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Wine Picks October 10, 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

Benjamin Bridge Nova 7 2015, Gaspereau Valley, Nova Scotia, Canada: So pretty, floral, strawberry blossom exotic. Like a good dream from which you don't want to awaken. Perfect summer day in the middle of your winter world. Food pairings: fruit dishes, sushi, Asian salad. Drink: 2015 - 2017 256289 6.5% S 750 mL $24.95 Score: 93/100. October 2016. Top Rated Dessert Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Red Wine

Las Mulas Reserva Organic Merlot 2015, Central Valley, Chile: Deep, deep black plum, fleshy, rich and enveloping. Fold up and have a nap inside this wine, wake up satisfied sensorily. Pair with grilled pork chops. Drink: 2015 - 2019 454868 14% D 750 mL $12.95 Score: 89/100. October 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Columbia Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Columbia Valley, Washington, United States: A solid citizen of a wine! Full-bodied and savoury with cedar brush and wild cassis aromas. This Washington state red wine is made from the classic Cabernet Sauvignon grape. Pair with a pepper steak. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: lamb Bolognese, grilled New York striploin, barbecued ribs in sauce, hard cheese, braised pork shanks. Drink: 2014 - 2018 460675 13.5% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 90/100. October 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Frei Brothers Winery Reserve Zinfandel 2014, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California, United States: A robust red wine with big purple and black plum aromas and flavours as well as blueberry pie notes on the finish. Smooth and supple. The fruit profile is not as raisined as it is in some Californian Zinfandels. Nonetheless, this is a juicy, pleasing red wine. Perfect for potluck gatherings featuring grilled meats. Zinfandel food pairings: pizza, pulled pork served with crackling pigskin. Drink: 2016 - 2020 281758 14.9% D 750 mL $25.95 Score: 91/100. October 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Yalumba Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Coonawarra, Australia: Elegant and distinguished Australian Cabernet Sauvignon from the cool climate of Coonawarra. Great balance and restraint, yet there's no shortage of flavour and character. Black fruit, spice and smoke. Perfect for prime rib. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: medium rare venison backstrap with roasted new potatoes; grilled steaks or roast beef. Drink: 2016 - 2021 460667 14.5% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 92/100. October 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sterling Vineyards Vintner's Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Central Coast, California, United States: Smoky and campfire toasty on the nose with fleshy black plum and mocha on the palate. Full-bodied and smooth. Pair with BBQ meats. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: rare steak. Drink: 2014 - 2019 56366 13.5% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 89/100. October 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Quinta De Saes Red 2013, Dão D.O.C., Portugal: Juicy and fruity with ripe purple and black plums. Full-bodied and smooth. Pair with a pepper steak. Food pairings: grilled hamburgers. Drink: 2015 - 2017 452771 13.5% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 87/100. October 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Des Chers Vieilles Vignes Julienas 2014, Beaujolais, A.C., France: A juicy, mouth-watering purple plum Gamay wine from the Beaujolais region. Racy acidity for turkey and chicken. Medium-bodied and smooth. Food pairings: vegetarian pizza, onion quiche, quinoa and chickpea pizza with spinach arugula and goat cheese. Drink: 2016 - 2020 445189 13% XD 750 mL $21.95 Score: 89/100. October 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ghost Pines Winemakers Blend Merlot 2013, Napa, Sonoma, California, United States: An elegant and beautifully balanced Californian Merlot with aromas of black plum, dark spice and smoke. Smooth and supple. Perfect for grilled pork chops. Merlot food pairings: grilled meats and poultry, hearty tomato-based pastas, pork chops. Drink: 2013 - 2018 454876 14.5% XD 750 mL $20.95 Score: 90/100. October 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Girls' Night Out BFF Red 2014, Canada: Blueberry jam and purple plums in this smooth, full-bodied Ontario red wine blend. Pair with grilled meats and discussions about the paleo diet. Drink: 2014 - 2017 415299 13% D 750 mL $12.95 Score: 87/100. October 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Casas del Bosque Reserva Pinot Noir 2014, Casablanca Valley, Chile: Fleshy black plum on the nose with some rich mocha notes: fleshy-ripe-sweet though it's a dry wine. Full-bodied with great acidity for roast chicken. Bold and vibrant, yet still elegant. Made from young vines grown in the Casablanca Valley planted on hillside blocks in red clay and decomposed granite. Loaded with dark berry on the finish. Pinot Noir food pairings: crown of pork roast with corn, mushrooms and rice, pork tenderloin in fig and cherry wine sauce. Drink: 2016 - 2018 995068 14% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 90/100. October 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Henry of Pelham Winery Pinot Noir 2010, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario, V.Q.A., Canada: Plush and sexy with a satin-smooth texture. Gorgeous aromas of smokey cherries. Medium-bodied and mouth-watering. How did they [do] it so right for this price? Gorgeous depth with black cherry and smoky aromas. Supple, plush and medium-bodied. Worthy of a sonnet. Pinot Noir food pairings: pork liver pates, tuna, grilled salmon, roasted chicken, duck and other game birds. Drink: 2011 - 2018 268391 13.5% D 750 mL $24.95 Score: 91/100. October 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Kim Crawford Merlot 2013, Hawkes Bay, North Island, New Zealand: A robust, smooth New Zealand red wine, with fleshy black plums and some dark spice on the finish. Kim Crawford has that rare combination of being both popular with a wide swath of wine drinkers, and respected by even the pickiest connoisseurs. Finishes with black plum and a lick of spiced oak. Wonderful! Try it with grilled lamb or pork chops. Merlot food pairings: grilled pork chops, hamburger, turkey, grilled seafood, beef. Drink: 2014 - 2019 680967 13.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. October 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Gérard Bertrand Art De Vivre Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Southern France, France: A full-bodied southern French wine that offers incredible value for the price point. Aromas of dark fruit, smoke and some dark spice. Perfect for grilled meats. Drink: 2014 - 2016 234815 14% XD 750 mL $13.95 Score: 87/100. October 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Torres Sangre De Toro Garnacha 2014, Catalonia, Spain: Juicy and full-bodied with aromas of black fruit on the nose and palate. Smooth with layers of pleasure. Great price. Pair with pepperoni pizza. Garnacha food pairings: roasts, casseroles, game and traditional Spanish meat dishes. Drink: 2014 - 2018 6585 13.5% D 750 mL $12.95 Score: 88/100. October 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Erath Pinot Noir 2012, Dundee, Oregon, United States: Spicy black tart cherry notes on this pleasant medium-bodied smooth Oregonian red wine made from Pinot Noir grapes. Pair with seared seafood. Drink: 2013 - 2017 394718 13.5% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 88/100. October 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Wits End Luna Shiraz 2014, Mclaren Vale, South Australia, Australia: Enticing aromas of blackberry liqueur on the nose and palate of this dry, full-bodied Australia Shiraz from the cool climate of McLaren Vale. Savoury and meaty, yet also juicy. This wine packs a flavour punch. Pair with roast beef. Shiraz food pairings: grilled meats, cheesy pizza. Drink: 2015 - 2020 311258 15% XD 750 mL $17.00 Score: 91/100. October 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Vintage Ink Mark Of Passion Merlot Cabernet 2013, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Full-bodied blend of Niagara Cabernet and Merlot grapes. Mocha and fleshy ripe black plums. Pair with grilled meats. Drink: 2014 - 2019 250209 13.5% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 89/100. October 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Jackson-Triggs Reserve Cabernet Shiraz 2014, Niagara, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Juicy and savoury with dried herbs and fleshy ripe black plum. Smooth and almost full-bodied. Pair with grilled pork chops. Drink: 2014 - 2018 357137 13.5% XD 750 mL $13.95 Score: 88/100. October 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Peyros 2010, Madiran, Southwest A.C., France: Full-bodied southern French red wine with blackened fruit and lots of toasty oak. Pair with a rare steak. Drink: 2012 - 2019 234997 13% D 750 mL $18.95 Score: 87/100. October 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Castello Di Gabbiano Riserva Chianti Classico 2012, Tuscany D.O.C.G, Italy: Full-bodied with racy acidity on the palate that demands tomato sauce with some meat balls please. Firm tannins so this could do well in the cellar for several more years then decant 1-2 hours. Chianti Classico food pairings: roast beef, cheesy pizza, stuffed roasted turkey, pasta in tomato sauce.. Drink: 2017 - 2022 174473 14% D 750 mL $22.95 Score: 92/100. October 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Gato Negro 9 Lives Reserve 2015, Chile: Purple plums and blueberry pie flavours: lipsmacking tasty! Full-bodied and smooth. Perfect for barbecued meats. Drink: 2015 - 2017 434647 13.5% D 750 mL $11.95 Score: 88/100. October 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rioja Vega Reserva 2011, Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain: Lots of juicy acidity and mouth-watering tart black berry fruit wrapped in smoke. Full-bodied and fairly smooth. Pair with lamb and rosemary. Food pairings: rosemary lamb, flat iron steak, roast pheasant. Drink: 2012 - 2018 423517 13.5% XD 750 mL $22.95 Score: 91/100. October 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Zonte's Footstep Chocolate Factory Shiraz 2014, Mclaren Vale, South Australia, Australia: Savoury, juicy and meaty with mouth-watering flavours of fleshy ripe blackberry and black plum. Spicy with dark pepper o the finish. Pair with grilled meats. Shiraz food pairings: rosemary lamb, kangaroo tenderloin, roast pheasant. Drink: 2016 - 2020 396481 14.5% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 91/100. October 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sibling Rivalry Red 2015, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Cherry berry juicy on the nose of this delightfully delicious Niagara red wine blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Supple, smooth and full-bodied with some mocha on the finish. Pair with hamburgers. Food pairings: hamburgers on the barbeque, pasta with meat sauce. Drink: 2015 - 2018 126151 13.5% D 750 mL $13.95 Score: 88/100. October 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

House Wine Co. Baco Noir Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Niagara, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A terrific Niagara red wine blend of Baco Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon. Aromas of toasty oak and black fruit. Perfect for meat lovers' pizza. Drink: 2015 - 2018 279521 13% D 750 mL $12.95 Score: 87/100. October 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Indigena Garnatxa 2012, Penedes, Spain: A full-bodied, vibrant Spanish red wine made in a clean, modern style. This is both an organic wine and a "natural" wine with little winemaker intervention or manipulation. Pair with free-range beef. Drink: 2016 - 2018 216654 13% D 750 mL $40.00 Score: 90/100. October 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ruffino Aziano Chianti Classico 2014, Tuscany, Italy: A tasty and mouth-watering Italian red wine with racy acidity for tangy tomato sauce. Full-bodied and fairly smooth. Great value. Decant 1 hour. Drink: 2016 - 2020 307025 13% XD 750 mL $18.30 Score: 89/100. October 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ruffino Riserva Ducale Chianti Classico 2012, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: The 2012 vintage was a strong one for Tuscany and it shows in the glass. Full-bodied and savoury with juicy, mouth-watering aromas and flavours of dark red berries and spice. Pair with tangy tomato sauce. Drink: 2016 - 2022 45195 13.5% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 92/100. October 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Woodbridge Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, California, United States: Classic Californian Cabernet with black fruit, toasty oak and cedar brush campfire. Full-bodied and smooth. Pair with barbecued meats. Awesome value. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: prime rib, filet mignon. Drink: 2016 - 2019 48611 13% XD 750 mL $12.95 Score: 89/100. October 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Inniskillin Niagara Estate Pinot Noir 2014, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Cranberry juicy on the nose and palate. Could there be a better wine for Thanksgiving turkey? Medium-bodied and smooth with lots of racy acidity. Great value. Pinot Noir food pairings: traditional clove studded baked ham, split pea soup, roast turkey, grilled salmon. Drink: 2015 - 2019 261099 12.2% D 750 mL $13.95 Score: 90/100. October 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ménage A Trois Silk 2014, California, United States: A smooth, supple, full-bodied Californian red wine blend of Pinot Noir, Malbec and Petit Sirah. Lusciously rich and ripe with fleshy sweet black plums and berries. Perfect for Hamburgers with all the fixins. Drink: 2016 - 2019 462853 13% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 88/100. October 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Torres Infinite Rojo 2014, Catalunya, Spain: Incredibly savoury, meaty and mouth-watering Spanish red wine! Amazing value and taste for the money. Full-bodied and smooth with aromas of dried herbs, fleshy blackberries and smoke. This is a blend of 85% Tempranillo and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. Pair with rack of lamb. Drink: 2015 - 2019 231795 14% XD 750 mL $12.95 Score: 89/100. October 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Luigi Bosca Familia Arizu Malbec 2013, Mendoza, Argentina: Seductive aromas of fleshy black plums and spice on the nose. Good weight and texture on the palate. Finishes smooth. Pair with hearty meat dishes. Drink: 2014 - 2018 452672 13.7% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 88/100. October 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Miguel Torres Las Mulas Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Central Valley, Chile: A truly amazing wine for the money! Classic and balanced cabernet with rich, deep layers of flavour: black plum, wild blackberry and cedar. Some spice on the finish. The bonus is that this is an organic wine. Pair with free-range beef. Drink: 2015 - 2018 407494 14% D 750 mL $12.95 Score: 90/100. October 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cusumano Syrah 2015, Sicily, Italy: A smooth, full-bodied, beautifully textured red wine from southern Italy. This Sicilian Syrah punches well above it's weight. Pair with a pepper steak. Drink: 2015 - 2019 145490 14% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 88/100. October 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cusumano Nero D'avola 2014, Sicily, Italy: An exceptional wine for the money! This southern Italian red wine is made from the Nero d'Avola grape, the iconic red grape of the island of Sicily. Layers of fleshy black (nero) fruit and pepper spice. Pair with grilled meats. Drink: 2014 - 2019 143164 14% XD 750 mL $12.95 Score: 90/100. October 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Trapiche Pure Malbec 2015, Mendoza, Argentina: A full-bodied, juicy and savoury Argentine Malbec with aromas and flavours of black fruit and toasty oak. Pair with grilled meats. Drink: 2015 - 2019 370924 14% D 750 mL $15.95 Score: 88/100. October 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Wolf Blass Gold Label Shiraz 2014, Barossa Valley, Australia: This big red hails from the heartland of Australian Shiraz, Barossa. Fully equipped to do the job of savouring and pleasing your taste buds. Aromas of fleshy black plum, spice and smoke. Perfect for grilled lamb. Drink: 2016 - 2022 13% D 750 mL $25.00 Score: 92/100. October 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rosés

Château D'aquéria Tavel 2015, Rhone A.P., France: Gorgeous and richly complex with fleshy ripe field strawberries. Full-bodied for rose yet perfectly balanced. Pair with planked salmon. So lovely. Food pairings: lox and capers, grilled salmon steak, shellfish, fresh fruit, veggies, pasta primavera. Drink: 2015 - 2017 319368 14% D 750 mL $21.95 Score: 92/100. October 2016. Top Rated Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

River Road Cabernet Rosé 2015, Niagara River, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Strawberry fresh and vibrant Niagara rose with mouth-watering juiciness for seafood and shellfish. Great value for the taste. Drink: 2015 - 2017 468223 13% D 750 mL $12.95 Score: 88/100. October 2016. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sparkling Wine

Piper-Heidsieck Brut Champagne, Champagne A.O.C., France: One of the best values for non-vintage Champagne on the liquor store shelves. Crisp and toasty, robust and muscular. This is a terrific party bubbly for discerning guests. Pair with fried foods or shellfish. Drink: 2015 - 2019 462432 12% XD 750 mL $54.95 Score: 91/100. October 2016. Top Rated Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Dom Pérignon Brut Vintage Champagne 2006, Champagne A.C., France: This is a wine to end all wines and all wine tastings because after this one, everything pales by comparison. Perfect in every way. Still fresh and vibrant even though it's now 10 years old. Wow. Creamy, rich and toasty. Champagne food pairings: lobster thermidore, lightly spiced curry dishes, lamb stew, white turkey meat. Drink: 2013 - 2030 12.5% XD 750 mL $219.95 Score: 100/100. October 2016. Top Rated Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

Henry of Pelham Winery Sibling Rivalry Chardonnay Riesling Gewurztraminer 2015, Niagara, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Floral, pretty and aromatic with white flowers and spice. A lovely Niagara blend of Chardonnay, Riesling and Gewurztraminer grapes. Pair with mildly spicy dishes. Drink: 2015 - 2018 126144 12% D 750 mL $13.95 Score: 88/100. October 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Badet, Clement & Cie La Belle Angele Colombard-Sauvignon Blanc 2014, France: Mouth-watering and juicy with notes of lime zest, green melon and lemon. Light-bodied and refreshing. Serve chilled as an aperitif or companion to seafood. Drink: 2014 - 2017 479337 11.5% D 750 mL $10.95 Score: 87/100. October 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sterling Vineyards Vintner's Collection Sauvignon Blanc 2014, California, United States: Juicy and mouth-watering with lemongrass and citrus and the smoky character of fume blanc. Perfect for seafood in a lemon butter sauce. Drink: 2014 - 2017 445783 13.5% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 90/100. October 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Inniskillin Niagara Estate Pinot Grigio 2015, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Clean and crisp Niagara Pinot Grigio with notes of lemongrass and chives. medium-bodied with racy acidity for seafood. Pinot Grigio food pairings: fresh cucumber salad with ricotta or mozzarella cheese; mild white fish like pan seared pickerel with orange butter; pasta al olio (olive oil, chili, garlic). Drink: 2015 - 2017 348979 12.5% D 750 mL $14.95 Score: 88/100. October 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Woodbridge Winery Pinot Grigio 2015, Lodi, California, United States: A crisp, clean Californian white wine with notes of white and green melon and fresh peach. Pair with light seafood dishes. Drink: 2015 - 2017 523431 12% D 750 mL $12.95 Score: 88/100. October 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Jackson-Triggs Reserve Chardonnay 2015, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Caramelized butterscotch on the nose of toasty oak aging along with golden apple and pear notes. Full-bodied. Pair with roast chicken. Chardonnay food pairings: steamed mussels and saffron, broiled lobster, smoked fish, poultry in cream sauces, grilled scallops, cedar planked salmon, quail, Camembert, Emmenthaler and Gruyere cheeses. Drink: 2015 - 2018 526251 13.5% D 750 mL $12.95 Score: 88/100. October 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ruffino Lumina Pinot Grigio 2015, Venezie I.G.T., Italy: Crisp and clean with lemon freshness. Racy acidity for fresh seafood and shellfish.Great value. Drink: 2015 - 2017 589101 12% XD 750 mL $12.95 Score: 89/100. October 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Robert Mondavi Winery Private Selection Chardonnay 2015, Central Coast, California, United States: A terrific, vibrant, full-bodied Californian Chardonnay with aromas of butterscotch, golden apple and pear. Perfect for roasted chicken or turkey. Drink: 2015 - 2019 379180 13.5% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 90/100. October 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Marlborough, New Zealand: Crisp, clean and refreshing New Zealand Sauvigon Blanc with aromas of fresh cut grass, lime and lemon zest. Pair with fresh seafood. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: planked salmon, field salads. Drink: 2015 - 2017 35386 13.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 91/100. October 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Kim Crawford Unoaked Chardonnay 2015, Marlborough, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand: Pure, fresh fruit in this New Zealand Chardonnay without a trace of oak. Perfect for seafood and shellfish. Chardonnay food pairings: seafood stir-fry, roast pork, beef bourguignon, roast chicken, veal. Drink: 2015 - 2018 991950 14% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 90/100. October 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Girls Night Out BFF White Pinot Grigio Riesling 2015, Harrow, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A pretty, light, floral Ontario blend of Riesling and Pinot Grigio. Perfect as an aperitif or companion to mild curries. Drink: 2015 - 2017 396598 12% MD 750 mL $12.95 Score: 88/100. October 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Villa Maria Estate Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Marlborough, New Zealand: A vibrant Sauvignon Blanc with a crisp, lime-fresh nose and racy acidity on the palate that's perfect for seafood. Notes of grapefruit and fresh herbs on the finish makes this a terrific chilled aperitif as well. Highly recommended. Drink: 2015 - 2017 426601 12.5% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 90/100. October 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Gato Negro 9 Lives Reserve Chardonnay Semillon 2015, Chile: Buttery and rich with toasted almond and hazelnut. Terrific quality for the price. Pair with roasted turkey. Drink: 2015 - 2017 434647 13% D 750 mL $10.95 Score: 87/100. October 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Southbrook Vineyards Seriously Cool Chardonnay 2015, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Clean and crisp with green apple notes and racy acidity for roasted chicken. Medium-bodied with great vibrancy on the finish. This winery practices sustainable viticulture. Chardonnay food pairings: fresh and bloomy rind cheeses, white bean spreads, pasta with cream sauce, white finned fish and roast chicken. Drink: 2016 - 2020 457481 12% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 89/100. October 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Vintage Ink Wines Rite Of Passage Chardonnay 2014, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Beautifully balanced Niagara Chardonnay. Aromas of green apple and subtle baked bread. Mouth-filling but not heavy. Pair with roast chicken. Chardonnay food pairings: foods that are rich and full of flavour, such as lobster dripping in butter, grilled tuna, or salmon, pasta in a rich cream sauce, roast turkey, or marinated chicken. Drink: 2014 - 2018 245712 13.5% D 750 mL $16.95 Score: 90/100. October 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Baron De Hoen Reserve Pinot Gris 2014, Alsace A.O.C., France: 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. Pinot Gris food pairings: pasta with cream sauce, grilled chicken breast, summer salads, pork burgers. Drink: 2015 - 2017 280149 13% M 750 mL $15.95 Score: 88/100. October 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Miguel Torres Chile Las Mulas Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Central Valley, Chile: Grassy, green, herbal and refreshing with racy, mouth-watering acidity for seafood and shellfish. Medium-bodied and clean. Great price. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: baked or griddled fish or fish dishes with delicate sauces. Drink: 2015 - 2017 272609 13% XD 750 mL $12.95 Score: 88/100. October 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ghost Pines Chardonnay 2014, Napa, Sonoma, Monterey, California, United States: Creamy, rich and voluptuous Californian Chardonnay with notes of butterscotch and golden apple. Pair with roast turkey. Chardonnay food pairings: buttered popcorn, roast chicken, lobster in butter. Drink: 2014 - 2019 308122 14% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 91/100. October 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Chateau St. Jean Winery and Vineyard Chardonnay 2014, Sonoma County, California, United States: Lovely caramelized toffee on the nose of this generously rich and full-bodied Californian Chardonnay. Notes of golden apple and pear with baked bread. Match this with roasted chicken. Drink: 2015 - 2019 269738 13.6% D 750 mL $18.95 Score: 91/100. October 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Foncalieu Le Versant Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Pays D'oc, Midi, France: So crisp and clean, like sipping on a glacier but without the cold headache. Pure refreshment. Not grassy. Lime zest. Enjoy as an aperitif or with seafood. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: oysters Rockefeller, steamed mussels Meuniere, crab cakes. Drink: 2015 - 2017 470336 13% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 90/100. October 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sterling Vineyards Vintner’s Collection Chardonnay 2014, Central Coast, California, United States: Butterscotch and campfire toastiness on the nose of this rich, full-bodied Californian Chardonnay. Green apple and pear on the palate. Match with roast turkey. Chardonnay food pairings: poached salmon with hollandaise sauce; sweet glazed ham with spring vegetables;. Drink: 2014 - 2018 669242 13.5% D 750 mL $15.95 Score: 89/100. October 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

River Road Riesling Gewurztraminer 2015, Niagara River, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Zesty lime blossom and white florals on the nose and palate. Love it! Not sweet. Racy acidity: perfect for seafood. Drink: 2015 - 2018 468231 13% D 750 mL $13.95 Score: 89/100. October 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ruffino Classico Orvieto 2015, Umbria, Italy: A crisp, zesty Italian white wine with notes of lime and white grapefruit. Juicy, mouth-watering acidity for seafood, but it's never aggressive. Pair with vegetarian dishes or spinach quiche. Drink: 2015 - 2017 31062 12% D 750 mL $12.45 Score: 87/100. October 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


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