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Vintages Release November 25, 2017

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Dessert Wine

Emilio Lustau Almacenista Fino Del Puerto Obregón Sherry, Jerez D.O., Spain: Dry and nutty Sherry that's fortified to 15% alcohol. Perfect for nuts and hard cheese. The word Almacenista translates to storekeeper or stockholder. Sherry food pairings: roasted nuts, tapas, aged hard cheeses. Drink: 2017 - 2020 515817 15% D 500 mL $20.95 Score: 88/100. November 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Warre's Quinta Da Cavadinha Vintage Port 2004, Douro D.O.P., Portugal: Dark spice and dried black fruit permeate the nose and palate of this enticing Portuguese dessert wine. Finishes with smoke and some anise. Pair with hard cheeses after dinner. Port food pairings: pecan pie, pavlova, bread pudding, chocolate mousse. Drink: 2017 - 2025 189605 20% S 750 mL $54.95 Score: 90/100. November 2017. Top Rated Dessert Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sunnybrook Estate Series Cranberry 2015, Ontario, Canada: A delicious cranberry dessert wine that's neither too sweet nor tart. Displays fleshy ripe cranberries in their glory. Perfect for holiday turkey or roast chicken. Cranberry food pairings: chocolate ganache tarte, dark chocolate, fresh berry flan. Drink: 2017 - 2018 539049 11% S 750 mL $23.95 Score: 89/100. November 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Dark Horse Valegro Special Reserve Cabernet Franc Icewine 2015, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Absolutely delicious Niagara dessert wine! Aromas of fleshy ripe red berries. So festive. Pair with turkey and cranberry sauce and sweet dishes. Cabernet Franc Icewine food pairings: dark chocolate, fresh fruit flan, custard tarte. Drink: 2017 - 2020 522508 10.1% S 375 mL $44.95 Score: 90/100. November 2017. Top Rated Dessert Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Other Wines/Drinks

Quinta Do Portal Lbv Port 2011, Douro D.O.C., Portugal: A superb Late Bottled Vintage (LBV) from the 2011 vintage, which was bottled in 2015 and is a luxurious blend of 35% Touriga Nacional, 35% Tinta Roriz and 30% Touriga Franca grapes. Lots of rich aromas and flavours of blackberry liqueur and dark spice. Perfect for Black Forest Cake. Port food pairings: cherry cheesecake, dark chocolate nibs, blue cheeses. Drink: 2016 - 2020 473041 20% M 750 mL $31.95 Score: 93/100. November 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Red Wine

Belle Glos Las Alturas Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014, Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey County, California, United States: Sweet cherry-berry aromas and flavours on the palate. Vanilla oak spice, smoke and raspberry compote and preserves on the finish. Full-bodied Californian Pinot Noir. This is one of four single vineyard wines from this winery and considered the most robust of all four. Gotta love that red melted wax seal: makes a great gift package. Pair with grilled chicken. Lots of mocha and dark chocolate and caramel on the finish from oak aging. Pinot Noir food pairings: pork, beef Carpaccio, mushroom and leek risotto. Drink: 2016 - 2019 212076 14.5% D 750 mL $59.95 Score: 92/100. November 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Luis Canas Crianza Tempranillo 2014, Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain: Lovely mature aromas of tanned leather and cigar box on the nose of this exceptionally well-priced Crianza. This robust, supple Spanish red wine is a blend of 95% Tempranillo and 5% Garnacha (aka Grenache) grapes. The wine was aged for 12 months in 60& French oak barrels and 40% American. Enjoy with a rack of lamb. Tempranillo food pairings: gourmet burgers, tortiere, gourmet meat loaf. Drink: 2014 - 2019 336719 14% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 91/100. November 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tom Gore Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Sonoma County, California, United States: Cedar-rich with blackberry and smoke on the nose. Beautifully balanced and well-structured Californian Cabernet. Juicy and mouth-watering wit seductive aromas of cassis and fleshy blackberry. Pair with a pepper steak. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: beef liver and sauteed onions, grilled chicken breast, breaded lamb cutlets with mint jelly. Drink: 2016 - 2020 451336 13.5% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. November 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Borsao Tres Picos Grenache 2015, Campo De Borja D.O., Spain: This winery is located south of Rioja and is comprised of 100% Garnacha grapes. The Garnacha grapes for this wine grow on old vines, which provides additional concentration and flavour. Great structure. Lots of mocha and dark chocolate aromas on the nose that are then flooded with lusciously ripe black fruit on the palate. Full-bodied and smooth. A rich darkly hued colour in the glass. A long, satisfying finish. Pair with grilled meats. The 2013 vintage of the Tres Picos offers solid value. Grenache food pairings: veal chops in red wine sauce, turkey tetrazzini, soft cheeses. Drink: 2017 - 2023 273748 14.5% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 92/100. November 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Delheim Shiraz 2013, Simonsberg-Stellenbosch W.O., South Africa: Juicy, mouth-watering purple plums, blackberries and blueberries. A lovely weave of oak runs through it with full-bodied, smooth layers of flavour. Some mocha and espresso on the finish. Incredibly great value and taste for this price. Get in the groove with this charmer tonight. Shiraz food pairings: hamburgers, pork with soy. Drink: 2013 - 2018 959080 14.5% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 89/100. November 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cannonball Merlot 2014, Sonoma County California, United States: Lots of mocha and dark chocolate on the nose from generous, but balanced oak aging. Some black fruit underneath and mouth-watering juiciness for a wide range of dishes from steak to grilled pork chops. Make a splash with Cannonball at your next potluck gathering. This Californian red wine features bing cherry, fig, spice, anise and dark chocolate on the nose. Pair with a pepper steak. Merlot food pairings: pork chops, turkey, grilled seafood, beef, coq au vin. Drink: 2016 - 2021 342824 13.7% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 91/100. November 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

The Foreign Affair Winery The Embrace 2016, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: An easy-drinking Niagara red wine with mild notes of berries, spice and oak. Pair with meats. Food pairings: gourmet burgers, grilled lamb chops, roast chicken. Drink: 2017 - 2020 538041 12.1% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 86/100. November 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Guillou 2015, Montagne-Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux A.C., France: A firm tannic grip on the palate of this pleasing Bordeaux wine will smooth out with 2-3 more years in the cellar then decant 1-2 hours. A medium-bodied, easy-drinking French red wine blend from Bordeaux. Notes of dark fruit and some oak. Pair with a pepper steak. This French red wine sources Cabernet and Merlot grapes from the Montagne Saint-Émilion region, the largest of Saint-Émilion satellite appellations in Bordeaux. Food pairings: pepper steak, meat fondue, veal liver and onions. Drink: 2017 - 2023 140483 13.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. November 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Halos De Jupiter 2016, Côtes Du Rhône, Rhône A.C., France: Savoury, juicy with grilled meat aromas and flavours on this blockbuster big southern French red wine that's a blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah grapes. Oenologist Philippe Cambie and winemaker Michael Gassier are experimenting with grapes planted at different elevations in the southern Rhone Valley. Full-bodied and juicy with smoky black fruit aromas and flavours. Pair with veal, pork chops and duck. Food pairings: lamb, grilled pork chops, pepper steak. Drink: 2017 - 2023 237817 15% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 89/100. November 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tardieu Laurent 2015, Vacqueyras, Rhône A.C., France: The 2015 vintage of the Vacqueyras Vieilles Vignes is a supple, robust blend of 70% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre and 10% Syrah grapes. Aromas of fleshy ripe black fruit and dark spices. Great cellar potential. Pair with grilled meats. Food pairings: baked ham, veal chops, herbed pork tenderloin. Drink: 2017 - 2022 526657 14.5% XD 750 mL $39.95 Score: 91/100. November 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sonvida Malbec 2013, Mendoza, Argentina: This is a single-vineyard wine in the Paraje Altamira district planted at 1029 metres above sea level. Chalky dry with mocha and spice and black fruit on the nose and palate of this full-bodied Argentine red wine made from the classic Malbec grape. The wine is aged for 12 months in French and America oak barrels, and the grapes are harvested in April. Malbec food pairings: cheese pizza , tagliatelle alla Bolognese, chicken herb-rubbed roast, hamburger. Drink: 2017 - 2020 458240 14% D 750 mL $29.95 Score: 88/100. November 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Z. Alexander Brown Uncaged Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, California, United States: Juicy with ripe purple and black plums and a firm tannins on the palate. The owl pictured on the front label is the guardian of the vines which are planted in northern California coastal and valley vineyards. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: grilled New York striploin steak, gourmet burgers, slow-braised beef long ribs. Drink: 2017 - 2023 416338 14% D 750 mL $21.95 Score: 89/100. November 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Corte Giara La Groletta Ripasso Valpolicella 2015, Veneto D.O.C., Italy: Made from the traditional grapes of the Valpolicella region that are partially dried before fermentation, this robust Italian red wine offers lots of pleasure. Juicy delicious with aromas of purple plums and blackberries. Some dark cherries prance down the middle of this wine leaving you thirsty for a top up. Have fun with it! Ripasso Valpolicella food pairings: turkey with all the trimmings, sausage pizza, roast beef. Drink: 2017 - 2022 83964 13.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. November 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Le Vieux Donjon Châteauneuf-Du-Pape 2015, Rhône A.C., France: Black and brooding with great depths of flavour and concentration. Aromas of black cherry, dark spice and smoke. Racy acidity for tangy meat sauces. Châteauneuf-Du-Pape food pairings: crown pork roast, veal chops in red wine sauce, Margherita pizza. Drink: 2017 - 2022 700922 14.5% XD 750 mL $65.95 Score: 91/100. November 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Clos Troteligotte K-Or Malbec 2015, Cahors, Southwest A.C., France: Very juicy with fleshy ripe black and purple plums. Lots of juicy acidity on the palate for tangy tomato meat sauces. Black fruit, smoke and toasty oak on this well-priced, robust southern French red wine made from Malbec grapes. Pair with grilled meats. Malbec food pairings: rabbit with dumplings, venison sausage cassoulet, venison Swiss steak. Drink: 2017 - 2023 299982 13.5% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 90/100. November 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Famille Perrin Les Christins 2014, Vacqueyras, Rhône A.C., France: Very peppery and spicy on the nose and palate. Complex with grilled meat aromas. Concentrated and complex southern French red wine from the heart of the Rhone Valley, with deep, satisfying layers of blackberry liqueur on the nose and palate. Smooth yet mouth-filling. Pair with a juicy steak. Food pairings: pepper steak, roast beef, sausage cassoulet. Drink: 2017 - 2024 973453 14.5% D 750 mL $24.95 Score: 93/100. November 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Elderton Shiraz 2014, Barossa, South Australia, Australia: A hedonistic hallway breeze of mint, fleshy blackberry and smoke. Yes please. Black as pitch, with lots of toasty oak, smoke and tarry notes. Full-throttle Australia Shiraz in all its glory. I'm a big fan of Elderton wines, and this is one fine example of why. A lovely vein of blackberry liqueur supports this concentrated wonder. Perfect for film noir and blackened ribs. Shiraz food pairings: BBQ meats, hearty meat meals, aged cheddar, grilled lamb. Drink: 2017 - 2021 713024 14.5% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 93/100. November 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

River's Edge Barrel Select Pinot Noir 2014, Elkton, Oregon, United States: Lovely nose of ripe cherry and smoke. Surprisingly you don't smell the high alcohol, though you do feel its warmth on the palate in a pleasant way. The Pinot Noir grapes grow on some of the oldest vines planted in Oregon and overlook the Umpqua River. Pair with grilled salmon. Pinot Noir food pairings: grilled venison striploin, roast partridge, roast leg of lamb. Drink: 2017 - 2022 456764 14.8% XD 750 mL $36.95 Score: 90/100. November 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Clos Henri Pinot Noir 2015, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: Ultra delicious, juicy and smoothly supple. Cherry-berry aromas that emerge as fleshy ripe on the palate of this almost full-bodied red wine. This winery was established by Henri Bourgeois from Sancerre and now 10 generations of the family have made wine. Pair with grilled salmon. Pinot Noir food pairings: grilled steak, pan-roasted beef filet and rösti potatoes, cheeseburgers, roast turkey. Drink: 2017 - 2020 56556 14% XD 750 mL $34.95 Score: 91/100. November 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Umberto Cesari Liano Sangiovese Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Rubicone, Emilia Romagna I.G.T., Italy: Sweet chocolate and blueberry jam on the nose and palate of this full-bodied Italian red wine with aromas of mocha, coffee-espresso and smoke for lots of oak barrel aging. Dark berries and plums on the palate of this full-bodied, smooth wine. If you have a sweet tooth, this wine is for you. Pair with Mexican mole, a traditional dish with dark chocolate. Sangiovese Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: cheese stuffed tortellini with rich tomato sauce, veal parmesan, chicken stew and roasted vegetables. Drink: 2017 - 2022 225086 13.5% D 750 mL $27.95 Score: 87/100. November 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Joel Gott Zinfandel 2015, California, United States: A gloriously full-bodied and savoury Californian Zinfandel with layers of rich complexity and black plums. You can almost taste the Californian sunshine that warms these grapes into full, fleshy ripeness. Finishes with a whiff of campfire smoke and stories. Pair with grilled hamburgers and great friends. Zinfandel food pairings: pizza, gourmet burgers, baby back ribs in a spicy sauce. Drink: 2017 - 2022 224139 14.8% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 93/100. November 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Quinta Da Pellada Dac 2014, Dão D.O., Portugal: Purple plums and loads of acidity: a weird wine, but tasty. If you like Primitivo or zinfandel, this wine may be for you. Sweet plums and blueberries. Pair with spare ribs. Food pairings: rib eye steak, sirloin tip roast, long ribs on the barbie. Drink: 2017 - 2020 523589 13% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 88/100. November 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Tselepos Driopi Agiorgitiko 2015, Nemea P.D.O., Greece: Dry and full-bodied with black fruit and a bitter finish. Agiorgitiko food pairings: cheesy pizza, spinach and fresh goat-cheese salad, grilled pork chops. Drink: 2017 - 2022 60830 13.5% D 750 mL $20.95 Score: 82/100. November 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Aneto 2011, Douro D.O.C., Portugal: An amacrine-like nose of concentrated black cherry liqueur fruit, smoke and black earth. Full-bodied and smooth with layers of richness. Needs a hearty meat dish. Food pairings: hearty stews, sausage cassoulet, Shepherd's pie. Drink: 2017 - 2020 314930 14.5% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 89/100. November 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Errazuriz Aconcagua Alto Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Aconcagua Valley, Chile: A big, bold Chilean red wine with classic aromas of fleshy ripe black plums, spice and smoke. Perfect for grilled meats. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: cheese pizza , tagliatelle alla Bolognese, gourmet burgers. Drink: 2017 - 2022 203364 14% D 750 mL $21.95 Score: 93/100. November 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Montgó Hammeken Cellars Monastrell 2015, Jumilla D.O.P., Spain: Lots of ripe black fruit, toasty oak and alcohol on the nose and palate of this robust Spanish red wine made from old vine Monastrell grapes. Winemaker David Toferup ages the wine for 6 months n French and American oak barrels. The yield is less than 25 hectolitres per hectare. Light filtration only. Pair with grilled meats. Monastrell food pairings: cheesy pizza, pepper steak, mixed meat grill. Drink: 2017 - 2021 452136 15% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 88/100. November 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Castello Di Ama San Lorenzo Gran Selezione Chianti Classico 2013, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: A robust, characterful Italian red wine with lots of layers of pleasure. A big improvement over the previous vintage. Earthy, dusty and chalk dry, this full-bodied, balanced Italian red wine features notes of dried cherry and herbs. Lots of acidity that demands tomato sauce. Chianti Classico food pairings: sausage and bean cassoulet, meat lasagne. Drink: 2017 - 2020 418897 13% XD 750 mL $50.95 Score: 92/100. November 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Stag's Leap Wine Wine Cellars Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Napa Valley, California, United States: Elegant, classic and enduring (and endearing -- en'deer'ing?) Californian red wine. One of the cult classics that collectors chase through the forest of liquor store aisles. Rich, luscious and full-bodied with velvet layers of fleshy blackberries to caress your tongue and senses. Lovely nuances of smoke, forest floor and bacon. Racy, chewy and satisfying. Pair with a rare steak. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: pepper steaks, smoky ribs, hard cheese, braised pork shanks. Drink: 2017 - 2025 708982 14.5% XD 750 mL $69.95 Score: 93/100. November 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tahbilk Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Nagambie Lakes, Victoria, Australia: A juicy, enticing Australian red wine with lots to offer. Mint and blackberry on the nose with a juicy fleshy black plum note on the mid-palate. Pair with grilled meats. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: pork tenderloin, hodge-podge, grilled burgers, barbecued steak. Drink: 2017 - 2020 138818 13.5% D 750 mL $22.95 Score: 90/100. November 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Napa Valley, California, United States: Balanced, dry, and elegant with layered complexity and satisfaction on the palate and long finish. Mocha, espresso and blackberry are seductive. Great cellar candidate. Decant 2 hours and enjoy with steak. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: grilled Portobello mushroom burgers, lamb Bolognese, grilled New York strip loin, hard cheese. Drink: 2017 - 2023 189795 14.5% D 750 mL $114.95 Score: 89/100. November 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

The Lane Single Vineyard Block 14 Basket Press Shiraz 2015, Adelaide Hills, South Australia, Australia: Juicy, fleshy and succulent Australia red wine with a long finish. The grapes for this robust Australian red wine were basket pressed, and the wine itself was aged in new and second-use French oak barrels. Classic Shiraz with aromas of purple and black fleshy plums and spice. Pair with roast beef. Shiraz food pairings: kangaroo tenderloin, bison burgers, rare rib steak. Drink: 2017 - 2023 470591 13.5% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 91/100. November 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Claymore London Calling Cabernet Malbec 2015, Clare Valley, South Australia, Australia: A juicy, succulent, full-bodied Australian red wine blend Cabernet Franc and Malbec. Aromas of fleshy dark fruit and smoke. Cool climate wine from the lovely Clare Valley. Pair with rare steak. Cabernet Malbec food pairings: kangaroo tenderloin, bison burgers, rare rib steak. Drink: 2017 - 2022 522110 14% XD 750 mL $21.95 Score: 92/100. November 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château La Fleur Pourret 2010, Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux A.C., France: The 2010 was a strong one and it shows in the balance and depth of this wine. A full-bodied Bordeaux red wine from the Right Bank region of Saint Émilion. It leads with Merlot on the blend with Cabernet. Aromas of dark red plums and black berries. Good structure. Would benefit from 3 more years in the cellar. Food pairings: veal medallions, roasted pork loin, prime rib, coq au vin. Drink: 2017 - 2024 455667 14.5% XD 750 mL $39.95 Score: 90/100. November 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ca' Momi Zinfandel 2015, Napa Valley, California, United States: Juicy and full-bodied with smooth, supple layers of fleshy black plums. Sweet chocolate, mocha, coffee and espresso from oak aging on the nose of this robust Zin. This wine was aged in American oak barrels. Pair with a pepper steak. Zinfandel food pairings: grilled duck breast, aged cheddar, hearty meat meals, spaghetti Bolognaise. Drink: 2017 - 2023 396168 13.5% D 750 mL $24.95 Score: 90/100. November 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Gemtree Uncut Shiraz 2015, Mclaren Vale, South Australia, Australia: Biodynamic viticulturist Melissa Brown and her husband winemaker Mike Brown have created a tasty Australian red wine. Lots of fleshy black fruit and toasty oak. Deep and delicious. Full-bodied. Lots of fleshy ripe blackberries and dark plums. Grazing sheep control weeds instead of chemicals. The Gemtree wetlands create a natural haven for thousands of frogs, birds and native trees. Pair with hearty stews. Shiraz food pairings: lamb cutlets, hamburgers, black bean soup, cheesy pizza. Drink: 2017 - 2020 627844 14.5% D 750 mL $28.95 Score: 90/100. November 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Symington Family Estates Altano 2015, Douro D.O.C., Portugal: Black cherry liqueur flavours: rich and delicious especially for this price. Juicy and mouth-watering with good acidity for tangy tomato sauces and hearty meat dishes. Smooth and full-bodied. Great value. Food pairings: pork tenderloin, prime rib, roast chicken. Drink: 2017 - 2020 579862 13.5% XD 750 mL $13.95 Score: 89/100. November 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Two Hands Brave Faces Grenache Mourvèdre Shiraz 2015, Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia: Lip-smacking delicious with layers of pleasure in the glass. Full-bodied, rich and complex with fleshy ripe cassis and wild blackberry aromas on the nose and palate of this robust Australian red wine blend Grenache, Shiraz and Mataro (aka Mourvèdre) also known as a GSM blend. A black plum, smoky finish. Nicely done! Pair with grilled meats. Grenache Mourvèdre Shiraz food pairings: baked ham, veal chops, herbed pork tenderloin. Drink: 2017 - 2021 660035 14% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 92/100. November 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Speri Pigaro Ripasso Valpolicella Classico 2015, Veneto D.O.C., Italy: Dark fruit, smoke and oak on the nose and palate of this robust Italian red wine. Hint of smoke. Full-bodied and supple and lip-smacking delicious Italian red wine. Try it with combination pizza or spicy sausages. Nice finish. Ripasso Valpolicella Classico food pairings: meat lovers pizza , spicy sausage , prime rib roast, hearty winter stew. Drink: 2017 - 2021 205286 13.5% D 750 mL $22.95 Score: 89/100. November 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Intriga Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Maipo Valley, Chile: The vines for this robust red wine are planted in the foothills of the Andes Mountains. The estate has specialized in making Cabernet Sauvignon for more than 50 years. A full-bodied Chilean red wine with attractive aromas of black fruit and toasty oak. Pair with grilled meats. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: meat pizza, grilled Portobello mushroom burgers, lamb Bolognese, grilled New York strip loin. Drink: 2017 - 2021 57901 14.5% D 750 mL $22.95 Score: 90/100. November 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tenuta San Guido Guidalberto 2015, Tuscany I.G.T., Italy: This wine is made by the coveted Sassicaia winery. Juicy and savoury with smoky black fruit and full-bodied richness. Lots of acidity. Needs a hearty meat dish. Decant 2 hours. Pair with Kobe beef. Food pairings: rib eye steak, sirloin tip roast, long ribs on the barbie. Drink: 2017 - 2023 72439 12.5% XD 750 mL $59.95 Score: 90/100. November 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Feudo Montoni Lagnusa Nero D'avola 2014, Sicily D.O.C., Italy: The 2014 vintage was strong for Sicily. This robust Italian red wine is made from the island's classic Nero d'Avola grape from Vigna Lagnusa. Some medicinal notes and black fruit on the nose. Very supple and smooth on the palate. Fleshy ripe plums . Pair with grilled meats. Nero D'avola food pairings: roast chicken, roasted root vegetables, meaty stews. Drink: 2017 - 2022 523738 13.5% XD 750 mL $22.95 Score: 90/100. November 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sister's Run Calvary Hill Shiraz 2015, Lyndoch, Barossa, South Australia, Australia: Loaded with personality, yet not heavy. This wine is full bodied with concentrated dark fruits and spice, fun, but serious enough for either a formal or informal barbecue. A perky, full-bodied red that delivers lots of pleasure and no offense. Black plums berries roll across your mouth: no stops or starts, all liquid pleasure. Perfect for the barbecue. Shiraz food pairings: pork chops, roast lamb, roast, wild mushroom stuffed quail. Drink: 2017 - 2022 222018 14.5% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 91/100. November 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Amastuola Primitivo 2014, Puglia I.G.P., Italy: Mocha and dark chocolate on the nose of this robust Italian red wine from oak ageing. Huge juicy purple plum and blueberry aromas and flavours in this supple, smooth, full-bodied Italian red wine. Primitivo is also known as Zinfandel in California. Finishes with baked blueberry pie and dark spice. Perfect for grilled meats and barbecue. Primitivo food pairings: hearty stews, sausage cassoulet, gourmet burgers. Drink: 2017 - 2022 300004 14% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 91/100. November 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Wakefield Merlot 2016, Clare Valley, South Australia, Australia: Loads of flavour that almost jumps from the glass in the robust Merlot. Juicy and fleshy with purple and black plum aromas on this vibrant Australian red wine, with lots of mouth-watering acidity for food. Although the Merlot grape is grown in many regions around the world, the signature here in the glass is definitely Australian. Smooth and full-bodied. Terrific price! Attractive smoke and dark fruit on the finish. Perfect for pizza! Merlot food pairings: grilled steak, pan-roasted beef filet and rösti potatoes, cheeseburgers, bitter-sweet chocolate, turkey. Drink: 2017 - 2021 683201 14% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. November 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ascheri Barolo 2012, Piedmont D.O.C.G., Italy: The tannins have integrated on this northern Italian red wine made from the Nebbiolo grape. Loads of mouth-watering acidity for tangy mat sauces. More earth than fruit. Barolo food pairings: roast partridge, venison sausage cassoulet, venison Swiss steak. Drink: 2017 - 2023 496851 14% XD 750 mL $49.95 Score: 88/100. November 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Beringer Quantum 2014, Napa Valley, California, United States: This robust Californian red wine blend of mostly Cabernet Sauvignon along with Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Syrah and a splash of Petit Verdot is greater than the sum of its parts, thus the name Quantum. When tiny quantum units combine they create systems of tremendous value and complexity, according to the back label. Mocha and dark chocolate from oak aging then step back to reveal dark fruit, violets, anise and spice on the palate. This wine needs serious cellar time then decanting before you enjoy it with hearty meat dishes. Food pairings: pork sausage casserole, roast chicken, grilled rib eye steak. Drink: 2017 - 2027 362400 14.9% XD 750 mL $79.95 Score: 93/100. November 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Gran Passione Rosso 2016, Veneto I.G.T., Italy: Lots of sweet chocolate on the nose and palate from generous oak aging. Fleshy ripe purple plums and blueberries on the nose with sweet chocolate and mocha flavours on the palate of this smooth, full-bodied Italian red wine. Intense purple violet tints in the glass. Polished tannins. Vanilla spice sweetness on the finish. Pair with game dishes. Food pairings: veal Parmigiano, rich lentil and tomato stew, BBQ prime ribs. Drink: 2017 - 2023 410704 14% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 89/100. November 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Gianni Gagliardo Barolo 2012, Piedmont D.O.C.G., Italy: A beautiful Barolo with aromas of wild violets, truffle, smoke and feral underbrush. Needs cellar time, then decant 2 hours. Pair with risotto. Barolo food pairings: mince sirloin, sausage and cheese pizza, Tuscan rabbit, sausage cassoulet. Drink: 2017 - 2020 548719 14.5% XD 750 mL $54.95 Score: 93/100. November 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Teliani Valley Mukuzani 2014, Kakheti, Georgia: Rustic cherry-berry aromas with mouth-watering acidity. Juicy and bright. Food pairings: roast chicken, roasted root vegetables, pepper steak. Drink: 2017 - 2020 181271 13% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 84/100. November 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Gérard Bertrand Grenache Syrah Mourvèdre 2014, Corbières, Midi A.P., France: Juicy, succulent and lip-smacking delicious southern French red wine that's a robust blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mouvedre grapes. Aromas and flavours of fleshy ripe black plums and blackberries with some seductive hints of smoke and cigar box filled with dark spice. Pair with rare meats. Grenache Syrah Mourvèdre food pairings: meatlover's pizza, chicken mole, roast duck. Drink: 2017 - 2020 394288 14% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 91/100. November 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Casas del Bosque Reserva Carmenère 2015, Rapel Valley, Chile: Very succulent and juicy with rich layers of fleshy ripe plum and dark berries with a lick of spice. Such a great value. Pair with grilled meats. Carmenère food pairings: meaty stews, vegetarian lasagne, slow-braised lamb shanks in red wine sauce. Drink: 2017 - 2020 205872 14.5% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 90/100. November 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

A To Z Wineworks Pinot Noir 2014, Oregon, United States: A medium-bodied Oregonian Pinot Noir with lots of acidity on the palate for salmon or tuna. Aromas of tart and sour cherry. Very juicy. Pinot Noir food pairings: mushroom risotto, pork roast, bison burgers. Drink: 2017 - 2022 229781 13.5% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 88/100. November 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Antinori Guado Al Tasso 2014, Bolgheri, Tuscany D.O.C., Italy: A modern-style Italian red wine, with fleshy ripe blackberry and lots of toasty oak. This Italian Superiore red wine is a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot grapes. This wine is aged in small oak barrels for 18 months and then another 10 months in bottle before being released from the winery. Pair with rare cuts of beef. Food pairings: filet mignon, prime rib, rack of lamb, gourmet burgers. Drink: 2017 - 2029 986380 14% XD 750 mL $109.95 Score: 94/100. November 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

The Tragically Hip Fully Completely Grand Reserve 2015, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: An easy-drinking red wine blend from Niagara in honour of the band Tragically Hip, whose leader Gord Downie recently died. Juicy black plums and toasty oak. Produced by Stoney Ridge winery. Pair with a steak. Food pairings: Pork roast, sausage cassoulet, mushroom risotto. Drink: 2017 - 2020 411595 13.5% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 87/100. November 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

John's Blend No. 39 Individual Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Langhorne Creek, South Australia, Australia: The 2013 vintage of the Individual Selection No. 35 from John Glaetzer is concentrated flavours of cherry and raspberry jam in this robust red. It's dry but loaded with flavour. Toasted and roasted black fruit and tarry toasty oak. After fermentation is completed in new French hogshead barrels, this wine was matured in those barrels for 40 months. Pair with rare filet mignon. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: lamb Bolognese, beef enchiladas, barbecued ribs in sauce.. Drink: 2017 - 2022 927640 14.5% XD 750 mL $39.95 Score: 92/100. November 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Dourthe Freres Chateau Teyssier 2014, Montagne-Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux A.C., France: A full-bodied, beautifully structured Bordeaux red wine blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes. Classic aromas of black currant and blackberry with some toasty oak. Pair with a rare steak. Decant 1-2 hours. Food pairings: meat fondue, cheesy pizza, grilled beef tenderloin. Drink: 2017 - 2021 512590 14% XD 1500 mL $51.95 Score: 90/100. November 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Solanera 2015, Yecla D.O., Spain: A succulent, lip-smacking tasty Spanish red wine blend. Tanned leather, dried herbs and dried red fruit on the nose and palate. The Yecla wine region is in southern kin and is an emerging area to watch for quality wines. This wine is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% low-yield Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% low-yield Garnacha. The wine is aged in oak barrels for 10 months. Pair with lamb and rosemary. Food pairings: roast lamb, grilled pork chops, pepper steak. Drink: 2017 - 2020 276162 14.5% D 750 mL $18.95 Score: 90/100. November 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château De Landiras 2014, Graves, Bordeaux A.C., France: Loads of toasty oak, mocha and espresso on the nose and palate of this robust Bordeaux red wine from generous oak aging. This winery is on the left side of the Gironde River, 40 kilometres south of the city of Bordeaux. It's housed in a medieval castle built in 1306 and there 100 hectares of land, of which 65 hectares with vines under the appellation of Graves. Merlot lends roundness in tis blend while Cabernet gives structure. Aromas of black currant and tart blackberry with dark spices. Decant 1-2 hours and pair with a rare steak. Food pairings: prime rib roast, vegetarian lasagne beef rouladen. Drink: 2017 - 2023 497065 12.5% D 750 mL $22.95 Score: 90/100. November 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cathedral Cellar Triptych 2014, Western Cape W.O., South Africa: So savoury, juicy and meaty -- layers of pleasure. This WO-designated wine is smooth, smoky and delicious with full-bodied layers of fleshy black plums. Amazingly great price for the quality. This wine is a blend that leads with cabernet sauvignon, but also includes shiraz and merlot grapes. Just enough toasty oak aging to bring this whole delicious package together. Good finish. Try it tonight with meat lovers pizza. Food pairings: roast beef, Porchetta, slow-cooked venison ribs. Drink: 2017 - 2021 53124 14% D 750 mL $16.95 Score: 91/100. November 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Burgess Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Napa Valley, California, United States: Firm tannins on the palate. Juicy and savoury. Hickory woodsmoke on the nose and palate from generous oak aging. Some blackcurrant and cassis on the palate. This would benefit both from cellar aging and decanting 2 hours. Pair with a rare steak. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: pork tenderloin, hodge-podge, grilled burgers, Margherita pizza. Drink: 2017 - 2022 291914 14.7% D 750 mL $72.95 Score: 90/100. November 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Thirty Bench Winemaker's Blend 2015, Beamsville Bench, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: This winery is located on the Beamsville Bench in the Niagara region, thus its name. The vineyards slope down toward Lake Ontario and the soils are dry and deep. Mocha rich with black plums on the nose and palate of this full-bodied Niagara red wine blend. Good balancing acidity for a hearty meat sauce with tomatoes. Food pairings: roast leg of lamb, veal marsala, vegetarian pizza. Drink: 2017 - 2021 320986 13.2% D 750 mL $24.20 Score: 89/100. November 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Stags' Leap Winery Merlot 2014, Napa Valley, California, United States: An elegant, long-lived Californian Merlot from one of Napa's most respected producers. Not to be confused with Stag's Leap winery (different placement of the apostrophe). Aromas of black plums and dark berries. Long finish. This will cellar well. Decant 1-2 hours. Pair with lamb chops. Merlot food pairings: Brazilian-style flank steak with chimichurri sauce, rack of BBQ ribs, veal Porterhouse, grilled lamb, Tandoori-flavored dishes. Drink: 2017 - 2025 655399 14.1% D 750 mL $39.95 Score: 91/100. November 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Convento San Francisco 2010, Ribera Del Duero D.O., Spain: Chalky dry on the mid palate with acidity along the sides. Earth, dust and dried black fruit and herbs. Pair with lamb. Food pairings: mushroom risotto, beef stew, venison roast. Drink: 2017 - 2020 206409 14.5% XD 750 mL $20.95 Score: 88/100. November 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Zuccardi Concreto Malbec 2015, Paraje Altamira, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina: This blockbuster Argentine red wine made from Malbec grapes shows great depth, concentration, elegance and length. It's amazing that this wine wasn't oak aged as it has the heft and smoky nuances even so. Aromas of black raspberry and dark berries with spice and pepper. Pair this wine with prime rib. Malbec food pairings: asado, sausage casserole, roasted root vegetables. Drink: 2017 - 2022 455774 14% XD 750 mL $39.95 Score: 93/100. November 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Burrowing Owl Meritage 2014, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia V.Q.A., Canada: A beautifully balanced and textured BC red wine blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc from the exceptional 2013 vintage. Complex, rich, deep and long: this Canadian flagship wine has it all. A great cellar candidate as well. Taste the very best of what BC (and Canada) can produce from this top-notch winery in a superb vintage. Food pairings: slow roasted duck, roast beef, tourtière. Drink: 2017 - 2024 343038 14.9% XD 750 mL $58.95 Score: 93/100. November 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Marchese Antinori Tenuta Tignanello Riserva Chianti Classico 2014, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: Lots of mouth-watering acidity and firm tannins on the palate of this robust Italian red wine. Ripe cherry aromas and dark spice with mocha and dark chocolate from oak aging. Pair with grilled meats. Chianti Classico food pairings: hearty stews, sausage cassoulet, meaty lasagne. Drink: 2017 - 2022 512384 13.5% D 750 mL $42.95 Score: 90/100. November 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Merlot 2015, Columbia Valley, Washington, United States: Gorgeous texture and layering of pleasure on the palate. Fleshy ripe dark berries and plums on the nose of this generous and full-bodied Washington State red wine. Blueberry and blackberry aromas and flavours with attractive savoury middle notes on the palate. Good weight and a lovely velvet mouth-feel. Pair with roast beef. Merlot food pairings: rack of BBQ ribs, veal Porterhouse, grilled lamb, cheese. Drink: 2017 - 2022 408864 14.5% XD 750 mL $26.95 Score: 92/100. November 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Pendulum Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Columbia Valley, Washington, United States: Robust and tannic Washington Cabernet with aromas of tart black currant and blackberry and toasty oak. Pair with a rare steak. Decant 1-2 hours. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: roast goose, aged cheddar, hearty meat meals. Drink: 2017 - 2022 533711 14.3% XD 750 mL $27.95 Score: 88/100. November 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Terralsole Vigna Pian Bossolino Brunello Di Montalcino 2010, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: The tannins have tamed in this northern Italian red wine made from the Sangiovese grape. Loads of acidity on the palate for tangy meat sauces. Brunello Di Montalcino food pairings: roast leg of boar, meat lasagne, tourtière. Drink: 2017 - 2021 515775 14.5% XD 750 mL $100.95 Score: 88/100. November 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Trivento Golden Reserve Malbec 2014, Luján De Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina: Richly layered and juicy with flavours of very ripe purple and black plums. Some tannic grip on the palate so decant 1-2 hours. Pair with grilled meats. Malbec food pairings: grilled sausages, venison steak, roast partridge. Drink: 2017 - 2020 588731 14.5% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. November 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Joao M. Barbosa Lapa Dos Gaivoes 2014, Vinho Regional Alentejano, Portugal: A funky, weird Spanish red wine blend of Touriga Nacional, Trincadeira, Aragonez, Tinta Barroca and Syrah grapes with aromas of purple plums, cinnamon spice and smoke. Pair with meat lovers pizza. Food pairings: meatlover's pizza, pepper steak, mixed meat grill. Drink: 2017 - 2022 523605 14% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 87/100. November 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sparkling Wine

L'ormarins Brut Classique, Western Cape W.O., South Africa: A terrific toasty robust sparkling wine from South Africa made in the same traditional method as Champagne. French Hugenot Jean Roi in 1694 was granted this land. Perfect for shellfish and toasting. Food pairings: oyster poor boy sandwiches, tempura vegetables and seafood, ripened semi-hard cheeses. Drink: 2017 - 2020 493411 12.5% D 750 mL $23.95 Score: 90/100. November 2017. Top Rated Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Le Contesse Brut Prosecco, Veneto D.O.C., Italy: Frothy, toasty and refreshing Italian sparkling wine. Bone dry with aromas of toast and lemon. Pair with seafood. Prosecco food pairings: glazed ham, charcuterie and cheese platter, green salads. Drink: 2017 - 2019 516583 11% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 88/100. November 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Bailly-Lapierre Brut Crémant De Bourgogne, Burgundy A.C., France: Creamy, toasty and frothy: great aperitif or companion to seafood. Lovely mineral core from this northern Burgundian Chardonnay. Pair with oysters. Crémant De Bourgogne food pairings: oysters, grilled white fish, chicken, pasta with pesto sauce, avocado salad, mussels with a lemon-herb sauce. Drink: 2015 - 2017 369066 12% D 750 mL $24.95 Score: 88/100. November 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Louis Brochet Hbh Champagne 2002, Champagne A.C., France: Campfire smoke and toasted, charred almond: aged Champagne for those who have a taste for it. Not fresh, but robust and deep. Champagne food pairings: smoked salmon, pan-fried scallops, caviar. Drink: 2017 - 2022 385815 12% XD 750 mL $69.95 Score: 89/100. November 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Benjamin Bridge Brut 2012, Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia, Canada: This Nova Scotia sparkling sets the trend for Canadian bubblies in style and elegance. The 2012 vintage of the Benjamin Bridge Brut is stunning. You're drinking the stars here. This bubbly is made using the traditional method (Methode Classique) of the second fermentation in the bottle, just as they do in the Champagne region of France. They also use two of the grapes, Pinot Noir (10%) and Chardonnay (8%), used in France in their blend, together with L'Acadie (42%) and Seyval (40%) to give a decidedly (and deliciously) Nova Scotia signature to the cuvee. All grapes are estate grown and hand-harvested in October and bottled in June after spending 5 years on the lees to add richness, creaminess and depth. The 2012 vintage had the ideal conditions of sustained cool weather moderated by the Bay of Fundy which allowed for slow and complex ripening of the grapes. Lovely aromas of lime citrus, fresh mint, and lemon brightness on the nose and palate with great replays of flavour. A long, toasty finish leaves you at the shoreline of this Atlantic bubbly longing for more. This wine dances in the glass like sunlight on the ocean, with just as much refreshing sea spray on the palate and senses. Pair with Atlantic lobster in melted butter or fresh seafood. Food pairings: smoked whitefish on baguette, salads, tempura seafood. Drink: 2013 - 2023 381533 11% D 750 mL $32.95 Score: 96/100. November 2017. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Veuve Ambal Grande Cuvée Brut Rosé, Burgundy A.C., France: A lovely Burgundian sparkling wine with aromas of fresh strawberry. Deeply flavoured and lovely. Amazing price. Pair with shellfish. Rosé food pairings: pan-fired pickerel, gravel, steamed shrimp with lemon butter. Drink: 2016 - 2020 439257 12% XD 750 mL $20.95 Score: 89/100. November 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Labouré-Gontard Brut Crémant De Bourgogne, Burgundy A.C., France: Toasty, rich, crisp and elegant. Absolute stunner for the money! This Burgundian sparkling wine uses the tradition method or Méthode Traditionnelle of the second fermentation in the bottle, just like its northern neighbour Champagne. Crémant De Bourgogne food pairings: lightly spiced curry dishes, lamb stew, white turkey meat, tacos. Drink: 2016 - 2018 401018 12% XD 750 mL $20.95 Score: 89/100. November 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé Champagne, Champagne A.C., France: One of the most iconic and coveted rosé champagnes on the market. Stunning. Robust rosé champagne with aromas of cherry and toast. Perfectly balanced and elegant. This is the convenient half bottle size (375 ml): perfect for when you and your partner want to start a meal with a glass of bubbly each, then move on to something else. Great refreshment and cleansing acidity for a variety of dishes from fried chicken to shellfish. Champagne food pairings: smoked salmon, seafood appetizers, dim sum dumplings. Drink: 2016 - 2022 724559 12% XD 750 mL $109.95 Score: 92/100. November 2017. Top Rated Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Moet & Chandon Grand Vintage Brut Champagne 2008, Champagne A.C., France: Superb, toasty and robust sparkling wine with zesty notes of green apple and baked bread. Complex and layered, yet with a mature nuance that makes this Champagne fascinating and so different from the Non-Vintage variety. Pair with holiday dinners and gift giving. Champagne food pairings: pasta with cheese-based sauce, caviar, lobster thermidore, sushi.. Drink: 2014 - 2022 69773 12% D 750 mL $93.95 Score: 94/100. November 2017. Top Rated Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

Fielding Conception Chardonnay 2013, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A fresh and lively Niagara white wine, yet it also has deepness and richness. Aromas of green apple and toasted almond with a terrific long length. Superbly crafted. Slightly off-dry and ultra-food-friendly. Pair with fresh seafood. Chardonnay food pairings: oriental chicken salad with yoghurt and citrus dressing. Drink: 2015 - 2018 203737 12.5% D 750 mL $18.95 Score: 88/100. November 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Trimbach Riesling 2015, Alsace A.C., France: A vibrant Alsatian white wine made from the classic Riesling grape. Lots of juicy, mouth-watering acidity on the palate. Requires, demands, food like seafood and shellfish. Lemon and lime aromas and flavours on this French Riesling. Terrific! Riesling food pairings: Thai seafood noodle salad, duck liver pate, butternut squash risotto, roast chicken. Drink: 2016 - 2022 734517 13% XD 750 mL $22.95 Score: 92/100. November 2017. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: A grassy, herbal Sauvignon Blanc with zesty acidity on the palate. Aromas of white grapefruit and lime. Pair with salads. Dog Point Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2016 offers lots of refreshment. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: Masala salad, saffron potato cakes, spinach and watercress salad with raspberry dressing. Drink: 2017 - 2018 677450 13.5% XD 750 mL $26.95 Score: 92/100. November 2017. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

La Crema Chardonnay 2015, Sonoma Coast, California, United States: Sonoma Coast vineyards enjoy a long, cool growing season due to the moderating influence of the Pacific Ocean, and its fogs and winds that blow inland. This is perfect for slowly ripening grapes to develop complex flavours and nuances without lots of sugar that translates to heavy alcohol. Classic Californian Chardonnay with toast, oak and green apple on the nose. Full-bodied, and generously layered. Generous flavours of pear and peach on the palate with a long, dry finish and a hint of wild white flowers in a spring rain. Perfect for roast chicken or mild curries. Chardonnay food pairings: pasta, hodge podge, lobster with mayonnaise, roasted chicken. Drink: 2017 - 2019 962886 13.9% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 90/100. November 2017. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Featherstone Black Sheep Riesling 2016, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Featherstone's Black Sheep Riesling stands shoulder to shoulder (ear to ear) with the best of Niagara Rieslings. This is one of my favourite Niagara Rieslings: delightful every vintage. The 2016 vintage is no exception with lovely bright notes of lime blossom, lemon zest and flint. Pair with fresh seafood and vegetarian dishes. This Ontario white wine offers great refreshment in the glass. Riesling food pairings: seafood, green salads, bouillabaisse. Drink: 2017 - 2020 80234 13.8% D 750 mL $16.95 Score: 92/100. November 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Hidden Bench Estate Riesling 2015, Beamsville Bench, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Petrol lemon awesome. How do they get so much flavour with so much alcohol? Okay I know the answer but still. Pair with fresh seafood. Lip-smacking delicious! Riesling food pairings: roast chicken, grilled salmon with lemon sauce, feta cheese, baby greens salad with fig dressing. Drink: 2015 - 2021 183491 11% D 750 mL $23.95 Score: 92/100. November 2017. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Oyster Bay Pinot Grigio 2016, Hawkes Bay, North Island, New Zealand: Cool climate viticulture from the North Island shows through in this zesty Pinot Grigio. Bone-dry with lime lift through the mid-palate. Good mouth-watering acidity for seafood or an aperitif. Zippy and refreshing with aromas of lime and grapefruit. Ends on an up note of lime and lemon zest and springtime energy. Pinot Grigio food pairings: grilled lake fish, garden salad, shellfish, chicken cacciatore, spaghetti. Drink: 2017 - 2019 326090 12% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. November 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Megalomaniac Narcissist Riesling 2016, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Love the lime zest and minerality in this lovely Niagara Riesling. Pair it with fresh seafood and peering at your image in a reflecting pool. Riesling is a grape that reflects the terroir and place where it's cultivated, thus the wine's name and mirror image on the label. Riesling food pairings: roast chicken, spicy pasta dishes, shrimp tempura, grilled salmon. Drink: 2017 - 2020 67587 10.9% M 750 mL $18.95 Score: 90/100. November 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Dr. Loosen Blue Slate Riesling Kabinett 2016, Mosel Prädikatswein, Germany: This fresh German white wine made from classic Riesling grapes has lots of minerality and lemon freshness. Medium-bodied with terrific refreshment in this classic German Riesling. Beautiful peach blossom nose then a surprising, but delightful, juicy, mouth-watering attack on the palate that is ultra-refreshing. Pair with fresh seafood or spicy dishes. Riesling Kabinett food pairings: sushi with extra wasabi, roast chicken, spicy pasta dishes, baby greens salad, feta cheese. Drink: 2017 - 2024 160846 7.5% M 750 mL $22.95 Score: 94/100. November 2017. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Familia Zuccardi Q Chardonnay 2016, Tupungato, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina: A balanced and full-bodied Argentine white wine made from the classic Chardonnay with aromas of butterscotch and toasty oak. Pair with roast chicken. Chardonnay food pairings: lobster tail, prawns in butter sauce, sautéed smoked sea scallops in butter. Drink: 2017 - 2021 232702 13.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. November 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Patz & Hall Chardonnay 2015, Sonoma Coast, California, United States: This gorgeous Chardonnay offers aromas of green apple, vanilla spice, and white peach. There's a grand elegance to it, with a luxuriously long finish. About 40% of the wine was fermented and aged in new French Oak barrels where the staves were aged/air dried for three years prior to coopering. Most barrels are air-dried for two years but the winery makes the extra investment in an additional year to leach any residual “green” tannins from the wood. That way, the wines get exposure to new wood without it overpowering it with too much smokiness. Both the Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs spend no more than 10 months in the barrel. The toastiness is subtle and beautifully woven into the fabric of the fruit. The grapes come from some of the most coveted vineyards in Sonoma. Toast to your good fortune in having a bottle (or three) of this wine! Chardonnay food pairings: roast chicken, lobster in butter, corn dishes. Drink: 2017 - 2022 200808 14.2% D 750 mL $64.95 Score: 92/100. November 2017. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cotnari Grasa De Cotnari 2014, Cotnari D.O.C., Romania: Floral and fragrant like honey blossoms. This Romanian white wine is made form the Grasa grape and it offers attractive notes toasted almonds and ripe apricot. Pretty and soft post-prandial sipper: no acidity that's discernible. This botrytis-affected wine pairs well with Stilton and biscotti. Grasa De Cotnari food pairings: blue-vein cheeses, roasted nuts, apricot galette. Drink: 2017 - 2020 73205 11.5% MS 750 mL $13.95 Score: 87/100. November 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cave De Turckheim Hengst Pinot Gris 2012, Alsace A.C., France: Soft and light-bodied with no apparent acidity on the palate. Sweet peach and pear flavours. Match with spicy food and curries. Pinot Gris food pairings: poached whitefish in white wine, steamed mussels in their own juice, grilled pork tenderloin. Drink: 2017 - 2019 522201 13.5% D 750 mL $35.95 Score: 88/100. November 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Martin Ray Chardonnay 2016, Sonoma County, California, United States: Balanced and luscious cool climate Californian Chardonnay from Sonoma. Butterscotch nose that's very attractive (and from oak aging) is balanced with peach and golden apple notes. Nice balancing acidity on the palate for roast chicken or turkey. Lovely, classic Californian Chardonnay. Chardonnay food pairings: apple and aged cheddar grilled cheese sandwich, chicken supreme with mushroom risotto, pan-fried cod with lemon butter sauce, spring rolls with spicy sweet chili sauce. Drink: 2017 - 2022 57067 13.8% XD 750 mL $28.95 Score: 90/100. November 2017. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ritual Chardonnay 2016, Casablanca Valley, Chile: A balanced and nutty Chilean Chardonnay with notes of golden apple and toasted almond. Pair with roast chicken. Chardonnay food pairings: sautéed pork tenderloin, veal chops in white wine sauce, fish tacos. Drink: 2017 - 2020 533737 14% XD 750 mL $18.85 Score: 88/100. November 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Peninsula Ridge Barrel Aged Chardonnay 2016, Beamsville Bench, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: An attractive, full-bodied Niagara Chardonnay with aromas of butterscotch, baking spices and apple pie. Lovely layers and richness. This winery is making great strides back to quality. Chardonnay food pairings: roast turkey, grilled pork dishes, Coq au vin, cheese. Drink: 2017 - 2020 211490 13.5% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 87/100. November 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

La Fortessa Taburno Falanghina Del Sannio 2016, Campania D.O.C., Italy: So floral and pretty with lovely balancing acidity. Perfect chilled aperitif or companion to seafood. Falanghina Del Sannio food pairings: grilled chicken, roast duck, grilled seafood. Drink: 2017 - 2020 527630 13% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 90/100. November 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Jean-Max Roger Cuvée Les Caillottes Sancerre 2016, Loire A.C., France: Lots of lemon zest and minerality on the finish. A soft white wine with white pear notes. This French white wine from Sancerre in the Loire Valley is made from Sauvignon Blanc grapes. Good acidity for halibut or sole. Some lime on the finish. Clean and fresh. Pair with seafood and salads. Sancerre food pairings: salads, grilled chicken, seafood. Drink: 2017 - 2022 65573 12.5% XD 750 mL $27.95 Score: 89/100. November 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cantina Gallura Piras Vermentino Di Gallura 2015, Sardinia D.O.C.G., Italy: Crisp and fresh with ripe pear and lemon zest. Perfect aperitif and companion to seafood. Medium-bodied. Vermentino Di Gallura food pairings: grilled seafood, pasta in a creamy sauce, crab cakes. Drink: 2017 - 2020 511485 13% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 89/100. November 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château de Beaucastel Coudoulet De Beaucastel 2015, Côtes De Rhône, Rhône A.C., France: Aromas of lychee, white flowers and pure dry peach essence. A classic blend of Marsanne, Viognier, Bourboulenc, and a splash of Clairette grapes. Gorgeous depth and richness and complexity in this French white wine produced by Famille Perrin. Get out of your white wine rut with this one: spectacular! Pair with roast chicken. Food pairings: crab cakes, grilled calamari, turkey dinner.. Drink: 2017 - 2020 48892 13% XD 750 mL $34.95 Score: 92/100. November 2017. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Charles Baker Ivan Vineyard Riesling 2016, Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Classic Niagara Riesling from a master. Lemon fresh with wet stone. Pair with seafood. Riesling food pairings: pad Thai, shrimp tempura, grilled salmon with lemon sauce, eggs benedict. Drink: 2017 - 2023 395921 12% D 750 mL $27.20 Score: 92/100. November 2017. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Beringer Private Reserve Chardonnay 2015, Napa Valley, California, United States: A gorgeous, robust Californian Chardonnay with layers of pleasure and aromas of ripe peach, pear, freshly baked bread and toasty oak. Pair with roast chicken. Chardonnay food pairings: roast duck, rabbit fricassee, turkey burgers. Drink: 2017 - 2022 26682 14.7% XD 750 mL $59.95 Score: 96/100. November 2017. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Viña Leyda Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Leyda Valley, Chile: So vibrant and fresh, this Chilean Sauvignon Blanc almost jumps out of the glass to meet you more than half way. Aromas of fresh cut grass, lemon zest and sunshine. Pair with shellfish and seafood. Incredible value. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: seafood pasta in creamy sauce, tempura vegetables, seafood hot pot. Drink: 2017 - 2018 515247 13.5% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 90/100. November 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Eradus Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Awatere Valley, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: Lots of fresh intensity on the nose and palate of this vibrant New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Notes of fresh cut grass, lemon and chives. Pair with seafood and shellfish. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: seafood pasta in creamy sauce, tempura vegetables, pan-fried panfish. Drink: 2017 - 2018 225557 13.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. November 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Studert-Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese 2016, Mosel Prädikatswein, Germany: Such a tasty medium-sweet German Riesling with aromas of succulently sweet apricot and peach. Pair with spicy dishes and curries. Riesling Spätlese food pairings: spicy Asian dishes, pad Thai, curries. Drink: 2017 - 2020 912659 8.5% S 750 mL $27.95 Score: 89/100. November 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Santa Julia Torrontés 2016, Mendoza, Argentina: Gorgeous floral aromatics on this organic wine has just 8 mg/l of free sulphur. Medium- to almost full-bodied with mouth-watering acidity for seafood and grilled chicken. Some white peach on the finish. Lovely, especially for the price. Torrontés food pairings: sushi, Thai noodles in a light lemongrass sauce, crab cakes. Drink: 2017 - 2019 232694 13% XD 750 mL $13.95 Score: 89/100. November 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

The Foreign Affair Enchanted 2015, Ontario, V.Q.A., Canada: Pretty and floral Niagara white wine blend with balanced acidity for seafood. Tastes off-dry. Food pairings: sushi, light, mild curries, Asian fusion. Drink: 2017 - 2020 389767 11.8% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 88/100. November 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cantina Zaccagnini Tralcetto Pinot Grigio 2016, Terre Di Chieti, Abruzzo I.G.T., Italy: Lemon zest with good mouth-feel richness for Pinot Grigio. Medium-bodied and mouth-wateringly juicy with good acidity for seafood. Pinot Grigio food pairings: potato salads, potato saffron cakes, fish tacos. Drink: 2017 - 2018 527622 12.5% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. November 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Maison Ambroise Saint-Romain 2013, Burgundy A.C., France: Rich, voluptuous and full-bodied with layers of pleasure. Toasted almond, apple, white peach and smoke. Pair with roast chicken. Food pairings: Coq au vins, duck confit and small roasted potatoes, butternut squash risotto. Drink: 2017 - 2020 522185 13% XD 750 mL $44.95 Score: 93/100. November 2017. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Nals Margreid Punggl Pinot Grigio 2015, Südtirol - Alto Adige D.O.C., Italy: Very viscous rich and full-bodied for Pinot Grigio, supported by high alcohol at 14.5. Yet, this is balanced and tasty with aromas of Asian pear and baking spices. Pair with rich seafood dishes and cream sauces. Pinot Grigio food pairings: fried chicken, spring salads with fruit vinaigrettes, duck a l'orange. Drink: 2017 - 2018 395756 14.5% XD 750 mL $27.95 Score: 90/100. November 2017. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


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