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Vintages Release September 16, 2017

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Dessert Wine

Torres Floralis Moscatel Oro Moscatel Alejandría, Penedes, Spain: A gorgeously rich and luscious dessert wine that stands alone as dessert in a glass after a great meal. Apricot spiced preserves, clementine dust, honey dipped peach. Perfect for crème brûlée and hard cheeses. Moscatel Alejandría food pairings: spice cake, crème brûlée, fruit-based desserts, pastries, fresh field berries in cream. Drink: 2016 - 2022 642173 15% S 500 mL $16.95 Score: 92/100. September 2017. Best Value Dessert Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Schmitt Soehne Beerenauslese 2015, Rheinhessen, Germany: A gorgeous dessert wine that is never cloyingly sweet. The essence of a sun-dappled peach and pear orchard with a sprinkle of spring rain. Perfect as an after dinner treat on its own or with a fruit flan. Beerenauslese food pairings: rich desserts, apple, pear, apricot fruit components. Drink: 2017 - 2025 523837 9.5% S 500 mL $21.95 Score: 93/100. September 2017. Top Rated Dessert Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Red Wine

Beni Di Batasiolo Riserva Barolo 2007, Piedmont D.O.C.G., Italy: Wines come and go, but Barolo lasts forever. This Barolo from Northern Italy is still quite tannic with ripe dark fruit, dried fig, leather and tobacco leaf on the palate? and made from the classic Nebbiolo grape. Aromas of black fruit, dried tobacco leaves and dark spice. Pair with risotto truffled dishes. Barolo food pairings: game burgers, beef steak, rack of lamb. Drink: 2017 - 2022 330704 13.5% XD 750 mL $39.95 Score: 89/100. September 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

William Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, North Coast, California, United States: Rich and expressive, with grapes grown along California's north coast and central coast. Opens with jammy ripe blackberries and a decadent toasty oak finish. Terrific balance and a long finish on this Californian Cabernet with great restraint, yet not shy on flavour or character at all. Aromas of fleshy black plum and smoke. Supple, smooth and juicy. Pair with roast beef. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: pizza with meat, pork tenderloin, rare beef steaks, roast duck. Drink: 2017 - 2022 453647 14.5% XD 750 mL $22.95 Score: 91/100. September 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Falernia Reserva Carmenère 2015, Elquí Valley, Chile: The vines are planted at 550 metres above sea level. The soil is rocky. The wine is fermented in stainless steel, undergoes a full malolactic fermentation and then is aged in small American oak barrels for 6 months. Blackberry and purple plum liqueur richness and concentration on the nose and palate of this robust Chilean red wine. Full-bodied and smooth with terrific depth. This is a very meaty wine, and a terrific one at this price point. It would go beautifully with prime rib, a juicy steak or conversations well past midnight. Carmenère food pairings: prime rib, juicy steak, game, rustic bread, turkey. Drink: 2017 - 2020 269175 15% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 90/100. September 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Haut Monplaisir Pur Plaisir Malbec 2012, Cahors A.C., France: A big, black (friendly) monster of a red wine from southern France. Black fruit and toasty oak with a tarry finish. Needs a big slab of steak beside it. Malbec food pairings: breaded veal cutlets, duck breast with celeriac purée, pomegranate gastrique and Brussels sprout ragout, tagliatelle alla Bolognese, chicken herb-rubbed roast. Drink: 2017 - 2021 499194 14% XD 750 mL $51.95 Score: 88/100. September 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Malivoire Wine Company Courtney Gamay 2015, Beamsville Bench, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: I love the description on the back label for the vineyard where the Gamay grapes for this lovely Niagara wine are grown: "On the very end of the plateau known as the Beamsville Bench, there's a clearing surrounded by an old-growth forest, untouched by all who farmed the land since the War of 1812." Doesn't this sound like the beginning of a great storybook adventure? It continues: "We call it the Courtney Vineyard after the wonderful woman who lived nearby. She called it paradise. The trees she loved now stand sentinel, protecting one of Malivoire's most coveted vineyards." Malivoire is truly the Canadian master of Gamay. Luscious, rich and flavourful without being heavy. Lots of black and dark red berry fruits. Some smoke on the finish. This wine enjoys extended barrel-aging in French oak, yet there is no pronounced oaky aroma or flavour. Pair with grilled seafood or pheasant. Gamay food pairings: roasted suckling pig, roast lamb, veal stew. Drink: 2015 - 2019 524231 13% XD 750 mL $27.95 Score: 92/100. September 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

San Pedro 1865 Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Maipo Valley, Chile: Each of the wine from this 1865 portfolio is made from its own selected vineyard planted with the particular grape in mind. This gorgeous Chilean Cabernet is full-bodied with fleshy, caressing blackberries. Lots of dark fruit flavour and a long satisfying sigh of a finish. This Cabernet is planted in the winery's Alto Maipo vineyard planted 40 years ago with vines propagated by massal selection. Average summer high temperatures hover around 30 degrees Celsius or 86 degrees Fahrenheit. The vinse are in clay-loam soils in an alluvial terrace. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: prime rib, juicy steak, game, rustic bread, turkey. Drink: 2017 - 2020 37911 14.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 92/100. September 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Two Hands Angels' Share Shiraz 2015, Mclaren Vale, South Australia, Australia: Angel's share refers to the small amount of wine that evaporates from the oak barrels during maturation while the wine is aging. Medieval winemakers assumed that the angels watched over the wines being made and took their share in recompense. This terrific Australian red wine is bursting with black fruit, tar, graphite and toasty oak. This is a whopper of a wine. Pair with roast beef Shiraz food pairings: gourmet burgers, mutton with mint and coriander, black bean soup, cheese pizza. Drink: 2017 - 2020 9480 14.5% D 750 mL $24.95 Score: 90/100. September 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Elk Cove Pinot Noir 2014, Willamette Valley, Oregon, United States: A full-bodied Pinot Noir, with cherry aromas and racy, mouth-watering acidity makes this wine very food friendly. Finishes with notes of cranberry, sour beet root and wild raspberry. Pair with seafood and roast chicken. Pinot Noir food pairings: beef bourguignon, planked salmon, roasted turkey, mushroom terrine. Drink: 2017 - 2022 234534 13.5% XD 750 mL $39.95 Score: 88/100. September 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Izadi Reserva 2012, Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain: From Rioja, Izadi is medium-bodied, 100% Tempranillo aged 14 months in American and French oak. This one pairs with a roast of lamb studded with garlic, crusted with rosemary and blue cheese. Full-bodied Spanish red wine with notes of cigar box and dark berries with spice. Food pairings: lamb chop casserole, stuffed breast of veal, roast chicken. Drink: 2016 - 2020 461269 14% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 88/100. September 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Alceño Premium 50 Barricas Syrah 2014, Jumilla D.O., Spain: The 2014 vintage of the Alceno Premium is made mostly from Syrah grapes with 15% Monastrell grapes. The vines are planted in stony, calcareous soils. Robust with lots of layers of dark black fruit from oak aging, smoke, spice and anise flavours. Good price: needs grilled meats. Syrah food pairings: spice-braised lamb, cheddar, grilled pork chops, Muscovy duck. Drink: 2017 - 2020 398933 14.5% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 89/100. September 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Pey La Tour Réserve Du Château 2012, Bordeaux, France: After two hours open in the glass, this wine transformed: far more aromatic than on first opening and the tannins smoothed out considerably. My score is based on that more open wine. This traditional Bordeaux blend has Merlot (90%), Cabernet Sauvignon (5%), Cabernet France (3%) and Petit Verdot (2%) grapes. Although Merlot leads in the blend, this is not a far Merlot, but rather a well-structured one. The wine is aged in oak, but only 20% is new so as not to impart heavy oak notes. Classic aromas of cassis and black currant with some pepper and smoke on the nose, palate and long finish. The 2012 vintage was a strong one and it shows in this value-priced Bordeaux. The vines are planted in calcerous-clay soils. Superb balance, depth and freshness. Pair with prime rib or a rare steak. Food pairings: prime rib roast rare, New York strip loin steak, Porterhouse veal chops. Drink: 2016 - 2019 349308 14.5% D 750 mL $21.95 Score: 92/100. September 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Joel Gott Wines Merlot 2014, California, United States: A juicy Californian Merlot with a satin smooth texture and full-bodied weight. Fleshy ripe red berries on the nose and palate. Perfect for grilled pork chops. Merlot food pairings: roast leg of pork, lamb Tangine, gourmet burgers. Drink: 2014 - 2018 479121 13.9% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 90/100. September 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Yaso Compania Vinedos Iberian Tinto De Toro 2012, Toro D.O., Spain: A dry, tannic red wine with a firm grip on the palate. Flavours of roasted black fruit, rust and tanned leather. Pair with a juicy steak. Tinto De Toro food pairings: mixed Spanish charcuterie. Drink: 2015 - 2018 377499 13.5% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 87/100. September 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ravenswood Old Vine Zinfandel 2014, Lodi, California, United States: A gorgeously rich and full-bodied Californian Zinfandel from one of the state's top producers. Aromas of black plums, smoke and dark spice. Smooth and perfect for barbecued meats. Zinfandel food pairings: hearty meat meals, pasta, aged cheddar, pulled pork. Drink: 2014 - 2019 942599 14.5% XD 750 mL $21.95 Score: 92/100. September 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Gérard Bertrand Syrah Grenache 2013, Languedoc, Midi A.P., France: Savoury and juicy with meaty, dark spice character. Amazing QPR: quality price ratio. Pair with prime rib. Syrah Grenache food pairings: veal chops in creamy white wine sauce, veal schnitzel, Osso Buco, veal liver and olives in rose sauce. Drink: 2017 - 2020 413237 14.5% D 750 mL $16.95 Score: 91/100. September 2017. Best Value Red Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

14 Hands Merlot 2014, Columbia Valley, Washington, United States: The vines for this terrific Merlot are planted at the southern limit of the Yakima Valley in the foothills of Washington state's Horse Heaven Hills wine region. This wine is bursting with fleshy ripe black plums, cherry and mocha. The horses on the label are a tribute to the wild horses that once roamed the Hose Heaven Hills. They were approximately 14 hands tall: small but sturdy and strong, known for their unbridled strength and freedom. Pair with grilled pork chops. Drink: 2014 - 2018 463000 13% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 91/100. September 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Les Halos De Jupiter 2014, Côtes Du Rhône, Rhone A.C., France: Philippe Cambie is the oenologist and Michel Gassier is the winemaker for this Rhone Valley estate. Cedar with sweet purple plum flavours on the palate for this wine made from the Grenache grape. Supple and robust with smoke on the finish. Full-bodied and juicy with black fruit aromas and flavours. Pair with duck. Food pairings: prime rib, hearty meat stews, pork tenderloin. Drink: 2017 - 2022 237817 15% D 750 mL $38.95 Score: 88/100. September 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Thirty Bench Winemaker's Blend Double Noir 2015, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: This is a vibrant blend of 60% Gamay Noir and 40% Pinot Noir grapes to create a medium-bodied, supple, smooth Niagara red wine. Notes of sour cherry and cranberry. This wine is aged in French oak barrels for 10 months. Ripe tannins and lots of acidity for tomato sauce dishes. Food pairings: vegetarian lasagne, roasted garlic and lemon chicken, pork sausage cassoulet. Drink: 2017 - 2020 493973 12.5% D 750 mL $18.95 Score: 88/100. September 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Minhas Winery Dragon's Tears Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, Central Valley, Chile: Juicy and plummy with rich layers of fleshy ripe blackberries. Supple and full-bodied. Perfect for grilled meats. This wine label is owned by Manjit Minhas, one of the judges on the television show Dragon's Den (thus the name), and her brother Ravinder. Drink: 2016 - 2019 13.5% D 750 mL $18.00 Score: 89/100. September 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Villa Poggio Salvi Brunello Di Montalcino 2011, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: Smoky with cigar box and wild truffles on the nose of this seductive, full-bodied northern Italian red wine. This baby could cellar another 5-7 years at least. Decant 1-2 years and enjoy with wild boar, risotto. Brunello Di Montalcino food pairings: steak topped pizza, pasta in tomato sauce, baked vegetarian lasagne. Drink: 2018 - 2022 363028 14% D 750 mL $49.95 Score: 92/100. September 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Viewpointe V Cabernet Franc 2010, Lake Erie North Shore, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: This robust red wine from southwestern Ontario (Essex County) is made from the Cabernet Franc grape which excels in cool climates like this one. Intriguing old leather and dried herb aromas and flavours like mature Rioja on this Ontario red wine from Essex. Lots of acidity. Pair with lamb and rosemary. Cabernet Franc food pairings: Brazilian slow-cooked pork, roast turkey, beef and black bean stew, shepherd's pie. Drink: 2017 - 2018 359299 13.5% XD 750 mL $17.10 Score: 88/100. September 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rustenberg John X Merriman 2013, Simonsberg Stellenbosch W.O., South Africa: A robust South African red wine blend with aromas of blackcurrant, cassis and wild blackberry with toasty oak. Pair with prime rib. Food pairings: prime rib roast, roast duck, grilled sausages on the barbie. Drink: 2017 - 2022 707323 14% D 750 mL $24.95 Score: 90/100. September 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

13Th Street Red Palette 2016, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: The reference to a painter's palette here alludes to winemaker J-P Cola's artistic blending of mostly Merlot and Gamay grapes, along with smaller amounts of Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Syrah grapes, all grown in Niagara. Medium-bodied and mouth-watering. The result? A great palette wine for your palate pleasure. Aromas of black fruit and toasty oak. Try it with grilled pork chops. Food pairings: thin-crust pizza, charcuterie, cheese boards, rustic stews, grilled veal steaks. Drink: 2017 - 2020 249458 13% D 750 mL $15.95 Score: 89/100. September 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Banfi Aska 2014, Bolgheri, Tuscany D.O.C., Italy: A full-bodied, black-fruited Italian red wine from a reputable producer. Pair with grilled meats and tangy tomato sauce. Food pairings: roast leg of venison, rib roast, roasted root vegetables. Drink: 2017 - 2022 459644 14% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 88/100. September 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Le Pezze Classico Amarone Della Valpolicella 2013, Veneto D.O.C.G., Italy: A towering, huge Italian red wine made using the traditional Appassimento method of drying the grapes in Veneto to make Amarone. Aromas of black fruit, smoke and mocha. Pair with braised meats. Amarone Della Valpolicella food pairings: pasta with a tomato sauce, roasted venison, beef daube, leg of lamb. Drink: 2017 - 2023 171587 15.5% D 750 mL $34.95 Score: 89/100. September 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

René Bouvier Cuvée Chapitre Suivant 2014, Burgundy A.C., France: Lots of acidity on this medium-bodied, smooth Old World Burgundian Pinot Noir. Decent price. Aromas of sour cherry and earth. Pair with roast chicken or turkey. Food pairings: cedar planked salmon, roast duck, veal chops in red wine sauce. Drink: 2016 - 2020 209601 12.5% D 750 mL $24.95 Score: 89/100. September 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Peachy canyon Westside Zinfandel 2014, Paso Robles, California, United States: Tasty and robust with smooth layers of black and purple plum fruit flavour. Great finish that leaves your mouth watering for more. Loaded with blackberry jam richness and mocha notes. Perfect for grilled anything. Zinfandel food pairings: roast pork in rich sauces, spicy, tomato-laced meat stews, barbecued chicken, lamb shanks. Drink: 2017 - 2020 930644 15.2% XD 750 mL $36.95 Score: 91/100. September 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Palacio De Sada Crianza 2013, Navarra D.O., Spain: A very tannic wine with a firm grip on the palate. This should smooth out with cellar time and 1-2 hours decanting. A juicy, black-fruited Spanish red wine from the region of Navarra. Purple and black plum aromas on the nose with a savoury note on the finish. This will do well in the cellar for a few years. Pair with grilled pork chops. Food pairings: barbecued meats, stews featuring beef and root veggies. Drink: 2017 - 2022 246736 14% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 89/100. September 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Le Grand Retour Plan De Dieu 2015, Côtes Du Rhône-Villages, Rhône A.C., France: This wine is a blend of 70% Grenache, 10% Mourvèdre and 20% Syrah grapes. Tremendous value for this price. This southern French red wine from the Rhone is brought to us by Plan De Dieu Aubert Frères. Tasty, full-bodied and delicious! Aromas of cedar, black fruit, smoke and juicy black cherry. Pair with grilled steak. Food pairings: gourmet hamburgers, grilled pork chops, barbecued steak. Drink: 2017 - 2021 224592 14.5% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 90/100. September 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Wits End Luna Shiraz 2015, Mclaren Vale, South Australia, Australia: This blockbuster Australian Shiraz is made from grapes grown in the cool McLaren Vale, and made more interesting with a splash of Barbera grapes in the blend. Attractive aromas of blackberry and black current on the nose and palate of this dry, full-bodied wine. Savoury and meaty, yet also juicy. This wine packs a flavour punch. Pair with prime rib. Shiraz food pairings: grilled meats, cheesy pizza, grilled flat iron steak. Drink: 2016 - 2021 311258 14.5% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 91/100. September 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Scacciadiavoli Rosso 2012, Montefalco, Umbria D.O.C., Italy: This is a blend of mainly Sangiovese grapes, Merlot (25%) and some Sagrantino (15%) grapes. Great value here. This robust Italian red wine is produced by Scacciadiavoli, the oldest winery in Umbria's Montefalco region. It features aromas of dark fruit, smoke, spice and attractive earthy notes. Interestingly, its name comes from a nineteenth-century exorcist who worked in a small town beside the winery: it translates to "one who casts out devils." Decant for 1-2 hours. Needs a strong dish, like grilled meats, to pair with it. Food pairings: grilled meats, cheesy pizza, grilled flat iron steak. Drink: 2017 - 2020 372458 14.5% D 750 mL $20.95 Score: 90/100. September 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Leaning Post Pinot Noir 2013, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Sour cherry and cranberry on the nose and palate of this smooth, medium-bodied Niagara red wine made from the heartbreak grape, Pinot Noir. Lots of racy acidity for seafood and roast chicken or turkey. Pinot Noir food pairings: savoury steaks and roast beef, slow cooked beef or pork, wild game with rich berry sauces. Drink: 2016 - 2020 523183 12.5% XD 750 mL $30.20 Score: 89/100. September 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Font du vent Notre Passion Signargues 2015, Côtes Du Rhône-Villages, Rhône A.P., France: Blackberry and fleshy ripe black plums with dark spice aromas on this full-bodied well-priced red wine that's a blend of Grenache and Syrah. Nice price. Produced by Bertrand & Guillaume Gonnet, Vign. Try it with grilled steak. Food pairings: gourmet hamburgers, grilled pork chops, barbecued steak. Drink: 2017 - 2020 370221 13.7% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 89/100. September 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Trapiche Finca Las Palmas Gran Reserva Malbec 2014, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina: Concentrated and powerful with polished tannins. A lively Malbec with intriguing aromas of black raspberry, bacon and vanilla smoke. Ready to drink now, but will also do well with a few years in the cellar. Absolutely delicious especially at this price! Pair this wine with a variety of savoury meat dishes. Let your mouth have some fun tonight! Malbec food pairings: marinated steaks, spicy dishes, tomato sauces, hamburgers. Drink: 2017 - 2022 186668 14.5% D 750 mL $16.95 Score: 92/100. September 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Stellenrust Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Stellenbosch W.O., South Africa: Firm tannins on the palate of this robust Southern red wine made mostly form the classic Cabernet Sauvignon grape with a splash of Cabernet Franc. The winery is located in Stellenbosch, the heart of South African winemaking country. This wine was aged in small French oak barriques for 12 months. Mocha and blackcurrant on the finish. Pair with rare steak. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: gourmet hamburgers, grilled pork chops, barbecued steak. Drink: 2017 - 2022 172593 14% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 89/100. September 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rosés

Tawse Winery Inc. Sketches Of Niagara Rosé 2016, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Pink grapefruit on the nose and palate of this lively Ontario rose. Such a pretty and vibrant Niagara rose. Orange clementine and a touch of strawberry fleshy ripe on the nose of this Niagara rose. Medium-bodied, good acidity. Pair with fish and chips. Rosé food pairings: roast turkey with wild rice and apple stuffing, turkey pot pie, turkey shepherd's pie, turkey hash with sautéed red onion and Yukon potatoes. Drink: 2016 - 2018 172643 12% D 750 mL $17.35 Score: 88/100. September 2017. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Malivoire Wine Company Vivant 2016, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A lovely, vibrant Niagara rosé with notes of field strawberries. Racy acidity for fresh seafood and shellfish. Medium-bodied and works well as a refreshing aperitif. Food pairings: charcuterie, soft herbal cheeses with dried fruit, strawberry and spinach salad with poppy seed dressing, fresh oysters or citrus poached shrimp. Drink: 2016 - 2018 498535 12.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 91/100. September 2017. Top Rated Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sparkling Wine

Graham Beck Brut Sparkling Wine Méthode Cap Classique, Western Cape W.O., South Africa: This South African sparkling wine is one of the best in the country and is a blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes. Graham Beck is known for superb technique and finesse when it comes to sparkling wines. Great value. Food pairings: green salads, fried chicken, oysters on the half shell. Drink: 2016 - 2019 593483 12% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 92/100. September 2017. Best Value Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Trius Winery at Hillebrand Brut Rosé, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Very robust icewine dosage doesn't make this sweet in the least just more full-bodied. Strawberry pinot noir influence Brut Rosé food pairings: Thai coconut shrimp, roast turkey, grilled salmon, lightly spiced curry dishes. Drink: 2014 - 2018 184309 12.5% D 750 mL $29.95 Score: 90/100. September 2017. Top Rated Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Dom Pérignon Luminous Blanc Champagne 2006, Champagne A.C., France: This benchmark Champagne is now showing its age in a good way with toastier and nuttier aromas versus fresh fruit. Still lively and kicking strong though. Pair with gracious drawing rooms and long gowns. Oysters and caviar wouldn't hurt either. Champagne food pairings: Thai coconut shrimp, pasta with cheese-based sauce. Drink: 2016 - 2022 422584 12.5% XD 750 mL $259.95 Score: 96/100. September 2017. Top Rated Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

2027 Cellars Queenston Road Vineyard Blanc De Blancs Sparkling 2013, St. David's Bench, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Toasty, crisp and muscular Niagara sparkling wine produced by a master of white wines. Aromas of green apple and freshly baked bread. Superb, and a great value. Pair with shellfish or enjoy as a chilled aperitif. Blanc De Blancs Sparkling food pairings: fresh, steamed shellfish, smoked whitefish on baguette, pan-fried trout. Drink: 2017 - 2020 520619 12% D 750 mL $29.95 Score: 91/100. September 2017. Top Rated Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cave De Lugny Cuvée Millésime Brut Crémant De Bourgogne 2013, Burgundy A.C., France: Light yellow in the glass. Toasty with crisp green apple fruit aromas. Your go-to bubbly for the next party so stock up now. Finishes with toasty citrus notes. Great aperitif or companion to many dishes. Crémant De Bourgogne food pairings: steamed mussels in their own juice, oyster pot pie, oyster poor boy burger. Drink: 2017 - 2019 183764 11.5% D 750 mL $21.95 Score: 88/100. September 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

Ryder Chardonnay 2015, Central Coast, California, United States: Buttery, rich and round Californian Chardonnay at a nice price. Aromas of toasted almond and golden apple. Full-bodied but not heavy. The grapes are sustainably farmed on California's central coast. Pair with roast chicken. Chardonnay food pairings: roast chicken, pan fired haddock fillets, pasta with cream sauce, salads. Drink: 2016 - 2020 458638 13.5% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 89/100. September 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Closson Chase K.J. Watson Vineyard Pinot Gris 2016, Four Mile Creek, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: This Ontario white wine made from Pinot Gris grapes hails from the up-and-coming region of Prince Edward County, which is more northern than Niagara in the province. Zesty, light and lovely Prince Edward County Pinot Gris. Aromas of light white florals. Serve as a chilled aperitif or companion to very light fish dishes. Pinot Gris food pairings: roast chicken, pan fried haddock fillets, pasta with cream sauce, salads. Drink: 2016 - 2019 469445 12% XD 750 mL $22.95 Score: 88/100. September 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Flat Rock The Rusty Shed Chardonnay 2014, Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Full-bodied with so much going for it. On the nose this gold Chardonnay is baked apple dumpling, pear compote, fresh pastry and lemon. Love this Niagara Chardonnay: voluptuous but balanced. Chardonnay that is the liquid version of worn-in jeans. Comfy, familiar, just right. Almost full-bodied, this tongue-loving, caressing white wine will be perfect tonight when you kick back with some buttered popcorn and an old movie. Chardonnay food pairings: pan fried scallops, spinach and pepper jack stuffed chicken, toasted ravioli served with Alfredo sauce. Drink: 2016 - 2020 1552 13% XD 750 mL $26.95 Score: 89/100. September 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Pascal Bouchard Vieilles Vignes Chablis 2014, Montmains, Burgundy A.C., France: The Montmains region is a premier cru district on the left bank of the Serein River of Burgundy's Chablis. The old vines are planted with a south-east exposure in clay-limestone soils. Fresh and crisp Burgundian premier cru white wine, with zesty lime and white grapefruit aromas. Very inviting Old World unoaked Chardonnay from northern Burgundy. The vines on this 33 hectare estate in Chablis were planted in 1971. Pair with butter-dipped scallops or garlic shrimp. Chablis food pairings: grilled buttered lobster, seafood salad, grilled fish, grilled shrimp in garlic butter. Drink: 2016 - 2020 374181 12.5% XD 750 mL $45.95 Score: 90/100. September 2017. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Benefizio Castello Di Pomino Riserva 2015, Pomino Bianco D.O.C., Italy: Lots of mouth-watering juiciness and green apple vibrancy here! Balanced and fresh. Terrific for seafood. Food pairings: grilled pork, chicken, seafood. Drink: 2017 - 2020 332247 13.5% XD 750 mL $36.95 Score: 90/100. September 2017. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Villa Maria Estate Private Bin Chardonnay 2015, Gisborne, New Zealand: A crisp, fresh New Zealand Chardonnay with aromas of tropical fruit and baking spice. From Gisborne, North Island, the Villa Maria Private Bin is a dry, oaked Chardonnay. This 2015 vintage Chardonnay was awarded a Silver Medal at the 2015 Sydney Royal Easter Show Wine Awards. Pair with roast chicken. Drink: 2015 - 2019 651737 13% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 90/100. September 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Henry of Pelham Winery Speck Family Reserve Chardonnay 2015, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A voluptuous, luxuriously layered Niagara Chardonnay with aromas of golden apple and freshly baked bread. Pair with seafood in a cream sauce. Chardonnay food pairings: roast chicken, lobster in butter, sweet pea soup, smoked fish. Drink: 2015 - 2021 616466 14% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 92/100. September 2017. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mountadam Estate Chardonnay 2015, High Eden, Eden Valley, South Australia, Australia: In a blind tasting, you'd easily mistake this Australian Chardonnay for a top Burgundian Meursault Chardonnay. Mountadam High Eden Estate is Australia's coolest climate Chardonnay vineyard. Intensely flavoured with mouth-coating viscosity. Pair with buttered popcorn or lobster in melted butter. Chardonnay food pairings: grilled fish, spinach and pepper jack stuffed chicken, beef bourguignon, toasted ravioli with Alfredo sauce, Asian dishes with black bean sauces. Drink: 2016 - 2020 333211 13.5% XD 750 mL $26.95 Score: 94/100. September 2017. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domäne Wachau Terrassen Federspiel Riesling 2015, Wachau D.A.C., Austria: A crisp, vibrant Austrian white wine made from the classic grape Riesling. Bone dry and mouth-watering. Perfect for seafood and shellfish. Riesling food pairings: pork knuckles and sauerkraut, pork roast, mild curries. Drink: 2017 - 2019 491902 11% D 750 mL $21.95 Score: 88/100. September 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Featherstone Four Feathers 2016, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A lovely, medium-bodied Niagara white wine blend of Riesling, Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer, Sauvignon Blanc grapes. Floral, aromatic and off-dry, this is a terrific aperitif or companion to fresh seafood. Finishes with apple blossom. Pair with medium curries and spices as well. Great price. Food pairings: Caesar Salad, fried Gruyere cheese sandwich, raclette. Drink: 2016 - 2021 341586 12% D 750 mL $14.95 Score: 91/100. September 2017. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Toi Toi Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: Nice grassy, herbal nose and palate on this New Zealand white wine made from the Sauvignon Blanc grape. Toi Toi is pronounced as toy toy, and refers to the country's largest native grass. This Marlborough savvy finishes with gooseberry and passion fruit. Pair with shellfish. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: goat cheese and baguette, salads, smoked salmon and arugula pizza. Drink: 2016 - 2018 454785 13% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 89/100. September 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Nederburg Manor House Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Western Cape W.O., South Africa: Matchstick and hickory smoke on the nose of this robust South African Sauvignon Blanc followed by lemon brightness and acidity. Medium-bodied. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: seafood salad, shellfish tapas, crab cakes. Drink: 2017 - 2020 372334 13.5% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 87/100. September 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

A To Z Wineworks Chardonnay 2015, Oregon, United States: Balanced Oregonian Chardonnay that has so much crispness it almost tastes unoaked. Lovely white florals and apple blossom. Try it with grilled salmon. Chardonnay food pairings: marinated lemon herb chicken breast grilled on the barbie, pan-fried panfish. Drink: 2016 - 2020 269258 13% XD 750 mL $22.95 Score: 90/100. September 2017. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Landmark Vineyards Overlook Chardonnay 2014, Sonoma County, California, United States: Full-bodied, rich, buttery Chardonnay from California's cool climate region of Sonoma. The grapes are hand-picked and sorted, then fermented in small French oak barrels to add creamy texture. The spicy kick on the end would allow this wine to pair well with medium spiced dishes and Asian fare. Chardonnay food pairings: grilled chicken breast with lemon herb sauce, grilled seafood, fish and shellfish kabobs. Drink: 2017 - 2020 356501 14.2% D 750 mL $34.95 Score: 90/100. September 2017. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


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