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Vintages Release May 15, 2017

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Dessert Wine

Domaine Des Bernardins Vin Doux Naturel Muscat Beaumes De Venise 2015, Rhône A.C., France: This pleasant southern French dessert wine offers aromas of apricot and quince preserves. Nicely balanced acidity. Pair with biscotti. Muscat Beaumes De Venise food pairings: crème brûlée, fruit-based desserts, pastries, fresh field berries in cream, Camembert. Drink: 2017 - 2019 442160 15% S 375 mL $19.95 Score: 88/100. May 2017. Best Value Dessert Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Other Wines/Drinks

Homare Strawberry Nigori Saké, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan: Strawberry shortcake topped with melon and passionfruit and guava aromas. Low alcohol. Forget sangria: get this. Nigori Saké food pairings: sushi, sashimi, tropical fruit salad. Drink: 2017 - 2017 384776 7.8% S 500 mL $22.95 Score: 88/100. May 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Red Wine

Cline Pinot Noir 2015, Sonoma Coast, California, United States: This Pinot is coming of age: complex and spicy. Cool-climate character shows through with those protective foggy mornings and afternoon sunshine bliss. The wine is aged for 7 months in 40% new medium toast French oak. Fleshy ripe and sweet cherry and field berries with some mocha from oak aging. Full-bodied and satin smooth. Pair with grilled chicken. Pinot Noir food pairings: veal medallions, lamb in a red wine sauce, roasted pork loin, coq au vin, venison burgers. Drink: 2016 - 2021 329649 14% XD 750 mL $27.95 Score: 90/100. May 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Estancia Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Paso Robles, California, United States: Loving this southern Californian Cabernet from the Paso Robles region from 2500 acres of estate vineyards. Big diurnal temperature changes from day to night. Concentrated flavour with a dark spice finish. Pair with grilled meat. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: prime rib, grilled pork, chicken, gourmet hamburgers. Drink: 2017 - 2022 191791 13.5% XD 750 mL $22.95 Score: 92/100. May 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Santa Duc Les Vieilles Vignes 2012, Côtes Du Rhône, Rhône A.C., France: The old vines show their true character, colour and strength in this robust southern French red wine. Full-throttled, black-brooding red wine with aromas of blackberry pie and black raspberry on the nose and palate. Juicy, fleshy black fruit almost explode on the palate. Dark spices and pepper on the finish. Perfect for meat lovers' pizza. Food pairings: roast pork tenderloin, chicken, meat topped pizza, cheese fondue, fajitas. Drink: 2017 - 2019 101543 14% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 89/100. May 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Les Grands Bois Cuvée Philippine 2015, Côtes Du Rhône-Villages, Rhône A.P., France: Dark, pitch black purple hue with black charry fruit and toasty oak on the palate. Lots of fleshy purple plum and black liquorice aromas and flavours on this robust, smooth French red wine. Pair with hard cheeses such as cheddar, and grilled pork chops. Food pairings: rare prime rib, gourmet burgers, roast chicken. Drink: 2017 - 2020 286344 14.5% D 750 mL $18.95 Score: 88/100. May 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-Du-Pape 2014, Rhône A.C., France: A spectacularly rich, complex and deep southern French red wine blend with aromas of cassis liqueur, blackberry preserves and dark spice. Pair with roast beef. Châteauneuf-Du-Pape food pairings: rare prime rib, gourmet burgers, roast chicken. Drink: 2017 - 2028 711317 14.5% D 750 mL $89.95 Score: 95/100. May 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine De La Colline St-Jean Vacqueyras 2014, Rhône A.P., France: Medicinal cherry on the nose of this robust French red wine. Mouth-coating with loads of body and texture. A rich, deep southern French red wine with cherry liquor and cassis notes. Pair with hearty meat dishes. Food pairings: lamb cutlets, marinated pepper steaks, Muscovy duck, grilled bison strip steaks. Drink: 2017 - 2022 38661 14% XD 750 mL $26.95 Score: 90/100. May 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Peyros Vieilles Vignes 2012, Madiran A.C., France: Pitch black in hue, aroma and flavour both on the nose and palate. Full-on southern French red wine. On the nose and palate, tar, smoke and black fruit. Full-bodied, rustic and raring to go. Pair with grilled meats. The southern French red wine is a blend of 80% Tannat and 20% Cabernet Franc grapes. Made from grapes grown on vines that are 40 years old +. Pair with rare meats. Food pairings: roast veal, wild boar tenderloin venison stew.. Drink: 2017 - 2021 234997 14.5% D 750 mL $18.95 Score: 90/100. May 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Kilikanoon Blocks Road Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Clare Valley, South Australia, Australia: Dependably delicious year after year: a go-to wine for those who love robust, juicy Australian shiraz. Mouth-watering layers of lush blackberry and dark plum aromas. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: pizza, pasta, rare steaks, pork tenderloin, hard cheese. Drink: 2017 - 2019 926790 14.5% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 90/100. May 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Serafino Shiraz 2013, Mclaren Vale, South Australia, Australia: Wowers! Honkin big but still balanced. Packed with fleshy black fruit flavour and haunting smoky character. Coffee-smoke and espresso on the nose from oak aging followed by chary black fruit on the palate. Full-bodied with good acidity. Shiraz food pairings: espresso and cocoa-rubbed flank steak, lamb cutlets, burgers with blue cheese, grilled pork chops. Drink: 2016 - 2022 407718 14% XD 750 mL $35.95 Score: 93/100. May 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rodney Strong Merlot 2013, Sonoma County, California, United States: Comfy like your favourite pair of jeans. Dependable and fits just right for the evening. Smooth, jazz wine: don't think, just drink. Dark plums, some toast. Merlot food pairings: rack of BBQ ribs, veal Porterhouse, grilled lamb, pepper steak, lentil dishes. Merlot food pairings: rack of BBQ ribs, veal Porterhouse, grilled lamb, pepper steak, lentil dishes. Drink: 2017 - 2020 497933 14.5% XD 750 mL $23.95 Score: 88/100. May 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ca' Momi Zinfandel 2015, Napa Valley, California, United States: Sweet chocolate, mocha, coffee and espresso from oak aging on the nose of this robust Zin. Juicy and full-bodied with smooth, supple layers of fleshy black plums. This wine was aged in American oak barrels. Pair with a pepper steak. Zinfandel food pairings: grilled duck breast, aged cheddar, hearty meat meals, spaghetti Bolognaise. Drink: 2017 - 2020 396168 13.5% D 750 mL $24.95 Score: 91/100. May 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Espino Single Vineyard Gran Cuvée Carmenère 2012, Maipo Valley, Pirque, Chile: Cedar-rich with woodland scents on this robust Chilean red wine. The vines grow in ancient riverbed soils which yields a spicy character in the wine. Chablis’ own William Fèvre is another wine icon who recognized Chile’s potential to become a world player. In 1992, he established Viña William Fèvre with both French and Chilean partners. The Carmenère grape, originally from Bordeaux, is thriving in Chile. The country’s warm, sunny valleys allow the grape to realize its full potential, making generous and complex wines like this one. My note: Terrific value for this full-bodied wine with aromas of ripe plums. Carmenère food pairings: steak, roast beef, pork shish kebabs. Drink: 2015 - 2019 59337 13.4% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 88/100. May 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tessellae Old Vines Grenache Syrah Mourvèdre 2014, Côtes Du Roussillon, Midi A.P., France: Loads of fleshy black and purple plums on the nose and palate with cracked black pepper on the finish. Staggeringly great for the price. The 2014 vintage of Tessellae Old Vines Cotes du Roussillon is fresh and intriguing on the nose with fleshy purple plums, black fruit and some toast. Perfect for grilled meats. Finishes with pepper and dark spice. Highly recommended Grenache Syrah Mourvèdre food pairings: juicy, rare steak, barbecued ribs in sauce, hamburger, hard cheese. Drink: 2016 - 2019 343517 14% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 92/100. May 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Masi Brolo Campofiorin Oro 2012, Veneto I.G.T., Italy: Smooth, full-bodied and lovely with mocha and dark fruit goodness. Gorgeous replays of black plum and cherry across the palate. Finishes with a touch spice and espresso. Highly recommended. Dark berries on the nose with vanilla spice and baked fruit on the finish. Pair with roasted meats. Food pairings: grilled lamb, pepper steak, spaghetti carbonara. Drink: 2014 - 2019 976092 14% XD 750 mL $26.95 Score: 92/100. May 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Remo Farina Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico 2013, Veneto D.O.C.G., Italy: A robust Italian red wine with fleshy black fruit and smoke. A full-bodied Amarone that is a traditional blend of Corvina, Rondinella and Moinara grapes primarily, among lesser amounts of other varieties. After drying the grapes in the traditional drying rooms for about 4 months, this wine is aged a long time in Slovenian oak barrels. A big wine to pair with pasta in meat or tomato-based sauces. Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico food pairings: leg of lamb, cheese, venison stew, hearty lasagne. Drink: 2016 - 2020 995910 14.5% D 750 mL $39.95 Score: 93/100. May 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Viña Tarapacá Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Maipo Valley, Chile: Terrific bold red wine from Chile's Maipo Valley. This wine is made from diverse blocks of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes within the Maipo Valley. The wine was aged for 12 months in French oak barrels. A savoury and juicy Chilean cabernet sauvignon with aromas of fleshy black plums and blackberries. A full-bodied red wine that's smooth and eminently gulpable. Dark red in the glass, mouth-filling in the palate. Finishes with smoke and spice. Great depth and length in the glass and on the palate. Polished tannins and a good finish. Great with pizza or gourmet hamburgers. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: pizza, pasta, rare steaks, pork tenderloin, hard cheese. Drink: 2016 - 2019 18721 14% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 91/100. May 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Conde de Valdemar Reserva Tempranillo 2009, Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain: A juicy, delicious Rioja red wine with attractive aromas of fleshy black fruit. Love the layering and complexity on this wine as well as the long finish. Pair with lamb and rosemary. Firm and persistent tannins on the palate with ripe blackberries and spices. This Spanish red wine was aged for 20 months in French and American oak barrels. This is a red wine blend of 90% Tempranillo, 5% Mazuelo and 5% Graciano grapes. Polished, nice finish. Finishes with vanilla spice and leather. Decant 2 hours. Pair with mushroom risotto. Tempranillo food pairings: herbed steaks, Portobello mushroom, chili, grilled lamb steaks, pan-seared venison.. Drink: 2016 - 2020 947309 13.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 91/100. May 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Chateau Le Caillou 2010, Pomerol, Bordeaux A.C., France: This Bordeaux Meritage offers black pepper and smoke on the nose followed by jubilantly juicy blackberries and black cherry. This is a Left Bank Bordeaux red wine blend of mostly Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes. The 2010 vintage was a spectacular one for this region and this wine will age for several years. Pair this full-bodied Bordeaux with a juicy steak. Food pairings: veal tenderloin, meat topped pizza, cheese fondue, seafood risotto, roast pork tenderloin. Drink: 2017 - 2024 45682 14% D 750 mL $56.95 Score: 93/100. May 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Allegrini Palazzo Della Torre 2013, Veneto I.G.T., Italy: Aromas of coffee and espresso nose, with black fruit and smoke on the palate of this robust Italian red. Smooth and mouth-filling with black fruit and smoke on a long finish. Decant 2 hours and enjoy with meat lovers' pizza. Food pairings: pizza with meat, pork tenderloin, rare beef steaks. Drink: 2016 - 2018 672931 14% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 91/100. May 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tomaresca Trentangeli Trentangeli 2014, Puglia D.O.C., Italy: Loaded with black fruit, dark spice and meaty notes. This full-bodied southern Italian red wine was oak aged and is a great wine for the cellar. Pair with prime rib. Trentangeli food pairings: grilled pork sausage, hard cheeses, veal chops, meat lover's pizza. Drink: 2016 - 2022 435529 14.5% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. May 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Michael David Petite Petit 2014, Lodi, California, United States: Black and purple plum aromas wrapped in lots of toasty oak. Full-bodied and smooth with fleshy sweet blackberries on the palate and finish. Pair with grilled meats. Food pairings: hearty meat dishes. Drink: 2015 - 2019 213017 14.5% XD 750 mL $26.95 Score: 89/100. May 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Palliser Pencarrow Pinot Noir 2015, Martinborough, North Island, New Zealand: A stunningly rich and flavourful cool-climate Pinot Noir. Savory dark cherries and blackberries on the nose. Incredibly juicy and mouth-watering with a gorgeous medium- to full-bodied weight. Nice long finish. Drink: 2015 - 2022 692301 14.5% XD 750 mL $25.95 Score: 92/100. May 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Franciscan Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Napa Valley, California, United States: A full-bodied Californian Cabernet with a long life ahead of it. Give this one some more cellar time, then decant 1-2 hours when you open it. Aromas of black fruit, violets, cigar box and smoke. Pair with prime rib. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: rare prime rib, gourmet burgers, roast chicken. Drink: 2015 - 2022 39388 13.5% D 750 mL $29.95 Score: 92/100. May 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

L.A. Cetto Private Reserve Nebbiolo 2012, Guadalupe Valley, Baja California, Mexico, Mexico: After Italian producers, this Mexican winery is the world’s largest producer of wines made from the Nebbiolo grape. A mouthful of ripe berry and black fruit rewards drinkers of this supple, robust wine. Incredible concentration and depth. Pair with grilled meats. Incredibly great price for such quality and taste. Nebbiolo food pairings: hearty meats, pasta in tomato sauce, cheddar cheese, risotto with mushrooms, beef braised in Barolo. Drink: 2017 - 2022 590182 13.9% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 87/100. May 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Gruaud Larose Grand Cru Classé 2012, Saint-Julien, Bordeaux, France: A spectacular Bordeaux red wine blend from a superb vintage. This baby needs serious cellar time, then decant 1-2 hours and pair with a rare steak. On the nose band-aid, smoke, black fruit, toasty oak. Full-bodied, complex, beautifully structured with infinite length on the finish. Drink: 2018 - 2030 940270 13.5% XD 750 mL $190.00 Score: 98/100. May 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Edmeades Zinfandel 2013, Mendocino County, California, United States: Terrific wine! Juicy purple plums and brambleberries. Lovely juiciness and supple layers. Zinfandel food pairings: pork tenderloin en croute served with Honeycrisp apple sauce. Drink: 2015 - 2020 105924 15% XD 750 mL $23.95 Score: 90/100. May 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Santa Carolina Gran Reserva Petit Verdot 2013, Rapel Valley, Chile: An attractive red wine made from an obscure red grape that's often part of Bordeaux blends to add colour and heft. Aromas of dark fruit and a savoury mid-palate note. A good grip on the palate, so decant 1 hour. You can't beat the price for the quality. Curious about Petit Verdot as a grape and wine? No better way to understand it than to try it as a stand-alone wine like this one rather than in a blend. Try it with meat lasagne. Petit Verdot food pairings: three cheese pizza, pasta and rich tomatoe sauce, pork sausage cassoulet. Drink: 2015 - 2019 7484 14.5% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 88/100. May 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Wakefield Merlot 2015, Clare Valley, South Australia, Australia: Juicy and fleshy with purple and black plum aromas on this vibrant Australian red wine, with lots of mouth-watering acidity for food. Although the Merlot grape is grown in many regions around the world, the signature here in the glass is definitely Australian. Smooth and full-bodied. Terrific price! Attractive smoke and dark fruit on the finish. Perfect for pizza! Merlot food pairings: grilled steak, pan-roasted beef filet and rösti potatoes, cheeseburgers, bitter-sweet chocolate, turkey. Drink: 2017 - 2020 683201 14% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 90/100. May 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Penny's Hill Cracking Black Shiraz 2014, Mclaren Vale, South Australia, Australia: Smoky, black and brooding with chary dark fruit and toasty oak. Full-bodied with smoke. Pair with prime rib. Shiraz food pairings: lamb cutlets, marinated pepper steaks, Muscovy duck, grilled bison strip steaks. Drink: 2017 - 2020 396473 14.5% D 750 mL $22.95 Score: 91/100. May 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Pask Gimblett Gravels Cabernet Merlot Malbec 2013, Gimblett Gravels, Hawkes Bay, North Island, New Zealand: Savoury and juicy with ripe black plum flavours. A full-bodied pleasant red wine blend of Cabernet, Merlot and unusually for New Zealand, Malbec. Offers attractive aromas of dark fruit and smoke. Nicely balanced. Pair with grilled pork chops. Cabernet Merlot Malbec food pairings: T-bone steak on the grill, stuffed flank steak, gourmet hamburgers. Drink: 2017 - 2020 279869 13.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 88/100. May 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Clos Du Bois Sonoma Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California, United States: Savoury, dark and brooding with luscious layers of flavour. Classic Sonoma cool climate character. This robust Californian cabernet has that classic signature of black fruit, smoke and toasty oak all wrapped into a supremely satisfying package. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: prime rib, grilled pork, chicken. Drink: 2017 - 2020 54080 14.5% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 92/100. May 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Brazin (B)Old Vine Zinfandel 2014, Lodi, California, United States: A blockbuster California Zin: smoky, juicy and rockin with black fruit flavour. Yes please! A terrific, full-bodied Californian Zinfandel with classic aromas of black and purple plums wrapped in smoke. Pair with grilled meats. Zinfandel food pairings: lasagne, barbecued lamb loin, grilled duck breast, Italian sausage burgers. Drink: 2017 - 2022 256750 14.5% D 750 mL $21.95 Score: 92/100. May 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Corte Pavone Brunello Di Montalcino 2010, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: This is an organic wine made from the classic Sangiovese grape. Dark and smoky. Pleasantly bitter black fruit on the nose mingles with wild violets and tar. Consistently good, vintage after vintage and 2010 was a strong one. This wine is unfiltered, which gives it lots of character and stuffing, and almost a dark, feral nature. Decant for 2 hours, pair with osso buco, and put on some Italian baroque music. Brunello Di Montalcino food pairings: ravioli, autumn hodge-podge, chilli, bastilles, onion dip. Drink: 2017 - 2028 237263 15% XD 750 mL $55.95 Score: 94/100. May 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Errazuriz Pinot Noir 2015, Aconcagua Coast, Chile: A gorgeous, generously flavoured and textured Chilean red wine made from the classic Pinot Noir grape. Errazuriz produces wines of stunning complexity and value. This is no exception. Aromas of black cherry and spice. Pair with veal or lamb. Pinot Noir food pairings: roast leg of lamb, veal Porterhouse steak, lamburgers. Drink: 2017 - 2022 541151 13.5% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 95/100. May 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Palacios Remondo La Vendimia 2015, Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain: A solid effort from the 2015 vintage with concentrated, dark intense flavours. Supple with rich layering. Aromas of savoury cedar and fleshy purple and black plums. Like Zinfandel but more savoury. Full-bodied and smooth. Pair with BBQ meats. Food pairings: leg of lamb, cheese, venison stew, hearty lasagne. Drink: 2017 - 2020 674564 14.5% D 750 mL $16.95 Score: 90/100. May 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Fontenelles Cuvée Renaissance Corbières 2013, Midi A.P., France: A full-bodied red wine featuring fleshy ripe black cherry aromas on the nose wrapped in mocha and dark chocolate. Smooth. Previous vintages of this wine have won the Gold Medal at the Concours des Grands Vins du Languedoc-Roussillon. There are attractive notes of spice and coffee on the finish. This wine is a blend of 55% Syrah along with Grenache, Carignan and Mourvèdre grapes from old vines. Pair with a pepper steak. Food pairings: braised meat dishes, blackened peppercorn steaks, char-grilled burgers. Drink: 2017 - 2022 148692 13% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. May 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ridge Vineyards Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Monte Bello Vineyard, Santa Cruz Mountains, California, United States: The 2012 vintage of the Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon has seductive aromas and flavours of black plum, cassis, blackberry, violets and smoke. Pair with grilled pork chops. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: pork roast, slow-cooked pork shanks and cannellini beans. Drink: 2017 - 2022 89284 13.7% XD 750 mL $86.95 Score: 93/100. May 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

J. Lohr Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Paso Robles, California, United States: Attractive aromas of chocolate, toasty oak and smoke on the nose of this red wine with a firm grip on the palate. Nice balance in this Californian Cabernet. The 2013 vintage was a strong one in this Californian of Paso Robles, a warm region. Lots of blackberry and mocha and dark chocolate notes on the finish. Smooth and full-bodied. Pair with a rare steak. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: hearty meat dishes with autumn veggies, rib eye steak on the barbie, meat lover's pizza. Drink: 2017 - 2020 686584 14.9% D 750 mL $47.95 Score: 91/100. May 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cannonball Angels & Cowboys Proprietary 2014, Sonoma County, California, United States: A robust Californian red wine blend with aromas of black fruit and smoke. Pair with grilled meats. Food pairings: rare ribeye, lamb tangine, pork chops smothered in wild mushroom and wine sauce. Drink: 2017 - 2022 495333 14.5% XD 750 mL $34.95 Score: 90/100. May 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rodney Strong Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Knights Valley, Sonoma County, California, United States: Great structure through the mid-palate with a long finish. Classic styling on this Californian Cabernet. A towering, blockbuster Californian Cabernet with aromas of cassis, blackcurrant and plum. Finishes with dark spice and blackberry. Pair with rare cuts of meat. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: hearty meat dish, chicken, braised lamb. Drink: 2017 - 2022 456723 14.5% XD 750 mL $39.95 Score: 92/100. May 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château De Panigon 2013, Médoc, Bordeaux, France: Lovely red floral, red berry nose on this bargain-priced Bordeaux. This is a traditional blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes. Satin liquid and medium-bodied on the palate. Incredibly great value and quality. Long finish that's perfect with a variety of chicken and pork dishes. Decant 1-2 hours to soften the tannins. Stock up. Food pairings: roast pork tenderloin, chicken, meat topped pizza, cheese fondue, fajitas. Drink: 2017 - 2020 230367 13% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 89/100. May 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Chateau Olivier 2011, Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France: Produced by Maison Sichel, this is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc grapes and was aged in oak. The 2011 was a tough one, and it shows in this wine as it's a bit reduced on the nose and not that expressive. Drink: 2014 - 2018 373878 13.5% XD 750 mL $45.00 Score: 88/100. May 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Alceño 12 Meses Monastrell 2011, Jumilla D.O., Spain: Terrific for the price: full-bodied, smooth and supple. Aromas of black toasted fruit, smoky oak from generous oak aging. Pair with pepperoni pizza. Monastrell food pairings: veal, pizza, rare steak. Drink: 2013 - 2018 398925 14% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 87/100. May 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Grand Vin De Glenelly 2010, Stellenbosch W.O., South Africa: Chocolate and mocha from oak aging. Savoury and juicy. The woodsy, cedar brush, wild berry notes on the nose. Full-bodied with lots of layers and terrific complexity. Pair with rare steak. Food pairings: grilled steak, pan-roasted beef filet and rösti potatoes, cheeseburgers, turkey. Drink: 2017 - 2020 360339 14.5% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. May 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rosés

Errazuriz Rosé 2016, Central Valley, Chile: A vibrant Chilean Rosé that's a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Syrah grapes. Aromas of strawberries and ripe raspberries. Medium-bodied, juicy and smooth. The grapes were de-stemmed and the wine was fermented in stainless steel tanks for freshness. Only 420 cases produced. Pair with planked salmon. Rosé food pairings: poached pink salmon, pork tacos, veal Porterhouse, spring greens salad. Drink: 2016 - 2018 492934 12% D 750 mL $13.95 Score: 89/100. May 2017. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château D'aquéria Tavel 2016, Rhône A.P., France: One of the best French roses to hit the liquor store every year, consistently great. Gorgeous and richly complex with fleshy ripe field strawberries. Full-bodied for rose yet perfectly balanced. Pair with planked salmon. So lovely. Food pairings: lox and capers, grilled salmon steak, shellfish, fresh fruit, veggies, pasta primavera. Drink: 2016 - 2019 319368 14% D 750 mL $21.95 Score: 92/100. May 2017. Top Rated Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Des Carteresses Tavel Rosé 2016, Rhône A.C., France: Field fresh raspberries greet you on the nose followed by some watermelon and red grapefruit. This is truly liquid refreshment, with a lovely sunset thrown into the glass as extra. This is a wide-ranging and all-embracing rose that will please many people, but especially you. Rosé food pairings: lox and capers, grilled salmon steak, grilled Ahi tuna. Drink: 2017 - 2019 739474 13% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 92/100. May 2017. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Saint Aix Rosé 2016, Coteaux D'aix-En-Provence, Provence A.P., France: Such a lovely, delicate rose with fleeting notes of small, fresh, wild strawberries that run riot in an open field by a small stream. Medium-bodied and so fresh. Perfect as a mouth-watering aperitif or as a companion to seafood. Rosé food pairings: roast turkey, roast ham studded with cloves roasted in orange sauce, pork sausage casserole. Drink: 2017 - 2019 490904 13% XD 1500 mL $45.95 Score: 91/100. May 2017. Top Rated Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Muga Rosé 2016, Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain: Love this pretty, floral, vibrant Spanish rose from the heart of Rioja. Meant to be enjoyed in its youth. Robust dry Spanish rosé from one of the country's best-known producers. Aromas of tart strawberries and other red berries and some spice. Pair with roast chicken. This aromatic, fragrant rosé finishes with rose petal and spice. Pair with picnics, salmon and Thai dishes. Natalie MacLean rated this wine as 89/100. Rosé food pairings: endive and ham in Moray (white) sauce, chicken a la king, tagliatelle with ham. Drink: 2016 - 2018 603795 13.5% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 90/100. May 2017. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Fielding Estate Rosé 2016, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Light and pretty with rose petal notes on the nose and palate. Pink grapefruit and vibrant tart cherry notes. Come alive palate, wake up you over there sleeping on the dock. Pair with grilled seafood. Rosé food pairings: veal chops in creamy white wine sauce, veal schnitzel, Osso Buco, veal liver and olives in rose sauce. Drink: 2016 - 2018 53421 12.3% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 88/100. May 2017. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sparkling Wine

Duval-Leroy Prestige Premier Cru Brut Rosé Champagne, Champagne A.C., France: A solid Champagne with classic toastiness on the nose and palate. Long finish that is refreshing and crisp. Pair with shellfish. Rosé Champagne food pairings: shellfish hotpot, oysters on the half shell, lime and panko crusted seafood bites. Drink: 2017 - 2020 483107 12% XD 750 mL $70.95 Score: 91/100. May 2017. Top Rated Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

Jermann Pinot Grigio 2015, Venezia Giulia I.G.T., Italy: Probably one of the most expensive Italian Pinot Grigios on the market, and definitely one of the best. Racy acidity on the palate with lime freshness and lemon lift. Robust with more complexity than most Italian Pinot Grigios, which you'd expect. Pair with grilled fish. Pinot Grigio food pairings: oysters on the half-shell, frittata, Dungeness crab, grilled lake fish. Drink: 2017 - 2019 117093 12.5% XD 750 mL $34.95 Score: 92/100. May 2017. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Dirler-Cadé Lieu-Dit Schimberg Pinot Gris 2013, Alsace A.C., France: A terrific Italian white wine made from the iconic Pinot Grigio grape. Consistently excellent vintage after vintage. Aromas of lime zest and white peach. Pair with seafood. Pinot Gris food pairings: cold turkey sandwiches, roast lemon chicken, soft cheeses with peach, apricot compote. Drink: 2017 - 2018 485250 13% XD 750 mL $33.95 Score: 91/100. May 2017. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Marchand Tawse Meursault 2014, Burgundy A.C., France: This Burgundian white wine is absolutely sublime! Toasted almond and hazelnut, green apple brightness, layered complexity. This Old World Chardonnay hits you with all its charm and grace, and you wonder where the first glass went. Full-bodied but elegantly balanced. Want to taste "finesse"? Start here. Very versatile: pairs well with both confessions and unapologetic celebrations. Food pairings: black bean Asian dishes, lobster with melted butter, pork tenderloin, planked salmon. Drink: 2017 - 2026 285866 13% XD 750 mL $65.95 Score: 91/100. May 2017. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Du Tariquet Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Côtes De Gascogne, Midi I.G.P., France: Pure lemon zest and sunshine in this French white wine from the Loire Valley made from the Sauvignon Blanc grape. Smokey finish. Medium-bodied. Pair with sushi. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: fresh fish dishes, roast lemon chicken, veal scaloppini. Drink: 2016 - 2018 484139 12% D 750 mL $13.95 Score: 88/100. May 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Konzelmann Late Harvest Gewürztraminer 2014, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: This walks the fine line for dessert wine... honeyed essence. Beautifully concentrated apricot elixir with lychee and rose petal. Got Asian spice or heat or something sweet? This is your wine. Gewürztraminer food pairings: lighter-flavoured sea-food dishes, Asian dishes, pork tenderloin, curried rice. Drink: 2015 - 2022 392357 13% M 750 mL $15.95 Score: 89/100. May 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Seifried Estate Old Coach Road Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Nelson, South Island, New Zealand: A terrific, zesty New Zealand white wine made from the country's most iconic grape, Sauvignon Blanc. The aromas of gooseberry, lime citrus and lemongrass almost jump out of the glass. Terrific freshness through the mid-palate and finish. Old Coach was named after the historic route of the mail run through the Moutere Hills of Nelson used in the 1850s. The winery first planted grapes in 1973, and is still family-owned and run by Hermann Seifried. Pair this zesty wine with fresh seafood, salads and vegetarian dishes. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: cold chicken sandwiches, steamed mussels, seafood bites. Drink: 2015 - 2018 483495 13% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 93/100. May 2017. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Inniskillin Reserve Riesling 2014, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: So juicy and mouth-watering, my mouth waters just smelling this wine. So vibrant. Terrific notes of white field flowers and a faint whiff of honey, with some orange peel. Good crisp refreshment. Medium-bodied. Riesling food pairings: shellfish, salads, salmon, pate, chicken, pork, quiche. Drink: 2015 - 2022 34025 12% D 750 mL $18.95 Score: 91/100. May 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Chateau Olivier 2011, Pessac Leognan, Bordeaux, France: Produced by Maison Sichel, this is a blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon grapes and was aged in oak. The 2011 was a tough one, but this is fabulous! Gorgeous hazelnut and smoke on the nose with lemongrass. Good acidity for seafood. Drink: 2014 - 2021 454348 13% XD 750 mL $64.95 Score: 94/100. May 2017. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cave Spring Csv Riesling 2015, Beamsville Bench, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Hands down: Cave Spring is the Riesling Master of Niagara. Gorgeous Riesling from Niagara. Petrol, wet stone love. Racy acidity for seafood and anything that pleases your palate. Riesling food pairings: roast chicken, grilled chicken with lemongrass stalk, spicy pasta dishes, turkey. Drink: 2016 - 2025 566026 11.5% D 750 mL $29.95 Score: 92/100. May 2017. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Parker Coonawarra Estate Chardonnay 2015, South Australia, Australia: An elegant cool-climate Australian Chardonnay from the Coonawarra region, that is nonetheless full-bodied. Mouth-watering Australian chardonnay with notes of yellow and green apple. Great structure. Pair with grilled chicken. Chardonnay food pairings: smoked whitefish on baguette, avocado and smoked salmon salad. Drink: 2016 - 2019 447029 13.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. May 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Salomon Undhof Groovey Grüner Veltliner 2016, Kremstal, Austria: Consistently clean, fresh and vibrant: this Austrian white wine made from the country's iconic Gruner Veltliner grape offers tremendous value. Limes and white grapefruit head to the finish line to create an exciting sense of vibrancy and refreshment. No oak. Try it with clams or mussels. Grüner Veltliner food pairings: seafood dishes, chicken, avocado green curry with cilantro and lime. Drink: 2016 - 2019 669606 12% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 89/100. May 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Jardin Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2015, Stellenbosch W.O., South Africa: This wine is called Jordan in South Africa, however since there is a Californian winery by that name, it goes by Jardin outside the country. Husband and wife team Gary and Kathy Jordan own and operate this winery. Generous toasty oak and golden apple on the nose and palate of this robust Chardonnay. Good balancing acidity. Pair with roast chicken. Love it! Big, generous Chardonnay with mouth-watering zip! Gorgeous aromas of green apple, butter and hazelnut yet there’s also a zingy lime finish to clean up after the richness. Make your tongue happy. Chardonnay food pairings: crab cakes, seafood in a rich cream sauce. Drink: 2017 - 2020 663336 13.5% XD 750 mL $21.95 Score: 88/100. May 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Treana Chardonnay 2014, Paso Robles, California, United States: Big butterscotch and sweet toffee aromas and flavours from generous oak aging on this robust Californian Chardonnay. Luscious and rich. Pair with roast chicken. Chardonnay food pairings: cheese, shellfish, Caesar salad, roast duck, turkey pot pie. Drink: 2014 - 2018 481523 14.5% D 750 mL $29.95 Score: 89/100. May 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Saint Clair Pioneer Block 20 Cash Block Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Wairau Valley, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: A grassy, herbal New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc with lots of acidity for shellfish. Medium-bodied with no oak. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: shellfish, Caesar salad, crispy calamari, crab cakes. Drink: 2015 - 2017 483065 13% XD 750 mL $32.95 Score: 89/100. May 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tom Gore Vineyards Chardonnay 2014, Sonoma County, California, United States: Lovely balance, refreshment and richness in this Californian Chardonnay. Aromas of peach, green apple and vanilla spice. Beautifully balanced, rich and round. Pair with roast chicken or turkey. Chardonnay food pairings: roast chicken, turkey tetrazzini, roast lemon duck.. Drink: 2015 - 2019 458810 13.5% MD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. May 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sergio Zenato Riserva Lugana 2014, Veneto D.O.C., Italy: An exotic and delicious Italian white wine, with mouth-filling texture and some toasty oak. Lemon lanolin richness. Round and mouth-filling, almost waxy in a good way. Baked bread on the finish wrapping themselves around yellow apples. Will cellar, but why wait? Try it tonight with seafood or pasta in cream sauce. Food pairings: fresh fish dishes, roast chicken, veal scaloppini. Drink: 2017 - 2020 928218 13.5% D 750 mL $34.95 Score: 88/100. May 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: Fresh and captivating with nervy acidity for shellfish. The name of this winery, Greywacke, is actually pronounced Greywacky. Kevin Judd produces this signature New Zealand Sauvignon Blanch with classic herbal aromas, fresh cut grass and asparagus with mouth-watering juiciness. Such a food friendly wine. Zesty, crisp, clean and medium-bodied. Ultra-refreshing as an aperitif or companion to line-caught halibut. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: cheese, shellfish, Caesar salad, corned beef and cabbage, turkey pot pie. Drink: 2015 - 2018 164228 13.5% D 750 mL $25.95 Score: 91/100. May 2017. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Nautilus Estate Wines Chardonnay 2015, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: Butterscotch and toasty oak with attractive golden apple and pear. Buttery and full-bodied and delicious. Finishes with toasty oak and smoke. Pair with grilled chicken. Chardonnay food pairings: steamed mussels, pork tenderloin, toasted ravioli served with Alfredo sauce, chicken cordon bleu.. Drink: 2017 - 2020 331652 14% XD 750 mL $27.95 Score: 90/100. May 2017. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château des Charmes St. David's Bench Vineyard Chardonnay 2014, St. David's Bench, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Butterscotch, toasty oak and green apple vibrancy. Waiting for roast chicken or turkey. Chardonnay food pairings: roast chicken, turkey tetrazzini, roast lemon duck. Drink: 2017 - 2018 430991 14% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 87/100. May 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


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