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Vintages Release October 28, 2017

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Dessert Wine

Cave Spring Indian Summer Select Late Harvest Riesling 2014, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Liquid gorgeous year after year, Cave Spring delivers this late harvest Riesling for our drinking pleasure. Apricot peach blossom. Perfect for angel food cake and fruit-based desserts. The Riesling grapes for this dessert wine are picked later in the fall, well after those from the dry style table wine. The result is much more concentrated flavours and fruit sweetness like apricot preserves. Pair this terrific wine with blue cheeses and toasted almonds. Riesling food pairings: spice cake, crème brûlée, fruit-based desserts, pastries, fresh field berries in cream. Drink: 2017 - 2021 415901 12.5% S 375 mL $24.95 Score: 93/100. October 2017. Top Rated Dessert Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Red Wine

San Pedro 1865 Single Vineyard Carmenère 2014, Maule Valley, Chile: Another stellar vintage for this single vineyard Carmenère rocks! Carmenère is the flagship red wine of Chile. Loving the layers of fleshy black plums. Lots of concentration and length. Velvet texture on the palate. The wines from San Pedro's 1865 line come from its own vineyard planted with a specific variety. The Carmenère comes from the winery's property in the Maule Valley, with rolling hillside vineyards averaging 20 years of age and planted in alluvial soil with angular stones to control plant vigour. This robust red wine finishes with notes of cassis and dried tobacco. Great balance and depth. Try it with a rack of lamb tonight. Highly recommended. Carmenère food pairings: venison, ratatouille, rabbit stew, bison steaks. Drink: 2017 - 2020 249201 14.5% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 92/100. October 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ontañón Reserva Tempranillo Graciano 2005, Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain: Toasty and smoky Spanish red wine with terrific juiciness on the palate. Terrific for the money with great balance and length. Black raspberry liqueur and an espresso finish. Made from a blend of Tempranillo and Graciano grapes. Pair with rack of lamb. Tempranillo Graciano food pairings: grilled baseball steak, hamburger, hard cheese, barbecued pork spareribs. Drink: 2017 - 2023 725895 13.5% XD 750 mL $27.95 Score: 90/100. October 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Featherstone Winery Pinot Noir 2013, Niagara, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A cran-cherry nose with lots of spices and racy acidity on the palate. Smooth and medium-bodied. Very much a country wine. Pinot Noir food pairings: gourmet burgers, mushroom risotto, wild mushroom soup. Drink: 2013 - 2018 372425 12% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 90/100. October 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Remo Farina Superiore Valpolicella Classico Ripasso 2015, Veneto D.O.C., Italy: Juicy, robust and vibrant Italian red wine: a terrific wine especially at this price point. Aromas of black fleshy ripe blackberries, black plums and some dark spice. Almost reminds me of Californian Zinfandel but with a darker undertone. Perfect for grilled meats and barbecue. Valpolicella Classico Ripasso food pairings: hearty winter stew, turkey burgers, pasta with a cream based sauce. Drink: 2017 - 2021 999946 13% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 91/100. October 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

The Prisoner 2015, Napa Valley, California, United States: Very high alcohol on this wine, but it has the fruit heft to handle it. A robust, layered Californian red wine of solid structure and concentration. Pair with hamburgers or steak. Food pairings: gourmet hamburgers, rare rib steak, venison tenderloin. Drink: 2017 - 2022 104299 15.2% D 750 mL $49.95 Score: 91/100. October 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ravenswood Besieged 2014, Sonoma County, California, United States: This is a robust Californian red wine blend of Petit Syrah, Carignane, Zinfandel, Syrah, Alicante Bouschet and Barbera grapes. Had the Californian wine industry not been interrupted by Prohibition, this is the type of wine the state would be producing today: mostly complex field blends. Field blends are from traditional mixed plantings of different grapes in the same vineyard. Terrific dark fruit flavours of blackberry and black cherry, though this wine is not sweet. It was aged for 10 months in French oak barrels, of which 40% was new. Pair with a grilled steak. Food pairings: spare ribs barbecued. Drink: 2016 - 2020 414136 14.5% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 91/100. October 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

2027 Cellars Ltd. Queenston Road Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A smooth, silky, medium-bodied Niagara Pinot Noir with aromas of cherry and mint. Pair with seared tuna. Pinot Noir food pairings: lamb shanks in red wine and roasted garlic, grilled lamb lollipops, stuffed lamb tenderloin. Drink: 2014 - 2018 421370 13% XD 750 mL $27.95 Score: 88/100. October 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Magaña Dignus 2012, Navara D.O.C., Spain: The terrific and full-bodied 2012 vintage of the Dignus is a Spanish red wine blend of 50% Tempranillo, 25% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes selected from vines planted in 1970. The wine was matured for 1 year in 3-year-old French oak barrels. Lots of black fruit aromas and toast. Pair with grilled meats. Food pairings: juicy, grilled rare sirloin steak, hard cheese like Cheddar or Havarti. Drink: 2016 - 2021 391573 14% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 90/100. October 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Henry of Pelham Winery Pinot Noir 2012, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario, V.Q.A., Canada: Plush and sexy with a satin-smooth texture. Gorgeous aromas of smokey cherries. Medium-bodied and mouth-watering. How did they do it so right for this price? Gorgeous depth with black cherry and smoky aromas. Supple, plush and medium-bodied. Pinot Noir food pairings: pork liver pates, tuna, grilled salmon, roasted chicken, duck and other game birds. Drink: 2014 - 2021 268391 13.5% D 750 mL $24.95 Score: 91/100. October 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Salentein Reserve Malbec 2015, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina: This blockbuster would benefit from a few more years in the cellar, but if you can't wait, then at least decant 1-2 hours. A voluptuous mouth-feel. This wine was aged 12 months in French oak. A richly hued wine that finishes with black plum, mocha and vanilla spice and a lick of black pepper. Pair with game dishes and duck comfit. Malbec food pairings: lamb shanks in red wine and roasted garlic, grilled lamb lollipops, stuffed lamb tenderloin. Drink: 2016 - 2021 640854 14% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 91/100. October 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Seghesio Zinfandel 2015, Sonoma County, California, United States: Spicy, peppery, packed with jammy black fruit but not heavy. Mouth-watering juicy and lovely. The Seghesio Zinfandel is one of Californian's best Zins. This wine has been produced since 1895 and today the vines are about 30 years old. Serious zing for fun barbecues. The grapes for this Zinfandel grow in vineyards planted in the Alexander Valley and Dry Creek in Sonoma. Pair with gourmet hamburgers. Zinfandel food pairings: prime rib, grilled pork, chicken. Drink: 2016 - 2021 942151 14.8% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 91/100. October 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Fumanelli Squarano Valpolicella Classico 2014, Veneto D.O.C., Italy: Big Bordeaux-Style wine. It has austere tannins and oak with notes of cassis and blackcurrant. Decant for 1-2 hours. Valpolicella Classico food pairings: braised oxtail soup, mushroom and risotto with shaved truffles, veal stew. Drink: 2017 - 2023 28944 13% D 750 mL $42.95 Score: 90/100. October 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ruffino Santedame Chianti Classico 2014, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: A supple, medium-bodied Italian red wine with lots of juicy acidity for roast chicken, turkey and grilled pork chops. Aromas of fleshy ripe cherry and fresh earth. The winery is nestled in the heart of a protected cypress grove that surrounds the 15th century chapel that houses the fresco of the mother Mary fresco illustrated on the front label. Chianti Classico food pairings: meat pasta with rich tomato sauce, vegetarian lasagne, grilled pork sausages. Drink: 2017 - 2022 523076 14% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. October 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Henry of pelham Speck Family Reserve Baco Noir 2015, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Incredibly rich, complex, layered and deep with aromas of fleshy ripe blackberry on the nose and palate. Black cherry overdrive. Baco on turbo boosters, so love it! Smooth. Pair with more of the same wine. Baco Noir food pairings: grilled chicken, smoked beef dishes, grilled radicchio. Drink: 2016 - 2022 461699 13.5% D 750 mL $24.95 Score: 93/100. October 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Concha Y Toro Terrunyo Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Maipo Valley, Chile: Produced from the winery's estate Las Terrazas Block in the Pirque Vineyard, this full-bodied Chilean red wine has flavours of blackberry jam and preserves, firm tannins and a sweet dark fruit finish. The vines were planted in 2003 in nutrient-poor alluvial, gravel and loam soils at 630-685 metres above sea level near the south bank of the Maipo River. Pair with roast beef. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: grilled New York strip loin, hard cheese, braised pork shanks, veal chops. Drink: 2017 - 2021 562918 14.5% D 750 mL $34.95 Score: 90/100. October 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Chimères 2015, Côtes Du Roussillon, Midi A.P., France: High alcohol but the wine doesn't taste hot: rich and full-bodied with complex layers of black fruit, hickory smoke and dried herbs. So savoury! Love the incredible range of styles that the Rhone region produces, like this intriguing red wine blend. Full-bodied and deeply savoury. Violets, black plum, deep dive black raspberry into a heart of welling darkness and satisfaction. Concentrated and deep with a long, sensuous finish that leaves you bathed in flavour satisfaction. Pair with grilled meats. Food pairings: smoky game burgers, beef steak, rack of lamb. Drink: 2017 - 2023 119354 15% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 93/100. October 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Brunello Di Montalcino 2012, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: Great concentration and depth of flavour on the palate. This blockbuster is in serious need of cellar time. This full-bodied red wine features aromas of blackberry, black plums, smoky oak and tar. It's fairly smooth, though this will improve with aging. Decant for 1-2 hours when you open it. A powerful and classic Italian red wine. Pair with prime rib. Brunello Di Montalcino food pairings: pasta in meat sauce, spicy sausages, grilled meats, game. Brunello Di Montalcino food pairings: hard cheese, veal piccata, grilled steak, roast leg of lamb. Drink: 2017 - 2026 963371 13% XD 1500 mL $113.95 Score: 93/100. October 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Finca Las Cruces Volver 2014, La Mancha D.O., Spain: A lip-smacking, juicy Spanish red wine made from Tempranillo grapes whose vines are old and gnarly and planted in calcareous clay soils with scattered stones on top close to the village of Las Mesas in the La Mancha region. Lots of dark fruit flavours ad dark spice. pair with grilled lamb. Food pairings: roast veal, pork cutlets, grilled sirloin steak. Drink: 2017 - 2020 142752 15% XD 750 mL $23.95 Score: 91/100. October 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Canoe Ridge The Expedition Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Horse Heaven Hills, Washington, United States: Lots of dark chocolate, coffee, espresso and mocha aromas on the nose and palate from generous oak aging. Coconut and blackberry jam on the palate. Medium-bodied and smooth. Pair with Mexican mole. The wine's label is named in honour of explorers Lewis and Clark who mapped the Columbia Ridge in 1805. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: grilled New York strip loin, hard cheese, braised pork shanks, veal chops. Drink: 2017 - 2020 394726 14.3% D 750 mL $27.95 Score: 87/100. October 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Castello Di Querceto Riserva Chianti Classico 2013, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: Very juicy acidity with a supple texture, this Italian red wine from the Chianti region offers black tart fruit, smoke, dried and earth aromas. This robust red wine is aged for 15-18 months in oak barrels and is made from Sangiovese grapes and offers a satisfying finish. Pair with a pepper steak. Chianti Classico food pairings: roast beef, pasta with meat sauce, char-grilled sausages, steak topped pizza. Drink: 2017 - 2022 650754 13.5% XD 750 mL $28.95 Score: 90/100. October 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Flowers Pinot Noir 2015, Sonoma Coast, California, United States: A spectacular Californian Pinot Noir with vibrant aromas of cherry-berry and spice. Smooth and medium-bodied. Perfect for grilled chicken. Pinot Noir food pairings: grilled lamb sirloin with cocoa rub, veal chops, grilled duck sausages, grilled pork tenderloin with cauliflower purée and cherry compote. Drink: 2017 - 2023 215202 13.8% XD 750 mL $69.95 Score: 92/100. October 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Nederburg The Manor House Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Western Cape W.O., South Africa: A rustic, robust red that offers blackberry and cassis aromas. Decant for 1-2 hours. Finishes with wild blackberry, mocha, vanilla spice and dried herbs. Pair it with game dishes. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: roast leg of venison, roast garlic and herb partridge, fresh green herbs lamb hamburgers. Drink: 2017 - 2022 68767 14% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 89/100. October 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Saia Nero D'avola 2014, Sicily D.O.C., Italy: A chalky dry Italian red wine from the southern island of Sicily and made from the island's iconic grape Nero D'Avola, the black grape, so named for both its colour and flavours. Supple and full-bodied yet not heavy. Pair with grilled meats. Nero D'avola food pairings: beef rouladen, rabbit fricassee, slow-braised brisket. Drink: 2017 - 2020 128967 13.5% XD 750 mL $34.95 Score: 90/100. October 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Viña Cobos Felino Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Mendoza, Argentina: This Argentine red wine is rich, inviting and layered, like great conversation. Redolent of blackberry and plum with some dark spice on the finish. A prime candidate for grilled steaks, or roast leg of lamb with garlic and rosemary. Fnishes with mocha and dark chocolate from generous oak aging. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: barbecued steaks, roast leg of lamb, gourmet burgers. Drink: 2017 - 2021 132365 14.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. October 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Lange Pinot Noir 2014, Willamette Valley, Oregon, United States: A vibrant, richly layered Oregon Pinot Noir with aromas of wild strawberry and fresh earth. Supple, medium-bodied and smooth. This winery was founded at the top of the Dundee Hills in 1987. This family-owned winery hand picks and sorts the grapes and the wine is made in small batches. Pair with roasted chicken or turkey. Pinot Noir food pairings: veal schnitzel stuffed with wild mushrooms and herbs, gourmet hamburgers, cold turkey sandwiches. Drink: 2016 - 2020 367359 13.7% XD 750 mL $38.95 Score: 91/100. October 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Masi Campolongo Di Torbe Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico 2011, Veneto D.O.C.G., Italy: Mocha and dark chocolate with dark spice on this robust Italian red wine made from the Appassimento method of drying the grapes for great concentration of flavour. Pair with grilled meats. Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico food pairings: pasta with a tomato sauce, roasted venison, beef and veggie stew, leg of lamb. Drink: 2017 - 2025 548677 16% D 750 mL $106.95 Score: 91/100. October 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tommasi Poggio Al Tufo Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Tuscany I.G.T., Italy: Sweet purple and black plums on the nose and palate of this juicy red wine. Mouth-watering acidity for hearty meat dishes. Aromas of anise and blackcurrant. Supple. The Cabernet Sauvignon grapes for this wine are grown in the winery estate's Poggio al Tufo vineyard in Partigiano in the heart of the Maremma Tuscany region. The wine is matured for 1 year in Slovenian oak barrels. Decant 1 hour and serve with roast beef or pasta in a tangy meat sauce. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: grilled New York strip loin, hamburger, hard cheese, barbecued pork spareribs, grilled lamb chops. Drink: 2017 - 2021 203927 13% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 89/100. October 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Marchesi De'frescobaldi La Vite Lucente 2015, Tuscany I.G.T., Italy: Complex, full-bodied yet subtle Italian red wine. Gorgeous aromas of dried black cherry, cedar, smoke, fleshy blackberries from an iconic producer. This full-bodied red wine is the second wine to Frescobaldi’s flagship label Luce. It's a blend of Merlot, Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, and it was aged for 1 year in French barriques. This is the magnum size of this wine, equivalent to two regular (750 ml) bottles. Decant for 1 hour and you're ready to go! The grapes are sourced from the same vineyards as Luce aged in oak barriques in the winery at Montalcino. Pair this wine with prime rib. Food pairings: pepper steak, pork schnitzel, lamb liver and onions. Drink: 2017 - 2028 979062 14.5% XD 1500 mL $89.95 Score: 93/100. October 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rosewood Lock Stock And Barrel 2014, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: The traditional British expression of "lock, stock and barrel" refers to various parts of a shopkeeper's musket. This is a blend of 38% Cabernet Franc, 24% Malbec, 9% Petit Verdot and 7% Merlot, all free run juice. About 40% of the wine was aged in new oak barrels, and 60% in second use. Aromas of black fruit and toasty oak. Pair with grilled meats. Food pairings: egg dishes, vegetarian quiche, green salad with hard cheese. Drink: 2016 - 2019 471789 13.5% D 750 mL $39.95 Score: 87/100. October 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Finca Nueva Reserva 2010, Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain: Savoury and juicy with firm tannins. Smoky aromas and toasty oak with black fruit. Made from the Tempranillo grape, this wine is aged for 24 months in French oak barrels. Pair with rack of lamb. Food pairings: roast of pork, veal cutlets, Salisbury steak. Drink: 2016 - 2019 268425 14% XD 750 mL $20.95 Score: 90/100. October 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Marquis De Mons 2010, Margaux, Bordeaux A.C., France: A full-bodied, balanced and elegant Bordeaux red wine blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes from the classic Left Bank region of Margaux. Aromas of dark berries and toasty oak. A long, satisfying finish. Pair with rare filet mignon. Food pairings: roast leg of venison, roast garlic and herb partridge, fresh green herbed lamb hamburgers. Drink: 2017 - 2021 524553 13.5% XD 750 mL $37.95 Score: 90/100. October 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ravenswood Old Vine Vintners Blend Zinfandel 2014, California, United States: This is the magnum format of this popular wine, equivalent to two regular (750 ml) sized bottles. Great for parties. A beautifully textured and full-bodied Californian Zinfandel that's smooth and supple. Perfect for grilled meats with its dark cherry flavours. Zinfandel food pairings: meat chili, vegetarian lasagne, pork schnitzel and applesauce. Drink: 2017 - 2020 289777 13.5% D 1500 mL $36.95 Score: 91/100. October 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Stags' Leap Winery Ne Cede Malis Petite Sirah 2013, Napa Valley, California, United States: A gloriously well-crafted Californian red wine with seductive aromas of black fruit on the nose and palate. Full-bodied, rich, deep and concentrated red wine blend of 85% Petite Sirah and 15% of a mixed, "field" blend of Carignan, Mourvèdre, Muscat, Sauvignon Blanc, Grenache, Syrah and Peloursin. Pair with game dishes. Petite Sirah food pairings: rib roast, pork long ribs on the barbeque, stuffed veal breast roast. Drink: 2017 - 2022 589572 14.2% D 750 mL $99.95 Score: 95/100. October 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

12 E Mezzo Primitivo 2015, Del Salento, Puglia I.G.T., Italy: Liquid chocolate and sweet black plums on the nose and palate of this smooth, full-bodied Italian red wine made from the Primitivo grape (aka Zinfandel). Finishes with a lick of dark spice and licorice. Pair with meat lovers' pizza. Primitivo food pairings: gourmet burgers, mushroom ragout, grilled lamb chops. Drink: 2015 - 2018 395053 12.5% D 750 mL $13.95 Score: 87/100. October 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Hacienda López De Haro Reserva 2010, Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain: A mature and robust Spanish red wine with dusty tannins, earth aromas with leather, not fruit forward. This is a DOCA wine. Complex and long on the finish. Good acidity to pair with grilled lamb. Food pairings: lamb souvlaki, lamb tangine, lamburger. Drink: 2017 - 2020 357335 13.5% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 88/100. October 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 2014, Bolgheri, Tuscany D.O.C., Italy: A cult Italian wine dubbed one of the Super Tuscans for breaking away from traditional Italian winemaking rules to create blends that eventually became more coveted and expensive than the highest classified wines in the country. Eventually, this winery was granted its very own DOC or appellation in recognition of its quality. The 2013 vintage was a spectacular one, and this wine has a long life ahead of it. Aromas of black fruit, smoke, dark spice and pencil led. Pair with rare filet mignon. Sassicaia has had a cult following since 1974 when a six year old vintage of the wine beat various coveted Bordeaux wines in a Decanter competition. Produced by Tenuta San Guido, this flagship Italian red wine is a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Cabernet Franc grapes. Long, elegant finish. Food pairings: filet mignon, pork tenderloin, pizza, pasta, hard cheese. Drink: 2017 - 2034 480533 14% XD 750 mL $216.95 Score: 95/100. October 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rosés

Conde Valdemar Rosé 2016, Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain: A lovely, dry Spanish rosé with wild field berry notes and dried herbs. Perfect as an aperitif or companion to shellfish. Rosé food pairings: grilled salmon, grilled chicken salads, grilled pork dishes. Drink: 2016 - 2018 168278 12.5% XD 750 mL $13.95 Score: 89/100. October 2017. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Miraval Rosé 2016, Côtes De Provence, Provence A.P., France: The 2015 vintage is even better than 2014, and I loved that one. This wine doesn't need to ride on the back of Brad and Angelina's celebrity: it stands alone as a terrific, refreshing rosé with aromas of small field strawberries, orange zest and light spices. Should I add though that there's a hint of drama on the nose, with a surprise twist finish? Sure to be a box office hit at your liquor store. Bottled Hollywood style in a lovely, shapely vessel. Lovely ballet slipper pink hue. Finishes floral and elegant. Pair with oysters and movie night. Rosé food pairings: planked salmon, pate, roast chicken, roast breast of veal. Drink: 2017 - 2019 342584 13% XD 750 mL $22.95 Score: 93/100. October 2017. Top Rated Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sparkling Wine

Chateau Ste. Michelle Brut Sparkling Rosé, Columbia Valley, Washington State, United States: A lovely, bright, vibrant Washington State rose made from a blend of Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes. Aromas of wild field strawberry. Mouth-watering and juicy. Pair with grilled seafood. Sparkling Rosé food pairings: veal chops and pomegranate jus, beet and herbed goat cheese salad, grilled chicken. Drink: 2017 - 2019 499442 13.5% XD 750 mL $20.95 Score: 90/100. October 2017. Top Rated Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Featherstone Winery Joy Premium Cuvée Sparkling 2012, Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Remarkably toasty and robust -- reminds me of Bollinger Champagne, but this has its own story. Toasted bread and crisp orchard fruit. Perfect as an aperitif or companion to shellfish or seafood. Sparkling food pairings: spinach salad with red berries, pomegranate and goat cheese, spinach souffle, pan-fried freshwater fish. Drink: 2016 - 2019 310334 12.5% D 750 mL $34.95 Score: 93/100. October 2017. Top Rated Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

Nikolaihof Wachau Hefeabzug Gruner Veltliner 2014, Austria: A lovely yeasty, freshly baked bread note on the nose of this vibrant, beautifully balanced Austrian white wine made from the country's iconic Gruner Veltliner grape. Fresh, racy acidity to take on seafood and shellfish as well as vegetarian dishes. This wine is Demeter certified, and is made using biodynamic farming principles which go well beyond organic methods to respect the earth and the people making this wine. Highly recommended. Gruner Veltliner food pairings: asparagus salad with spring greens, grilled halibut, pan-fried perch. Drink: 2017 - 2019 85274 11.5% D 750 mL $20.95 Score: 93/100. October 2017. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Southbrook Vineyards Triomphe Chardonnay 2015, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A full-bodied Niagara white wine made from organically grown Chardonnay grapes that are ideal for vegans and vegetarians. This wine was oak aged. Chardonnay food pairings: scallops with a sesame ginger dressing, grilled seafood, spinach and pepper jack stuffed chicken, beef bourguignon, cheese. Drink: 2015 - 2019 172338 12% D 750 mL $24.95 Score: 89/100. October 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Willy Gisselbrecht Tradition Pinot Gris 2015, Alsace A.C., France: A mouth-watering white with zippy aromas of lime and white apricot. Medium-bodied with a touch of sweetness. The Gisselbrecht Pinot Gris offers tremendous value. Pair with fresh seafood. Pinot Gris food pairings: glazed ham, spices, curries, roast turkey. Drink: 2017 - 2019 641597 13% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 91/100. October 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Villa Maria Estate Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: Another delicious, mouth-watering Sauvignon Blanc from Villa Maria! This is classic Marlborough SB, with aromas of freshly cut grass and herbs. The 2016 was one of the strongest in history for the region and it shows in this wine. Pair pan-fried white fish. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: Thai green curry fish, shellfish, chicken and sage skewers, fresh tomato and basil salad. Drink: 2017 - 2018 974527 13% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 91/100. October 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Jermann Pinot Grigio 2016, Venezia Giulia, Friuli, I.G.T., Italy: Probably one of the most expensive Italian Pinot Grigios on the market, and definitely one of the best. Racy acidity on the palate with lime freshness and lemon lift. Robust with more complexity than most Italian Pinot Grigios, which you'd expect. Pair with grilled fish. Pinot Grigio food pairings: oysters on the half-shell, frittata, Dungeness crab, grilled lake fish. Drink: 2017 - 2019 117093 12.5% XD 750 mL $34.95 Score: 92/100. October 2017. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rustenberg Chardonnay 2015, Stellenbosch W.O., South Africa: Love this style of South African chardonnay. Toasty and rich but also mouth-watering and vibrant: it's got it all. This wine was aged in 40% new and 60% second-use oak barrels for a year. Toasted almond and green apple on the nose with lime-orange citrus on the palate. Balanced and lovely with a long finish. Wow! Pair with grilled chicken. Chardonnay food pairings: turkey burgers, crab cakes, chicken breast, lobster in butter sauce. Drink: 2017 - 2019 598631 13.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. October 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tommasi Le Rosse Pinot Grigio 2016, Delle Venezie I.G.T., Italy: A vibrant Italian white wine with mouth-wakening notes of melon and citrus. Tommasi is one of the most respected wine producers in the Veneto region. Pair this refreshing white wine with seafood and shellfish. Pinot Grigio food pairings: pan-seared sea scallops, fried oysters with aioli sauce, tempura vegetables. Drink: 2017 - 2019 910497 13% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 90/100. October 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Fincas Patagonicas Zolo Torrontés 2016, Mendoza, Argentina: Highly perfumed, like Lemon Pledge, with strong floral notes and good acidity. Pair it with spicy dishes. Torrontés food pairings: Asian dishes, fresh seafood salad, seafood appetizers, smoked turkey sandwiches. Drink: 2017 - 2019 183913 13.8% D 750 mL $14.95 Score: 87/100. October 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Bernard Reverdy & Fils Sancerre 2016, Loire A.C., France: Crisp, clean, straight-up refreshment. Good aperitif or seafood companion. Attractive aromas of lemon, chives and lime. Finishes with a nice zip. Try it with fresh seafood or salads. Sancerre food pairings: oysters on the half-shell, frittata, Dungeness crab, grilled lake fish. Drink: 2017 - 2020 200055 12.5% XD 750 mL $28.95 Score: 89/100. October 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Thierry Delaunay Touraine Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Loire A.P., France: Excellent Old World Sauvignon Blanc that has the herbal grassy power and concentration of a New World wine. Pure lime focus in this mouth-watering, medium-bodied French white wine. This Sauvignon Blanc is zesty expression of the Loire Valley soil and climate with a soft yellow-gold colour and crisp finish. Pair it with fresh fish or drink as an aperitif. There's an attractive yellow-gold hue with green tints. Finishes brightly with lemon zest. Pair with vegetarian dishes. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: lobster in butter sauce, crab cakes cheese, poultry. Drink: 2017 - 2020 391847 13% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 90/100. October 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Hugel Riesling 2014, Alsace A.C., France: An energy wine with lots of sass and attitude: nervy acidity overlaid with ripe peach and pear fruit with some zesty lime, grapefruit and green apple. Riesling food pairings: Munster cheese, duck liver pate, foie gras, butternut squash risotto, baby greens salad with fig dressing. Drink: 2017 - 2020 42101 12% XD 750 mL $27.95 Score: 90/100. October 2017. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Pieropan Soave Classico 2016, Veneto D.O.C., Italy: Crisp Italian white wine without oak. Loads of acidity. Lime fresh. Pair with vegetarian dishes, seafood or shellfish. Soave Classico food pairings: tempura seafood, calamari, scallop and green peas stew. Drink: 2017 - 2019 946848 12% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 86/100. October 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

St. Francis Chardonnay 2015, Sonoma County, California, United States: Buttery and balanced Californian white wine, with full-bodied goodness. Nice price for classic Sonoma chardonnay. Aromas of fleshy white peach and toasty oak. Finishes nicely with ripe apricot and butterscotch. Try this chard with roast turkey. Chardonnay food pairings: grilled pork chops, stuffed chicken breast, mild hard cheese like fontina and edam. Drink: 2017 - 2020 317131 14% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 91/100. October 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Quails' Gate Estate Winery Dry Riesling 2015, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada: A terrific BC Riesling with notes of lime zest, lemongrass, chives and stone. Pair with shellfish or seafood. Riesling food pairings: seafood ceviche, barbeque shrimp drizzled with lime, fresh crab or pork belly. Drink: 2016 - 2022 308312 12% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 90/100. October 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cave De Viré Viré-Clessé 2015, Burgundy A.C., France: Lemon freshness in this unoaked chardonnay that has incredible richness nonetheless. Zesty, balanced, full-bodied yet refreshing. Aging on the less gives the wine its creamy richness, rather than oak. Food pairings: baked oysters in a white-wine sauce garnished with watercress. Smoked whitefish on baguette, pan-fried perch. Drink: 2017 - 2020 243782 12.8% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 88/100. October 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


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