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Wine Picks October 13, 2018

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Note: This batch of wine reviews is not part of the bi-weekly Vintages Releases. Instead, it's a collection of wines outside the Vintages section in store (general list) or wines sent to me directly from wineries that may not yet be available in liquor stores. Click on the Winery or Wine Agency link to get more info.

Dessert Wine

Sandeman Ruby Port, Douro, Portugal: A lovely ruby port with aromas of Bing cherry liqueur, toasted nuts and orange zest. Pair with salted almonds or hard cheeses. Drink: 2018 - 2023 23366 19.5% S 750 mL $16.15 Score: 89/100. October 2018. Best Value Dessert Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Vale Meão Vintage Port 2014, Douro D.O.P., Portugal: A rich and seductive vintage port from 2014 that's a blend of 60% Touriga Franca with 20% Touriga Nacional grapes with the remainder small amounts of other local grapes. This port has 97 grams per litre of residual sugar. The 2014 vintage was challenging for port producers, yet this is a terrific after-dinner drink. Aromas of blackberry liqueur and fruitcake. This estate was founded in 1877. Pair with toasted nuts and hard cheeses. Vintage Port food pairings: dark chocolate, blue cheeses, roasted nuts. Drink: 2018 - 2027 545046 19.5% S 750 mL $65.95 Score: 92/100. October 2018. Top Rated Dessert Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Blandy's Duke Of Clarence Madeira, Madiera D.O.C., Portugal: Lovely after-dinner drink with aromas of fruitcake, figs, prunes and plums. Finishes with a salted toffee note. This wine is made from the volcanic, sub-tropical Portuguese island of Madeira, 400 miles of the northwest African coast. The Blandy's have owned this winery since 1811. Pair with toasted nuts and hard cheeses. Madeira food pairings: fruit cakes, soft cheeses, puddings. Drink: 2018 - 2027 578682 19% S 750 mL $22.95 Score: 88/100. October 2018. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Other Wines/Drinks

Barkan Wine Cellars Classic Petite Syrah 2016, Israel: Smoky with a lot of oak on the nose and palate. Blackened fruit and dark spice. This is a kosher wine (Kp M). Pair with a rare steak. Drink: 2018 - 2020 613141 12% D 750 mL $18.00 Score: 86/100. October 2018. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Red Wine

La Chasse Grande Reserve La Chasse 2015, Vacqueyras, Rhone Valley, France: A rustic, robust southern French red wine blend of mostly Syrah and Grenache grapes. Aromas of tart blackberry and smoke. Decant 1 hour and pair with a rare steak. Drink: 2018 - 2022 543868 14% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. October 2018. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Paris Valley Road Zinfandel 2014, California, United States: Sweet purple plums and blueberries on the nose and palate of this full-bodied smooth Californian Zinfandel. Pair with grilled ribs. Zinfandel food pairings: prime rib steak, roast pork tenderloin, gourmet burgers. Drink: 2017 - 2022 535377 15.2% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 89/100. October 2018. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Stolen Identity Pinot Noir 2014, Willamette Valley, Oregon, United States: An easy-drinking Oregon Pinot Noir with aromas of sour cherry and earth. Medium-bodied, smooth and juicy with racy acidity. Pair with roast turkey. Pinot Noir food pairings: goat stew, cheese, game, lamburgers, vegetarian pizza. Drink: 2017 - 2020 536797 13.1% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 88/100. October 2018. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tenuta L'impostino Montecucco Rosso 2011, Tuscany D.O.C., Italy: A smoky, toasty, earthy northern Italian red wine that's a blend of 80% Sangiovese and 20% equal parts Merlot, Syrah and Petit Verdot grapes. This wine was aged 12 months in barrels, and another 6 months in bottle before being released by the winery. Some led and spice on the finish. Pair with rare steak and truffle dishes. Food pairings: meaty lasagne, cheesy pizza, tourtière. Drink: 2017 - 2020 519165 14% XD 750 mL $21.95 Score: 91/100. October 2018. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Bellegrave Du Poujeau 2008, Bordeaux A.C., France: A delicious and robust Bordeaux red wine blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc and 40% Merlot grapes. Aromas of fleshy ripe black plums and dark berries with toasty oak. The grapes are sourced from a tiny 10-acre vineyard planted in 1981 just 15 kilometres from the city of Bordeaux. The wine was aged for 18 mnths in small French oak barrels. Pair with grilled meats. Food pairings: roast of venison, grilled lamb chops, game burgers, grilled game sausages. Drink: 2017 - 2020 526921 12.4% XD 750 mL $38.95 Score: 90/100. October 2018. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Masi Costasera Amarone Classico 2012, Veneto, Italy: Juicy, full-bodied and succulent Italian red wine made from the appassimento method of drying grapes on straw mats before fermentation to add weight, body and colour to the final wine. Aromas of black cherry liqueur and smoke. Pair with roast beef. Amarone Classico food pairings: dark chocolate, hearty meat dishes. Drink: 2016 - 2025 317057 15% XD 750 mL $43.05 Score: 92/100. October 2018. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Bodacious Winery Dark, Canada: Sweet chocolate and mocha with coffee espresso from oak aging and residual sugar. A blend of grapes from many countries. Pair with Mexican mole or dark chocolate. 522946 13% MS 750 mL $10.75 Score: 78/100. October 2018. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sasseo Primitivo 2014, Salento, Puglia, I.G.T., Italy: Full-bodied and juicy Italian red wine from the southern region of the country. The wine's name is a nod to the rocks (sassi) of the Salento peninsula that provide great drainage as do the limestone soils. Aromas of fleshy ripe black and purple plums, spice and toasty oak. Pair with a grilled steak. Primitivo food pairings: spaghetti and meatballs, vegetarian lasagna, chicken stew and dumplings. Drink: 2018 - 2022 366955 14.5% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 90/100. October 2018. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Canyon Road Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, California, United States: A juicy, smooth, full-bodied Californian Cabernet with lots of dark chocolate and mocha from oak aging along with sweet blackberries. Pair with grilled meats. Great price. Drink: 2018 - 2020 552505 13% D 750 mL $10.15 Score: 87/100. October 2018. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Paolo Scavino Barolo 2013, Piedmont D.O.C.G., Italy: Attractive nose of violets and tanned leather. Tannins are still grippy on the palate so age another 5-10 years. Pair with game meats. Decant 1-2 hours. Barolo food pairings: roast pheasant, venison tenderloin, roast, stuffed saddle of rabbit. Drink: 2018 - 2023 531137 14.5% XD 375 mL $36.95 Score: 91/100. October 2018. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

St. Francis Zinfandel 2014, Sonoma County, California, United States: Campfire smoke and black fruit on the nose and palate of this robust, polished Californian red wine made from the state's iconic Zinfandel grape. Loaded with black raspberry and cherry on the finish. The vines for this wine are 50 to 110 years old, which concentrates the fruit and flavours. This is a traditional field blend of mostly Zinfandel, but also some Petite Sirah. Pair with hearty and spicy meat dishes. Zinfandel food pairings: roast turkey, prime rib burgers, pork roast. Drink: 2018 - 2023 539155 15.7% D 750 mL $29.95 Score: 91/100. October 2018. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Du Grande Tinel 2015, Côtes Du Rhône, Rhône A.C., France: Lots of pepper and spice and smoke on the nose of this attractive southern French red wine blend from the Côtes du Rhône region. Polished tannins. Great value. Pair with a pepper steak. Food pairings: rib roast, braised brisket of beef, roast rabbit. Drink: 2017 - 2021 539478 15% XD 750 mL $23.95 Score: 90/100. October 2018. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Stéphane Aviron 2014, Beaujolais, Burgundy A.C., France: A vibrant, juicy, mouth-watering Beaujolais cru wine. This medium-bodied Burgundian red wine does not use carbonic maceration and is made form the Gamay grape. It is oak aged. Aromas of cherry-berry and smoke. Pair with veal. Food pairings: roast rustic chicken, hearty meat dishes, grilled game burgers. Drink: 2017 - 2021 526855 12.5% XD 750 mL $20.95 Score: 90/100. October 2018. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Fombrauge 2006, Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux A.C., France: Remarkably viscous even though it's now 12 years old. Drinking at peak or near peak. Produced by Bernard Magre. Lots of attractive toasty oak and fleshy ripe black fruit. Decant 2 hours and enjoy with a rare steak. Food pairings: rare rib steak, venison burgers, Porchetta. Drink: 2017 - 2020 527044 14% XD 750 mL $62.95 Score: 92/100. October 2018. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cigar Box Pinot Noir 2017, Chile: This is a stunningly great price for this Chilean red wine made from old vine hand-picked Pinot Grapes. Aromas of sweet cherry and berry with some smoke. Pair with veal and roast chicken. Drink: 2018 - 2021 545707 13.5% D 750 mL $12.75 Score: 89/100. October 2018. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Firestone Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Santa Ynez Valley, California, United States: Campfire and hickory smoke on the nose and palate of this attractive, full-bodied California red wine made from Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. Supple. Pair with a pepper steak. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: hamburgers, prime rib. Drink: 2017 - 2021 292128 13.9% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 88/100. October 2018. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Damilano Liste Barolo 2012, Piedmont D.O.C.G., Italy: A big, black, blockbuster of a Barolo! Firm and tannic -- this will weave together with cellar time and 2 hours decanting. Aromas of wild violets, truffles and blackened fruit. Pair with truffle-accented risotto. Barolo food pairings: beef bourguignon, roast beef, roast chicken, game dishes. Drink: 2018 - 2024 451807 14.5% XD 750 mL $75.95 Score: 92/100. October 2018. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Roux Père & Fils Beaurepaire 2015, Côte De Beaune, Burgundy A.C., France: A lovely, silky Old World Burgundian Pinot Noir with aromas of fresh earth, tart dark cherry. Medium-bodied, smooth and supple. The name of this wine "Beaurepaire" is French for "beautiful lair" and is a nod to the local story about this winery that was once a secret meeting place for young people in love. The 2015 Santenay would pair beautifully with game dishes and veal. Food pairings: roast, stuffed breast of veal, chicken Kiev, roast leg of lamb. Drink: 2018 - 2022 527994 13.1% XD 750 mL $54.95 Score: 91/100. October 2018. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

J. Lohr Highlands Bench Pinot Noir 2013, Santa Lucia Highlands, California, United States: Not nearly as sweet as I expected given the usual style of this winery. The oak isn't heavy either, which is nice. This medium-bodied Pinot Noir offers aromas of ripe cherry and smoke. It's supple and smooth. Pair with veal. Pinot Noir food pairings: grilled lamb chops, grilled New York strip loin, hard cheese, braised pork shanks, veal chops. Drink: 2018 - 2022 551572 14.7% XD 750 mL $54.95 Score: 89/100. October 2018. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Villa antinori Riserva Chianti Classico 2013, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: The 2013 vintage of this robust, juicy Chianti Classico Riserva from Villa Antinori is a red wine blend of 90% Sangiovese and 10% Merlot grapes. Winemaker Renzo Cotarella intends to eventually make it 100% Sangiovese. Dark tart cherry, spice and smoke. Pair with tangy tomato sauces. Chianti Classico food pairings: grilled meats, meat pasta, lamb stew. Drink: 2018 - 2020 540971 13.5% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 90/100. October 2018. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Pellegrino Gazzerotta Nero D'avola 2014, Sicily I.G.T., Italy: A juicy, smoky, full-bodied Italian red wine made from Sicily's classic grape Nero d'Avola. The wine's name, Gazzerotta, is a nod to the black-and-white magpies that fly over the vineyards. Black cherry and spice on the finish. Pair with meat lover's pizza. Nero D'avola food pairings: grilled meats, meat pasta, smoked meats. Drink: 2018 - 2022 538140 13.5% D 750 mL $15.95 Score: 90/100. October 2018. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sarmassa Barolo 2013, Piedmont D.O.C.G., Italy: A tannic monster that will come into it's own in 3-4 years. Aromas of black fruit, smoke and truffles. Made from the Nebbiolo grape. Decant 2-3 hours. Pair with rare meats. Barolo food pairings: roasted pork loin, prime rib, coq au vin. Drink: 2018 - 2028 337048 14% XD 750 mL $77.95 Score: 90/100. October 2018. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Gancedo Xestal Mencía 2010, Bierzo D.O., Spain: Very spicy on the nose and palate with black pepper and dark fruit wrapped in smoke. This wine is aged in oak barrels. The 2010 vintage of Xestal and Mencía grapes is fermented in stainless steel tanks then put into oak barriques for 12 months. Pair with a pepper steak. Mencía food pairings: steak, ribs, pasta with a Bolognese sauce, grilled veggies, turkey, pasta. Drink: 2018 - 2022 553743 14.5% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 90/100. October 2018. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Dievole Chianti Classico 2014, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: Lovely balance, elegance and juiciness in this Italian red wine made from Sangiovese grapes grown in the Chianti Classico region of Tuscany. Aromas of tart cherry, spice and smoke. The first vines at this winery were planted in 1090. Pair with tangy tomato sauces. Chianti Classico food pairings: grilled meats, game, aged cheeses. Drink: 2018 - 2022 444448 13% XD 750 mL $22.95 Score: 91/100. October 2018. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Colomé Estate Malbec 2014, Salta, Argentina: This robust Argentine red wine is made from the country's iconic Malbec grape sourced from all four of Colomé's Malbec vineyards. Aromas of fleshy ripe plums, dark spice and smoke. Sustainably farmed vines planted at the world's highest elevation for Malbec. Pair with hamburgers. Malbec food pairings: game pot pie, grilled meats on the barbie, bison burgers. Drink: 2018 - 2022 477315 14.9% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 92/100. October 2018. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Cantemerle 2011, Haut-Médoc, Bordeaux A.C., France: The 2011 vintage of this robust Bordeaux red wine from Cantemerle is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes. Tannic with aroma of black fruit and toasty oak. Decant 1-2 hours and pair with a rare steak. Food pairings: filet mignon, rack of lamb, venison steak. Drink: 2018 - 2030 920561 13% XD 750 mL $74.95 Score: 90/100. October 2018. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

ADS Wines Regio Zinfandel Old Vine, Old Clone 2013, California, United States: Fleshy ripe purple and black plums with blackberry jam on the nose and palate of this robust, smooth Californian Zinfandel from the Lodi region, which boasts the oldest Zinfandel vines on the planet. Pair with barbecued meats. Regio Zinfandel Old Vine, Old Clone food pairings: roast pork, burgers and grilled sausages, grilled bbq chicken. Drink: 2018 - 2022 572784 13.4% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. October 2018. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sons Of Eden Kennedy 2015, Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia: This gorgeous, full-bodied Australian red wine won a Gold Medal at the 2017 Decanter World Wine Awards. It's a blend of 40% Grenache, 34% Shiraz and 26% Mouvedre grapes. Aromas of fleshy ripe black plums, blackberries, and toasty oak. The wine was aged in French oak barrels for 16 months before blending. Pair with grilled meats. Food pairings: savoury herb-rubbed roast, roast duck, grilled game sausage .. Drink: 2018 - 2024 558692 14.9% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 94/100. October 2018. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Antica Hirpinia 2010, Taurasi, Campania D.O.C.G., Italy: This robust Italian red wine made from the Aglianico grape in Taurasi offers lots of pleasure. Racy acidity for a tangy tomato or meat sauce. Wines from this region or often nicknamed Barolo of the South. Aromas of dark fruit, toasty oak, and smoke. Pair with grilled meats. Food pairings: roast chicken, grilled veal chops, meat salads. Drink: 2018 - 2022 542126 13.5% D 750 mL $36.95 Score: 90/100. October 2018. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Xavier XV Châteauneuf-Du-Pape 2015, Rhône A.P., France: This is a blend of 65% Grenache and the remainder equal parts Mourvèdre and Syrah grapes. Black cherry liqueur on the nose and palate of this blockbuster southern French red wine blend. Plush black plum aromas give this wine a luscious mouth-filling character and juiciness before peppered darker fruit creates a lovely bite. Full-bodied and voluptuous. Drink now if you decant for 2 hours or hold it in your cellar for a decade or more. Incredible richness, depth and concentration. Demands hearty meat dishes. Loaded with purple and black plums and liquorice on the finish. Châteauneuf-Du-Pape food pairings: prime rib, wild game, cherry and wine-reduction sauces. Drink: 2018 - 2024 244814 14.5% XD 750 mL $54.95 Score: 93/100. October 2018. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Pomar Junction Vineyard Syrah 2014, Paso Robles, California, United States: A juicy, luscious, full-bodied smooth California red wine made from Syrah grapes. The 2014 vintage of the Pomar Junction is certified as SIP - Sustainability in Practice. The wine was matured in oak barrels. Aromas of black plums and blackberries, smoke and toasted oak. Pair with barbecued meats. Syrah food pairings: prime rib roast, roast saddle of boar, bison burgers. Drink: 2018 - 2021 568261 15.4% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 92/100. October 2018. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

PondView Estate Winery Cabernet Merlot 2016, Niagara, Ontario, Canada: A medium-bodied, smooth Niagara red wine blend of Cabernet and Merlot grapes. Aromas of dark fruit and smoke. Pair with a pepper steak. Drink: 2018 - 2020 570143 13% D 750 mL $16.95 Score: 87/100. October 2018. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Henry of Pelham Winery Revel Dark Red Cab Noir 2017, Niagara, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A full-bodied, smooth Niagara red wine blend of Cabernet and Baco Noir grapes. Aromas of fleshy ripe black plums, dark spice and smoke. Produced by Henry of Pelham. Pair with hamburgers. Drink: 2018 - 2021 575662 13% D 750 mL $16.95 Score: 88/100. October 2018. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tabalí Pedregoso Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Maipo Valley D.O., Chile: A robust Chilean red wine made from the country's signature red grape Carmenere. Aromas of black plum, dark spice and smoke. Pair with grilled meats. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: steak fajitas, hearty black bean soup. Drink: 2018 - 2022 569699 14% D 750 mL $15.95 Score: 90/100. October 2018. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Senorio De Barahonda Carro 2016, Yecla D.O., Spain: Senorio de Barahonda Carro 2016 is a dry, full-bodied red blend of 50% Monastrell with the balance in Syrah, Tempranillo and Merlot with ripe cherry, earthy florals and smoky flavours on the palate. Food pairings: veal chops in red wine sauce, grilled veal chops, sautéed pork tenderloin with wild mushrooms. Drink: 2018 - 2025 574426 13.5% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 90/100. October 2018. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Masseria Noha Primitivo 2016, Salento, Puglia I.G.T., Italy: A robust Italian red wine made from the Primitivo grape. Aromas of mocha, toasty oak, black fruit and smoke. Pair with meat lovers' pizza. Primitivo food pairings: wild boar cacciatore, chocolate chili, meat lover's pizza. Drink: 2018 - 2022 569939 13.2% D 750 mL $18.95 Score: 88/100. October 2018. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Tour Grand Mayne 2015, Puisseguin Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux A.C., France: Lots of mocha, dark chocolate and smoke on the nose of this well-priced Bordeaux red wine from generous oak aging. Made form Merlot and Cabernet. Aromas of sweet black plums. Pair with grilled meats. Food pairings: game burgers, beef steak, grilled veal chops, hard aged cheeses. Drink: 2018 - 2024 550384 14% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 90/100. October 2018. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château La Cardonne 2010, Médoc, Bordeaux A.C., France: An excellent Bordeaux for the money. This robust French red wine is a blend of 50% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc grapes. The vines are planted in gravel and limestone soils. Aromas of toasty oak, spice, black fruit and smoke. Pair with a rare steak. Food pairings: prime rib steak, roast lamb, meat fondue, game terrine. Drink: 2018 - 2024 550244 13.9% XD 750 mL $26.95 Score: 89/100. October 2018. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Farina Valpolicella 2016, Veneto D.O.C., Italy: Full-bodied and rustic with aromas of wild tart blackberries, toasty oak and smoke. Pair with grilled meats. Valpolicella food pairings: wild mushroom and leak risotto, polenta with basil and parmesan cheese, Ossobuco. Drink: 2018 - 2024 492561 12.5% D 750 mL $14.95 Score: 87/100. October 2018. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Vicente Faria Wines Animus 2016, Douro D.O.C., Portugal: A terrific value for this price! A full-bodied, smooth, supple, juicy Portuguese red wine that's a blend of local grapes. Aromas of fleshy ripe black plums and smoke. Mouth-watering acidity for a tangy meat or tomato sauce. Food pairings: grilled pork ribs, burgers, chicken dishes. Drink: 2018 - 2021 535641 13% XD 750 mL $11.95 Score: 88/100. October 2018. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

La Bohème Act Four Syrah Gamay 2017, Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia: A full-bodied, juicy and delicious Australian red wine named for Mimi, a character in Puccini's La Bohème. The Yarra-Valley native operatic soprano Dame Nellie Melba, often performed the role in late 19th century. This Syrah is beautifully styled with aromas of fleshy ripe black fruit and spice. It's vegan-friendly. Pair with grilled portabello mushrooms and your favourite opera. Syrah Gamay food pairings: grilled prime rib steak, slow-braised lamb shanks, meatlover's pizza. Drink: 2018 - 2022 571141 14% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 89/100. October 2018. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Stephen Ross Pinot Noir 2015, Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey County, California, United States: A gorgeous, rich almost full-bodied Californian Pinot Noir with grapes grown in the winery's Escolle and Stone Corral vineyards. Aromas of tart cherry, fresh earth and spice. The wine was aged 11 months in French oak barrels. Pair with veal. Pinot Noir food pairings: veal chops, rosemary lamb, sautéed tenderloin roast. Drink: 2018 - 2022 568246 14% XD 750 mL $42.95 Score: 92/100. October 2018. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Bodega Jesús Romero Rubus 2016, Aragón D.O., Spain: The 2016 vintage of the robust Rubus is a Spanish red wine blend of Garnacha, Syrah and Tempranillo grapes grown on ten-year-old vines. Aromas of purple and black plums with blueberry liqueur and oak. Pair with grilled lamb. Food pairings: pulled pork sandwiches, gourmet burgers, grilled game sausage. Drink: 2018 - 2022 575944 14.1% D 750 mL $18.95 Score: 88/100. October 2018. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Pine Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Napa Valley, California, United States: A smoky, toasty, robust Californian Cabernet with aromas of fleshy ripe blackberry, black currant, dark spice and smoke. Relatively smooth and supple. Pair with a rare steak and decant for 1-2 hours. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: grilled steak, gourmet burgers, juicy grilled beef ribs. Drink: 2018 - 2023 396184 14.2% XD 750 mL $79.95 Score: 92/100. October 2018. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Jcb Passion Cabernet Sauvignon Petit Verdot 2015, Napa Valley, California, United States: A blockbuster Californian red wine blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Petit Verdot grapes. Rich and layered, the 2015 JCB Passion Proprietary Red features aromas of fleshy ripe blackberries, bacon fat, pencil led, dried herbs and mocha. Long, satisfying finish. Pair with a rare steak. Cabernet Sauvignon Petit Verdot food pairings: slow-braised beef brisket, roast chicken, bison burgers. Drink: 2018 - 2024 614735 14.5% D 750 mL $84.95 Score: 93/100. October 2018. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Bastide Sobirana Lieu Dit La Colomine 2015, Côtes Du Roussillon, Roussillon A.P., France: A robust, ructic southern French red wine from the 2015 Cotes du Roussillon Bastide Sobirana Lieu Dit La Colombine. This is a savoury blend of 50% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 20% Carignan grapes. The wine was aged in concrete tanks. Pair with grilled meats. Food pairings: duck confit, grilled game sausages, beef bourgignon. Drink: 2018 - 2022 561217 14.4% D 750 mL $18.95 Score: 90/100. October 2018. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ridolfi Brunello Di Montalcino 2012, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: A mature, lovely Brunello, that stalwart from nothern Italy that takes years to age. Aromas of tanned leather, violets, cigar box, and pencil led. Tannins are mostly smooth on this full-bodied wine. Pair with truffle-inflected dishes, like rissotto. Brunello Di Montalcino food pairings: roast beef, bison burgers, venison stew. Drink: 2018 - 2024 458216 14% XD 750 mL $49.95 Score: 93/100. October 2018. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Duorum 2015, Douro D.O.P., Portugal: A savoury, juicy, full-bodied Portuguese red wine blend of 40% Touriga Franca, 40% Touriga Nacional, 20% Tinta Roriz grapes. Aromas of blackberry, black currant, smoke, anise and dark spice. Pair with grilled meats. Decant 1 hour. Food pairings: grilled game meats, roast duck, fricassee rabbit. Drink: 2018 - 2022 215699 13.5% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 90/100. October 2018. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine De La Solitude Saint-Julien 2006, Saint-Julien, Bordeaux A.C., France: A full-bodied matured Bordeaux red wine blend of mostly Cabernet Sauvignon with Merlot and Petit Verdot grapes. Aromas of blackberry, cassis and anise with cigar box. Decant 1 hour and pair with a rare steak. Saint-Julien food pairings: grilled steak, bison burgers, meaty pizza topped with more meat. Drink: 2016 - 2021 550475 12.7% D 750 mL $38.95 Score: 92/100. October 2018. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Petite Fleur 2014, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina: Aromas of purple plums and blueberries on the nose and palate of this robust Argentine red wine. A blend of Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah grapes. Pair with barbecued meats. Food pairings: roast leg of lamb with herbs and garlic, grilled pork chops, roast duck. Drink: 2018 - 2022 568923 15.3% XD 750 mL $25.95 Score: 90/100. October 2018. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Faiveley Marsannay 2015, Marsannay, Burgundy A.C., France: The 2015 vintage of this lovely, smooth, medium-bodied Old World Burgundian Pinot Noir is redolent with aromas of cherry, dark berry and smoke. This was a strong vintage which shows in the ripeness of the fruit. Pair with veal. Marsannay food pairings: roast duck, slow-braised veal shanks in red wine sauce, wild mushroom stuffed flank steak. Drink: 2018 - 2023 556357 13.5% D 750 mL $39.95 Score: 90/100. October 2018. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Vignerons De Bel Air Régnié 2016, Beaujolais A.P., France: A medium-bodied supple French red wine from the Beaujolais region made from the Gamay grape. Aromas of tart cherry with some herbal notes. Among the cru's of Beaujolais, Régnié is the most recent to get the cru status in 1988. Pair with hard cheeses and veal. Food pairings: duck confit, grilled game sausages, beef bourgignon. Drink: 2018 - 2020 487157 13.4% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 88/100. October 2018. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Cailleteau Bergeron Prestige 2014, Côtes De Bordeaux - Blaye, Bordeaux A.C., France: A rustic, robust Boreaux red wine blend of 80% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Malbec grapes produced by the sister-brother team of Marie-Pierre et Pierre-Charles Dartier. Aromas of black fruit and toasty oak. Decant 2 hours and pair with a rare steak. Food pairings: game meats, rare roast beef, spice-braised lamb, cheddar. Drink: 2018 - 2022 550285 14.2% D 750 mL $21.95 Score: 88/100. October 2018. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Flavium Selección Mencía 2014, Bierzo D.O., Spain: The 2014 of Flavium is a lovely, supple, full-bodied Spanish red wine blend of native grapes. Aromas of ripe blackberry, cassis and smoke. The vines are more than 50 years old. The wine was aged in oak for 14 months. Pair with grilled lamb. Mencía food pairings: grilled meats, hard cheese, pork roast. Drink: 2018 - 2022 574624 13.7% D 750 mL $13.95 Score: 88/100. October 2018. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cave De Saint-Désirat Cuvée Côte-Diane 2015, Saint-Joseph, Rhône A.P., France: A full-bodied, juicy French red wine made from Syrah grapes from 25-year-old vines planted on extremely steep hillsides, and 100% hand-harvested. Aromas of black fruit, toasty oak and dark spices. Pair with rare meats after 1-2 hours decanting. Food pairings: roast leg of veal, pork tenderloin Wellington, rib roast. Drink: 2018 - 2022 568550 13.7% XD 750 mL $26.95 Score: 90/100. October 2018. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine De La Côte Pinot Noir 2014, Santa Rita Hills, Santa Barbara County, California, United States: A stunning Californian Pinot Noir produced by Sashi Moorman and Master Sommelier Rajat Parr. Rich and layered yet with great finesse and a long finish. Burgundian leanings with a California signature. I can't believe it delivers so much character yet only has 12.5% alcohol. Wow. Pair with veal or roast chicken. Pinot Noir food pairings: roast partridge, grilled lamb sausages, vegetarian pizza. Drink: 2018 - 2022 548248 12.5% XD 750 mL $74.95 Score: 96/100. October 2018. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Actarus Primitivo Di Manduria 2015, Puglia D.O.P., Italy: A blockbuster southern Italian red wine made from the Primitivo grape (aka Zinfandel). The Manduria region ripens these wines to great concentration and depth. Aromas of fleshy ripe black plums, blackberries and smoke. Supple and smooth. Pair with barbecued and grilled meats. Primitivo Di Manduria food pairings: mild meat curries, vegetarian lasagne, roast duck with cherry glaze. Drink: 2018 - 2020 569921 14.5% M 750 mL $25.95 Score: 93/100. October 2018. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Raymond Usseglio & Fils Châteauneuf-Du-Pape 2015, Rhône A.C., France: A toweringly huge southern French red wine blend of Grenache, Mouvedre, Syrah, Cinsault and Counoise grapes from the Rhone Valley. Aromas of black fruit, tar, smoke, anise, graphite and spice. Pair with prime rib. Châteauneuf-Du-Pape food pairings: juicy, rare steak, barbecued ribs in sauce, hamburger, hard cheese. Drink: 2018 - 2024 539882 15.6% D 750 mL $47.95 Score: 92/100. October 2018. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Maison Chanzy Pinot Noir 2016, Burgundy A.C., France: A lovely, juicy, medium-bodied, smooth-as-silk Old World Burgundian Pinot Noir. Classic aromas of dark cherry, smoke and earth. Juicy acidity for veal. Lovely. Pinot Noir food pairings: chicken, braised lamb, roast beef, rosemary pork tenderloin. Drink: 2018 - 2022 408153 12.5% D 750 mL $23.95 Score: 92/100. October 2018. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Farnese Casale Vecchio Montepulciano A'bruzzo 2015, Abruzzo, Italy: A robust Italian red wine that offers stunning value for the price point. The estate of Casale Vecchio is situated 1,500 feet above sea level where the temperatures are moderated by the high altitude. Vines are planted using the guyot system at 5,500 vines per hectare for low yields. Winemaker Filippo Baccarolo uses a long maceration, malolactic fermentation and aging the wine 6 months in American oak. Aromas of smoke, blackberry and blackcurrant. Pair with a rare steak. Decant 1 hour. Drink: 2018 - 2021 612788 13% XD 750 mL $10.95 Score: 87/100. October 2018. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Voga Italia Quattro 2015, Sicily Igt, Italy: A rustic, robust southern Italian red wine from Sicily that's a blend of Shiraz, Merlot, Cabernet and Pinot Noir grapes. Pair with hamburgers. Food pairings: pasta and rich meat sauce. Drink: 2017 - 2020 78048 13% D 750 mL $13.95 Score: 85/100. October 2018. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Chavin Bon Appetit Beef Bourguignon Cabernet 2016, Southwest Igp, France: A full-bodied French Cabernet that's organic and has a recipe for Beef Bourguignon on the back label. Aromas of dark fruit and oak. Pair with ... you know ;) Drink: 2018 - 2020 554139 13.5% D 750 mL $12.95 Score: 86/100. October 2018. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mommessin Cuvee St Pierre Rouge, Beaujolais, France: A smooth, medium-bodied, non-vintage French red wine from the Beaujolais region made from the Gamay grape. Aromas of tart cherry and smoke. Pair with veal. Drink: 2018 - 2020 513 12.5% D 750 mL $8.30 Score: 85/100. October 2018. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

M. Chapoutier Marius Grenache Syrah 2017, Pays D'oc Igp, France: A staggeringly great value. Savoury and juicy with dark fruit and toasty oak on the nose and palate. Dried herbs and cigar box aromas. Decant 1 hour and enjoy with a rare steak. Drink: 2018 - 2022 470096 13.5% XD 750 mL $11.95 Score: 90/100. October 2018. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mommessin 2015, Chateauneuf-Du-Pape, Rhone, France: This is a robust French red wine blend of Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, Cinsault grapes. A balanced southern French red wine from the House of Mommessin, which has been making wine since 1865. Aromas of fleshy ripe black fruit, smoke, dried herbs and dark spice. Pair with prime rib. Drink: 2018 - 2023 42242 14% XD 750 mL $33.70 Score: 91/100. October 2018. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Jp Azeitão Castelao Aragonez Syrah 2017, Setubal, Portugal: A robust, supple Portuguese red wine blend of Syrah, Castelao and Aragonez grapes. Great price! Aromas of dark plums and toasty oak. Pair with prime rib. Drink: 2018 - 2021 286195 13.5% XD 750 mL $9.35 Score: 86/100. October 2018. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Calvet Reserve Des Remparts 2016, Saint Emilion, Bordeaux Aoc, France: Lots of smoke and toasty oak on the nose and palate of this full-bodied Bordeaux red wine blend of Merlot and Cabernet grapes. Decant 1 hour and pair with a rare steak. Food pairings: prime rib. Drink: 2018 - 2021 31898 13.5% XD 750 mL $20.95 Score: 88/100. October 2018. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Alianca Reserva Bairrada 2016, Bairrada Doc, Portugal: A toasty, smoky, full-bodied Portuguese red wine blend at an incredibly great price. Aromas of fleshy ripe black plums and dark spice. Pair with grilled meats. Bairrada food pairings: roast beef, lamb, stews, grilled meats. Drink: 2018 - 2020 158741 13% XD 750 mL $8.95 Score: 87/100. October 2018. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Angove Family Winemakers Organic Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, South Australia, Australia: This robust, organic Australian red wine is made from the classic Cabernet Sauvignon grape. Aromas of cassis and black current with toasty oak. Pair with a pepper steak. Drink: 2018 - 2020 464743 14% D 750 mL $15.95 Score: 87/100. October 2018. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Penfolds Koonunga Hill Shiraz Cabernet 2017, South Australia, Australia: A juicy, smoky, full-bodied Australian red wine blend of Shiraz and Cabernet grapes. Love the aromas of campfire smoke and dark fruit on the palate and fnish. Pair with prime rib. Shiraz Cabernet food pairings: hamburgers, meat lovers' pizza. Drink: 2018 - 2021 285544 13.5% D 750 mL $19.00 Score: 89/100. October 2018. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Finca Flichman Misterio Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, Argentina: A full-bodied, supple Argentine Cabernet with aromas of dark fruit and toasty oak. Pair with hamburgers. Drink: 2018 - 2020 163949 12.5% D 750 mL $10.00 Score: 86/100. October 2018. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Familia Zuccardi Santa Julia Organica Malbec 2017, Mendoza, Argentina: Fleshy ripe black plums and toasty oak aromas on the nose and palate of this full-bodied, supple Argentine red wine. Vines are planted at elevations of 954 to 1402 metres above sea level in the Uco Valley. Pair with grilled pork chops. Drink: 2018 - 2021 429761 13.5% XD 750 mL $13.95 Score: 89/100. October 2018. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Barkan Wine Cellars Classic Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, Israel: This wine is kosher (Kp M). Smoky with a dark fruit and toasty oak. Pair with brisket. Drink: 2018 - 2020 637785 13% D 750 mL $18.90 Score: 86/100. October 2018. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Barkan Wine Cellars Classic Malbec 2016, Galilee, Israel: A full-bodied red wine with black fruit, smoke and toasty oak. This wine is kosher (Kp M). Pair with roast beef. Drink: 2018 - 2020 440479 13.5% MS 750 mL $18.95 Score: 87/100. October 2018. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rosés

Château Salettes Bandol Rosé 2017, Bandol A.C., France: A lovely Bandol rose with savoury dried herbs and strawberry aromas. Mouth-watering acidity for seafood. Rosé food pairings: grilled chicken kebabs, vegetable shish kebabs, roast veal. Drink: 2018 - 2021 557892 13.5% D 750 mL $25.95 Score: 91/100. October 2018. Top Rated Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Gazela Rosé 2017, Vinho Verde, Portugal: A medium-bodied Portugues rose made from local grapes. A slight spritz on the tongue along with racy acidity for seafood. Flavours of cherry-berry. Drink: 2018 - 2020 404533 9.5% D 750 mL $8.95 Score: 85/100. October 2018. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Jp Azeitão Bacalhoa Shiraz 2017, Portugal: A lovely, light-bodied Portuguese rose made from Syrah/Shiraz grapes. Red floral aromas with wild strawberries. Mouth-watering and juicy. Perfect as a chilled aperitif or companion to seafood. Drink: 2018 - 2020 404566 13% XD 750 mL $9.25 Score: 89/100. October 2018. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Gallo Family Vineyards White Zinfandel 2017, California, United States: Aromas of sweet strawberry fields and cherry blossom. A light-bodied, simple and refreshing rose. Pair with summer afternoons and light seafood. Drink: 2018 - 2019 285767 8.5% MS 750 mL $9.95 Score: 83/100. October 2018. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Gallo Family Vineyards White Zinfandel 2017, California, United States: This is the magnum-sized format of this wine, equal to two regular 750 ml bottles. Aromas of sweet strawberry fields and cherry blossom. A light-bodied, simple and refreshing rose. Pair with summer afternoons and light seafood. Drink: 2018 - 2019 9% MS 1500 mL $18.95 Score: 83/100. October 2018. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sandbanks Estate Winery Rosé 2017, Prince Edward County, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A medium-sweet Prince Edward County rose with flavours of strawberries. Pair with grilled chicken. Drink: 2018 - 2020 244616 12% MD 750 mL $13.95 Score: 86/100. October 2018. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Pelee Island Winery Pelee Pink Rosé 2017, Pelee Island, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A medium-sweet southwestern Ontario rose with flavours of strawberries. Pair with grilled salmon. Drink: 2018 - 2019 529354 12% M 750 mL $12.95 Score: 85/100. October 2018. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cave Spring Cellars Rosé 2016, Niagara Pensinsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Racy acidity for seafood on this fresh, vibrant, zesty Niagara rose. Pair with grilled seafood. Drink: 2017 - 2020 295006 12.5% D 750 mL $14.95 Score: 88/100. October 2018. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

Tarquino Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Argentina: A lovely, bright, vibrant Argentine Sauvignon Blanc with aromas of lemongrass and smoke. Pair with shellfish. Drink: 2017 - 2019 447052 12.5% 87 750 mL $10.95 Score: 87/100. October 2018. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Canyon Road Chardonnay 2016, California, United States: Very nice for the price! A full-bodied, round and luscious Californian Chardonnay with aromas of golden apple, butterscotch and smoke. Pair with roast chicken. Drink: 2018 - 2020 552513 13% D 750 mL $10.15 Score: 88/100. October 2018. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Julia Florista Winery, Portugal: A delightfully vibrant, floral white wine blend from Portugal. Notes of apple blossom and white peach. Racy acidity for seafood. Incredibly great price. Drink: 2018 - 2020 532341 12% MD 750 mL $8.95 Score: 87/100. October 2018. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Covela Edição Nacional Avesso 2015, Vinho Verde, Portugal: A vibrant, lovely, 2015 vintage made from the Avesso grapes from vines planted in granitic soils overlooking the Douro River at the southeastern limit of the Vinhos Verde region. The Covela Edição Nacional has terrific minerality and racy acidity for shellfish. Food pairings: pan-fried panfish, grilled chicken, seafood stew. Drink: 2017 - 2019 524868 12.5% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 91/100. October 2018. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Delaforce Alvarinho 2015, Vinho Regional Duriense, Douro, Portugal: A crisp, refreshing 2015 Alvarinho grape-based white wine from the winery Delaforce. Aromas of white peach and fresh melon. Great acidity for seafood and shellfish. Medium-bodied. Alvarinho food pairings: grilled sardines, shellfish hotpot, crispy calamari. Drink: 2017 - 2019 523654 13.5% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 91/100. October 2018. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Muré Signature Riesling 2014, Alsace A.C., France: A succulent, off-dry, juicy, mouth-watering Alsatian Riesling with aromas of peach and apricot. Medium-bodied. Pair with mild to medium curries and spices. OTHER: Heady notes of peony and carnation enter into the citrus equation of this dry, focused Riesling. Wet stone and lemon zest seem like markers on a road that leads to endless refreshment. This is delicious now, and beautifully dry, but it certainly has the stuffing to mature. Score - 92 (Anne Krebiehl, MW, Wine Enthusiast, Dec. 31, 2015). Riesling food pairings: seafood pot pie, grilled prawns, fish burgers. Drink: 2018 - 2020 538421 12% D 750 mL $22.95 Score: 91/100. October 2018. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Kendall-Jackson Jackson Estate Chardonnay 2015, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Barbara, California, United States: Butterscotch-rich on the nose and palate from generous oak aging. This robust Californian Chardonnay offers lots of pleasure in the glass. Aromas of ripe peach and pear with a smoky finish. Pair with roast chicken. Chardonnay food pairings: roast chicken, crab cakes, pork tenderloin. Drink: 2018 - 2022 529735 14.7% D 750 mL $39.95 Score: 90/100. October 2018. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Fourth Wave Wine Food Truck Wines Chardonnay 2017, New South Wales, Australia: A pleasant almost full-bodied, buttery Australian Chardonnay with aromas of toasted almond and golden apple, Pair with lobster in melting butter. Drink: 2018 - 2020 545590 13.5% D 750 mL $14.90 Score: 87/100. October 2018. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Recanati Winery Chardonnay 2015, Upper Galilee, Israel: This gorgeous, multi-layered Chardonnay is Kosher for Passover, non-Mevushal KP. Seductive aromas of lime zest, toffee, green apple, baked bread and butterscotch. Pair with roast chicken or turkey. Drink: 2018 - 2021 212976 13.5% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. October 2018. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tornatore 2016, Etna, Sicily D.O.C., Italy: A gorgeous, refreshing, medium-bodied Italian white wine blend from the island of Sicily. Aromas of lime zest, green apple, and lemongrass. So fresh. Pair with seafood or shellfish. Food pairings: fish tacos, vegetarian pizza, grilled shellfish. Drink: 2018 - 2021 577676 13% XD 750 mL $22.95 Score: 93/100. October 2018. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Indomito Falanghina Del Beneventano 2016, Campania I.G.T., Italy: A juicy, crisp, mouth-watering Italian white wine with white floral aromas and white pear. Match with seafood. Medium-bodied. Falanghina Del Beneventano food pairings: grilled shrimp, poached whitefish, seared trout. Drink: 2018 - 2020 562454 12.3% D 750 mL $14.95 Score: 88/100. October 2018. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Anne De Laweiss Collection Pinot Gris 2016, Alsace A.C., France: By Cave Kientzheim-Kayserberg, this lovely off-dry Alsatian white wine is made from the classic grape Pinot Gris. Aromas of Clementine and lime zest. Perfect for shellfish. Pinot Gris food pairings: roast chicken, grilled mahi mahi, seared tuna steaks. Drink: 2018 - 2022 106831 12.5% MD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 90/100. October 2018. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Castaño Macabeo Chardonnay 2017, Yecla D.O., Spain: A tart, crisp Spanish white wine made from Macabeo and Chardonnay grapes. Lots of acidity. Pair with seafood. Light-bodied. Macabeo Chardonnay food pairings: coquilles St Jacques, Greek salad, salmon patties. Drink: 2018 - 2020 543793 13.1% D 750 mL $13.95 Score: 87/100. October 2018. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mont Gravet Colombard 2017, Côtes De Gascogne, Southwest I.G.P., France: A lovely, crisp, mouth-watering southern French white wine made from the Colombard grape. Aromas of Granny Smith apples and white peach. The vines are planted in Gascony's town of Toulouse. Mont Gravet refers to the rocky hillsides in which the vines grow. Pair with roast chicken. Colombard food pairings: Grilled whitefish grilled, seafood shepherd's pie, chicken Kiev. Drink: 2018 - 2019 521930 11.7% XD 750 mL $13.95 Score: 88/100. October 2018. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Dionysos Moschofilero 2015, Mantinia, Peloponnese P.D.O., Greece: A lovely, floral Greek white made from 100% Moschofilero grapes. Racy acidity for fresh seafood. Medium-bodied. Great aperitif. Moschofilero food pairings: grilled saganaki cheese, dolmades, Greek salads. Drink: 2018 - 2021 547232 12.1% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 88/100. October 2018. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Chartron Et Trébuchet Pouilly-Fuissé 2016, Burgundy A.C., France: A rich, full-bodied Old World Burgundian Chardonnay with aromas of ripe peach, pear, golden apple and butterscotch. Pair with roast chicken. Pouilly-Fuissé food pairings: prawn bisque, chicken breast, cheese fondue. Drink: 2018 - 2022 570465 13.5% XD 750 mL $34.95 Score: 91/100. October 2018. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Antica Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Napa Valley, California, United States: This wine's name Antica is a blend Antinori and California and is an offering the well-known Italian producer Antinori in California. Aromas of peach, pear, butterscotch and toasted almond. Pair with pasta in a cream sauce Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: grilled scallops, hand-peeled, fresh steamed shrimp sandwiches, oysters Rockefeller. Drink: 2018 - 2020 547281 13.5% XD 750 mL $41.95 Score: 90/100. October 2018. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Magnotta Winery Venture Series Pinot Grigio 2016, Ontario, Canada: Crisp and fresh with notes of white melon and lime. Racy acidity for seafood. Light-bodied. Drink: 2017 - 2019 574533 12.5% D 750 mL $14.95 Score: 87/100. October 2018. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Fern Walk Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Niagara, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A lovely, light-bodied Niagara Sauvignon Blanc that has attractive green and white melon notes. Not grassy or herbal. Balanced acidity for seafood. Drink: 2018 - 2020 575639 12.3% 88 750 mL $16.95 Score: 88/100. October 2018. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Terres Secrètes Chardonnay 2016, Saint-Véran, Burgundy A.C., France: A crisp, mouth-watering French white wine made from the the classic Burgundian grape Chardonnay. Vines grow in chalky soils. Aromas of green apple and toasted almond. Pair with roast chicken. Chardonnay food pairings: oysters poorboy sandwiches, grilled whitefish, clams vongole. Drink: 2018 - 2020 16725 12.5% D 750 mL $20.95 Score: 88/100. October 2018. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

La Chablisienne Le Finage Chablis 2014, Burgundy A.C., France: A crisp, juicy, mouth-watering Old World Burgundian Chardonnay from the northern region of Chablis. Aromas of tart green apple. Pair with roast chicken or turkey. Chablis food pairings: oysters Rockefeller, poached salmon in white wine sauce, grilled shrimp. Drink: 2018 - 2020 556340 12.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 91/100. October 2018. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château des Charmes St. David's Bench Vineyard Gewürztraminer 2016, St. David's Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada: A lovely, light-bodied Niagara Gewurztraminer with aromas of rose petal, lychee and baking spice. Pair with Asian dishes. Gewürztraminer food pairings: a charcuterie platter, spiced sausages. Drink: 2018 - 2020 453472 13% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 88/100. October 2018. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Melini Orvieto Classico Secco 2017, Orvieto, Umbria, Italy: Crisp and vibrant with racy acidity for seafood. Aromas of lemongrass and chives. Light-bodied. Drink: 2018 - 2020 527580 12.5% XD 750 mL $11.95 Score: 88/100. October 2018. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Josh Cellars Chardonnay 2016, California, United States: An attractive, full-bodied Californian Chardonnay with aromas of butterscotch, smoke and golden apple. Pair with roast chicken. Drink: 2018 - 2021 561100 13% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 89/100. October 2018. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Te Awa Winery Left Field Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Nelson, New Zealand: A zesty and delicious New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Left Field Sauvignon Blanc's offers aromas of yellow apple, lemon and lime. Juicy acidity for seafood, shellfish, lemon chicken, and field greens. Drink: 2018 - 2020 487496 13% XD 750 mL $19.15 Score: 91/100. October 2018. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Jacob's Creek Reserve Chardonnay 2017, Adelaide Hills, Australia: Lovely butterscotch and toasted almond on the nose of this full-bodied, luscious, well-priced Australian Chardonnay. Golden apple and white peach on the palate. The higher altitude of the Adelaide Hills makes it a cool climate with a long, slow ripening season that produces crisp white wines. This wine is oak fermented which gives it a toasty note. Pair with roast chicken. Chardonnay food pairings: roast chicken, pan-seared swordfish or vegetarian dishes.. Drink: 2018 - 2020 270017 12.5% MD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 89/100. October 2018. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Boschendal The Pavillion Chenin Blanc Viognier 2017, Western Cape, South Africa: I love South African Chenin Blanc, and this is no exception! Aromas of lemon, lanolin, beeswax and chives. Medium-bodied with rich mouth-feel. Perfect for roast chicken. Drink: 2018 - 2021 281311 12.5% XD 750 mL $11.35 Score: 89/100. October 2018. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Riverlore Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Marlborough, New Zealand: A savoury, juicy, crisp New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc with aromas of dried herbs, lime citrus and lemongrass. Racy acidity for seafood. Medium-bodied, no oak. Drink: 2018 - 2020 417600 13% XD 750 mL $16.20 Score: 91/100. October 2018. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


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