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Vintages Release August 18, 2018

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Diffonty Cuvée Du Vatican Châteauneuf-Du-Pape 2015, Rhône A.C., France: Black raspberry and dark spice on the nose and palate of this huge southern French red wine blend from the Rhone Valley. The alcohol is high at 15%, so serve this at a slightly lower temperature than room temperature for a more refreshing, less warm/alcoholic mouth-feel. Pair with a rare steak. Châteauneuf-Du-Pape food pairings: rib roast, Coq au Vins, slow-braised pork shoulder with garlic and thyme. Drink: 2018 - 2024 560946 15% D 750 mL $38.95 Score: 92/100. August 2018. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Chakana Estate Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Gualtallary, Tupungato, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina: The 2015 vintage is made from grapes grown in cool-climate region of Gualtallary at 1300 meters above sea level in the Uco Valley. The wine is matured in 30% new oak barrels. Aromas of garrigue, dried herbs and smoke. Pair with a rare steak. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: beef tenderloin, pasta with rich meat sauce, meatlover's pizza. Drink: 2018 - 2023 555540 13% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 88/100. August 2018. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

El Enemigo Malbec 2014, Mendoza, Argentina: Purple and black plums flavours with lots of mocha and chocolate from lavish oak aging. Short finish. Pair with hamburgers. Malbec food pairings: lamb cutlets, beef tenderloin, pasta with rich meat sauce. Drink: 2018 - 2021 400150 13.5% XD 750 mL $25.95 Score: 89/100. August 2018. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Pepper tree Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Wrattonbully, South Australia, Australia: A full-bodied, rich and juicy Australian Cabernet from Pepper Tree's John Davis, a former geologist. This Wrattonbully red wine offers aromas of cassis, blackberry, smoke, toasty oak and dried herbs. Medium tannins. Decant 1-2 hours and pair with a rare steak. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: braised lamb shanks, veal stew, grilled games meats. Drink: 2018 - 2024 570713 14% XD 750 mL $22.95 Score: 90/100. August 2018. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

L'expression De Margaux 2014, Margaux, Bordeaux A.C., France: A terrific Bordeaux, especially at this price. Fabulous vintage. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot grapes from the Margaux region, this Bordeaux is typical of that terroir with aromas of blackcurrant, cassis and wild blackberry. Dark spice on the finish. Pair with a rare steak. This wine is bottled at the coveted Bordeaux winery Chateau Rauzan in the renowned appellation of Margaux. Smooth and rich from a solid vintage, the 2014. Pair with rare filet mignon. Food pairings: chicken herb-rubbed roast, breaded veal cutlets, lamb burgers, spicy sausage. Drink: 2018 - 2022 431734 13.5% XD 750 mL $37.95 Score: 91/100. August 2018. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Bonnard Sancerre Rouge 2015, Loire A.C., France: Although Sancerre from the Loire Valley is better known for sauvignon blanc, this red wine is made from the pinot noir grape. Tart with aromas of sour cherry and lot of acidity on the palate. The Domaine Bonnard has polished tannins. Medium-bodied. Pair with roast turkey. Sancerre Rouge food pairings: lamb chops with mint sauce, veal scaloppini, roast pork. Drink: 2018 - 2022 65995 13% XD 750 mL $25.95 Score: 88/100. August 2018. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Lanciola Le Masse Di Greve Chianti Classico 2013, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: Savoury and juicy with lots of acidity. Aromas of dark floral, tart blackberry, leather and cedar smoke. Long finish. Pair with grilled lamb. Chianti Classico food pairings: meaty stews, vegetarian lasagne, roast root vegetable and tomato casserole. Drink: 2018 - 2020 395152 14.5% XD 750 mL $23.95 Score: 89/100. August 2018. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

La Crema Pinot Noir 2015, Monterey County, California, United States: La Crema 2015 is just a stunning Pinot Noir from Monterey County, California. The cool-climate of Monterey is definitely an influence here giving vibrant red berry notes, sweet red cherry and savoury spice flavours on the palate. Cooling ocean breezes sweep through this winery's vineyards each day offering the perfect terroir to slowly ripen and bring grapes to their full potential. Monterey is one of California's longest growing seasons when it comes to wine grapes. These Pinot Noir grapes are planted on benchlands in the northern reach of the region. Pinot Noir food pairings: prime rib, roast quail, stuffed chicken, venison burgers. Drink: 2018 - 2022 367896 13.5% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 93/100. August 2018. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mas las cabes 2016, Côtes Du Roussillon, Midi A.P., France: From the Côtes Du Roussillon in the Midi, Mas las Cabes (2016) is a robust red blend of 60% Syrah and 40% Grenache matured in previous-use oak barrels and concrete tanks. Look for fresh plum and soft florals on the nose, followed by a generous helping of ripe black fruit, strawberry and raspberry flavours on the palate. Food pairings: lamb chops, saucy pork spare rib, roast chicken. Drink: 2018 - 2022 194894 14.5% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 87/100. August 2018. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cavino Nemea Grande Reserve 2010, Nemea P.D.O., Greece: Cavino Nemea Grande Reserve 2010 is a full-bodied red produced from 100% Agiorgitko (also called St. George) wine grapes. Look for ripe red cherries, dark fruit and vanilla flavours on this food-friendly red. Drink now and for the next three years. Food pairings: lamb stew, barbecued beef, sausage casserole. Drink: 2018 - 2022 295618 13.5% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 90/100. August 2018. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Viña Cobos Felino Malbec 2016, Mendoza, Argentina: The Malbec grapes for this elegant red wine are selected from several mountain vineyards in the Uco Valley and Lujan de Cuyon districts of the Mendoza wine region that are planted at altitudes of 2,300 and 3,800 feet above sea level. The cool nights high on the mountainside where the vines for this wine are planted provide a lively, vibrant balance for this full-bodied wine that is redolent of blackberry and black cherry. Terrific smoky finish with a lingering note of dried herbs. Finishes with attractive black fruit and minerality. Polished tannins. Pair with prime rib. This unfiltered Argentine red wine is produced by the renowned Californian winemaking consultant Paul Hobbs. Malbec food pairings: beef,  turkey, tomato sauces, hamburgers, spaghetti and meat balls. Drink: 2018 - 2022 118067 14.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 93/100. August 2018. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

De bortoli G.S. Pinot Noir 2017, Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia: De Bartoli G.S. 2017 Pinot Noir from the Yarra Valley in Victoria with grapes sourced from the Brookland Vineyard. GS (for Gulf Station) 2017 is an intense, layered and silky Pinot Noir with fleshy and soft black cherry flavours. Pinot Noir food pairings: chicken, pasta, planked salmon, braised lamb, roast beef, rosemary pork tenderloin. Drink: 2018 - 2022 15511 13% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 92/100. August 2018. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Alice Vieira De Sousa Reserve 2014, Douro D.O.C., Portugal: A robust, supple Portuguese red wine produced by a small family-owned estate. This savoury wine is a blend of Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca and Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo) grapes that was aged in French oak barrels. Aromas of dark fruit, toasty oak, spice and vanilla. Pair with meat lovers' pizza. Food pairings: meat pasta with rich tomato sauce, meatlover's pizza, feta cheese stuffed lamburgers. Drink: 2018 - 2021 548560 14% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 89/100. August 2018. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Oak Mighty Oak 2013, Napa Valley, California, United States: A robust Californian red wine blend of Malbec, Merlot and Syrah grapes with mocha, smoke and toasty oak on the nose and palate from oak aging. the wine was fermented in stainless steel tanks, then matured for 18 months in French and Hungarian oak barrels. Coffee and espresso on the finish. Pair with grilled meats. Food pairings: gourmet burgers, grilled lamb chops, roast chicken. Drink: 2018 - 2023 570853 14.1% XD 750 mL $28.95 Score: 90/100. August 2018. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rustenberg Buzzard Kloof Syrah 2015, Stellenbosch W.O., South Africa: From the Stellenbosch wine region Rustenberg Buzzard Kloof 2015 is a rich, meaty and peppery Syrah with ripe dark berry fruit, dark chocolate and black pepper spice wrapped up in soft smokiness. Named after the buzzards that fly over the vineyard located in a kloof (ravine). Syrah food pairings: slow-cooked beef ragú, mutton with mint and coriander, espresso and cocoa-rubbed flank steak, black bean soup. Drink: 2018 - 2024 414151 14% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 89/100. August 2018. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Torbreck Woodcutter's Shiraz 2016, Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia: Torbreck's Woodcutter's 2016 is a classic Shiraz from the Barossa Valley, South Australia. Wine grapes are sourced from hand-harvested and hand-tended, low-yielding vines, then open fermented and gently basket pressed before beginning its ageing on fine lees for 12 months in foudres. Shiraz food pairings: venison stew, venison sausage and wild mushroom sauce, spicy spatchcock partridge. Drink: 2018 - 2024 927533 15% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 94/100. August 2018. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Forstreiter Exclusiv Zweigelt 2015, Niederösterreich Qualitätswein, Austria: A juicy, fruit, easy-drinking red wine from Austria made from the country's leading red grape, Zweigelt. This grape ripens early in the season which is essential to thriving in the country's cool sub-alpine climate. Aromas of tart cherry and smoke. Pair with poultry and game dishes. Zweigelt food pairings: veal stew with root vegetables, roast spatchcock chicken, grilled pork sausages. Drink: 2018 - 2022 572768 13.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 87/100. August 2018. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Gemma Colarej Barolo 2013, Piedmont D.O.C.G., Italy: Gemma Colarej 2013 is a robust, classic Barolo from the Piedmont wine region. Look for earthy violets, rose petals, dark black plum, olive, spice, dark chocolate and smoke on this flavoursome Barolo. The 2013 vintage is considered a very good one for Barolo. Barolo food pairings: venison roast, rabbit fricassee, roast pheasant. Drink: 2018 - 2026 232447 14% XD 750 mL $39.95 Score: 91/100. August 2018. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

La Ferme Du Mont Première Côte 2016, Côtes Du Rhône, Rhône A.P., France: Great value under $20 on this 2016 vintage of the Côtes Du Rhône from La Ferme Du Mont Première Côte. This wine is robust, unfiltered on this mostly Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre red wine blend. Stéphan Vedeau is a third-generation winemaker from the Cotes du Rhone. His wines are all organic products, free of chemicals and pesticides, the fertilizers are organic and he uses ambient or natural yeasts to ferment the wines. The wine was matured concrete tanks for 12 months. The vines are planted on the eastern slopes near the town of Courthezon, which lies along the eastern border of Châteauneuf du Pape in the Rhone. The 2016 vintage of the Côtes du Rhône Premières Côte grapes were picked in late September and early October. Savoury with dried herbs and a firm tannic grip on the palate so decant 1-2 hours. Pair with grilled meats. Food pairings: roast beef, smoked beef sammies with gravy, rib eye steak. Drink: 2018 - 2023 251645 14% D 750 mL $18.95 Score: 90/100. August 2018. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Koncho 2015, Alazanis Valley, Kakheti, Georgia: This Georgian red wine is made from the Saperavi grape. It offers aromas and flavours of sweet black plums, berries and spice. Pair with grilled meats. Food pairings: rich meat stews with dark plum and dark cherries, roast chicken, Korean style barbeque ribs. Drink: 2018 - 2021 445742 11.5% MS 750 mL $15.95 Score: 87/100. August 2018. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

El Coto Crianza 2014, Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain: A full-bodied Spanish red wine with crisp acidity and polished tannins. Aromas of dark, tart berries, spice and smoke. Pair with prime rib. Food pairings: rabbit fricassee, veal roast, roast partridge. Drink: 2018 - 2022 190504 13% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 89/100. August 2018. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Les Amouriers Signature 2015, Vacqueyras, Rhône A.P., France: The 2015 vintage of the Vacqueyras Cuvee Signature is a robust French red wine from the southern region of the Rhône Valley. This is a blend of 62% Grenache, 30% Syrah and the remainder Mourvèdre and Cinsault grapes. Well balanced, concentrated, deep, rich and complex French red wine. Aromas of wild black fruit and smoke. Pair with grilled meats. Food pairings: slow-braised veal brisket, roast pheasant, sautéed tenderloin roast. Drink: 2018 - 2023 381038 14.5% D 750 mL $28.95 Score: 92/100. August 2018. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Beronia Gran Reserva 2009, Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain: Beronia Gran Reserva 2009 is a full-bodied and elegant red blend of Tempranillo, Graciano, Mazuelo from the Rioja wine region. The wine was aged three years in French oak barrels. Look for ripe black cherry, underbrush, anise and cake spice flavours on this juicy, spicy red. Food pairings: filet mignon, pork tenderloin, pizza, pasta, hard cheese. Drink: 2018 - 2020 940965 14% D 750 mL $39.95 Score: 90/100. August 2018. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rosés

Barón De Ley Rosé 2017, Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain: Barón De Ley 2017 is a juicy and robust Rioja Rosado. On the palate this rosé is intense with raspberry, strawberry and savoury herbal flavours on the palate from a blend of Tempranillo and Grenache red wine grapes. The winery was constructed by the Count of Eguía in 1548 as a castle-fortress. In those times, the Count of Eguía owned a 1,000 hectare estate on the banks of the Ebro. Over the years the Imas fortress and estate became a Benedictine property. Imas in its Benedictine days was never a particularly religious or intellectual centre, but a great asset because of its location. The Benedictine order owned 80% of the wool-producing sheep in Navarre at that time, mainly grazing on the slopes of the Urbasa and Idiazábal mountains with flocks at the Imas estate because of climate and abundance of water. The Benedictine monks were also experts in making wines and spirits. Grapes from the vines planted at Imas were tipped into stone fermenting tanks in the monastery courtyard, so that after treading them the must could then be transferred into the underground cellar, where it would ferment in oak vats. Rosé food pairings: prosciutto and hard cheeses plate, grilled salmon, spring salad. Drink: 2018 - 2020 117283 13.5% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 90/100. August 2018. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Gérard Bertrand Gris Blanc Rosé 2017, Pays D'oc I.G.P., France: This is the magnum size Gris Blanc Rosé (1500ml) produced by Gérard Bertrand, and is a pretty, pale Gris Blanc rosé, a blend of Grenache Noir and Grenache Gris wine grapes that were hand-picked between Tautavel and the Pyrenees mountains. The wine is matured on the fine lees for several weeks before bottling. Lovely, ripe yellow plum, peach and citrus peel flavours on the palate, pair this one with grilled shellfish. Gris Blanc Rosé food pairings: seafood salad, chilled prawns with strawberry champagne dressing, seafood ceviche. Drink: 2018 - 2020 451138 12.5% XD 1500 mL $32.95 Score: 91/100. August 2018. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Featherstone Rosé 2017, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: From Twenty Mile Bench in the Niagara Escarpment wine region, Featherstone (2017) is a well-priced flavoursome vibrant pink rosé with fresh raspberry, strawberry and sweet red pepper flavours on the palate. Rosé food pairings: avocado spring greens and strawberry salad, corn pineapple avocado and kale salad with strawberry dressing, golden beet salad with spring onion and goat cheese. Drink: 2018 - 2020 117861 13.2% M 750 mL $15.95 Score: 89/100. August 2018. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Atamisque Serbal Malbec Rosé 2017, Tupungato, Mendoza, Argentina: From Tupungato, Mendoza, Atamisque Serbal is a Malbec rosé with strawberry, ripe black cherry flavours on the palate with a fresh and zesty acidity for food. Atamisque is an Aboriginal bush that grows on the winery's estate, two to three metres in height. Serbal or Lady of the Mountains is the magic tree of the Celts and grows up to 15 metres high on the slopes of the mountains. This vineyard is planted at 4,430 feet above sea level. Malbec Rosé food pairings: grilled jumbo prawns, crab cakes, charcuterie. Drink: 2018 - 2020 493031 13% D 750 mL $16.95 Score: 86/100. August 2018. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

L'ostal Rosé 2017, Pays D'oc I.G.P., France: L'ostal 2017 is a light-bodied rosé blend of Syrah and Grenache from the Pays D'oc wine region with pink florals, spice and soft orange flavours on the palate. "Ostal" translates to ''house'' and ''family group'' in the traditional Occitan language. Perfect as an aperitif or companion to light seafood dishes. Rosé food pairings: roast quail stuffed with wild mushrooms and leek, sausage and apple stuffed Cornish hen, rabbit goulash. Drink: 2018 - 2020 450809 13% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 88/100. August 2018. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaines Ott Château De Selle Rosé 2017, Côtes De Provence, Provence A.P., France: From the Côtes De Provence, Domaines Ott is overseen by Champagne icon, Louis Roederer. The 2017 vintage is bone-dry, light-bodied with layers of red berry fruit, strawberry and a smoky minerality. Rosé food pairings: cold roast chicken, salads with goat cheese and fresh red berries, smoked trout. Drink: 2018 - 2020 490888 13% XD 1500 mL $109.95 Score: 90/100. August 2018. Top Rated Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sparkling Wine

Jansz Premium Sparkling Rosé, Tasmania, Australia: A crisp Tasmanian sparkling rosé with aromas of yeasty freshly baked bread and tiny raspberries. Lots of acidity for refreshment or as a companion to seafood. Rosé food pairings: cold turkey sandwiches, steamed shrimp, oyster Poor Boy sammies. Drink: 2018 - 2020 37499 12.5% D 750 mL $27.95 Score: 89/100. August 2018. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château De Bligny Champagne, Champagne A.C., France: Absolutely superb! Toasty, crisp and refreshing, this blanc de blancs (white wine made from white grapes) is 100% Chardonnay. Lots of minerality in this wine from Côte des Bar, Champagne, planted close to Burgundy's Chablis region. Great aperitif or companion to seafood. Champagne food pairings: veal chops, Coquilles St. Jacques, raw oysters with a squeeze of lemon juice. Drink: 2018 - 2023 385112 12% D 750 mL $54.95 Score: 92/100. August 2018. Top Rated Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

Organized Crime Chardonnay 2016, Beamsville Bench, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Organized Crime (2016) is a vibrant, medium-plus bodied Chardonnay from the Beamsville Bench, Niagara Escarpment wine region in Ontario with white peach and Asian pear flavours complemented with butterscotch, vanilla and sweet spice (from oak treatment). The wine is buttery on the palate finishing long with creamy lemon flavours. Pair with grilled pork chops or roast chicken. Chardonnay food pairings: shellfish, seafood salads, sushi, tempura vegetables. Drink: 2018 - 2020 408435 13% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 88/100. August 2018. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

J. Lohr Arroyo Vista Chardonnay 2016, Arroyo Seco, Monterey County, California, United States: J. Lohr Arroyo Vista 2016 is a creamy, full-bodied and dry Chardonnay from the Arroyo Seco area in Monterey County. On the palate, there is butterscotch, creme brulee, caramel, sweet coconut and toffee from very generous oak aging. The Chardonnay grapes from J. Lohr's Arroyo Vista label are grown on vines planted in gravelly soils in the cool, windy appellation of Monterrey County and hand-harvested at night. The wine is both barrel fermented and aged in oak. Chardonnay food pairings: roast chicken, creamy pasta sauce dishes, grilled fish. Drink: 2018 - 2020 171272 14.9% D 750 mL $34.95 Score: 88/100. August 2018. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Henri De Villamont Prestige Chardonnay 2015, Burgundy A.C., France: From producer, Henri De Villamont, Prestige 2015 is a clean and crisp Burgundian Chardonnay with ripe pear, golden apple, tropical fruit flavours on the palate with a touch of smoke. The Burgundian winery Maison Henri de Villamont has been elaborating wine in their underground vaulted cellars since 1880. In his June 2017 Gothic Epicures newsletter, wine writer Dean Tudor awarded this wine 88-90 points. Chardonnay food pairings: scallops with a sesame ginger dressing, grilled seafood, spinach and pepper jack stuffed chicken, beef bourguignon, breads, cheese. Drink: 2018 - 2020 416123 13% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 89/100. August 2018. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Villa sparina Gavi Di Gavi 2016, Piedmont D.O.C.G., Italy: A crisp Italian white wine with juicy, mouth-watering acidity for seafood. White florals and peach on the nose. Light-bodied. Gavi Di Gavi food pairings: grilled seafood, steamed shellfish, sushi, sashimi, tempura vegetables. Drink: 2018 - 2021 541854 12.5% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. August 2018. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cotnari Feteasca Alba 2015, Cotnari, Moldavia D.O.C., Romania: Sweet peaches on the nose and palate of this light-bodied Romanian white wine form a winery with a 500 year history and a reputation for making the king's nectar. White florals and pear blossom on the finish. Match with sweet glazes and chutneys. Feteasca Alba food pairings: stuffed pork tenderloin, poached whitefish, grilled chicken. Drink: 2018 - 2020 12088 12% MS 750 mL $13.95 Score: 87/100. August 2018. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Coopers Creek Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: Coopers Creek (2017) is a mouth-watering Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, South Island. Lovely lemongrass, melon, lime and lemon zest on this bracing Sauv. Blanc. Drink now and pair with grilled seafood. For three decades, Coopers Creek has made wines in the Marlborough region. Drink now. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: oysters on the half shell, chicken and sage skewers, garden salad. Drink: 2018 - 2020 957407 12.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. August 2018. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Fiano Fiano 2017, Mclaren Vale, South Australia, Australia: A medium-bodied Chardonnay with mouth-watering acidity. Only 10-15% of this wine was oak barrel fermented, the remainder in stainless steel tanks. Notes of lemon and apple. Pair with roast chicken. Fiano food pairings: seafood pasta, grilled sardines, cold roast chicken sandwiches. Drink: 2018 - 2020 571158 12.5% XD 750 mL $21.95 Score: 88/100. August 2018. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Alain Geoffroy Chablis 2016, Beauroy, Burgundy A.C., France: Alain Geoffroy Chablis (2016) is a premier cru Chardonnay from the Beauroy in the Burgundy wine region. This family-run estate was established in 1850, and the Chardonnay grapes to produce this vintage were sourced from vines of 30 to 45 years of age. This is a great value, mouth-watering, food friendly Chablis with crunch apple, pear and soft plum flavours on the palate. Pair with grilled seafood. This family-run estate was established in 1850. Chablis food pairings: oysters, grilled white fish, chicken, pasta with pesto sauce, avocado salad, mussels with a lemon-herb sauce. Drink: 2018 - 2022 733501 13% XD 750 mL $36.95 Score: 91/100. August 2018. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Quails' Gate Chardonnay 2015, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia V.Q.A., Canada: From Quails Gate Winery in the Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, this is a gorgeous, full-bodied and elegant BC Chardonnay with ripe golden apple, freshly baked bread with melting butter and smoke. Well-priced and well done. Pair with roast chicken. Chardonnay food pairings: turkey burgers, crab cakes, chicken breast, lobster in butter sauce, cheese. Drink: 2018 - 2023 377770 14% D 750 mL $24.95 Score: 92/100. August 2018. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Esterházy Galántha Grüner Veltliner 2017, Burgenland, Qualitätswein, Austria: The Esterházy winery has been making wine for 250 years in Austria's Burgenland region. This crisp, fresh white wine made from the country's signature white grape, Grüner Veltliner, offers aromas of white pepper, smoke and green apple. Pair with seafood and vegetarian dishes. Grüner Veltliner food pairings: pan-fried trout, fresh steamed shellfish, linguine with clams. Drink: 2018 - 2022 568501 12.5% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 90/100. August 2018. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Concha Y Toro Trio Premium Blend Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Casablanca, Rapel D.O., Chile: From well-known producer Concha Y Toro, Trio Premium Blend Reserva 2017 is a zesty Sauvignon Blanc from the Rapel wine region. The Sauvignon Blanc grapes are grown in three valleys: Casablanca and Limarí in the north, and the central Rapel Valley. The Casablanca grapes are planted on a south-east-facing hillside and produce grapes of great elegance. Generous ripe apple, stonefruit, gooseberry and lemon citrus flavours on this made-for-seafood vibrant Chilean white. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: apple stuffed chicken breast, curry fish, salad, grilled prawns. Drink: 2018 - 2020 678656 13.5% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 89/100. August 2018. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mokoblack Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: Lots of freshly cut grass on the nose and palate of this fresh New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc with lots of acidity for seafood. Medium-bodied. Ta Moko refers to the bold, black body art of the indigenous Maori people of New Zealand. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: crab cakes, fish tacos, green salads topped with fresh steamed shrimp. Drink: 2018 - 2020 554576 13% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 89/100. August 2018. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Watershed Senses Chardonnay 2016, Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia: A lovely, lively, smoky Australia Chardonnay from the cool climate of the Margaret River. The grapes are fermented in small batches in French oak barrels and rest on their on their lees for 7 months with light mixing - battonage - to add richness and creaminess. Aromas of golden apple, toasted almond and peach. Pair with roast turkey or chicken. Chardonnay food pairings: roast chicken, sautéed pork tenderloin, roast gamebirds. Drink: 2018 - 2021 570150 13% XD 750 mL $26.95 Score: 92/100. August 2018. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Wits End Vermentino 2017, Mclaren Vale, South Australia, Australia: A crisp, fresh Australian white wine made from the Vermentino grape. Mouth-watering acidity for seafood. This McLaren Vale wine offers aromas of lime and lemongrass. Medium-bodied. Vermentino food pairings: fish tacos, seafood quiche, pasta Primavera. Drink: 2018 - 2020 572545 12.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 88/100. August 2018. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Foxglove Chardonnay 2016, Central Coast, California, United States: Foxglove is a project of the brothers, Jim and Bob Varner who also produce wines under the much-respected Varner and Neely labels in the Santa Cruz mountains. They farm their vineyards sustainably. On Foxglove 2016, there are some lovely hazelnut flavours to complement the crisp apple, ripe melon and stonefruit in this Chardonnay. Pair with grilled chicken breasts. Chardonnay food pairings: lobster in butter sauce, cheese, poultry, spiced grilled seafood. Drink: 2018 - 2020 262022 13.9% D 750 mL $24.95 Score: 91/100. August 2018. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Brokenwood Semillon 2016, Hunter Valley, New South Wales, Australia: Smoky with lanolin and lemon and beeswax. Gorgeous yet low in alcohol (yay). Racy acidity for seafood. Voluptuous mouth-feel. Semillon food pairings: grilled chicken, grilled whitefish, salads. Drink: 2018 - 2022 249143 10.5% XD 750 mL $22.95 Score: 92/100. August 2018. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Duckhorn Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Napa Valley, California, United States: Fresh and vibrant with lemon, lime and grass notes. Pair with shellfish. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: pork tenderloin, pork tacos, grilled chicken. Drink: 2018 - 2020 94375 13.5% XD 750 mL $37.95 Score: 89/100. August 2018. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Kuhlmann-Platz Riesling 2016, Alsace A.C., France: The 2016 of the vibrant Cave de Hunawihr Riesling is produced by a cooperative of grape growers founded in 1954. Lots of racy acidity for seafood. Aromas of white peach and lime. Light-bodied. Riesling food pairings: turkey dinner, mild curries, roast pork. Drink: 2018 - 2021 196741 12% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 89/100. August 2018. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rustenberg Chardonnay 2016, Stellenbosch W.O., South Africa: Rustenberg 2016 Chardonnay is great value under $20. This is a lovely, toasty, rich and vibrant Chardonnay from the Stellenbosch wine region and was aged in 40% new and 60% second-use oak barrels for a year. On the palate there is ripe yellow apple, cake bread, nut and lemon curd flavours with a touch of smoke, stony flintiness and balanced acidity. Drink now. Chardonnay food pairings: turkey burgers, crab cakes, chicken breast, lobster in butter sauce. Drink: 2018 - 2020 598631 13.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. August 2018. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cloudline Pinot Gris 2016, Willamette Valley, Oregon, United States: From Domaine Drouhin, Cloudline 2016 is a dry, crisp and zesty medium-bodied Pinot Gris from the Willamette Valley in Oregon. Produced by Véronique Drouhin-Boss, this Pinot Gris is made in the Alsatian style, zesty, fresh with white peach, melon, citrus and spice flavours on the palate. Perfect for shellfish. Pinot Gris food pairings: pork tenderloin, roast turkey , seafood, pasta with cream sauce. Drink: 2018 - 2020 159988 13% D 750 mL $21.95 Score: 89/100. August 2018. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


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