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Vintages Release April 28, 2017

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Dessert Wine

Tawse Cabernet Sauvignon Icewine 2014, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Gorgeous notes of field raspberries and strawberries with baking spices. Perfect for Black Forest Cake. Cabernet Sauvignon Icewine food pairings: dark chocolate, fruit cake, pate and blue cheeses. Drink: 2017 - 2022 359133 10% S 200 mL $34.95 Score: 92/100. April 2017. Top Rated Dessert Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Red Wine

M. Chapoutier Tournon Mathilda Shiraz 2013, Victoria, Australia: Blackberry juiciness and mocha oak. Sooooo good! Top me up, and I want another hamburger please. Shiraz food pairings: beef, hamburgers, fajitas, lamburgers. Drink: 2017 - 2020 336966 13.5% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 90/100. April 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Coralie Goumarre Mas Des Lysses Galévan Chateauneuf Du Pape 2014, Rhone A.C., France: Dried herbs and dark spices co-mingle on the nose to reveal black juicy fruit and smoke on the palate. Full-bodied, rich and delicious. Chateauneuf Du Pape food pairings: prime rib, hearty meat stews, pork tenderloin. Drink: 2017 - 2022 251603 14.5% D 750 mL $34.50 Score: 92/100. April 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Bold Vine Old Vine Zinfandel 2013, Lodi, California, United States: Fleshy ripe and sweet, juicy black plums -- so good! Supple and smooth. Juicy and generous with black and purple plum aromas and flavours. Full-bodied made from gnarly head vines. Perfect for grilled meats. Zinfandel food pairings: grilled meats, meat lover's pizza, vegetarian chilli. Drink: 2017 - 2020 281600 14.5% D 750 mL $18.95 Score: 91/100. April 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Faust Quintessa Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Napa Valley, California, United States: Blackened chary cassis and blackcurrant with lots of toasty oak. Full-bodied, rich and smooth. Needs a rare steak. January 2016. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: grilled lamb chops, Asian chicken salad, pork tenderloin, hodge-podge. Drink: 2017 - 2022 238261 14.5% D 750 mL $59.95 Score: 90/100. April 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Murua Reserva 2008, Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain: Dry and mature, at peak right now. This Spanish red wine is all bones as the flesh has rescinded to the background. This makes it a contemplative wine for those who enjoy good acidity for food, and more earthy, leather, dusty aromas rather than ripe fruit. Pair with rack of lamb. Food pairings: Tourtière, roast beef, roasted venison. Drink: 2017 - 2020 439836 14% D 750 mL $23.95 Score: 89/100. April 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Peninsula Ridge Reserve Meritage 2015, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Robust with big black fruit and smoke. Savoury, with lots of acidity. Pair with roast beef. Food pairings: beef, hamburgers, fajitas, lamburgers. Drink: 2016 - 2019 299180 14% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 88/100. April 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Envero Gran Reserva Carmenere Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Colchagua Valley, Chile: Vintages Wine Panel: This wine earned Gold Medals this year at both the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles and Monde Selection International Wine Contest. Made with Carmenère and a dollop of Cabernet Sauvignon, this expressive wine features lovely aromas and flavours of cherry, blackberry, mint and cigar tobacco. Dry, rich and ripe, this wine is an exceptional value and an excellent partner for grilled rare leg of lamb. My note: Incredible minty-blackberry infusion with voluptuous layers of flavour. Full-bodied: fall into it! Incredible price. Carmenere Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: lamb chop casserole, stuffed breast of veal, roast chicken. Drink: 2017 - 2020 481010 14.6% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 90/100. April 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cave Les Vins De Roquebrun La Grange Des Combes 2014, Languedoc, Midi A.C., France: Purple plum liqueur and blueberry jam on the nose and palate of this full-bodied, relatively smooth southern French red wine. Finishes with more sweet berry fruit. Pair with sweet ribs Food pairings: pizza meat, lasagne, vegetarian chilli. Drink: 2017 - 2020 155804 14.2% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 87/100. April 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Coriole Mary Kathleen Reserve Cabernet Merlot 2012, Mclaren Vale, South Australia, Australia: A black, brooding Australian red wine blend of Cabernet and Merlot grapes. Each vintage the percentage of each grape varies depending on the conditions. The wine is named in honour of Molly Lloyd, one of the founders of the winery. Big, black and brooding with notes of blackberries, cassis and vanilla-spice. Full-bodied and layered. Cabernet Merlot food pairings: hearty meat meals, pasta, aged cheddar, pulled pork. Drink: 2017 - 2020 745489 14% XD 750 mL $39.95 Score: 90/100. April 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Woods Crampton Barossa Shiraz 2015, Barossa, South Australia, Australia: A full-bodied and voluptuous Australian red wine with generous flavours of dark fruit, spice and smoke. Pair with grilled meats. Shiraz food pairings: lamb chop casserole, stuffed breast of veal, roast chicken. Drink: 2017 - 2022 478735 14.8% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. April 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Pinyolet Grenache 2013, Montsant D.O., Spain: Full-bodied with black fruit and toasty oak. Well-priced for the taste and quality. Pair with hearty meat dishes. Grenache food pairings: braised beef dishes, turkey, soft cheese, roasted pork, lamb. Drink: 2017 - 2019 271791 14% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 88/100. April 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Chateau Croze De Pys Prestige Malbec 2012, Cahors, South West A.C., France: Lots of blackened, chary fruit and oak on the nose of this southern French red wine. A rich, full-bodied red with black fruit and smoke aromas. This wine is a blend of Malbec and Merlot grapes, from a family who has been growing vines since 1773 in this region. This red displays that history with lots of heft, concentration and depth. It finishes with some pepper and smoke. I'd drink it with brisket or prime rib. Produced by Domaines Roche, and located in the heart of the Cahors region of southern France. Pair with meaty ravioli or a thick minestrone soup. Malbec food pairings: hamburgers, pizza, Irish stew, hodge podge, spaghetti and meat balls. Drink: 2017 - 2021 681668 13% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 88/100. April 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Decero Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Agrelo, Mendoza, Argentina: Black fruit and a fresh eucalyptus lift on the nose of this robust red wine, with toasty oak and dark spice notes. The palate has a good grip and more satisfying fleshy black fruit flavours. Smoky with a great finish. The Cabernet Sauvignon grapes for this wine were sourced from the estate's Remolinos Vineyard. Pair with spicy ribs or steak fajitas. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: pizza, pasta, rare steaks, pork tenderloin, hard cheese. Drink: 2017 - 2020 195677 14.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. April 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Marchesi de Frescobaldi Nipozzano Vecchie Viti Chianti Rufina Riserva 2012, Tuscany Docg, Italy: This gorgeous Chianti Reserva could benefits from more cellar time: it has so much potential, yet it's also ready to drink now. Aromas of black fruit, tar and smoke. The 2012 vintage was a strong one, and thus this wine has great aging potential. Decant 1 hour. Pair with grilled meats. Chianti Rufina Riserva food pairings: grilled pork ribs, veal Parmigiano, spaghetti and meatballs. Drink: 2017 - 2023 395186 14.5% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 92/100. April 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Papale Linea Oro Primitivo Di Manduria 2013, Puglia D.O.P., Italy: This turbo-charged red wine is made from Primitivo grapes, aka Zinfandel. The fruit is blackened and charred with lots and lots of toasty oak. Finishes with mocha and oak. Great with BBQ or grilled meats. Primitivo Di Manduria food pairings: three-sausage pizza, charcuterie, sausage cassoulet. Drink: 2015 - 2019 261784 14% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. April 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

The Hess Collection 19 Block Mountain Cuvée 2012, Mount Veeder, Napa Valley, California, United States: A terrific, juicy Californian red wine blend that's mostly Malbec grapes. Savoury with black fruit and smoke. Pair with grilled meats. Food pairings: grilled meats, meat lover's pizza, meaty stews. Drink: 2015 - 2022 18879 14.5% XD 750 mL $49.95 Score: 92/100. April 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cloudline Pinot Noir 2014, Willamette Valley, Oregon, United States: Black cherry on the nose of this Oregonian red wine made from the state's best known red wine grape, pinot noir. Good acidity for food such as planked salmon. Pinot Noir food pairings: roast turkey or chicken. Drink: 2015 - 2018 159970 13.5% XD 750 mL $28.95 Score: 91/100. April 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Closson Chase K.J. Watson Pinot Noir 2014, Niagara River, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Smooth, medium-bodied Prince Edward County Pinot Noir from one of the region's best producers. Aromas of fleshy cherry and freshly turned earth. Pair with salmon or tuna. Pinot Noir food pairings: planked salmon, braised veal chops in red wine, slow-cooked lamb shanks. Drink: 2015 - 2020 145888 12.7% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 91/100. April 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Vicente Faria Wines Animus 2014, Douro D.O.C., Portugal: This is a terrific, full-bodied Portuguese wine aptly named Animus, your dark side. Pair with a pepper steak and other grilled meats to complement that aromas of black plums, dark berries, smoke and cedar on the wine. Great value. Food pairings: grilled pork ribs, burgers, chicken dishes. Drink: 2014 - 2019 535641 13.5% XD 750 mL $12.95 Score: 87/100. April 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château La Verrière Meritage 2014, Bordeaux A.C., France: This is an AC-designated wine, located in the east of the Bordeaux region. An incredibly well-priced wine for Bordeaux! Full-bodied with aromas of marauding dark shadows, tar, black fruit, smoke and oak. This is a French red wine blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. Not for the faint of heart. Pair with a rare steak. Meritage food pairings: coq au vins, beef bourguignon, cassoulet. Drink: 2016 - 2020 349274 14.5% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 89/100. April 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Feudi San Pio Ripasso Valpolicella Classico Superiore 2014, Veneto D.O.C., Italy: This robust Italian red wine is a blend of Corvina and other native grapes. Amarone in style without Amarone's price. Smooth, supple and tasty. Ripasso Valpolicella Classico Superiore food pairings: linguini marinara, slow-braised lamb shanks with tomato and garlic, tomato garlic and clam sauce over penne. Drink: 2016 - 2022 181446 14.5% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. April 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tenuta Sette Ponti Oreno Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon Petit Verdot 2013, Tuscany I.G.T., Italy: This robust Italian red wine is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot grapes. Full-bodied Italian red wine with gloriously rich aromas and flavours of black cherry, mocha and smoke. Complex and layered with a long finish. Pair this with T-bone steak. Pair with game meats. Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon Petit Verdot food pairings: hearty beef stew with fall vegetables, three sausage and bean cassoulet, Mediterranean spiced lamb. Drink: 2018 - 2023 735597 14.5% D 750 mL $79.95 Score: 91/100. April 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Zenato Superiore Valpolicella 2014, Veneto D.O.C., Italy: Full-bodied, juicy and tasty with attractive dark red berries and cedar smoke. Perfect for so many dishes with robust flavours. Lots of mouth-watering acidity. Pair with pastas in meat sauce or sausages. Great value in this robust Italian red wine from the Valpolicella region that finishes with attractive black fruit notes. Valpolicella food pairings: pasta in a thick tomato sauce, meat lasagna. Drink: 2016 - 2020 995704 13.5% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 91/100. April 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tommasi Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico 2012, Veneto D.O.C.G., Italy: Classic Amarone with some nuances of wild violets and black cherry liqueur on the finish. Smoky and dark yet elegant in a muscular way. This brooding Italian red wine offers black fruit aromas and smoke on the nose. Underneath and on the palate there's a sensual layer of black fleshy ripe fruit and dark spices. Best consumed with hearty meat dishes and robust conversation. Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico food pairings: borscht, beef, osso buco.. Drink: 2016 - 2025 356220 15% D 750 mL $49.95 Score: 95/100. April 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rockway Vineyards Cabernet Merlot 2013, Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A smooth, supple, medium-bodied Niagara red wine blend of Cabernet and Merlot grapes. Herbal on the palate and finish. Pair with prime rib. Cabernet Merlot food pairings: Tourtière, roast beef, turkey. Drink: 2016 - 2019 370346 13.5% D 750 mL $16.95 Score: 88/100. April 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Des Houdieres Gamay 2015, Beaujolais, Burgundy A.C., France: This makes my mouth just smelling it! Aromas and flavours of tart cherries, cranberries and red plum. Medium-bodied with lots of acidity that cries out for food such as salmon or tuna or roast chicken. Smooth with a refreshing finish. Nice price. Gamay food pairings: veal chops, rosemary lamb, barbecued ribs in sauce. Drink: 2017 - 2020 342725 13% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 87/100. April 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ares Crianza Tempranillo 2012, Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain: Aromas of smoke, dust and leather on this full-bodied red wine. Great mouthwatering action and complexity. This wine was fermented in stainless steel tanks then matured 1 year in French oak. Subtle hints of smoky black fruit on the palate wrapped in toast and earth. Wonderful wine! Tempranillo food pairings: roast pork, beef tenderloin grilled game dishes. Drink: 2017 - 2021 305912 13% XD 750 mL $14.75 Score: 91/100. April 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sequoia Grove Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Napa Valley, California, United States: Love that incoming tide of pleasure that envelops the senses as you breath in to smell this wine. Signalling pleasure awaits. Relax and let go. Elegant, distinguished and full-bodied Californian Cabernet. Classic red wine aromas of blackcurrant and cassis. Very dry and long on the finish. Perfect dinner party wine. Some attractive blackcurrant and cedar brush on the finish. Highly recommended. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: hearty meat dishes, hard cheese. Drink: 2017 - 2022 60020 14.2% D 750 mL $64.95 Score: 92/100. April 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Heartland Spice Trader Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz 2014, Langhorne Creek, South Australia, Australia: Solid value here with a full-bodied Australian red wine made from a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes. Aromas of blackberry and dark spice. Nicely done. Pair with rare meats. Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz food pairings: Tourtière, roast beef, roasted venison. Drink: 2017 - 2022 429241 14.5% D 750 mL $17.00 Score: 88/100. April 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

La Crema Pinot Noir 2014, Sonoma Coast, California, United States: Fleshy cherry and dark spice with a long, naughty finish on this California Pinot Noir. Medium-bodied and satin smooth like lingerie. A supple red wine with cherry-berry mouth-filling wonder and flavours. Just enough oak for hedonists. Layered yet not heavy. This pinot has been one of my favourites for years. Satin seduction in a glass. Pair with roasted turkey or chicken. Pinot Noir food pairings: veal medallions, roasted pork loin, roasted and braised lamb, chicken stuffed with asparagus and goat cheese, venison burgers. Drink: 2017 - 2020 719435 13.9% D 750 mL $29.95 Score: 93/100. April 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Hogue Genesis Merlot 2013, Columbia Valley, Washington, United States: A smooth, full-bodied red wine with aromas and flavours of black plum, blackberry and some vanilla smoke from oak aging. Pair with lamb or pork chops. Merlot food pairings: turkey, soft cheese, roasted pork, lamb. Drink: 2017 - 2018 349415 14.2% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 87/100. April 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Montefino Tinto Reserva 2010, Vinho Regional Alentejano, Portugal: A mature Spanish red wine that's almost past peak with dried fruit and ferrous-iron aromas. Full-bodied and smooth; more bones than flesh. This wine was aged in oak barrels for 12 months. There were 56,000 bottles produced. Pair with a t-bone steak. Food pairings: pizza, pasta, rare steaks, pork tenderloin, hard cheese. Drink: 2017 - 2020 165159 14% D 750 mL $15.95 Score: 88/100. April 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Chateau La Gorce 2011, Médoc, Bordeaux A.C., France: A terrific value for this Cru Bourgeois red wine! Classic Bordeaux in the glass at a fraction of the price. Previous vintages of this wine won gold in the prestigious Concours de Bordeaux competition. Loaded with wild red berry aromas, cedar forest and black plums with a touch of spice. Full-bodied and savoury. Perfect with filet mignon. Food pairings: beef, marinated steaks, game with rosemary Portobello mushrooms. Drink: 2017 - 2022 91397 13.5% XD 750 mL $22.95 Score: 89/100. April 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ironstone Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Lodi, California, United States: Campfire and hickory smoke from generous oak aging. Full-bodied and supple. Pair with grilled meats. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: roast gamebird stuffed with olives and wild mushrooms, crown roast of pork, lamb casserole. Drink: 2016 - 2020 537597 14.5% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 89/100. April 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Le Plan Des Moines Les Vendangeuses Gigondas 2013, Rhone A.P., France: A dark fruited Rhone Valley red with attractive spicy notes on the finish. Full-bodied, juicy and supple. Pair with grilled lamb. Food pairings: rare roast beef, grilled flat iron on the bbq, lamb Tangine. Drink: 2017 - 2020 481606 13.8% XD 750 mL $31.95 Score: 90/100. April 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Emmolo Vineyards Merlot 2014, Napa Valley, California, United States: Purple and black fleshy plums; full-bodied and somewhat sweet and over-priced, yet delicious. Merlot food pairings: slow-cooked roast beef with root vegetables, braised pork ribs, roast chicken. Drink: 2017 - 2022 96024 14.9% D 750 mL $69.95 Score: 87/100. April 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Simi Merlot 2013, Sonoma County, California, United States: Winemakers Susan Lueker and Megan Schofield have crafted a supple, smooth, rich Merlot for the 2012 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. Merlot food pairings: chicken, braised lamb shanks, roast beef, rosemary pork tenderloin. Drink: 2017 - 2019 417386 13.5% XD 750 mL $22.95 Score: 90/100. April 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Terrazas De Los Andes Reserve Malbec 2014, 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: 2017 - 2022 29280 14.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 93/100. April 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Hales Shiraz 2013, Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia: Black and brooding, and downright sexy Australian Shiraz. A cool February prior to harvest resulted in slow ripening and complex flavours (yay). Recall the southern hemisphere countries like Australia have their "fall" during our spring. Here's a lip-smacking, delicious Australian red wine at a great price! Loaded with aromas of black fruit and dark spice, this shiraz over-delivers and floods the senses. You order the pizza, and I'll pour the wine. So easy-drinking, this wine gets my vote. Well crafted Australia Shiraz. Finishes with liquorice and smoke. Shiraz food pairings: hamburgers, pizza, black bean soup, cheese. Drink: 2017 - 2021 54239 13.5% XD 750 mL $20.95 Score: 91/100. April 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Bodegas Viña Magaña 2010, Navarra D.O., Spain: Juicy, complex, concentrated and rich: this is a staggeringly great value for the money! Fleshy black plums, smoke and pepper. Pair with grilled meats. Food pairings: grilled meats, meat lover's pizza, vegetarian chilli. Drink: 2017 - 2020 280552 14.5% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 92/100. April 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Napa Valley, California, United States: Elegant, classic and enduring (and endearing -- en'deer'ing?) Californian red wine. One of the cult classics that collectors chase through the forest of liquor store aisles. Rich, luscious and full-bodied with velvet layers of fleshy blackberries to caress your tongue and senses. Lovely nuances of smoke, forest floor and bacon. Racy, chewy and satisfying. Pair with a rare steak. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: pepper steaks, smoky ribs, hard cheese, braised pork shanks. Drink: 2017 - 2022 708982 14.5% XD 750 mL $69.95 Score: 93/100. April 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Maison Chanzy Pinot Noir 2015, Burgundy A.C., France: Silky-satin smooth with balancing vibrant acidity in this medium-bodied French red wine made from the Pinot Noir grape. Loving the low alcohol without giving up taste. Pinot Noir food pairings: chicken, planked salmon, braised lamb, roast beef, rosemary pork tenderloin. Drink: 2017 - 2020 408153 12% D 750 mL $22.95 Score: 88/100. April 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Kaiken Ultra Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Mendoza, Argentina: Sexy Argentine red wine for sensualists. A rich, deeply concentrated red with blackberry liqueur and blueberry preserve aromas. Smooth and full-bodied. Fantastic for barbecues. This is a red for hedonists and evenings beside a crackling fire. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: prime rib, hearty meat stews, pork tenderloin. Drink: 2017 - 2022 135202 14.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 91/100. April 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ruca Malen Reserva Malbec 2013, Mendoza, Argentina: A full-bodied and luscious Malbec with aromas of dark fruit and toasty oak. Pair with grilled meats. Malbec food pairings: Argentinean barbeque, Porchetta, tourtiere. Drink: 2017 - 2022 482778 14% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 88/100. April 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

El Coto Real Reserva Grenache Tempranillo 2011, Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain: A mouth-watering, full-bodied red with black plums, cherries and smoke notes. Full-bodied with a great length. Grenache Tempranillo food pairings: slow-cooked roast beef with root vegetables, braised pork ribs, roast chicken, grilled eggplant, stuffed Portobello mushrooms. Drink: 2017 - 2020 80341 14% XD 750 mL $39.95 Score: 92/100. April 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Chateau Des Landes Cuvee Prestige 2012, Lussac-Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux A.C., France: A full-bodied red wine with grippy tannins and some stemmy aromas and flavours along with tart black fruit. Decant 2 hours. This is an AC wine. Food pairings: Tourtière, roast beef, turkey. Drink: 2017 - 2023 363101 14.5% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 87/100. April 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Milos Plavac Mali 2012, Peljesac Peninsula, Dalmatian Coast, Croatia: Blackened tarry fruit, and oaky notes on the nose of this robust Croatian red wine. Peppery with black fruit aromas and a smooth, seductive, full-bodied texture. There's some rust flavours on this wine that to me indicates drink this year as it's turning the corner maturity-wise. Lots of acidity. A great Croatian red wine for BBQs and potluck gatherings. This robust red wine from the Croatian Dalmatian Coast is related to the Zinfandel grape according to vine genetic studies. Big, delicious and bursting with brambleberry, mulberry, and plums. Try it with meat lovers' pizza too ... tonight! Plavac Mali food pairings: hearty soups, hearty meat stews, pork tenderloin. Drink: 2017 - 2020 261636 13.5% XD 750 mL $20.95 Score: 87/100. April 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Waterbrook Syrah 2013, Columbia Valley, Washington, United States: Smoky with hickory spice and blackcurrant. A full-bodied, black and brooding red. This is one of the Walla Walla region's founding wineries. Intense and concentrated. Pair with grilled meats. Syrah food pairings: hamburgers, pizza, black bean soup, cheese. Drink: 2017 - 2022 70607 13.4% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 88/100. April 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Burrowing Owl Syrah 2014, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia V.Q.A., Canada: A supple, smooth, seductive red wine made from estate grown BC Syrah grapes. Syrah really shines in the Okanagan Valley and here's a great example of it. Pair with pork tenderloin. Syrah food pairings: lamb tangine, roast rack of lamb, beef long ribs on the barbie. Drink: 2017 - 2019 73072 14.5% XD 750 mL $40.95 Score: 92/100. April 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Michel Gassier Nostre Païs 2014, Costières De Nîmes, Southern Rhone A.C., France: A robust and delicious red with aromas of black liquorice (it's dry), blackberries, black cherry and smoke. Lovely length and weight. Polished, smooth tannins make it easy to drink now though it'll also keep well in the cellar. This wine was mature for six months in French barrels, with most of it resting on its lees. Terrific price. Gassier is the iconic flagship of the Nimes region, and this wine shows why. Food pairings: roast pork, beef tenderloin grilled game dishes. Drink: 2017 - 2020 295410 14% XD 750 mL $21.95 Score: 93/100. April 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Pirramimma Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Mclaren Vale, South Australia, Australia: So savoury and delicious: Cabernet Sauvignon is rarely this expressive. Yes please! This wine almost jumps out of the glass in its vibrancy and intensity. It's incredibly flavourful for Australian cabernet which is usually far more austere than shiraz. Pair this full-bodied red wine with pepperoni pizza. Highly recommended. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: grilled lamb, bison burgers, chicken salad, pork tenderloin, autumn hodge-podge. Drink: 2017 - 2020 730374 14.6% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 92/100. April 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Vina Real Gran Reserva Tempranillo 2010, Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain: Slightly past peak maturity but still drinking well. The fruit has fallen away; what remains is acidity, dust and earthy notes. Think all bones, no flesh. Some tanned leather, cigar and dried tobacco leaves. Tempranillo food pairings: hearty soups, hearty meat stews, pork tenderloin. Drink: 2017 - 2020 280545 13.5% D 750 mL $36.95 Score: 87/100. April 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Fontodi Chianti Classico 2013, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: A terrifically juicy and well-made Italian red wine, with mouth-watering flavours of ripe blackberries and black raspberries on the nose of this DOCG red wine. Smoke wraps around the black heart of this wine and the finish is as long as a Tuscan sunset. Seductive notes of dark cherries and blackberries on the finish. Made from 100% Sangiovese grapes by the Manetti family. Great value. Tannic so decant 2 hours and/or give it more cellar time. Pair with spicy sausages. Chianti Classico food pairings: cheese, sausage casserole, pasta and meat sauce. Drink: 2017 - 2022 933317 14% XD 750 mL $36.95 Score: 92/100. April 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Fontanafredda Serralunga D'alba Barolo 2012, Piedmont D.O.C.G., Italy: This Barolo has knitted together quickly and comes from a strong vintage. Not fruit forward but rather dust, smoke, tar, leather and earth. Good acidity for truffled risotto or wild boar. Some tannins still though they are taming. Barolo food pairings: hamburgers, aged cheese, venison, grilled beef, roast veal. Drink: 2017 - 2021 943290 14% XD 750 mL $44.95 Score: 89/100. April 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Torres Celeste Tempranillo 2012, Ribera Del Duero D.O., Spain: Juicy, dark and delicious! Big black fleshy fruit wrapped in a smoky blanket. Terrific for this price. The finish is saturated with dark fruit flavours and aromas that provoke the desire for another glass. A perfect pairing for The Good Wife. Polished tannins with a long finish. Tempranillo food pairings: grilled steak, pork chops, lamb. Drink: 2017 - 2020 210872 14.5% XD 750 mL $20.95 Score: 90/100. April 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Chateau Bellevue La Foret 2013, Fronton, South West, Bordeaux A.C., France: This robust, well-priced French red wine comes to us via Philip Grant, Propriétaire. The wine is mostly made from the Negrette grape and offers lip-smacking delicious flavours of dark fruit and cedar brush. Decant 1 hours and try it with a juicy steak tonight. Food pairings: winter stew, rare cuts of meat, sausage cassoulet. Drink: 2017 - 2021 354134 14.5% D 750 mL $14.95 Score: 88/100. April 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Muga Prado Enea Gran Reserva 2009, Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain: A stunningly rich, complex and concentrated Spanish red wine with aromas of dark fruit, spice, toast, graphite and pepper. Pair with a rare steak. Food pairings: grilled lamb, bison burgers, chicken salad, pork tenderloin, autumn hodge-podge. Drink: 2017 - 2019 743310 14.5% XD 750 mL $57.95 Score: 94/100. April 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Union Wine Company Underwood Pinot Noir 2015, Oregon, United States: Tart cherry with underbrush and some herbal notes though not unripe or stemmy. Racy acidity demands food like roast chicken or turkey. Pinot Noir food pairings: lamb chop casserole, stuffed breast of veal, roast chicken. Drink: 2017 - 2020 421198 13% D 750 mL $22.95 Score: 90/100. April 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Chateau Beau-Site 2011, Saint-Estèphe, Bordeaux A.C., France: The 2011 vintage has a more judicious use of oak and better balance than previous vintages. Aromas of black fruit, smoke and toast on the nose from oak barrel aging. Leads with Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend with Merlot. An attractive French red wine blend with classic aromas of tart black cherry, cigar box, smoke and tar. Full-bodied with a peppery finish. Pair with prime rib. Food pairings: roast pheasant stuffed with apple and apricot dressing, roast wild duck and wild rice, oriental pheasant salad. Drink: 2017 - 2022 967844 13% XD 750 mL $44.95 Score: 89/100. April 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Canonica A Cerreto Riserva Chianti Classico 2011, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: The winery's names translates to small chapel in the oak woodlands, and the estate is nestled in the hills of the Chianti Classico region near the town of Siena in Tuscany. The vineyards are planted at 1250 feet above sea level. An earthy, full-bodied wine with smoky dark red fruit and good, mouth-watering acidity. Best consumed with hearty dishes involving tomato sauce. Mixed spices and black raspberry on the finish. A wine to satisfy a savage thirst (for good wine). Chianti Classico food pairings: meat ravioli, beef stew, roast chicken. Drink: 2017 - 2021 275867 14% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 91/100. April 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Chateau De Treviac 2014, Corbieres, Languedoc, Midi A.P., France: Rich and complex southern French red wine. Corbieres is an under-appreciated region- get some before the prices go up. A luscious, smoky, full-bodied blend of syrah and Grenache grapes, at a terrific price. Black pepper and fleshy black plum aromas. Velvet texture. Awesome! The southern French region of Corbières is often underestimated, and yet it's capable of producing blockbuster reds like this one. Usually Carignane is part of the blend, but not in this case. Intense and satisfying. Pair with ribeye steak. Food pairings: roast leg of lamb, filet mignon, grilled meats. Drink: 2017 - 2021 670505 14% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 92/100. April 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Lealtanza Selección De Familia Reserva 2009, Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain: A smoky, earthy Spanish red wine that's complex with a long finish. Pair with roast lamb. Food pairings: Porchetta, Porterhouse steak, gourmet burgers. Drink: 2017 - 2020 472704 14% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 89/100. April 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sister's Run Heirloom Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Coonawarra, South Australia, Australia: A terrific, full-bodied Australian red wine made from Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. Aromas of dark fruit and toasty oak. Pair with grilled meats. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: steak topped pizza, Tourtière, roast beef. Drink: 2017 - 2019 269464 14.5% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 90/100. April 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Quinta Cabriz Colheita Selleccionada 2014, Dao D.O.C., Portugal: This robust Portuguese red wine is smoky with black fruit aromas and flavours. Full-bodied and delicious. Perfect for parties and hearty meat dishes. Food pairings: blackened chicken, barbecued beef roast. Drink: 2017 - 2020 247973 13% XD 750 mL $13.95 Score: 89/100. April 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Aromo Private Reserve Carmenere 2013, Maule Valley, Chile: Still staggeringly great for the price (like last year). Purple and black plums roll across your tongue with pleasure. Full-bodied and ultra-smooth. Here’s your party wine. Great for a late season barbecue featuring gourmet sausages and lamb burgers. Carmenere food pairings: gourmet sausages, lamb burgers, venison stew. Drink: 2017 - 2020 243535 13.5% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 90/100. April 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cline Cellars Ancient Vines Zinfandel 2015, Central Coast, California, United States: Cline's Zinfandel grapes are sourced from dry-farmed vines planted more than 100 years ago, thus deserving the name Ancient Vines. The depth and concentration of that aging vine wisdom shows in the glass. Notes of blackberry and toasty, black fruit, tar, smoke and toasty oak. Full-bodied. Perfect for BBQ meats and a campfire. This is a truly mouth-filling wine. Big, long finish like a Broadway number... it's a dazzling kick-line for the senses. Warm, sunny days and cool nights along the San Joaquin and Sacramento Rivers provide unique growing conditions to produce robust, intense red wines. Zinfandel food pairings: hearty meat meals, pasta, aged cheddar, pulled pork. Drink: 2017 - 2020 719211 15% D 750 mL $22.95 Score: 92/100. April 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Karydas Petros Xinomavro 2012, Naoussa, Macedonia P.D.O., Greece: A juicy, ultra-dry, mouth-watering Greek red with superb balance and complexity. More bones and structure than fruit here: tanned leather, dried herbs and lots of acidity for food. Contemplative wine for sipping or pair with juicy meats like lamb. Xinomavro food pairings: lamb, pizza, paté. Drink: 2017 - 2019 272013 14% XD 750 mL $26.95 Score: 90/100. April 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Clos De L'Oratoire Des Papes Chateauneuf Du Pape 2014, Southern Rhône, Rhone A.C., France: Wow, this is a blockbuster! The winery was originally built as a place of prayer in the 18th century. The vines are planted in limestone, sand and clay pebbles which results in wines of great concentration. Black raspberry liqueur with blackberry jam, pepper and dark spices. Full-bodied and supple with a finish that lasts from here to France. Chateauneuf Du Pape food pairings: grilled lamb, pepper steak, wild mushroom stuffed pork tenderloin. Drink: 2017 - 2022 993279 14.5% XD 750 mL $49.95 Score: 91/100. April 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sparkling Wine

Muga Conde De Haro Cava 2013, Rioja D.O., Spain: Superb with a rich, toasty aroma cloud that fills the senses. Fresh baked bread aromas on the nose of this sparkling wine. This is a blend of 90% viura and 10% malvasia grapes for this D.O. cava. Terrific notes of green apple and lime fresh on the palate. Pretty amazing for the price. Try with oysters or clams. Cava food pairings: turkey, shellfish, pasta, charcuterie, vegetarian casserole. Drink: 2017 - 2020 168559 12% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. April 2017. Best Value Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Jacquesson Cuvée No. 739 Extra Brut Champagne, Champagne A.C., France: Complex and toasty with lovely mousse, persistent beaded bubbles and long finish. Classic and elegant Champagne at a great price. Pair with happiness. Champagne food pairings: oysters on the half shell, smoked mussels on toast, panko prawns. Drink: 2017 - 2020 234120 12% XD 750 mL $72.95 Score: 92/100. April 2017. Top Rated Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Louis Bouillot Perle D'aurore Brut Rosé Crémant De Bourgogne, Burgundy A.C., France: Dry, crisp and refreshing yet with the softening aromas of fresh field strawberries. Terrific value: unbeatable for rose sparkling wine! Yes please, again. Pair with seared tuna or planked salmon. Rosé Crémant De Bourgogne food pairings: lightly spiced curry dishes, lamb stew, white turkey meat, pulled pork sammies. Drink: 2017 - 2019 48793 12% D 750 mL $21.95 Score: 90/100. April 2017. Best Value Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

Henry of Pelham Winery Riesling 2013, Short Hills Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A superbly well-made Niagara Riesling with juicy mouth-watering action for dishes from fresh seafood to roasted turkey. Notes of lime and lemon zest. Great price and value. Riesling food pairings: smoked salmon and chive cream cheese on baguette, oyster hotpot, mild curries. Drink: 2014 - 2024 557165 11.5% M 750 mL $17.95 Score: 91/100. April 2017. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine De Riaux Pouilly Fume Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Loire A.C., France: This refreshing and crisp white wine from Jeannot Pére & Fils offers lemon brightness. This zesty white wine is based on sauvignon blanc. Not herbal. Nice aperitif or companion to seafood, salads and vegetarian dishes. Medium-bodied. Some gooseberry and lime on the finish. Great with shellfish. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: seafood, salads, vegetarian dishes. Drink: 2017 - 2020 200063 13% XD 750 mL $25.95 Score: 90/100. April 2017. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rockcliffe Third Reef Chardonnay 2015, Great Southern, Western Australia, Australia: Terrific Australian Shiraz wrapped in dark fruit flavours and pepper. Pair with grilled lamb. Chardonnay food pairings: pan-fried panfish, panko shrimp, green salads with grilled chicken. Drink: 2017 - 2020 480202 14% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 90/100. April 2017. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

La Griffe Chéreau-Carré Muscadet 2015, Muscadet Sèvre Et Maine, Loire A.C., France: This Loire AC wine from Chéreau-Carré is joyously alive with mouth-watering acidity and lovely interplays of lime blossom, tangy orange zest and an apple bite. A consistently great producer of this style of white wine made from the Muscadet grape. Try it with clams or oysters. Muscadet food pairings: steamed mussels, paired with pan seared scallops, pan-seared trout. Drink: 2017 - 2018 948182 12% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 89/100. April 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Eidosela Albarino 2015, Rias Baixas D.O., Spain: Crisp and clean and refreshing. This does have mouth-watering acidity but it's not the searing attack of acidity that you find in some wines from this region. Lovely as an aperitif or companion to fresh seafood. Albarino food pairings: linguine with clams and fennel, grilled seafood, crab cakes. Drink: 2017 - 2019 336271 13% D 750 mL $14.95 Score: 88/100. April 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Reichsgraf Von Kesselstatt Kabinett Kaseler Nies'chen Riesling 2014, Mosel Q.M.P., Germany: This Pradikätswein German white wine has a deep core of minerality running through it. This Riesling does have noticeable sweetness but it's beautifully balanced by the acidity. Riesling food pairings: light vegetarian curries, pan-fried panfish, seafood hors d'oeuvres. Drink: 2017 - 2018 940809 9% S 750 mL $29.95 Score: 91/100. April 2017. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

J Lohr Winery Arroyo Vista Chardonnay 2014, Monterey County, California, United States: Butterscotch, creme brulee, caramel, sweet coconut and toffee from very generous oak aging. Richly developed Chardonnay with a creamy texture and green apple notes. Buttery hazelnuts on the finish. Oh yum! A mouth-filling, luxurious Chardonnay from J. Lohr's Painter Bridge label. Pair with roast chicken. Chardonnay food pairings: roast chicken, creamy pasta sauce dishes, grilled fish. Drink: 2015 - 2018 171272 14.9% D 750 mL $34.95 Score: 88/100. April 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Treana Blanc 2014, Central Coast, California, United States: This is a luscious, full-bodied blend of 45% Viognier, 45% Marsanne and 10% Rousanne grapes. Butterscotch rich with golden apples aromas. Hope Family Wines produces this full-bodied Californian white wine blend of tradition Rhone Valley grapes, such as Viognier and Marsanne. Love the richness and the viscous texture! Dried pineapple and apricot with layers and layers of lapping pleasure. Full-bodied with a long finish. Pair with roast turkey. Food pairings: grilled calamari, Paella, crab cakes. Drink: 2015 - 2020 11247 14.5% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 91/100. April 2017. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Alkoomi Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Frankland River, West Australia, Australia: A vibrant Australian white wine blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. Lots of acidity on the palate for fresh seafood. Notes of lemon and lime. Semillon Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: shellfish, vegetarian dishes, Asian dishes. Drink: 2017 - 2019 428383 12.5% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 89/100. April 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cockfighter's Ghost Semillon 2014, Hunter Valley, New South Wales, Australia: A lovely Australian white wine with aromas of lanolin, lemon and beeswax. Full-bodied and rich. Pair with roast chicken. Semillon food pairings: linguine with clams and fennel, grilled seafood, crab cakes. Drink: 2017 - 2022 489666 13.8% XD 750 mL $22.95 Score: 89/100. April 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Livia Feteasca Alba 2014, Cotesti D.O.C., Romania: This off-dry, floral Romanian white wine is made from the Feteasca Alba grape. Light-bodied with honeydew and melon aromas and flavours. This winery has made wine for 500 years and was known as the King's nectar with its yellow gold colour and honeyed notes. Pair with spicy dishes. Feteasca Alba food pairings: shellfish, vegetarian dishes, sauteed scallops. Drink: 2014 - 2018 484840 12% MD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 87/100. April 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mitchell Watervale Riesling 2014, Clare Valley, South Australia, Australia: A robust Australian red wine with aromas of black plum and pepper. Pair with steak. Riesling food pairings: Asian dishes, fresh seafood salad, seafood appetizers, smoked turkey sandwiches. Drink: 2017 - 2020 487785 13.5% M 750 mL $21.95 Score: 90/100. April 2017. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château De Nages 2013, Costières De Nîmes, Southern Rhone A.C., France: A gorgeous Rhone white wine blend of 80% Roussanne and 20% Viognier grapes with richness and roundness and mouth-coating texture. Pair with butter chicken. Food pairings: grilled chicken with lemon and thyme, planked salmon, quiche,. Drink: 2017 - 2020 485854 13% XD 750 mL $25.95 Score: 91/100. April 2017. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Zuccardi Series A Torrontes 2015, Salta I.P., Argentina: Intensely lemon floral notes with some acidity. Medium bodied. Torrontes food pairings: Asian dishes, fresh seafood salad, seafood appetizers, smoked turkey sandwiches. Drink: 2017 - 2019 389262 14.5% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 86/100. April 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Attems Pinot Grigio 2015, Venezia Giulia, Friuli I.G.T., Italy: One of my favourite Italian Pinot Grigio wines year after year. This IGT wine from northern Venezia region is fresh, with zesty aromas of lime, white pear and grapefruit. Mouth-wateringly perfect for grilled fish or calamari. Pinot Grigio food pairings: grilled chicken breast, summer salads, pork burgers, oysters on the half-shell. Drink: 2015 - 2017 707950 12.5% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. April 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Kali Hart Talbott Chardonnay 2014, Monterey County, California, United States: Lovely bottled Californian sunshine here! Luscious layers of ripe tree fruit and toffee goodness. A balanced and tasty Chardonnay with green apple and smoke. Round and generous. Try it with chicken dishes. Chardonnay food pairings: lobster in butter sauce, beef bourguignon, cheese, poultry. Drink: 2017 - 2020 46417 14.6% D 750 mL $27.95 Score: 90/100. April 2017. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Madison's Ranch Chardonnay 2014, Napa Valley, California, United States: Caramel, toffee and butterscotch from lavish oak aging on this Napa Valley white wine made from the Chardonnay grape. Pair with roast chicken. Chardonnay food pairings: lobster with melted butter, barbecued pork, turkey burgers, linguini with clams and fennel. Drink: 2016 - 2020 441113 14.5% XD 750 mL $22.95 Score: 88/100. April 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Monmousseau Vouvray Chenin Blanc 2015, Vouvray, Loire A.C., France: A soft, light-bodied, lemon-fresh French white wine with some juicy acidity. Ideal for fresh fish dishes. Chenin Blanc food pairings: grilled calamari, steamed mussels, crab cakes. Drink: 2017 - 2018 271940 11.5% M 750 mL $16.95 Score: 88/100. April 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Hogue Riesling 2014, Columbia Valley, Washington, United States: Solid value from this fresh, well-made wine. Aromas of field daisies, white peach and apricot. Light-bodied and carefree. Closed with a screwcap. Riesling food pairings: shellfish, vegetarian dishes, light curries. Drink: 2017 - 2019 363291 11.8% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 87/100. April 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

M. Chapoutier Tournon Mathilda 2014, Victoria, Australia: Sunshine bright and vibrant with lemon rays of loveliness. Lime zest on this gorgeous southern French white wine blend. Just the right amount of acidity for a wide range of dishes from fresh seafood to spinach quiche. Food pairings: grilled chicken with lemongrass stalk, spicy pasta dishes, planked salmon with lemon sauce, duck liver pate, eggs Benedict. Drink: 2016 - 2021 401398 13% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 92/100. April 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Alain Geoffroy Chablis Domaine Le Verger Chardonnay 2015, Burgundy A.C., France: Green apple freshness and a little creaminess here on this classic Burgundian Chardonnay. No oak aging, which is the tradition in Chablis. Good mineral finish. Pair with shellfish. Chardonnay food pairings: seafood, shellfish, turkey pot pie, grilled chicken. Drink: 2017 - 2021 181289 12.5% XD 750 mL $19.75 Score: 90/100. April 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Momo Pinot Gris 2015, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: This spritely organic wine makes my mouth water just smelling it! Lovely white peach and melon with mouth-watering acidity for food. Very refreshing as an aperitif or companion to many dishes from seafood to salads. Classic aromas and flavours here for a cool climate region. Some toasted almond on the finish. Great wine for potluck gatherings and barbecues -- think grilled veggies and Portobello mushrooms. Yum! Momo is the second label of New Zealand's Seresin Estate, and the quality shows in the glass of this zesty, organic Pinot Gris. A fresh finish with terrific food versatility. Pinot Gris food pairings: seafood, light pastas, grilled chicken and vegetables, cured meats, green salads. Drink: 2017 - 2018 163535 14.5% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 91/100. April 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

William Fevre Chablis Montmains 2014, Burgundy A.C., France: Clean and fresh unoaked Chardonnay from the northern Burgundian region of Chablis. This premier cru (1ER CRU) is a very reputable producer of the genre. Pair with shellfish and fresh seafood or pasta in cream sauces. Food pairings: lobster in butter sauce, beef bourguignon, gougère, pork tenderloin, steamed mahi mahi with lime, garlic and chillies. Drink: 2017 - 2019 977587 13% XD 750 mL $51.00 Score: 90/100. April 2017. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Muralhas De Monção 2015, De Moncao, Vinho Verde D.O.C., Portugal: Made from the iconic grape Alvarinho along with Trajadura in the Vinho Verde region of northern Portugal. Refreshing white wine with distinctive white grapefruit and white pepper notes. No oak. Crisp, clean and pure with a laser-like focus and intensity. Good aperitif, but better companion to seafood and salads. Food pairings: grilled calamari, steamed mussels. Drink: 2015 - 2018 80374 12.5% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 87/100. April 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


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