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Wine Picks April 25, 2017

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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.

Red Wine

Boutari Legacy 1879 Xinomavro 2007, Naoussa, Greece: The history of the Boutari winemaking, now in the fifth generation, in the small Greek town of Naoussa in 1879. The grape variety they planted was Xinomavro. This robust, complex and distinguished wine has a long life ahead of it if you wissh to cellar it. Aromas of black fruit and smoke. Pair with grilled meats. Drink: 2012 - 2023 590497 14% XD 750 mL $49.00 Score: 92/100. April 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Kitma Kir-Yianni Yianakohori Hills 2012, Imathia, Macedonia P.G.I., Greece: A peppery rustic red wine with a firm tannic grip. Decant 2 hours. Aromas of toasty black fruit and toasty oak. Pair with rare cuts of meat. Food pairings: steaks, ribs, grilled meats, pasta sauces, pizza, cheese, hearty stews, blackened seafood. Drink: 2014 - 2019 419234 14% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. April 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tsantali Naoussa Xinomavro 2011, Naoussa, Macedonia A.P., Greece: Peppered black fruit with full-bodied weight. Great for pasta in tomato sauce. This robust, juicy Greek wine is made from the Xinomavro grape which is a dark-skinned grape that creates full-bodied wines with good aging potential. Pair this with a rack of lamb. Xinomavro food pairings: lamb souvlaki, pizza, donairs. Drink: 2013 - 2019 209627 13% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 90/100. April 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Erath Pinot Noir 2014, Dundee, Oregon, United States: Lots of acidity with sour cherry and some stemminess on the finish. Medium-bodied and smooth. Pair with roast chicken. Drink: 2014 - 2018 394718 13.5% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 87/100. April 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Driopi Kitma Tselepos Agiorgitiko 2013, Nemea, Greece: Firm tannic grip on the palate that will smooth out over time with some cellar aging which this robust Greek wine richly deserves. Aromas of black fruit and dark spice. Decant 2 hours. Pair with rare steak. Drink: 2014 - 2018 491886 13.9% XD 750 mL $15.40 Score: 88/100. April 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Beringer Founders' estate Merlot 2014, Napa Valley, California, United States: Juicy with fleshy purple and black plums aromas and flavours. Full-bodied and smooth. Pair with hamburgers. Drink: 2016 - 2019 534255 14% D 750 mL $18.25 Score: 89/100. April 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Casas del Bosque Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Maipo Valley, Chile: A superb, rich, complex Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon made from vines grown in the Maipo Valley that are cropped for low yields at 3.6 tons per acre. This results in rich, deep flavour. After a 5-day maceration, the wine was put into a mixture of new and second-used French oak barrels for 14 months. Aromas of dark fruit, pencil led, cassis and smoke. Pair with grilled meats. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: rare herbed steaks. Drink: 2017 - 2020 353086 14.5% XD 750 mL $22.95 Score: 91/100. April 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Finca El Encinal Crianza Tempranillo 2012, Ribera Del Duero D.O., Spain: This Spanish red wine, produced by Franco Españolas, is made from 100% Tempranillo grapes from the winery's vineyards in Quintana del Picio. The wine is aged for 12 months in American white oak barriques. Full-bodied with mature aromas of leather, cigar box and dry black cherry. Pair with hearty meat dishes. Tempranillo food pairings: cassoulet, beef, pork and veal cabbage rolls, roast Cornish hen. Drink: 2016 - 2020 355081 14% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 87/100. April 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Josh Cellars Joseph Carr Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, California, United States: Smoky campfire on the nose of this full-bodied, layered red wine made from the classic Cabernet Sauvignon grape. Pair with a pepper steak. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: Asian chicken salad, pork tenderloin, hodge-podge, grilled burgers. Drink: 2015 - 2019 461053 13.5% D 750 mL $17.00 Score: 90/100. April 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Boutari Agiorgitiko 2015, Nemea, Greece: Cherry aromas with a medium-bodied weight and smooth texture. Smoky with a satisfying finish. Pair with lamb chops. Drink: 2015 - 2019 172148 12.5% D 750 mL $13.10 Score: 88/100. April 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Beringer Founders' Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, California, United States: Very juicy and succulent Californian Cabernet with terrific aromas of fleshy ripe black and purple plums. Smooth and layered on the palate. Great value for this price. Pair with hamburgers or meat lovers' pizza. Drink: 2016 - 2021 534263 13.5% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 90/100. April 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Knight's Valley, Napa Valley, California, United States: An extraordinary Californian Cabernet with terrific balance and depth of flavour. The vines are planted in volcanic rock just 17 miles north of the winery in St Helena. Aromas of blackberry, cassis, black currant and smoke. The finish lasts so long. Pair with rare filet mignon. Drink: 2016 - 2025 352583 13% XD 750 mL $37.95 Score: 93/100. April 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Vallée Des Aigles 2013, Côtes De Roussillon-Villages, Midi A.P., France: A terrific southern French red wine: this is the 2013 vintage of the Côtes du Roussillon Villages which is a robust blend of 40% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 15% equal parts of Mourvèdre and Carignan. The wine is vinified in concrete tanks then aged in large oak barrels, of which a small portion is new oak. Lots of generous aromas of dark fruit and smoke. Pair with grilled meats. Food pairings: rustic sausage stew, grilled flat-iron steak, grilled lamb chops. Drink: 2017 - 2020 479675 14% XD 750 mL $25.95 Score: 90/100. April 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mojo Rockbare Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Coonawarra, South Australia, Australia: A juicy, exquisite Australian Cabernet at a phenomenal price. More aromatic than most Cabs I've tasted. Wowsers. Coonawarra is home to famous red wines: this is a bargain hunter's dream. Pair with grilled meats. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: rare roast baron of beef, slow-cooked beef prime ribs, meat lover's pizza. Drink: 2017 - 2022 383539 13.5% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 91/100. April 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château des Charmes St. David's Bench Vineyard Gamay Noir Droit 2015, St. David's Bench, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: The vines for this wine are planted on the side of ancient limestone slopes of the St. David's Bench Vineyard in glacial soils located furthest from the cooling temperatures of Lake Ontario and therefore benefiting from warmer temperatures and longer ripening. This clone of Gamay (Droit) is unique to this winery and is unoaked. A juicy Niagara red wine with lots of mouth-watering acidity on the palate of this made from the Gamay Noir Droit grape. Peppered raspberry with a full-bodied, supple texture and weight. Good price for this quality. Here's an amazing BBQ wine for you for all sorts of meats and event he Portobello mushrooms. Gamay Noir Droit food pairings: prime rib, beef brisket, gourmet burgers. Drink: 2017 - 2020 346742 13% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 89/100. April 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Caliterra Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Colchagua Valley, Chile: Fleshy ripe purple and black plums on the nose and palate of this full-bodied, smooth Chilean red wine made from Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. Great price for the taste. Good party wine that won't break the budget. Pair with meat lovers' pizza and movie night. Drink: 2015 - 2018 257329 13.5% D 750 mL $8.95 Score: 88/100. April 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Dainero Castiglion Del Bosco 2013, Tuscany I.G.T, Italy: An earthy, rustic Tuscan red wine with racy acidity for tomato sauce dishes. Full-bodied with tanned leather notes on the finish. Food pairings: spaghetti and meat balls, baked vegetarian lasagna, hard cheeses. Drink: 2017 - 2020 475988 14% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 88/100. April 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Casa Girelli Virtuoso Primitivo 2013, Puglia I.G.T., Italy: Blackened, charred fruit and tarry oak on the nose and palate of this robust Italian red wine from southern Italy's Puglia region. Lots of juicy acidity. Pair with grilled meats. Drink: 2015 - 2019 23424 14% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 88/100. April 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Heartland Shiraz 2013, Langhorne Creek, South Australia, Australia: A smooth, dependable, full-bodied Australian red wine with black plum and dark berries on the nose and palate. Pair with a pepper steak. Shiraz food pairings: chargrilled pork chop, Muscovy duck, grilled bison strip steaks, wild mushroom strudel. Drink: 2017 - 2019 661934 14.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 88/100. April 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Peter Lehmann Wines Layers Shiraz Tempranillo Mourvèdre Grenache 2014, Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia: A spectacular, robust Australian red wine at a terrific price! The Shiraz in the blend provides the muscular structure and tannin plus black plum, while Tempranillo adds some tarry character. Grenache adds dark floral and a racy exotic texture. This wine is aged for 12 months in 10-year oak barrels. Pair with rare steak. Drink: 2016 - 2021 138883 14.5% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 92/100. April 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

La Tercera Tempranillo 2010, Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain: A full-bodied, distinguished and elegant Spanish red wine from the heart of Rioja and made from the classic grape Tempranillo. Aromas of dried tobacco leaves, smoke, earth and earth. Pair with lamb and rosemary. Tempranillo food pairings: rare roast beef, grilled pork chops, blue cheeses. Drink: 2012 - 2018 432443 13.5% XD 750 mL $27.95 Score: 90/100. April 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Zonte's Footstep Avalon Tree Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Fleurieu Peninsula, South Australia, Australia: Dark, fleshy ripe black and purple plums and blackberry jam. Full-bodied and smooth. The Cabernet Sauvignon grapes for this robust Australian red wine grow on vines planted in the Fleurieu Peninsula, including Langhorne Creek, McLaren Vale and Adelaide Hills, and are blended with some Tempranillo. The wine is named for King Arthur's legend: whomever could pull the sword Excalibur from the stone under the Avalon Tree, would rule as king. Also named for Australia's great gumtrees. Pair with grilled meats. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: rare roast beef, grilled T-bone steak, grilled sausages on the barbeque. Drink: 2016 - 2019 353193 14.5% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 90/100. April 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Hazaña Viñas Viejas 2014, Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain: A supple, easy-drinking Spanish red wine with a smooth texture. Almost full-bodied. Aromas of dark cherry and smoke. Pair with lamb. Food pairings: grilled lamb, roast of pork, grilled sausages. Drink: 2017 - 2022 481762 13.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 88/100. April 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Jean Perrier & Fils Cuvée Gastronomie Mondeuse Savoie 2015, Savoie A.C., France: Cedary and herbal with lots of acidity and tannin on the palate of this very young, medium-bodied French red wine. A little stemmy. Pair with roast chicken. Decant 1 hour. Food pairings: beef sliders, slow-cooked lamb or spicy meatballs. Drink: 2016 - 2018 272112 12% XD 750 mL $21.95 Score: 87/100. April 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Folie À Deux Zinfandel 2013, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California, United States: Blockbuster Californian Zinfandel, bursting with fleshy black fruit and smoke. This classic Californian red wine made from the flagship Zinfandel grape. Vibrant, round and full-bodied. Lots of life in the glass. Finishes with dark spices. Perfect for BBQ meats or a juicy steak. Zinfandel food pairings: dry-rubbed ribs, grilled burgers. Drink: 2014 - 2019 147231 14.5% D 750 mL $24.95 Score: 92/100. April 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Beringer Founders Estate Zinfandel 2015, California, United States: A juicy, smooth, mouth-watering Zinfandel with fleshy ripe aromas and flavours of black and purple plums and dark berries. Perfect for the barbecue. Drink: 2015 - 2019 308205 13.5% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 89/100. April 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Louis Bernard 2015, Cotes Du Rhone, France: A solid performer, year after year. This robust red offers tasty notes of dark red fruit, cedar and some smoke. Great party wine. Drink: 2015 - 2018 581645 13.5% XD 750 mL $12.15 Score: 88/100. April 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Louis Bernard 2015, Cotes Du Rhone Villages Aoc, France: Full-bodied and savoury with dried herbs and chary black fruit and smoke. Pair with grilled meats. Drink: 2015 - 2020 391458 13% XD 750 mL $12.95 Score: 88/100. April 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Beringer Quantum 2013, Napa Valley, California, United States: This robust Californian red wine blend of mostly Cabernet Sauvignon along with Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Syrah and a splash of Petit Verdot is greater than the sum of its parts, thus the name Quantum. When tiny quantum units combine they create systems of tremendous value and complexity, according to the back label. Mocha and dark chocolate from oak aging then step back to reveal dark fruit, violets, anise and spice on the palate. This wine needs serious cellar time then decanting before you enjoy it with hearty meat dishes. Food pairings: hearty meat dishes, pork sausage casserole, roast chicken. Drink: 2018 - 2025 362400 14.9% XD 750 mL $69.95 Score: 93/100. April 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Southbrook Vineyards Laundry Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015, Lincoln Lakeshore, Niagara, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A gorgeously rich and luxurious cool climate Pinot Noir with fleshy ripe cherry and non-tart cranberry. Medium-bodied with layers of complexity and pleasure. Pair with veal or quail. Drink: 2017 - 2020 533281 12% D 750 mL $29.95 Score: 92/100. April 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tsantali Rapsani 2014, Thessalia, Greece: Juicy with racy acidity and aromas of dark cherry and spice. Medium-bodied and smooth. Pair with tangy dishes and tomato sauce. Drink: 2015 - 2019 392167 13% XD 750 mL $13.20 Score: 87/100. April 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Yalumba Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, Coonawarra, Australia: A terrific and vibrantly flavoured 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: 91/100. April 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Simi Winery Merlot 2014, Sonoma County, California, United States: Winemakers Susan Lueker and Megan Schofield have crafted a supple, smooth, rich Merlot for the 2014 vintage. This is a red wine blend of 87% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Malbec and 1% Cabernet Franc. The wine was fermented in 100% stainless steel then aged in 1005 oak for 14 months in a combination of small French and American oak barrels, 20% of which was new. This wine delivers pleasing aromas of blackberry, plum, clove, cedar forest and spice. Great balance of acidity and luscious fruit flavour for dishes like grilled pork chops and lamb. Drink: 2016 - 2022 417386 13.5% XD 750 mL $22.95 Score: 91/100. April 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Castillo de Ulver Bierzo 2015, Bierzo, Spain: A vibrant attack of acidity on the palate. Ripe, sweet purple plums on the nose. Perfect for hamburgers. Drink: 2017 - 2023 14% D 750 mL $18.55 Score: 87/100. April 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ruffino Modus 2013, Tuscany I.G.T., Italy: The 2013 vintage of this rich, full-bodied Italian red wine is a blend of 50% Sangiovese, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Merlot grapes. The vines are planted primarily in the vineyards of Ruffino's estates of Poggio Casciano and Santedame, which is hilly clay rich in fossil fragments. The wine undergoes a malolactic fermentation and a post-fermentative maceration on the skins for 2 weeks to add richness and depth. It's then aged for 12 months in first, second and third use American and French 225 litre oak barrels. This Super Tuscan is worthy of your attention, from its ruby-violet gem glints in the glass to its finish as long as a Tuscan country road. It delivers an intense bouquet of black cherry, plum, graphite, dried tobacco leaves and dark spice. This robust red wine has remarkably polished tannins that yield to a supple, smooth texture. Incredible concentration and flavour at such a reasonable level of alcohol. Pair with truffle-inflected dishes and grilled meats. Food pairings: pork tenderloin, grilled chicken, autumn hodge-podge. Drink: 2015 - 2023 912956 13.5% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 94/100. April 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Folie À Deux Folie À Deux Winery Pinot Noir 2014, Sonoma Coast, California, United States: Cherry berry fruit and plush liquid opulence that's not too sweet and beautifully balanced with terrific mouth-watering acidity for food like roast chicken or turkey. Pinot Noir food pairings: roast chicken. Drink: 2015 - 2021 392274 14.2% XD 750 mL $23.95 Score: 92/100. April 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

SeaGlass Pinot Noir 2015, Santa Barbara, California, United States: A joyously vibrant and energetic Californian Pinot Noir from the heartland of where the movie Sideways was filmed in Santa Barbara. Lip-smacking delicious cherry aromas and flavours. Medium-bodied and silky smooth. Pair with grilled chicken. Pinot Noir food pairings: shellfish, white sauce pasta, cheese, salads. Drink: 2015 - 2019 539163 13.5% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 92/100. April 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Joel Gott Pinot Noir 2015, Santa Barbara, California, United States: Rich, layered and luxurious Californian Pinot Noir with a satin smooth texture. Aromas of ripe cherry and strawberry. Pair with game birds. Drink: 2015 - 2022 13.9% XD 750 mL $23.95 Score: 91/100. April 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Joel Gott Wines Grenache 2014, Napa Valley, California, United States: A voluptuous and richly texture Californian red wine made from the Grenache grape. Loaded with dark berries and smoke. Decant 1-2 hours and pair with grilled lamb. Grenache food pairings: roast leg of pork, lamb Tangine, gourmet burgers. Drink: 2015 - 2021 14.1% XD 750 mL $26.95 Score: 91/100. April 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Napa Cellars Pinot Noir 2014, Napa Valley, California, United States: A classic Napa Valley Pinot Noir with fleshy ripe cherries and strawberries balanced with a racy acidity. Ideal for roast chicken and veal. Drink: 2015 - 2022 147272 14.2% XD 750 mL $31.95 Score: 92/100. April 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Taken 2014, Napa Valley, California, United States: A smoky, gorgeous Californian wine from the heart of Napa Valley. This blockbuster has towering dimensions and incredible depth and length of finish. Black fruit and pepper. Pair with rare steak. Drink: 2016 - 2025 14.3% XD 750 mL $57.95 Score: 93/100. April 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Casella Family Brands 1919 Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Limestone Coast, South Australia, Australia: This Cabernet embodies the essence of all great Australian red wines. It displays aromas of delicious ripe blackcurrants and plums. Classic flavours of blackcurrants and cassis dominate with hints of mintiness and mocha tones. These flavours are supported by well integrated oak and fine tannins. A well structured, complex, yet elegant wine that will reward with cellaring for up to 10 years. Drink: 2012 - 2030 14.5% XD 750 mL $103.99 Score: 97/100. April 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Casella Family Brands 1919 Shiraz 2010, Mclaren Vale, Australia: The wine style is vibrant, ripe and generous. All in all a drop that is big on flavour and deep in colour with an intense aroma. It has delicious concentrated berry and anise fruit flavours with hints of classic cracked pepper spice. These flavours are complimented by mocha vanillin notes from the maturation in American oak barrels and seamless tannins. The cellaring potential is 8 years Drink: 2012 - 2025 14.5% XD 750 mL $103.99 Score: 95/100. April 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Bravium Pinot Noir 2015, Alexander Valley, Sonoma, California, United States: A rich and juicy cool climate Pinot Noir with fleshy ripe cherry and raspberry aromas and flavours. Medium-bodied and satin smooth. Pair with veal. Drink: 2016 - 2021 13% D 750 mL $49.95 Score: 93/100. April 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Pacific Heights Pinot Noir 2015, Sonoma Coast, California, United States: A racy, juicy Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir with aromas and flavours of fleshy ripe and tart cherries. Medium-bodied and smooth. Pair with roast chicken. Drink: 2016 - 2021 13% D 750 mL $31.95 Score: 92/100. April 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Terra D'oro Zinfandel 2015, Amador County, California, United States: Juicy and smoky with fleshy ripe blackberries. Full-bodied and smooth. Pair with hamburgers. Zinfandel food pairings: grilled duck breast, Italian sausage burgers, cheese pizza, lasagna. Drink: 2015 - 2020 429225 14.5% D 750 mL $21.95 Score: 92/100. April 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Vrai Caillou 2014, Bordeaux A.C., France: A phenomenal value for the price! You just don't get Bordeaux this good this inexpensive. Aromas of cassis, wild black currant and smoke. Pair with a rare steak. Drink: 2016 - 2021 348292 12.5% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 90/100. April 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tenuta Del Conte 2012, Ciro Doc, Italy: Tanned leather and dried herbs on the nose and palate of this smooth, full-bodied Italian red wine. This is 100% Gaglioppo. Pair with grilled meats. Drink: 2016 - 2019 13% D 750 mL $18.00 Score: 87/100. April 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Pey La Tour Réserve Du Château 2014, Bordeaux, France: A full-bodied, complex Bordeaux red wine blend of Merlot (90%), Cabernet Sauvignon (5%), Cabernet France (3%) and Petit Verdot (2%) grapes. Redolent of blackberry and black currant with some pepper and smoke on the nose, palate and long finish. The vines are planted in calcerous-clay soils. Superb balance, depth and freshness. Pair with filet mignon. Food pairings: prime rib roast rare, New York strip loin steak, Porterhouse veal chops. Drink: 2017 - 2023 349308 14.5% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. April 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rosés

Sibling Rivalry Pink 2016, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A vibrant pink Niagara rose with pretty strawberry aromas and flavours. Light-bodied and refreshing. Perfect for cold chicken sandwiches. Food pairings: planked salmon, seared tuna. Drink: 2016 - 2018 171033 12% MS 750 mL $13.95 Score: 88/100. April 2017. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Pink House Wine Co. Rosé 2016, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A cheerful, refreshing rose with strawberry aromas and flavours. Perfect for decks and docks. Drink: 2016 - 2018 324558 12.5% M 750 mL $12.95 Score: 87/100. April 2017. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

Boutari Moschofilero 2015, Mantinia, Greece: A melon-fresh Greek white wine with lots of lip-smacking pleasure. Serve as a chilled aperitif or companion to seafood. Drink: 2015 - 2018 172387 11.5% D 750 mL $13.10 Score: 89/100. April 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Karavitakis Winery The Little Prince 2015, Crete, Greece: A deep nutty aroma on the nose - love this! Golden apple on the palate. Perfect for rich seafood dishes. Drink: 2015 - 2018 465930 13% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 88/100. April 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

JP Chenet Reserve Chardonnay 2015, Pays D'oc, France: A spritely Chardonnay with mild aromas. A good quaffer for summer nights. Chardonnay food pairings: grilled fish, white meat, poultry. Drink: 2015 - 2018 255885 12.5% XD 750 mL $12.95 Score: 86/100. April 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Henry of Pelham Winery Riesling 2016, Short Hills Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A superb and nervy Niagara Riesling with aromas of white peach and lime. Lovely, light, off-dry and floral. Pair with fresh seafood. Riesling food pairings: spiced pork with lemongrass chicken, turkey dinner. Drink: 2016 - 2022 557165 11.5% M 750 mL $17.95 Score: 91/100. April 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Beringer Founders Estate Chardonnay 2014, California, United States: Buttery and rich with campfire smoke from toasty oak aging on this Californian Chardonnay. Green apple brightness mid-palate. Drink: 2014 - 2019 534230 13.9% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 89/100. April 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Louis Bernard 2015, Cotes Du Rhone, France: A pleasant, easy-drinking white wine with notes of golden apple and smoke. Pair with roast chicken. Drink: 2015 - 2018 589432 12% D 750 mL $11.57 Score: 87/100. April 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Yalumba The Y Series Viognier 2016, South Australia, Australia: A lovely, floral white wine from Australia made by one of the best producers of Viognier in the country. Pair with mild curries. Viognier food pairings: sautéed diver scallops, chicken, pork, mild curries and spices. Drink: 2017 - 2020 470062 14.5% D 750 mL $16.95 Score: 91/100. April 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Le Fils Des Gras Moutons Sèvre-et-Maine Sur Lie Muscadet 2015, Loire A.C., France: Loads of green apple acidity on the nose and palate: demands seafood or shellfish. Medium-bodied, no perceptible oak. Muscadet food pairings: steamed mussels and frites, oysters pot pie, seafood medley on creamy, spinach fettuccini noodles. Drink: 2015 - 2018 363150 12% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 87/100. April 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Henry of Pelham Winery Pinot Grigio 2016, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Love, love, love the white melon on this light-bodied, floral, peach blossom Niagara Pinot Grigio. Wins the award for Best Deck Wine of the Year ;) Pair with fresh seafood. Pinot Grigio food pairings: light salads, fish or chicken pates. Drink: 2016 - 2018 250217 12.5% D 750 mL $14.95 Score: 89/100. April 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Henry of Pelham Winery Riesling 2016, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: So pretty and floral! Off-dry, honeysuckle and apple blossom and spring sunshine. Pair with fresh seafood. Riesling food pairings: roasted glazed ham, goats cheese or white pizza with mozzrella, Romano and vegetable toppings. Drink: 2016 - 2021 268375 10.5% MD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 89/100. April 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Troupis 2015, Mantinia Pdo, Greece: Fresh, crisp and lively with notes of grapefruit and white melon. Perfect for seafood or shellfish. Drink: 2016 - 2022 463422 13% XD 750 mL $15.00 Score: 88/100. April 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Beringer Luminus Chardonnay 2014, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley, California, United States: A gorgeous Californian Chardonnay with classic aromas of butterscotch, green apple and toast. Full-bodied and layered. Pair with grilled chicken. Chardonnay food pairings: toasted ravioli served with Alfredo sauce, pork tenderloin, crab cakes, gougère. Drink: 2016 - 2022 395699 14.3% XD 750 mL $39.95 Score: 93/100. April 2017. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Black Hills Estate Winery Viognier 2013, Black Sage Bench, Okanagan, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada: Aromatic and floral with some lychee on the mid-palate. Lovely, exotic wine for Asian fare. Medium-bodied with great texture. Drink: 2014 - 2018 136010 13% XD 750 mL $25.00 Score: 88/100. April 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Beringer Chardonnay 2015, Napa Valley, California, United States: A luscious, full-bodied Chardonnay with lovely aromas of peach, pear and butterscotch. Layers of pleasure, yet it's not heavy at all. Pair with lobster in melted butter. Chardonnay food pairings: roast chicken, grilled pork. Drink: 2015 - 2021 84988 14.1% D 750 mL $22.95 Score: 91/100. April 2017. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Hager Matthias Urgestein Gruner Veltliner 2015, Mollands Kamptal Dac, Austria: Crisp and fresh with notes of white grapefruit and lime zest. A touch of smokiness on the finish. Medium-bodied with racy acidity for shellfish. Drink: 2015 - 2019 12.5% D 750 mL $18.00 Score: 88/100. April 2017. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Hager Matthias Seeberg Riesling 2011, Mollands, Kamptal Dac, Austria: Remarkably flavourful and full-bodied, especially for Riesling. Then again, the alcohol on this is an unusual 14% for Riesling. It doesn't taste heavy or hot at all, just rich, round and mouth-filling. Aromas of white peach and golden apple. Pair with roast chicken. Drink: 2012 - 2021 14% D 750 mL $18.00 Score: 90/100. April 2017. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Caliterra Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Curico Valley, Chile: The winery owns 1085 hectares or 2681 acres of land of which 75% is untouched land. Cool nights and gentle breezes temper the sun's heat. A terrific, amazing wine for the money. A grassy, herbal, fresh, zesty Chilean white wine made from Sauvignon Blanc grapes. Very well priced for the quality. These grapes are grown in one of the country's cool climate regions. Errazuriz owns 50% of this winery. Aromas of tomato leaf and lime zest on the finish. Pair with fresh seafood. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: shellfish, grilled chicken or pork. Drink: 2016 - 2018 275909 13.5% D 750 mL $11.10 Score: 89/100. April 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Peter Lehmann Wines Layers White 2016, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia: An aromatic blend of Semillon and Muscat grapes from the cool climate of Adelaide. Fresh and crisp. Pair with fresh seafood. Drink: 2016 - 2019 167171 11% D 750 mL $16.95 Score: 91/100. April 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Thalia Sauvignon Blanc Vilana 2016, Peza, Greece: Light, pretty and floral with notes of lilies and white melon. Lovely chilled aperitif or companion to seafood. Drink: 2016 - 2018 273490 12% D 750 mL $10.05 Score: 87/100. April 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Bischoflichen Weinguter Dom Riesling 2014, Mosel, Germany: Wow this wine combines racy acidity with natural fruit sweetness in perfect balance. Lime blossom, honeydew and lemongrass. Very exciting and food friendly. The bracing acidity means that this wine doesn't really taste as sweet as it is technically in the medium sweet category. It's more off dry perceptually and therefore will pair well with less sweet desserts such as biscotti and a fruit cobbler, as well as main dishes with some sweetness such as chutney and glazed ham. Riesling food pairings: fruit-based desserts, pastries, chocolate mousse, honey cake. Drink: 2016 - 2021 359596 9.5% MS 750 mL $18.95 Score: 92/100. April 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Beringer Founders Estate Pinot Grigio 2015, California, United States: A crisp, refreshing Pinot Grigio with aromas of white melon and lime zest. Great aperitif or companion to seafood. Drink: 2015 - 2017 45641 13% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 88/100. April 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


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