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Vintages Release September 15, 2018

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The Prisoner Wine Company Thorn 2014, California, United States: A full-bodied Napa Valley red wine blend of mostly Merlot and some Syrah grapes. Aromas of toasty oak, black plums, spice and smoke. Pair with a rare steak. Food pairings: grilled rare steak, meatlover's pizza, gourmet burgers with all the fixings. Drink: 2018 - 2022 568253 15.2% XD 750 mL $39.95 Score: 91/100. September 2018. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Masi Serego Alighieri Vaio Armaron Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico 2012, Veneto D.O.C.G., Italy: Complex, rich, deep and long on the finish: this Italian red wine has it all. A full-bodied, intensely concentrated red wine is made using the Appassimento method of drying grapes before fermentation to add intensity of flavour, body and alcohol to the final wine. Pair with roast beef. This towering red wine is also a great cellar wine. Decant for 1-2 hours before serving with a juicy steak. Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico food pairings: pasta with a tomato sauce, roasted venison, beef and veggie stew, leg of lamb. Drink: 2017 - 2025 462812 15.5% D 750 mL $84.95 Score: 96/100. September 2018. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

J. Lohr Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Paso Robles, California, United States: A tasty Cabernet that's aromatic offering notes of mocha, toasty oak and smoke on the nose of this red wine with a firm grip on the palate. Nice balance in this Californian Cabernet. The 2015 vintage was a strong one in this Californian of Paso Robles, a warm region. Lots of blackberry and dark chocolate notes on the finish. Smooth and full-bodied. Pair with a grilled meats. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: hearty meat dishes with autumn veggies, rib eye steak on the barbie, meat lover's pizza. Drink: 2017 - 2022 686584 14.9% D 750 mL $49.95 Score: 90/100. September 2018. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

La Crema Pinot Noir 2015, Willamette Valley, Oregon, United States: La Crema is well-known for its Californian Pinot Noir, and here we are with their Oregonian version from the Willamette Valley. Luscious, medium-bodied and satin-smooth, this Oregonian Pinot Noir has classic aromas of fleshy ripe cherry and berry and some mocha. Racy acidity on the palate from this cool climate. Pair with grilled salmon or seared tuna. Pinot Noir food pairings: roasted pork loin, tourtière, prime rib, coq au vin. Drink: 2017 - 2023 385757 13.5% D 750 mL $44.95 Score: 90/100. September 2018. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Henry of Pelham Winery Pinot Noir 2016, 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. Pinot Noir food pairings: pork liver pates, tuna, grilled salmon, roasted chicken, duck and other game birds. Drink: 2017 - 2022 268391 13.5% D 750 mL $24.95 Score: 92/100. September 2018. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Concha Y Toro Marques De Casa Concha Carmenère 2015, Peumo, Cachapoal Valley, Aconcagua Costa, Chile: This savoury and juicy red wine, features big black plum and berry aromas and flavours as well as dried herbs and spices. Full-bodied and smooth Carmenère. Offers incredible quality and taste for the price. Try it with a hearty meat dish. Lovely dark spices and black plums on the nose of this robust red wine. Decant for 1-2 hours. Carmenère food pairings: spicy red meats, tomato-based dishes, rare steak, dark chocolate. Drink: 2017 - 2021 169862 14.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 91/100. September 2018. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Jip Jip Rocks Shiraz Cabernet 2016, Padthaway, South Australia, Australia: The 2016 vintage is an Australian red wine blend of Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. The wine was matured in both new and used French and American oak barrels. The Jip Jip rocks are an outcrop of 350 million year old red granite near the family's vineyard in the heart of the Padthway region near Morambro Creek. A lively, mouth-coating red wine from a consistently good producer. This vintage offers aromas of minty blackberry on the nose with fleshy black plum on the palate. Round, supple and satisfying with a great finish. Try it with gourmet hamburgers and all the fixings. Shiraz Cabernet food pairings: pizza, hamburgers, lamb chops. Drink: 2017 - 2022 186114 14.5% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 92/100. September 2018. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Oyster Bay Pinot Noir 2016, Marlborough, New Zealand: Oyster Bay's Pinot Noir 2016 of this lovely Pinot Noir is nicely crafted with ripe black cherries, plum, dried savoury herbs and cake spice. This is a solid PN, intense with crisp acidity. Toasty oak on the nose of this New Zealand red wine wraps around fleshy ripe black cherries. Full-bodied, mouth-watering juicy and smooth with a great finish. Smoky oak and black cherry notes with some dark spice on the finish. Terrific with a wide range of dishes, from roast chicken to salmon. Enjoy now with roast lamb and veal dishes. Pinot Noir food pairings: roast duck, veggie mushroom burger, frittata. Drink: 2018 - 2022 590414 14% XD 750 mL $20.95 Score: 91/100. September 2018. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Buried Cane Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Columbia Valley, Washington, United States: Loads of sweet chocolate on the nose from generous oak aging. Fleshy sweet berries. Full-bodied. Pair with grilled meats. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: meat pizza, herb-rubbed roast chicken, hearty soups. Drink: 2018 - 2025 402081 13.8% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 87/100. September 2018. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Michel Gassier Nostre Païs 2015, Costières-De-Nîmes, Rhône A.C., France: A robust and delicious red with aromas of black liquorice (it's dry), blackberries, black cherry and smoke. Lovely length and weight. Polished, smooth tannins make it easy to drink now though it'll also keep well in the cellar. This wine was mature for six months in French barrels, with most of it resting on its lees. Terrific price. Gassier is the iconic flagship of the Nimes region, and this wine shows why. Food pairings: roast pork, beef tenderloin grilled game dishes. Drink: 2018 - 2022 295410 14% XD 750 mL $22.95 Score: 93/100. September 2018. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Westcott Estate Pinot Noir 2013, Vinemount Ridge, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Juicy, supple and smooth Niagara Pinot Noir. Aromas of fleshy ripe cherry cinnamon, spice and earth. Medium-bodied with racy acidity for seafood or roast chicken. Pinot Noir food pairings: roast chicken, grilled lamb chops, veal scaloppini. Drink: 2014 - 2022 427500 13.5% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 92/100. September 2018. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Wild Thing Old Vine Zinfandel 2015, Mendocino County, California, United States: Juicy with racy acidity for barbecued ribs. Aromas of purple plums and spice and smoke. Zinfandel food pairings: chicken mole, pork tacos, grilled game sausages. Drink: 2018 - 2021 282517 14.5% D 750 mL $26.95 Score: 87/100. September 2018. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Xanadu Djl Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia: A full-bodied Australian red wine made by Rathbone Wine Group Pty Ltd, this blockbuster Australian Cabernet also has 4% each of Malbec and petit Verdot grapes, and 2% cabernet franc in the blend. The grapes were crushed and de-stemmed, then fermented for about a week, representing a good length of post-fermentation maceration. The wine was aged for 14 months in French oak barriques, of which was 20% new. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: Hungarian beef goulash, chicken paprika, duck a la king. Drink: 2018 - 2025 444802 14% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 90/100. September 2018. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

El Gorú Monastrell Syrah Petit Verdot 2016, Jumilla D.O.P., Spain: El Gorú 2016 is a full-bodied red blend of Monastrell, Syrah and Petit Verdot produced by Bodega Ego from the Jumilla wine region in Spain. Look for floral notes and very ripe plums, mocha and dark chocolate flavours from oak aging. Supple and smooth, pair with grilled pork chops. Monastrell Syrah Petit Verdot food pairings: beef burgers, stuffed flank steak, grilled flat iron steak. Drink: 2018 - 2022 443945 14% D 750 mL $13.95 Score: 88/100. September 2018. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Pago De Valdoneje Mencía 2016, Bierzo D.O., Spain: Pago De Valdoneje 2016 is a youthful, unoaked Spanish Mencia red wine from Vinos Valtuille, a small boutique winery owned by the Garcia Alba family in the Bierzo wine region. Look for ripe blackberries, anise, earthy florals and mint on the palate. The 30-acre winery in Mencia wine grapes extends from the small village of Valtuille de Abajo to the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route. Vinos Valtuille was founded in 1999, but the vine-growing and winemaking traditions of its ancestors date back to 1910. Look for bright red berries and light herbs on this drink-now red. Pair with grilled sausages and hard cheeses. Mencía food pairings: lamb stew, sausage cassoulet, hamburgers. Drink: 2018 - 2021 268805 14% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 89/100. September 2018. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mastronardi Syrah 2016, Lake Erie North Shore, Ontario, V.Q.A., Canada: Full-bodied and plush with lots of mocha and chocolate on the nose from oak aging. The LENS region (Lake Erie North Shore) of southwestern Ontario enjoys a long growing season that helps to develop richer flavours in the grapes. Pair with a grilled steak. Syrah food pairings: lamburgers, beef Wellington, sautéed pork tenderloin with wild mushrooms. Drink: 2018 - 2021 581223 13.4% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 88/100. September 2018. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sobrero Ciabot Tanasio Barolo 2013, Piedmont D.O.C.G., Italy: Vibrant and alive, though the acidity mid-palate will surprise. Worry not. Give this wine the food it deserves: big pasta or meat dishes. Huge mouth-drying tannins so decant 2 hours, or better yet, give this cellar time. Barolo food pairings: rich tomato sauce and pasta dishes, full-bodied meat dishes. Drink: 2018 - 2025 286070 14% XD 750 mL $54.95 Score: 91/100. September 2018. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Francis Coppola Diamond Collection Blue Label Merlot 2016, California, United States: Smoky, dark and brooding Californian red wine like winemaker (and director) Francis Coppola's Dracula movie. Full-bodied and smooth with black plums and toasty oak. Coppola's Merlot grapes grow in select vineyards in Napa, Sonoma and Monterey. Full-bodied Californian red wine. Pair this wine with grilled pork chops and movie night. Merlot food pairings: Applewood smoked cheddar, gourmet burgers, Salisbury steak. Drink: 2018 - 2024 595686 13.1% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 91/100. September 2018. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Two Hands Angels' Share Shiraz 2017, Mclaren Vale, South Australia, Australia: Two Hands Angels' Share 2017 Shiraz is a full-bodied and big red wine from the McLaren Vale. Full and lush layers of ripe blackberry, dark chocolate and savoury spice on this vintage. Angel's share refers to the small amount of wine that evaporates from the oak barrels during maturation while the wine is aging. Medieval winemakers assumed that the angels watched over the wines being made and took their share in recompense. Shiraz food pairings: gourmet burgers, mutton with mint and coriander, black bean soup, cheese pizza. Drink: 2018 - 2022 9480 14.5% D 750 mL $24.95 Score: 90/100. September 2018. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Trivento Golden Reserve Malbec 2015, Luján De Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina: Trivento Golden Reserve 2015 is a rich and layered 100% Malbec from Argentina's Luján De Cuyo wine region. This 100% Malbec is opaque purple in the glass and has rich blueberry, blackberry, underbrush and toasty oak flavours on the palate. Malbec food pairings: grilled sausages, venison steak, roast partridge. Drink: 2018 - 2021 588731 14.5% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. September 2018. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cathedral Cellar Shiraz 2015, Western Cape W.O., South Africa: Cathedral Cellar 2015 is a full-bodied Shiraz produced by KWV from the Western Cape wine region. Layers of ripe black fruit, blueberry jam, leather and spice flavours. Easy to enjoy with a standing rib roast. Shiraz food pairings: lamb tangine, roast rack of lamb, beef long ribs on the barbie. Drink: 2018 - 2022 561142 14.3% D 750 mL $16.95 Score: 90/100. September 2018. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Nipozzano Vecchie Viti Riserva Chianti Rúfina 2014, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: A juicy, robust, vibrant Chianti Reserva that's ready for more cellar aging: it has lots of potential, yet it's also ready to drink now. Aromas of black fruit, tar and smoke. The 2013 vintage was solid. The grapes for this wine come from the oldest vines on the Nipozzano estate, and the wine is aged for 24 months in oak barrels, according to ancient Tuscan tradition. Decant 1-2 hours. Pair with gourmet pizza. Chianti Rúfina food pairings: grilled pork ribs, veal Parmigiano, spaghetti and meatballs. Drink: 2018 - 2025 395186 13.5% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 92/100. September 2018. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Bertani Val Di Suga Brunello Di Montalcino 2012, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: Bertani Val Di Suga 2012 is a full-bodied, robust Brunello Di Montalcino from the Tuscany wine region. Lots of black fruit, toasty oak, anise and dark spice on this red brute. Decant 1-2 hours and pair with a rich and meaty game dish, or hold in cellar for five years. Brunello Di Montalcino food pairings: sundried tomato and fresh basil sauce over fusilli, ratatouille and shell pasta with tomato sauce, linguini marinara. Drink: 2018 - 2022 713719 13.9% XD 750 mL $48.95 Score: 93/100. September 2018. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Dandelion Lion's Tooth Of Mclaren Vale Shiraz Riesling 2016, Mclaren Vale, South Australia, Australia: Dandelion Lion's Tooth Of McLaren Vale 2016 is a fragrant and full-bodied 95% Shiraz and 5% Riesling wine blend. This is a vibrant Shiraz with soft tannins. The winemaker encourages the humble dandelion, considered a weed, to grow among the vines to suppress winter weeds, provide mulch in the summer and offer their Wishing Clocks in the spring to blow off to make wishes come true. Shiraz Riesling food pairings: Grilled pork ribs smothered in a zesty sauce. Sautéed veal chops in mushrooms and red wine, grilled steak. Drink: 2018 - 2022 311233 14.5% XD 750 mL $21.95 Score: 90/100. September 2018. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château La Fleur Des Aubiers 2015, Médoc, Bordeaux A.C., France: A balanced, full-bodied Bordeaux red wine blend of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. This wine was a Gold Medal winner at the 2017 Concours Général Agricole Paris. Aromas of black fruit and toasty oak. Decant 1 hour and pair with a rare steak. Food pairings: venison filet mignon with red wine gravy, grilled bison strip steaks, goose and duck sausage cassoulet. Drink: 2018 - 2022 550376 13.5% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 88/100. September 2018. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Nativ 2012, Taurasi, Campania D.O.C.G., Italy: Nativ 2012 is a full-bodied, mouth-watering 100% Aglianico red wine from the Taurasi region in Campania. The vines are planted at 600 metres above sea level in the region of Paternopoli. Look for notes of dark berry, red plum and cake spice flavours on the palate. Pair with braised meats. Food pairings: rib steak, pork roast, garlic studded roast chicken. Drink: 2018 - 2022 445262 14% XD 750 mL $36.95 Score: 90/100. September 2018. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

St. Francis Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Sonoma County, California, United States: St. Francis 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County, California, is a juicy, full-bodied Cab with ripe blackberry fruit, dark chocolate, spice and vanilla wrapped up in a soft smokiness . Velvety texture and full mouth-feel. Delicious with veal tenderloin or grilled lamb. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: grilled meats, slow-braised long beef ribs, pepper steak. Drink: 2018 - 2023 671164 13.8% D 750 mL $34.95 Score: 92/100. September 2018. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Thorn-Clarke Shotfire Shiraz 2016, Barossa, South Australia, Australia: Thorn-Clarke Shotfire 2016 is a robust Barossa red wine, a full-bodied Shiraz with layers of dark fruit, dark chocolate, vanilla and cedar spice. Shiraz grapes for this Australian red were cool fermented and the wine was aged in both American and French hogshead barrels for 14 to 16 months. This Australian red wine is made by sixth generation Goddard family. Shiraz food pairings: venison filet mignon with red wine gravy, grilled bison strip steaks, goose and duck sausage cassoulet. Drink: 2018 - 2024 18796 14.5% XD 750 mL $22.95 Score: 90/100. September 2018. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Bertani Amarone Della Valpolicella 2015, Valpantena, Veneto D.O.C.G., Italy: From Valpantena in the Veneto wine region, Bertani 2015 is a dark, rich and savoury Amarone Della Valpolicella with layers of cherry liqueur, cacao wrapped up in a light smoke. This wine was produced in Valpantena, the only cru denomination in the Valpolicella region. "Valpantena," the name for the hillsides where this wine was grown, means "valley of the gods." Pour with mature cheeses. Amarone Della Valpolicella food pairings: dark chocolate, blue cheeses, venison, beef daube, pasta with tomato sauce. Drink: 2018 - 2024 568741 15.5% D 750 mL $39.95 Score: 90/100. September 2018. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Valdelacierva Crianza 2013, Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain: Great value on Valdelacierva's Crianza 2013 made from the classic Tempranillo grape from the heart of the Rioja wine region. Look for mouth-watering acidity and layers of ripe cherry, fresh herb, anise and smoky flavours on the palate. Pair with roast leg of lamb. Food pairings: lamb breast stuffed with veal pork and green herbs, spinach cake, roast pork. Drink: 2018 - 2022 438713 14% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 88/100. September 2018. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Brumont Tour Bouscassé 2012, Madiran, Southwest A.C., France: From Brumont, Tour Bouscassé 2012 is a well-priced and medium-plus-bodied 40% Tannat, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Cabernet Franc red blend from the Madiran region in Southwest France. A towering big southern French red wine with smoky aromas with toasty oak and black fruit. Food pairings: tourtière, roast beef, roasted venison. Drink: 2018 - 2023 414615 14% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 89/100. September 2018. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rodney Strong Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Sonoma County, California, United States: From Sonoma County, California Rodney Strong 2015 is a robust and full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon with a blackberry, cedar brush, vanilla and oak on the nose. Finishes with notes of cocoa and cedar spice. Tannins are grippy. Decant 1-2 hours prior to serving with beef sliders. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: pulled pork, burgers, hard cheese, grilled rare steak, smoked beef ribs. Drink: 2018 - 2023 226944 13.5% D 750 mL $26.95 Score: 92/100. September 2018. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tsantali Reserve Rapsani 2014, Rapsani, Thessalia P.D.O., Greece: Tsantali Reserve 2014 is a rustic and tannic red blend of Xinomavro, Krassato and Stavroto wine grapes from the vineyards of Rapsani (which sits at 600 metres above sea level) The wine is aged in French oak for one year. Rapsani is one of the four PDO regions in Greece featuring Xinomavro. Look for spicy berry, plum fruit and vanilla flavours on the palate. Pair with lamb burgers. Rapsani food pairings: Greek marinated lamb ribs on the grill, souvlaki, spanakopita pie. Drink: 2018 - 2023 734855 13.5% D 750 mL $22.95 Score: 89/100. September 2018. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Marqués de Cáceres Reserva 2012, Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain: Marqués de Cáceres Reserva 2012 is a 85% Tempranillo, 10% Grenache and 5% Graciano full-bodied red wine with ripe black cherry, floral, earthy, savoury flavours and a zesty citrus finish. Pair with lamb and rosemary. Food pairings: Greek marinated lamb ribs on the grill, rack of lamb, mushroom risotto. Drink: 2018 - 2022 702761 13.5% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 90/100. September 2018. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Viña Ventisquero Grey Glacier Single Block Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Trinidad Vineyard, Maipo Valley D.O., Chile: A lovely Chilean red wine made from Cabernet grapes planted on vines that grow in granite soils of the winery's Trinidad Vineyard. This is located in the cool climate and coastal region of the Maipo Valley. Aromas of fleshy ripe black plums, spice, smoke, graphite and cigar box. Pair with a pepper steak. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: potato and chick pea stew, grilled sirloin steak, bobtje. Drink: 2018 - 2021 485474 13.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 91/100. September 2018. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Bosio Barbera D'asti 2017, Piedmont D.O.C.G., Italy: Bosio 2017 is a well-priced and easy-drinking Barbera D'asti from the Piedmont wine region. Made from 100% Barbera grown on slopes 200 to 300 metres above sea level. Pair with pizza marinara. Barbera D'asti food pairings: roast leg of lamb, game bird, venison striploin steak. Drink: 2018 - 2022 454009 13% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 87/100. September 2018. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Belle Glos Las Alturas Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015, Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey County, California, United States: Sweet cherry-berry aromas and flavours on the palate. Vanilla oak spice, smoke and raspberry compote and preserves on the finish. Full-bodied Californian Pinot Noir. This is one of four single vineyard wines from this winery and considered the most robust of all four. Gotta love that red melted wax seal: makes a great gift package. Pair with grilled chicken. Lots of mocha and dark chocolate and caramel on the finish from oak aging. arch 31, 2017). Pinot Noir food pairings: pork, beef Carpaccio, mushroom and leek risotto. Drink: 2018 - 2022 212076 14.7% D 750 mL $59.95 Score: 92/100. September 2018. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

José Maria Da Fonseca Domini 2014, Douro D.O.C., Portugal: A robust, delicious Portuguese red wine that's a steal at this price! Intense and deeply concentrated with aromas of fleshy ripe dark fruit and smoke. Pair with barbecued or grilled meats. Food pairings: lamb chop casserole, stuffed breast of veal, roast chicken. Drink: 2018 - 2022 452730 13% XD 750 mL $13.95 Score: 89/100. September 2018. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rosés

Gassier Le Pas Du Moine Sainte-Victoire Rosé 2017, Côtes De Provence, Provence A.P., France: From the Côtes De Provence wine region, Gassier's Le Pas Du Moine Sainte-Victoire 2017 is a vibrant, medium-bodied rosé blend of 35% Syrah, 45% Grenache and 10% Rolle. Look for vibrant red cherry, pink grapefruit and a touch of savoury green herb flavours on the palate. Rosé food pairings: roast turkey, chicken Kiev, spring salad. Drink: 2018 - 2020 450874 13.5% XD 750 mL $23.95 Score: 88/100. September 2018. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Marqués De Caceres Rosado 2017, Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain: Marqués De Caceres 2017 dry and full-bodied Rosado from the Rioja wine region and is very popular and well-known to rosé wine lovers with its ripe raspberry, savory character, light herbals and spicy flavours. Great acidity for food. Shows good body and firm acidity. Drink now. Rosado food pairings: grilled salmon, grilled chicken salads, grilled pork dishes. Drink: 2018 - 2019 622142 13.5% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 89/100. September 2018. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Southbrook Triomphe Cabernet Franc Rosé 2017, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, V.Q.A., Canada: Southbrook's Triomphe 2017 Cabernet Franc Rosé from the Niagara Peninsula wine region is a dry, medium-bodied rosé with wild strawberries, rhubarb, red currant, light herb and savoury flavours on the palate. This rosé wine is certified organic. Excellent with olives and charcuterie. Cabernet Franc Rosé food pairings: spinach greens and fresh strawberry salad, goat cheese brick and dried cranberries and herbs, strawberry rhubarb crumble. Drink: 2018 - 2020 279117 11.4% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. September 2018. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ott By Ott Rosé 2017, Côtes De Provence, Provence A.P., France: Ott By Ott 2017 is a bone-dry, savoury rosé from the Côtes De Provence wine region, produced by Château De Selle Coeur De Grain. Look for dried herbs, savoury spice, ripe wild berries and dried rose petal flavours on the palate. Rosé food pairings: strawberry spinach salad, roast turkey, veal scaloppini. Drink: 2018 - 2019 490896 13% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 94/100. September 2018. Top Rated Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Henri Gaillard Rosé 2017, Côtes De Provence, Provence A.P., France: A fragrant southern French rosé wine that's a medium-bodied blend of Syrah, Grenache, Cinsault and Mourvèdre grapes. Aromas of strawberry, rose petal and spice. Pair with fresh seafood. Rosé food pairings: barbequed chicken wings, dry pork spare ribs, salads topped with grilled chicken. Drink: 2018 - 2020 450825 13% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 91/100. September 2018. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Val Joanis Tradition Rosé 2017, Luberon, Rhône A.P., France: From Luberon in the Rhône wine region, Château Val Joanis Tradition 2017 is a vibrant rosé with light strawberry, ripe peach, licorice, red berry flavours on the palate finishing with citrus zest. Pair with black olive tapenade and savoury breads. Rosé food pairings: grilled chicken breast, crab cakes and pesto sauce, smoked whitefish. Drink: 2018 - 2019 707281 13% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 89/100. September 2018. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sparkling Wine

Domaine Roger Luquet Crémant De Bourgogne Blanc De Blancs, Burgundy A.C., France: Supremely toasty with lovely notes of fresh green apple. This is a steal that you should buy by the case if you’ve got a wedding, reunion or some other big party coming up. Crémant de Bourgogne can be made from the white wine grape Aligoté, however, winemaker Roger Luquet’s Blanc de Blancs is made only from Chardonnay grapes that grow St. Véran appellation vineyards. Finishes with notes of freshly baked bread and lime citrus. Pair with fried chicken for an extra treat tonight. Crémant De Bourgogne Blanc De Blancs food pairings: lobster, crab legs, lightly spiced curry dishes, lamb stew. Drink: 2015 - 2019 957894 12.5% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 90/100. September 2018. Top Rated Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Jcb N° 21 Brut Crémant De Bourgogne, Burgundy A.C., France: A pleasant and refreshing French sparkling wine with toasty notes and freshly baked bread. Pair with fried chicken. Crémant De Bourgogne food pairings: lightly spiced curry dishes, lamb stew, tacos, seafood. Drink: 2015 - 2019 371831 12% D 750 mL $29.95 Score: 89/100. September 2018. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Joseph Cattin Rosé Pinot Noir Crémant D'alsace, Alsace A.C., France: A refreshing, come-alive Crémant with great displays of white pear and green apple crispness. This is an amazing price for this sparkling wine. Great aperitif. This vibrant sparkling rosé wine is made from all Pinot Noir grapes which lends it a lovely salmon hue as well as notes of field raspberries. Dry and refreshing. Pair with shellfish. Pinot Noir Crémant D'alsace food pairings: fresh shellfish, fish tacos, salads, smoked fish. Drink: 2018 - 2020 264572 12% D 750 mL $18.95 Score: 90/100. September 2018. Best Value Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Casa Dea Estates Winery Dea's Cuvée Sparkling 2016, Ontario, V.Q.A., Canada: A toasty, crisp Prince Edward County sparkling wine made using the Charmat method where the second fermentation is in a large tank rather than in the bottle. Aromas of green apple and lemon zest. Pair with shellfish. Sparkling food pairings: fish tacos, crab cakes, salads topped with fresh shrimp. Drink: 2018 - 2021 261263 12.5% M 750 mL $20.95 Score: 90/100. September 2018. Top Rated Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

Balthasar Ress Hattenheimer Schützenhaus Riesling Kabinett 2016, Rheingau Prädikatswein, Germany: From the Rheingau wine region, Balthasar Ress Hattenheimer Schützenhaus 2016 Riesling is pale lemon colour in the glass and has just enough sweetness. Some petrol and orange blossom on the nose with wet stone and fresh peach, ripe apple flavours on the palate. Refreshing acidity and a slight effervescence to pair with spicy, fried or rich foods. Riesling Kabinett food pairings: roast chicken, spicy pasta dishes, shrimp tempura, grilled salmon with lemon sauce, duck liver pate. Drink: 2018 - 2024 735241 11% M 750 mL $22.95 Score: 93/100. September 2018. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Squealing Pig Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: The Sauvignon Blanc wine grapes for Squealing Pig (2017) are sourced from the driest and coolest vineyard sites in the Awatere Valley. Look for fresh grapefruit, zesty lemon and fresh herb flavours on the palate finishing long with vibrant acidity. Chill and enjoy with grilled seafood dishes. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: Thai green curry fish, shellfish, chicken and sage skewers, fresh tomato and basil salad. Drink: 2018 - 2019 414789 13% XD 750 mL $21.95 Score: 93/100. September 2018. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Black Stallion Chardonnay 2016, Napa Valley, California, United States: The Chardonnay wine grapes for the Delicato Family's Black Stallion 2016 Chardonnay are sourced from vineyards that once had an equestrian centre on it. Grapes are sourced from both cool and warmer vineyard sites for a final blend that has vibrancy and lift with ripe tropical fruit, peach, citrus, vanilla and oaky flavours. Great with grilled chicken. Chardonnay food pairings: sautéed scallops, roasted pork, mild curries dishes, chicken stir-fry. Drink: 2018 - 2022 339689 14.5% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 89/100. September 2018. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Grgich Hills Estate Fumé Blanc Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Napa Valley, California, United States: Grgich Hills Fumé Blanc 2015 is produced with organic and estate-grown Sauvignon Blanc. This light lemon in the glass white is dry, medium-bodied and zesty, with light herbs, lemongrass, lime zest and nutty, smoky flavours from oak ageing. Pair with grilled chicken. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: chicken salad, pork tenderloin, seafood, grilled lobster. Drink: 2018 - 2022 346296 14.3% D 750 mL $47.95 Score: 94/100. September 2018. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Pierre Sparr Réserve Pinot Gris 2016, Alsace A.C., France: Pierre Sparr Réserve 2016 Pinot Gris is a weighty, barely dry, rich Pinot Gris from the Alsace wine region and made by a world renown producer. It is smooth, elegant with ripe pear, apple and spice flavours mouth filling on the palate. Perfect for seafood. Pinot Gris food pairings: Caesar Salad, fried Gruyere cheese sandwich, raclette, egg dishes. Drink: 2018 - 2019 983395 13.5% D 750 mL $18.95 Score: 91/100. September 2018. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Dog Point Vineyard Chardonnay 2014, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: From Dog Point Vineyard in the Marlborough the 2014 Chardonnay is fragrant with orange blossoms on the nose and on the palate is dry, full-bodied, creamy with juicy tropical fruit flavours and cake spice and toasted nuts on the palate. Enjoy now and for the next three years. Chardonnay food pairings: crab cakes, pork chops, chicken thighs in a light cream sauce. Drink: 2018 - 2020 238568 14.5% XD 750 mL $43.95 Score: 88/100. September 2018. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Dirty Laundry Not So Naughty Chardonnay 2016, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, V.Q.A., Canada: From the Okanagan Valley wine region, Dirty Laundry's Not So Naughty ("not so knotty" as in unwooded) 2016 Chardonnay, is fresh, crisp with white florals and pear on the nose, dry and weighty on the palate with ripe pear, apple flavours and finishing with a soft mineral note. Enjoy with fresh fish or seafood. Chardonnay food pairings: stuffed chicken roasted, pork tenderloin, ravioli served in an Alfredo sauce. Drink: 2018 - 2020 353144 12.5% D 750 mL $21.95 Score: 90/100. September 2018. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Pfaff Special 2016, Alsace A.C., France: Pfaff Special 2016 is a dry Sylvaner and Pinot Blanc white wine blend from the Alsace wine region produced by cooperative Vignerons de Pfaffenheim. Look for ripe citrus, yellow apple and white currant flavours on this zesty white and a perfect pairing to seafood. Pair with grilled sausages. Food pairings: steamed mussels in their own juice and frites, spring green salad with asparagus, grilled halibut. Drink: 2018 - 2021 469734 12% D 750 mL $13.95 Score: 89/100. September 2018. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Avondale Jonty's Ducks Pekin 2016, Paarl W.O., South Africa: From the Paarl wine region in South Africa, Avondale's Jonty's Ducks Pekin 2016 is a medium-bodied white blend of mostly Chenin Blanc with the balance made up of Roussanne, Viognier & Semillon. Look for beeswax, lime zest, grapefruit, tropical and stonefruit notes on the palate. Pair it with fresh salads topped with grilled chicken. Food pairings: spinach and pepper jack stuffed chicken, pork tenderloin, toasted ravioli served with Alfredo sauce. Drink: 2018 - 2023 439554 13.5% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 88/100. September 2018. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Wakefield Clare Valley Estate Chardonnay 2016, Clare Valley, South Australia, Australia: This Chardonnay over-delivers on the price-quality ratio. Full-bodied with green apple and toasty oak aromas. Perfect for roast chicken. Lovely melon and pear notes on the finish of this Australian Chardonnay. Chardonnay food pairings: turkey burgers, crab cakes, chicken breast, lobster in butter sauce, cheese. Drink: 2017 - 2019 711556 14% D 750 mL $15.95 Score: 90/100. September 2018. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Vineland Estates Elevation St. Urban Vineyard Riesling 2016, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Another terrific off-dry Vineland Riesling from the solid 2014 vintage. Aromas of lime and lemon zest with a deep core of minerality. Pair with fresh halibut in a beurre blanc sauce. This is a great Riesling from the Niagara Escarpment wine region in Ontario to pair with fresh whitefish baked in a white wine sauce. This nose is lime and lemon zest with a distinct mineral flintiness. Riesling food pairings: salad, mild curries, Thai coconut shrimp. Drink: 2017 - 2021 38117 8.4% M 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. September 2018. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Joel Gott Wines Unoaked Chardonnay 2016, California, United States: Lovely buttery richness on the nose and palate of this richly layered, full-bodied Californian Chardonnay. Finishes with notes of banana and baking spice. So voluptuous: it's hard to believe there's no oak on this but there isn't. A testament to the ripeness of the grapes themselves. Pair with roast chicken or turkey. Drink: 2018 - 2021 458778 13.9% XD 750 mL $23.95 Score: 90/100. September 2018. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Du Bois-Malinge Muscadet 2016, Sèvre Et Maine, Loire A.P., France: A light spritz on this classic French white wine brings forward the orange blossom and clementine notes. Refreshing and zesty with pleasantly bitter orange peel and white lime aromas and flavours. This wine was aged sur lie. Medium-bodied with such an intriguing tang and zest. Perfect for light to medium curries and spices. Muscadet food pairings: eggs Benedict, leeks, green pepper. Drink: 2018 - 2020 224246 12.5% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 88/100. September 2018. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sergio Zenato Riserva Lugana 2015, Veneto D.O.C., Italy: An exotic and delicious Italian white wine, with mouth-filling texture and some toasty oak. Lemon lanolin richness. Round and mouth-filling, almost waxy in a good way. Baked bread on the finish wrapping themselves around yellow apples. Will cellar, but why wait? Try it tonight with seafood or pasta in cream sauce. Food pairings: fresh fish dishes, roast chicken, veal scaloppini. Drink: 2018 - 2020 928218 13.5% D 750 mL $39.95 Score: 88/100. September 2018. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Megalomaniac Wines My Way Chardonnay 2016, Niagara, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: The fruit for this Niagara Chardonnay comes from 25 year-old vines grown on St David's Bench. The wine is aged in 10% new French oak and undergoes 15% malolactic fermentation to add richness yet preserve fruit purity and a zing. Aromas of green apple. Full-bodied. Pair with roast chicken. Named after the Paul Anka song ;) Chardonnay food pairings: roast chicken, ham and melted gruyere cheese sandwiches, fish tacos. Drink: 2018 - 2021 142646 12.5% D 750 mL $24.95 Score: 90/100. September 2018. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Bonterra Viognier 2017, Mendocino County, California, United States: Bonterra's 2017 Viognier is a medium-plus bodied, dry and plushy Viognier with a splash of Muscat added to give it a floral lift. Grapes for this wine are grown organically and are sourced from Mendocino County vineyards. Lush tropical fruit, spice and vanilla flavours are mouth filling and matched with a vibrant acidity. Pair it with grilled pork. Viognier food pairings: sautéed scallops, pork roast, mild curries and spices, ginger chicken stir-fry. Drink: 2018 - 2021 128900 14.8% D 750 mL $21.95 Score: 89/100. September 2018. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Kenwood Chardonnay 2016, Sonoma County, California, United States: Kenwood 2016 Chardonnay is a full-bodied Chardonnay, gold in the glass with a smoky vanilla and butterscotch nose. On the palate, this wine is dry with lemon custard richness, apple pie, butterscotch and smoky flavours wrapped up in a zesty acidity. Pair with roasted chicken. Chardonnay food pairings: grilled chicken, seared tuna, salmon cakes. Drink: 2018 - 2021 158790 13.5% D 750 mL $18.95 Score: 89/100. September 2018. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Clarence Dillon Clarendelle 2016, Bordeaux A.C., France: A pleasant, medium-bodied Bordeaux white wine blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. Aromas of Asian pear and baking spice. Racy acidity for rich seafood dishes. Food pairings: roast turkey, salads topped with grilled chicken, seafood linguine. Drink: 2018 - 2021 28845 12.5% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 88/100. September 2018. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Stratus Evergreen Riesling 2016, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, V.Q.A., Canada: A lovely, light-bodied Niagara Riesling from Stratus Vineyards in Niagara, the world's first LEED-certified winemaking facility. They don't use pumps to move the wine but rather depend on gravity. Lovely honeysuckle and lime blossom aromas in this off-dry wine. Pair with light seafood dishes. Riesling food pairings: mild curries, sushi, sashimi, dry garlic spare ribs. Drink: 2018 - 2021 579888 11% M 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. September 2018. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château des Charmes St. David's Bench Vineyard Chardonnay 2015, St. David's Bench, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario, V.Q.A., Canada: Château des Charmes St. David's Bench Vineyard 2015 Chardonnay a dry, medium-bodied Chardonnay with vibrant acidity for food. This wine is a perfect pairing to roast chicken or turkey with its green apple, ripe pear, creamy vanilla and butterscotch flavours on the palate. Chardonnay food pairings: roast chicken, turkey tetrazzini, roast lemon duck. Drink: 2018 - 2020 430991 13.5% XD 750 mL $23.95 Score: 87/100. September 2018. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Lundy Manor Proprietor's Blend White 2016, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, V.Q.A., Canada: Lundy Manor Proprietor's Blend 2016, is a zesty Gewürztraminer, Riesling and Chardonnay white blend from vineyards in the Twenty Mile Bench wine region. Look for white florals and light oaky notes on the nose with white flowers, yellow pear and lychee flavours on the palate finishing with crisp acidity. Food pairings: pan-fried panfish, fish tacos, grilled chicken. Drink: 2018 - 2020 579961 12% M 750 mL $18.95 Score: 87/100. September 2018. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Pierre-Luc Bouchaud Muscadet 2016, Sèvre Et Maine, Loire A.C., France: This Muscadet Sèvre Et Maine Sur Lie from the Loire wine region is produced by Pierre-Luc Bouchaud. The 2016 vintage is light and bright with notes of lemongrass, lemon zest, finishing with a mineral richness and vibrant acidity. Pair with raw oysters or steamed mussels in their own juice. Muscadet food pairings: steamed mussels in their own juice and frites, crab cakes, pan-fried panfish. Drink: 2018 - 2020 82461 12% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 88/100. September 2018. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ruffino Il Ducale Pinot Grigio 2017, Friuli D.O.C., Italy: A rustic Italian white wine produced by the Ruffino family whose winemaking history dates back to 1877. At that time, cousins Ilario and Leopoldo Ruffino started making wine in northern Italy. Light-bodied with floral notes and lots of acidity. Pair with light seafood. Pinot Grigio food pairings: spinach and pepper jack stuffed chicken, linguini vongole, grilled pork loin. Drink: 2018 - 2019 577999 12.5% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 87/100. September 2018. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


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