white wine: blooms in the senses and mouth with lime blossom, fresh citrus and lemon zest. Zesty and balanced with lots of juicy acidity. Superbly crafted. Penetrating freshness right through to the finish. Produced by Campo di Sasso, this New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc is pure Marlborough regionality even though its owners are Italian, namely Lodovico and Piero Antinori. This wine strives for the Sancerre style of Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc. Try with vegetarian dishes. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: butter chicken pizza, spice-rubbed chicken, mild fish curry. Drink: 2016 - 2018 694752 13% XD 750 mL $23.95 Score: 93/100. October 2016. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Dr Loosen Blue Slate Riesling 2015, Mosel, Germany: This fresh German white wine made from classic Riesling grapes has lots of minerality and lemon freshness. Medium-bodied with terrific refreshment in this classic German Riesling. Beautiful peach blossom nose then a surprising, but delightful, juicy, mouth-watering attack on the palate that is ultra-refreshing. Pair with fresh seafood or spicy dishes. Riesling food pairings: sushi with extra wasabi, roast chicken, spicy pasta dishes, baby greens salad, feta cheese. Drink: 2016 - 2023 160846 7.5% M 750 mL $22.95 Score: 94/100. October 2016. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Quail's Gate Estate Winery Stewart Family Reserve Chardonnay 2014, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia V.Q.A., Canada: Very opulent and luxurious British Columbia Chardonnay! Mouth-filling and viscous with a rich, mouth-coating opulence. Aromas of golden apple, buttered freshly baked bread and almond. Long finish that's very satisfying. Pair with lobster bisque, roast chicken or turkey. Chardonnay food pairings: roast chicken salad or poached salmon with a caper butter sauce. Drink: 2016 - 2022 639633 13% XD 750 mL $32.95 Score: 94/100. October 2016. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Saint-Roch Vielles Vignes 2015, Côtes Du Roussillon, Midi A.P., France: Soft and round French white wine with great minerality and medium acidity. This balanced wine sources grapes from old vines that are hand picked, low yield and dry grown. The 2015 vintage of the Cotes du Roussillon Vieilles Vignes Blanc is a blend of 80% Grenache Blanc and 20% Marsanne grapes grown on Vielles Vignes (old vines) matured in concrete tanks and 10% in new oak barrels. Pair with pork tenderloin. Food pairings: roast turkey with all the trimmings, tender roast pork. Drink: 2016 - 2020 175232 13% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 91/100. October 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

La Cala Sella & Mosca Vermentino 2015, Sardinia D.O.C., Italy: This vibrant northern Italian white wine from Sella & Mosca is made from 100% Vermentino grapes, a Mediterranean varietal that thrives under the Mistral Wind and its moderating influence. Vermentino is a local, ancient grape found in large plantings in Sardinian vineyards. Notes of lime and white peach and Asian white pear. Clean and crisp. It's a pleasant, floral sipper with soft yet enough acidity for seafood, shellfish and chicken dishes. Vermentino food pairings: steamed shellfish with fresh lemon juice, poached white fish in white wine sauce, raw oysters with fresh lemon juice. Drink: 2016 - 2018 627067 12% D 750 mL $15.95 Score: 89/100. October 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


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