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Vintages Release April 4, 2017

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Dessert Wine

Henry of Pelham Winery Cabernet Icewine 2013, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Oh, happy cherry pie, welcome to my taste buds. Cinnamon spice sprinkled over my senses. Gorgeous and complex Niagara icewine made from Cabernet grapes. Pair with chocolate cheesecake and a smile. Cabernet Icewine food pairings: cheesecake, chocolate mousse, crème brûlée, banana-split.. Drink: 2013 - 2019 672402 9.5% S 200 mL $39.95 Score: 92/100. April 2017. Top Rated Dessert Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

El Maestro Sierra 15-Year-Old Oloroso Sherry, Jerez D.O., Spain: A terrific, dry sherry with toasted almond aromas. Pair with, what else, toasted nuts and cheeses. Oloroso Sherry food pairings: tapas, nuts, one year old Machego cheese. Drink: 2017 - 2025 330571 19% D 375 mL $16.95 Score: 89/100. April 2017. Best Value Dessert Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Red Wine

Leonardo 2014, Tuscany I.G.T., Italy: A terrific Italian red wine for the price point. Aromatic red and black fruit and smoke. Full-bodied. Pair with hearty meat dishes. Food pairings: roast quail stuffed with wild mushroom, slow-cooked beef short ribs in red wine sauce, gourmet burgers. Drink: 2017 - 2020 483818 14.5% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 89/100. April 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ochetti Langhe Nebbiolo 2015, Piedmont D.O.C.G., Italy: Sweet purple plums with a perfume of roses. Full-bodied and supple. Made from the northern Italian grape Nebbiolo. Pair with grilled steak. Nebbiolo food pairings: roast game meats, bison burgers, beefy casserole with rich tomato sauce. Drink: 2017 - 2025 475913 14% XD 750 mL $23.95 Score: 89/100. April 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Quinta De Cabriz Seleccionada Colheita 2014, Dão 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, rib steak on the barbie. Drink: 2017 - 2022 247973 13% XD 750 mL $13.95 Score: 89/100. April 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Jose maria da fonseca Reserva Periquita 2014, Vinho Regional Península De Setúbal, Portugal: A robust, full-bodied Portuguese red wine with aromas of black fruit and toasty oak. Excellent value. Pair with grilled meats. Periquita food pairings: braised beef dishes, turkey, soft cheese, roasted pork, lamb. Drink: 2017 - 2020 488007 14.5% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 90/100. April 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Decero Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Remolinos Vineyard, 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 - 2018 195677 14.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. April 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Argyle Pinot Noir 2014, Willamette Valley, Oregon, United States: Cedar hedge and night-time fireflies that fly around your closed eyes against the star-studded sky as the fire dies. Medium-bodied and ultra smooth with fleshy cherry flavour. Pair with a sigh. Pinot Noir food pairings: roast leg of lamb, lamb tangine, lamb stew. Drink: 2015 - 2020 909499 13.9% D 750 mL $33.95 Score: 91/100. April 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Maison Chanzy Pinot Noir 2015, Burgundy A.C., France: Racy acidity and sour cherry on the nose and palate with a little herbal stemminess on the finish. 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 12.5% XD 750 mL $22.95 Score: 88/100. April 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Torres Celeste Crianza 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. 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

Quimay Malbec 2013, Rio Negro, Patagonia I.P., Argentina: A full-bodied Argentine red wine made in the hinterland of the region, according to the back label, in the far southernmost reaches of South America in desert land originally inhabited by Mapuche Indians. Dark fruit and toasty oak aromas. Pair with grilled meats. Malbec food pairings: roast rabbit fricassee, roast partridge in red wine sauce, Coq-au-vin. Drink: 2017 - 2020 482786 13.5% D 750 mL $16.95 Score: 88/100. April 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mollydooker Blue Eyed Boy Shiraz 2014, Mclaren Vale, South Australia, Australia: Full-bodied palate-whacker from Australia, with aromas of black fruit and toasty oak. Pair with grilled meats. Shiraz food pairings: roast game meats, bison burgers, grilled chicken breast. Drink: 2017 - 2020 327379 14% D 750 mL $54.95 Score: 91/100. 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: crown roast of pork with corn niblets, pork tenderloin en croute, slow-braised veal breast of veal. Drink: 2017 - 2021 349415 13.5% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. April 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cave De Roquebrun La Grange Des Combes Saint-Chinian-Roquebrun 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: meat lover's pizza, vegetarian lasagne, slow-braised beef ribs. Drink: 2017 - 2021 155804 14.2% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 87/100. April 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Burgo Viejo Licenciado Reserva 2008, Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain: Sweet mocha and chocolate on the nose from oak aging with some sweet blackberry on the palate. Smooth. Pair with lamb. Food pairings: grilled steak, pork chops, lamb. Drink: 2015 - 2019 370023 13.5% XD 750 mL $23.95 Score: 88/100. April 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rustenberg Buzzard Kloof Syrah 2013, Simonsberg-Stellenbosch W.O., South Africa: Lots of mocha, dark chocolate and smoke from oak aging on the nose of this robust South African Syrah. A full-bodied, smoky South African red wine with aromas of cassis and black currant. Finishes with woodsmoke and dark spice. Pair with prime rib. Syrah food pairings: slow-cooked beef ragú, mutton with mint and coriander, espresso and cocoa-rubbed flank steak, black bean soup. Drink: 2017 - 2020 414151 14.5% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 89/100. April 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Pinyolet Garnacha 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. Garnacha food pairings: braised beef dishes, turkey, soft cheese, roasted pork, lamb. Drink: 2017 - 2019 271791 14% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 88/100. April 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Nativa Community Blend 2012, Maule Valley, Chile: This robust well-made Chilean red wine blend provides great value in the glass. Aromas of black plum and smoke. Pair with a rare steak. Food pairings: venison steak, roasted root vegetable casserole, roast chicken. Drink: 2017 - 2020 485540 14% D 750 mL $16.95 Score: 90/100. April 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Dios Ares Crianza 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! Food pairings: braised beef dishes, turkey, soft cheese, roasted pork, lamb. Drink: 2017 - 2021 305912 13% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 91/100. April 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Simi Sonoma County Merlot 2013, Sonoma County, California, United States: Juicy and fleshy with gorgeous layers of ripe black plum and blackberry. Fall into this wine head first and come out doused in dark spice and sensory pleasure. Pair with grilled meats. Merlot food pairings: roast breast of veal, grilled lamb chops, grilled chicken breast. Drink: 2017 - 2021 417386 14.5% D 750 mL $23.95 Score: 92/100. April 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Viña Real Crianza 2012, Rioja D.O.C.A, Spain: Smoky, dry, straight-up pleasure for the price. Full-bodied with black smoky fruit and toasty oak. Decant 1 hour. Savoury and mouth-watering on the palate. Pair with grilled meats. Food pairings: sautéed duck with green peppers mushrooms and bamboo shoots, curried duck, pineapple and bell peppers fried duck. Drink: 2015 - 2020 657411 13.5% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 88/100. April 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Bodegas Del Abad Domaine Bueno Mencía 2008, Bierzo Do, Spain: Savoury, meaty and juicy with gorgeous exotic black fruit aromas and flavours. Get out of your shiraz rut with this wine. Food pairings: roast venison, rabbit stew, gamebird casserole. Drink: 2017 - 2018 291989 13.5% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 89/100. April 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cimicky Trumps Shiraz 2012, Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia: A robust Barossa Valley Shiraz that's consistent year after year in offering great value and taste. Lots of black fruit and toasty oak. Pair with grilled meats. Shiraz food pairings: lamb cutlets, hamburgers, espresso and cocoa-rubbed flank steak, pizza. Drink: 2017 - 2020 27383 14.5% D 750 mL $21.95 Score: 89/100. April 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Monte Del Fra Bardolino 2014, Veneto D.O.C., Italy: A terrific wine for the money, and a great one for holiday parties and potluck gatherings. It offers aromas and flavours of fleshy ripe cherries with full-bodied weight and mouth-watering juiciness. Finishes with some spice and black plum. Decant 1 hour. Try it with pepperoni pizza or enjoy on its own. Bardolino food pairings: pizza meat, lasagne, rich tomato sauce and pasta. Drink: 2016 - 2020 134544 13% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 88/100. April 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rocca Delle Macie Riserva Chianti Classico 2013, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: A dark, mouth-watering Italian red wine with black fruit and toasty oak aromas. Lots of dark plum notes and mocha on the mid-palate and finish. This robust Chianti Classico is a red wine made from the Sangiovese grape. Pair with pasta in a meat sauce or grilled meats. Decant 1 hour. Polished tannins, good concentration of flavour. Chianti Classico food pairings: mince sirloin, sausage and cheese pizza, Tuscan rabbit, sausage cassoulet. Drink: 2017 - 2023 930966 13.5% XD 750 mL $23.95 Score: 91/100. April 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Marques De Caceres Gran Reserva Tempranillo 2009, Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain: Traditional, classic and savoury Spanish red wine, with aromas of leather, dried herbs and red earth dust. Smoky and earthy, not fruit-forward. This Spanish red wine is a blend of Tempranillo, Garnacha and Graciano grapes. The wine was aged for more than 2 years in French oak barrels and then in the bottle before release from the winery. Lots of black pepper, anise and dark spice. This robust Spanish red wine finishes with clove, dark spice and vanilla smoke. Pair with rack of lamb. Great food wine. Decant for 1 hour. Full-bodied, smooth and mouth-watering. Tempranillo food pairings: herbed steaks, Portobello mushroom, chili, soup, Papas con chorizo. Drink: 2016 - 2021 976670 14% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 91/100. April 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Duckhorn Vineyards Decoy Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Sonoma County, California, United States: A robust Californian Cabernet with excellent structure and firm tannins. Aromas of cassis and black currant. This baby needs cellar time then decant 1-2 hours and pair with rare meats. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: veal chops, rosemary lamb, barbecued ribs in sauce, strong cheese. Drink: 2016 - 2023 186171 13.9% D 750 mL $35.95 Score: 92/100. April 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Seven Falls Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Wahluke Slope, Columbia Valley, Washington, United States: This is a terrific Washington State Cabernet Sauvignon, especially for the price point! Mocha and dark chocolate aromas with black fruit. Chalky dry and full-bodied. Some black plum and berries on the finish. Great balance, with a deep red-garnet colour. Finishes with vanilla smoke. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: rare Porterhouse steak, gourmet burgers, roast pork. Drink: 2017 - 2020 360222 14% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. April 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Penley Estate Hyland Shiraz 2014, Coonawarra, South Australia, Australia: Campfire and hickory smoke from oak barrel aging on this robust Australian red wine that hails from a cool climate. Pair with grilled meats. Shiraz food pairings: hearty meat meals, pasta, aged cheddar, pulled pork. Drink: 2017 - 2021 409078 14% D 750 mL $18.95 Score: 89/100. April 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cline Ancient Vines Zinfandel 2015, Contra Costa County, 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 - 2019 719211 15% XD 750 mL $23.95 Score: 92/100. April 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Emmolo 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, slow-braised beef brisket, baked pork chops in creamy wild mushroom sauce. Drink: 2017 - 2019 96024 14.9% D 750 mL $69.95 Score: 87/100. April 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sister's Run Old Testament Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Coonawarra, South Australia, Australia: My note: Rich and inviting with savoury, juicy aromas and flavours of fleshy blackberry and plums. Some cassis and dark spices on the finish. Love the balance. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: pizza topped with steak strips, rib steak, slow-braised brisket. Drink: 2017 - 2022 478271 14.5% XD 750 mL $17.00 Score: 90/100. April 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

The Hess Collection 19 Block Mountain Cuvée 2013, 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: roast rabbit fricassee, roast partridge in red wine sauce, Coq-au-vin. Drink: 2017 - 2023 18879 14.5% XD 750 mL $49.95 Score: 92/100. April 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

M. Chapoutier Les Meysonniers Crozes-Hermitage 2014, Rhône A.C., France: A superb Rhone Valley red with layers of complexity and concentrated flavour. Full-bodied and satisfying with a long finish. Pair with grilled meats. Food pairings: veal chops, barbecued veal chops in red wine sauce. Drink: 2017 - 2022 972281 14% 750 mL $28.95 Score: 92/100. April 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château 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 - 2020 91397 13.5% XD 750 mL $22.95 Score: 89/100. 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 - 2021 73072 14.5% XD 750 mL $40.95 Score: 92/100. April 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Galévan Châteauneuf-Du-Pape 2014, Rhône 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. Châteauneuf-Du-Pape food pairings: rib eye steak on the barbeque, gourmet burgers, pork ribs on the barbie. Drink: 2017 - 2022 251603 14.5% XD 750 mL $54.95 Score: 92/100. April 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Lamole di Lamole Blue Label Chianti Classico 2013, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: A savoury, juicy, mouth-watering Italian red wine that leads with Sangiovese in the blend of grapes. Smoky with rich texture. Perfect for meaty dishes. Decant 1-2 hours. Chianti Classico food pairings: veal Parmigiano, roast pork, lamb shanks in red wine sauce. Drink: 2017 - 2023 476317 13.5% XD 750 mL $23.95 Score: 92/100. April 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells 2013, Columbia Valley, Washington, United States: Brooding and savoury with black fruit and toasty oak. Yum! A full-bodied Washington state red wine made from varietals that do well in the Columbia Valley. Notes of cassis and blackcurrant with a pleasant bitter finish wrapped in mocha. Pair with braised meats. Food pairings: meat lover's pizza, bobtje, gourmet burgers. Drink: 2017 - 2022 421081 14.5% D 750 mL $25.95 Score: 92/100. April 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

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: rib eye steak on the barbeque, gourmet burgers, pork ribs on the barbie. 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

El esteco Ciclos Icono Malbec Merlot 2012, Calchaqui Valley, Argentina: A robust Chilean red wine blend at a great price. Full-bodied with dark fruit aromas. Pair with grilled meats. Malbec Merlot food pairings: rabbit saddles in red wine and wild mushroom sauce, bison burgers, rare rib steak. Drink: 2017 - 2019 37895 14.5% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. April 2017. Best Value 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 - 2025 943290 14% D 750 mL $44.95 Score: 89/100. April 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cloudline Pinot Noir 2014, Willamette Valley, Oregon, United States: A lovely, nervy Oregonian Pinot Noir with racy acidity and a satin-seductive texture that caresses your tongue. Tart cherry and a long finish. Yes, yes, yes! Pair with roast chicken. Pinot Noir food pairings: lamb chop casserole, stuffed breast of veal, roast chicken. Drink: 2016 - 2021 159970 13.5% D 750 mL $29.95 Score: 90/100. April 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Des Houdières Gamay 2015, Beaujolais, Burgundy A.C., France: This makes my mouth water 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, barbecued veal chops in red wine sauce, strong cheese. Drink: 2017 - 2019 342725 13% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 87/100. April 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Bellevue La Forêt 2013, Fronton, Southwest A.C., France: Rustic and robust, with attractive cedar brush and wild tart blackberry and cassis on the nose and palate. This 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 smoke. Decant 1 hours and try it with a juicy slab of prime rib tonight. Food pairings: winter stew, rare cuts of meat, Olivier salad. Drink: 2017 - 2020 354134 14.5% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 88/100. April 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Underwood Pinot Noir 2015, Oregon, United States: Loving this saucy Pinot from Oregon. Nervy edge acidity and 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: 2016 - 2020 421198 13.5% XD 750 mL $22.95 Score: 90/100. April 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Canoe Ridge The Expedition Merlot 2014, Horse Heaven Hills, Columbia Valley, Washington, United States: Aromas of cassis and black currant. Full-bodied with some tannin. A solid citizen with good structure and depth. Merlot food pairings: pork chops, pizza with meat topping, gourmet burgers. Drink: 2016 - 2021 486928 13.8% D 750 mL $27.95 Score: 88/100. April 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Le Grand Verdus Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Bordeaux A.C., France: Juicy and robust with firm tannins and a grip on the palate that will smooth out somewhat with 1-2 hours of decanting and additional cellar time. Black fruit, tar and smoke with toasty oak. Pair with a rare steak. The 2012 vintage is a red wine blend of 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc grapes. Finishes with black spice. Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: veal chops, barbecued veal chops in red wine sauce, strong cheese. Drink: 2017 - 2020 388330 13% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 88/100. April 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Lone Birch Syrah 2013, Yakima Valley, Washington, United States: Very supple and juicy with a velvet mouth-feel. Blue and black plums with a long finish. Good value. Syrah food pairings: mince sirloin, sausage and cheese pizza, Tuscan rabbit, sausage cassoulet. Drink: 2017 - 2022 420695 14.1% D 750 mL $20.95 Score: 88/100. April 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rosés

Brancaia Rosé 2016, Tuscany I.G.T., Italy: Very light, delicate and pretty even though it's made from Merlot grapes, more associated with medium- to full-bodied reds. Some sulphur on the finish which made blow off. Rosé food pairings: grilled chicken breast, cold turkey sandwiches, Prosciutto platter. Drink: 2016 - 2018 490953 12.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 87/100. April 2017. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Zonte's Footstep Scarlet Ladybird Rosé 2016, Fleurieu Peninsula, South Australia, Australia: A juicy, vibrant, well-priced Argentine rose. Full-bodied Australian rose with lots of acidity. Raspberry aromas and lots of spice. Pair with cold cuts. Rosé food pairings: veal masala, veal and ham casserole, veal breast with herb stuffing. Drink: 2016 - 2018 408476 13.5% D 750 mL $15.95 Score: 88/100. April 2017. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Jean-Max Roger La Grange Dimiere Sancerre Rosé 2016, Loire A.C., France: Dark raspberry and strawberry notes on this medium-bodied, juicy, mouth-watering French rose. Lots of acidity for planked salmon. Sancerre Rosé food pairings: cheese and deli plate, green salad with warm goat cheese and baby beets, salmon cakes. Drink: 2016 - 2018 490813 13.5% D 750 mL $25.95 Score: 88/100. April 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Torres Vina Esmeralda Rosé 2016, Catalun, Spain: As pretty and floral as their white wine. Aromas of rose petals and spring sunshine. Light to medium-bodied with just enough acidity to awaken the taste buds for fresh seafood. Lovely Rosé food pairings: grilled jumbo prawns with a peach salsa, crab cakes with mango chutney. Drink: 2016 - 2018 490920 12.5% D 750 mL $13.95 Score: 91/100. April 2017. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Featherstone Winery 2015, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Aromas of rhubarb-strawberry compote, tinge of sweet raspberry, mostly lovely mouth-watering juiciness. Lovely ballet slipper pink. Finishes crisp and clean. Spritely, refreshing and light with wild field berry aromas. Food pairings: avocado spring greens and strawberry salad, corn pineapple avocado and kale salad with strawberry dressing, golden beet salad with spring onion and goat cheese. Drink: 2016 - 2018 117861 13.2% MD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 89/100. April 2017. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Atamisque Serbal Malbec Rosé 2016, Tupungato, Mendoza, Argentina: A dense, dark-fruited wine for rose with aromas of black plums from the Malbec grape. Atamisque is an aboriginal bush that grows on the winery's estate reaching a height of 2-3 metres. Serbal or Lady of the Mountains is the magic tree of the Celts and grows up to 15 metres high on the slopes of the mountains. This vineyard is planted at 4,430 feet above sea level. The wine is fermented in stainless steel and aged in bottle for 6 months before release. Malbec Rosé food pairings: grilled jumbo prawns, crab cakes, charcuterie. Drink: 2016 - 2018 493031 13% D 750 mL $16.95 Score: 86/100. April 2017. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Caves D'esclans Whispering Angel Rosé 2016, Côtes De Provence A.C., France: This has been a box office hit at the liquor store every year and sells out quickly. Lovely pretty in pink French rosé with bone dry mouth-watering acidity. Aromas of field strawberries. Surprisingly robust for Provence which tends to be very light. Good balancing acidity and dry finish. Perfect for planked salmon. Rosé food pairings: marinated olives and chorizo tapas, a charcuterie platter, salmon burgers. Drink: 2016 - 2018 325076 13% XD 750 mL $27.95 Score: 92/100. April 2017. Top Rated Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Peninsula Ridge Beal Vineyard Cabernet Rosé 2016, Beamsville Bench, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Orange zest on the nose. Dry and refreshing with incredible mouth-watering action for the acidity. Lovely aromas of field strawberries. Great price. Cabernet Rosé food pairings: grilled jumbo prawns with a peach salsa, crab cakes with mango chutney. Drink: 2017 - 2018 177840 13.5% D 750 mL $14.95 Score: 87/100. April 2017. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Carte Noire Rosé 2016, Côtes De Provence A.P., France: So pretty and lightly floral: terrific value. Racy acidity. This glorious French rose is great for grilled veggies. This lovely rose smells like summer: warm grass and redolent field flowers. Fleeting notes of wild berries haunt this dry rose. Love the salmon pink hue on this wine. Perfect for pasta in cream sauce or fresh salads. A crisp finish, infused with raspberry tang and beachside memories. Love the curvy bottle. Rosé food pairings: curried pork, sweet and sour pork, pork croquettes. Drink: 2016 - 2018 319384 13% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 91/100. April 2017. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sparkling Wine

Bouvet Excellence Brut Crémant De Loire, Loire A.C., France: A toasty, refreshing French sparkling wine that's well priced. Aromas of white pear, melon and pear. Toasty finish. Great value. Pair with fried chicken. Crémant De Loire food pairings: lightly spiced curry dishes, white turkey meat, tacos, seafood. Drink: 2017 - 2019 303636 12.5% D 750 mL $18.95 Score: 90/100. April 2017. Best Value Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

Domaine Le Verger Chablis 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. Chablis food pairings: seafood, shellfish, turkey pot pie, grilled chicken, pork. Drink: 2017 - 2021 181289 12.5% XD 750 mL $22.95 Score: 90/100. April 2017. Top Rated 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 - 2020 163535 14.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 91/100. April 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Schloss Vollrads Spätlese Riesling 2014, Rheingau Pradikätswein, Germany: Fleshy ripe peach and sweet pear on the nose and palate of this gorgeous German Riesling. You could enjoy it as a dessert wine or aperitif, or pair it with medium spices and curries to tame the heat. So lovely. Riesling food pairings: marinated lemon herb chicken breast grilled on the barbie, light curries, grilled pork sausages. Drink: 2015 - 2022 101972 7.5% MD 750 mL $34.95 Score: 93/100. April 2017. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Eidosela Albariño 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. Albariño food pairings: linguine with crab meat, mussel Portuguese, crab cakes. Drink: 2017 - 2020 336271 13% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 88/100. April 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cannonball Chardonnay 2014, Sonoma County, California, United States: Pleasant, benign, beige Chardonnay. Not highly expressive but enjoyable. Chardonnay food pairings: barbequed salmon, barbequed pork roast on a spit, roast chicken dinner with all the trimmings. Drink: 2017 - 2018 311563 13.7% XD 750 mL $23.95 Score: 87/100. April 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Dom Bischofliche Weinguter Trier Riesling 2014, Mosel Qualitätswein, Germany: A terrific, zesty, mouth-watering German white wine made from the classic Riesling grape and dry in style. Aromas of lime zest and grapefruit. Medium-bodied. Pair with fresh seafood. Riesling food pairings: light curries, smoked salmon canapes, Tempura seafood bites. Drink: 2016 - 2021 490094 12% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 90/100. April 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Talbott Kali Hart 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

Hogue Cellars Riesling 2014, Columbia Valley, Washington, United States: Brothers and co-owners Mike and Gary Hogue partner well with this terrific and vibrant Washington white wine, which they started in 1982 in the Columbia Valley. Solid value from this fresh, well-made wine. Aromas of field daisies, white peach and apricot. Light-bodied and carefree. Finishes with tasty, lip-smacking notes of tangerine. Pair with mild to medium curries and spices. Closed with a screwcap. Riesling food pairings: light vegetable curries, smoked salmon salad, crunchy pepper calamari. Drink: 2015 - 2022 363291 11.8% MD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 90/100. April 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Askaneli Brothers Tvishi 2013, Racha-Lechkhumi, Georgia: A lovely dessert wine with tangerine sweetness on the nose and palate. Medium-bodied and perfect for biscotti or creme brulee. Fragrant finish. This winner has been produced in Georgia since 1952. Food pairings: medium-heat vegetable curries, grilled pork with apricot compote. Drink: 2014 - 2020 395392 12.5% S 750 mL $16.95 Score: 89/100. April 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Livia Feteasca Regala 2014, Cotesti D.O.C.- C.M.D., Romania: Crisp and clean, much like Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc in style. Lemongrass and lemon zest. Lots of mouth-watering acidity for seafood. Medium-bodied. The grapes are hand-picked in the early morning to preserve freshness and are grown without the use of chemicals in the region of Cotesi, a DOC appellation. Finishes with lime floral and green, tart pear. Feteasca Regala food pairings: pan-fried trout, scallops, potato and cheese casserole, crab cakes. Drink: 2014 - 2018 477406 13.2% D 750 mL $13.95 Score: 88/100. April 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Elk Cove Vineyards Pinot Gris 2015, Willamette Valley, Oregon, United States: A superb Oregonian white wine from the state's iconic white grape Pinot Gris. The vines are planted in the northern Willamette Valley and the winery operates under gravity flow for gentle treatment of the grapes and juice. Aromas of white peach. Pair with seafood. Pinot Gris food pairings: crab-stuffed-flounder, Asian dishes, stuffed chicken. Drink: 2016 - 2020 955906 13% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 90/100. April 2017. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ernie Els Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Western Cape W.O., South Africa: Vibrant herbal aromas and fresh cut grass on the nose and palate of this medium-bodied, mouth-watering South African white wine made from the Sauvignon Blanc grape. Lots of acidity for seafood. The vines are planted on the warm, north-facing slopes of the Helderberg Mountain outside the town of Stellenbosch. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: seafood, shellfish, grilled freshwater fish. Drink: 2016 - 2018 455907 13.5% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 89/100. April 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Allimant-Laugner Riesling 2014, Alsace A.C., France: Gorgeous Alsatian white wine made from the noble Riesling grape. Some honeydew notes and fleshy ripe peach on the nose and palate. Finishes dry and refreshing. Light- to medium-bodied. Pair with shellfish. Riesling food pairings: crispy calamari, light curries, fresh vegetable crudités. Drink: 2015 - 2021 469726 13% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 90/100. April 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Justin Monmousseau Vouvray 2015, Loire A.C., France: A soft, light-bodied, lemon-fresh French white wine with some juicy acidity. Ideal for fresh fish dishes. Food pairings: pan-fried trout, smoked sauteed scallops, crab cakes. Drink: 2017 - 2019 271940 12% M 750 mL $18.95 Score: 88/100. April 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Reichsgraf Von Kesselstatt Kaseler Nies'chen Kabinett Riesling 2014, Grosse Lage, Moselle Q.M.P., Germany: Gorgeous breath of spring in this glass. Stay young and optimistic: drink this wine. Notes of ripe pears and peach blossom. Medium-bodied and packed with flavour. Try it with a light white fish like sole tonight. Riesling food pairings: light curries, smoked salmon canapes, Tempura seafood bites. Drink: 2017 - 2021 940809 9% MD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 91/100. April 2017. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


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