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Vintages Release September 30, 2017

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Dessert Wine

Quinta do Crasto Late Bottled Vintage Port 2012, Douro D.O.P., Portugal: Late Bottled Vintage (LBV) Port offers tremendous value: it approaches Vintage Port character, depth and complexity at a fraction of the price. Aromas of blackberry liqueur and cassis. Pair with toasted nuts and hard cheeses. Port food pairings: cheddar and blue cheese, toasted almonds, walnuts, coffee cake. Drink: 2017 - 2025 515536 19% S 375 mL $13.95 Score: 90/100. September 2017. Best Value Dessert Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Barros 10-Year-Old Tawny Port, Douro D.O.P., Portugal: A toffee-accented, creme brûlée, toasted almond dessert wine in the classic style of tawny port. Perfect on its own or with biscotti, nuts and hard cheeses. Port food pairings: fruit cake, roasted nuts, honey spice cake, blue cheeses. Drink: 2017 - 2025 964353 20% S 750 mL $28.95 Score: 89/100. September 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Red Wine

Oyster Bay Merlot 2015, Hawkes Bay, North Island, New Zealand: Savoury and juicy with lip-smacking delicious fleshy black plum aromas on the nose and palate. Round, smooth, supple Merlot with a saucy, spicy finish. Medium- to almost full-bodied. This would be a great match for grilled lamb. Merlot food pairings: rare roast beef, coq au vin, lamb chops. Drink: 2017 - 2020 692343 13.5% D 750 mL $18.95 Score: 90/100. September 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Ampélia 2015, Côtes De Bordeaux Castillon, Bordeaux A.C., France: A dry, full-bodied Bordeaux red wine blend of mostly Merlot with some Cabernet Franc. Aromas of dark fruit and toasty oak. The vines are planted in the clay-limestone hillsides of the Castillon Cotes de Bordeaux appellation that borders St. Emilion, thus the preponderance of Merlot. Food pairings: beef tenderloin Wellington, roast partridge with wild mushroom sauce. Drink: 2017 - 2020 191171 13% XD 750 mL $23.95 Score: 89/100. September 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Burrowing Owl Estate Bottled Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia V.Q.A., Canada: A towering, blockbuster BC red wine made from the classic Cabernet Sauvignon grape. Burrowing Owl has earned its reputation as one of BC's -- and Canada's -- best producers. This robust BC Cabernet offers aromas of wild cassis, tart blackberry, graphite and smoke. Needs cellar time, then decant 2 hours: firm tannic grip. Beautiful structure, long finish. Perfect for a prime rib. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: grilled New York strip loin, hard cheese, braised pork shanks, veal chops. Drink: 2017 - 2025 73098 14.7% XD 750 mL $45.95 Score: 93/100. September 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Man Family Skaapveld Shiraz 2015, Coastal Region W.O., South Africa: From MAN Vintner, an easy-drinking plummy Shiraz with soft tannins and a splash of viognier lends lift to the mid-palate "MAN" Vintners is so named after Marie, Annette and Nicky, wives of the team who had to give up weekends in support of the new winery project. This easy-drinking Shiraz has plush tannins with plum and spice flavours. A splash of viognier lends a mid-palate lift. Smoky with toasty oak on this finish. Pair with meat lovers' pizza. Shiraz food pairings: hamburger steak, Salisbury steak bobtje. Drink: 2017 - 2022 71332 14% D 750 mL $13.95 Score: 89/100. September 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

MontGras Antu Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Maipo Valley, Chile: Antu means Sun in the native Mapauche language. This wine is Montgras' exploratory range of wines, which experiments with both classic/traditional Chilean grapes and new varietals. A full-bodied, well-balanced Chilean Cabernet with aromas of blackberry, plum and cassis and toasty oak. Pair with grilled meats. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: rare roast beef, grilled pork chops, blue cheeses. Drink: 2017 - 2020 444703 14.5% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 88/100. September 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Viña Vilano Crianza 2012, Ribera Del Duero D.O., Spain: Ribero del Duero is famous for red wines. This is 100% Tempranillo and is dark and savoury with lovely dark chocolate notes on the top. Underneath is fleshy dark fruit, especially plums. Full-bodied, smooth and satisfying. Food pairings: lamb breast stuffed with veal pork and green herbs, spinach cake. Drink: 2017 - 2022 82180 13.5% D 750 mL $23.95 Score: 88/100. September 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Terra D'uro Finca La Rana Toro 2012, Toro D.O., Spain: Although the alcohol is high, this is a medium-bodied red wine with juicy acidity and lots of tart black cherry. Perfect for tomato sauce. Food pairings: prime rib roast, roast savoury herbed chicken, roast duck. Drink: 2017 - 2020 424135 14.5% D 750 mL $18.95 Score: 89/100. September 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Montes Purple Angel 2014, Colchagua Valley, Chile: There's a reason this Chilean wine has a cult following. Purple Angel will make you feel as though you've gone to heaven aloft a cloud of sensory pleasure. The 2014 vintage is a blend of 92% Caménère and 8% Petit Verdot grapes. Caménère was re-discovered only about 12 years ago, believed to be extinct after phylloxera hit its ancestral home in Bordeaux in 1880. That's why it's also called the "Jurassic Park" grape. The vines for this wine are planted on steep slopes. If you love full-bodied, juicy, fruit-forward wines, this is your apogee as it also has all of those other great hallmarks of superb wine: complexity, balance and finish. Pair with a juicy steak. Food pairings: veal roast, slow-cooked brisket of beef, rabbit fricassee. Drink: 2017 - 2023 62364 14.5% XD 750 mL $59.95 Score: 99/100. September 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Torres Mas La Plana Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Penedès D.O., Spain: A savoury, full-bodied Spanish red wine made from the noble Cabernet Sauvignon grape. This wine is a blockbuster with so much dark fruit flavour, complexity and depth. It's worth twice the price, easily. The 2010 vintage was a strong one and it shows in this glass. Although this is a Bordeaux blend, it's contained in a traditional Burgundian sloped shoulder bottle. It's been produced by the Torres family for more than three decades now. Decant 1-2 hours. Pair with the good life, or filet mignon, or both. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: grilled tenderloin, roast rack of lamb, Porterhouse Veal chops. Drink: 2017 - 2023 129676 14.5% XD 750 mL $59.95 Score: 95/100. September 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Casale Del Giglio Cesanese 2014, Lazio I.G.T., Italy: Rustic and robust with blackened fruit flavours and lots of oak. Made from the low yielding Cesanese grape in the Lazio region of Italy near Rome on the central west coast, the so-called "knee" of Italy's "boot" geographically. Finishes with dark spices. Pair with grilled meats. Food pairings: vegetarian lasagne, Porchetta, Feta stuffed hamburger. Drink: 2017 - 2020 498188 13.5% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 87/100. September 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Fattoria Dei Barbi Brunello Di Montalcino 2011, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: The 2011 vintage of the Brunello di Montalcino is full of character. Mature aromas of leather, violets and truffles. Smooth and medium-bodied. Contemplative wine. Dark fruit aromas with cigar box and a long finish. Decant 2 hours. Pair with game dishes or rack of lamb. Brunello Di Montalcino food pairings: rack of lamb, ravioli, beef stew. Drink: 2017 - 2025 928028 14.5% XD 750 mL $49.95 Score: 94/100. September 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Valdelacierva Crianza 2012, Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain: A robust, rustic Spanish red wine made from the classic Tempranillo grape in the heart of the Rioja region. This wine is aged in American oak barrels for 12 months to add toastiness and a smoky character. Aromas of dark fruit and spice. Pair with rack of lamb. Food pairings: lamb breast stuffed with veal pork and green herbs, spinach cake, roast pork. Drink: 2017 - 2020 438713 14% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 88/100. September 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Seven Falls Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Wahluke Slope, Columbia Valley, Washington, United States: The Cabernet Sauvignon grapes for this Washington State red came from Wahluke Slope. The Seven Falls name is in honour of the falls that flowed into the Columbia River. This is a superb Washington State Cabernet Sauvignon, with attractive aromas of fleshy black plum and mocha. Chalky dry and full-bodied. Some blackberry on the finish. Great balance, with a deep red-garnet colour. Finishes with vanilla smoke. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: rare Porterhouse steak, gourmet burgers, roast pork. Drink: 2017 - 2021 360222 14.5% XD 750 mL $21.95 Score: 90/100. September 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Delas Saint-Esprit 2015, Côtes Du Rhône, Rhône A.C., France: A towering French red wine from the Rhone Valley, with a firm grip on the palate and big toasted dark fruit aromas and flavours. Full-bodied with a savoury finish. Needs cellar time. This is a blend of Syrah (75%) and Grenache (25%) grapes that finishes with dark spices, clove and pepper. Pair with prime rib. Food pairings: Prime rib roast, pulled pork sammies, grilled meats in a black bean sauce. Drink: 2017 - 2020 729962 14% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 91/100. September 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Inglenook 1882 Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Rutherford, Napa Valley, California, United States: Tannic with tart black fruit and loaded with toasty oak. Big, black and brooding. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: roast leg of lamb, grilled New York strip loin, braised pork shanks, grilled burgers, hard cheese. Drink: 2017 - 2019 412502 14.5% D 750 mL $79.95 Score: 88/100. September 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Primus Carmenère 2015, Colchagua Valley, Chile: This robust Chilean red wine is made from Caménère vines planted with a southern exposure along the Tinguiririca River's old terraces. The winery practices sustainable agriculture. A lovely expression of Colchagua Valley terroir. This is a terrific, full-bodied Chilean red wine made from the country's signature red wine grape Caménère. Caménère is believed to have traveled from Bordeaux, where it was one of the six original grape varieties planted there before the devastation from the root louse Phylloxera in 1867 wiped out all the vines. Chile's natural protections from this vine louse include the ocean, the Andes mountains and the dessert. Caménère is named for it's colour - crimson (carmine). It has some similarities with Merlot but is not the same grape. Aromas of dark red fruit and toasty oak and pepper on the finish. Pair with grilled pork chops. Carmenère food pairings: wine-braised beef, turkey with gravy, chorizo tacos, bean fajitas. Drink: 2017 - 2020 439356 14% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 91/100. September 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Valdemar Inspiración Selección 2012, Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain: This robust Spanish red wine is a blend of 90% Tempranillo and 10% Graciano grapes for the 2012 vintage. It's fresh and intense with a modern style of winemaking. A lively Spanish red wine that's bone-dry and earthy on the palate. Dark fruit and some smoke. Full-bodied and relatively smooth though decant for 1-2 hours and pair with lamb in rosemary. Food pairings: pasta with a tomato sauce, roasted venison, beef and veggie stew, leg of lamb. Drink: 2017 - 2020 166512 14% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. September 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Torres Habitat Garnacha Syrah 2015, Catalunya D.O., Spain: A gorgeous Spanish red wine blend of Grenache and Syrah grapes. Aromas of fleshy dark fruit, smoke and dried herbs. Pair with prime rib. Garnacha Syrah food pairings: grilled New York strip loin, hard cheese, braised pork shanks, veal chops. Drink: 2017 - 2020 511527 14% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. September 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

André Delorme Pinot Noir 2014, Burgundy A.C., France: I'm loving this Old World Burgundian Pinot Noir! Juicy, mouth-watering aromas and flavours of fleshy tart cherry and earth. Rich and layered and smooth yet balanced and medium-bodied. Great price. Pair with roast chicken. Pinot Noir food pairings: veal Porterhouse chops, linguine Bolognese grilled beef hangar steak. Drink: 2017 - 2021 366427 12.5% XD 750 mL $22.95 Score: 92/100. September 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Finca Del Marquesado Gran Reserva 2009, Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain: This rustic Spanish red wine was made at the winery's Finca del Marquesado estate where the vines are more than 35 years old. The wine is aged in French and American oak barrels for 26 months. Lots of tanned leather and dried herbs. Not fruit forward, but enjoyable. Mouth-watering acidity. Pair with rack of lamb. Food pairings: meat lover's pizza, lamburgers, roast chicken. Drink: 2017 - 2019 384248 13.5% D 750 mL $21.95 Score: 88/100. September 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Talbott Kali Hart Pinot Noir 2014, Monterey County, California, United States: Supple, seductive and fleshy ripe red berries on the nose and palate of this ultra-smooth, round and lip-smacking delicious southern Californian Pinot Noir. Sweet cherries emerge on the finish. Medium-bodied, juicy and supple with silky texture. Great price. Pinot Noir food pairings: rack of lamb, pesto pasta with grilled lamb, beef stew. Drink: 2017 - 2020 317693 14.3% D 750 mL $28.95 Score: 91/100. September 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

KWV The Mentors Canvas 2014, Coastal Region W.O., South Africa: A towering, blockbuster South African red wine made from mostly Syrah with Tempranillo, Mourvèdre and Grenache grapes, the traditional Rhone blend. The wine was aged for 18 months in oak barrels. Lots of dark fruit aromas, including blackberry and mulberry, as well as pepper and dark spice on the finish. Pair with prime rib or brontosaurus burgers. Food pairings: beef stew with root vegetables, venison meatloaf, lamburgers. Drink: 2017 - 2020 348839 14.5% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 91/100. September 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Carpineto Riserva Chianti Classico 2012, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: The 2012 vintage of the Carpineto Riserva Chianti Classico is dry farmed on hillside vineyards and is a blend of Sangiovese and Canaiolo grapes aged in oak casks for 1 year. Gorgeous balance and richness in this signature Chianti Classico. Aromas of sun-dried tomato, dark, tart cherry and earth. Try it with meat dishes involving tomato sauce. Chianti Classico food pairings: pasta in tomato sauce, breaded veal cutlets, stuffed roasted turkey. Drink: 2017 - 2022 47118 13.5% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 92/100. September 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Marchesi De' Frescobaldi Campo Ai Sassi Rosso Di Montalcino 2015, Tuscany D.O.C., Italy: Dry herbs, dust and leather on the nose of this fine and complex Italian red wine. Robust, but balanced and elegant: the ultimate food wine, especially for tomato sauces and grilled meats. Tart black cherry and good acidity on the palate. Polished tannins and smooth texture. Crisp lively finish. Decant 1 hour and enjoy. Rosso Di Montalcino food pairings: breaded veal cutlets, duck breast with celeriac salad, tagliatelle alla Bolognese, chicken herb-rubbed roast. Drink: 2017 - 2024 429415 13.5% D 750 mL $21.95 Score: 91/100. September 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Thymiopoulos Young Vines Xinomavro 2015, Naoussa, Macedonia P.D.O., Greece: This medium-bodied Greek wine from Young Vines offers red florals and cherry on the nose and palate. The vines are 15 years old for these Xinomavro grapes. Pair with grilled pork chops. Xinomavro food pairings: grilled rare steaks, blackened ribs with BBQ sauce, coq au vin, Cornish game hen, tomato tarte. Drink: 2017 - 2022 466474 14.5% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 88/100. September 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mollydooker Two Left Feet 2015, South Australia, Australia: A gorgeous, big-hearted, palate wacker for those who love BIG wines. Yet it's balanced, and doesn't taste hot despite high alcohol, with aromas and flavours of black fruit, smoke and tar. There is espresso and dark spices on the finish. Pair with roast beef. Food pairings: slow-roasted crown of pork stuffed with corn niblets chickpea green onion and cilantro, stir-fried pork tenderloin, veal parmesan. Drink: 2017 - 2021 327106 16.5% D 750 mL $33.95 Score: 91/100. September 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Smoke & Gamble Reserve Cabernet Merlot 2015, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Full-bodied, fairly smooth Ontario red wine blend of 49.5% merlot, 37.2% cabernet sauvignon and 13.3% cabernet sauvignon grapes. This wine is 100% barrel aged which adds lots of toasty oak, smoke and vanilla spice to the flavour profile. Pair with meat lovers' pizza. Cabernet Merlot food pairings: beef skewers, fajitas, steak-topped pizza. Drink: 2016 - 2019 491589 13% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 89/100. September 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Famille Perrin La Gille 2014, Gigondas, Rhône A.C., France: Such a consistently well-made wine from the south of France: full-bodied, savoury and delicious! Aromas of cedar, wild black cherry and forest floor. A classic French red wine for hedonists. Polished tannins, excellent length, depth and breadth of flavour. Great replays on the palate. This is a traditional blend of Rhone Valley grapes, including Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre. Pair with lamb and rosemary. Food pairings: roasted lamb, veal dishes, grilled pork chops, cheese. Drink: 2017 - 2025 906073 14.5% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 92/100. September 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Elouan Pinot Noir 2015, Oregon, United States: Lots of sweet chocolate, mocha and coffee on the nose of this generously oaked Oregon Pinot Noir. Medium-bodied and smooth, the vines for this wine are planted along the coastal hills of the state which have cool summers and a short growing season. The name Elouan translates to good light. Joseph Wagner is the winemaker. Racy acidity for seafood and roast chicken. Pinot Noir food pairings: veal chops, rosemary lamb, barbecued ribs in sauce, chicken cacciatore. Drink: 2016 - 2020 420760 13.7% D 750 mL $29.95 Score: 89/100. September 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Saldo Zinfandel 2015, California, United States: A robust, juicy Californian red wine made from the state's iconic Zinfandel grape. Pair with grilled meats and gourmet burgers. Zinfandel food pairings: grilled lamb chops, slow-braised beef brisket, sausage casserole. Drink: 2017 - 2020 235903 14% D 750 mL $39.95 Score: 92/100. September 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Verdignan 2005, Haut-Médoc, Bordeaux A.C., France: Packed with full-bodied flavor. Layers of cassis and black plums. Food pairings: steak, roasts, venison burgers, gamebirds. Drink: 2017 - 2018 87304 14% XD 750 mL $39.95 Score: 90/100. September 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Bachelder Lowrey Vineyard Old Vines Pinot Noir 2014, St. David's Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Gorgeous Niagara Pinot Noir grown in the Lowery Vineyard. Aromas of cherry, fresh earth and violets. This wine was deftly aged in oak barrels. Pair with duck. Pinot Noir food pairings: veal stew with sautéed vegetables served with gnocchi, roasted pork loin with a glaze of herbs, cloves, and brown sugar, Tourtière, roast beef, turkey. Drink: 2017 - 2021 361816 13.5% XD 750 mL $44.95 Score: 92/100. September 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Borgo Scopeto Chianti Classico 2014, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: A robust, simple red wine with notes of wild tart dark berries and some oak. Pair with hamburgers. Chianti Classico food pairings: bucatini with sausage and peas, roast beef, pasta, pizza. Drink: 2017 - 2021 23325 13% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 87/100. September 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Antiche Terre Venete Ripasso Valpolicella 2014, Veneto D.O.C., Italy: This robust red wine is made using the Ripasso method to add more depth and concentration to the final wine. This traditional method from Verona area adds young fresh wine to the Amarone skins of the grapes then referments the wine again so there is both freshness and fullness. Love that smoky, meaty, sizzling bacon nose! Ripasso Valpolicella food pairings: grilled steaks, gourmet sausages, hamburgers, pasta with chorizo. Drink: 2017 - 2020 178459 13.5% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 88/100. September 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Ksara Réserve Du Couvent 2014, Bekaa Valley, Lebanon: A straight-forward, robust, rustic red wine offering black cherry and raspberry aromas. Supple and tasty, with a firm grip on the palate. This wine is leaning toward the Rhone Valley in style and the blend here leads with the Syrah grape. Try this with meat lovers' pizza tonight. Food pairings: meat lover's pizza, veal Parmesan, chicken Kiev. Drink: 2017 - 2020 443721 13.5% D 750 mL $16.95 Score: 88/100. September 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rosés

Vineland Estates Game Changer The Castaway Rosé 2016, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A vibrant, mouth-watering Niagara rosé with aromas of wild field strawberries. Enjoy as a chilled aperitif or companion to seafood. Rosé food pairings: spring salads with dried cranberries and cherries, charcuterie, veal Mornay. Drink: 2016 - 2018 498758 12% D 750 mL $14.95 Score: 88/100. September 2017. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Lafage Tessellae Rosé Mourvèdre / Grenache Gris 2016, Rousillon, Côtes Catalanes I.G.P., France: Deeply flavourful southern French rose with aromas of wild field strawberries and dried herbs. Medium-bodied with racy acidity for shellfish. Good value. Served chilled. Mourvèdre / Grenache Gris food pairings: grilled sausages, antipasto, charcuterie and cheese. Drink: 2016 - 2018 450817 12% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 89/100. September 2017. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

Auntsfield Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Southern Valleys, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: Auntsfield is the Marlborough region's first vineyard and winery established in 1873. Their single vineyard wines, like this one, are made from 100% estate grown fruit. Zesty, herbal with fresh cut grass and chives on the nose and palate. This producer makes some outstanding wines. Terrific lime awakening of the taste buds! Citrus lift on this medium-bodied wine. Spring refreshment in a glass. Some notes of kiwi and green herbs on a dry finish. Terrific! Finishes with a gooseberry, citrus zing. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: oriental chicken salad with yoghurt and citrus dressing, grilled lemon herb chicken breast, roast duck breast on sliced poached pears. Drink: 2016 - 2018 663286 13% XD 750 mL $20.95 Score: 91/100. September 2017. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

The Prisoner Wine Company Blindfold White 2015, California, United States: A full-bodied, take no prisoners white wine blend with generous oaky that yields toasty, butterscotch, burnt toffee aromas. Lovely ripe pear and peach notes on the palate and finish. Food pairings: roast chicken, sage and apple turkey casserole, pork tenderloin with apricot and peach compote. Drink: 2017 - 2019 374207 14% XD 750 mL $39.95 Score: 90/100. September 2017. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Markham Chardonnay 2015, Napa Valley, California, United States: Smoky campfire on the nose of this robust Californian Chardonnay. Buttery, rich and enveloping Californian Chardonnay. Lap it up in tonguefuls. Toasted almond on the finish. Pair with cream sauce chicken. Chardonnay food pairings: steamed crab with lemon garlic butter sauce, seafood salad, mussel and clam soup. Drink: 2016 - 2020 418277 14.2% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 91/100. September 2017. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Hidden Bench Fumé Blanc 2015, Rosomel Vineyard, Beamsville Bench, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: The fruit for this wine is organically grown and certified. It is 100% estate grown. A hazelnut-rich white with refreshing notes of white peach and green apples. Succulent and full-bodied with an opulent texture. Fumé Blanc food pairings: chicken and sage skewers, fresh tomato and basil salad, Thai green curry fish, smoked oyster Poor Boy sandwiches. Drink: 2016 - 2019 68825 13.5% XD 750 mL $29.45 Score: 89/100. September 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Jean-Marc Brocard Vau De Vay Chablis 2014, Chablis, Burgundy A.C., France: The 20-year-old Chardonnay vines that create this wine are planted with an eastern exposure on a 38% slope and are organically farmed. Vibrant, almost quivering in its energy. Lovely aromas of lime, lemon zest, and white peach. Clean and fresh without oak. Pair with shellfish. Chablis food pairings: raw oysters on the half shell with raspberry mignonette, smoked whitefish, crab cakes and aioli sauce. Drink: 2015 - 2020 159012 13% XD 750 mL $43.95 Score: 91/100. September 2017. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Burrowing Owl Estate Bottled Chardonnay 2015, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia V.Q.A., Canada: Rich and buttery wrapped in a heady gust of campfire smoke and storytelling. Toasted almond and spicy pear on the nose and palate of this pleasant full-bodied BC white wine made from Chardonnay grapes. Aromas of green apple and freshly baked bread. Good minerality on the finish. Pair with roast chicken. Chardonnay food pairings: deep sea scallops, pan-fried cod, pasta in an Alfredo sauce. Drink: 2016 - 2020 208694 14% XD 750 mL $33.95 Score: 91/100. September 2017. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Vinum Chenin Blanc 2016, Stellenbosch W.O., South Africa: Wine grapes for the 2016 vintage of The Winery of Good Hope's Vinum were grown on gnarled Chenin Blanc bush vines at the foothills of the Helderberg Mountain in Stellenbosch. Spicy peach and Asian pear with lots of mouth-watering acidity for food. Medium-bodied. Pair with mild curries. Chenin Blanc food pairings: white-fleshed fish, mild sausage, Greek salad, game birds. Drink: 2017 - 2019 739995 12.5% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 87/100. September 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rodney Strong Chardonnay 2014, Sonoma County, California, United States: This luxurious Californian white wine features green apple aromas wrapped in toasted almond. Nice balance. Finishes with vibrant lemon and baking spices. Nice kick of butterscotch and toffee from oak aging. Full-bodied and layered. This would be an interesting pairing with roast veal. Chardonnay food pairings: grilled lobster tail, pork, turkey burgers, beef bourguignon, linguini with clams and fennel. Drink: 2017 - 2020 226936 13.5% XD 750 mL $21.95 Score: 89/100. September 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Bachelder Wismer Vineyard #1 Wingfield Block Chardonnay 2013, Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: So in love with Chardonnay again. I thought we had broken up permanently, but turns out if was only a minor break. Aromas of peach and toasted almond and an end-of-the-week Friday night sigh ;). Chardonnay food pairings: white-fleshed fish, mild sausage, chicken salads. Drink: 2017 - 2019 547299 13.9% XD 750 mL $44.95 Score: 95/100. September 2017. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Roger & Didier Raimbault Sancerre 2016, Loire A.C., France: Lemon zest on the nose and palate of this delightful French white wine. Lovely balance and acidity here in a sun-dappled Old World Sauvignon Blanc. Pure expression of fruit, great mineral intensity. Sancerre food pairings: oysters on the half-shell, mussels Portuguese, clam linguine. Drink: 2017 - 2020 82255 12.5% XD 750 mL $28.95 Score: 90/100. September 2017. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Bellevue Touraine Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Loire A.C., France: Lemon gold brightness. Crisp, clean and mouth-watering at an incredibly great price. Like New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc? You will love this. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: tempura seafood, sushi and sashimi, pan-fried panfish. Drink: 2017 - 2018 82305 12.5% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 89/100. September 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Roche De Bellene 1999, Meursault, Burgundy A.C., France: Classic Burgundian Chardonnay with incredible complexity, depth and richness. Green apple and hazelnut-infused smoke. Finishes with caramel, toffee and toasted almond. Pair with roasted chicken. Food pairings: pan-fried trout, roast herbed chicken, stuffed roast breast of veal. Drink: 2017 - 2018 241091 12.7% D 750 mL $114.95 Score: 91/100. September 2017. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Hamilton Russell Chardonnay 2016, Hemel-En-Aarde Valley, Walker Bay W.O., South Africa: Hamilton Russel Vineyards sees the strongest maritime influence of any winegrowing area in South Africa. At less than two kilometres from the Atlantic Ocean's Walker Bay, the cooling influence of the cold Benguela current flowing up from Antarctica flows over the vineyard with the prevailing southeast winds allowing for cooler days but warmer nights and warmer winters. The overall climate is Mediterranean. A chardonnay lover's chardonnay. Rich, concentrated and hedonistic, yet with a nervy edge in this South African Chardonnay. A concentrated vein of tree fruit and minerality. Perfectly balanced between luscious ripe peach and green apple, toasty oak and a nervy seam of acidity for a range of dishes, from roast chicken to seafood. Highly recommended. Chardonnay food pairings: prawn bisque, chicken breast, frittata, cheese fondue, turkey. Drink: 2017 - 2023 931006 13% XD 750 mL $43.95 Score: 95/100. September 2017. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

A To Z Pinot Gris 2015, Oregon, United States: Crisp Oregon white wine made from the state's most iconic white grape, Pinot Gris. White peach clean with mouth-watering acidity that makes it a superb aperitif. Pair with shellfish. Pinot Gris food pairings: pan-seared buttered scallops, grilled tiger shrimp, chicken skewers with lime citrus sauce. Drink: 2017 - 2019 258145 13.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 88/100. September 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Jackson Estate Stich Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: Fresh cut grass and gooseberry on the nose and palate of this nervy New Zealand white wine. Tasty sauvignon blanc with a nice balance between citrus and herbal notes. Medium-bodied. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: seafood pasta in an alfredo sauce. Drink: 2015 - 2018 963124 12.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. September 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Luna Nuda Pinot Grigio 2016, Alto Adige Trentino I.G.T., Italy: Fresh, crisp and clean with mouth-watering acidity for seafood, salads and vegetarian dishes. Lime and lemon zest. Nice for the price. Pinot Grigio food pairings: pasta with cream sauce, grilled chicken breast, summer salads, pork schnitzel. Drink: 2017 - 2019 401232 12.5% D 750 mL $15.95 Score: 90/100. September 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Famille Perrin Réserve 2015, Côtes Du Rhône, Rhône A.C., France: This moderately priced southern French white wine blend is produced by the Perrin family, who also make the coveted Chateau de Beaucastel and have been making wine for five generations. Lovely French white wine from the Rhone Valley! Not too oaky or fruity: a delicious blend of earth and sunshine. Full-bodied with layers of Asian pear and a hint of smoke in this AC wine. Lots of energy and character in this Old World charmer. Primarily made from the Grenache Blanc grape, with some smoke and melon on the finish. Great price. Lovely lick of lime zest on the finish. Pair with pasta or seafood in a cream sauce. Food pairings: pizza, seafood, roast chicken, beef bourguignon, cheese. Drink: 2016 - 2019 499509 13.5% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 90/100. September 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


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