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Vintages Release May 26, 2018

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Dessert Wine

Strewn Vidal Icewine 2013, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A lovely, rich and luxurious Niagara Icewine made from the Vidal grape. Notes of apricot and peach jam. Vidal Icewine food pairings: almond tarte, fresh fruit flan, apricot and peach crumble, blue cheese. Drink: 2015 - 2022 467746 11.3% S 200 mL $24.95 Score: 90/100. May 2018. Top Rated Dessert Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

M. Chapoutier Muscat De Beaumes De Venise 2016, Rhône A.C., France: Stunning honeysuckle, apricot blossoms in a glass! A sumptuous dessert wine that's not cloying or sickly sweet with its terrific balancing acidity. Peach flan anyone? Muscat De Beaumes De Venise food pairings: melktert, honey spice cake, fresh fruit flan. Drink: 2018 - 2022 542738 16% S 375 mL $22.95 Score: 92/100. May 2018. Top Rated Dessert Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Red Wine

Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Sonoma County, California, United States: This Californian red wine is made from Cabernet Sauvignon grapes grown in Sonoma, mostly Knights Valley. It's actually a blend of mostly Cabernet Sauvignon, and a splash of Petit Verdot, Merlot and Cabernet Franc grapes. The wine was matured in French oak barrels mostly, with a few American oak barrels. Such an elegant, yet expressive Californian Cabernet on the nose. Aromas of blackcurrant cassis mingle with dried herbs and cigar box. The palate opens to layers of dark fruit anise and smoke. Terrific balance, depth and length with a dry finish. Pair with filet mignon or lamb with rosemary. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: lamb, pork tenderloin, pepper steak, hamburgers, cheese. Drink: 2018 - 2022 678615 14.5% XD 750 mL $39.95 Score: 90/100. May 2018. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Kloof Street 2016, Swartland W.O., South Africa: A full-bodied South African red wine blend of Syrah, Cinsault and Carignan grapes, which were hand-picked and sustainably farmed vineyards planted in Swartland. Smooth texture with aromas of dark fleshy ripe fruit and smoke. Pair with grilled meats. Food pairings: roast pork tenderloin, roast pheasant, grilled short ribs. Drink: 2018 - 2025 460964 13.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 88/100. May 2018. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Dandelion Vineyards Lionheart Of The Barossa Shiraz 2016, Barossa, South Australia, Australia: Lots of oaky, smoky, toasty aromas. This full-bodied red wine has lip-smacking delicious aromas and flavours of black and purple fruit. Smooth and supple. Love the fact that this big shiraz is not filtered, giving us the full-on flavour experience. The grapes for this robust red wine come from vines 100 years old. The wine is open-fermented with wild yeast, then aged 18 months in French oak barrels, and is not fined nor filtered. This robust Australian Shiraz sources grapes from heirloom vineyards. Try this with lamb and rosemary. Shiraz food pairings: grilled meats and vegetables, pizza, barbecued beef, bison steak, grilled or spice-rubbed chicken. Drink: 2018 - 2022 358127 14.5% XD 375 mL $13.95 Score: 92/100. May 2018. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Isole e Olena Chianti Classico 2014, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: Fleshy cherry-berry aromas and flavours with the warmth of relatively high alcohol. Smooth, supple, full-bodied and delicious. Chianti Classico food pairings: ravioli, beef stew, pizza, pork chops. Drink: 2018 - 2026 704346 14.5% D 750 mL $31.95 Score: 90/100. May 2018. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Lungarotti Monticchio Rubesco Torgiano Rosso Riserva 2010, Umbria D.O.C.G., Italy: Grippy firm tannins on the palate with this robust Italian red wine made from the Sangiovese grape. The wine was aged 12 months in oak barrels. Needs cellar time. Aromas of black fruit and toasty oak. Pair with grilled meats. Food pairings: meatlover's pizza, spaghetti and meatballs, aged cheeses. Drink: 2020 - 2026 51771 14% D 750 mL $46.95 Score: 89/100. May 2018. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Juvénal La Terre Du Petit Homme 2015, Ventoux, Rhône A.C., France: Rich, juicy, full-bodied, the 2015 vintage of the Cotes du Ventoux la Terre du Petit Homme is stunning. Black cherry liqueur aromas an flavours on this dry wine made from a 50/50 split of Grenache and Syrah grapes. Pair with grilled meats. Food pairings: roast duck, grilled chicken, barbeque pork long pork ribs. Drink: 2018 - 2023 490672 15% XD 750 mL $27.95 Score: 93/100. May 2018. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Vasse Felix Filius Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia: A full-bodied, supple Australian red wine blend of 86% cabernet sauvignon and 14% Malbec grapes. This wine was aged 13 months in French oak barrels, of which 20% was new. Aromas of fleshy black plums. Pair with hearty meat dishes. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: roast beef, lamb, hamburgers, cheese. Drink: 2018 - 2022 559872 14% XD 750 mL $26.95 Score: 91/100. May 2018. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Duckhorn Canvasback Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Red Mountain, Yakima Valley, United States: Mocha and fleshy black plums on the nose of this robust, supple Washington State Cabernet Sauvignon from the Red Mountain region. The 2014 vintage was a warm one and it shows in the ripeness of the fruit. The vines enjoy an ideal southwest exposure to the sun and there are significant day-night time changes in temperature given the elevation of the vine plantings. The Canvasback duck is native to the Pacific flyway. Pair with roast duck ;) Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: roast gamebird, lamb kebabs, grilled game sausage. Drink: 2018 - 2022 467795 14.5% XD 750 mL $54.95 Score: 92/100. May 2018. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Henry of Pelham Winery Pinot Noir 2015, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario, V.Q.A., Canada: Fleshy ripe black cherry aromas on the nose follow through with those flavours on the palate. Racy acidity for roasted chicken and turkey. Very complex with a long finish. Plush and sexy with a satin-smooth texture. Gorgeous aromas of smokey cherries. Medium-bodied and mouth-watering. Pinot Noir food pairings: pork liver pates, tuna, grilled salmon, roasted chicken, duck and other game birds. Drink: 2016 - 2023 268391 13.5% D 750 mL $24.95 Score: 92/100. May 2018. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Paul Hobbs Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Napa Valley, California, United States: Mocha rich on the nose with aromas of fleshy blackberries and plums and chocolate. Round and layered with lots of length on the finish. This full-bodied red wine is mostly Cabernet Sauvignon but also includes a splash of Cabernet Franc grapes in the blend. Decant 1-2 hours. This would be a terrific dinner party wine or gift wine. Give it to yourself! Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: pork tenderloin, lamb with rosemary, grilled hanger steak. Drink: 2018 - 2025 119065 14.7% D 750 mL $144.95 Score: 92/100. May 2018. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sokol Blosser Pinot Noir 2014, Dundee Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon, United States: Love this style of Oregonian Pinot Noir! Fleshy ripe raspberries yet not jammy. Dark spices and intrigue and a wonderfully seductive velvet texture. Full-bodied but not heavy. The vines for this wine are planted in the iron-rich red soils of the Dundee Hills in the Willamette Valley, which helps with photosynthesis. Pair this wine with seared tuna. Pinot Noir food pairings: roasted pork loin, veal medallions, lamb in a red wine sauce, beef bourguignon, coq au vin. Drink: 2018 - 2021 748434 13.5% XD 750 mL $35.95 Score: 90/100. May 2018. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sister's Run Bethlehem Block Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Gomersal, Barossa, South Australia, Australia: Winemaker Elena Brooks delivers again! Juicy, meaty, savoury and mouth-watering. An awesome full-bodied Australian red wine with fleshy dark red and black fruit aromas. Not too heavy, just right. Meaty dishes please. Great price. Finishes with great complexity and concentration of flavour. Pair with spring lamb. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: hearty meat dishes, hard cheese, braised pork shanks with white beans, sizzling New York strip steaks, veal Asian chicken salad. Drink: 2018 - 2022 360636 14.5% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 91/100. May 2018. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sister's Run Epiphany Shiraz 2015, Mclaren Vale, South Australia, Australia: Concentrated pleasure with dark depths of fleshy black plums and blackberry fruit. Chary black fruit and loads of toasty oak. What a package, especially for this price. Winemaker Elena Brooks apparently wears steel cap work boots every day but carries a pair of high heels in case of "emergencies" (you go girl!). Pair with t-rex burgers. Shiraz food pairings: rare roast beef, grilled pork chops, blue cheeses. Drink: 2018 - 2022 269464 14% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 91/100. May 2018. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Fabre Montmayou Gran Reserva Malbec 2014, Mendoza, Argentina: Seductive blackberries and fleshy black plums on the nose, full-bodied with gorgeous velvet texture on the palate of this elegant Argentine red wine brought to us by Vistalba. Lovely bite on the palate. Spice and cedar smoke on a long and persistent finish. A beautiful expression of Mendoza Malbec. Pair with lamb chops. Malbec food pairings: baseball steak with sautéed mushrooms on wilted greens, selection of prosciutto and bresaola meats, bacon onion and potato omelet. Drink: 2018 - 2022 279802 14.5% XD 750 mL $25.95 Score: 90/100. May 2018. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Seven Falls Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Wahluke Slope, Columbia Valley, Washington, United States: The Cabernet Sauvignon grapes for this Washington State red came from Wahluke Slope. The Seven Falls name is in honour of the falls that flowed into the Columbia River. This is a superb Washington State Cabernet Sauvignon, with attractive aromas of fleshy black plum and mocha. Chalky dry and full-bodied. Some blackberry on the finish. Great balance, with a deep red-garnet colour. Finishes with vanilla smoke. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: Porterhouse steak, gourmet burgers, roast pork. Drink: 2018 - 2022 360222 14.5% XD 750 mL $21.95 Score: 90/100. May 2018. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Pio Cesare Barbera D'alba 2016, Piedmont D.O.C., Italy: The vines for Pio Cesare's Barbera wine grow beside their Barolo vines. Even though Barolo is often considered a more complex, serious wine, Pio Cesare makes their Barbera with serious intent and dedication. Barbera D'alba food pairings: Italian cheese, veal in a truffle and mushroom sauce, antipasto, chicken, pasta with cream-based sauce. Drink: 2018 - 2022 938886 14% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 89/100. May 2018. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Luis Cañas Crianza 2014, Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain: A gorgeous, rich and full-bodied Spanish red wine made from Tempranillo grapes. Seductive aromas of leather, dust and smoke. Perfect for lamb with rosemary. This wine will also age well in your cellar or make a great gift wine. Food pairings: hearty meat dishes, hard cheese, gourmet burgers. Drink: 2018 - 2022 336719 14% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 92/100. May 2018. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Errazuriz Aconcagua Alto Carmenère 2015, Aconcagua Alto, Chile: A gorgeous, full-bodied, supple, smooth Chilean Carmenère from a master producer. Aromas of dark berries, spice and smoke. Pair with prime rib. Carmenère food pairings: lamb cutlets, hamburgers, black bean soup, cheese. Drink: 2018 - 2020 546424 14.2% XD 750 mL $21.95 Score: 93/100. May 2018. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Shaw & Smith Shiraz 2015, Adelaide Hills, South Australia, Australia: A full-bodied, juicy Australian red wine with notes of dark berries and spices. Pair with roast beef. Shiraz food pairings: gourmet hamburger, braised short ribs, vegetable stew. Drink: 2018 - 2022 686659 14.5% D 750 mL $39.95 Score: 90/100. May 2018. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Saint-Préfert Châteauneuf-Du-Pape 2015, Rhône A.C., France: The 2015 vintage of this robust, juicy Chateauneuf du Pape is made from vines under 30 years old. This wine is a blend of 85% Grenache, 5% Cinsault, 5% Mourvèdre and 5% Syrah grapes. Aromas of black fruit, smoke and spice. Pair with grilled meats. Châteauneuf-Du-Pape food pairings: veal medallions, roasted pork loin, coq au vin. Drink: 2018 - 2025 539973 15% XD 750 mL $67.95 Score: 93/100. May 2018. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tar & Roses Shiraz 2016, Heathcote, Victoria, Australia: Draws you right into the glass! Mint and blackberries mingle seductively on the nose. Full-bodied, juicy and delicious. Smooth. Yum! Shiraz food pairings: grilled lamb with rosemary and garlic, braised lamb shanks, crown pork roast with corn niblets. Drink: 2018 - 2022 282731 14.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 91/100. May 2018. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Argyle Artisan Series Reserve Pinot Noir 2014, Willamette Valley, Oregon, United States: Dark cherry and cedar smoke on the nose of this fairly robust Oregonian Pinot Noir. Lots of mouth-watering acidity. Pair with seared salmon. Pinot Noir food pairings: veal medallions, roasted pork loin, prime rib, coq au vin, grilled tuna with a pepper crust. Drink: 2018 - 2022 70623 13.5% XD 750 mL $59.95 Score: 87/100. May 2018. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tedeschi Capitel Nicalo 2015, Rosso Delle Venezie, Veneto I.G.T., Italy: A full-bodied juicy Italian red wine with lots of heft and mouth-filling flavour. Dark cherry and black plum, almost prune on the nose of this D.O.C. wine. Good value. This is one of the best producers of ripasso. Featuring aromas of coffee and black cherry. Great dry finish for a wide range of dishes, especially hearty meat ones. Food pairings: hamburger, hearty soups, pasta, Mediterranean cuisine. Drink: 2017 - 2023 984997 13% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 90/100. May 2018. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Marogne Ripasso Valpolicella 2014, Veneto D.O.C.G., Italy: Full-bodied with smoky black fruit and firm tannins. Decant 1-2 hours and pair with rare meats. Ripasso Valpolicella food pairings: veal parmesan, vegetarian pizza, meat lasagne. Drink: 2017 - 2022 220830 14% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 88/100. May 2018. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Drouhin Oregon Cloudline Pinot Noir 2015, Willamette Valley, Oregon, United States: Black cherry on the nose of this Oregonian red wine made from the state's best known red wine grape, pinot noir. Good acidity for food such as planked salmon. Pinot Noir food pairings: roast turkey or chicken, rabbit fricassee, grilled beef flat iron steak. Drink: 2017 - 2020 159970 13.5% XD 750 mL $26.95 Score: 91/100. May 2018. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Crognolo 2015, Tuscany I.G.T., Italy: A tart, tannic full-bodied Italian red wine with wild black fruit aromas and lots of toasty oak. A big wine with lots of acidity on the palate. Pair with pasta in meat or tomato-based sauces. Decant 1-2 hours. Food pairings: tomato sauce and pasta, vegetarian lasagna with rich tomato sauce, three cheese pizza. Drink: 2017 - 2022 727636 14% XD 750 mL $33.95 Score: 88/100. May 2018. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Roche De Bellène Cuvée Réserve Pinot Noir 2015, Burgundy A.C., France: This Nicolas Potel wine is medium-bodied, and smooth: Classic Old World pinot noir that offers aromas and flavours of tart cherries, earth and some herbal notes. Good acidity for food. Awesome price for Burgundy, especially for the quality designation of AC. Finishes with lovely spice and coffee notes. Pair with smoke salmon. There are 4,620 hectares planted for this Pinot Noir and the vines are 35 to 70 years old. They're planted at a density of 10,000 per hectare with a southwest exposure in clay and limestone soils at 234 metres above sea level. The grapes were picked by hand with fermentation via native yeast and 100% malolactic fermentation, no fining. Pair with game dishes. Pinot Noir food pairings: veal scaloppini with a mushroom sauce, beef bourguignon, pork tenderloin, mushroom and truffle dishes, coq au vin. Drink: 2017 - 2022 299859 13% D 750 mL $22.95 Score: 89/100. May 2018. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

L.A. Cetto Petite Sirah 2015, Guadalupe Valley, Baja California, Mexico: Stewed prunes on the nose, full-bodied with some fleshy black plum on the palate. Good price. Pair with hamburgers. Petite Sirah food pairings: lamb cutlets, hamburgers, espresso and cocoa-rubbed flank steak, black bean soup, cheese. Drink: 2017 - 2019 983742 14% XD 750 mL $12.95 Score: 86/100. May 2018. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Two Hands Sexy Beast Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, Mclaren Vale, South Australia, Australia: A succulent and robust Australian Cabernet Sauvignon aromas of black plum, smoke, cassis, dark spice and some tar. Sexy Beast is indeed sexy, with fleshy ripe back fruit, a lingering whiff of smoke and a voluptuous texture that wraps itself around your senses. Powerful, but balanced. Pair with hearty meat dishes. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: pepper steaks, smoky ribs, chicken cacciatore, meat pizza. Drink: 2017 - 2020 219469 13.8% XD 750 mL $27.95 Score: 91/100. May 2018. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Benmarco Expresivo 2015, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina: A full-bodied, vibrant Argentine red wine made a robust blend of mostly Cabernet Sauvignon and some Malbec grapes. Fine polished tannins and deep minerality. A terrific representation of Uco Valley terroir. The viticulturist is Edy del Popolo, also winemaker. Food pairings: roast leg of lamb, barbecued ribs in sauce, hamburger, hard cheese. Drink: 2017 - 2023 263517 14.5% XD 750 mL $39.95 Score: 91/100. May 2018. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Montes Limited Selection Pinot Noir 2015, Casablanca Valley, Chile: Juicy, fleshy, ripe cherry berry aromas and flavours on this delicious medium-bodied Chilean Pinot Noir. Amazingly great price. Pinot Noir food pairings: veal medallions, roasted pork loin, prime rib, coq au vin, grilled tuna with a pepper crust. Drink: 2017 - 2020 37937 14% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 90/100. May 2018. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Viña Tarapacá Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Maipo Valley, Chile: Savoury, cedar-rich Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon. An extraordinary value. Luscious and full-bodied with layers of pleasure. Fleshy ripe black plums and dark spice. Yes please! Pair with ribs and steak. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: pizza, pasta, rare steaks, pork tenderloin, hard cheese. Drink: 2016 - 2020 18721 14% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 92/100. May 2018. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Emmolo Vineyards Merlot 2015, Napa Valley, California, United States: A full-bodied Californian red wine with an attractive smoky nose. Sweet blackberry and mocha on the palate with lots of toasty oak. Dark chocolate on the finish. Pair with grilled meats. Merlot food pairings: slow-cooked roast beef with root vegetables, braised pork ribs, roast chicken. Drink: 2018 - 2022 96024 14.9% D 750 mL $69.95 Score: 89/100. May 2018. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Susana Balbo Signature Malbec 2015, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina: Blueberry-blackberry pie aromas on the nose of this amazing Argentine red wine, with enticing dark spices and smoke nuances. Pair with roast beef or prime rib. Great price. Highly recommended. Malbec food pairings: meatlover's pizza, lamb, spicy sausage, beef, meatloaf. Drink: 2018 - 2025 79798 14.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 92/100. May 2018. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Bootleg Red 2013, Napa County, California, United States: From the Jackson Family of Wines, Bootleg Winery's (2013) red is made up of 36% Merlot, 28% Petite Sirah, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Syrah, and 4% Zinfandel. Lots of body on this one. Loaded with black fruit, smoke and spice, this Californian red wine blend has a long life ahead of it. Pair with a rare steak. Decant 1 hour prior to serving. Drink or cellar for a few years. Food pairings: gourmet burgers, venison stew, barbequed short ribs. Drink: 2018 - 2024 462820 15% XD 750 mL $49.95 Score: 90/100. May 2018. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rosés

Mas Des Bressades Cuvée Tradition Rosé 2017, Costières De Nîmes, Rhône A.P., France: Lovely, red floral, wild strawberry, bone-dry, mouth-watering. Packed with flavour yet not heavy. Perfect for grilled Portobello mushroom and eggplant dishes. Rosé food pairings: onion tarte, baked ham with citrus glaze, salmon and potato cakes. Drink: 2018 - 2020 950576 13.5% D 750 mL $16.95 Score: 89/100. May 2018. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Susana Balbo Signature Rosé 2017, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina: From the Uco Valley in Mendoza, the 2017 vintage of the lovely Susana Balbo Signature is a medium-bodied, clean and fresh rose made from 60% Malbec and 40% Pinot Noir wine grapes. A crisp and refreshing Argentine rosé with notes of field berries and dried herbs. Pair with grilled chicken. Rosé food pairings: fried chicken, salads with feta cheese, charcuterie and cheese dish. Drink: 2018 - 2020 493130 13% D 750 mL $20.95 Score: 90/100. May 2018. Top Rated Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Fielding Rosé 2017, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Light and pretty with rose petal notes on the nose and palate. Pink grapefruit and vibrant tart cherry notes. Come alive palate, wake up you over there sleeping on the dock. Pair with grilled seafood. Rosé food pairings: veal chops in creamy white wine sauce, veal schnitzel, Osso Buco, veal liver and olives in rose sauce. Drink: 2018 - 2020 53421 12.3% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 88/100. May 2018. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château De Berne Terres De Berne Rosé 2017, Côtes De Provence, Provence A.P., France: A juicy, savoury rose from southern France and the heart of rose country: Provence. Bone dry and light-bodied, this is a lovely blend of Syrah, Cinsault and Grenache Noir grapes. Aromas of clementine, dried herbs and strawberry. Pair with grilled chicken or veggies. Rosé food pairings: charcuterie and cheese plate, roast maple smoked ham, green salads. Drink: 2018 - 2020 278861 12.5% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 90/100. May 2018. Top Rated Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Belle Glos Oeil De Perdrix Pinot Noir Blanc Rosé 2017, Sonoma County, California, United States: Light and pretty with summer fleeting aromas of field strawberries. Bone-dry and refreshing. Pair with pate or cold chicken sandwiches. Pinot Noir Blanc Rosé food pairings: linguine vongole, turkey sandwiches, planked salmon. Drink: 2018 - 2020 343020 13.1% D 750 mL $29.95 Score: 88/100. May 2018. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Saint Roch Le Rosé 2017, Côtes Du Roussillon, Midi A.P., France: Light-bodied with pretty floral and strawberry aromas and flavours. This dry rose from the southern French region of Cotes du Roussillon offers lots of pleasure. Racy acidity for fresh seafood. Food pairings: charcuterie, veal scaloppini, grilled radicchio and Romain hearts with fig and berry balsamic dressing. Drink: 2018 - 2020 557900 12.5% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 88/100. May 2018. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mulderbosch Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé 2017, Coastal Region W.O., South Africa: Lovely cherry-berry rounded and juicy mouth-watering acidity. No Cabernet tannins: the grape base just lends lovely red fruit flavour. Great value and quality for this price point. Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé food pairings: lox and capers, grilled salmon steak, veggies, pasta primavera. Drink: 2018 - 2020 999821 13.5% D 750 mL $12.95 Score: 90/100. May 2018. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Westcott Delphine Rosé 2017, Vinemount Ridge, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Love this summer fresh Niagara rosé with aromas of sun-dappled rhubarb and cranberry. Medium-bodied, dry and smooth. Perfect for planked salmon. Rosé food pairings: baked ham, salad with grilled chicken, cold turkey sandwiches. Drink: 2018 - 2020 498527 12.7% D 750 mL $16.95 Score: 90/100. May 2018. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sparkling Wine

Krone Borealis Vintage Cuvée Brut Sparkling 2016, Tulbagh W.O., South Africa: A toasty South African sparkling wine at an exceptional price. The Twee Jonge Gezellen is a robust blend of 90% Chardonnay, 9% Pinot Noir and 1% Pinot Blanc grapes. Aromas of freshly baked bread, golden apple and toasted almond. The vines are planted in chalky limestone soils. Legend says that the god of wine Bacchus fell in love with Ariadne, the daughter of the King of Crete. To prove his love, he threw her a golden crown and a circlet of gems into the sky that became a shrine to her in the form of the constellation of stars called the Corona Borealis, which means crown as does the name of this wine Krone. This uses the Methode Cap Classique. Pair with roast chicken. Sparkling food pairings: smoked salmon and tuna, sushi, sashimi, roast chicken. Drink: 2018 - 2020 556654 11.5% D 750 mL $18.95 Score: 90/100. May 2018. Top Rated Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

¡Hola! Brut Cava, Penedès, Cava D.O., Spain: Crisp, dry and refreshing Spanish sparkling wine made from traditional Prosecco grapes including 30% Macabeo, 40% Xarello, 30% Parellada. Green apple and toasted almond notes. Great value. Pair with seafood. Cava food pairings: seafood tapas, charcuterie, creamy cheeses. Drink: 2018 - 2020 545848 11.5% D 750 mL $16.95 Score: 92/100. May 2018. Best Value Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Charles Mignon Premium Réserve Brut Champagne, Champagne A.C., France: Love this toasty, robust Champagne! It's a non-vintage sparkling wine made to showcase the house style year after year. This bubbly is a blend of 75% Pinot Noir and 25% Chardonnay grapes. Aromas of golden apple and freshly baked bread. This has no dosage. Pair with seafood. Champagne food pairings: fried chicken, charcuterie and soft cheeses, green salads topped with ripe red berries. Drink: 2018 - 2022 421032 12% D 750 mL $49.95 Score: 91/100. May 2018. Top Rated Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Taittinger Prestige Non-Vintage Brut Rosé, A.C. Champagne, France: A lovely pink bubbly with aromas of ripe raspberries and strawberries. A toasty finish makes this wine refreshing and satisfying. This rose Champagne is a blend of 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay. Perfect for a Valentine's Day toast and dinner. Non-Vintage Brut Rosé food pairings: salmon, paté, chicken, pork, shellfish. Drink: 2018 - 2020 993113 12% D 750 mL $79.95 Score: 92/100. May 2018. Top Rated Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Chateau Ste. Michelle Brut Sparkling, Washington State, United States: Crisp and clean. Uses the method classique. Produced by Domaine ste michelle in Washington State. Wow, especially for this price. Sparkling food pairings: cold chicken and watercress sandwiches, smoked salmon on baguette, seafood hors d'œuvres, shrimp cocktail, egg dishes. Drink: 2018 - 2020 557637 11.5% XD 750 mL $21.95 Score: 90/100. May 2018. Top Rated Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Loosen Bros. Dr. L. Sparkling Riesling, Deutscher Sekt, Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, Germany: Off dry but tastes less sweet because of the bubbles. Fans of Dr. L Riesling will lap up this bubbly, literally! It's fresh and crisp with lovely white peach and toasty pear notes. And my goodness, the price: you can't beat it. Is it a typo? Stock up for your weddings and big parties now. Try with fresh steam lobster and a marriage proposal. Sparkling Riesling food pairings: beef, lobster, game birds, pork, cheese, Thai dishes. Drink: 2016 - 2019 296095 12% M 750 mL $14.95 Score: 89/100. May 2018. Best Value Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Louis Bouillot Perle D'or Brut Crémant De Bourgogne 2009, Burgundy A.C., France: Excellent value French sparkling wine from Burgundy. Toasty and crisp with aromas of golden apple and toast. Pair with seafood. Crémant De Bourgogne food pairings: raw oysters on the half shell with strawberry champagne mignonette, crab cakes with lemon aioli, steamed Matane shrimp with fresh lemon juice. Drink: 2009 - 2020 51565 13% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 89/100. May 2018. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

Loma Larga Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Casablanca Valley, Chile: Nettle, fresh-cut grass and gooseberry on the nose of this refreshing Chilean Sauvignon Blanc. Mouth-watering acidity for many dishes. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: apple stuffed chicken breast, pasta primavera, herbed couscous salad, Thai green curry fish. Drink: 2018 - 2020 283630 13% D 750 mL $15.95 Score: 87/100. May 2018. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Vasse Felix Filius Chardonnay 2017, Margaret River, Australia: A seductive cool Climate Australian Chardonnay from the Margaret River. Aromas of butterscotch, toasted almond, and green apple. This is a gorgeous Australian Chardonnay has terrific, racy acidity for seafood, shellfish, veal, and roasted chicken. Chardonnay food pairings: crisp-skinned roast pork, light chicken dishes, creamy pastas and soft cheeses such as brie. Drink: 2018 - 2022 416511 12.5% XD 750 mL $26.95 Score: 91/100. May 2018. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rodney Strong Chalk Hill Chardonnay 2015, Sonoma County, California, United States: Juicy and full-bodied Californian Chardonnay, with a great balance between toasty oak and fleshy pear fruit aromas. Finishes with apple, baking spices and guava. Try it with roast turkey. Chardonnay food pairings: roast chicken in wild mushroom sauce, baked chicken in rose sauce, roast turkey. Drink: 2018 - 2022 275552 13.5% D 750 mL $26.95 Score: 90/100. May 2018. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Studert-Prüm Maxiominhof Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett 2016, Mosel Prädikatswein, Germany: One of my favourite German Rieslings! Clementine blossom on the nose followed by soft lime and white flowers. Mouth-watering acidity is perfectly balanced with just enough sweetness. Try it with glazed ham or sweet potatoes or any sauce with a touch of sweetness or chutney or salsa. Riesling Kabinett food pairings: mild curries, roasted yams and sweet potatoes, pork roast with apricot and peach chutney. Drink: 2018 - 2022 970129 7.5% M 750 mL $25.95 Score: 90/100. May 2018. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Robert Mondavi Winery Fume Blanc 2015, Napa Valley, California, United States: Aromas of lemongrass, smoke and citrus on the nose. Crisp and vibrant on the palate. Long finish. Medium-bodied. Perfect for halibut or shellfish. Fume Blanc food pairings: chicken salad, pork tenderloin, seafood, barbecued lobster. Drink: 2015 - 2019 221887 14.5% XD 750 mL $22.95 Score: 91/100. May 2018. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

A To Z Wineworks Chardonnay 2016, Oregon, United States: Balanced Oregonian Chardonnay that has so much crispness it almost tastes unoaked. Lovely white florals and apple blossom. Try it with grilled salmon. Chardonnay food pairings: marinated lemon herb chicken breast grilled on the barbie, pan-fried panfish. Drink: 2018 - 2022 269258 13% XD 750 mL $22.95 Score: 90/100. May 2018. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mullineux Old Vines White 2016, Swartland W.O., South Africa: Winemakers Chris and Andrea Mullineux have created a gorgeous blend of mainly Chenin Blanc with Clairette, Viognier, Grenache Blanc, Sauvignon Gris and Semillon grapes. Aromas of dry honey, apricot and golden apple. The vines are sustainably farmed. Pair with roast chicken. Food pairings: grilled fatty fish, fried chicken, smoked whitefish. Drink: 2018 - 2022 556597 13% D 750 mL $36.95 Score: 93/100. May 2018. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Calamus Pinot Gris 2016, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: This Niagara Pinot Gris is very soft and not much on the nose. Suitable sipper for when you're in a mindless mood. Pinot Gris food pairings: pork tenderloin, roast turkey , pasta with cream sauce, cheeses, salads. Drink: 2018 - 2020 349456 12% D 750 mL $16.95 Score: 83/100. May 2018. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


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