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Vintages Release August 19, 2017

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Château De Lamarque 2010, Haut-Médoc, Bordeaux A.C., France: This robust Bordeaux red wine has lots of blackcurrant and cassis notes along with smoky and toasty oak. Finishes with cigar box and dark spice. Pair with rare steak. Food pairings: rare ribeye steak, venison tenderloin, roast leg of lamb. Drink: 2015 - 2019 440198 14% XD 750 mL $39.95 Score: 88/100. August 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Miguel Torres Purgatori 2013, Costers Del Segre D.O., Spain: Miguel Torres' Purgatori is made from grapes grown in a vineyard in Costers del Segre and includes Syrah in the Grenache and Carignan fruit-driven blend. Full-bodied and smooth, this deep-ruby wine has ripe strawberries, red cherry and white pepper on the palate with a hint of oak. Pair with grilled meats. Food pairings: duck confit over small roasted potatoes and green onion, duck fricassee on egg noodles, grilled goose breast with cherry coulee. Drink: 2015 - 2019 452102 13.8% D 750 mL $44.95 Score: 90/100. August 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

La Posta Pizzella Malbec 2015, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina: This dark, meaty and full-bodied Argentine wine sources its Malbec grapes from local growers, the Pizzella Family Vineyard (Ed Lehrman and Nick Ramkowsky). Lots of chocolate, espresso, coffee and mocha from oak aging. This La Posta is more robust than the winery's Angel Paulucci red wine. Winemakers Paula and Pablo Pizzella grow the grapes in Altamira, Mendoza. Pair with Mexican mole. Malbec food pairings: lamb cutlets, beef tenderloin, prime rib. Drink: 2016 - 2020 166298 14% D 750 mL $15.95 Score: 89/100. August 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Casas del Bosque Reserva Carmenère 2015, Rapel Valley, Chile: A rich, full-bodied Chilean red wine made from the country's signature red wine grape Carmenere. Aromas of dark fruit and smoke. Made from grapes grown in the Rapel Valley that are hand-harvested in May. The grapes were crushed and de-stemmed in stainless steel tanks. The wine was aged in French oak barrels for 10 months. Pair with roast beef. Tremendous value. Carmenère food pairings: wine-braised beef, turkey with heavy sauces, wild boar, bison chili. Drink: 2015 - 2019 205872 13.5% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 90/100. August 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ca' Momi Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Napa Valley, California, United States: Lots of chocolate and sweet mocha form oak aging on the nose and palate of this Californian red wine made from Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. Sweet blackberry pie on the finish. Pair with Mexican mole. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: roasted gamebirds, fricassee rabbit, roast of veal. Drink: 2015 - 2018 315002 13.5% D 750 mL $29.95 Score: 88/100. August 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Fielding Estate Winery Conception 2015, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Juicy and mouth-watering acidity on the palate for tangy tomato sauce dishes. Mocha and dark chocolate on the nose of this Niagara red wine blend from toasty oak aging. Full-bodied and smooth. This Ontario red wine is a blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah that was aged in French and American oak barrels. Try it with meat lovers pizza or grilled pork chops. Food pairings: pork chops, pizza with meat topping, gourmet burgers. Drink: 2016 - 2021 189183 13.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 88/100. August 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mas Olivier Expression 2014, Faugères, South Of France A.P., France: Savoury, juicy with black fruit and smoke. Racy acidity on the palate for grilled meats and tomato sauce. Good value. Vines are planted in schist and slate soils at 400 metres above sea level. Ends with a darkly spicy finish. Food pairings: roast chicken, pork loin, slow-braised lamb shanks. Drink: 2016 - 2020 494914 13% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 88/100. August 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Canet Vieilles Vignes 2015, Minervois, South Of France A.P., France: Very tannic with tart black fruit. This is a blend of 70% Syrah grapes with 30% Grenache and Cinsault from old vines. Needs some cellar time then decant 2 hours. Pair with rare steak. Food pairings: grilled chicken, roast stuffed veal breast, stuffed Portobello mushrooms. Drink: 2017 - 2020 494138 14% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 87/100. August 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Gayda Syrah 2014, Pays D'oc I.G.P., France: Fantastic value for the price. A gorgeous southern French red wine from the Languedoc region. Very expressive and aromatic with lovely replays of violets, fleshy blackberry and black pepper on the nose and palate. Syrah food pairings: roast leg of lamb, pork loin, rare ribeye steak. Drink: 2016 - 2021 392977 13% D 750 mL $14.95 Score: 89/100. August 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Le Secret Des Capitelles 2014, Saint-Chinian, South Of France A.P., France: Savoury and juicy with herbal and dark spicy notes with macerated red fruit accents. Full-bodied with a soft velvet texture. Love the enticing cherry notes and dark fruits. Supple and slippery good. Terrific price! Food pairings: grilled calamari, roasted chicken in a mushroom sauce. Drink: 2016 - 2020 156299 13.5% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 88/100. August 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

d'Arenberg The Custodian Grenache 2013, Mclaren Vale, South Australia, Australia: Lots of acidity on this juicy Australian red wine blend. Tarry black fruit and spices. Pair with a rare steak. Grenache food pairings: braised beef dishes, turkey, soft cheese, roasted pork. Drink: 2017 - 2019 713040 14.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 88/100. August 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Shiraz 2014, Stellenbosch W.O., South Africa: Charred, toasty oak on the nose and palate with blackened dark plums. Full-bodied and supple. Decant 1 hour and pair with a rare steak. Shiraz food pairings: roast beef, grilled steak, steak and cheese pizza. Drink: 2016 - 2020 399246 14% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 88/100. August 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Pascual Toso Barrancas Toso 2014, Mendoza, Argentina: This wine offers generous aromas of wild blackberry, toasty oak and cedar forest. Full-bodied and smooth. Lovely freshness on the nose of this full-bodied Argentine red wine made from the country's flagship red grape, Malbec. Decant 2 hours. Pair with grilled lamb. Food pairings: chicken herb-rubbed roast, duck breast with celeriac purée, breaded veal cutlets, tagliatelle alla Bolognese, lamb burgers, spicy sausage. Drink: 2017 - 2020 494609 14% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 89/100. August 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Vieni Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Vinemount Ridge, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A full-bodied Niagara Cabernet with aromas of black currant. Pair with prime rib. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: pork and vegetable kebabs, roast goose, grilled steak. Drink: 2016 - 2019 373308 13.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 87/100. August 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Castellani Riserva Chianti 2014, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: Pleasant Italian red wine with loads of acidity that cries out for tomato or spicy sauces. Aromas of tart red berries. Medium-bodied and smooth. Chianti food pairings: spaghetti and meatballs, vegetarian lasagne, cheesy pizza. Drink: 2017 - 2019 970707 12.5% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 87/100. August 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Des Erles 2013, Fitou, South Of France A.C., France: A little reduced on the nose, but the sample bottle at the tasting may just have been faulted. On the palate, much better with fleshy dark fruit and smoke. Robust and savoury. Firm tannic grip. Decant 1-2 hours. Pair with grilled meats. Food pairings: roast pork, bison burgers, fricassee rabbit. Drink: 2016 - 2020 654590 13.5% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 87/100. August 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Gérard Bertrand Grand Terroir La Clape Syrah Carignan Mourvèdre 2014, Coteaux De Languedoc La Clape, South Of France A.P., France: Very savoury and juicy with dried herbs on the nose and palate. The grapes for this French red wine blend are planted closer to the Mediterranean sea and therefore there are more spice accents in the finished wine along with red fruits, lavender and pepper. The vines are planted at an altitude of 200 metres above sea level, which preserves their freshness with cool nights. The soils consist of limestone plateau that's thousands of years old. The finish has moorland accents. Pair with rosemary lamb. Although the Languedoc is the world's largest wine region with 235,000 acres, it is not one homogenous mass or style wine-wise. There are actually 5 sub-climates and more than 50 different grapes used in varying blends. Compare that to the 5 grapes used in Bordeaux. There are also 8 different and distinctive winds that blow through the vines here as compared to one in the Rhone, the Mistral. Syrah Carignan Mourvèdre food pairings: rustic stews, meat lover's pizza, hard cheeses. Drink: 2016 - 2021 370262 13.5% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 93/100. August 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tedeschi Corasco 2015, Rosso Delle Venezie, Veneto I.G.T., Italy: Savoury with dried herbs and smoke on the nose and palate. Loads of black pepper on the nose and palate: terrific liquid condiment to any dish that cries out for pepper. Black fruit, juicy, smooth and full-bodied. Food pairings: meat lasagne, vegetarian pizza, Porchetta. Drink: 2017 - 2020 216440 14% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. August 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Campo Arriba 2014, Yecla D.O., Spain: Smoky, toasty oak and mocha espresso on the nose of this generously oaked Spanish red wine. Blackened fruit and dark chocolate on the palate. This vineyard is the northernmost in the Yecla region of Spain, with vines planted at 700 to 800 metres above sea level. Food pairings: pork roast, grilled pork sausages, meat lover's pizza. Drink: 2016 - 2020 264811 14.5% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 89/100. August 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Luca G Lot Pinot Noir 2014, Gualtallary, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina: Sweet cherry-berry goodness with luscious layers of hedonistic happiness. Medium- to full-bodied with a terrific lip-smacking finish. There's some wild black raspberry on the finish wrapped in a whiff of smoke. So gloriously luscious! I'm thinking planked salmon. Pinot Noir food pairings: planked salmon, roast chicken or turkey. Drink: 2017 - 2019 175570 14% D 750 mL $32.95 Score: 93/100. August 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Don't Hesitate Shiraz 2015, Mclaren Vale, South Australia, Australia: Charred black fruit with lots of toasty oak and mocha on the nose and palate. Pair with brontosaurus burgers. Shiraz food pairings: lamb cutlets, hamburgers, game meats, rare roast beef. Drink: 2017 - 2020 434159 14% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 88/100. August 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Spy valley Pinot Noir 2013, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: Juicy with fleshy ripe black cherry, smoky and espresso on the nose and palate of this medium-bodied New Zealand red wine made from Pinot Noir grapes. Sweet cherries on the palate with some cinnamon spice. Pinot Noir food pairings: pork tenderloin, mushroom and truffle dishes, torchière, goat cheese. Drink: 2016 - 2020 734681 13.5% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 90/100. August 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

16 Mile Cellar Rebel Pinot Noir 2012, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Tart cherry and cranberry aromas on the nose and palate. Lots of acidity. Medium-bodied and smooth. Pair with seared tuna. Pinot Noir food pairings: grilled pork chops, gourmet hamburgers, vegetarian pizza. Drink: 2016 - 2019 520783 12.5% XD 750 mL $22.95 Score: 89/100. August 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Best's Bin No. 1 Shiraz 2014, Great Western, Victoria, Australia: Blackberry and fleshy black plum aromas on the nose with some mint, and a savoury mouth-watering note on the palate. Full-bodied and generous. Supple and smooth. Grilled pork chops please! This wine is robust yet it also has terrific balance, the result of its cool-climate origins. This wine will go the distance. Shiraz food pairings: pork chops, grilled radicchio, beef prosciutto, black bean soup, blue cheese. Drink: 2016 - 2021 222323 14% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 92/100. August 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Perez Cruz Limited Edition Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Maipo Valley, Chile: A consistently solid Chilean producer of red wine including this robust Cabernet Sauvignon. Aromas of black fruit, spice and smoke. Pair with grilled meats. This limited edition robust Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon offers good value at this price point. Polished tannins with a good finish. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: grilled lamb chops, veal chops, mushroom burgers, pepper steaks. Drink: 2017 - 2023 431015 14% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 91/100. August 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sagrado 2013, Douro D.O.C., Portugal: An attractive, robust Portuguese red wine with a smooth texture and supple character. Aromas of black currant and dark berries with spice. This is one of the oldest estates in the Douro Valley, owned by the descendants of Marquis Nicolas Alexandre de Segur, named the Prince of Wines by King Louis XX of France. Food pairings: roast chicken, Porchetta, roast leg of lamb. Drink: 2016 - 2020 380907 13.5% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 88/100. August 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Venturini Semonte Alto Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso 2014, Veneto D.O.C., Italy: Dark red fruit and smoke on the nose of this robust Italian red wine made using the traditional ripasso method. Pair with grilled meats and hamburgers. Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso food pairings: roast chicken, vegetarian lasagne, barbequed veal chops. Drink: 2016 - 2020 310078 14% XD 750 mL $23.95 Score: 88/100. August 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Passo Del Cardinale Primitivo Di Manduria 2014, Puglia D.O.C., Italy: Robust and bursting with dark fruit flavour wrapped in a weave of smoke. Pair with gourmet hamburgers for maximum pleasure. Primitivo Di Manduria food pairings: roast chicken, vegetarian lasagne, barbequed veal chops. Drink: 2017 - 2020 496463 14.5% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 90/100. August 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ernie Els Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Stellenbosch W.O., South Africa: Savoury, juicy and loaded with black fruit. Decant 2 hours for maximum pleasure. Smooth and satisfying like a hole in one. Loaded with purple and black plums and attractive dark spice and smoke on the finish. Els had retired from golfing, then returned with a flourish, winning the 2012 British Open. Let's raise a glass to him! Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: chicken, pork tenderloin, hodgepodge, avocado and papaya salad. Drink: 2016 - 2019 278358 14.5% D 750 mL $24.95 Score: 91/100. August 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Manos Negras Atrevida Malbec 2015, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina: Rich, dark and deep with brooding, fleshy ripe black berries, black plums and purple plums. Supple and smooth. Malbec is the reigning red wine grape of Argentina and it plays the leading role in this terrific wine. Malbec food pairings: lamb cutlets, barbequed beef ribs, prime rib. Drink: 2017 - 2020 494518 13.9% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 89/100. August 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

De Loach Zinfandel 2014, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California, United States: Very berry! Purple plums with blueberries and brambleberries. Full-bodied and smooth with juicy flavours. Zinfandel food pairings: Margherita pizza, roasted hearty root vegetables, sausage cassoulet. Drink: 2017 - 2020 414854 14.4% D 750 mL $28.95 Score: 87/100. August 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sister's Run Cow's Corner Grenache Shiraz Mataro 2015, Barossa, South Australia, Australia: A supple, luscious Australian red wine blend with aromas of fleshy ripe dark berries and plums with some smoke on the finish. Pair with gourmet hamburgers. Grenache Shiraz Mataro food pairings: gourmet hamburgers, sausages, barbecue-grilled meat-lovers’ pizza, lamb cutlets. Drink: 2017 - 2020 346510 14.5% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 90/100. August 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Poderi Colla Dardi Le Rose Bussia Barolo 2011, Piedmont D.O.C.G., Italy: You must give this tannic Italian red wine cellar time: you'll be well-rewarded if you do. This is a turbo-charged, black rocket of a wine. Violets, tar and black fruit await your curious senses. Decant 3 hours. Barolo food pairings: roast beef, roast veal, hamburgers, venison. Drink: 2017 - 2029 596890 14.5% XD 750 mL $54.95 Score: 91/100. August 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Du Grand Tinel Châteauneuf-Du-Pape 2012, Rhône A.C., France: Blackened, charred dark fruit, smoke, tar and cigar box on the nose and palate of this huge French red wine that weights in at 15% alcohol and shows it. Pair with T-Rex burgers. Châteauneuf-Du-Pape food pairings: chicken herb-rubbed roast, duck breast with celeriac purée, breaded veal cutlets, tagliatelle alla Bolognese, lamb burgers, spicy sausage. Drink: 2017 - 2021 993964 15% XD 750 mL $51.95 Score: 88/100. August 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sasso Al Poggio 2012, Tuscany I.G.T., Italy: Lots of chocolate and mocha on the nose of this full-bodied Italian red wine from generous oak aging. Robust and generous (you gotta like that in a wine or a person) with attractive aromas and flavours of tart cherry and wild blackberry. A solid finish. Great for potluck gatherings. This wine cries out for food, especially anything with a tangy tomato sauce. Decant 2 hours -- very grippy, firm tannins. Food pairings: meat lasagne, vegetarian pizza, Porchetta. Drink: 2016 - 2019 134809 14% D 750 mL $20.95 Score: 88/100. August 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Palacios Remondo La Montesa Crianza 2014, Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain: A full-bodied Spanish wine from a great vintage and a well-respected producer. Aromas of black fruit, smoke and dark spice. Pair with grilled meats. Food pairings: roast chicken, roast leg of lamb, grilled pork ribs, beef stews. Drink: 2017 - 2021 674572 13% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 90/100. August 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château des Charmes St. Davids Bench Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, St. David's Bench, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A delicious and robust red with excellent structure and finish. Aromas of blackberries and cassis. Aged one year in French oak Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: steak, stew, venison, hamburgers. Drink: 2017 - 2022 935957 14.5% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 89/100. August 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Familia Castaño Hécula Monastrell 2013, Yecla D.O., Spain: An attractive dark wine with black fruit, licorice, dark spices and smoky oak. Full-bodied with good persistence of flavor. Monastrell food pairings: charcuterie, hard cheeses, pork sausages cassoulet. Drink: 2017 - 2020 718999 14% XD 750 mL $13.95 Score: 88/100. August 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mas Des Bressades Cuvée Tradition 2015, Costières De Nîmes, Rhône A.P., France: Savoury and dark with big black fruit, smoke and meaty notes. A heart of darkness runs through this rich, deep, full-bodied wine. This wine is blend of Syrah and Grenache grapes, from a region you should put on your radar. This is an incredible price. Food pairings: vegetarian pizza, ham and asparagus quiche, rabbit fricassee. Drink: 2016 - 2021 143099 14% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 89/100. August 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Smoke & Gamble Cabernet Merlot 2014, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Lovely balance in this full-bodied, supple red. Lots of character but not heavy. Dark fruit, smoke with a long finish. A blend of 49.5% merlot, 37.2% cabernet sauvignon and 13.3% cabernet sauvignon. Cabernet Merlot food pairings: beef skewers, fajitas, steak-topped pizza. Drink: 2017 - 2019 332825 13.6% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. August 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Thorn-Clarke Shotfire Shiraz 2014, Barossa, South Australia, Australia: A big, robust, brooding red wine with full-bodied weight and layering on the palate. Made from the iconic Australian grape Shiraz, this wine offers attractive aromas and flavours of blackcurrant, cassis and cedar. Smooth and ready when you are. Try it with meat lovers' pizza tonight. Shiraz food pairings: venison filet mignon with red wine gravy, grilled bison strip steaks, goose and duck sausage cassoulet. Drink: 2017 - 2022 18796 14.5% XD 750 mL $21.95 Score: 89/100. August 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Chateau St. Jean Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, California, United States: Fleshy ripe black and purple plums on the nose of this lovely, highly aromatic Californian Cabernet. Long recognized for producing quality Cabernet Sauvignon, Chateau St. Jean’s superbly priced version is no exception. Front and centre are ripe cassis, raspberry and wood-smoke. With the fruit nicely balanced by mid-palate tannins this wine is dry, rich, ripe and forward. Enjoy it tonight. A full-bodied, well-structure cabernet with classic notes of cassis, blackcurrant and blackberry. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: beef brisket, gourmet burgers, rich meat-based pasta dish. Drink: 2016 - 2022 38034 13.8% XD 750 mL $21.95 Score: 91/100. August 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château De Sérame Grenache Syrah Mourvèdre 2010, Minervois, South Of France A.C., France: A hulking big red wine blend from Southern France with attractive aromas of smoke, black cherry and dark plum. Layered and textured for meaty dishes. Decant 1 hour. Great value for this price. Wow. Grenache Syrah Mourvèdre food pairings: rustic stews, meat lover's pizza, hard cheeses. Drink: 2016 - 2020 480889 14% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 90/100. August 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine De La Cendrillon No 1 2012, Corbières, South Of France A.P., France: Very silky, sexy satin smooth French red wine blend of Mourvèdre, Syrah and Grenache grapes. Full-bodied yet as supple as pinot noir. Liquid seduction in a glass. Pair with proposals of the most blunt kind and duck confit. Food pairings: cassoulet, pork ribs, slow-braised beef brisket. Drink: 2016 - 2023 493890 14.5% XD 750 mL $54.95 Score: 96/100. August 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rosés

Hecht & Bannier Rosé 2016, Côtes De Provence , Provence A.C., France: Lovely southern French rosé: dry with aromas of small wild field strawberries. Light-bodied yet packed with flavour. The vines are planted on the foothills of mountains in Haut-Provence. Served chilled as an aperitif or companion to seafood. Rosé food pairings: strawberry spinach salad, roast turkey, veal scaloppini. Drink: 2016 - 2018 410035 13% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. August 2017. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Megalomaniac Pink Slip Rosé 2016, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Very aromatic: big pink flavours up front, think pink grapefruit, pinkish peach and strawberries. Medium-bodied and mouth-watering. Great for the price. Rosé food pairings: lox and capers, grilled salmon steak, shellfish. Drink: 2017 - 2019 85126 12% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 88/100. August 2017. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Bellevue La Forêt Rosé 2016, Fronton, Southwest A.C., France: An incredibly tasting and mouth-watering dry rosé, especially for this price point. Aromas of field strawberries and tiny raspberries. Refreshing as an aperitif or pair with planked salmon. Rosé food pairings: strawberry spinach salad, roast turkey, veal scaloppini. Drink: 2016 - 2018 219840 12.5% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 90/100. August 2017. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Villa Maria Estate Private Bin Rosé 2016, Marlborough, New Zealand: Pretty aromas of field strawberries tickle the nose and senses on this vibrant New Zealand rosé. It's dry and delicate yet refreshing. It finishes with a touch of spice and sun-dappled berries. Pair with planked salmon. Serve chilled. Rosé food pairings: grilled chicken breast, shellfish, charcuterie plate. Drink: 2016 - 2018 234377 12.5% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 90/100. August 2017. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sparkling Wine

Graham Beck Brut Rosé Sparkling 2011, Robertson, Western Cape W.O., South Africa: This so reminds me of prestige Champagne Rose -- at one fifth the price. A crisp, refreshing South African sparkling wine from one of this country's best producers of this style. Aromas of rose petal and field berries. Ultra dry. Pair with planked salmon. Sparkling food pairings: smoked tuna omelet, smoked salmon, shellfish. Drink: 2016 - 2019 4085 12% D 750 mL $21.95 Score: 91/100. August 2017. Top Rated Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

St. Pauls Pinot Grigio 2015, Südtirol, Alto Adige D.O.C., Italy: A pleasant sipper with mouth-watering acidity. Notes of grapefruit. Needs seafood. Pinot Grigio food pairings: goat cheese salad, fresh fruit, spring greens salad. Drink: 2017 - 2018 391870 13% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 87/100. August 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tenuta Roveglia Vigne Di Catullo Lugana Riserva 2013, Lombardy D.O.C., Italy: Fresh and intensely crisp with lime zest. Perfect for vegetarian dishes and fresh seafood. Food pairings: shellfish, pan fried cod fillets, oyster poor boys. Drink: 2017 - 2019 437004 13% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 90/100. August 2017. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Raats Original Chenin Blanc 2016, Stellenbosch W.O., South Africa: A soft, pretty unwooded (no oak) South African white wine made from the Chenin Blanc grape. Aromas of green apple and pear. Medium-bodied. Pair with seafood and shellfish. Chenin Blanc food pairings: roasted pork loin, roast turkey, stuffed halibut. Drink: 2016 - 2019 651497 12.5% XD 750 mL $21.95 Score: 89/100. August 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

De Wetshof Limestone Hill Chardonnay 2016, Robertson W.O., South Africa: Beautifully rich and full-bodied yet balanced and nervy with a lovely seam of lively acidity. Aromas of freshly baked and buttered bread and golden apple. Pair with roast chicken. Produced by the third generation of the De Wet family. Vines are planted in heavy clay soils rich in limestone nestled on an ancient riverbed cooled by southerly maritime breezes in summer. The wine is matured for 5-6 months on the lees to add richness and creaminess. Chardonnay food pairings: steamed lobster with melted butter, roast chicken stuffed with spinach and pepper jack, pasta in an Alfredo sauce, grilled seafood. Drink: 2017 - 2020 419622 14% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 90/100. August 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Hauts De Janeil Grenache Blanc Viognier 2016, Pays D'oc I.G.P., France: A pleasant, easy-going sipper with notes of peach and pear. This medium-bodied southern French white wine is a blend of Grenache Blanc and Viognier grapes, and undergoes partial barrel aging. Serve well-chilled as an aperitif or companion to seafood. Grenache Blanc Viognier food pairings: crab cakes, pan-fried panfish, sautéed sea scallops, grilled chicken. Drink: 2016 - 2019 485672 13% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 87/100. August 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Alain Geoffroy Beauroy Chablis 2015, Burgundy A.C., France: This Premier Cru (1Er Cru) Burgundian Chardonnay is clean and crisp with pure green fruit and sunshine spring morning. Mouth-watering, food friendly. Lovely yellow plum and pear aromas on the nose. Great finesse and elegance for a dinner party or gift wine. Try it tonight with seafood. Chablis food pairings: oysters, grilled white fish, chicken, pasta with pesto sauce, avocado salad, mussels with a lemon-herb sauce. Drink: 2017 - 2020 733501 13% XD 750 mL $31.95 Score: 91/100. August 2017. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

13Th Street June's Vineyard Riesling 2015, Creek Shores, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Lots of wet stone and petrol on the nose that gives way to brilliant lemon sunshine zest on the palate. Medium-bodied and vibrant with juicy mouth-watering acidity for seafood. Riesling food pairings: smoked salmon on baguette, mild curries, seafood salad. Drink: 2016 - 2020 147512 12% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. August 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Reif Estate Winery Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Melon crisp and fresh Niagara Sauvignon Blanc. Medium-bodied and mouth-watering. Perfect for seafood and shellfish. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: scallop ravioli, breaded chicken with lemon beurre blanc. Drink: 2016 - 2018 247825 13% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 89/100. August 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Martinon Entre-Deux-Mers 2016, Bordeaux A.C., France: A layered, full-bodied white wine that's expertly made with terrific balance and length. Smoky, like a comforting campfire, and all the stories to boot. Loaded with green apples, hazelnut and some spice. Try it with roast chicken. Food pairings: bouillabaisse, creamed savour chicken over flat noodles, pizza with mussels, clams and cheese. Drink: 2017 - 2019 421230 13% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 88/100. August 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

d'Arenberg The Hermit Crab Viognier Marsanne 2016, Mclaren Vale, South Australia, Australia: Winemaker Chester Osborn has a terrific reputation for his shiraz and cabernet wines, but this white blend of Viognier with about one-third Marsanne grapes is terrific! Not a lot of oak, but it combines with the fruit vibrancy to create an intriguingly rich and delicious wine. Aromas of apricot and white flowers with a dash of spice on the finish. Pair with mild curries and spices. Viognier Marsanne food pairings: spicy tuna and salmon sashimi, wild rice cranberry stuffed Cornish hens, veal cutlet with ham and masala. Drink: 2017 - 2020 662775 13% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 90/100. August 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Palatine Hills Neufeld Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Niagara Lakeshore, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Off-dry with some sweetness for glazed ham and spicy dishes. Medium-bodied with apricot flavours. Unusual for sauvignon blanc. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: sushi, spicy jalapeño dish. Drink: 2017 - 2018 352344 13.5% D 750 mL $20.15 Score: 85/100. August 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Kuhlmann-Platz Pinot Gris 2015, Alsace A.C., France: Medium-dry with appealing peach-apricot notes. Lovely as an aperitif or companion to many dishes. Finishes with orange zest and light white floral notes. Perfect as an aperitif. Pinot Gris food pairings: rich cheese, seafood, light pastas, grilled chicken and vegetables. Drink: 2016 - 2019 224204 12.5% D 750 mL $18.95 Score: 89/100. August 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Salmon Grande Réserve Muscadet Sèvre & Maine 2015, Loire A.P., France: A refreshing and crisp French white wine with aromas of lime and green apple. Pair with fresh seafood. Muscadet Sèvre & Maine food pairings: shellfish, pan fried cod fillets, oyster poor boys. Drink: 2017 - 2018 438309 12% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 88/100. August 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Roblin Ammonites Sancerre 2014, Loire A.C., France: Lemon sunshine and chives on the nose and palate of this French white wine from the Sancerre region of the Loire Valley and made from the Sauvignon Blanc grape. Lots of racy acidity for shellfish. Sancerre food pairings: oysters, grilled white fish, chicken with creamy pasta. Drink: 2017 - 2018 499988 12.5% XD 750 mL $39.95 Score: 90/100. August 2017. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine De L'agly Les Neiges De L'agly Vermentino Viognier 2013, Côtes Catalanes I.G.P., France: A gorgeously aromatic white wine blend of Vermentino and Viognier grapes from southern France. Highly aromatic with notes of white flowers, baking spice and smoke. This winery has only 12 hectares of vines planted in granite soils at 300 meters above sea level. The wine is aged three years. Pair with mild to medium spices and curries. Vermentino Viognier food pairings: roasted pork loin, roast turkey, stuffed halibut. Drink: 2016 - 2020 512566 13.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 91/100. August 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

San Pedro 1865 Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Leyda Valley, Chile: So vibrant and fresh: wow! This zesty, lime-crisp Chilean white wine is made from the much loved Sauvignon Blanc grape. Medium-bodied with a long refreshing finish. Perfect for seafood, shellfish and roast chicken. Each of the wines in the 1865 line-up comes from its own single vineyard. These Sauvignon Blanc grapes are planted only 4 kilometres from the Pac. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: pan-fried scallops, steamed shrimp with white wine sauce, crab cakes. Drink: 2017 - 2018 375212 13.5% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 92/100. August 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


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