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Château Magnol 2012, Haut-Médoc, Bordeaux A.C., France: Very pleasant and balanced and tasty, and extremely well-priced for 2012 Bordeaux. Classic aromas of blackberry and cassis and some toasty oak and smoke. Pair with rare steak. Food pairings: barbequed steak, barbequed pork ribs, rib roast. Drink: 2014 - 2017 384271 13% XD 750 mL $25.95 Score: 89/100. August 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Wildewood Pinot Noir 2013, Willamette Valley, Oregon, United States: Herbal and slightly weedy with tart, sour cherry. Medium-bodied and smooth. Pair with game dishes. Pinot Noir food pairings: rosemary lamb, flat iron steak, roast pheasant. Drink: 2015 - 2019 462994 14% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 87/100. August 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tawse Winery Inc. Growers Blend Pinot Noir 2012, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A mocha-rich, medium-bodied, smooth Niagara red wine made from the classic Pinot Noir grape. Lots of ripe fruit on this vintage. Sweet black plum aromas on the nose with dark chocolate and cedar spice. Fleshy ripe cherry aromas and flavours on the palate of this mouth-watering Pinot Noir. Could also cellar for a few years. Very respected winemaker. Pair with roast chicken. Pinot Noir food pairings: grilled lamb sirloin with cocoa rub, veal chops, grilled duck sausages, grilled pork tenderloin with cauliflower purée and cherry compote. Drink: 2013 - 2020 130989 13.5% D 750 mL $25.95 Score: 90/100. August 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rotllán Torra 2011, Priorat D.O.C.A., Spain: This Spanish Crianza is savoury and juicy with great complexity and depth. Smooth and full-bodied with lusciously ripe and fleshy dark berries. If you haven't tried many wines from the Priorat region of Spain, this is a great place to start. This wine needs no coaxing out of the glass. Decant for 1-2 hours. This full-bodied red wine pairs well with steak. The 2011 vintage of this full-bodied Spanish red wine is a blend of 35% Garnacha, 35% Mazuelo and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. This wine is matured for 12 months in American fine grain oak barrels from Tennessee and spends a minimum of another year in bottle before being released from the winery. Some vanilla spice on the finish. Food pairings: roast beef bites, rib roast, hearty stews. Drink: 2016 - 2018 267989 14.5% D 750 mL $24.95 Score: 93/100. August 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

The Black Chook Shiraz Viognier 2015, Mclaren Vale, South Australia, Australia: Aromas of blackberry preserves, blackcurrant jam lusciousness with some mint. Layers and layers and layers of pleasure. Eyes closed kinda wine. Some violets and cedar on this finish. Highly recommended. Loaded with fleshy ripe dark berries and vanilla spice from toasty oak aging. Good mouth-watering acidity on the palate leads to a clean finish. Pair with a juicy steak. Shiraz Viognier food pairings: chicken pieces in creamy gravy, rosemary lamb, pepper steak. Drink: 2016 - 2022 66738 14% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 91/100. August 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Stratus Vineyards Wildass 2013, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: The vines for this Niagara-on-the-Lake wine grow outside a Leeds certified winery building, and the grapes are hand-picked. Black fruit aromas and flavours with a firm tannic grip on the palate of this full-bodied Niagara red wine blend. Fire up the grill! Food pairings: rib eye steak on the barbeque, gourmet burgers, pork ribs on the barbie. Drink: 2017 - 2020 86363 13.3% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 87/100. August 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

McGuigan The Shortlist 2014, Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia: A full-bodied Australian red wine with aromas of black fruit and pepper. Pair with grilled meats. Food pairings: grilled bratwurst, adouille sausage, hard cheeses, turkey stuffed pasta with red wine and tomato sauce. Drink: 2017 - 2021 498899 14% XD 750 mL $21.95 Score: 88/100. August 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Legón Crianza 2012, Ribera Del Duero D.O., Spain: Rustic and robust, this full-bodied Spanish red wine is made from hand-picked Tempranillo grapes planted on vines at 900 metres above sea level. No pesticides, fertilizers or additives are used. Dark fruit and smoke. Pair with grilled meats. Food pairings: prime rib, slow-roasted beef long ribs, sausage cassoulet. Drink: 2017 - 2018 276089 13.5% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 88/100. August 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Maxwell Silver Hammer Shiraz 2014, Mclaren Vale, South Australia, Australia: Full-bodied with fleshy black plums and mint. Moderate tannins and good juicy palate for tangy meat sauces. The vines are planted on a south-facing slope in limestone. Vintages Wine Panel: This family-owned winery celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2009, an impressive milestone. Aged for 18 months in seasoned American oak, this Shiraz showcases juicy black fruit, mocha and spice flavours. Generous, silky smooth and with good depth of flavour, this red is ready to drink. And yes, the name is a tribute to The Beatles’ song. My note: A smoky, coffeed nose with black fruit and a lick of oak on the finish. Full-bodied and dense. Very tasty! Shiraz food pairings: saucy ribs, smoked leg of lamb, venison tenderloin. Drink: 2016 - 2020 89599 14.5% XD 750 mL $23.95 Score: 89/100. August 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Leese-Fitch Zinfandel 2014, California, United States: Exceptionally high alcohol makes this wine taste almost hot. Aromas of purple plums and blueberry jam. Pair with a cold shower. Zinfandel food pairings: gourmet burgers, cherry and cranberry stuffed pork roast, barbequed pork ribs. Drink: 2017 - 2020 508184 15% XD 750 mL $21.95 Score: 86/100. August 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mandus Primitivo Di Manduria 2015, Puglia D.O.P., Italy: Mocha and sweet chocolate on the nose from oak aging. This Italian red wine also features sweet blackberry and blueberry flavours. Smooth and full-bodied. Perfect for barbecued ribs or chicken wings. Primitivo Di Manduria food pairings: grilled meats, game, aged cheeses.. Drink: 2017 - 2020 216457 14% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 88/100. August 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rodney Strong Knotty Vines Zinfandel 2014, Northern Sonoma, Sonoma County, California, United States: A robust, concentrated, delicious Californian red wine made from the state's iconic grape, Zinfandel. The fruit grows on old (knotty) vines and is therefore more intensely flavoured. Pair with hamburgers. Zinfandel food pairings: pizza topped with dried salami, ribs, grilled T-bone steak. Drink: 2017 - 2021 363358 14.5% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 90/100. August 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cape Barren Native Goose Grenache Shiraz Mourvèdre 2013, Mclaren Vale, South Australia, Australia: Full-bodied with juicy, mouth-watering acidity. Lots of dark spice, spice and earth notes. Pair with spicy sausages. Grenache Shiraz Mourvèdre food pairings: spicy grilled sausages, rustic root vegetable stew with pork, roast turkey. Drink: 2017 - 2019 425850 14.5% XD 750 mL $21.95 Score: 90/100. August 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Quinta Da Rede Reserva 2013, Douro D.O.C., Portugal: Robust and rustic with wild tart black cherry and cedar underbrush. Firm tannins so decant 1-2 hours and pair with grilled meats. Food pairings: prime rib, slow-roasted beef long ribs, sausage cassoulet. Drink: 2017 - 2025 431742 13.5% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 90/100. August 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Alta Collection Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon Petit Verdot 2014, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina: Full-bodied with firm tannins and black fruit, smoke, tar and oak. Pair with rare meats. Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon Petit Verdot food pairings: roast beef, game stew, grilled Porterhouse steaks. Drink: 2017 - 2020 512202 14.2% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 89/100. August 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Viña Olabarri Gran Reserva 2007, Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain: Love the mature tertiary aromas coming through on this Rioja red wine: truffles (the fungi kind, not chocolate), violets, old leather, cigar box and dried herbs with dusty earth. Not fruit-forward, but balanced and smooth and full-bodied. Some thyme and vanilla smoke on a long finish. Highly recommended. Food pairings: veal chops, Coq-au-vin, slow-braised beef brisket. Drink: 2017 - 2020 329102 14% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 90/100. August 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Falesco Vitiano 2014, Umbria I.G.P., Italy: The Renzo Masi name is almost hidden on the label (look for the small type under the vintage). A quaffable Italian red wine that is solid for this price point. Full-bodied, black fruit, good acidity. Food pairings: rich tomato sauce with pasta, Margherita pizza, veal parmesan. Drink: 2017 - 2020 950204 13% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 87/100. August 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

William Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Napa Valley, California, United States: Intensely concentrated black fruit and smoke in this terrific Californian red wine with full-bodied weight and a supple texture. Lovely dried herbs and tobacco on the finish of this Napa Valley classic. This Cabernet Sauvignon was aged 21 months in oak barrels. This one will go for a while in your cellar, but why wait? decant 1-2 hours. Pair with filet mignon. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: chicken, braised lamb, roast beef, rosemary pork tenderloin. Drink: 2017 - 2022 212951 15.8% XD 750 mL $48.95 Score: 93/100. August 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Michael David 6Th Sense Syrah 2014, Lodi, California, United States: A full-bodied Californian Syrah with lots of aromas and flavours of chocolate, mocha, cocoa and coffee from lavish oak aging. Some black plums underneath. Syrah food pairings: game meats, rare roast beef, spice-braised lamb, cheddar. Drink: 2017 - 2020 394395 15% D 750 mL $25.95 Score: 88/100. August 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Barossa Valley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia: Classic cassis, black currant and wild blackberry on the nose of this seductive Australian Cabernet Sauvignon. Savoury dried herb and mouth-watering juiciness on the palate with tangy tomato and meat sauces. Great value! Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: venison, bison steak, filet mignon, hearty meat dishes, beef tenderloin. Drink: 2017 - 2022 493551 14.5% XD 750 mL $21.95 Score: 90/100. August 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Fincas Patagonicas Zolo Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Mendoza, Argentina: The 2014 vintage is the third vintage with famed winemaker Jean Claude Berrouet of Pomerol, Chateau Petrus as an exclusive consulting winemaker working closely with Fabian Valenzuela the current winemaker at Bodega Tapiz. Mr. Berrouet is one of the most famous winemakers and is involved in every facet of the process from vineyard to wine. What an incredible wine for this price! Full-bodied with attractive aromas of blackberry and cassis. Good balance with a long, satisfying finish. This winery produces other terrific reds as well, so keep an eye out for this producer. Pair this wine with a juicy, rare steak and full-bodied conversation tonight. Decant for 1 hour. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: steak, hearty meat dishes, hard cheese. Drink: 2017 - 2020 54098 14% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 89/100. August 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Zuccardi Serie A Bonarda 2015, Santa Rosa, Mendoza, Argentina: Black cherry liqueur and some medicinal notes on the nose with full-bodied suppleness on the palate. Pair with grilled hamburgers and relish. Bonarda food pairings: pulled pork sammies, grilled meats in a black bean sauce, spaghetti and meatballs. Drink: 2017 - 2020 355560 13.5% D 750 mL $16.95 Score: 88/100. August 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Osoyoos Larose Pétales D'osoyoos 2013, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia V.Q.A., Canada: Elegant with great depth and complexity. A terrific second label for this winery. Classic Bordeaux aromas of smoke, cassis and dried herbs. Long finish. Will do well in the cellar. Food pairings: grilled lamb chops, roast beef, New York striploin steak with sautéed wild mushrooms. Drink: 2017 - 2022 276741 13.5% XD 750 mL $28.95 Score: 91/100. August 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Viñalba Reserva Malbec Touriga Nacional 2014, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina: Stunningly delicious at an incredibly great price! This robust, savoury, juicy Argentine red wine is a blend of Malbec and Touriga Nacional grapes. Fleshy black plums and dried herbs. Perfect for grilled lamb. Malbec Touriga Nacional food pairings: grilled sirloin steak, mushroom stuffed flank steak, beef stews. Drink: 2017 - 2020 442459 14% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 92/100. August 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Piazzano Chianti 2015, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: Good price for this Italian quaffer offering attractive notes of dark red fruit, spice and smoke. Rustic and robust. Chianti is the iconic red wine of Italy, and has come a long way since those days of the straw-wrapped bottles. This rendition has terrific acidity for pasta dishes. Pair with movie night and pizza. Chianti food pairings: polenta dishes, venison, beef daube, leg of lamb, pasta with tomato sauce. Drink: 2017 - 2019 393199 13.5% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 88/100. August 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Finca Del Marquesado Reserva 2009, Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain: Rustic with tanned leather and dried herbs. Not fruit forward, but very enjoyable. Mouth-watering acidity. Pair with juicy lamb. Food pairings: roast leg of lamb, grilled chicken, venison steak. Drink: 2017 - 2020 492652 13.5% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 88/100. August 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Yalumba Wine Company Ringbolt 21 Barriques Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia: Minty blackberry nose. Full-bodied palate, supple and smooth. Decant one hour even so. Savoury, some grip and a good finish. Rare filet mignon please. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: hearty meat dishes, hard cheese, striploin steak on the barbie. Drink: 2017 - 2022 367870 12% XD 750 mL $44.95 Score: 92/100. August 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Hacienda Araucano Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Colchagua Valley, Chile: Mocha and dark plums on the nose and palate with chalky dry tannins on the palate. Full-bodied and supple. Pair with prime rib. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: venison, bison steak, filet mignon, hearty meat dishes, beef tenderloin. Drink: 2017 - 2020 687681 14% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 89/100. August 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Banfi Brunello Di Montalcino 2011, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: Dry, mouth-watering with puckering tannins on the palate. Black, charred fruit and toasty oak. Needs cellar time, then decant 2 hours. Pair with wild boar with black truffle. Brunello Di Montalcino food pairings: grilled steak, roast leg of lamb, hard cheese, veal piccata. Drink: 2017 - 2023 378257 14% D 750 mL $54.95 Score: 91/100. August 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Bulgariana Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Thracian Valley, Thracian Lowlands, Bulgaria: A rustic, robust Bulgarian red wine made from Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. A little stemmy and green on the nose and palate. Pair with a rare steak. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: grilled burgers, meat pizza, lamb stew. Drink: 2017 - 2019 419390 14% XD 750 mL $13.95 Score: 86/100. August 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Catena Appellation San Carlos Cabernet Franc 2014, Mendoza, Argentina: Full-bodied, juicy and savoury with meaty bacon notes that are so good. No bell pepper here my friends. Layers of lapped up luxury. Pair with grilled lamb. Cabernet Franc food pairings: roast turkey, stuffed breast of veal, pork tenderloin. Drink: 2017 - 2020 450106 13.5% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 92/100. August 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Fincas Patagonicas Malbec 2014, Mendoza, Argentina: Pitch black in flavour and hue: this is a brooding, blockbuster, don't mess with me wine. Holy smoke. Black currant, black, charred plum and roasted blackberry. This wine has walked through the fires of hell and lived to tell the tale. Pair with grilled meats. It's the only thing this wine knows. Malbec food pairings: pork roast with cranberry and cherry stuffing, pork roasted vegetables and cider stew, pork loin with prunes and sherry. Drink: 2017 - 2022 450155 14.2% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 92/100. August 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Finca Sophenia Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Tupungato, Mendoza, Argentina: Full-bodied with mocha and black plums and cassis. Pair with grilled meats. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: rare ribeye steak, game kebabs, lentil and meat stews. Drink: 2017 - 2022 350090 14% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 88/100. August 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mooiplaas Estate The Coffee Bean Pinotage 2016, Western Cape W.O., South Africa: Totally coffee-espresso on the nose and palate of this pinotage, and unapologetically (and delightfully) so. Weirdly wonderful: end your day with the alcoholic version of your morning coffee. Full-bodied and smooth red wine with some black fruit flavours as well. The coffee-style pinotage has become popular among South African winemakers. The grape Pinotage, the most iconic red wine for South Africa, was originally created by crossing Pinot Noir and Cinsault grapes. Produced by Mooiplaas Wines, this red wine is robust, rugged and full of character. The espresso notes are derived from both the toasting and type of French oak barrels in which the wine is aged. Try it with gourmet hamburgers or meat lovers' pizza. Pinotage food pairings: roast leg of lamb, grilled chicken, venison steak. Drink: 2017 - 2022 251165 14% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 90/100. August 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Basilica Cafaggio Single Estate Chianti Classico 2012, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: Rustic and robust with mouth-watering acidity to pair with tangy tomato meat sauces. Aromas of tart cherry and earth. Made from 100% Sangiovese grapes. Decant 1-2 hours. Chianti Classico food pairings: pasta and rich tomato sauce, cheesy pizza, meat lasagne. Drink: 2017 - 2019 421107 13% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 88/100. August 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Costa Lazaridi Amethystos 2012, Drama, Macedonia, Greece: A juicy full-bodied Greek red wine with purple and black plums notes on the notes and palate. Tannic grip. Food pairings: roast leg of lamb, roast garlic chicken, venison steak. Drink: 2017 - 2022 912980 14.5% D 750 mL $49.95 Score: 85/100. August 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Viña Tarapacá Gran Reserva Carmenère 2014, Maipo Valley, Chile: Stunningly great value! So juicy and savoury, lip-smackingly delicious. Lusciously rich and velvet-textured with fleshy sweetly ripe black plums in this classic Chilean red wine. The wine is matured in both American and French barrels for 8 months. Mocha-chocolate finish. Pair with grilled chicken. Carmenère food pairings: wine-braised beef, game, pork, turkey with heavy sauce. Drink: 2017 - 2019 57513 14% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 90/100. August 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Gigognan Clos Du Roi Châteauneuf-Du-Pape 2013, Rhône A.C., France: A towering big wine with high alcohol and lots of blackened fruit flavours and cigar box. Pair with prime rib. Châteauneuf-Du-Pape food pairings: lamb chops in red wine sauce, roast pork, grilled veal ribs. Drink: 2017 - 2020 492975 14.5% XD 750 mL $49.95 Score: 90/100. August 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rocca Barolo 2012, Piedmont D.O.C.G., Italy: This robust northern Italian red wine sports aromas of tanned leather, violets, cigar box and also has good acidity. Perfect balance. Not fruity: dry earth and old leather. Classic Barolo made from the northern Italian grape Nebbiolo. Aged in oak barrels for three years. Decant 2 hours. Pair with game meats. Barolo food pairings: herbed roast beef, roast veal, lamb, hamburgers, aged meats and cheeses, venison. Drink: 2017 - 2025 395103 14.5% XD 750 mL $38.95 Score: 90/100. August 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rosés

Kir-Yianni Akakies Xinomavro Rosé 2016, Amyndeon, Macedonia P.D.O., Greece: Vibrant and juicy Greek rosé. Dry, crisp, mouth-watering and refreshing with notes of wild field berries. So very delightful and bone-dry. Pair with planked salmon. Xinomavro Rosé food pairings: veal scaloppini, smoked salmon, antipasti, poultry. Drink: 2017 - 2018 71050 12.5% XD 750 mL $12.95 Score: 89/100. August 2017. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaines Ott Chateau De Selle Coeur De Grain Rosé 2016, Côtes De Provence, Provence A.C., France: This is the magnum size of the popular rose, equivalent to two regular 750 ml bottles. Light and pretty with pale pink aromas of fleeting field strawberries. Bone-dry and light-bodied. Love the funky bottle. Try it as an aperitif. Rosé food pairings: cold roast chicken, salads with goat cheese and fresh red berries, smoked trout. Drink: 2017 - 2019 490888 13% XD 1500 mL $104.95 Score: 90/100. August 2017. Top Rated Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Montaud Rosé 2016, Côtes De Provence, Provence A.C., France: A gorgeous southern French rosé from the heart of rosé country: Provence. All rosés are dry in style here. Aromas of field strawberry and dried herbs. Lip-smacking delicious! Pair with roast chicken. Vintages Wine Panel: This tasty pink wine shows notes of strawberry, rhubarb, watermelon and gentle spice on the nose. Dry and medium bodied, it’s ripe, round and refreshing. Settle into a chaise lounge and soak up some rays as you sip this delicious rosé. My note: This is why I love rose from Provence! Light and summery yet packed with flavour! Perfectly calibrated for happiness. Rosé food pairings: grilled-chicken salads, seafood appetizers, seared tuna. Drink: 2017 - 2018 226613 12% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 88/100. August 2017. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Susana Balbo Signature Rosé 2016, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina: A crisp and refreshing Argentine rosé with notes of field berries and dried herbs. Pair with grilled chicken. Rosé food pairings: fried chicken, salads with feta cheese, charcuterie and cheese dish. Drink: 2017 - 2019 493130 13% D 750 mL $20.95 Score: 90/100. August 2017. Top Rated Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaines Ott By Ott Rosé 2016, Provence A.C., France: Produced by Château De Selle Coeur De Grain, this is spectacularly great, and probably the best-known rosé in the region famous for it. Dried herbs, savoury goodness, bone dry, complex. This is the Dom Perignon of rosé from Provence. Domaines Ott is a Cru Classe that leads the pack worldwide for rosé, thus that price tag. Complex, wild yet elegant. Love that curvy bottle too. Pair with halibut. Rosé food pairings: strawberry spinach salad, roast turkey, veal scaloppini. Drink: 2017 - 2019 490896 13% XD 750 mL $28.95 Score: 94/100. August 2017. Top Rated Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Featherstone Winery Rosé 2016, Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Aromas of rhubarb-strawberry compote, tinge of sweet raspberry, mostly lovely mouth-watering juiciness. Lovely ballet slipper pink. Finishes crisp and clean. Spritely, refreshing and light with wild field berry aromas. Rosé food pairings: avocado spring greens and strawberry salad, corn pineapple avocado and kale salad with strawberry dressing, golden beet salad with spring onion and goat cheese. Drink: 2017 - 2019 117861 13.2% MD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 89/100. August 2017. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Miraval Rosé 2016, Côtes De Provence, Provence A.C., France: This is the magnum size of the popular rose, equivalent to two regular 750 ml bottles. Originally owned by Bradd Pitt and Angelina Jolie, I'm not sure if either one took custody of the winery or if they sold it. Regardless, the wine is still made by the Perrin family. Medium-bodied, dry with notes of field berries. Pair with grilled chicken. Rosé food pairings: planked salmon, pate, roast chicken, roast breast of veal. Drink: 2017 - 2019 490870 13% XD 1500 mL $46.95 Score: 92/100. August 2017. Top Rated Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaines Ott Chateau De Selle Coeur De Grain Rosé 2016, Côtes De Provence, Provence A.C., France: Light and pretty with pale pink aromas of fleeting field strawberries. Bone-dry and light-bodied. Love the funky bottle. Try it as an aperitif. Rosé food pairings: egg dishes, fresh steamed freshwater shrimp stuffed avocado, spring salads. Drink: 2017 - 2019 74617 12.5% XD 750 mL $47.95 Score: 90/100. August 2017. Top Rated Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sparkling Wine

G. Marquis Silver Line Sparkling Blanc De Noirs Ice Rosé, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Toasty and full-bodied with aromas of ripe raspberries and toast. Sparkling Blanc De Noirs Ice Rosé food pairings: crab cakes, pan-fried Dore, shrimp stuffed baked Sole. Drink: 2016 - 2018 274761 13.4% D 750 mL $29.95 Score: 90/100. August 2017. Top Rated Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Freixenet Elyssia Gran Cuvée Brut Cava, Penedès D.O., Spain: A delightful, flavourful Spanish sparkling wine from one of the country's best producers. This is a fraction of the price of Champagne, and yet performs at that level. Crisp with lime lift and a long fresh finish. Cava food pairings: panfried panfish, salads, seafood bites, tapas. Drink: 2016 - 2021 392548 12% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 94/100. August 2017. Best Value Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cave De Hoen Mausberg Brut Crémant D'alsace Blanc De Blancs, Alsace A.C., France: Toasty and refreshing with an expensive looking label which is always a plus at fancy get-togethers where you don’t want to blow the budget but serve good stuff. White peach and melon and baked bread. The Alsace wine region is right next to Champagne, so it shares many similarities in climate and soil, and thus style. Pair with sushi and shellfish. Crémant D'alsace Blanc De Blancs food pairings: sushi. Drink: 2017 - 2020 171785 12.5% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 90/100. August 2017. Best Value Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

Robert Mondavi Winery Fume Blanc 2014, Napa Valley, California, United States: Lemon smoke seduction on the nose. Crisp and vibrant on the palate. Long finish. Medium-bodied. Perfect for halibut in a beure blanc sauce. Fume Blanc food pairings: chicken salad, pork tenderloin, seafood, barbecued lobster. Drink: 2016 - 2018 221887 13.5% XD 750 mL $22.95 Score: 91/100. August 2017. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Collection Gold Label Chardonnay 2015, Monterey County, California, United States: Toffee and caramel aromas from the oak aging on the nose of this rich Californian Chardonnay, followed by fleshy peach, burnt apples and pear on the mid-palate. Full-bodied and delicious. Try it with grilled chicken tonight. Chardonnay food pairings: pork, chicken, lobster in butter sauce, beef bourguignon, breads. Drink: 2015 - 2018 708305 13% D 750 mL $23.95 Score: 88/100. August 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Quinta De Curvos Loureiro 2015, Vinho Verde, Portugal: Peach blossom and apricot freshness. Light-bodied without a lot of acidity. Food pairings: shellfish, seafood, spring salads. Drink: 2016 - 2019 471284 12% M 750 mL $12.95 Score: 89/100. August 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Two Rivers Convergence Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: A terrific, well-crafted NZ SB! Citrus lift, not too grassy and ultra refreshing. This wine is named for the two rivers that converge in the heart of the Marlborough region: the Awatere and Wairau Rivers. Pair with shellfish. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: goat cheese and cranberry bake, beet salad spinach and goat cheese salad with red berry dressing, fig and orange balsamic with goat cheese. Drink: 2017 - 2018 277707 13.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 91/100. August 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Robert Oatley Signature Series Chardonnay 2015, Margaret River, West Australia, Australia: A full-bodied white wine that's rich and buttery with some smoke on the nose from generous oak aging. Supple, layered and tasty. Great price. Try with seafood pasta in a cream sauce or roast chicken or turkey. Chardonnay food pairings: pan fried scallops, spinach and pepper jack stuffed chicken, beef bourguignon, pork tenderloin, toasted ravioli served with Alfredo sauce. Drink: 2017 - 2019 350900 13% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 88/100. August 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Flat Rock Unplugged Chardonnay 2015, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Clean and crisp with notes of green apple and lime zest. Great acidity for fresh seafood. Unplugged references the fact that this wine was not oak aged. Chardonnay food pairings: chicken cacciatore, pasta, potato salad, liver pâté, cheese. Drink: 2017 - 2018 68015 12.5% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 89/100. August 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Donatien Bahuaud Les Grands Mortiers 2015, Vouvray, Loire A.C., France: This Vouvray also features lemon zest, mango and some lovely, luxurious candle wax notes (the latter, more texture than flavour). Very viscous, voluptuous and mouth-filling. This lovely Loire Valley Chenin Blanc offers floral notes. It's zesty and festive with attractive aromas of white peach. A terrific aperitif or companion to vegetarian dishes. A lick of sweetness makes it versatile with dishes such as glazed ham. Food pairings: honey-glazed pork, mango chicken, coquilles St. Jacques. Drink: 2017 - 2019 140889 12% M 750 mL $18.95 Score: 90/100. August 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Lafage Cadireta Chardonnay Viognier 2015, Côtes Catalanes, Roussillon I.G.P., France: Vibrant with a hint of floral notes. Medium-bodied and juicy acidity. Lovely Chardonnay with a splash of Viognier for that lime blossom lift through the mid-palate. Chardonnay Viognier food pairings: grilled shrimp, fresh steamed lobster and crab, vegetarian pizza. Drink: 2017 - 2020 448472 13% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 89/100. August 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Hirsch Heilgenstein Grüner Veltliner 2014, Kamptal D.A.C., Austria: A terrific, dry, zesty Austrian white wine made from the country's iconic grape Grüner Veltliner. Medium-bodied with mouth-watering acidity for shellfish and seafood. No oak, yay! Grüner Veltliner food pairings: sautéed sea scallops, mild curries, green salads. Drink: 2017 - 2019 484980 13% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 92/100. August 2017. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Zenato Pinot Grigio 2016, Delle Venezie, Veneto I.G.T., Italy: Lime, white grapefruit, lemongrass mingle on the aromatics and follow through on the palate. Clean and crisp with white melon notes. Great aperitif. Pair it with Dover sole or fresh oysters. Pinot Grigio food pairings: Caprese salad, pasta with cream sauce, grilled chicken breast, frittata. Drink: 2017 - 2018 37648 12.5% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 89/100. August 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château des Charmes Old Vines Riesling 2014, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A pleasant Niagara Riesling made from grapes grown on old vines from the winery's estate vineyards. Notes of lime, grapefruit and white peach. Pair with seafood. Riesling food pairings: grilled chicken with lemongrass stalk, spicy pasta dishes, shrimp tempura, grilled salmon with lemon sauce, duck liver pate. Drink: 2017 - 2019 277228 12.5% D 750 mL $18.95 Score: 88/100. August 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

El Esteco Ciclos Torrontes 2015, Calchaqui Valley, Argentina: Floral and fragrant, medium-bodied with good acidity for spicy dishes. Love Viognier or gewürztraminer? Then try this wine. Torrontes food pairings: marmalade and apricot roast chicken, baked ham with orange sauce, grilled shrimp with mango coulis. Drink: 2017 - 2019 482976 13% D 750 mL $16.95 Score: 89/100. August 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Yalumba Viognier 2015, Eden Valley, South Australia, Australia: Floral and fragrant with some baking spice. So very pretty. Medium-bodied. Viognier was close to extinction in 1980 in Australia when Yalumba took a special interest in it. Perfect for medium curries and spices. Viognier food pairings: sautéed sea scallops, chicken, pork, mild curries and spices. Drink: 2017 - 2019 954644 13% D 750 mL $24.95 Score: 93/100. August 2017. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Beringer Private Reserve Chardonnay 2015, Napa Valley, California, United States: The grapes grow in the Oakville region in Napa. The wine is 100% barrel fermented and undergoes 100% malolactic fermentation for extra richness and creamy depth. Butterscotch and toffee aromas in this rich Californian Chardonnay. Some apple and peach wrapped lovingly in caramel form generous oak aging. Full-throttle Chardonnay for lovers of the genre. This Californian Chardonnay is a heavy-hitter: full-bodied, layered and rich. Toasty oak, smoke, vanillin, caramel and baked peach pie from generous oak aging. Pair with quail or Cornish hen. Chardonnay food pairings: fish cakes with a rhubarb relish, crab cakes with aioli dip, Poorboy oysters, roasted partridge. Drink: 2017 - 2023 26682 14.9% XD 750 mL $47.95 Score: 92/100. August 2017. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

William Cole Mirador Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Casablanca Valley, Chile: A grassy, herbal Chilean Sauvignon Blanc with notes of fresh straw, hay, grass, white melon and lime. Lots of racy acidity for shellfish. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: vegetarian lasagne, spicy shrimp, smoked salmon, cheese fondue, sushi. Drink: 2017 - 2018 93948 12.5% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 87/100. August 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Redstone Limestone Vineyard South Riesling 2013, Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A spectacular Riesling founded by one of Niagara's best producers Tawse. This is the first Redstone Riesling release from the south block of the Limestone Vineyard, a 14-year-old sustainably farmed block on Twenty Mile Bench. The 2012 vintage was warm and it shows in the pure fruit intensity and laser focus of this wine: white peach, lime zest and a deep core of minerality. I am thrilled with this first effort from Redstone, and anxiously look forward to future vintages. Cheers! Riesling food pairings: scallop ceviche, white fish with mango salsa, salt and pepper shrimp skewers. Drink: 2017 - 2024 381251 10% M 750 mL $19.95 Score: 92/100. August 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Jean-Pierre Sève Terroir Pouilly-Fuissé 2015, Burgundy A.C., France: A pleasant Old World-style Chardonnay with enticing notes of green apples, peaches and oak. Medium-bodied. The Pouilly-Fuissé appellation is regarded as the most coveted and best quality in the Mâconnais region of Burgundy. The Chardonnays are more fruit-driven than oak-driven. The natural rock formation that surrounds the vineyards traps the sunlight and warmth to help ripen the grapes. Highly recommended. Pouilly-Fuissé food pairings: roasted chicken, grilled fish, basil pesto, prawn bisque, cheese fondue. Drink: 2017 - 2019 681056 13.4% D 750 mL $29.95 Score: 90/100. August 2017. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Hogue Chardonnay 2015, Columbia Valley, Washington, United States: A terrific value for this Washington Chardonnay. Full-bodied and smoky with toasted oak notes, but not over-bearing - nicely integrated. Bright apple aromas on the mid-palate. Pair with grilled chicken. Chardonnay food pairings: turkey and vegetable casserole, turkey pot pie, marinated grilled turkey breast with red berry sauce. Drink: 2017 - 2020 402172 13.5% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 90/100. August 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


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