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Vintages Release September 2, 2017

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Dessert Wine

G. Marquis The Silver Line Vidal Icewine 2014, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Apple pie, apricot and honey aromas in this dessert wine made from the Vidal grape. Although there isn't as much balancing acidity here as there would be with a Riesling based icewine, there's still plenty to enjoy. Vidal Icewine food pairings: fresh fruit, lemon almond custard tarte, creamy cheeses. Drink: 2016 - 2023 367789 11% S 375 mL $39.95 Score: 91/100. September 2017. Top Rated Dessert Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Delaforce Vintage Port 2003, Douro D.O.P., Portugal: Purple plum liqueur and brambleberry jam on the nose and palate of this luscious, rich, full-bodied dessert wine with great aging. Yet this one can stay in the cellar easily for another decade. Pair with toasted nuts and hard cheeses. Port food pairings: dark fruit cake, blue cheese, dark chocolate fruit galette. Drink: 2017 - 2020 459784 20% S 750 mL $77.95 Score: 93/100. September 2017. Top Rated Dessert Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Red Wine

Réserve Des Armoiries 2013, Côtes Du Rhône, Rhône A.C., France: This full-bodied southern French red wine from the Rhone Valley is cedary with wild black fruit, cassis and blackcurrant. Excellent for the price. Robust and relatively smooth, though decant for 1 hour. Savoury and mouth-watering. Perfect for hearty meat dishes like prime rib. Food pairings: slow-roasted beef, leg of lamb, grilled game sausages. Drink: 2017 - 2020 194886 14% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 90/100. September 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Frog's Leap Zinfandel 2014, Napa Valley, California, United States: Winemaker John Williams has such a great sense of humour, from the Ribbit on the cork (referring to Frog's Leap) to the slogan time's fun when you're eating flies. Under the barcode on the bottom back label, it says: Open other end." Yet he takes winemaking very seriously and produces spectacular wines like this one. He farms organically, and what I also love about this Californian Zinfandel is that it doesn't knock you over with huge alcohol like the 14-15% typical of Ca Zins (this one is only 13.8%). Vibrant, fleshy and alive with aromas and flavours of fleshy purple and black plums, a dancing blackberries. Balanced and complex. A zinfandel lover's zinfandel. Pair with any grilled meats. Zinfandel food pairings: sausage cassoulet, meat kabobs, grilled chicken breast. Drink: 2016 - 2021 593525 13.8% D 750 mL $49.95 Score: 92/100. September 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Lafage Cuvée Nicolas Vieilles Vignes Grenache Noir 2015, Côtes Catalanes, Roussillon I.G.P., France: A great value for this savoury, juicy southern French red wine made from Grenache Noir grapes. Spectacular, robust red wine with glorious aromas and flavours of black cherry liqueur, anise and smoke. Loaded with seductive black raspberry on the finish. Catalon soils in the heart of the Pyrenees made from old vines. Superb craftsmanship! Grenache Noir food pairings: turkey, soft cheese, roasted beef, lamb. Drink: 2017 - 2020 354191 15% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 88/100. September 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Burrowing Owl Pinot Noir 2015, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, V.Q.A., Canada: Spicy, dark and rich BC Pinot Noir with layers of rich fleshy ripe red berry flavours. Full-bodied with a long finish. Pair with game meats. Pinot Noir food pairings: veal chops, grilled duck sausages, pork tenderloin, barbecued lamb sirloin, grilled carrot mash and spring greens purée. Drink: 2017 - 2020 556613 13% XD 750 mL $41.95 Score: 90/100. September 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Valpantena Ripasso Valpolicella 2014, Veneto D.O.C., Italy: A smooth, juicy, mouth-watering Italian red wine with black cherry and black raspberry flavours. Smoky finish. Great value. Pair with spicy sausages. Ripasso Valpolicella food pairings: gourmet burgers, prime rib, lasagne, grilled game sausage. Drink: 2017 - 2020 429928 13.5% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 89/100. September 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Concha Y Toro Marques De Casa Concha Carmenère 2014, Rapel Valley, Peumo, Chile: This savoury and juicy red wine, features big black plum and berry aromas and flavours as well as dried herbs and spices. Full-bodied and smooth carmenere. Offers incredible quality and taste for the price. Try it with a hearty meat dish. Lovely dark spices and black plums on the nose of this robust red wine. Decant for 1-2 hours. Carmenère food pairings: spicy red meats, tomato-based dishes, rare steak, dark chocolate. Drink: 2016 - 2020 169862 14.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 91/100. September 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Schild Estate Grenache Mourvèdre Shiraz 2014, Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia: Oh yum. Comfort me with mourvèdre and other old bush vine grapes. Rich, complex and deep Australian red wine: exactly what you want in a partner (and in a wine). Full-bodied and smooth and inviting. The Schild family has been in the Barossa Valley for more than 60 years. Lots of complexity, depth and vibrancy in this richly rewarding wine. This is a blend of 45% Grenache, 28% Mourvèdre and 27% Shiraz grapes. Pair with brisket. Grenache Mourvèdre Shiraz food pairings: lamb Bolognese, grilled New York striploin with chimichurri sauce, barbecued ribs in sauce, hamburger, hard cheese. Drink: 2016 - 2020 108183 14.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 93/100. September 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Silverado Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Napa Valley, California, United States: Extremely tannic and young: needs serious cellar time to integrate and smooth out. Aromas of black fruit, smoke and spice. This winery has been producing wine since 1981 from estate grown fruit. Decant 2 hours and pair with a rare steak. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: grilled pork chops, meat kabobs, grilled chicken breast. Drink: 2019 - 2024 111880 14.6% XD 750 mL $61.95 Score: 90/100. September 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Shingleback Davey Estate Reserve Shiraz 2013, Mclaren Vale, South Australia, Australia: A rich, densely concentrated Shiraz from one of Australia's most respected producers. Lots of black fruit, dark spice and pepper on the nose and palate. Pair with roast beef. Shiraz food pairings: stuffed beef rolls, spice-braised lamb, hamburgers, black bean soup. Drink: 2017 - 2021 431296 14.5% D 750 mL $23.95 Score: 92/100. September 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sidewood Mappinga Shiraz 2013, Adelaide Hills, South Australia, Australia: A blockbuster, towering Australian red wine made from the country's classic Shiraz grape. Blackened fruit and toasty oak abound on the nose and palate. The fruit for this wine comes exclusively from the cool climate of the Adelaide Hills, and is a blend of four Shiraz clones that are each picked individually and then undergo a wild yeast ferment, with 20% whole-bunch carbonic maceration. The wine is aged in French oak barrels 22 months. Pair with brontosaurus burgers. Shiraz food pairings: roast beef, roast chicken, grilled pork ribs. Drink: 2017 - 2019 446609 14.5% XD 750 mL $49.95 Score: 92/100. September 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château De Marsan 2014, Côtes De Bordeaux Cadillac, Bordeaux A.C., France: Wow, this is terrific for Bordeaux at this price from a strong vintage! Aromas of blackberry and cassis with some toasty oak. Decant 1 hour and pair with a juicy rare steak. Food pairings: lamburgers, gourmet hamburgers, roasted root vegetables. Drink: 2017 - 2020 446245 13.5% D 750 mL $16.95 Score: 89/100. September 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Borgo Scopeto Borgonero 2014, Tuscany I.G.T., Italy: A smooth, full-bodied Italian red wine made from the classic Sangiovese grape. Aromas of earth and black cherry. Good acidity for tomato sauce. Short finish. Food pairings: bucatini with sausage and peas, roast beef, pasta, pizza. Drink: 2016 - 2019 421396 13% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 87/100. September 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Zeni Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico 2013, Veneto D.O.C.G., Italy: A robust, balanced Amarone that isn't as sweet-tasting as most are with their black cherry liqueur flavours. This one is more black fruit and smoke. Very nice. Perfect for roast beef. Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico food pairings: boeuf bourguignon, rib roast, roast duck. Drink: 2017 - 2022 429829 14% XD 750 mL $39.95 Score: 90/100. September 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Señorío De P. Peciña Crianza 2012, Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain: Some mocha and espresso on the nose from oak ageing. A full-bodied, smoky Spanish red wine made from the country's Tempranillo grape. Black tart cherry and cedar brush. Pair with prime rib. Food pairings: prime rib, veal chops in red wine sauce, roast turkey. Drink: 2017 - 2020 313726 13.5% XD 750 mL $21.95 Score: 88/100. September 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Avalon Cab Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, California, United States: Toasty oak and smoke on the nose and palate of this full-bodied Californian Cabernet Sauvignon. Well-priced for this quality. Aromas of black fruit and dark spice. This wine is aged for a minimum of 8 months in French and American oak barrels. Pair with grilled meats. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: rib roast, pork tenderloin, meat lover's pizza. Drink: 2017 - 2022 684399 13.8% D 750 mL $16.95 Score: 88/100. September 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

M. Chapoutier Rasteau 2014, Rhône A.C., France: A terrific, full-bodied southern French red wine blend from one of the most respected producers in the region, Chapoutier. Aromas of black and dark red fruit, graphite and smoke. Pair with grilled lamb. Food pairings: game stew, grilled bison burgers, grilled beef long ribs. Drink: 2017 - 2020 517201 14% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 92/100. September 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château De L'ou Infiniment Syrah 2015, Côtes Catalanes, Roussillon I.G.P., France: A full-bodied southern French red wine made from Syrah grapes. Aromas of fleshy black plums, cassis and berries. Finished with smoke and pepper. Pair with grilled meats. Syrah food pairings: lamb cutlets, gourmet burgers, char grilled pork chop, Muscovy duck. Drink: 2017 - 2022 440610 15% D 750 mL $26.95 Score: 90/100. September 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Renzo Masi Chianti Riserva Chianti 2013, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: A robust, rustic Chianti made from the classic Sangiovese grape. Aromas of rust, earth, tart cherry. Pair with grilled meats. Full-bodied, dry Chianti with aromas smoke, earth and dark fruit. Savoury, meaty and imminently satisfying. I'm thinking of this with pizza, lasagna or other pasta dishes with a spicy meat sauce. Yes please! Chianti food pairings: pasta in a tomato sauce, roast beef, grilled game sausage. Drink: 2016 - 2019 969469 13.5% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 88/100. September 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tabalí Vetas Blancas Reserva Especial Syrah 2013, Limarí Valley, Chile: Savoury with blackened espresso and dried herbs with black fruit and a pleasant bite. Full-bodied and smooth. Great for barbecue. Syrah food pairings: venison steak flamade, chicken fried venison, boar steak with red wine and garlic sauce. Drink: 2017 - 2021 213538 14% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 90/100. September 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine De Bellene Maison Dieu Vieilles Vignes Pinot Noir 2015, Burgundy A.C., France: Lots of acidity on the palate for roast chicken. A little green and stemmy on the nose and palate. Medium-bodied and smooth. The average age of the vines is 67 years old, planted at 230 metres above sea level. The density is 10,000 vines per hectare in clay and limestone soils. Pinot Noir food pairings: veal tenderloin, grilled lamb ribs, pork chops. Drink: 2016 - 2020 478545 13% D 750 mL $25.95 Score: 86/100. September 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Brancaia Chianti Classico 2015, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: This robust Sangiovese-based Italian red wine is smoky showing its roots in being matured n 16 months in oak barrels. There's a splash of Merlot in the blend. Chianti Classico food pairings: veal chops in red wine sauce, turkey tetrazzini, soft cheeses. Drink: 2017 - 2021 519173 14.5% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 90/100. September 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Bodegas Altanza Lealtanza 2011, Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain: Smoky nose, with a blood-rust taste on the palate that's weirdly attractive. This full-bodied Spanish red wine is produced by Bodegas Altanza and has achieved the D.O.C.A. quality designation. It's a pleasant, robust sipper with dark red fruit aromas and some dark spices on the finish. Balanced and well-crafted. Try it with hearty meat dishes. Food pairings: game meats, tarragon sirloin tips with mushrooms.. Drink: 2016 - 2020 208223 14% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. September 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Borsao Berola 2013, Campo De Borja D.O., Spain: Blackened plums on the nose and palate with smoky, toasty oak from generous oak aging. Full-bodied and fairly smooth Spanish red wine. Berola is the original name for the 12th century monastery of Veruela when the land was first granted to Cistercian monks to tend and plant as vineyards. This wine was aged in French bordelaise oak barrels for 14 months. Food pairings: lamb shanks in red wine and roasted garlic, grilled lamb lollipops, stuffed lamb tenderloin. Drink: 2017 - 2023 371518 15% D 750 mL $18.95 Score: 89/100. September 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Fabre Montmayou Gran Reserva Malbec 2013, Mendoza, Argentina: Seductive blackberries and fleshy black plums on the nose, full-bodied with gorgeous velvet texture on the palate of this elegant Argentine red wine brought to us by Vistalba. Lovely bite on the palate. Spice and cedar smoke on a long and persistent finish. A beautiful expression of Mendoza Malbec. Pair with lamb chops. Malbec food pairings: baseball steak with sautéed mushrooms on wilted greens, selection of prosciutto and bresaola meats, bacon onion and potato omelet. Drink: 2017 - 2020 279802 14.5% XD 750 mL $25.95 Score: 90/100. September 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Celini Nemea Reserve Agiorgitiko 2009, Nemea, Peloponnese P.D.O., Greece: Sweet chocolate and mocha from generous oak aging on the nose and palate of this robust, smooth Greek red wine. Made from the classic Greek grape Agiorgitiko and aged 12 months in oak barrels. Agiorgitiko food pairings: meat stews, pot roast with root vegetables casserole, meat curries. Drink: 2017 - 2019 487538 13% M 750 mL $18.95 Score: 87/100. September 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Creekside Estate Winery Iconoclast Syrah 2014, St. David's Bench, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A robust, cedar-rich, supple Niagara red wine made from Syrah grapes. This wine is aged for 20 months in French oak barrels. Pair with a rare steak. Syrah food pairings: roast beef, roast chicken, grilled filet mignon. Drink: 2016 - 2020 471797 12.5% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 88/100. September 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Theulot Juillot Vieilles Vignes 2015, Mercurey, Burgundy A.C., France: Produced by Natalie Juillot et Jean-Claude Theulot, this juicy, ultra-ripe Old World Burgundian Pinot Noir from the district of Mercurey in the Côte Chalonnaise offers juicy aromas of fleshy ripe cherry and dark spice. Medium-bodied, supple and delicious with a long finish. Pair with roast chicken. Food pairings: barbecued steak, lamb or hamburgers, tortiere. Drink: 2017 - 2022 487462 14% D 750 mL $31.95 Score: 90/100. September 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Fess Parker Syrah 2013, Santa Barbara County, California, United States: Hickory smoke and campfire aromas on the nose and palate of this generous Californian Syrah. Savoury and juicy with dried herbs and black plums on the palate. Pair with grilled lamb. This winery has been producing wine since 1989. Vintages Wine Panel: Before turning to winemaking, Fess Parker was a popular actor best known as TV’s Daniel Boone and as the father in Disney’s Old Yeller. My note: Lovely black fruit and toasty oak notes. Syrah food pairings: roast beef, roast chicken, grilled pork ribs. Drink: 2017 - 2022 942136 14.9% XD 750 mL $34.95 Score: 90/100. September 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Dandelion Vineyards Lionheart Of The Barossa Shiraz 2015, Barossa, South Australia, Australia: This full-bodied red wine has lip-smacking delicious aromas and flavours of black and purple fruit. Smooth and supple. Love the fact that this big shiraz is not filtered, giving us the full-on flavour experience. Try is with lamb and rosemary. Shiraz food pairings: potato, chickpea and lentil green curry, spaghetti with clams, mussels and bay scallops, saffron potato cakes. Drink: 2016 - 2022 167189 14.5% XD 750 mL $21.95 Score: 90/100. September 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Shiraz - The Grinder Paarl 2014, South Africa, South Africa: Dark roast coffee, espresso but not sweet. This full-bodied, delicious red wine is made from South Africa's signature (and quite distinctive) Pinotage grape, a cross between Cinsault and Pinot Noir. This wine is dry, but it finishes with delicious flavours of dark chocolate. Pair it with grilled meats, especially chary pork chops. Shiraz - The Grinder Paarl food pairings: grilled meats, smoked pork, gourmet burgers. Drink: 2017 - 2019 486209 14% XD 750 mL $13.95 Score: 88/100. September 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sur De Los Andes Reserva Malbec 2012, Mendoza, Argentina: Rich and full-bodied with an incredible price point. Layers of fleshy dark fruit cry out coffee grounds cry out for a meaty dish companion. Finishes with blackberry, blueberries, purple plum, cedar smoke and black plum notes. Terrific! Hidden among the rich black fruit flavour in this powerful wine are fleeting notes of violets to create an intriguing bouquet. Perfect for barbecues and back decks. Malbec food pairings: gourmet hamburgers, sausages, barbecue-grilled meat-lovers’ pizza, lamb cutlets. Drink: 2013 - 2017 208322 14% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 89/100. September 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Chateau Ste. Michelle Syrah 2013, Columbia Valley, Washington, United States: A luxurious black cherry-kirsch liqueur aroma on the nose and palate with jammy raspberry notes yet dry and elegant. Perfect for prime rib. Syrah food pairings: roast beef, roast chicken, grilled filet mignon. Drink: 2014 - 2020 949651 14% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 91/100. September 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Watchdog Rock Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Columbia Valley, Washington, United States: A smooth, juicy lip-smacking delicious Washington state red wine made from the classic cabernet sauvignon grape. Aromas of black plums and berries. Pair with a pepper steak. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: lamb shanks in red wine and roasted garlic, grilled lamb lollipops, stuffed lamb tenderloin. Drink: 2015 - 2019 461178 13.5% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 89/100. September 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Langlais 2000, Puisseguin-Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux A.C., France: A distinguished Bordeaux from an elevated vintage. This wine is lovely but is at peak, or just slightly past so drink now. Aromas of smoke, cassis and black currant. A blend of 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Franc grapes. Perfect for prime rib. Food pairings: rack of lamb, pork cassoulet, grilled hanger steak. Drink: 2017 - 2017 481399 13% XD 750 mL $38.95 Score: 88/100. September 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tommasi Graticcio Appassionato 2014, Veneto, Italy: Fleshy ripe sweet black cherries on the nose and palate of this full-bodied, smooth Italian red wine. Great price for this quality! Pair with lasagna or sausage. Food pairings: gourmet burgers, lamburgers, prime rib, lasagne, sausage. Drink: 2016 - 2022 338939 13% D 750 mL $15.95 Score: 90/100. September 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tedeschi Capitel San Rocco Ripasso Valpolicella Superiore 2014, Veneto D.O.C., Italy: Juicy black and purple plums aromas along with fleshy blackberry and blueberry notes on this luscious palate. Full-bodied, smooth and mouth-watering. Not tannic. Reminds me (almost) of a juicy Californian zinfandel. Pair with grilled meats and happiness. Ripasso Valpolicella Superiore food pairings: pizza topped with steak strips and garlic, spicy sausage , prime rib roast, hearty winter stew. Drink: 2016 - 2021 719294 14.5% D 750 mL $21.95 Score: 91/100. September 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ornellaia 2013, Bolgheri Superiore, Tuscany D.O.C., Italy: Feral with underbrush and wild mushroom and truffle notes. Earthy, dark and complex. Needs cellar time. Pair with truffle accented risotto and wild boar while you're lounging in Piedmont. Food pairings: wild boar roast, grilled venison steak, roast saddle of rabbit. Drink: 2016 - 2020 722470 14.5% XD 750 mL $199.95 Score: 94/100. September 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Henry of Pelham Winery Family Tree Red 2014, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A remarkably rich and complex red wine from the Speck brothers. Aromas of smoke, black fruit and spice. Love the depth and richness here. Pair with beef. Food pairings: grilled pork ribs, grilled steak, vegetarian pizza. Drink: 2015 - 2020 247882 13.5% D 750 mL $18.95 Score: 90/100. September 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rutherford Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Napa Valley, California, United States: Robust and balanced Californian Cabernet located on Napa's historic Silverado Trail. Aromas of cassis and blackberry with some dark spice. Pair with prime rib. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: pepper steaks, smoky ribs, mushroom burgers, strong cheese. Drink: 2016 - 2020 73817 13.5% D 750 mL $39.95 Score: 90/100. September 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rosés

Esprit Gassier 2016, Côtes De Provence, Provence A.P., France: A pretty, light-bodied, dry southern French rose from Provence. Aromas of wild field strawberries and dried herbs. Pair with lobster or seafood. Food pairings: baked orange-glazed ham, charcuterie plate, grilled tenderloin and tender beans. Drink: 2017 - 2019 490839 13.5% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. September 2017. Top Rated Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Gabriel Meffre Rosé 2016, Côtes De Provence, Provence A.P., France: Full-bodied, savoury and mouthwatering with complex aromas of garrigue, thyme and dried herbs. This is French rose at its pinnacle. Grab it while you can. Pair with grilled chicken. Rosé food pairings: chickpea, parsley and feta salad, Caesar salad. Drink: 2017 - 2019 490979 13% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 93/100. September 2017. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sparkling Wine

De Chanceny Brut Cremant De Loire, Loire, France: Crisp and clean with lemon zest and racy acidity for shellfish. Nice aperitif. The Vintages catalogue says 2012 but we tasted 2013. Cremant De Loire food pairings: seafood, shrimp tempura, sushi. Drink: 2017 - 2018 515262 12.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 88/100. September 2017. Best Value Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tenuta S. Anna Di Valdobbiadene Prosecco, Veneto D.O.C.G., Italy: White peach refreshing. Toasty and summery. Perfect for big parties and weddings. Prosecco food pairings: seafood appetizers, Chinese dumplings with a mild hot sauce. Drink: 2016 - 2018 281386 11.5% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. September 2017. Best Value Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Codorníu Selección Raventós Brut Cava, D.O., Spain: You can't beat the price of this Spanish bubbly. Fresh, crisp and toasty. Cava food pairings: seafood, tapas, charcuterie, Manchego cheese. Drink: 2017 - 2018 521773 12.5% D 750 mL $16.95 Score: 87/100. September 2017. Best Value Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

Cannonball Chardonnay 2014, Sonoma County, California, United States: Pleasant, easy-drinking Chardonnay. Not highly expressive but enjoyable. Chardonnay food pairings: barbequed salmon, barbequed pork roast on a spit, roast chicken dinner with all the trimmings. Drink: 2015 - 2018 311563 13.7% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 88/100. September 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

2027 Cellars Ltd. Wismer Vineyard Fox Croft Block Chardonnay 2014, Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A balanced and rich Chardonnay yet not heavy. Toasted almond and green apple. Pair with roast chicken. Chardonnay food pairings: roast chicken, steamed fresh crab, lobster on buttered toast. Drink: 2015 - 2019 421362 12.8% XD 750 mL $22.95 Score: 88/100. September 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Chavet & Fils La Dame De Jacques Coeur Menetou-Salon 2015, Loire A.C., France: Old World Sauvignon Blanc at its best: clean, crisp aromas of lemon and lime, no heavy oak or grassiness. This is what the Loire can give you. The vineyards are situated between Sancerre and Bourges. Racy yet delicate. This crisp white wine won a Silver Medal at the 2013 Concours des Vins du Val de Loire. Old World Sauvignon Blanc in a classic style with lemon zest and smoke. Perfect for shellfish and goat cheese. Food pairings: grilled, lightly herbed lake fish, poached whitefish, salmon cakes. Drink: 2016 - 2018 525048 13.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. September 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Redstone Winery Chardonnay 2013, Beamsville Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A strong acidic attack and backbone. Well made and balanced Niagara Chardonnay. The 2013 vintage of this Niagara Chardonnay is made from grapes grown in vineyards on the Beamsville Bench. The wine underwent a wild yeast fermentation and was then matured for 1 year in French oak barrels. Chardonnay food pairings: butternut ravioli served with Alfredo sauce, roast duck, crab cakes. Drink: 2015 - 2018 398966 12.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 87/100. September 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Flat Rock Riesling 2015, Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: The winery sent me the 2015 vintage of this lovely Riesling to taste and evaluate, which is fortunate since it was the 2013 vintage at the LCBO tasting. Green apple and white pear. Love it. Building an inuksuk is now a ritual at the end of harvest for this winery: lifting the heavy stones requires a team effort. Pair with roast turkey and fun. The winery does whole cluster pressing to extract pure flavour, and only of the first 600 litres per tonne of fruit. Ed allows the juice to settle during a long, slow fermentation. The 2014 vintage is a blend of two distinct blocks of 21B clone vines now in their early teens as the winery describes them. Finishes with fresh pink grapefruit notes. Riesling food pairings: herb rubbed chicken, seafood, shellfish. Drink: 2017 - 2020 43281 11% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 91/100. September 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

La Chablisienne 14 Chablis 1Er Cru Beauroy (Chablisienne) 2014, Burgundy, France: So pretty! Juicy and mouth-watering with gorgeous lime-fresh acidity for shellfish and seafood. Green apple on the finish. Medium-bodied. 14 Chablis 1Er Cru Beauroy (Chablisienne) food pairings: oysters on the half shell, steamed mussels in their own juice, oysters Rockefeller. Drink: 2017 - 2022 490110 13% XD 750 mL $34.95 Score: 92/100. September 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Featherstone Winery Phoenix Gewürztraminer 2016, Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A rich, unctuous Niagara Gewurztraminer with baking spice aromas in a huge and lovely way, some musky rose petal but not a lot of lychee notes. Finishes with ginger spice. Try with mild curries. Gewürztraminer food pairings: turkey or chicken breast, mild savoury cheese. Drink: 2016 - 2020 519025 13.5% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. September 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Bernard Fouquet Le Petit Clos Dry, Domaine Des Aubuisières Vouvray 2015, Vouvray, Loire A.C., France: The 2015 vintage of the Vouvray Sec le Petit Clos is robust and complex, with aromas of golden apple and Asian pear. Lots of vibrant acidity for shellfish and a refreshing, crisp finish. A deep core of minerality runs through the heart of this wine. This Loire Valley white wine is made from the classic Chenin Blanc grape by Bernard Fouquet. Vouvray food pairings: grilled prawns, calamari, pan-fried panfish, buttered lobster. Drink: 2017 - 2020 489468 13.5% XD 750 mL $21.95 Score: 91/100. September 2017. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Duca Catemario Collezione Privata Pinot Grigio 2016, Fruili D.O.C., Italy: Clean and crisp Italian white wine made from Pinot Grigio grapes. Aromas of lemon and lime. Pair with shellfish and salads. Pinot Grigio food pairings: pasta with cream sauce, grilled chicken breast, summer salads, pork burgers. Drink: 2016 - 2018 120782 12.5% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 87/100. September 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Strewn Winery Terroir American Oak Chardonnay 2015, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A heavily oaked Niagara white wine with butterscotch, toffee and caramel on the nose and palate from aging in American oak barrels. The alcohol is unusually high for a cool-climate Chardonnay, weighing in at 14.5%. Full-bodied. Pair with butter chicken. Chardonnay food pairings: buttered cold lobster sandwiches, roast duck, cold turkey sandwiches. Drink: 2016 - 2019 405530 14.5% XD 750 mL $32.00 Score: 86/100. September 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Morgadio Da Torre Alvarinho 2015, Vinho Verde D.O.C., Portugal: This Vinho Verde is a crisp white wine from Sogrape Vinhos that is green melon fresh and mouth-watering: loaded with personality. Great aperitif or companion to shellfish. This lively white really highlights the refreshing nature of the Alvarinho grape, which is known in Spain as Albariño. Vibrant notes of lime-citrus course through the glass with a lovely silver seam of acidity to keep things interesting, especially with seafood. Finishes with stonefruit and white grapefruit notes. Terrific minerality. Alvarinho food pairings: seafood tapas, spiced mixed olives with garlic and lemon zest, smoked fish appetizers, spring green salads. Drink: 2017 - 2018 960955 12.5% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 89/100. September 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Guillaume Aurèle Viognier 2015, Pays D'oc, South Of France I.G.P., France: Superb for the money! Floral, fragrant and aromatic but not over the top. White peach blossom and apple bloom. Finishes with stone fruit. Lovely! Viognier food pairings: grilled seafood, veal chops with apricot coulis, pork tenderloin with sautéed figs and apricots. Drink: 2017 - 2019 380741 13.5% XD 750 mL $13.95 Score: 90/100. September 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Viña Ventisquero Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Casablanca Valley, Chile: Crisp, dry, grassy, straight up tasty Chilean Sauvignon Blanc. No oak. Try with vegetarian dishes. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: fresh fish, mild Thai salads, veggies & dip. Drink: 2016 - 2018 211904 12% XD 750 mL $12.95 Score: 86/100. September 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château St. Jean Fumé Blanc 2015, Sonoma County, California, United States: A terrific and complex Californian blend of Sauvignon and Semillon grapes. Not loads of acidity: smoky but not buttery like chardonnay. Pair with shellfish. Fumé Blanc food pairings: roast turkey leg and wings with lemon pepper and green herbs, smoked salmon benny, butternut squash ravioli. Drink: 2017 - 2020 537639 13.6% XD 750 mL $25.95 Score: 91/100. September 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Firesteed Pinot Gris 2014, Oregon, United States: Fresh and crisp with attractive aromas of Asian pear and melon. Serve as a chilled aperitif or companion to seafood. Medium-bodied. Pinot Gris is the iconic white wine grape for Oregon. This winery has been making wine since 1992. Pinot Gris food pairings: veal chops in creamy mushroom wine sauce, shrimp and greens salad, grilled chicken. Drink: 2016 - 2018 323808 13.3% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. September 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Anne De Laweiss Collection Gewurztraminer 2015, Alsace A.C., France: A seductive and floral Alsatian white wine made from the spicy Gewürztraminer grape. Lots of flavour for Asian dishes. Gewurztraminer food pairings: curried shrimp, biryani, green curry chickpeas and potatoes. Drink: 2016 - 2019 141226 13% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 92/100. September 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Trout Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Nelson, South Island, New Zealand: Grassy and herbal, with lots of racy acidity on the palate for shellfish and seafood. This New Zealand white wine is made from the country's best-known grape, Sauvignon Blanc. Medium-bodied with no oak. Finishes with more herbaceous notes. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: panfried scallops, cold shrimp and greens salad, shellfish. Drink: 2017 - 2018 60046 13% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 88/100. September 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

De bortoli Gulf Station Chardonnay 2016, Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia: Savoury and juicy, and perfectly balanced and vibrant Australian Chardonnay. The "G.S." on the label stands for Gulf Station, and the grapes are grown in premium parcels of vineyards planted in the Yarra Valley. Seductive smoke and toast on the nose is cut through with a shaft of lemon brightness and polish. Full-bodied and lovely. Chardonnay food pairings: barbequed salmon, barbequed pork roast, crab cakes. Drink: 2016 - 2019 238071 12.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 92/100. September 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


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