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Caparzo La Casa Brunello Di Montalcino 2010, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: A full-bodied, beautifully structured northern Italian red wine with aromas of wild violets, dust and wild blackberry. Pair with wild boar and a truffled risotto. Brunello Di Montalcino food pairings: vegetarian lasagne, prosciutto and hard cheese plate, rich tomato sauce and pasta. Drink: 2012 - 2020 20750 13.5% XD 750 mL $79.95 Score: 91/100. March 2018. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Primus The Blend 2014, Colchagua Valley, Chile: Chocolate and mocha from oak aging with some sweet blackberry flavours. This full-bodied Chilean red wine is just dripping with fleshy berry flavour and plums with some real vibrancy and lift on the mid-palate. This wine is a blend of about a third cabernet sauvignon, a third syrah, and the balance split between merlot and carmenere grapes. Superb craftsmanship; great value. Judicious use of oak has a toasty weave throughout the wine. Balanced acidity and polished tannins, but the dark fruit power and energy leads in the glass. Pair with prime rib. Food pairings: rib roast, pork long ribs on the barbeque, stuffed veal breast roast. Drink: 2016 - 2019 712463 14.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. March 2018. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Franciscan Estate Magnificat 2013, Napa Valley, California, United States: A robust, beautifully structured Californian Cabernet blend from a strong vintage. Classic aromas of blackberry, cassis and blackcurrant with some toasty oak. Pair with a rare steak. Food pairings: Margherita pizza, vegetarian lasagna, cannelloni with three cheeses. Drink: 2017 - 2022 363788 14% XD 750 mL $58.95 Score: 92/100. March 2018. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Portas Da Herdade Das Quintas Reserva 2014, Vinho Regional Alentejano, Portugal: A full-bodied Portuguese red wine with blackberry liqueur aromas on the nose and palate. Supple with layers of black hedonism. Pair with prime rib. Food pairings: beef ragouts, beef bourguignon, onion tarte. Drink: 2016 - 2019 404418 14% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 89/100. March 2018. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Santa Carolina Reserva De Familia Carmenère 2014, Rapel Valley, Chile: Savoury, juicy and mysterious: love it! Robust and brooding with exceptional value, like the rest of the wines in the Santa Carolina line-up. Big black fleshy fruit, loaded with toasty oak, tar and smoke. This full-bodied Chilean red wine is made from the country's signature red grape Carmenère. Features aromas of dark spice, graphite, mint, and cedar. Endless, deep and rich. Discuss world domination over a rare piece of filet mignon. Carmenère food pairings: wine-braised beef, turkey with heavy sauces, wild boar, bison chilli. Drink: 2017 - 2020 34942 14% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 92/100. March 2018. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rocca Del Dragone Aglianico 2013, Campania Igp, Italy: Mocha and dark chocolate on the nose from generous oak aging. Full-bodied and supple. Finishes with coffee espresso. Pair with grilled meats. Aglianico food pairings: grilled steaks, tourtière, roast pheasant. Drink: 2015 - 2020 538462 13.5% D 750 mL $16.95 Score: 88/100. March 2018. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Barone Ricasoli Rocca Guicciarda Riserva Chianti Classico 2014, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: This classic Chianti could use more cellar time, then be sure to decant when you open it for 1-2 hours. Full-bodied with a firm grip. Aromas of dark fruit, sun-dried tomato and dried herbs. Mouth-watering acidity for a wide range of dishes from pasta in tomato sauce to spicy sausages. This wine is a blend of mostly Sangiovese grapes, with a little Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Finishes with baking spices, dried herbs. Pair with game meats, Italian sausage or meats sauces. Chianti Classico food pairings: stuffed roasted turkey, steak topped pizza, pasta in tomato sauce, breaded veal cutlets. Drink: 2016 - 2022 943613 14.5% D 750 mL $24.95 Score: 90/100. March 2018. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sue-Ann Staff Fancy Farm Girl Flamboyant Red 2015, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A savoury and juicy Niagara red wine blend of 98% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Cabernet Franc grapes. Mocha on the nose and fleshy ripe black plums on the palate. Pair with grilled pork chops. Food pairings: grilled pork chops, pork stuffed veal roast, smoked savoury ham. Drink: 2018 - 2020 394080 11.5% D 750 mL $14.95 Score: 88/100. March 2018. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château De Tréviac 2015, Corbières, Midi A.P., France: A savoury and juicy southern French red wine. Love the smoky character of this wine. Corbieres is an under-appreciated region. A luscious, smoky, full-bodied blend of Syrah and Grenache grapes, at a terrific price. Black pepper and fleshy black plum aromas. Velvet texture. Awesome! The southern French region of Corbières is often underestimated, and yet it's capable of producing blockbuster reds like this one. Usually Carignane is part of the blend, but not in this case. Intense and satisfying. Pair with ribeye steak. Food pairings: roast leg of lamb, filet mignon, grilled meats. Drink: 2018 - 2022 670505 14.5% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 92/100. March 2018. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sister's Run Old Testament Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Coonawarra, South Australia, Australia: A cool minty hallway of aromas interwoven with fleshy blackberry notes. From the Terra Rossa soils of Coonawarra, this 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon is very approachable. Sister's Run, Old Testament is a soft-tannin, juicy and savoury Cabernet Sauvignon -- a real crowd pleaser with rich blackberry and plums on the palate, spicy on the finish. Also approachable price wise. Pair with grilled steak. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: pizza topped with steak strips, rib steak, slow-braised brisket. Drink: 2018 - 2022 478271 14.5% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 90/100. March 2018. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sartori Valdimezzo Ripasso Valpolicella Superiore 2014, Veneto D.O.C., Italy: A robust, juicy, mouth-watering Italian red wine with terrific concentration of dark fruit flavour. Perfect for pasta in a tangy tomato sauce. Ripasso Valpolicella Superiore food pairings: pizza topped with steak strips and garlic, spicy sausage, prime rib roast, hearty winter stew. Drink: 2018 - 2020 160374 13.5% D 750 mL $18.95 Score: 89/100. March 2018. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

E. Guigal 2014, Gigondas, Rhône A.C., France: This savoury, juicy French red wine blend of 70% Grenache, 25% Mourvèdre and 5% Syrah grapes is stunning! Aromas of fleshy black fruit, pepper, dark spices and some smoke. Underbrush and black raspberry weave through the long finish. Full-bodied weight yet perfectly balanced. Pair with brisket. Food pairings: roasted veal, hearty soups, roasted duck breast, hamburger. Drink: 2018 - 2022 331900 14% XD 750 mL $39.95 Score: 93/100. March 2018. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

I Castei Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico 2013, Veneto D.O.C.G., Italy: Lots of sweet mocha and cherry on the nose and palate. A bold, robust red wine that's bursting with dark, brooding fruit, and dark chocolate. This Italian red offers black cherry and smoke on the nose. Supple, with a long, satisfying finish. Try it with a hearty meat dish. Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico food pairings: gourmet hamburgers, leg of lamb, pasta with tomato sauce, dark chocolate. Drink: 2018 - 2028 739979 15.5% D 750 mL $44.95 Score: 92/100. March 2018. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domain Mega Spileo Grand Cave Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Achaia P.G.I., Greece: A rich, full-bodied, complex Greek red wine made from the Cabernet Sauvignon grape. This wine was matured for 16 months in an 85/15 split of French oak and American oak barrels. The vines were cordon trained, grown in a cool climate achieving late maturity for extra complexity and planted in sandy-clay soils. The 2010 vintage yielded 5000 bottles. The vineyard was originally used by the Holy Monastery of Mega Spileo (Grand Cave) for 500 years of respected wine production. Aromas of black plums, cassis and smoke. Decant 1-2 hours and enjoy with rare steak. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: grilled steaks, meaty stews, roast pheasant. Drink: 2018 - 2023 390368 14.5% D 750 mL $27.95 Score: 91/100. March 2018. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Sainte Marie Alios 2014, Côtes De Bordeaux, Bordeaux A.C., France: Lots of seductive smoke and blackened berry aromas on the nose and palate of this robust, smooth French red wine blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot grapes by winemaker Stéphane Dupuch. Great balance and length. Pair with rare game meats. Food pairings: roast beef, pork and vegetable brochettes, roast herbed chicken. Drink: 2018 - 2022 526848 13.5% D 750 mL $15.95 Score: 91/100. March 2018. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Columbia Valley, United States: Lovely attractive mocha-rich aromas on the nose with fleshy ripe black plums on the palate. Luxuriously layered with terrific replays of flavour and a long finish. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: barbecued steak, grilled lamb chops, hamburger, pork tenderloin. Drink: 2018 - 2022 55764 14.5% D 750 mL $26.95 Score: 93/100. March 2018. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Chakana Nuna Estate Malbec 2016, Luján De Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina: Dark and savoury with black fruit aromas and flavours in this full-bodied red wine. Intense mocha, toasty oak-smoke nose. Great balance and length. Malbec is Argentina's flagship red wine. This wine shows why with its fleshy, full-bodied black fruit goodness. Amazing price point for such quality. Try it with beef stew. Malbec food pairings: pepperoni pizza, turkey, veal cutlets, beef fajitas, beef. Drink: 2018 - 2020 18671 14% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 90/100. March 2018. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Murphy-Goode Merlot 2013, California, United States: A full-bodied, supple Californian Merlot with polished tannins. Seductive aromas of fleshy ripe black plum and spice. Pair with grilled lamb or pork. Merlot food pairings: grilled pork chops, pork stuffed veal roast, roast turkey. Drink: 2018 - 2022 59295 13.5% D 750 mL $22.95 Score: 91/100. March 2018. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Perle By Roseline 2015, Côtes De Provence, Provence A.P., France: A brooding dark red wine from the southern French region of Provence that's a robust blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah grapes. Aromas of ripe blackberries, cassis and plums with a seductive weave of smoke. Pair with hearty meat dishes. Food pairings: grilled pork sausages, Salisbury steak, roast chicken. Drink: 2018 - 2021 539874 13.5% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 90/100. March 2018. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mascota Vineyards Gran Mascota Malbec 2014, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina: A delightful, robust Argentine red wine with a supple, smooth texture and made form the country's iconic Malbec grape. Polished tannins, with balanced acidity. Aromas of fleshy black plums and spice. This wine was aged in French oak barrels for 18 months. Pair with grilled meats. Malbec food pairings: grilled meats, blueberry and sage pork sausages, roast pheasant. Drink: 2018 - 2022 443333 14.5% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 92/100. March 2018. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Lafage 2015, Côté Sud, Côtes Catalanes I.G.P., France: Gorgeous weave of aromas on the nose here: ripe blackberry on the palate of this full-bodied, supple French red wine that's a blend of Syrah and Grenache grapes. The vines are planted on south-facing terraces at the foot of the Pyrenees, Cote Sud translates to South Side. The white sister wine of this red is called Cote Est or East Side... sounds like a Broadway musical. Eastside Story ;) This southern French red wine was matured in concrete tanks. This wine will reward short-term cellaring of a few years. Pair with grilled meats. Food pairings: breaded veal cutlets, duck breast with celeriac purée, pomegranate gastrique and Brussel sprout ragout, tagliatelle alla Bolognese, herb-rubbed roast. Drink: 2018 - 2022 395236 14% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 92/100. March 2018. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mas Andes Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Central Valley, Maipo Valley, Chile: A smoky, seductive Chilean red wine made from the classic grape Cabernet Sauvignon. Aromas of fleshy black plums, spice and anise. Terrific balancing acidity. Mas Andes translates to beyond the Andes, referring to the longest running mountain range in the world, which also offers natural protection for the vines. Baron Philippe de Rothschild, the famous Bordeaux producer, imposes the same demanding regime here in Chile. Pair with rare steak. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: roast turkey with all the trimmings, prime rib burgers, pork roast. Drink: 2018 - 2023 542084 13.5% D 750 mL $18.95 Score: 91/100. March 2018. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Audarya Cannonau Di Sardinia 2016, Sardinia D.O.C., Italy: A juicy, tart Italian red wine with flavours of sour cherry and spice. Lots of acidity for tangy meat sauces. Decant 1-2 hours and pair with spicy sausages. Cannonau Di Sardinia food pairings: meat lasagne, rich pork sausage and tomato stews, vegetarian pizza. Drink: 2018 - 2022 538728 14.5% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 88/100. March 2018. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Girard Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Napa Valley, California, United States: This wine is a full-bodied Californian Cabernet from the heart of Napa Valley. Black fruit, vanilla smoke, tobacco and dark spice are on the nose with leather, smoke, cocoa and spice on the palate as well. Supple, smooth and full-bodied. Pair with roast beef. Mouth-filling, balanced and integrated with smooth tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: lamb barbecued, crown roast of lamb, stuffed saddle of rabbit. Drink: 2018 - 2022 231712 14.5% XD 750 mL $39.95 Score: 92/100. March 2018. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mollydooker The Scooter Merlot 2015, Mclaren Vale, South Australia, Australia: A huge Australian red wine made form the Merlot grape. The alcohol is high at 15%. Rich black plum liqueur and blackberry jam. Pair with brontosaurus burgers. Merlot food pairings: dark chocolate, grilled pork chops, pepper steak, duck breast roasted. Drink: 2018 - 2022 462275 15% D 750 mL $24.95 Score: 90/100. March 2018. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Edetària Via Edetana 2014, Terra Alta D.O., Spain: A full-bodied, smooth Spanish red wine blend of Garnacha, Syrah and Samsó grapes. Toasty and chalky dry. Th wine is aged by grape variety (separately) for 12 months in 300-litre French oak barrels. Pair with grilled lamb. Food pairings: roast leg of lamb, filet mignon, grilled meats. Drink: 2018 - 2020 132613 14.5% XD 750 mL $23.95 Score: 89/100. March 2018. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

The Foreign Affair Winery Pinot Noir 2012, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Winemakers Len and Marisa Crispino use the traditional Valpolicella method of appassimento which involves drying grapes before pressing to concentrate flavour and body, along with alcohol. They bought land in Niagara in 2000. The 2012 Pinot has 20% dried grapes. The wine is then matured for 16 months on the lees in French oak barrels. This doesn't taste or feel like typical Pinot Noir, usually light- to medium-bodied. However it is its own delicious animal. Pair with grilled chicken. Pinot Noir food pairings: grilled burgers, mushroom and onion risotto, roast chicken. Drink: 2018 - 2021 127332 14.1% XD 750 mL $34.95 Score: 90/100. March 2018. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Lanessan 2000, Haut-Médoc, Bordeaux A.C., France: From the absolutely spectacular 2000 vintage, this Bordeaux is at its peak. It's a rare opportunity to buy mature Bordeaux at this price point. Gorgeous aromas of tanned leather, dried fruit, spice and smoke. This is mostly Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc grapes, with smaller amounts of Merlot and Petit Verdot. Pair with filet mignon and happiness. Food pairings: braised short ribs, meaty soups or stews, grilled lamb chops. Drink: 2017 - 2020 534289 13% XD 750 mL $69.95 Score: 95/100. March 2018. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Teusner The Riebke Shiraz 2015, Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia: Full-bodied Australian red wine made from the country's classic Shiraz grape. This blockbuster offers tart black fruit and toasty oak on the nose with a good grip on the palate. Barossa is Australia's heartland for Shiraz. This one offers great complexity and a long finish. Pair with prime rib. Shiraz food pairings: lamb cutlets, hamburgers, espresso and cocoa-rubbed flank steak, black bean soup, cheese. Drink: 2018 - 2022 48470 14.6% XD 750 mL $22.95 Score: 92/100. March 2018. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mount Riley Syrah 2016, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: A juicy, robust Marlborough red wine made from the Syrah grapes. Fleshy ripe black plums and smoke. The vines grow in this family-owned winery's vineyards in a warm, sheltered gully of their 17 Valley vineyard. The grapes were hand-picked and hand-plunged during fermentation. Pair with lamb. Syrah food pairings: lamb shanks in red wine and roasted garlic, grilled lamb lollipops, stuffed lamb tenderloin. Drink: 2018 - 2022 535856 13.5% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 89/100. March 2018. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Trivento Amado Sur Malbec Bonarda Syrah 2015, Mendoza, Argentina: Bursting with aromas of black fruit, smoke and tar. This wine needs cellar time and decanting of 2 hours. Pencil led and black fruit on the finish. Malbec Bonarda Syrah food pairings: robust dishes of beef, pork or lamb. Drink: 2018 - 2022 37036 14% D 750 mL $16.95 Score: 89/100. March 2018. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Feudo Maccari Nero D'avola 2015, Noto, Sicily I.G.P., Italy: A savoury, juicy, full-bodied southern Italian red wine from the island of Sicily and made from the classic grape Nero d'Avola. Aromas of fleshy ripe black plums and berries with a lick of spice and smoke. Pair with grilled lamb chops and meats. Nero D'avola food pairings: grilled meats, game stews, tourtière. Drink: 2018 - 2020 339101 13.5% D 750 mL $16.95 Score: 90/100. March 2018. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Lazzeretti Brunello Di Montalcino 2012, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: Lazzeretti's Brunello Di Montalcino (2008) is so aromatic. Black cherry and violets on the nose and plenty more on the palate with good acidity and a long finish that keeps you interested and wanting more. Yes, it is pricey. And you are worth it. Such an exotic nose of wild violets, feral underbrush, truffle haunted forests and a mysterious smile of satisfaction. This Brunello has many years ahead of it, unless of course, you can't resist drinking it. A DOCG wine that has such lovely replays of flavour across the palate, including coffee, spice, mocha and dark berry. This robust red wine cries out for a hearty meat dish. Listen to this wine and you'll have a terrific meal! Pair with venison tenderloin. Brunello Di Montalcino food pairings: roast venison steak, rabbit tenderloin en croute. Drink: 2018 - 2028 318352 14.5% XD 750 mL $53.95 Score: 94/100. March 2018. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Buena Vista Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Napa Valley, California, United States: A rich, full-bodied, complex Californian Cabernet from the cool climate of Sonoma and a much-respected winery. Aromas of blackberry, cassis, spice and toasty oak. Pair with a rare steak. Decant 1 hour. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: roast venison steak, rabbit tenderloin en croute, grilled veal Porterhouse steak. Drink: 2018 - 2023 539106 14.5% D 750 mL $59.95 Score: 94/100. March 2018. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mitolo The Nessus Shiraz 2016, Mclaren Vale, South Australia, Australia: A mouth-watering, dark, towering Australian Shiraz with notes of blackberry, plum black and pepper. Pair with roast beef. Shiraz food pairings: kangaroo strip loin steak, beef brisket, pork roast. Drink: 2018 - 2022 457291 13.5% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 90/100. March 2018. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Freemark Abbey Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Napa Valley, California, United States: The 2013 vintage of this Californian Cabernet Sauvignon is made from Napa fruit grown in several vineyards. This is a robust blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and the remainder Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec grapes. The wine was aged for 2 years in oak barrels. A juicy full-bodied mouthful with mocha and dark chocolate and black fleshy plums. Pair with grilled meats. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: gourmet hamburger, braised short ribs, vegetable stew. Drink: 2018 - 2025 904532 14.5% XD 750 mL $55.95 Score: 93/100. March 2018. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Wynns Coonawarra Estate Shiraz 2015, Coonawarra, South Australia, Australia: Savoury black fruit with a satisfying meaty note on the mid-palate. Cassis and blackberry tickle the senses and lead into a long smoky finish. Such great finesse and elegance in a wine known for being all upfront with fruit. Sample and see that winemaker Sue Hodder has a special kind of genius when it comes to cool-climate Australian red wines. The estate was founded by John Riddoch who planted vineyards in 1896 and built the famous triple gabled winery. Pair with rare cuts of beef. Shiraz food pairings: lamb cutlets, hamburgers, espresso and cocoa-rubbed flank steak, black bean soup. Drink: 2018 - 2023 433060 13.5% XD 750 mL $22.95 Score: 90/100. March 2018. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Baracchi O'lillo 2015, Tuscany I.G.T., Italy: Blueberry and blackberry aromas and flavours on the nose and palate, with toasty oak and dark spice. Firm grip on the palate from tannins. Full-bodied. Decant 2 hours and enjoy with a rare steak. Food pairings: meat lasagne, rich stews in tomato sauce, vegetarian pizza. Drink: 2018 - 2022 479071 14.5% XD 750 mL $21.95 Score: 90/100. March 2018. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Jean-Paul Dubost Climat Le Tracot 2015, Beaujolais Villages, Burgundy A.C., France: Lovely fleshy ripe dark cherries on the nose of this southern French red wine from Burgundy's Beaujolais region. Lots of mouth-watering acidity on the palate for tangy sauces and chicken. Food pairings: roast chicken, roast quail stuffed with wild mushrooms, onion risotto. Drink: 2018 - 2020 527051 12.5% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 91/100. March 2018. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Leese-Fitch Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, California, United States: A full-bodied, lavishly oaked Californian red wine blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 4% Ruby Cabernet (hybrid of Cabernet Sauvignon and Carignan), 4% Zinfandel, 2% Rubired (a hybrid based on Tinto Cão) and 2% Petite Sirah grapes, grown on vines planted in Lodi (62%), Clarksburg (28%) and Mendocino (10%). Loaded with toasty oak and smoke along with charred black fruit flavours. Pair with a steak. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: gourmet burgers, grilled meats, meaty stews. Drink: 2018 - 2021 451351 13.5% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 87/100. March 2018. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Don Jacobo Reserva 2010, Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain: This Riojan red wine is a blend of traditional Spanish grapes with mostly Tempranillo (90%) and smaller amounts of Garnacha, Mazuelo and Graciano grapes. The wine is oak barrels from 18-24 months. Serve at 16-18 degrees Celsius with a rosemary-crusted lamb roast. Savoury dried herbs and tanned leather on the nose of this mature Spanish red wine, along with dried red fruit and smoke. Very attractive and drinking at its peak if you love mature wines like I do. Pair with a savoury, juicy lamb dish garnished with rosemary. Food pairings: roast turkey and all the trimmings, prime rib, pork roast. Drink: 2018 - 2020 313270 14% XD 750 mL $22.95 Score: 88/100. March 2018. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château De L'ou Secret De Schistes Syrah 2014, Côtes Catalanes, Roussillon I.G.P., France: A rich, full-bodied southern French red wine with layers of fleshy black plum, mocha, and a gorgeous velvet texture. Layers of complexity and pleasure. Pair with roast beef. Syrah food pairings: roast prime rib, hearty stews and soups, grilled lamb chops. Drink: 2018 - 2022 440669 15% XD 750 mL $42.95 Score: 92/100. March 2018. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

La Tremenda Monastrell 2014, Alicante D.O., Spain: The 2014 vintage of La Tremenda is a single vineyard, medium-bodied red made with 100% Monastrell wine grapes. Enrique Mendoza is the producer of this Alicante wine region red and La Tremenda comes from a single vineyard planted 16 years ago at 600 metres above sea level The wine was fermented in stainless steel and aged in 500-litre oak vats for six months. A terrific, full-bodied Spanish red wine at an amazingly great price for the quality. Aromas of dark fruit, smoke, earth. Pair with grilled lamb. Monastrell food pairings: roast beef, chicken brochettes, pork chops smothered in wine sauce. Drink: 2018 - 2023 490011 14.5% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 91/100. March 2018. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sparkling Wine

Stars Brut Nature Reserva Cava 2015, Cava D.O., Spain: Fresh, crisp and toasty Spanish sparkling wine. This cava is made from traditional grapes: Parellada, Xarel-lo and Macabeu. According to the back label, since 1987, Castillo Perelada hosts one of the most prestigious music festivals in Europe. This year's featured guests include tenor Jonas Kaufmann and Plácido Domingo performing Massenet's opera Thaïs. Enjoy on its own while listening to opera or with shellfish. Great value. Cava food pairings: steamed Dungeness crab, steamed lobster with lemon garlic sauce, seafood tapas. Drink: 2018 - 2020 515221 11.5% D 750 mL $16.95 Score: 89/100. March 2018. Best Value Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Louis Roederer Brut Rosé Champagne 2012, Champagne A.C., France: A full-bodied and complex Champagne with layers of dark cherries and strawberries from the Pinot Noir in the blend as well as violets, nutmeg and toast. A stupendously long finish. Is there anything more festive during the holidays than pink bubbly? Float a raspberry on top. These folks also make the coveted Cristal Champagne. I visited Louis Roederer in chapter three of my book red, White and Drunk All Over to discover the secrets behind top bubblies. I highly recommend a visit if you’re ever in the Champagne region. Rosé Champagne food pairings: roast pheasant, lamb, Sichuan beef, halibut, nachos. Drink: 2018 - 2020 368415 12% XD 750 mL $102.95 Score: 97/100. March 2018. Top Rated Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

Argyros Assyrtiko 2016, Santorini P.D.O., Greece: Smoky, full-bodied and rich: this Greek white wine made from the classic Assyrtiko grape is outstanding! Mouth-watering acidity perfect for seafood. Medium-bodied. The wine was fermented in 100% stainless steel. The grapes grow on 80-100 year-old ungrafted vines in Episkopi and Pyrgos. There are 4,000 hectares on vines planted in volcanic and sandy soil. Assyrtiko food pairings: grilled fish, shellfish hot pot, grilled calamari. Drink: 2017 - 2020 346055 13.5% XD 750 mL $27.95 Score: 91/100. March 2018. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Feudo Montoni Inzolia Dei Fornelli 2016, Sicily D.O.C., Italy: Lovely and lightly floral with some subtle notes of white melon. Medium-bodied with balanced acidity for seafood. Inzolia Dei Fornelli food pairings: grilled fish, grilled seafood, seafood salads. Drink: 2018 - 2021 539932 13% D 750 mL $22.95 Score: 88/100. March 2018. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mezzacorona Cliffhanger Pinot Grigio 2016, Trentino D,O.C., Italy: A soft, light-bodied Italian white wine made from Pinot Grigio grapes. Aromas of ripe peach and melon. Pair with seafood. The vines are planted steeply sloped hillsides outside of Trentino. Pinot Grigio food pairings: pan-fried panfish, seafood Alfredo, green salads. Drink: 2017 - 2019 528687 13% D 750 mL $15.95 Score: 88/100. March 2018. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Framingham Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: A classic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc style with a mineral edge from barrel-fermenting the wine. The wine is clean grapefruit, lime, well-structured and balanced with zippy acidity. Chill it and pair with oysters Rockefeller. Grassy great vibrancy in this New Zealand white wine! This expressive Sauvignon Blanc has a pop of citrus flavour on the palate and finish. Lots of acidity. Pair with seafood. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: seafood stew, raw oysters on the shell, chilled steamed crab. Drink: 2018 - 2019 606848 13% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. March 2018. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Kessler Pinot Gris 2012, Alsace A.C., France: An off-dry Pinot Gris that's mouth-filling and viscous with luscious aromas of ripe peach and pear. Lovely spice-inflected finish. Pair with mild and medium curries. Pinot Gris food pairings: curries, pad Thai, Asian Fusion, sushi, tempura vegetables. Drink: 2018 - 2022 249623 14% M 750 mL $29.95 Score: 88/100. March 2018. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Alta Alella Pansa Blanca 2016, Alella, Catalunya D.O., Spain: This Spanish white wine AA Privat is floral with lots of acidity. This organic Spanish white wine offers a lot of refreshment for the price point. Lemon and lime zest: clean, unoaked. Mouth-watering. Pansa Blanca food pairings: crab cakes, salmon potato cakes, grilled seafood. Drink: 2017 - 2020 417949 12% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 88/100. March 2018. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Napa Cellars Chardonnay 2014, Napa Valley, California, United States: Full-bodied and generous Californian Chardonnay, with toasted almond, peach and pear notes. Finishes with peach and vanilla smoke. Produced by Folie à Deux, this robust Napa Chardonnay offers layers of tropical tree fruit aromas and freshly baked bread. Perfect for roast chicken or lobster in melted butter. Chardonnay food pairings: lobster with melted butter, barbecued pork, turkey burgers, beef bourguignon, linguini with clams and fennel. Drink: 2015 - 2020 225342 14.1% XD 750 mL $28.95 Score: 90/100. March 2018. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Middle-Earth Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Nelson, South Island, New Zealand: Yes this is a wine named for JRR Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, which was filmed in beautiful New Zealand (and has since generated an estimated $100 million extra revenue in tourism as a result). Middle-Earth Vineyards was established originally more than half a century ago as a dairy farm. In 1996, the owners converted to grape farming and launched their first wine in 2012. Pair this lime-zesty SB with fresh seafood. One wine to rule them all, one wine to watch JRR Tolkien's trilogy! Grassy but not too herbal, just enough to get you to Mordor. Pour Gandolph a second glass and listen to his wisdom. It will require that you leave the Shire. Produced by Winelord Ltd. (not Sauron), you don't have to travel to the ends of the earth to find a good value New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc . Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: chicken and sage skewers, fresh tomato and basil salad, Thai green curry fish, fresh oysters on the half shell with lemon and horseradish. Drink: 2017 - 2019 391987 13% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 92/100. March 2018. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Darting Düerkheimer Hochbenn Riesling Kabinett 2015, Pfalz Prädikatswein, Germany: A gorgeous medium-sweet German Riesling with aromas of fleshy ripe pear and peach. Pair with glazed ham and a sweet chutney, Asian dishes and medium curries. Riesling Kabinett food pairings: Asian dishes, sushi, tropical fruit salad. Drink: 2018 - 2024 523944 11% MS 750 mL $21.95 Score: 92/100. March 2018. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Fielding Gewürztraminer 2016, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Beautifully balanced and subtle yet highly aromatic with white florals, grapefruit, lychee and rosewater on the nose, slight sweetness of fleshy peach on the palate then finishes with a lime blossom. Medium-bodied. Perfect for Asian dishes. Gewürztraminer food pairings: lighter-flavoured sea-food dishes, Asian dishes, pork tenderloin, curried rice. Drink: 2018 - 2020 146753 12% M 750 mL $19.95 Score: 91/100. March 2018. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cantina Del Castello Soave Classico 2015, Veneto D.O.C., Italy: A soft, light-bodied Italian white wine with moderate acidity (I expected a lot more). Aromas of white melon and dried herbs. Good minerality. The vines are planted in volcanic soils. Pair with seafood. Soave Classico food pairings: seafood and pasta dishes, green salads topped with grilled chicken, pan-fried panfish. Drink: 2017 - 2021 532259 13% D 750 mL $16.95 Score: 89/100. March 2018. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Avondale Jonty's Ducks Pekin 2015, Paarl W.O., South Africa: From South Africa, Avondale's Jonty's Ducks (2015) is a white blend of mostly Chenin Blanc with smaller amounts of Roussanne, Viognier, Semillon and Muscat de Frontignan grapes. Jonty's Ducks guard the winery's old vines, patrolling over the vineyards keeping snails under control. The winery is certified organic and biodynamic. A come-alive white wine in the glass with zesty notes of lime and grapefruit. Ultra-refreshing with racy acidity on the palate for field greens and spinach quiche. Food pairings: spinach and pepper jack stuffed chicken, pork tenderloin, toasted ravioli served with Alfredo sauce. Drink: 2018 - 2022 439554 13.5% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 90/100. March 2018. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Pewsey Vale Estate Riesling 2016, Eden Valley, South Australia, Australia: The 2016 vintage of this delightful Australian Riesling offers mouth-watering aromas and flavours of lime zest, lemongrass and chives. Racy acidity if perfect for seafood and shellfish. Riesling food pairings: grilled chicken breast, light vegetarian curries, pork cutlets, Asian fusion. Drink: 2018 - 2022 686600 12.5% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 92/100. March 2018. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rabl Kittmansberg Grüner Veltliner 2016, Kamptal D.A.C., Austria: Crisp and lime fresh with some white pepper notes in this mouth-watering Austrian white wine made from the country's classic Gruner Veltliner grape. Pair with fresh seafood and shellfish. Grüner Veltliner food pairings: veal cutlets with caper sauce, veal breast wild mushrooms in white sauce, slow-braised veal chops with white wine sauce. Drink: 2018 - 2022 346007 12.5% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 89/100. March 2018. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Lafage Novellum Chardonnay 2016, Roussillon I.G.P., France: Clean and crisp with green apple and lime mingling o the palate and mind. The 2016 vintage of the VDP Cotes Catalanes Novellum is a solid Chardonnay from southern France. Chardonnay food pairings: veal cutlets with white wine sauce, seafood linguine, spring salads with a seafood topper. Drink: 2018 - 2021 390781 13% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 88/100. March 2018. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Liberty School Chardonnay 2015, Central Coast, California, United States: Lusciously big pineapple and tropical fruit notes on the nose of this Californian white wine, with a round, viscous mouth-filling texture and a toasty vanilla-caramel finish. Great price for big Californian Chardonnay. Pair with roast chicken or pasta in a cream sauce. Chardonnay food pairings: roast partridge with peach and honey glaze, warm potato salad with spring onion lemon mustard dressing, baked artichokes with garlic olives and parmesan cheese. Drink: 2018 - 2020 960120 13.5% XD 750 mL $21.95 Score: 89/100. March 2018. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Featherstone Winery Canadian Oak Chardonnay 2015, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Campfire smoky on the nose from aging in Canadian oak barrels, which is a rarity given most wines are aged in either French or American oak. Medium-bodied with good acidity for grilled chicken. Chardonnay food pairings: Asian dishes, crab cakes, pan-fried cod. Drink: 2017 - 2019 149302 13% D 750 mL $21.95 Score: 87/100. March 2018. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

J. Moreau & Fils Chablis 2015, Burgundy A.C., France: Granny Smith green apple aromas on the nose and acidity on the palate. This unoaked northern Burgundian Chardonnay has golden green tints in the glass. Pair with fresh seafood. Chablis food pairings: lemon butter lobster, sautéed sea scallops, oyster poorboy. Drink: 2017 - 2020 466144 12.5% XD 750 mL $22.95 Score: 88/100. March 2018. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


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