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Vintages Release December 30, 2016

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Dessert Wine

Henry of Pelham Winery Riesling Icewine 2014, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A luscious and opulent dessert wine with aromas of apricot and peach. A long, satisfying finish. Pair with sweet dreams and creme brulee. Riesling Icewine food pairings: strong blue cheeses or seared foie gras, for dessert with fresh fruit. Drink: 2014 - 2022 430561 9.5% S 375 mL $49.95 Score: 93/100. December 2016. Top Rated Dessert Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Puklus Cellar 3 Puttonyos Tokaji Aszu 2012, Tokaj-Hegyalja, Hungary: Splendid! Rich apricot, clementine unfolds on the palate enveloped by layers of ripe peach goodness. Supremely great dessert wine! Hungary's Tokaji region is renowned for making the "king of wines" - the sweet wine Tokaji Aszù. The more “Puttonyos,” which range from 3 to 6, the sweeter the wine. This lovely dessert elixir finishes with apricot preserves, pear, and clementine. The acidity and moderate sweetness makes it very balanced and suitable for nuts, cheeses and fruit-based desserts. Tokaji Aszu food pairings: foie gras, blue-veined cheeses, crème brûlée. Drink: 2016 - 2020 980805 13.5% S 500 mL $20.95 Score: 93/100. December 2016. Top Rated Dessert Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ruppertsberger Linsenbusch Spätlese Gewurztraminer 2015, Pfalz Pradikätswein, Germany: A gorgeous German sweet wine with layers of honeyed apricot flavours and some peach notes on the finish. Pair with fruit flans. Gewurztraminer food pairings: honey cake, chocolate cookies, berry tarts, apple dumplings. Drink: 2016 - 2018 320473 10% S 750 mL $17.95 Score: 92/100. December 2016. Best Value Dessert Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Other Wines/Drinks

El Maestro Sierra 12-Year-Old Amontillado Sherry, Jerez D.O., Spain: This fortified Spanish wine is dry, smoky and nutty: it's an acquired taste, but one well worth acquiring. This Sherry underwent oxidative aging under a layer of flor aestro (layer on top) that creates a bitter almond finish. The wine was aged in American oak casks. Sherry food pairings: Manchego cheese, cheddar cheese, roasted nuts. Drink: 2016 - 2023 310458 17.5% XD 375 mL $27.95 Score: 87/100. December 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Red Wine

Trapiche Terroir Series Finca Ambrosia Single Vineyard Malbec 2011, Mendoza, Argentina: The grapes for this magnificent Argentine red wine are sourced from vineyards in Gualtallary, Tupungato and Mendoza planted at an altitude of 1307 metres above sea level in mostly sandy soil and 30% calcaire gravel. The grapes are carefully hand harvested, with bunch and berry selection and de-stemming. Fermentation is done with wild native yeast and maceration takes place in small concrete vats over 25 days, at 26-28ºC with a natural malolactic fermentation. The wine is then aged for 18 months in new French oak barrels with bottle aging of another 12 months. This Malbec offers classic aromas of black fruit, thyme, rosemary, and anise. Great mineral depth with firm tannins and a long finish. Pair with game meats and hard cheeses. Highly recommended. Malbec food pairings: hard cheeses, grilled game meats, roast pheasant. Drink: 2016 - 2021 402941 15.5% D 750 mL $39.95 Score: 94/100. December 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Bodegas Hermanos Pecina Senorio De Peciña Reserva 2009, Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain: This robust Spanish red wine exceeds the Gran Reserva maturity guidelines, but is still labelled as only a Reserva. This points to a great bargain on this wine, and the high standards of the winery. Aromas of leather, smoke and memories of a dusty walk in Spain. The fruit is a flesh memory only, but the bones remember to their marrow. Smooth and smoky, for conversations that are comfortable with long silences Food pairings: pork tenderloin, spaghetti with meatballs and sausage, roast lamb, game meats, slow-roasted beef. Drink: 2016 - 2021 82156 13.5% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 92/100. December 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Henschke Mount Edelstone Vineyard Shiraz 2012, Eden Valley, South Australia, Australia: I closed my eyes when I breathed in this wine’s aromas. I love that. Gorgeous lifted aromas of blackberries and some spritely voice singing in the middle of a dark forest… a shaft of sunlight cuts through the trees. Rise up on the notes, turn your face to the sun. Full-bodied and richly layered. Perfect for forgiveness. Shiraz food pairings: rosemary leg of lamb roast, lamb shanks in red wine sauce, rare rib steak. Drink: 2018 - 2023 718601 14% XD 750 mL $215.00 Score: 97/100. December 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Caparzo Brunello Di Montalcino 2011, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: A full-bodied, mouth-watering red with aromas of dark red fruit, smoke and dried herbs. Firm tannins. Decant 2 hours. Will cellar well. Pair with game dishes. Brunello Di Montalcino food pairings: rich tomato sauce and pasta dishes, full-bodied meat dishes. Drink: 2016 - 2022 579094 14% D 750 mL $46.95 Score: 92/100. December 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cliff Lede Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California, United States: Full-bodied and complex with classic aromas of cassis, blackberry and smoke. Although this wine is primarily Cabernet Sauvignon, there are also the traditional Meritage grapes in the blend, including Petit Verdot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Great cellar potential. There's a terrific concentration of black fruit flavour through the heart of this wine, yet it's superbly balanced and complex. Give it some cellar time, but when you do open it, decant for 1-2 hours. Perfect for when you cash in your Google stock Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: chicken, pork tenderloin, pasta, soup, beet salad. Drink: 2017 - 2022 133412 14.9% XD 750 mL $114.95 Score: 94/100. December 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Famille Perrin Les Christins Vacqueyras Grenache 2013, Rhone A.C., France: Concentrated and complex southern French red wine from the heart of the Rhone Valley, with deep, satisfying layers of blackberry liqueur on the nose and palate. Smooth yet mouth-filling. Pair with roast beef. Grenache food pairings: pepper steak, roast beef, sausage cassoulet. Drink: 2016 - 2023 973453 14% D 750 mL $24.95 Score: 93/100. December 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Stonestreet Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California, United States: A full-bodied and complex Californian red wine with aromas of wild tart blackberry and cedar brush. Finishes with a lick of dark spice. Pair with rare steak. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: grilled New York strip loin, hard cheese, braised pork shanks, veal chops. Drink: 2016 - 2021 435099 14.5% XD 750 mL $53.95 Score: 92/100. December 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tenuta Di Castiglioni 2013, Tuscany I.G.T., Italy: A blockbuster blend of Cabernet and Merlot grapes with a splash of Sangiovese from northern Italy. The 2013 vintage is very fresh, more so than the 2012 vintage (which was a strong one). A lot of elegance in the glass here. Pair with braised beef. Food pairings: rich tomato sauce and pasta dishes, full-bodied meat dishes. Drink: 2017 - 2023 474759 14% XD 1500 mL $47.95 Score: 92/100. December 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Donnafugata Sedàra 2014, Sicily D.O.C., Italy: A robust, smooth, supple Sicilian wine made from the island's classic Nero d'Avola grape. Layers of black fruit, spice and toasty oak. Pair with meat lovers' pizza. Food pairings: roasted game birds, rabbit fricassee, venison steak. Drink: 2016 - 2020 900274 14% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 88/100. December 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

La Vite Lucente 2014, Tuscany I.G.T., Italy: Complex, full-bodied yet nuanced and long on the finish. This vibrant Italian red wine features gorgeous aromas of dried black cherry, cedar, smoke, fleshy blackberries from an iconic producer. It's a blend of Merlot, Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, and it was aged for 1 year in French barriques. Decant for 1 hour. Pair this wine with prime rib. Food pairings: pepper steak, roast beef, sausage cassoulet. Drink: 2016 - 2022 747030 13.5% D 750 mL $34.95 Score: 93/100. December 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Los Maquis Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile: Black fruit, tar and lots of toasty oak on this Chilean red wine. Full-bodied and smooth with more black fruit and oak on the palate. The 2013 vintage of the Marquis Cabernet Sauvignon was matured in oak barrels for 10 months. Decant for 1 hour and enjoy with prime rib. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: braised beef short ribs, barbeque venison long ribs, meat salad. Drink: 2016 - 2019 311720 14% D 750 mL $18.95 Score: 89/100. December 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Chateau Hyot 2012, Castillon, Côtes De Bordeaux A.C., France: Pleasantly bitter black fruit and mouth-watering acidity. Full-bodied and juicy Bordeaux red wine blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes. Great for steak, especially at this price. Food pairings: rare rib steak, stuffed pork tenderloin roast, gourmet burgers. Drink: 2016 - 2020 63537 13% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 89/100. December 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mollydooker The Boxer Shiraz 2015, Mclaren Vale, Langhorne Creek, South Australia, Australia: Ultra-concentrated and intense Australian red wine from Sarah & Sparky Marquis: for those who want a blockbuster experience on the palate. Pair with a pepper steak or with gourmet burgers and all the fixings heaped high. A hefty Australian red wine with a great right hook on the palate! Despite high alcohol it still comes together within the context with this towering wine. Black fruit, smoke and rich fruitcake aromas on the nose. Full-bodied and supple with generous layers of flavour. Loaded with black fruit, the 2015 vintage of The Boxer Shiraz offers blackberry jam and dark spice on the finish. Shiraz food pairings: steak enchilada casserole, deep dish pizza and cheese pie, pan-fried goose breast with watercress. Drink: 2016 - 2020 246595 16.5% XD 750 mL $33.95 Score: 90/100. December 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Penfolds Bin 138 Grenache Shiraz Mourvèdre 2012, Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia: A structured and balanced blend of dark fruit, smoke and a touch of spice on the finish. Elegant and full-bodied, but not heavy. This is a classic Australian GSM blend of Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvèdre grape, each bringing their own structural component and complexity to the final wine. Some dark spice on the finish. Pair with rare meats. Highly recommended. Grenache Shiraz Mourvèdre food pairings: roast beef, brisket, pulled pork sammies. Drink: 2016 - 2018 468637 14% XD 750 mL $39.95 Score: 93/100. December 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Du Vieux Telegraphe La Crau 2013, Châteauneuf-Du-Pape, Rhone, France: Superb! Polished, bright and vibrant when I expected a monster of a dark red wine. The heft is there yet this wine doesn't taste either hot (from alcohol) or heavy -- so balanced, elegant and long in the finish. Pair with prime rib. Food pairings: rare rib steak, apricot and fresh green herb stuffed pork chops, roast pheasant. Drink: 2018 - 2025 951475 14.5% XD 750 mL $105.00 Score: 96/100. December 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Don Sebastiani & Sons Big Smooth Old Vine Zinfandel 2013, Lodi, Sonoma, Napa Valley, California, United States: A full-bodied, smooth, supple Californian red wine made from the iconic Zinfandel grape grown on old vines. Flavours of purple and black plums and some spice. Perfect for grilled meats. Zinfandel food pairings: roast quail in red berry and wine sauce, braised lamb shanks with rosemary, grilled pork chops. Drink: 2016 - 2020 470179 14% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 88/100. December 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Burgo Viejo Crianza 2012, Rioja D.O.C., Spain: This robust Spanish red wine is a blend of 90% Tempranillo and 10% Graciano from the heart of the Rioja region. Lots of juicy, mouth-watering aromas wild blackberry and blackcurrant. Terrific value for this classic red wine that has the depth and richness of cherry liqueur flavours, but is bone dry. Full-bodied and tasty with a velvet texture. Pair with rack of lamb. Yes please! Food pairings: smoked sausages, lamb stew, venison steak. Drink: 2016 - 2020 168815 13.5% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 88/100. December 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Stags' Leap Winery Ne Cede Malis Petite Sirah 2012, Stags' Leap District, Napa Valley, California, United States: A gloriously well-crafted Californian red wine with seductive aromas of black fruit on the nose and palate. Full-bodied, rich, deep and concentrated red wine blend of 85% Petite Sirah and 15% of a mixed, "field" blend of Carignan, Mourvèdre, Muscat, Sauvignon Blanc, Grenache, Syrah and Peloursin. Pair with game dishes. Petite Sirah food pairings: rib roast, pork long ribs on the barbeque, stuffed veal breast roast. Drink: 2016 - 2019 589572 14.2% D 750 mL $89.95 Score: 95/100. December 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Boekenhoutskloof The Chocolate Block Syrah Cabernet Sauvignon Grenache Cinsault Viognier 2014, Western Cape W.O., South Africa: I recommend the Chocolate Block every vintage as it's a consistently great wine! This full-bodied red wine is a blend of mostly shiraz grapes and some Grenache, cabernet sauvignon, cinsault and a splash of viognier grapes. It's savoury, complex and delicious: wow! Cassis, blackberry and cedar forest. Meaty and enticing, full-bodied wonderful with a concentrated weave of anise, cigar box, pepper and meaty notes. Extremely juicy and mouthwatering in a food-happy kind of way. Balanced and delicious: this is a terrific red to red if you're not familiar with South African wines, or even if you are. Highly recommended. Syrah Cabernet Sauvignon Grenache Cinsault Viognier food pairings: roast chicken Marbella, western bbq chicken, vegetable chilli. Drink: 2016 - 2019 129353 14.5% XD 750 mL $39.95 Score: 92/100. December 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Casa Santos Lima Quinta Das Setencosta 2012, Alenquer D.O.C., Portugal: This robust red wine hails from Portugal’s lovely Estremadura district which is about 25 kilometres from the Atlantic Ocean coastline and is called the Alenquer zone. This wine is created from indigenous, local grapes. It's a tasty red with full-bodied goodness and flavours of blackberries and plums with some pepper. Pair with hamburgers. Food pairings: gazpacho soup with smoked sausages, lamb stew. Drink: 2016 - 2018 50930 13% XD 750 mL $13.95 Score: 87/100. December 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Dupre Vignes De 1935 Gamay 2014, Beaujolais, Burgundy, France: Tart cherry and dark spice with lots of acidity for tomato sauces on the palate. Attractive, medium-bodied and mouth-filling. Pair with planked salmon. Gamay food pairings: grilled rib steak, veal chops, duck confit. Drink: 2016 - 2019 440297 12.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 87/100. December 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Travaglini Gattinara Nebbiolo 2010, Piedmont D.O.C.G., Italy: If you like Barolo, try this one as it's also made from the Nebbiolo grape. This seductive, robust Italian red wine is still quite tannic with tarry black fruit and violets, so it needs cellar time. Decant 2 hours. Try it with a rack of lamb. Nebbiolo food pairings: beef, mushroom risotto, gorgonzola. Drink: 2016 - 2020 713354 13.5% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 87/100. December 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Bertin 2014, Lussac, St-Émilion, Bordeaux A.C., France: Young and tannic; needs cellar time. Aromas of sweet cherry and smoke. Pair with a rare steak and decant for 2 hours. Food pairings: stuffed flank steak, roast leg of lamb, veal piccata. Drink: 2016 - 2022 244046 13% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 87/100. December 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

E. Guigal Châteauneuf-Du-Pape 2010, Rhone A.C., France: The 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape is a robust southern French red wine blend of 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre grapes. The wine was aged 24 months in large oak barrels (foudre) before bottling. The 2010 vintage of this Châteauneuf du Pape is robust and fully flavoured with blackberry liqueur and smoke. Complex, rich, deep and long on the finish. A real wow wine that would be a great gift. Pair with roast beef. Châteauneuf-Du-Pape food pairings: roast beef and all the trimmings, gorgonzola and other blue cheeses, lamburgers. Drink: 2018 - 2025 727503 14.5% D 750 mL $63.95 Score: 94/100. December 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

The Lane Vineyard Block 14 Shiraz 2013, Adelaide Hills, South Australia, Australia: The grapes for this robust Australian red wine were basket pressed, and the wine itself was aged in new and second-use French oak barrels. Classic Shiraz with aromas of purple and black fleshy plums and spice. Pair with roast beef. Shiraz food pairings: kangaroo tenderloin, bison burgers, rare rib steak. Drink: 2016 - 2022 470591 14% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 92/100. December 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Estancia Los Cardones Tigerstone Malbec 2012, Salta, Argentina: A robust Argentine red wine, the 2012 vintage of the Tigerstone Malbec offers lots of black fruit and toasty oak. Pair with hearty meat dishes. Malbec food pairings: grilled meats, meat and cheesy pizza, veal chops. Drink: 2016 - 2018 468041 14% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 88/100. December 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Seresin Estate Momo Pinot Noir 2014, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: A juicy, smooth New Zealand red wine, with pleasingly tart and vibrant cherry aromas and flavours in this pinot noir. Supple and medium- to almost full-bodied. Very tasty. Mouth-watering acidity is fantastic for a range of dishes, from planked salmon to roast chicken. Pinot Noir food pairings: beet and goat cheese salad, mushroom risotto, planked salmon, frittata, coq au vin. Drink: 2016 - 2020 163972 13% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 91/100. December 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Fuligni Brunello Di Montalcino 2010, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: Full-bodied, towering, tannic and black as night. This has at least a decade ahead of it, why rush the matter? Supple and a velvet mouth-filling texture. Pair with truffle-accented dishes. Brunello Di Montalcino food pairings: grilled steak, roast leg of lamb, hard cheese, veal piccata. Drink: 2016 - 2021 245225 13.8% XD 750 mL $84.00 Score: 93/100. December 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Campo Casalin I Castei Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico 2012, Veneto, Italy: Voluptuous rich red with aromas of sweet cherry liqueur and blackcurrant preserves. This is a towering red that will go the distance in your cellar as well as muscle in beside the heartiest of meat dishes on your table. Superb craftsmanship. Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico food pairings: seared beef sirloin, rouladen, stuffed green and red peppers. Drink: 2016 - 2023 946558 15.5% D 750 mL $51.95 Score: 91/100. December 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sobrero Ciabot Tanasio Barolo 2010, Piedmont D.O.C.G., Italy: Vibrant and alive, though the acidity mid-palate will surprise. Worry not. Give this wine the food it deserves: big pasta or meat dishes. Barolo food pairings: rich tomato sauce and pasta dishes, full-bodied meat dishes. Drink: 2017 - 2022 286070 14% XD 750 mL $52.00 Score: 91/100. December 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Montes Limited Selection Carmenere 2014, Colchagua Valley, Chile: Rich, black cherry liqueur aromas and flavours made this full-bodied Chilean red wine so seductive. Ultra-plush and voluptuous. Smooth and satisfying sensual pleasure. There's a terrific spice-infused finish wrapped in cedar smoke. Try this with pork tenderloin. Carmenere food pairings: hamburger, ribs in a rich sauce, spicy dishes, tomato-based dishes, beef tenderloin. Drink: 2016 - 2019 256685 14.5% D 750 mL $14.95 Score: 91/100. December 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Zonte's Footstep Baron Von Nemesis Shiraz 2015, Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia: Pitch black, dark, brooding and concentrated with toasty oak and chary black fruit. Full-bodied and juicy with layers of mouth-watering flavours: blackberry pie and black plums. Smooth and terrific. Loaded with toasty oak. Dark purple hue with accented highlights of lavender around the edges. Aromas of black cherry, cassis and dried herbs on the finish. Great party wine. Decant 2 hours. Pair with grilled meats. Shiraz food pairings: grilled meats, vegetables, fajitas. Drink: 2016 - 2020 212936 14.5% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 91/100. December 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Bodegas Alto Moncayo Grenache 2013, Campo De Borja D.O., Spain: A seriously hefty Spanish red wine: this is gorgeous. On the palate, absolutely stunning flavours of fleshy black plum, blackberry and some smoke. Velvet texture. Love, love! Pair with rack of lamb. Grenache food pairings: veal stew with sautéed vegetables, roast quail wrapped in prosciutto, beef bourguignon, grilled tuna with a pepper crust, pork tenderloin. Drink: 2016 - 2019 396358 16% XD 750 mL $51.00 Score: 93/100. December 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

San Pedro 1865 Unique Edition Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Maipo Valley, Chile: A gloriously rich and complex Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon with Bordeaux elegance and styling. Layered and long on the finish. Aromas of cassis and black currant and smoke. Perfect for a rare filet mignon. A steal at this price. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: grilled New York strip loin, hard cheese, braised pork shanks, veal chops. Drink: 2016 - 2021 469254 14.5% XD 750 mL $21.95 Score: 94/100. December 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Pahlmeyer Proprietary 2013, Napa Valley, California, United States: The 2013 vintage of the Californian cult wine Pahlmeyer Proprietary Red is a blockbuster with rich aromas of red berries, spice, smoke and anise. Decant 1-2 hours and pair with Kobe beef. Food pairings: roast beef and all the trimmings, gorgonzola and other blue cheeses, lamburgers. Drink: 2019 - 2027 739565 14% D 750 mL $282.00 Score: 94/100. December 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

La Posta Angel Paulucci Malbec 2015, Ugarteche, Mendoza, Argentina: Loaded with toasty oak and black, tarry fruit. Mocha and coffee on the nose of this full-bodied red wine, followed by black plums on the palate and a tannic grip. Decant 1-2 hours. Try it with hamburgers. Malbec food pairings: pepperoni pizza, beef, turkey, hamburgers, cheddar. Drink: 2016 - 2019 75515 13.5% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 87/100. December 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Jean Bousquet Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Tupungato, Mendoza, Argentina: Cheap and cheerful robust red wine for the price. Aromas of black fruit and loads of oak. Needs meat. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: spicy gourmet sausages, roast beef with roast potatoes. Drink: 2016 - 2021 678813 15% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 85/100. December 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Alto Moncayo Veraton Garnacha 2013, Campo De Borja D.O., Spain: This glorious Spanish red wine is made from 100% garnacha (Grenache) grapes. A savoury, juicy, lip-smacking delicious Spanish vino with incredible depths of concentrated dark fruit flavour. Think fleshy black plum and blackberries with some cedar smoke and savoury bacon notes. So, so tasty. Pair with roast beef. Garnacha food pairings: roast beef, porchetta, slow-cooked venison ribs. Drink: 2016 - 2021 173211 15.5% XD 750 mL $34.95 Score: 93/100. December 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Saved Red 2013, California, United States: This robust, smooth, supple Californian red wine is a blend of about one quarter Merlot, then descending amount of Malbec, Syrah, Zinfandel, Sauzao, Petit Verdot, Petite Sirah, Grenache and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes for the 2013 vintage. Select parcels from vineyards in Monterey, San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles, Santa Barbara County and Dry Creek were picked blended separately to preserve their unique character. The wine was aged in 30% new French oak barrels for 16 months before blending. It offers enticing aromas of fleshy blackberries and plums, cedar forest and black cherry. This is a collaboration between one of the world's most famous tattoo artists, Scott Campbell, and winemaker, Clay Brock, who grew up in Napa Valley and is also Director of Winemaking at Wild Horse Winery & Vineyards. This particular wine is named after Scott's famous SAVED tattoo studio in Brooklyn New York and his work is etched on the bottle's front label. This wine finishes with luscious berry flavour. Pair with a pepper steak or roast beef. Food pairings: pepper steak, roast beef, sausage cassoulet. Drink: 2017 - 2021 417378 15% D 750 mL $29.95 Score: 92/100. December 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Burrowing Owl Estate Winery Meritage 2013, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada: A gorgeous BC red wine blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc from the exceptional 2013 vintage. Complex, rich, deep and long: this Canadian flagship wine has it all. A great cellar candidate as well. Taste the very best of what BC (and Canada) can produce from this top-notch winery in a superb vintage. Meritage food pairings: slow roasted duck or classically prepared roast beef. Drink: 2016 - 2022 343038 14.5% XD 750 mL $59.00 Score: 95/100. December 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Terrazas De Los Andes Reserva Malbec 2013, Mendoza, Argentina: A rich, luscious, full-bodied Argentine Malbec with classic aromas of fleshy ripe black plum and mulberry. A meaty, savoury mid-palate with a strong core of minerality. This Argentine red wine is made from Malbec grapes grown at the ideal altitude of 1,067 metres above sea level for the ripening and complex evolution of Malbec. Round, full-bodied and redolent of black fruit and toast. Some dark spice on the finish which is long and satisfying. Pair with a rare filet mignon. Malbec food pairings: chicken herb-rubbed roast, hamburger, roasted veal, sausages. Drink: 2016 - 2020 29280 14.5% XD 750 mL $15.00 Score: 93/100. December 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Paul Hobbs Crossbarn Cabernet 2013, Napa Valley, California, United States: This rich, full-bodied red wine offers aromas of blackcurrant, cedar, pepper and cassis. Full-bodied with terrific structure and length. Paul Hobbs is one of the most respected winemakers in California, and has entered into several successful collaborations with other partners. Great cellar candidate. Decant 1-2 hours. Pair with prime rib Cabernet food pairings: braised meats, herbed steaks, venison. Drink: 2016 - 2020 351758 14% D 750 mL $69.95 Score: 93/100. December 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rodney Strong Wine Estates Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Sonoma County, California, United States: Flavours of blackberry, cedar brush, blackcurrant, and vanilla oak on the nose of this classic Californian red wine, with a full-bodied weight on the palate. Firm tannins. Full-bodied and balanced cool-climate Californian Cabernet, with aromas of cassis and blackcurrant. Nicely integrated oak. Decant 1-2 hours and pair with a pepper steak or gourmet hamburgers. Finishes with notes of cocoa and wood spice. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: pulled pork, burgers, hard cheese, grilled rare steak, smoked beef ribs. Drink: 2016 - 2021 226944 13.8% D 750 mL $22.95 Score: 92/100. December 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Marchesi de Frescobaldi Nippozzano Vecchie Viti Sangiovese 2012, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: This is the magnum size of this robust Italian red wine, the equivalent of two regular sized bottles. The regular 750 ml is also in this release. A full-bodied, balanced, layered and complex Italian red wine from the heart of Tuscany. Made from the Sangiovese grapes that grow on the oldest vines, with the deepest root structures, of the Castello de Nipozzano estate. This wine was aged for 24 months in oak barrels, in accordance with Tuscan tradition. Aromas of dark tart cherry, earth, smoke and sun-dried tomato. Pair with pasta in tomato sauce or spicy sausages. Decant 1-2 hours. Sangiovese food pairings: pasta in tomato sauce or spicy sausage cassoulet. Drink: 2016 - 2021 403469 14% D 1500 mL $64.00 Score: 92/100. December 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Castelli Del Grevepesa Clemente Vii Reserva Chianti Classico 2011, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: Lots of coffee, mocha and espresso from oak aging on the nose and palate of this full-bodied, supple Italian red wine from Chianti. Pair with tomato sauce dishes. Chianti Classico food pairings: stuffed roasted turkey, steak topped pizza, pasta in tomato sauce, breaded veal cutlets. Drink: 2016 - 2022 643205 14.5% D 750 mL $21.95 Score: 88/100. December 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Thorn Clarke Shotfire Quartage Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Barossa, South Australia, Australia: Love this robust Australian red wine! Gorgeously rich and full-bodied with layers of voluptuous black fruit flavours and mint. Velvet caress on the tongue. Top me up! Try it tonight with a juicy, rare steak. Pair this robust red wine with a New York strip loin steak. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: grilled sirloin steak with garlic mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables, vine leaves stuffed with minced sirloin and baked in tomato sauce. Drink: 2016 - 2020 24091 14% D 750 mL $21.95 Score: 91/100. December 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Joel Gott Wines 815 Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Napa Valley, California, United States: Juicy and savoury with enticing herbs and meaty notes mid-palate. Very intriguing. Full-bodied and smooth with some dark spices on the finish along with cedar brush. Highly recommended. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: chicken cacciatore, beef stew, strong cheeses, Margherita pizza. Drink: 2014 - 2019 444059 13.9% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 93/100. December 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tawse Winery Inc. Growers Blend Pinot Noir 2011, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Medium-bodied, silky Niagara red wine, with mocha and spice aromas on the nose of this Pinot Noir. Fleshy ripe cherry aromas and flavours on the palate of this medium-bodied, mouth-watering Pinot Noir from Niagara. Very respected winemaker. Pair with salmon or tuna. Lovely craftsmanship. The 2011 vintage of the Tawse Grower’s Blend Pinot Noir has done well, despite a challenging vintage. Pair with roast chicken. Pinot Noir food pairings: grilled lamb sirloin with cocoa rub, veal chops, grilled duck sausages, grilled pork tenderloin with cauliflower purée and cherry compote. Drink: 2013 - 2017 130989 13% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 91/100. December 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

L.A. Cetto Petite Sirah 2013, Baja California, Mexico: Stewed prunes on the nose, full-bodied with some fleshy black plum on the palate. Good price. Pair with hamburgers. Sirah food pairings: lamb cutlets, hamburgers, espresso and cocoa-rubbed flank steak, black bean soup, cheese. Drink: 2014 - 2016 983742 14% XD 750 mL $11.95 Score: 86/100. December 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Emiliana Coyam Syrah Carmenere Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon Mourvèdre Malbec 2012, Colchagua Valley, Chile: This beautifully structured, full-bodied Chilean red wine offers complex aromas of pencil led, smoke, cassis, wild blackberry and wild violets. Superbly balanced with great structure. Pair with rare filet mignon. Syrah Carmenere Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon Mourvèdre Malbec food pairings: roast leg of venison with sautéed mushrooms and sweet onions, roast pheasant, fried wild rabbit on toast. Drink: 2014 - 2018 63891 14.5% D 750 mL $29.95 Score: 90/100. December 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

St. Francis Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Sonoma County, California, United States: A full-bodied, savoury Californian Cabernet with aromas of campfire and smoke from toasty oak aging. Juicy and delicious. Pair with barbecued meats. Drink: 2015 - 2021 671164 13.5% D 750 mL $35.00 Score: 91/100. December 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ardal Crianza Tempranillo Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Ribera Del Duero D.O., Spain: Smokey campfire and hickory smoke on the nose and palate of this robust, somewhat tannic Spanish red wine. Pair with grilled lamb. Tempranillo Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: pork short ribs braised in red wine sauce, pork shoulder roast with cherry red currant and wine sauce, pork schnitzel. Drink: 2012 - 2017 167601 14% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 89/100. December 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Costa Lazaridi Amethystos Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Agiorgitiko 2012, Drama P.G.I., Greece: A juicy full-bodied Greek red wine with purple and black plums notes on the nose and palate. Tannic grip. Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Agiorgitiko food pairings: gourmet hamburger, braised short ribs, vegetable stew. Drink: 2014 - 2018 724831 14.5% D 750 mL $23.95 Score: 87/100. December 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Wakefield Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Clare Valley, South Australia, Australia: Juicy, full-bodied, rich and delicious on the palate. This robust red wine at a great price offers tremendous value and bang for your buck. Attractive aromas of mint and blackberry on the nose. It finishes nicely with black plum, espresso and cloves. Black in hue with aromas to match of dark fruit, tar and smoky oak. Pair with juicy hamburgers. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: hearty meat dishes, hard cheese, juicy rare steak, barbecued ribs in sauce, hamburger. Drink: 2014 - 2018 744235 14% D 750 mL $18.95 Score: 90/100. December 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Columbia Valley, Washington, United States: This terrific Washington Cabernet blends French sensibilities with New World energy and vigour. Classic Cabernet with blackberry and cassis, mocha-espresso aromas from the oak and very balanced. Full-bodied and smooth. This Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet also includes small amount of Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Syrah in the blend. Pair with a pepper steak. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: lamb Bolognese, grilled New York strip loin, barbecued ribs in sauce, hard cheese, hearty meat dishes. Drink: 2015 - 2019 269357 13.5% D 750 mL $21.95 Score: 92/100. December 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cloudy Bay Vineyards Ltd. Pinot Noir 2014, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: This medium-bodied New Zealand red wine is satin smooth and tickles the senses. Juicy, fleshy bright cherries and dark chocolate dance across your senses with this pinot noir. Ultra-supple and sensuous. Amazingly great price for a flagship wine. Cloudy Bay put New Zealand on the wine map for its Sauvignon Blanc, but this Pinot Noir holds its own and deserves its own shining place in the wine world. Please make me some seared tuna and top up my glass. Pinot noir is New Zealand's benchmark red wine and it shows why in this wine. Highly recommended. Pinot Noir food pairings: planked salmon, roast beef, turkey, pork tenderloin, coq au vin. Drink: 2016 - 2019 598813 13% XD 750 mL $44.95 Score: 93/100. December 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Austin Hope Winery Syrah 2013, Paso Robles, California, United States: A gorgeous, full-bodied Californian Syrah with a bit of heat on the finish, which is to be expected with such high alcohol at 15.5%. Aromas of black fruit, tar and smoke. Luscious layers of hedonism on the palate. Pair with hearty meat dishes. Drink: 2015 - 2020 686121 15.5% XD 750 mL $39.95 Score: 92/100. December 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sartori Corte Brà Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico 2009, Veneto D.O.C., Italy: A huge blockbuster Italian red wine that needs more cellar time and decanting when you eventually open it. Rich aromas of black fleshy fruit and smoke. A superbly balanced, savoury, mouth-watering Amarone! Dried herbs, cherry liqueur (but not sweet) and earth. Extraordinary depth and complexity yet elegant with a long finish. Pair with roast beef or prime rib or grilled meats. Drink: 2012 - 2023 225540 15.5% D 750 mL $49.95 Score: 94/100. December 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Col Solare 2013, Red Mountain, Washington, United States: A spectacular Washington red wine with an intensity of black fruit flavour that's normally the preserve of Merlot in this state. The fruit is from Red Mountain, the smallest and most prestigious appellation in Washington. The vines are planted at a 40 degree angle to optimize their sunshine exposure. The wine is aged in new French oak barrels that have a tight grain that this Cabernet handles with ease. This winery is a partnership between Tuscany's renowned Marchesi Antinori (Tignanello) and Washington State's Chateau Ste. Michelle. Superb craftsmanship with a long cellar life ahead of it. Get your case now before it doubles in price. Drink: 2017 - 2030 20487 14.7% XD 750 mL $99.95 Score: 97/100. December 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Barone Ricasoli Brolio Chianti Classico 2013, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: This respected winery is located between Florence and Siena in the heart of Tuscany. A robust, mouth-watering red wine made from the Chianti region's classic grape Sangiovese. A balanced, medium- to full-bodied red with aromas of tart cherries and raspberries. Pair with pasta in tomato sauce. Chianti Classico food pairings: bucatini with sausage and peas, roast beef, cheesy pizza, stuffed roasted turkey, pasta with tomato sauce. Drink: 2016 - 2019 3962 13.5% D 750 mL $22.95 Score: 90/100. December 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tarapaca Gran Reserva Pinot Noir 2015, Leyda Valley, Chile: Cherry-berry fleshy ripe sweetness on the nose and palate. Round, supple and almost full-bodied. Pair with grilled seafood. Pinot Noir food pairings: veal chops, grilled duck sausages, pork tenderloin, barbecued lamb sirloin, grilled carrot mash and spring greens purée. Drink: 2016 - 2019 404210 14.5% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 90/100. December 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

J Lohr Winery Falcon's Perch Pinot Noir 2014, Monterey County, California, United States: Sweet chocolate on the nose and palate with fleshy blackberries and lots of toasty oak. Full-bodied and supple. The Valdiguié grape adds plushness to this blend. Pair this wine with grilled pork chops. Pinot Noir food pairings: coffee-rubbed steak, duck, veal. Drink: 2016 - 2020 361717 13.5% D 750 mL $29.95 Score: 89/100. December 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Vega Crianza 2012, Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain: A gorgeous Spanish red wine made from the classic Tempranillo grape in the heart of the country's renowned Rioja wine region. Aromas of dark berries, spice, earth and smoke. Racy acidity for tangy dishes and lamb in rosemary. Excellent value. Food pairings: bison burgers, venison stew, stuffed venison flank. Drink: 2016 - 2022 471854 14% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 91/100. December 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

San Pedro 1865 Single Vineyard Carmenere 2014, Maule Valley, Chile: Wow, this single vineyard Carmenere rocks! Carmenere is arguably the flagship red wine of Chile. It has it all: concentrated, rich black fruit flavours and depth, yet it's supple and smooth with a long finish. Velvet on the palate, lingering in the mind. The wines from San Pedro's 1865 line come from its own vineyard planted with a specific variety. The Carmenere comes from the winery's property in the Maule Valley, with rolling hillside vineyards averaging 20 years of age and planted in alluvial soil with angular stones to control plant vigour. This robust red wine finishes with notes of cassis and dried tobacco. Great balance and depth. Try it with a rack of lamb tonight. Highly recommended. Carmenere food pairings: venison, ratatouille, rabbit stew, bison steaks. Drink: 2016 - 2019 249201 14.5% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 92/100. December 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Chateau Ste. Michelle Cold Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Columbia Valley, Washington, United States: The 2012 vintage of the robust Washington Cabernet Sauvignon Cold Creek Vineyard is made from vines planted in 1973. The vines enjoy the ideal sun exposure facing south on a warm site nestled in the Columbia Valley. Aromas of black fruit, spice and toasty oak. Decant 1-2 hours and pair with prime rib. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: grilled New York strip loin, braised pork shanks, veal chops. Drink: 2016 - 2023 468520 14% XD 750 mL $42.95 Score: 91/100. December 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Devise D'ardilley 2012, Haut-Médoc, Bordeaux A.C., France: A spectacular Bordeaux from a superb vintage. This baby needs serious cellar time. Tannic and tightly wound, this will reward patience and decanting. Aromas of cassis and blackberry. A terrific and beautifully balanced Bordeaux red wine blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes from the strong 2012 vintage. Could use some cellar time. Aromas of black fruit and toasty oak. Decant 1-2 hours and pair with a rare steak. Food pairings: rib roast, pork long ribs on the barbeque, stuffed veal breast roast. Drink: 2018 - 2025 642512 13.5% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 93/100. December 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sartori Montegradella Valpolicella Classico Superiore 2012, Veneto D.O.C., Italy: An extraordinary wine for the price! Wowsers. Mocha and smoke wrap around fleshy black plums. Voluptuous and luxurious, with full-bodied weight and a rich texture. The Sartori 2012 Valpolicella Classico Superiore offers lots of pleasure in the glass. Full-bodied with attractive aromas of dark fruit, spice and smoke. Perfect for tomato and meat sauces or hearty meat dishes. Valpolicella Classico Superiore food pairings: marinated pepper steaks, burgers with blue cheese, grilled pork chops, Muscovy duck. Drink: 2016 - 2020 473157 14% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 92/100. December 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rosé

Château La Tour De L'évêque Rosé 2015, Côtes De Provence A.C., France: This lively French rosé not only offers wild strawberry notes, it also has a little white pepper for intrigue and pleasure. Medium-bodied, dry and some kind of wonderful from Régine Sumeire, Propreitor-récolt. One of the most respected rosé producers in Provence: consistently great year after year. Rosé food pairings: pan-fired pickerel, gravel, steamed shrimp with lemon butter. Drink: 2015 - 2017 319392 13.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 91/100. December 2016. Best Value Rosé Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sparkling Wine

Moutard Père Et Fils Rosé De Cuvaison Brut Champagne, Champagne A.C., France: A pretty rose-petal inflected rose Champagne with delicate layers and a long finish. Juicy and ready for planked salmon. Champagne food pairings: smoked salmon, pan-fried scallops, caviar. Drink: 2016 - 2020 340091 12% XD 750 mL $49.95 Score: 91/100. December 2016. Top Rated Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Benjamin Bridge Nova 7 Sparkling 2014, Annapolis 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. Sparkling food pairings: seafood tapas, steamed shellfish, grilled seafood. Drink: 2016 - 2018 256289 6.5% MS 750 mL $24.95 Score: 93/100. December 2016. Top Rated Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Brochet-Hervieux Hbh Champagne 1996, Champagne A.C., France: Campfire smoke and toasted, charred almond: aged Champagne for those who have a taste for it. Not fresh, but robust and deep. Champagne food pairings: smoked salmon, pan-fried scallops, caviar. Drink: 2008 - 2016 385815 12% XD 750 mL $68.95 Score: 89/100. December 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

Stratus 2013, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: The 2012 vintage was a strong one in Niagara and it shows in the flagship white wine blend from Stratus. Full-bodied, rich and layered with aromas of orchard fruit and toasty oak. Pair with roast chicken or turkey. Food pairings: pan-fried fish in lemon beurre, poached white fish in white wine sauce, oysters Rockefeller. Drink: 2016 - 2019 660704 13.5% XD 750 mL $38.20 Score: 90/100. December 2016. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Zenato San Benedetto Lugana Trebbiano 2015, Veneto D.O.C., Italy: A zesty northern Italian white wine with notes of grapefruit, lime and lemon zest. Racy acidity on the palate for shellfish. Trebbiano food pairings: roast turkey, planked salmon, pasta in cream sauce. Drink: 2016 - 2018 707158 13% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 89/100. December 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Pierre Sparr Reserve Gewurztraminer 2015, Alsace A.C., France: A terrific Alsatian white wine with classic Gewürztraminer aromas of lychee, rosewater, grapefruit and baking spice. Pair with spicy and Asian dishes. Gewurztraminer food pairings: Asian dishes, pork tenderloin, curried rice, Panko-crusted chicken. Drink: 2016 - 2020 747600 13.5% D 750 mL $18.95 Score: 91/100. December 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

KWV Cathedral Cellar Chardonnay 2014, Western Cape W.O., South Africa: A full-bodied, generous round South African Chardonnay with aromas of butterscotch and smoke. Well-priced and delicious. Pair with roasted chicken. The winery's cellar is cathedral vaulted with stained glass thus the name. The Cathedral Cellar Chardonnay offers remarkable value for this tasty, rich, buttery Chardonnay. Chardonnay food pairings: cranberry braised partridge, pork filet au gratin with green herbs, grilled chicken breast with cranberry and red currant sauce. Drink: 2016 - 2020 328559 13% D 750 mL $16.95 Score: 91/100. December 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

CrossBarn by Paul Hobbs Chardonnay 2014, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California, United States: Complex and satisfying Californian Chardonnay, with full-bodied richness and weight with a velvet texture. Toasty oak yet it's integrated beautifully with the green apple and peach aromas. A chardonnay lover's chardonnay. Complex with a long finish. Pair with roast chicken. Chardonnay food pairings: lobster in butter sauce, beef bourguignon, breads, cheese, poultry. Drink: 2016 - 2022 119073 14.3% XD 750 mL $64.95 Score: 93/100. December 2016. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Kim Crawford Small Parcels Favourite Homestead Pinot Gris 2014, Awatere Valley, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: A fresh, crisp New Zealand Pinot Gris from a white wine master. Aromas of white and green melon, lemon zest and lime lift. Pair with fresh shellfish. Pinot Gris food pairings: roasted veal, pork tenderloin, roast turkey , seafood, pasta with cream sauce. Drink: 2014 - 2018 415463 13% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 91/100. December 2016. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

14 Hands Chardonnay 2014, Columbia Valley, Washington, United States: Gorgeous vanilla spice florals on the nose of this Washington Chardonnay. Lots of freshness on the palate along with tropical fruit. This varietal tier (wines made from a single variety or grape) is the premium line for 14 Hands as compared to the blends like Hot to Trot. The horses on the label are a tribute to the wild horses that once roamed the Hose Heaven Hills wine region. They were approximately 14 hands tall: small but sturdy and strong, known for their unbridled strength and freedom. Drink: 2014 - 2018 468546 13% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 90/100. December 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

J Lohr October Night Chardonnay 2014, California, Monterey, United States: A buttery, full-bodied Californian Chardonnay with aromas of tangerine spice. Mouth-watering acidity with a good finish. Perfect to pair with roasted turkey or chicken. Chardonnay food pairings: marinated lemon herb chicken breast grilled on the barbie. Drink: 2016 - 2020 225375 14.9% D 750 mL $34.95 Score: 89/100. December 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Santa Carolina Gran Reserva Chardonnay 2013, Casablanca Valley, Chile: Stunning quality, taste and richness for this price point! Rich, toasted almonds wrap around a core of green apple vibrancy in this Chilean white wine made from Chardonnay grapes. Balanced and luscious, with loads of hedonistic happiness. This is an amazing party wine and it also works well for dinner parties. Finished with buttered toast and apple-nut aromas. A terrific and well-priced Chilean Chardonnay with toasty oak, tropical tree fruit and green apple aromas. Pair with veal. Chardonnay food pairings: crab cakes, roast pork, prawn bisque, cheese fondue, stuffed chicken breast, roast turkey.. Drink: 2015 - 2017 928580 13.5% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 90/100. December 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château De Sancerre Sancerre 2014, Loire A.C., France: This Sauvignon Blanc from the Old World has some lemon and smoke notes. Pair with fish in a lemon burr sauce. Drink: 2014 - 2017 340893 12.5% D 750 mL $24.95 Score: 87/100. December 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

La Crema Chardonnay 2014, Sonoma Coast, California, United States: Sonoma Coast vineyards enjoy a long, cool growing season due to the moderating influence of the Pacific Ocean, and its fogs and winds that blow inland. This is perfect for slowly ripening grapes to develop complex flavours and nuances without lots of sugar that translates to heavy alcohol. Classic Californian Chardonnay with toast, oak and green apple on the nose. Full-bodied, and generously layered. Generous flavours of pear and peach on the palate with a long, dry finish and a hint of wild white flowers in a spring rain. Perfect for roast chicken or mild curries. Chardonnay food pairings: pasta, hodge podge, lobster with mayonnaise, roasted chicken. Drink: 2014 - 2019 962886 13.9% D 750 mL $29.95 Score: 90/100. December 2016. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Jean Vollet & Fils Montmains Chablis 2014, Burgundy A.C., France: Fresh green apple notes a steely purity of fruit in this Old World Chardonnay from the northern Burgundian region of Chablis. Lots of acidity. Pair with lemon or cream sauces. Chablis food pairings: shellfish, seafood salads, baked brie and pear, sushi. Drink: 2016 - 2020 405704 12.5% D 750 mL $34.95 Score: 90/100. December 2016. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tahbilk Marsanne 2015, Nagambie Lakes, Central Victoria, Australia: Lemon-yellow essence with some dry honey and white peach on this Australian white wine made from the lesser-known Marsanne grape, traditional to the Rhone Valley. Wonderful white that will get you out of that Chardonnay rut you’ve been in. Rhone grapes do very well in Australia's Victoria region due to the climate and soils there. Pair with veal. Marsanne food pairings: crab cakes, pork tenderloin, cheese. Drink: 2016 - 2019 117945 12.5% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 91/100. December 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Dirty Laundry Vineyard Not So Knotty Chardonnay 2014, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia V.Q.A., Canada: This fresh, crisp BC white wine made from Chardonnay grapes and is unoaked, thus the reference to "Not so knotty" (wood). Reminds me more of fresh linens on a spring day than Dirty Laundry with aromas of lime and lemon zest. Pair with crossing off the last item on your chores list and fresh seafood. Chardonnay food pairings: stuffed chicken roasted, beef bourguignon, pork tenderloin, ravioli served in an Alfredo sauce. Drink: 2016 - 2019 353144 13.9% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. December 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Vineland Estates Elevation St. Urban Vineyard Riesling 2015, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Another terrific off-dry Vineland Riesling from the solid 2014 vintage. Aromas of lime and lemon zest with a deep core of minerality. Pair with fresh halibut in a beurre blanc sauce. Riesling food pairings: salad, mild curries, Thai coconut shrimp. Drink: 2016 - 2020 38117 9.9% M 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. December 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Santa Margherita Impronta Del Fondatore Pinot Grigio 2015, Alto Adige, Trentino D.O.C., Italy: This zesty Italian white wine is fresh, clean and crisp with white peach notes. Medium-bodied with lime lift on the finish. Great aperitif. Try this medium-bodied white wine with balsamic grilled radicchio, basil pesto or zucchini and red onion frittata. Pinot Grigio food pairings: pasta in a garlic sauce, avocado and papaya salad, vegetable tempura. Drink: 2016 - 2018 231258 13.5% D 750 mL $21.95 Score: 91/100. December 2016. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tawse Winery Inc. Limestone Ridge North Riesling 2014, Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A lovely off-dry Niagara Riesling with notes of lemongrass and lime zest. Tawse has developed a much-deserved first-class reputation among Niagara winemakers. Pair with fresh seafood. Riesling food pairings: roast chicken, spicy pasta dishes, shrimp tempura, grilled salmon. Drink: 2016 - 2021 431593 9.5% M 750 mL $23.95 Score: 92/100. December 2016. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Joseph Drouhin Mâcon-Bussières Les Clos 2014, Burgundy A.C., France: The opulent 2014 vintage of the Burgundian red wine Mâcon-Bussières Les Clos is made from the glorious Pinot Noir grape. Aromas of cherry and spice with earth and smoke. Racy acidity for seafood and roast chicken or turkey. Medium-bodied and smooth. Excellent value. Food pairings: steamed mussels, lemon-herbed chicken, pan-fried trout. Drink: 2016 - 2019 470401 13% XD 750 mL $20.95 Score: 91/100. December 2016. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Vina Montgras Amaral Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Leyda Valley, Chile: A terrific, delicious Chilean white wine for the money. Clean notes of lime and lemon, with a citrus lift on the finish. The Sauvignon Blanc grapes from the cool-climate Chilean region of the Leyda Valley that borders and is moderated by the Pacific Ocean. Pair with shellfish. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: steamed mussels, lemon-herbed chicken. Drink: 2016 - 2017 367292 13.5% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 91/100. December 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Organized Crime Chardonnay 2013, Beamsville Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A vibrant Chardonnay with lovely balance: white peach and Asian pear. Criminally good quality for the price. Pair with get out of jail cards from Monopoly. Chardonnay food pairings: shellfish, seafood salads, sushi, tempura vegetables. Drink: 2016 - 2019 408435 13% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 90/100. December 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sterling Chardonnay 2013, Napa Valley, California, United States: Big, bold, buttery Californian Chardonnay in all its glory. Layered and rich and offering so much pleasure. Aromas and flavours of tropical fruit and freshly baked bread. Try this with roast chicken. Chardonnay food pairings: shellfish, seafood salads, baked brie and pear. Drink: 2016 - 2019 330233 13.5% XD 750 mL $22.95 Score: 91/100. December 2016. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Far Niente Chardonnay 2014, Napa Valley, California, United States: Lovely balance in this classic Californian Chardonnay, with green apple and toasted almond aromas. Nice acidity and a mouth-filling richness on the mid-palate. Pair with roast turkey. Chardonnay food pairings: steamed mussels, lemon-herbed chicken, pan-fried trout. Drink: 2016 - 2021 539130 14% XD 750 mL $99.95 Score: 93/100. December 2016. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Flor De Vetus Bodegas Vetus Verdejo 2015, Rueda D.O., Spain: Bone-dry and refreshing Spanish white wine with bright lemon notes. Medium-bodied with lots of mouth-watering acidity. Great aperitif or companion to shellfish. Good price. Pair with pan fried seafood or vegetarian dishes. Verdejo food pairings: shellfish, salads, seafood tapas. Drink: 2016 - 2019 320259 12.5% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 89/100. December 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


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