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Vintages Release June 24, 2017

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Dessert Wine

Taylor Fladgate Fine White Port, Douro, D.O.P., Portugal: So fine and elegant with lovely aromas of baking spice and creamed corn. Love the long honeyed finish, yet it's not heavy. Perfect for toasted almonds and creamy cheeses. White Port food pairings: apple dumplings, blueberry grunt , chocolate mousse, cheesecake. Drink: 2017 - 2022 69856 20% S 750 mL $15.95 Score: 90/100. June 2017. Best Value Dessert Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Red Wine

Taliano Michele Ad Altiora Barbaresco 2012, Montersino, Piedmont D.O.C.G., Italy: Loads of acidity on the palate with mature aromas of dried herbs, tanned leather and cigar box. Pair with lamb in rosemary. Barbaresco food pairings: meat pizza, rich tomato sauce and pasta, meat lasagne. Drink: 2017 - 2022 480640 14.5% XD 750 mL $41.95 Score: 90/100. June 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Des Roques 2012, Vacqueyras, Rhône A.C., France: Full-bodied with dark spice and black fruit. Complex, layered and delicious. A finish longer than a sunset. Pair with happiness and prime rib (same thing). Food pairings: grilled venison steaks, rabbit stew, bison steaks. Drink: 2017 - 2022 352039 14% XD 750 mL $23.95 Score: 93/100. June 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Finca Sophenia Reserve Malbec 2014, Gualtallary, Tupungato, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina: Mocha and dark chocolate aromas from generous oak aging. The famous winemaker consultant Michel Rolland works with this winery, and his signature is here in the robust, luscious fruit profile of this wine. The vineyards for this wine are located in the foothills of the Andes at an altitude of 1200 metres above sea level, which is on the front label, and the wine is matured in French oak for 8 months. The results is a intensely concentrated wine offering aromas of black plums, cherries and blackberries along with some smoke and fresh vibrant blackberries and toasty oak on the finish. What a delightful wine for meat lovers! Malbec food pairings: radicchio and cold beet salad, lamb cutlets, beef tenderloin. Drink: 2017 - 2020 66837 14.5% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 90/100. June 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Bouchard Père & Fils 2014, Gevrey-Chambertin, Burgundy A.C., France: Beautifully tart black cherries on the nose and palate with a satin seductive texture. Medium-bodied with layers of complexity and a long finish. Enjoy it with planked salmon or roast turkey tonight. Dried herbs and violets on the nose with polished tannins on the palate. Great length and bouquet. Pair with duck confit. Food pairings: planked salmon, roast turkey, roast breast of veal. Drink: 2017 - 2022 661330 13.5% XD 750 mL $59.95 Score: 90/100. June 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Chateau Haut-Piquat 2010, Lussac Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux A.C., France: An extraordinary Bordeaux from a superb vintage (2010) at an amazing price. Stock up. Aromas of black currant and smoke. Pair with a rare steak. Food pairings: herb-roasted lamb, pork tenderloin, cheddar cheese, spaghetti and meat balls. Drink: 2017 - 2019 386540 13% D 750 mL $22.95 Score: 91/100. June 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Marchand-Tawse 2012, Nuits-Saint-Georges, Burgundy A.C., France: Almost full-bodied Burgundian Pinot Noir with ripe black cherry aromas and dark spices. Satin smooth with a long finish. Pair with grilled chicken. Food pairings: herbed roast Bresse chicken, roast breast of veal, roast pheasant. Drink: 2017 - 2025 484030 13% XD 750 mL $64.95 Score: 90/100. June 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Chimney Rock Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, United States: Rich, round, full-bodied and balanced with a chalky finish. Dark fruit aromas and flavours; nice layering of sensual pleasure. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: hearty meat dishes, pepper steaks, smoky ribs, mushroom burgers. Drink: 2017 - 2022 731810 14.2% XD 750 mL $101.95 Score: 90/100. June 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cavino Grande Reserve 2009, Nemea P.D.O., Greece: Mocha and chocolate on the nose and palate of this full-bodied Greek red wine with toasty oak aging. Attractive tart cherry, dry earth and dried herbs on the nose and palate of this balanced, full-bodied and supple wine. Decant 1 hour. Pair with grilled meats. Food pairings: lamb stew, barbecued beef, sausage casserole. Drink: 2017 - 2019 295618 13.5% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 90/100. June 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Lake Sonoma Zinfandel 2013, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, United States: This Californian Zinfandel weighs in at 15.4% alcohol, but it's surprising that it actually doesn't taste that hot and heavy. Smooth and full-bodied with aromas of purple and black plums, blueberry and toast. Pair with grilled meats and barbecue. Zinfandel food pairings: herb crusted chicken, roasted lamb, roast breast of veal. Drink: 2017 - 2020 498766 15.4% D 750 mL $28.95 Score: 90/100. June 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Laplace 2013, Madiran, Southwest A.P., France: Produced by Pierre Laplace, this robust French red wine has a firm tannic grip on the palate (decant 1-2 hours). Offers aromas and flavours of black tart cherries, smoke, cedar and toasty oak. Cries out for a juicy, rare steak. Food pairings: grilled steak, roast leg of lamb, wild mushroom stuffed veal breast. Drink: 2017 - 2020 103705 13.5% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 88/100. June 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Pirramimma White Label Shiraz 2014, Mclaren Vale, South Australia, Australia: Savoury, concentrated, deep and delicious with intense black fruit flavours. A vibrant, peppery Australian red wine with a black plum mantle and warming shawl of mouth-filling flavour. The superb 2013 vintage was ideal for ripening Shiraz. The grapes were selected from vineyards such as War Horse, Johnson Prolific, Bellevue and Bulrush. Finishes with vanilla bean and black pepper. Try with a rack of lamb. Shiraz food pairings: grilled back ribs with a rich sauce, marinated steaks, dark chocolate, lamb. Drink: 2017 - 2020 987784 14.7% XD 750 mL $27.95 Score: 93/100. June 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

d'Arenberg The High Trellis Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Mclaren Vale, South Australia, Australia: Juicy, savoury and delicious Australian red wine with black fruit and cedar aromas. Smooth and long. The result is an intensely concentrated Cab that finishes with terrific notes of vanilla smoke, chocolate and black fruits. Pair this hearty red wine with grilled meats. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: hamburgers, steak, hearty meat dishes, hard cheese. Drink: 2017 - 2020 943456 14.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 92/100. June 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Coppi Peucetico Primitivo 2012, Puglia I.G.P., Italy: Lots of mocha and dark chocolate on the nose from oak aging. Sweet purple plums on the palate. It's full-bodied with layers of voluptuous dark fruit. Perfect for meat lovers' pizza and meat sauce pasta. This Primitivo (aka Zinfandel) offers dark spice and vanilla smoke on the finish. Pair with Bolognese or salami and charcuterie. Primitivo food pairings: veal scaloppini in a sun-dried tomato sauce, salad, pasta. Drink: 2017 - 2019 724674 13.5% D 750 mL $14.95 Score: 87/100. June 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Irpinia Aglianico 2013, Campania D.O.C., Italy: Smooth and full-bodied Italian red wine made from the Aglianico grape. Layers of fleshy dark fruit flavours and toasty oak. Pair with grilled meats. Aglianico food pairings: vegetarian pizza, rich tomato sauce and pasta, meat lasagne. Drink: 2017 - 2021 262956 13% D 750 mL $21.95 Score: 88/100. June 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Zonte's Footstep Chocolate Factory Shiraz 2015, Mclaren Vale, South Australia, Australia: Sizzling bacon fat on the nose and palate. So amazing especially for this price. Savoury, juicy and meaty with mouth-watering flavours of fleshy ripe blackberry and black plum. Spicy with dark pepper o the finish. Pair with grilled meats. Shiraz food pairings: rosemary lamb, kangaroo tenderloin, roast pheasant. Drink: 2017 - 2020 396481 14.5% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 91/100. June 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

López De Haro Crianza Tempranillo 2010, Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain: A smoky, full-bodied Spanish red wine with dried herbs, dust and earth. Not fruity. Smooth and offering a long finish. Classic. Leather aromas, love it. Pair with lamb. Tempranillo food pairings: meatloaf, lentil patties, Italian style pizza, salami, veal shanks, charcuterie, soft cheeses. Drink: 2012 - 2020 377481 13.5% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 89/100. June 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Alamos Seleccion Malbec 2013, Mendoza, Argentina: A robust red with great depth and complexity at an excellent price point. Syrah add so much character to this blend with fleshy blackberries and cherries. It's full-bodied, balanced and smooth. Perfect for grilled meats and hard cheeses. Highly recommended. Malbec food pairings: herb-roasted lamb, pork tenderloin, cheddar cheese, spaghetti and meat balls. Drink: 2013 - 2018 322800 13.5% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 90/100. June 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tawse Winery Inc. Cuddy By Tawse Cabernet Merlot 2013, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A seductive mocha, espresso nose on this distinguished Niagara red wine blend of Cabernet France, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes. This wine was aged for 18 months in French oak barrels. Rich and smooth on the palate, with a long, satisfying finish inflected with blackberry, dark spice and smoke. Decant 1-2 hours. The 2013 vintage is the inaugural release of this wine. Jim Cuddy, lead singer and guitarist of the Canadian band Blue Rodeo, has partnered with Niagara’s Tawse Winery to create a new wine brand, Cuddy by Tawse. Cuddy is one of the country’s most iconic musicians: over the past thirty years Blue Rodeo has sold more than four million records, released 14 albums and won eleven JUNO awards. Pair this wine with a rare steak and the band's hit song "Try," aptly named for tasting this new wine. Cabernet Merlot food pairings: BBQ hamburger, short rib ragu with tagliatelle, wine-braised pork tacos. Drink: 2016 - 2021 469031 12.5% XD 750 mL $25.25 Score: 93/100. June 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

La Crema Pinot Noir 2014, Monterey County, California, United States: Stunning Californian Pinot with the richness and depth that's rarely paralleled in this state. The cool-climate of Monterey is definitely an influence here. Fleshy wild berry notes, some spice. Pair with many chicken and seafood dishes. Pinot Noir food pairings: prime rib, roast quail, stuffed chicken, venison burgers. Drink: 2016 - 2020 367896 13.5% XD 750 mL $26.95 Score: 93/100. June 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Kilikanoon The Lackey Shiraz 2015, South Australia, Australia: Big, bold and black fruit with delicious fleshy ripeness wrapped in toasty oak. Polished tannins. Black pepper with a hint of eucalyptus on the finish. Pair with grilled meats. Shiraz food pairings: spiced beef dishes, spicy ribs, lamb cutlets with piperade and goat cheese, hamburgers, black bean soup. Drink: 2017 - 2020 5199 14% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 90/100. June 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sassoregale Chianti Classico 2014, Maremma, Tuscany D.O.C., Italy: The Sangiovese grapes that make this wine are grown in the DOC appellation of Maremma Toscana situated in southern Tuscany. It's a warm climate with many hours of sunlight to ripen the grapes. A vibrant Italian red wine with lots of mouth-watering acidity and tart cherry aromas and flavours for tangy tomato sauce and pasta. Chianti Classico food pairings: braised pork shoulder, slow-roasted lamb shank, stuffed turkey, sausages. Drink: 2016 - 2021 251785 13.5% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 89/100. June 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rupert & Rothschild 2012, Western Cape W.O., South Africa: This is so Bordeaux in styling and elegance, yet also has the distinct character of South African climate, soil and flavour. A gorgeous wine for the money, and a great alternative to Bordeaux. Pair with filet mignon. Food pairings: grilled burgers, Margherita pizza, pepper steak, Tandoori-flavored dishes. Drink: 2016 - 2021 434787 13% XD 750 mL $22.95 Score: 92/100. June 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Versado Reserva Ancient Malbec 2014, Mendoza, Argentina: Owner and winemaking consultant Peter Gamble and chief winemaker Roberto de la Mota have created a blockbuster Argentine red for the 2014 vintage. Made from the iconic Malbec grape, this wine underwent a spontaneous fermentation, rather than one induced by the winemaker with specific yeasts. The wine was aged in oak barrels. This is another gorgeous red wine from Versado - this wine and winemaker perform consistently well every year. Aromas of fleshy black fruit, dried herbs, spices and pepper. Pair with grilled lamb. Highly recommended. Malbec food pairings: roasted veal, hearty soups, roasted duck breast, hamburger. Drink: 2017 - 2024 316984 13.5% XD 750 mL $59.95 Score: 95/100. June 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Two Hands Wines Bella's Garden Shiraz 2014, Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia: A full-bodied, deeply concentrated Australian Shiraz with attractive aromas of black plum and blackberry. Mouth-filling and delicious. Pair with roast beef. Shiraz food pairings: marinated pepper steaks, burgers with blue cheese, grilled pork chops, Muscovy duck. Drink: 2016 - 2020 636407 15.8% D 750 mL $65.95 Score: 92/100. June 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

McManis Family Vineyards Zinfandel 2015, Lodi, California, United States: Juicy, robust Californian Zinfandel, bursting with mouth-watering aromas of purple plums and fleshy blackberries. Delicious times three. Perfect for barbecued meats. Zinfandel food pairings: chicken wings, spaghetti Bolognese, grilled lamb loin, grilled duck breast. Drink: 2016 - 2020 256735 14.5% XD 750 mL $20.95 Score: 91/100. June 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Chateau St. Roch Vielles Vignes Syrah Grenache 2014, Côtes Du Roussillon, Midi A.P., France: Big, black and brooding: looking for a fight though not with your taste buds. This is a towering French red wine from the southern winemaking region of the country. Incredibly awesome price. Aromas of fleshy black fruit, tar, toasty oak and smoke. Pair with lamb and rosemary. Syrah Grenache food pairings: pork tenderloin en croute served with Honey crisp apple sauce. Drink: 2015 - 2022 195107 1% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 92/100. June 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Seven Falls Rapids Red 2014, Wahluke Slope, Washington, United States: Juicy and full-bodied with supple layers of fleshy ripe black plum and toasty mocha from oak aging. Perfect for grilled meats. Drink: 2015 - 2019 488643 14.5% XD 750 mL $21.95 Score: 91/100. June 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Southbrook Vineyards Triomphe Cabernet Franc 2015, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: This youthful, robust Niagara red wine is already showing great potential! Aromas of fleshy black plums and a lick of spice on the finish. Cool-climate Cabernet Franc at its best. Give it some cellar time then decant for 1 hour and pair with rare meats. Cabernet Franc food pairings: Brazilian slow-cooked pork, roast turkey, beef and black bean stew, shepherd's pie with root vegetables. Drink: 2017 - 2023 275958 12.6% XD 750 mL $21.95 Score: 91/100. June 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sebastiani Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Sonoma County, California, United States: Bold aromas of black fruit and tar on the nose, with full-bodied layers of blackberries and dark spices on the palate. Nicely crafted, but not for the timid. This Cabernet also has a dash of Malbec, Merlot, Petite Sirah and Petit Verdot in the blend for extra dimension and nuance. Juicy and mouth-watering. Great balance and nice finish. Great dinner party wine. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: beef stew with winter vegetables, pork tenderloin, brisket. Drink: 2017 - 2023 640573 13.5% D 750 mL $29.95 Score: 92/100. June 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Quails' Gate Pinot Noir 2015, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia V.Q.A., Canada: Gorgeous depth and concentration of flavour in this iconic BC Pinot Noir, yet it's not heavy at all. Aromas of fleshy ripe black cherries, violets and some dark spice on the nose follow through on the palate. This is seductive Pinot that gives liquid definition to opulence. Pair it with something naughty. Love, love the mouth-watering juiciness! Try it with roast turkey. Pinot Noir food pairings: herb crusted chicken, roasted lamb, savoury slow cooked game. Drink: 2017 - 2023 585760 13.5% XD 750 mL $30.95 Score: 91/100. June 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Treana 2014, Paso Robles, California, United States: Chocolate, espresso, coffee and dark chocolate on the nose and palate from oak aging. A dark, brooding red wine with toasty oak and black fruit flavours. Notes of blackberries and cassis wrap themselves around grilled meats. Good finish with lots of chocolate and mocha from generous oak aging. Pair with a t-bone steak. Food pairings: grilled Porterhouse steak with roasted vegetables, lamb lollipops, braised beef short ribs. Drink: 2017 - 2020 11221 15.5% D 750 mL $42.95 Score: 88/100. June 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Quinta do Crasto Old Vines Reserva 2014, Douro D.O.C., Portugal: The 2014 vintage of this classic Reserva Old Vines is a robust Portuguese red wine that's a field blend (vines with different grapes planted and intermixed in the same vineyard, with the vines about 70 years old. That results in the depth and concentration of flavour we have in the glass. The wine was matured 85% French oak barrels and 15% American barrels for 18 months. Winemaker Manuel Lobo has done a superb job here and reduced the total yield by 30% by being extra picky (literally) with the grapes that go into this wine. Lots of fleshy black currant and smoke with a long, satisfying finish. Decant 1 hour and enjoy with a rare steak. Food pairings: grilled meats, vegetarian stew, braised pork ribs. Drink: 2017 - 2021 294116 14% D 750 mL $41.95 Score: 92/100. June 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rosés

Badet Clement La Promenade 2016, Côtes Du Provence, Provence A.C., France: This lovely southern French rosé is vibrant, refreshing and dry. It's a blend of classic grapes, including Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah, that intermingle to create a lovely bouquet of wild field berries. Perfect for grilled veggies, Portabella mushroom, planked salmon and sunny decks. Food pairings: linguine vignole, Prosciutto and cheese sammies, crab cakes. Drink: 2017 - 2019 490946 14% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 91/100. June 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Belle Glos Oeil De Perdrix Pinot Noir Blanc Rosé 2016, Sonoma County, California, United States: Light and pretty with summer fleeting aromas of field strawberries. Bone-dry and refreshing. Pair with pate or cold chicken sandwiches. Pinot Noir Blanc Rosé food pairings: linguine vignole, turkey sandwiches, planked salmon. Drink: 2017 - 2018 343020 13.1% D 750 mL $29.95 Score: 88/100. June 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Hidden Bench Locust Lane Rosé 2016, Beamsville Bench, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Very pretty and pert! Light red florals and strawberry fields forever. Warm grass on your feet as you smell the wild flowers along the river. Doze there under yonder shady tree and dream of summer. Pair with shellfish. Rosé food pairings: ham and Swiss cheese sandwiches, cold turkey sandwiches, fish cakes. Drink: 2017 - 2018 68833 13% D 750 mL $21.95 Score: 90/100. June 2017. Top Rated Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mimi En Provence Grande Réserve Rosé 2016, Côtes De Provence, Provence A.P., France: Soft, pretty and light-bodied with a faint whiff of field strawberries aloft on a warm summer thermal. Please rock the hammock again for me. Pair with late afternoon naps and crab cakes. Rosé food pairings: charcuterie plate, green salad with raspberry balsamic, grilled salmon fillet. Drink: 2017 - 2018 452573 13% D 750 mL $18.95 Score: 89/100. June 2017. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sparkling Wine

Emiliana Brut Sparkling, Casablanca Valley, Chile, Chile: Lime zest and lemongrass on the nose of this fresh, vibrant Chilean sparkling wine at a great price. Pale straw hue in the glass. Lovely dry papaya finish. Pair with seafood. Sparkling food pairings: charcuterie, hors d'oeuvres, fresh steamed shrimp, pan-fried panfish. Drink: 2017 - 2019 451914 12.5% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 90/100. June 2017. Best Value Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sieur D'arques Première Bulle Brut Blanquette De Limoux 2015, Roussillon A.C., France: Toasty, robust and crisp with lots of refreshment on the palate and finish. Remarkably awesome price for such quality? Got a wedding, anniversary or big party coming up. This is your bubbly. Pair with seafood. Blanquette De Limoux food pairings: cold cracked crab and lobster dish, pan-fried pan fish, pan-fried sable fish with carrot and daikon slaw. Drink: 2015 - 2018 497727 12.5% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 91/100. June 2017. Best Value Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Valdo Marca Oro Valdobbiadene Prosecco, Veneto D.O.C.G., Italy: Crisp and fresh Italian sparkling wine with a dry, refreshing finish. Great price. Pair with shellfish. Prosecco food pairings: smoked salmon with strawberry cream cheese on baguette, fresh steamed shellfish, green salads. Drink: 2017 - 2019 422840 11% D 750 mL $16.95 Score: 89/100. June 2017. Best Value Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Joseph Cattin Brut Crémant D'alsace, Alsace A.C., France: Crisp and toasty and fresh French sparkling wine, especially for this great price. Classic and elegant for your large gatherings. Sparkling wines from Alsace are often overlooked: don't make that mistake as they offer tremendous pleasure and value. Sip as an aperitif or pair with fresh seafood. Crémant D'alsace food pairings: lobster in butter sauce, beef bourguignon, gougère, pork tenderloin, steamed mahi mahi with lime, garlic and chilies.. Drink: 2015 - 2017 281329 12% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 90/100. June 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Asolo Extra Dry Prosecco 2016, Veneto D.O.C.G., Italy: A crisp, dry Prosecco that offers incredible value: a terrific sparkling wine for your holidays. This Italian bubbly is made from grapes that grow in the northern region of Veneto, and is owned by Toronto restaurateur Franco Prevedello. Pair with shellfish. Prosecco food pairings: charcuterie, salads, hors d'oeuvres. Drink: 2015 - 2018 262881 13% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 90/100. June 2017. Best Value Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

Bachelder Niagara Chardonnay 2013, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Beautifully balanced and elegant Niagara Chardonnay from a master winemaker and vine whisperer. Round and rich, but not too much oak. This wine was aged for 18 months in oak barrels. Chardonnay food pairings: tuna steaks, swordfish, turkey dinner, beef, chicken breast. Drink: 2014 - 2018 302083 13% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 91/100. June 2017. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Liberty School Central Coast Chardonnay Viognier 2014, Central Coast, California, United States: Lusciously big pineapple and tropical fruit notes on the nose of this Californian white wine, with a round, viscous mouth-filling texture and a toasty vanilla-caramel finish. Great price for big Californian Chardonnay. Pair with roast chicken or pasta in a cream sauce. Chardonnay Viognier food pairings: roast partridge with peach and honey glaze, warm potato salad with spring onion lemon mustard dressing, baked artichokes with garlic olives and parmesan cheese. Drink: 2016 - 2018 960120 13.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. June 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Loosen Bros. Dr. L Riesling 2015, Mosel Qualitätswein, Germany: One of the best values on the liquor store shelf. This lovely, floral, light-bodied German Riesling still packs lots of flavour. Serve chilled as an aperitif or companion to seafood. Riesling food pairings: pork tenderloin, turkey breast, spicy pasta dishes, shrimp tempura.. Drink: 2015 - 2018 599274 8.5% M 750 mL $13.95 Score: 89/100. June 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sohm & Kracher Burgenland Grüner Veltliner 2015, Niederösterreich, Austria: A terrific and refreshing Austrian white wine made from the country's classic grape Gruner Veltliner. Aromas of fresh field flowers, white papper and melon. Very crisp and mouth-watering. Perfect for shellfish, seafood, vegetarian dishes, salads and roast chicken. Grüner Veltliner food pairings: barbecued prawns marinated in chilli powder and lime juice, crab cakes with garlic aioli sauce, fried tempura vegetables. Drink: 2016 - 2021 492918 12% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 93/100. June 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Buissonnier 2014, Montagny, Burgundy A.C., France: A steely Chardonnay with green apple and lime vibrancy. Bracing acidity. Crisp and clean. Pair with pan-seared scallops. Food pairings: grilled chicken, pork tenderloin, lobster with melted butter. Drink: 2015 - 2019 382879 12.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 88/100. June 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Robert Mondavi Reserve Chardonnay 2014, Carneros, Napa Valley, California, United States: The 2014 vintage of the Robert Mondavi Chardonnay Reserve shows both the strength of this vintage and of the producer. Aromas of green apple and butterscotch. Full-bodied, layered and long on the finish. Pair with roast chicken. Chardonnay food pairings: pork tenderloin, grilled steak, pan-fried cod, pasta with tomato sauce. Drink: 2017 - 2020 258186 14% XD 750 mL $44.95 Score: 90/100. June 2017. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Deu La Deu Alvarinho 2016, Monção E Melgaço, Vinho Verde D.O.C., Portugal: Lime and lemon essence on the nose. Extremely crisp, refreshing and clean on the palate with marvellous mouth-watering acidity for a wide range of dishes from seafood to salads. Finishes with dried herbs, more green citrus and a long core of minerality. As fresh as a mountain spring sourced deep inside the cavernous soils. Try it with vegetarian dishes. Alvarinho food pairings: steamed prawn in garlic and lemon sauce, king crab in lemon butter, steamed mussels. Drink: 2017 - 2018 40642 13% XD 750 mL $20.95 Score: 87/100. June 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

McGuigan Bin Series No. 9000 Semillon 2016, Hunter Valley, New South Wales, Australia: Zesty lemon with some candle-like lanolin. Lots of mouth-watering acidity. Pair with seafood in a cream sauce. Semillon food pairings: perch filets in Newburg sauce, pan-fried lemon herb crusted walleye (or pickerel), salmon croquettes. Drink: 2017 - 2020 444554 11% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 88/100. June 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

The Foreign Affair Winery Enchanted 2015, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A straightforward, light-bodied floral white wine with notes of lime blossom. Pair with fresh seafood. Food pairings: curried shrimp, biryani, green curry chickpeas and potatoes. Drink: 2017 - 2019 389767 11.4% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 87/100. June 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Te Awa Winery Left Field Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Nelson, New Zealand: Crisp, fresh and vibrant New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc with notes of lime citrus and lemon zest. Perfect for seafood. Drink: 2016 - 2018 487496 13% XD 750 mL $19.15 Score: 91/100. June 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Leyda Garuma Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Leyda Valley, Chile: Grassy great! Bright, refreshing with lots of acidity for food. Herbal and crisp. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: pan-fried freshwater fish, grilled prawns, garden salad with Feta cheese. Drink: 2017 - 2019 99309 13.5% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 88/100. June 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Bonterra Viognier 2015, Mendocino County, Lake County, California, United States: Baking spices on the nose of this floral, aromatic Californian white wine made from the Viognier grape. Lively aromas, an appetizing balance and just-rich-enough fruit flavours make a good combo in this medium- to full-bodied wine. It has subtle herb and kiwi aromas, crisp apple flavours, and a texture poised between supple and tangy. Viognier food pairings: sautéed scallops, pork roast, mild curries and spices, ginger chicken stir-fry. Drink: 2017 - 2018 128900 14.4% D 750 mL $21.95 Score: 89/100. June 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Stags' Leap Winery Chardonnay 2015, Napa Valley, California, United States: A Chardonnay that's vibrant and alive! Great acidity yet lovely richness and complexity with green apple, baking spice and tree fruit aromas. This is superb craftsmanship for one of California's flagship white wines. Lovely baked apple and vanilla smoke on a long finish. Highly recommended. Chardonnay food pairings: veal masala, veal and ham casserole, veal breast with herb stuffing. Drink: 2017 - 2019 655381 14.1% XD 750 mL $34.95 Score: 90/100. June 2017. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay 2015, Columbia Valley, Washington, United States: The vines for this lovely Washington Chardonnay are planted at 200 feet above sea level which is ideal for achieving a silky texture from the grapes rather than an oak barrel. Rich and full-bodied with luscious layers of fleshy ripe peach, pear and butterscotch. This Washington Chardonnay has great finesse and styling: French spirit with Washington DNA. It was barrel fermented without a lot of lees stirring to preserve it's zesty character. Finishes with apple and citrus notes. Pair with roast chicken or veal. Chardonnay food pairings: grilled chicken, pan-fried tempura shellfish, crab cakes, pork tenderloin bits. Drink: 2017 - 2020 232439 14% XD 750 mL $21.95 Score: 92/100. June 2017. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tiefenbrunner Pinot Grigio 2015, Vigneti Delle Dolomiti, Alto Adige, Trentino I.G.T., Italy: A vibrant, zesty Italian Pinot Grigio with notes of lime and white grapefruit. Pair with shellfish. Pinot Grigio food pairings: pan-fried panfish, crab cakes, seafood alfredo. Drink: 2017 - 2018 474742 12.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. June 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Pierre Sparr Réserve Pinot Gris 2015, Alsace A.C., France: Dry quince, Asian pear on this zesty Alsatian white wine made from Pinot Gris grapes. Perfect for seafood. Pinot Gris food pairings: Caesar Salad, fried Gruyere cheese sandwich, raclette, egg dishes. Drink: 2017 - 2019 983395 13.5% D 750 mL $18.95 Score: 91/100. June 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Servin Vaillons Chablis 2015, Burgundy A.C., France: A crisp, fresh northern Burgundian white wine from the region of Chablis and made from the classic Chardonnay grape. No oak treatment. Aromas of lime and green apple. Pair with shellfish. Chablis food pairings: Caesar Salad, fried Gruyere cheese sandwich, raclette, oyster poorboy sandwiches, fresh steamed shellfish. Drink: 2017 - 2020 142778 12.5% XD 750 mL $34.95 Score: 92/100. June 2017. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Flowers Chardonnay 2015, Sonoma Coast, California, United States: Lovely mouth-watering juiciness with green apple brightness on this terrific Californian white wine, and just a kiss of toasty buttery oak. Lovely lanolin richness on this classic Californian Chardonnay. The 2013 vintage of this Chardonnay from the cool Sonoma Coast has a racy vibrancy. Superb balance. Super food friendly. Pair with roast turkey or chicken. Chardonnay food pairings: grilled pork chops, stuffed chicken breast, cheese. Drink: 2017 - 2019 215210 14.3% XD 750 mL $70.95 Score: 90/100. June 2017. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Kono Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: Produced by Maori descendants, the first inhabitants of New Zealand (Aotearoa), this zesty, fresh New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc has classic aromas of freshly cut grass, chives and gooseberry. Lots of lime aromatics on the fresh finish. Pair with vegetarian dishes. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: pan-fried freshwater fish, grilled prawns, choucroute garnie, garden salad. Drink: 2017 - 2018 441394 13% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 90/100. June 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Henri Bourgeois La Chapelle Des Augustins Sancerre 2014, Loire A.C., France: This lemon-fresh zesty Sancerre white wine is sourced from grapes grown in a single vineyard in soils of limestone and flint. Lots of minerality and a core of racy acidity. Medium-bodied and mouth-watering with happy notes of citrus, green apple and lime zest lift. Bring it! Sancerre food pairings: seafood tapas, steamed shellfish, grilled seafood. Drink: 2017 - 2020 322628 13% XD 750 mL $37.95 Score: 92/100. June 2017. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

La Crema Chardonnay 2015, Monterey, California, United States: Lots of caramel and toffee on this buttery, oaky Californian Chardonnay that has balancing acidity and some apple notes. Full-bodied and smooth. Pair with roasted chicken. Chardonnay food pairings: lobster in butter sauce, spinach and pepper jack stuffed chicken, toasted ravioli served with Alfredo sauce. Drink: 2017 - 2019 158683 13.5% XD 750 mL $26.95 Score: 88/100. June 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


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