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Vintages Release May 27, 2017

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Dessert Wine

Williams & Humbert Walnut Brown Sherry, Jerez D.O., Spain: A lovely oloroso sherry that's not as sweet as a cream cherry; rather it has a terrific dark nutty, black toffee goodness (thus Walnut Brown). Try this sometime instead of tawny port with hard cheeses, toasted nuts or crème brûlée. Sherry food pairings: spice cake, crème brûlée, fruit-based desserts, pastries, fresh field berries in cream. Drink: 2017 - 2021 437467 19.5% MS 750 mL $13.95 Score: 88/100. May 2017. Best Value Dessert Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Red Wine

Château Haut-Monplaisir Malbec 2014, Cahors, Southwest A.C., France: A big, black (friendly) monster of a red wine from southern France. Black fruit and toasty oak with a tarry finish. Needs a big slab of steak beside it. Malbec food pairings: breaded veal cutlets, duck breast with celeriac purée, pomegranate gastrique and Brussels sprout ragout, tagliatelle alla Bolognese, chicken herb-rubbed roast. Drink: 2017 - 2021 673590 14% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 88/100. May 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

La Jota Howell Mountain Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Napa Valley, California, United States: Mocha and dark chocolate with big black plums. Full-bodied and supple. Try it with pepper steak Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: pepper steak, rack of lamb, pork shoulder steak. Drink: 2017 - 2023 659755 14% XD 750 mL $110.95 Score: 92/100. May 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tbilvino Alazani 2015, Kakheti, Georgia: The perfect wine to pair with dark chocolate! This Georgian red wine is a blend of the red grape Saperavi and the white grape Rkatsiteli. Although this red has a touch of sweetness, it’s balanced beautifully by the ripe red berry fruit and spices. Lovely notes of blackberries and plums. Food pairings: turkey and cranberry sauce, pork with a fruit reduction, fresh fruit tarts. Drink: 2017 - 2020 142109 11.5% M 750 mL $14.95 Score: 87/100. May 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

La Ferme Du Mont Côtes Jugunda Gigondas 2015, Rhône A.P., France: Charred black fruit, oak, smoke, tar and graphite on the nose of this huge French red wine. Intensely concentrated: a full-on palate whacker. This full-bodied red wine is made from grapes grown on 60-year-old vines in a 5-acre vineyard with soils of decomposed limestone over red clay. Aromas of black fruit, cedar brush and smoke with a long finish. Classic. Stéphane Vedeau is winemaker. Food pairings: roasted pork loin, roast turkey, roasted and braised lamb. Drink: 2017 - 2024 354118 14% XD 750 mL $32.95 Score: 90/100. May 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Du Vieux Lazaret Châteauneuf-Du-Pape 2013, Rhône A.C., France: Spicy with black fruit and cedar forest notes on this southern French red wine blend. Many layers of voluptuous, full-bodied pleasure on the palate with fleshy dark fruit flavours. Smooth with a long finish. A wonderful way to spend an evening of conversation and sipping. Pair with roast beef. Châteauneuf-Du-Pape food pairings: grilled venison steak, braised elk ribs, rabbit stew with herb dumplings. Drink: 2017 - 2020 983650 14.5% XD 750 mL $39.95 Score: 92/100. May 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Nielson By Byron Pinot Noir 2014, Santa Barbara County, California, United States: A silky, medium-bodied Californian Pinot Noir has sweet cherry fruit and spice on the nose and palate. Pair with roast chicken or turkey. Pinot Noir food pairings: seared duck breast, roast pork loin, Cornish game hen, beef bourguignon. Drink: 2015 - 2020 438523 13.5% XD 750 mL $23.95 Score: 89/100. May 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cederberg Shiraz 2015, Cederberg W.O., South Africa: Dark chocolate, smoke and bacon on the nose and palate. Savoury, hearty and robust great: this gloriously rich and concentrated South African Shiraz shows just how magnificently the country handles this varietal. The vines are planted at high altitudes. Finishes with wild violets and longing. Shiraz food pairings: meat lover's pizza, prime rib, roast quail. Drink: 2017 - 2023 374199 14.5% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 91/100. May 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cono Sur Single Vineyard El Recurso Block 18 Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Maipo Valley, Chile: A full-bodied Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon that offers excellent value for this price. Rich and robust with dark fruit flavours, the grapes grow in the El Recurso block of vines planted in alluvial soils which used to be the site of a river. Supple and polished. Pair with gourmet hamburgers. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: braised pork shanks, hard cheese, rosemary lamb, barbecued ribs in sauce. Drink: 2017 - 2020 439364 14% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. May 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Le casematte Peloro 2014, Terre Siciliane I.G.P., Italy: So stunningly delicious! Juicy and mouth-watering, and so on trend -- this is one of those volcanic wines. Aromas and flavours of dark red fruit and spice. Love it! Pair with game meats. This is a robust blend of 70% Nerello Mascalese and 30% Nocera grapes. Food pairings: beef ribs, turkey, roasted pork, lamb. Drink: 2017 - 2020 487991 13% XD 750 mL $22.95 Score: 94/100. May 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Fabre Montmayou Reserva Malbec 2014, Mendoza, Argentina: A juicy Argentine red wine with aromas of dark red fruit and spice. This powerful red wine features toasty oak. The grapes for this wine come from 40-year-old vines near the Lujan de Cuyo and Las Compuertas regions. Approximately, 40% of the wine is matured in French oak barrels for 1 year. Delightful! Malbec food pairings: game, lamb, spaghetti and meat balls, veal cutlets, osso buco, hard cheese. Drink: 2016 - 2021 261867 14% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 89/100. May 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Firestone Syrah 2013, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara County, California, United States: Deep, rich, complex and concentrated with velvet smooth layers of fleshy black plum. A lick of dark spice on the finish. Smoky and sexy. Pair with grilled meats. Syrah food pairings: beef ribs, roast beef with all the trimmings, roast leg of lamb. Drink: 2017 - 2023 458901 14.5% XD 750 mL $32.95 Score: 90/100. May 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Wakefield Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Clare Valley, South Australia, Australia: Juicy, full-bodied, rich and delicious on the palate. This robust red wine at a great price offers tremendous value and bang for your buck. Attractive aromas of mint and blackberry on the nose. It finishes nicely with black plum, espresso and cloves. Black in hue with aromas to match. Dark fruit, tar and smoky oak. Pair with juicy hamburgers. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: hearty meat dishes, hard cheese, juicy rare steak, barbecued ribs in sauce, hamburger. Drink: 2017 - 2020 744235 14% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. May 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Simi Landslide Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California, United States: Dark, rich, deep and intensely flavoured Californian Cabernet from a respected producer. Aromas of black fruit, toasty oak and some spice. Great balance with a long finish. Pair with roast beef. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: roast chicken paprika with onion and herb stuffing, onion pie, roast brasses chicken. Drink: 2017 - 2020 462721 14.4% D 750 mL $39.95 Score: 91/100. May 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

The Federalist Lodi Zinfandel 2014, Lodi, California, United States: A full-bodied, high-alcohol wine with delicious, lip-smacking flavours of black and purple plums. Pair with barbecued meats. Zinfandel food pairings: barbeque pork side ribs, slow-braised beef brisket in wine sauce, stuffed lamburgers with feta cheese. Drink: 2017 - 2022 498774 14.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. May 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Tour Bayard 2012, Montagne-Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux A.C., France: Lots of mouth-watering acidity on this full-bodied bargain-priced Bordeaux from the Right Bank of the region in Montagne-Saint-Émilion. Aromas of tart blackberry. Food pairings: roasted pork loin, prime rib, roast beef, turkey, roasted and braised lamb. Drink: 2017 - 2022 388348 13.5% D 750 mL $21.95 Score: 88/100. May 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

The Hess Collection Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, North Coast, California, United States: Sweet chocolate notes and black plums on the nose and palate of this full-bodied smooth Californian red wine made from Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. With the Mexican mole. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: Asian chicken salad, pork tenderloin, hodge-podge, grilled burgers. Drink: 2017 - 2021 25080 13.5% D 750 mL $24.95 Score: 88/100. May 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine De L'agly Latour De France Les Cimes 2013, Côtes Du Roussillon, Roussillon A.C., France: The 2013 vintage of the southern French red wine Côtes du Roussillon Villages Latour de France Les Cimes is a robust blend of 35% Syrah, 35% Grenache, 17% Mourvèdre and the remainder Carignan grapes. The wine is aged in oak barrels, of which a third is new. Then it's bottled without fining or filtration. Aromas of dark fruit, vanilla spice, anise and smoke. Pair with grilled meats. Food pairings: roasted pork loin, roast turkey, roasted and braised lamb. Drink: 2017 - 2024 480897 14% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 90/100. May 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Perrin Nature 2015, Côtes Du Rhône, Rhone A.C., France: Gorgeous black pepper, cedar brush and wild black cherry on the nose of this terrific southern French red wine. Perrin is one of the most respected producers in the Rhone Valley, and this is all the more impressive given this wine is organic. Amazingly great price for this quality. Pair with free range beef. Food pairings: grilled venison steak, bison burgers, rack of lamb. Drink: 2017 - 2020 948059 13.5% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 91/100. May 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Travaglini 2011, Gattinara, Piedmont D.O.C.G., Italy: If you like Barolo, try this one as it's also made from the Nebbiolo grape. This seductive, robust Italian red wine is still quite tannic with tarry black fruit and violets, so it needs cellar time. Decant 2 hours. Try it with a rack of lamb. Food pairings: beef, mushroom risotto, gorgonzola. Drink: 2017 - 202 713354 13.5% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 87/100. May 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Kistler Pinot Noir 2014, Sonoma Coast, California, United States: The 2014 vintage of Kistler's Pinot Noir from the cool Sonoma Coast is vibrant and lively, with a satin smooth texture and medium-bodied weight. Aromas of cherry. Pair with planked salmon. Pinot Noir food pairings: rack of lamb, rib eye steak, pork crown roast. Drink: 2017 - 2021 377259 13.8% D 750 mL $109.95 Score: 90/100. May 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Marqués de Cáceres Reserva 2011, Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain: Dusty, earthy and dry in the classical Spanish red way. Some aromas of dried fruit and smoke on the finish. Pair with lamb and rosemary. Food pairings: Greek marinated lamb ribs on the grill, rack of lamb, mushroom risotto. Drink: 2017 - 2020 702761 13.5% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 90/100. May 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Lunessence Winery & Vineyard Merlot 2015, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada: A superb BC Merlot: among the best I've tasted ... ever. Full-bodied, rich, complex and layered. Aromas of fleshy dark plums and cassis. Pair with grilled lamb. Soooo good! Drink: 2017 - 2025 15% D 750 mL $30.00 Score: 94/100. May 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Trapiche Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Mendoza, Argentina: Juicy, plush and mouth-wateringly delicious Argentine Cabernet! Wow on the value. Layers of fleshy dark fruit and smoke. Perfect for grilled meats. Drink: 2015 - 2019 614669 13.5% D 750 mL $12.45 Score: 89/100. May 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Bachelder La Petite Charmotte Nuits-Saint-Georges 2011, Burgundy A.C., France: Thomas Bachelder, former winemaker at Niagara's Le Clos Jordanne, is gaining an international reputation for his voluptuous style of pinot noirs that display Old World finesse and New World energy, like this one. Aromas of field berries and wild flowers. So pretty, smooth and luscious! Pair with seared tuna. Food pairings: veal stew with sautéed vegetables served with gnocchi, roasted pork loin with a glaze of herbs, cloves, and brown sugar, Tourtière, roast beef, turkey. Drink: 2014 - 2019 357228 13% XD 750 mL $49.95 Score: 92/100. May 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Blaignan Cru Bourgeois 2010, Médoc, Bordeaux A.C., France: Tannic with smoky black fruit and lots of oak. Full-bodied. Decant 2 hours and pair with a rare steak. Food pairings: rare prime rib, lamburgers, bison striploin. Drink: 2013 - 2020 416727 13.5% XD 750 mL $21.95 Score: 87/100. May 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Compañía Vinícola Del Norte De España Cune Rioja Crianza 2012, Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain: A rustic, tannic red wine with aromas of charred black fruit, toast, oak and smoke. Firm grip on the palate. Pair with hearty meat dishes. Food pairings: Greek marinated lamb ribs on the grill, souvlaki, spanokapita pie. Drink: 2014 - 2020 39925 14% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 87/100. May 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Buried Cane Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Columbia Valley, Washington, United States: Loads of sweet chocolate on the nose from generous oak aging. Fleshy sweet berries. Full-bodied. Pair with grilled meats. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: meat pizza, chicken herb-rubbed roast, hearty soups. Drink: 2016 - 2020 402081 13.8% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 87/100. May 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Trapiche Reserve Malbec 2015, Mendoza, Argentina: A tasty and full-bodied Argentine red wine made from the country's classic Malbec grape. The vines are planted between 750 and 1100 metres above sea level. Aromas of black fruit, pepper and toasty oak. Pair with grilled meats and Argentine asado (BBQ). Drink: 2015 - 2018 614651 14% D 750 mL $12.05 Score: 90/100. May 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Valpantena Torre Del Falasco Valpolicella Ripasso 2014, Veneto D.O.C., Italy: The Italian wine style Ripasso is a lighter version of Amarone also made in the northern Italian region of Veneto. Torre del Falasco offers dark fruit and spice. A spicy, full-bodied relatively smooth Italian red wine with lots of mouth-watering acidity on the palate. Aromas of tart cherry. Pair with a tangy tomato sauce. Valpolicella Ripasso food pairings: rich tomato sauce and pasta, vegetarian lasagna, fricassee rabbit. Drink: 2016 - 2020 642421 13.5% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 88/100. May 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Lagarde Colección de Viñedos Malbec 2013, Argentina, Argentina: A smoky, full-bodied Argentine Malbec with aromas of dark fruit and toasty oak. Pair with grilled meats. Malbec food pairings: grilled meats, bison burgers, Hungarian goulash. Drink: 2015 - 2019 482018 14.9% XD 750 mL $23.95 Score: 91/100. May 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Rahoul Meritage 2012, Graves, Bordeaux Ac, France: Only 200 cases of this wine will be released in Vintages this May so get it while you can. Superb depth, concentration and finish on this full-bodied, complex Bordeaux at a great price for this region. The 2012 vintage was superb. Fleshy black fruit wrapped and very large and mouth-filling on the palate, all gently wrapped in a toasty oak blanket. Long finish. The Cabernet Sauvignon (40%) vines are planted in gravel soils, while the Merlot (60%) vines are rooted in clay. Produced by Alain Thiénot, Proprietor. Give it another 5-10 years in the cellar. Great for dinner parties and hostess gifts. This wine still needs serious cellar time, and then decant 1-2 hours when you do open it... but wait. Meritage food pairings: prime rib, roast quail, roast duck. Drink: 2019 - 2025 226043 13.5% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 93/100. May 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Credaro Five Tales Shiraz 2014, Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia: A robust Australian red wine made from the country's iconic Shiraz grape grown in the winery's Summus, Cellar Door and Carbunup River Vineyards. Pair with gourmet hamburgers. Shiraz food pairings: kangaroo strip loin on the barbie, roast leg of venison, lamb chops smothered with roasted garlic and wild mushrooms. Drink: 2017 - 2020 491068 14.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 91/100. May 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Vivanco Selección De Familia Crianza 2012, Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain: This is an attractive, voluptuous Spanish red wine from the heart of the Rioja region. Aromas of dark berries, spice, vanilla smoke and plums. Polished tannins with a good finish. Very balanced. Pair with grilled lamb. Food pairings: rack of lamb, rib eye steak, lamb and roasted root vegetable stew. Drink: 2017 - 2020 673491 13.5% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 90/100. May 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sella & Mosca Cannonau Di Sardegna Riserva 2012, Sardinia D.O.C., Italy: A rustic, robust wine with a firm tannic grip. Sour cherry notes. Decant 2 hours and it might smooth out. Pair with a tangy tomato sauce. Food pairings: braised beef dishes, turkey, soft cheese, roasted pork, lamb. Drink: 2017 - 2020 425488 14% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 87/100. May 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Hauchat 2014, Fronsac, Bordeaux A.C., France: Rustic and robust French red wine with black fruit and some smoke on the nose. Juicy and tannic on the palate with a full-bodied weight. Decant 2 hours. Great price. Drink with grilled pork chops or pepper steak. Food pairings: lamb, grilled pork chops, pepper steak. Drink: 2017 - 2022 123489 13% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 88/100. May 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Marchesi De' Frescobaldi Campo Ai Sassi Rosso Di Montalcino 2014, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: Dry herbs, dust and leather on the nose of this fine and complex Italian red wine. Robust, but balanced and elegant: the ultimate food wine, especially for tomato sauces and grilled meats. Tart black cherry and good acidity on the palate. Polished tannins and smooth texture. Crisp lively finish. Decant 1 hour and enjoy. Rosso Di Montalcino food pairings: breaded veal cutlets, duck breast with celeriac salad, tagliatelle alla Bolognese, chicken herb-rubbed roast. Drink: 2017 - 2021 429415 13.5% D 750 mL $22.95 Score: 91/100. May 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sacravite 2013, Basilicata I.G.T., Italy: Rustic and robust with firm tannins and smoky black fruit and toasty oak. Pair with hearty meat dishes. Made from 100% Aglianico grapes. Food pairings: venison stew, rabbit fricassee, roasted game meats. Drink: 2016 - 2019 440834 13% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 88/100. May 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Le Ragose Superiore Ripasso Valpolicella Classico 2013, Veneto D.O.C., Italy: Rustic, dry and terrific with distinctive aromas of maturity: think tanned leather, violets, dried herbs and wild black cherry though not fruity. Nice mouth-watering acidity for a variety of dishes. Highly recommended. Finishes with cedar smoke, violets, and black tart cherry. Ripasso Valpolicella Classico food pairings: hearty meat dishes, coffee-rubbed grilled chicken, steak. Drink: 2017 - 2020 991984 13.5% XD 750 mL $21.95 Score: 92/100. May 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Manos Negras Stone Soil Malbec 2012, Mendoza, Argentina: The 2012 vintage of the robust Argentine red wine from Stone Soil Select is made from Malbec grapes whose vines are planted in chalky soils in different regions in the southern Uco Valley, adjacent to the Tunuyán river. Dark fruit and toasty oak aromas. Pair with prime rib. Malbec food pairings: rare porterhouse steak, pork tenderloin, fricassee rabbit. Drink: 2017 - 2020 482109 14% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. May 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sanford Terlato Wines Pinot Noir 2013, Santa Rita Hills, Santa Barbara County, California, United States: Juicy and sumptuous with layers of satin cherry textured flavour. So lovely: very balanced. Pair with planked salmon. Pinot Noir food pairings: salmon, turkey, beef ribs, venison meatloaf. Drink: 2015 - 2020 206680 13.9% XD 750 mL $44.95 Score: 92/100. May 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Nativ 2011, Taurasi, Campania D.O.C.G., Italy: Full-bodied with lots of acidity; this robust Italian red wine is made from 100% Aglianico grapes from the region of Paternopoli. The vines are planted at 600 metres above sea level. Aromas of dark red, tart fruit and smoke and spice. Pair with hearty meat dishes. Food pairings: rib steak, pork roast, garlic studded roast chicken. Drink: 2017 - 2020 445262 14% XD 750 mL $31.95 Score: 90/100. May 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Guy Farge Terroir De Granit Saint-Joseph 2014, Rhône A.C., France: A full-bodied southern French red wine with aromas of dark fruit, smoke and dark spice. Pair with a rare steak. Food pairings: roast leg of venison with sautéed mushrooms and sweet onions, roast pheasant, fried wild rabbit on toast, hard cheeses. Drink: 2017 - 2022 489476 14% XD 750 mL $33.95 Score: 89/100. May 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Miali Mater Primitivo 2012, Salento, Puglia I.G.P., Italy: Full-bodied and relatively smooth with charred black fruit and toasty oak and smoke. Perfect for barbecued meats. Mater is made from the Primitivo grape (aka Zinfandel) -- hand-picked grapes when they begin to overripen. It's aged for 24 months in Slovenian oak barrels, and another 12 months in bottle. Primitivo food pairings: roast leg of venison with sautéed mushrooms and sweet onions, roast pheasant, fried wild rabbit on toast, hard cheeses. Drink: 2016 - 2019 413674 14% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 89/100. May 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Jules Taylor Pinot Noir 2014, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: Rich raspberry aromas and flavours on this seductive New Zealand red wine. Lots of mouth-watering acidity: this wine really needs food. Full-bodied, layered and deep, especially for Pinot Noir. Pair with a range of meats: don't hold yourself back. Polished tannins, great balance and a long finish. What more could you want other than someone to share this with? Pair with smoked salmon. Pinot Noir food pairings: roasted pork loin, prime rib, roast beef, turkey, roasted and braised lamb. Drink: 2017 - 2020 329805 13.5% XD 750 mL $25.95 Score: 91/100. May 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Hitching Post Hometown Pinot Noir 2014, Santa Barbara County, California, United States: A smoky, fresh cherry-berry Californian Pinot Noir with silky texture and a pleasing medium-bodied weight. Just enough acidity to make this wine very versatile with food from planked salmon to roast chicken. Some fresh berry and spices on the finish. Partners Gary Hartley and Frank Ostini (Hartley-Ostini), a fisherman and chef respectively, have been producing wine since 1979. They characterize their Pinot Noirs as soulful due to the cool maritime climate that moderates temperatures. You can also taste their wines at the Hitching Post restaurant featured in the movie Sideways. Pinot Noir food pairings: grilled tuna with a pepper crust, grilled pork chops, lamb kabobs, venison burgers, roast veal. Drink: 2017 - 2020 256644 13.8% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 90/100. May 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Santa Ema Amplus Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Maipo Alto, Maipo Valley, Chile: Warm and robust on the nose and palate with a smoky character. A full-bodied, black-fruited Chilean red wine with aromas of cigar box, dried tobacco leaves and toasty oak. Pair with rare meats. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: pork tenderloin, hodge-podge, grilled burgers, Margherita pizza. Drink: 2017 - 2022 76307 14% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. May 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rosés

Gérard Bertrand Côte Des Roses Rosé 2016, Languedoc, Midi A.P., France: Freshness is everything in this wine. Grenache is ideal for rosé because it matures easily and quickly, has vibrant aromatics, yet keeps its zesty acidity for food. This lovely southern French rosé is a blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah grapes. It's elegant, yet full-bodied for rosé and very satisfying. This grape has a short vegetative cycle and yields enough for production while keeping the fresh character. The bottle for this rosé was created in a competition for students at design schools in Paris. There is actually a rose shape cut into the glass on the bottom, as well as an elegant glass stopper on the top. Pair with planked salmon or seared tuna. Rosé food pairings: Seared tuna, Sushi, Seafood Nebayaki Udon. Drink: 2017 - 2018 373985 12.5% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 92/100. May 2017. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Gérard Bertrand Côte Des Roses Rosé 2016, Languedoc, Midi A.P., France: This is the magnum size format of this delightful rose, equivalent to two regular 750 ml bottles. Freshness is everything in this wine. Grenache is ideal for rosé because it matures easily and quickly, has vibrant aromatics, yet keeps its zesty acidity for food. This lovely southern French rosé is a blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah grapes. It's elegant, yet full-bodied for rosé and very satisfying. This grape has a short vegetative cycle and yields enough for production while keeping the fresh character. The bottle for this rosé was created in a competition for students at design schools in Paris. There is actually a rose shape cut into the glass on the bottom, as well as an elegant glass stopper on the top. Pair with planked salmon or seared tuna. Rosé food pairings: crab cakes, cedar-planked salmon, cold turkey sandwiches. Drink: 2017 - 2019 490912 13% D 1500 mL $34.95 Score: 92/100. May 2017. Top Rated Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Gassier Sables D'azur Rosé 2016, Côtes De Provence, Provence A.P., France: Lovely balance in this light-bodied rosé that's packed with fresh field strawberry aromas. Bone-dry and refreshing. Finishes with white pepper. Pair with cold chicken sandwiches. Rosé food pairings: wine-braised duck, grilled goose breast in cherry wine sauce, duck breasts with bacon and onions. Drink: 2017 - 2019 33621 13% D 750 mL $16.95 Score: 91/100. May 2017. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château La Tour De L'évêque Rosé 2016, Côtes De Provence, Provence A.C., France: This lively French rosé not only offers wild strawberry notes, it also has a little white pepper for intrigue and pleasure. Medium-bodied, dry and some kind of wonderful from Régine Sumeire, Propreitor-récolt. One of the most respected rosé producers in Provence: consistently great year after year. Rosé food pairings: pan-fired pickerel, gravel, steamed shrimp with lemon butter. Drink: 2017 - 2018 319392 13.5% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 91/100. May 2017. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sparkling Wine

Cygnus U Mes U Fan Tres (1+1=3) Brut Nature Reserva Cava, Penedès D.O., Spain: Toasty and earthy rather than fruity Spanish sparkling wine. Still refreshing at an exceptional price. Cava is the Spanish term for bubbly and translates to "cave." Buy by the caseload for holiday parties. Love the refreshing acidity here to enjoy this wine as an aperitif or companion to fried chicken. This sparkler is a blend of 40% Parellada, 30% Macabeo and 30% Xarello grapes and the producer uses the classic Champagne method for the second fermentation in the bottle. Cava food pairings: turkey, cheese, shellfish. Drink: 2017 - 2019 352856 11.5% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 91/100. May 2017. Best Value Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Beaumont Des Crayeres Fleur De Prestige Champagne 2006, Champagne A.C., France: An elegant Champagne with great finesse and refreshment on the palate. Aromas of freshly baked bread. Pair with oysters. Champagne food pairings: smoked salmon on baguette, cold chicken sandwiches, grilled chicken. Drink: 2017 - 2019 483099 12.5% XD 750 mL $68.95 Score: 90/100. May 2017. Top Rated Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château des Charmes Rosé Sparkling 2014, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Strawberry bubblegum on the nose and palate with a cider reduction finish. Pair with cider marinated chicken. Rosé Sparkling food pairings: crab legs, chili, pulled pork sammies, Poor Boy oyster burgers. Drink: 2017 - 2019 78055 12% M 750 mL $29.95 Score: 86/100. May 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Brut Nature Champagne, Champagne A.C., France: Toasty, full-bodied and robust with rich aromas due to the lead of Pinot Noir in the blend. Very elegant. Great bubbly for the holidays. Champagne food pairings: smoked salmon on baguette, cucumber and watercress sandwiches, fruit galette. Drink: 2017 - 2019 179275 12% XD 750 mL $58.95 Score: 92/100. May 2017. Top Rated Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

Paul Cluver Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Elgin W.O., South Africa: The 2015 vintage of this crisp, vibrant South Africa wine is made from the classic Sauvignon Blanc grape. Lots of mouth-watering acidity for fresh seafood. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: steamed mussels, pasta primavera, vegetarian dishes. Drink: 2017 - 2019 483743 13.5% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. May 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Vesevo Beneventano Falanghina 2015, Beneventano, Campania I.G.T., Italy: So floral, aromatic and pretty! This Italian white wine bursts with honey blossom and peach. Light-bodied. Pair with mild seafood dishes. Falanghina food pairings: pan-fried freshwater fish, steamed clams and mussels hotpot, crab cakes. Drink: 2015 - 2018 289538 13% D 750 mL $16.95 Score: 89/100. May 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Pighin Pinot Grigio 2016, Friuli Grave D.O.C., Italy: Clean and crisp Italian white wine with lemon and grapefruit notes, no heavy oak. This medium-bodied one has a fresh finish with some notes of white pear. Dry and satisfying! Lovely minerality on the finish. Try it with mixed field greens. Pinot Grigio food pairings: pan-fried freshwater fish, salads, frittata, basil pesto, herbed chicken breast. Drink: 2017 - 2019 987545 12.5% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 90/100. May 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Pahlmeyer Chardonnay 2014, Napa Valley, California, United States: Toasted almond and butterscotch aromas in this cult Californian Chardonnay. Very rich and deep and hedonistically satisfying. Pair with success. Chardonnay food pairings: scallops with a sesame ginger dressing, spinach and pepper jack stuffed chicken, beef bourguignon, pan-fried cod with lemon butter sauce, toasted ravioli served with Alfredo sauce. Drink: 2017 - 2021 147454 14.9% XD 750 mL $123.95 Score: 91/100. May 2017. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Marchesi de Frescobaldi Castello Di Pomino Bianco 2015, Tuscany D.O.C., Italy: Crisp and fresh Italian white wine that's slightly off-dry creating a lovely savoury note. This is made from mostly Chardonnay grapes and a touch of Pinot Bianco so it has a longer life than 100% Pinot Bianco. Notes of golden apple and lime. Pair with fresh seafood. Food pairings: lobster in butter sauce, garden salad. Drink: 2015 - 2019 65086 13% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. May 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mission Hill Family Estate Family Reserve Pinot Gris 2014, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, BC V.Q.A., Canada: A spritely acidic attack on this medium-bodied BC white wine made from Pinot Gris grapes. Aromas of white pear and some lime. Pair this wine with feta cheese or roasted chicken. Pinot Gris food pairings: feta cheese stuffed turkey burger, roast lemon-rosemary chicken. Drink: 2014 - 2017 537076 13.5% XD 750 mL $22.95 Score: 87/100. May 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Schloss Schönborn Riesling 2011, Rheingau Qualitätswein, Germany: The sweet peach and pear notes are there but balanced by racy, nervy acidity that makes this wine a lovely sip. Pair with glazed ham and chutney. Medium-bodied and delicious. Riesling food pairings: fried chicken, vegetable curry, fish tacos. Drink: 2011 - 2018 653535 10% M 750 mL $16.95 Score: 89/100. May 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

J.M. Sohler Heissenberg Riesling 2015, Alsace A.C., France: A delicious, mouth-awakening Riesling with vibrant aromas of pear and green apple. Riesling food pairings: salmon, shellfish, vegetarian dishes, light curries. Drink: 2015 - 2021 66126 13.5% D 750 mL $18.95 Score: 90/100. May 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Luis Cañas Fermentado En Barrica Blanco 2015, Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain: Searingly tart and refreshing with pure lime essence. Great on a hot day! Food pairings: fried chicken, vegetable curry, fish tacos, tempura seafood and vegetables. Drink: 2016 - 2020 146217 13.5% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 86/100. May 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Waimea Classic Riesling 2016, Nelson, South Island, New Zealand: Here's what New Zealand Riesling is all about: depth of flavour, laser focus, yet incredibly elegant. Notes of white stone fruit from start to finish. Riesling food pairings: grilled chicken with lemongrass stalk, spicy pasta dishes, shrimp tempura, grilled salmon with lemon sauce, duck liver pate. Drink: 2016 - 2020 408666 12% D 750 mL $18.95 Score: 91/100. May 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Santa Barbara Winery Chardonnay 2015, Santa Barbara County, California, United States: Fresh and crisp with lemon and lime notes. Not buttery or heavy. Pair with pasta alfredo. Chardonnay food pairings: scallops with a sesame ginger dressing, spinach and pepper jack stuffed chicken, pasta with tomato sauce, pork tenderloin. Drink: 2016 - 2020 989152 13.7% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 87/100. May 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Benchbreak Chardonnay 2014, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Barbara, California, United States: A gorgeous big, buttery Chardonnay that still has magnificent balance and elegance. A chardonnay lover's chardonnay. Layers of luscious flavour: golden apple, toffee and smoke. Pair with lobster in melting butter or crab leg. Chardonnay food pairings: pork tenderloin and applesauce, Caesar salad, cold turkey sandwiches. Drink: 2015 - 2019 980490 14.5% XD 750 mL $33.95 Score: 93/100. May 2017. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Kistler Les Noisetiers Chardonnay 2015, Sonoma Coast, California, United States: This voluptuous Californian Chardonnay sets the benchmark for all others. Gorgeous liquid opulence! Balanced, beautiful and robust. Butterscotch and green apple with hints of white peach on the nose. Creamy, plush, layered and luxurious. Pair this classic Californian Chardonnay with more of itself or Cornish hen. Chardonnay food pairings: grilled pork chops, stuffed chicken breast, beef bourguignon, cheese. Drink: 2016 - 2022 251223 14.1% XD 750 mL $99.95 Score: 92/100. May 2017. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Maycas Del Limarí Reserva Especial Chardonnay 2015, Limarí Valley, Chile: Full-bodied intensity and concentration on this delicious Chilean Chardonnay. Butterscotch, freshly baked bread and golden apple. Pair with roast chicken. Chardonnay food pairings: grilled scallops, hand-peeled, fresh steamed shrimp sandwiches, chicken Caesar. Drink: 2016 - 2019 143768 13.5% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 89/100. May 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Pearl Morissette Cuvée Black Ball Riesling 2014, Ontario, Canada: Only 501 cases (of 12 bottles) were produced of this Niagara white wine. This is a relatively new Ontario winery, but already making a splash. The acidic attack on this wine is bracing, almost surprising. It needs food the way (fill in your favourite comparison... I'm out of metaphors for the day). Riesling food pairings: grilled chicken with lemongrass stalk, duck liver pate, baby greens salad with fig dressing, spicy pasta dishes, grilled salmon with lemon sauce. Drink: 2017 - 2019 416073 11.5% XD 750 mL $36.20 Score: 88/100. May 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Magnificat Vigna Maurisi Greco Di Tufo 2015, Campania D.O.C.G., Italy: Floral, delicate and light-bodied with lots of vibrancy through the core. Perfect as a chilled aperitif or companion to seafood. Greco Di Tufo food pairings: turkey, shellfish, spring greens salad. Drink: 2015 - 2018 493197 13.5% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 88/100. May 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Chevallier Chablis 2015, Burgundy, A.P., France: Intense minerality with a bright core of refreshment running through the heart of this zesty white wine. Ultra-dry Old World unoaked Chardonnay with mouth-watering acidity. Lime lift. Perfect foil for shellfish. Clean, crisp and refreshing. No oak. Finishes freshly with green apple. Try it with shellfish. Chablis food pairings: green salads topped with grilled prawns, lobster in butter sauce, beef bourguignon, cheese, poultry. Drink: 2015 - 2019 112227 12.5% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 88/100. May 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Clos Henri Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: Herbal but not too much in this Kiwi Savvy. Good grassy, lime lift through the mid-palate and finish. Mouth-watering acidity. Great food wine. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: steamed mussels, hay tuna ceviche, pasta primavera, vegetarian dishes. Drink: 2017 - 2019 675629 12% XD 750 mL $28.95 Score: 87/100. May 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Feudo Maccari Grillo 2015, Terre Siciliane, Sicily, I.G.P., Italy: A simple, aromatic, floral Italian white wine made from the Grillo grape. Pair with mild curries. Grillo food pairings: chicken salad sandwiches, spring green salad, cheese. Drink: 2015 - 2018 477877 12.5% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 87/100. May 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Dr. Hermann H Riesling 2015, Mosel Qualitätswein, Germany: A superb, well-priced German Riesling with aromas of wet stone, petrol and lemon zest. Pair with fresh seafood. Lots of juicy, mouth-watering acidity. Riesling food pairings: steamed mussels a la Portuguese, Paella, fresh steamed lobster. Drink: 2017 - 2019 496521 12.6% MD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 88/100. May 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Beauvignac Picpoul 2016, Pinet, Midi A.P., France: Lots of mouth-watering grapefruit aromas and flavours on the nose and palate. Refreshing aperitif or companion to seafood. Green, lime, acidic: refreshing, and mouth-watering. Medium-bodied. Picpoul de Pinet is a grape varietal as well as an AOC wine. The grapes are grown on southern France's Mediterranean coast, though this comes off as very cool climate white wine: think Vinho Verde x 10. Picpoul food pairings: wiener schnitzel and potato salad, pan-fried freshwater fish, oyster hotpot. Drink: 2016 - 2019 350124 12.5% D 750 mL $14.95 Score: 88/100. May 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


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