Natalie MacLean - delicious wine picks and pairings
www.nataliemaclean.com

Vintages Release March 30, 2019

Login to see Natalie's scores and notes

Reviewed Wines | All Wines | Group by Wine Type | Group by Country/Region

Increase Font Size | Decrease Font Size


Dessert Wine

Kourtaki Muscat Of Samos, Samos P.D.O., Greece: Lemon drops and lemon essence: dessert wine. Muscat Of Samos food pairings: fresh fruit, almond custard flan, lemon custard pie. Drink: 2017 - 2021 938407 15% S 750 mL $15.95 Score: 87/100. March 2019. Best Value Dessert Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Red Wine

San Pedro 1865 Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, Maipo Valley, Chile: Each of the wines from the 1865 portfolio is made from its own selected vineyard planted with the particular grape in mind. This gorgeous Chilean Cabernet is full-bodied with fleshy ripe blackberries. Lots of dark fruit flavour and a long satisfying finish. This Cabernet is planted in the winery's Alto Maipo vineyard planted 40 years ago with vines propagated by massal selection. Average summer high temperatures hover around 30 degrees Celsius or 86 degrees Fahrenheit. The vines are in clay-loam soils in an alluvial terrace. Pair with hearty meat dishes. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: prime rib, juicy steak, game, rustic bread, turkey. Drink: 2018 - 2021 37911 14.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 92/100. March 2019. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Latour-Martillac Lagrave-Martillac 2015, Graves, Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France: Lagrave-Martillac is the second label of the esteemed Bordeaux winery Château Latour-Martillac. It's a robust and elegant red wine blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot grapes. Aromas of cassis, pencil led and smoke. Decant for 1-2 hours. Pair with a rare steak. Food pairings: venison stew, bison burgers, roast duck. Drink: 2018 - 2030 633131 14% XD 750 mL $39.95 Score: 92/100. March 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

La Rosa 2016, Douro D.O.C., Portugal: A bold, full-bodied blend of Tinto Roriz, Touriga Nacional, and Touriga Franca with smoky spicy, dark berry flavours. Rich with big tannins and great acidity. Pair with a grilled marbled meaty steak and nothing less. Food pairings: grilled radicchio, zucchini frittata, barbecued duck, veggie mushroom burger. Drink: 2019 - 2024 933101 14% XD 750 mL $22.95 Score: 86/100. March 2019. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

La Ferme Du Mont Le Ponnant 2017, Côtes Du Rhône-Villages, Rhône A.P., France: The 2017 Côtes du Rhône Villages Le Ponnant is a full-bodied and savoury red blend of mostly Grenache with equal amounts of Syrah and Mourvèdre added. Hats off to Winemaker Stéphane Vedeau on this rich, medium-plus-bodied, dry red with ripe red berry, cherry, savoury herb and cake spice flavours on the palate. Food pairings: braised beef ribs, Porterhouse steak, standing rib roast. Drink: 2019 - 2027 171371 14% XD 750 mL $22.95 Score: 90/100. March 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Giacomo Mori Chianti 2015, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: The 2015 vintage of Giacomo Mori is robust with mouth-watering wild cherry and savoury herb flavours Sangiovese tends to give. Fuller and richer on the palate than the previous vintage. Chianti food pairings: meat pizza, meat-filled pasta with rich tomato sauce, vegetarian lasagne. Drink: 2019 - 2024 68858 13% D 750 mL $22.95 Score: 88/100. March 2019. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Watershed Senses Shiraz 2014, Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia: Watershed Senses is a deep, dark and smoky Shiraz with ripe dark fruit, dark chocolate, smooth and rich on the palate with well-structured tannins. The 2014 vintage was matured in a variety of oak barrels, 30% new. Shiraz food pairings: spicy chicken sausage, roast beef sandwich, beef wellington, dark almond chocolate. Drink: 2019 - 2035 73767 14% D 750 mL $26.95 Score: 93/100. March 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Luciano Arduini Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico 2015, Veneto D.O.C.G., Italy: Love the nose on this pitch black Amarone. Cherry liqueur, blackberry compote and earthy herbs and spicy flavours on the palate and well-balanced fruit to acidity. Great cellaring candidate as well, but oh so good now. Pair with a roast gamebirds. Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico food pairings: wine-braised duck, legume and pancetta stew, noodles with rabbit ragout. Drink: 2019 - 2025 438507 14% XD 750 mL $49.95 Score: 91/100. March 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

d'Arenberg The Footbolt Shiraz 2016, Mclaren Vale, South Australia, Australia: d'Arenberg's The Footbolt 2016 is a consistent, pleasing, full-bodied Shiraz with its hallmark dark berry, blackberry and eucalyptus flavours on the palate. Great value under $20 as well. Not fined or filtered the wine is matured for 12-18 months in a combination of French and American oak. Fermentation was stopped two-thirds of the way through and juice was not filtered. "Footbolt" is named in honour of the racehorse that founder Joseph Osborn had to sell in order to start the d'Arenberg winery in 1912. Since 1912, the Osborn family has farmed vineyards in the McLaren Vale. Perfect with grilled steaks on the grill, but can easily cellar for three more years to start showing its best. Shiraz food pairings: black bean soup, blue cheese, caramelized onion dip, grilled steak. Drink: 2021 - 2026 984021 14.5% D 750 mL $18.95 Score: 91/100. March 2019. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Torres Cordillera De Los Andes Carmenère 2014, Parcela La Ladera, Cachapoal Valley, Peumo D.O., Chile: A voluptuous, full-bodied and supple Chilean Carmenère with grapes grown in the Cordillera mountain range, famous for this wine. Aromas of fleshy ripe black plums, berries, smoke and spice. Pair with grilled pork chops. Carmenère food pairings: grilled burgers, BBQ pork long ribs, roast quail. Drink: 2019 - 2026 389692 14% XD 750 mL $22.95 Score: 92/100. March 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Trivento Amado Sur Malbec Bonarda Syrah 2016, Mendoza, Argentina: From well-known producer Trivento, Amado Sur is a full-bodied,. mouth-watering red wine blend of mostly Malbec, Bonardo and Syrah. Fresh with lifted blackberry, blueberry, light herb flavours on the palate and very firm tannins. Pair with bison burgers and lamb kebabs. Malbec Bonarda Syrah food pairings: robust dishes of beef, pork or lamb. Drink: 2019 - 2024 37036 14% D 750 mL $16.95 Score: 89/100. March 2019. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cuatro Pasos Mencía 2015, Bierzo D.O., Spain: Produced from 100% Mencia wine grapes. Bright blueberry, savoury herb flavours on the palate with great acidity for food. Pair with fajitas. Mencía food pairings: sausage cassoulet, meaty stews, slow-braised blade roast. Drink: 2019 - 2024 39313 13.5% D 750 mL $18.95 Score: 89/100. March 2019. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Elderton Shiraz 2016, Barossa, South Australia, Australia: Lots of ripe dark fruit, smoky spice, minty and savoury herbs on the palate on this full-bodied Shiraz from the Barossa Valley, produced from 100% estate-grown Shiraz grapes sourced from the Ashmead Family vineyards from 15 to 100 year old vines. Shiraz food pairings: BBQ meats, hearty meat meals, aged cheddar, grilled lamb. Drink: 2019 - 2026 713024 14.5% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 93/100. March 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Decero Remolinos Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Agrelo, Mendoza, Argentina: The Cabernet Sauvignon grapes for this wine were sourced from the estate's Remolinos Vineyard from the Agrelo in the Mendoza wine region. Ripe black currant, garrigue herbs and earthy florals can be found on the nose and palate. Dry, full-bodied, fresh and intense with silky tannins on the palate. Pair with smoked meats. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: pizza, pasta, rare steaks, pork tenderloin, hard cheese. Drink: 2019 - 2025 195677 14.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. March 2019. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Burrowing Owl Syrah 2016, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia V.Q.A., Canada: Full-bodied, rich and juicy with layers of liquid red cherry, dark fruit, mocha and dark spices on the palate, Burrowing Owl's Syrah is silky smooth and elegant. Burrowing Owl Winery have been producing this beautiful big red from the Black Sage Bench since 2005. Syrah food pairings: lamb tangine, roast rack of lamb, beef long ribs on the barbie. Drink: 2019 - 2026 73072 14.5% XD 750 mL $43.95 Score: 92/100. March 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Autrand 2016, Côtes Du Rhône-Villages, Rhône A.C., France: Full-bodied with notes of blackberries and cedar forest. Love this style of wine. Nice peppery finish. This vintage was awarded Gold at the 2017 Concours des Vins Macon, April 22, 2017. Food pairings: grilled lamb chops, rich pasta dishes. Drink: 2019 - 2024 200030 14.2% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 88/100. March 2019. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Vieni Gamay Noir 2017, Vinemount Ridge, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Vieni Gamay Noir 2017 is a medium-bodied, fresh and spicy Gamay Noir with grapes sourced from Vinemount Ridge, Niagara Peninsula. Smooth with ripe red berry, soft cake spice, smoky flavours and a peppery finish. A classic Gamay that loves food. Pair with a charcuterie board of smoked meats and hard cheeses. Gamay Noir food pairings: farmer's style pork chops, slow-cooked pork ribs, braised lamb shanks. Drink: 2019 - 2024 498519 12.5% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 87/100. March 2019. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Pineraie 2015, Cahors, Southwest A.C., France: Château Pineraie 2015 is a modern style Cahors produced from 85% Malbec and 15 % Merlot wine grapes from 30-plus year old vines. Rich dark fruit, ripe blackberry, mocha, earthy and savoury spice flavours can be found on the palate. Pair with gourmet burgers and all the fixins'. Food pairings: grilled hanger steak, bison burgers, beef rouladen. Drink: 2019 - 2026 78725 13% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 88/100. March 2019. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Belle Glos Clark & Telephone Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Barbara County, California, United States: Produced by Joseph J. Wagner, this is one of the four, single-vineyard Pinot Noirs produced by Wagner, this one from The Clark & Telephone Vineyard planted in 1972. The vineyard is about 20 kilometres from the Pacific ocean in the Santa Maria Valley, Santa Barbara County AVA in California. It is a dry, medium-plus-bodied Pinot Noir with ripe black cherry, anise, chocolate, savoury herb and spicy flavours on the palate. Tannins are velvety. Nicely done! Pinot Noir food pairings: salmon steaks, pork, spaghetti Bolognese, veal, roast beef. Drink: 2019 - 2025 652883 14.6% M 750 mL $59.95 Score: 90/100. March 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Louis Max Beaucharme Pinot Noir 2016, Burgundy A.C., France: Louis Max Beaucharme 2016 is a bit of a wild child Pinot Noir from Burgundy with lively acidity, sour cherry, mushroom, earthy floral flavours on the palate. Tannins are ripe and this medium-bodied PN and it has excellent acidity for food. Pair it with roast chicken. Pinot Noir food pairings: mushroom risotto, pot-au-feu. Drink: 2019 - 2025 158915 12.5% XD 750 mL $26.95 Score: 88/100. March 2019. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Santa Margherita Ripasso Valpolicella 2015, Veneto D.O.C., Italy: Well-known for its amazing Pinot Grigio, Santa Margherita's medium-plus-bodied Ripasso Valpolicella is a relatively new venture for this producer. Love this juicy red from Veneto with its juicy black cherry, fresh mushroom, dried herb flavours on the palate. Elegant and finishing long and spicy. Pair with a veal Porterhouse steak. Ripasso Valpolicella food pairings: meat lovers' pizza, chicken wings, grilled burgers, sausages. Drink: 2019 - 2025 492538 14% XD 750 mL $25.95 Score: 90/100. March 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Chateau St. Jean 45th Anniversary Special Edition Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Sonoma County, California, United States: Dramatic differences in day and night time temperatures gives this Cabernet Sauvignon is ripe, juicy fruit flavours of cassis, smoke, anise and dried sweet tobacco. Decant for one hour prior to pouring with a grilled steak. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: meat pizza, grilled portobello mushroom burgers, lamb Bolognese, grilled New York strip loin. Drink: 2019 - 2027 977173 14.2% XD 750 mL $64.95 Score: 91/100. March 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Poggio San Polo Brunello Di Montalcino 2013, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: Love, love, love this Tuscan Brunello produced by Poggio with its exotic nose of cedar underbrush, cinnamon spice and rich dark cherry aromas. Elegant and juicy with ripe cheery and cake spice flavours on the palate. Great acidity for food. Pair this one with your favourite meaty pasta and rich tomato sauce dish. Enjoy now or cellar for three years. Brunello Di Montalcino food pairings: rib steak, slow-braised beef ribs, roast of boar. Drink: 2021 - 2035 650812 14.5% XD 750 mL $69.95 Score: 94/100. March 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Kilikanoon Killerman's Run Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, Clare Valley, South Australia, Australia: Kilikanoon is one of the most respected producers of Australian red wine. Dark violet in the glass with toasty oak on the nose, but then the ripe dark berry, bell pepper, cedar underbrush and cake spice flavours come through on the palate. Killerman's Run is a rich and powerful, savoury and lush red blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. Enjoy now and for the next 10 years. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: barbecued burgers, smoked brisket, roast chicken. Drink: 2019 - 2035 675223 14% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. March 2019. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Caparzo Brunello Di Montalcino 2013, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: Produced by Elisabetta Gnudi Angelini and winemaker Massimo Bracalente, Caparzo is a full-bodied Brunello Di Montalcino made from Sangiovese wine grapes from vineyards located in the northern Montalcino Appellation as well as vineyards south of Montalcino. Tannins are firm and this wine has great ageability. More smoky dried herbs, spicy flavours than dark red fruits on the palate. Cellar for three years and pour with a venison roast. Brunello Di Montalcino food pairings: rich tomato sauce and pasta dishes, full-bodied meat dishes. Drink: 2021 - 2035 579094 14% D 750 mL $49.95 Score: 92/100. March 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Quails' Gate Stewart Family Reserve Pinot Noir 2017, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia V.Q.A., Canada: A full-bodied, layered BC Pinot Noir. Aromas of black cherry, smoke, violets and spice. Racy mouth-watering acidity for seared tuna, roast chicken and planked salmon. Pinot Noir food pairings: duck confit, coq au vin, beef bourguignon. Drink: 2018 - 2023 639658 14% XD 750 mL $40.00 Score: 92/100. March 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rosés

Château d'Aquéria Tavel Rosé 2017, Rhône A.P., France: Château D'aquéria's Tavel is floral, strawberries and roses on the nose and palate that ends in a light, but lingering fresh green herb finish. Lovely texture and mid-palate weight on this wine. The wine blend for this Rhone rosé is Grenache, Clairette, Cinsault, Mourvèdre, Syrah, Bourboulenc and Picpoul grapes. One of the best French roses to hit the liquor store every year, consistently great. Gorgeous and richly complex with fleshy ripe field strawberries. Full-bodied for rose yet perfectly balanced. Pair with planked salmon. So lovely. Rosé food pairings: lox and capers, grilled salmon steak, shellfish, fresh fruit, veggies, pasta primavera. Drink: 2019 - 2021 319368 14% D 750 mL $23.95 Score: 92/100. March 2019. Top Rated Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaines Ott Château De Selle Rosé 2017, Côtes De Provence, Provence A.P., France: Light and pretty with pale pink aromas of fleeting field strawberries. Bone-dry and light-bodied. Love the funky bottle. Try it as an aperitif. Rosé food pairings: egg dishes, fresh steamed freshwater shrimp stuffed avocado, spring salads. Drink: 2018 - 2020 74617 12.5% XD 750 mL $49.95 Score: 90/100. March 2019. Top Rated Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sparkling Wine

Township 7 Vineyards & Winery Okanagan Seven Stars Polaris 2016, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada: A lovely, robust and rich sparkling BC wine with attractive aromas of toasted almond, golden apple and freshly baked bread. Enjoy on its own or with shellfish. Food pairings: fresh shellfish, hors d’oeuvres, a creamy Bleu d’Avergne or Cambozola cheese. Drink: 2019 - 2024 13% D 750 mL $25.00 Score: 90/100. March 2019. Top Rated Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Billecart-Salmon Brut Réserve Champagne, Champagne A.C., France: Toasty and crisp with a robust structure. Green apple brightness wrapped in a toasty blanket. Perfecto! I think about their rose, but am delighted to find this superb "white" Champagne. Champagne food pairings: oysters, smoked salmon, grilled calamari, cold turkey sandwiches. Drink: 2019 - 2022 81976 12% XD 750 mL $71.95 Score: 93/100. March 2019. Top Rated Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

Hunawihr Kuhlmann-Platz Pinot Gris 2017, Alsace A.C., France: Cave Vinicole de Hunawihr is a co-op based in Alsace. This Pinot Gris is a classic. Off-dry with ripe pear, white stone fruit flavours and a soft lemon zest finish. Pair with brunch dishes, quiches and green salads topped with freshly steamed freshwater shrimp. Pinot Gris food pairings: rich cheese, seafood, light pastas, grilled chicken and vegetables. Drink: 2019 - 2021 224204 12.5% D 750 mL $20.95 Score: 89/100. March 2019. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Bellevue Touraine Sauvignon 2017, Loire A.C., France: Excellent value under $20 on the Domaine Bellevue Touraine Sauvignon 2017. Fresh, crisp with grapefruit, white melon, lime, lemon, fresh cut hay flavours on the palate. And with mouth-watering acidity. Pair with creamy cheeses like Camembert or a arugula and asparagus galette topped with goat cheese. This vintage was awarded Gold at the 2018 Concours des Vins du Val de Loire. Touraine Sauvignon food pairings: tempura seafood, sushi and sashimi, pan-fried panfish. Drink: 2019 - 2020 82305 12.5% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 89/100. March 2019. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Donatien Bahuaud Les Grands Mortiers Vouvray 2017, Loire A.C., France: Great mouthfeel and mouth filling, off-dry, medium-bodied Vouvray from Donatien Bahuaud in the Loire wine region. Le Grands Mortier is always a crown pleaser. The 2016 Chenin Blanc is leaner with ripe pear, peach and lanolin flavours on the palate balanced with the characteristic Vouvray acidity. Donatien Bahuaud Estate was founded in 1929. Chill and enjoy with a spicy baked ham. Vouvray food pairings: honey-glazed pork, mango chicken, coquilles St. Jacques. Drink: 2018 - 2022 140889 12% M 750 mL $20.95 Score: 90/100. March 2019. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Hidden Bench Estate Riesling 2016, Beamsville Bench, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Petrol lemon awesome. How do they get so much flavour with so much alcohol? Okay I know the answer but still. Pair with fresh seafood. Lip-smacking delicious! Riesling food pairings: roast chicken, grilled salmon with lemon sauce, feta cheese, baby greens salad with fig dressing. Drink: 2018 - 2024 183491 11% D 750 mL $24.95 Score: 92/100. March 2019. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

E. Guigal 2016, Côtes Du Rhône, Rhône A.C., France: In the style of highly aromatic wines like Torrontes. Fragrant and floral and expressively aromatic French white wine from the Rhone Valley. Pair with Asian dishes. Food pairings: baked brie and apricot coulee, salad greens with goat cheese pomegranate and cranberry, hard cheeses. Drink: 2018 - 2022 290296 13.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. March 2019. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cave Spring Cellars Estate Chardonnay 2016, Beamsville Bench, Niagara Escarpment,Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Masterfully made: great value too. A well-rounded, balanced Niagara Chardonnay: not heavy or wimpy, just right. Toasted almond and golden apple aromas. Nice mouth-feel. Pair with roast turkey or chicken. Chardonnay food pairings: roast chicken, lobster in butter, corn dishes, pork, fried chicken, almonds, brie, camembert. Drink: 2018 - 2022 256552 13% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. March 2019. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Jean Pabiot Domaine Des Fines Caillottes Pouilly-Fumé 2017, Loire A.C., France: This is a classic Old World Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire wine region, Pouilly-Fumé has the typical smokiness and racy acidity this region gives to its wine grapes and wine. You can smell it even before you get near the glass with its white citrus, celery, smoky and briny minerality nose. Domaine Des Fines Caillottes (white pebbles) was awarded Silver at the 2018 Concours Mondial du Sauvignon. Pouilly-Fumé food pairings: pan-seared scallops with grilled asparagus, cheese, pasta with cream-based sauce, pizza, sushi. Drink: 2019 - 2023 695908 12.5% XD 750 mL $30.95 Score: 91/100. March 2019. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Chevallier Chablis 2017, Burgundy A.P., France: Domaine Chevallier is a classic Old-World Chablis with Intense mineral and crunchy green apple flavours on the palate. Definitely made for freshly steamed mussels and raw oysters. Clean, vibrant and refreshing. No oak. Chablis food pairings: green salads topped with grilled prawns, lobster in butter sauce, cheese, poultry. Drink: 2019 - 2024 112227 12.5% XD 750 mL $26.95 Score: 88/100. March 2019. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tabalí Talinay Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Limarí Valley, Chile: Vibrant and zesty Talinay 2017 is a medium-bodied fresh and crisp Sauvignon Blanc from the Limari wine region in Chile. A bright Sauvignon Blanc with crunchy Granny Smith apple aromas, as well as lemon, mint, white flower, herbal notes and chalky flavours on the palate. Pair it with grilled Limari River shrimp. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: goat cheese salad, seafood Alfredo, onion tarte. Drink: 2019 - 2020 542241 13.5% XD 750 mL $22.95 Score: 88/100. March 2019. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

La Chablisienne 2017, Saint Bris, Burgundy A.C., France: La Chablisienne, Saint Bris is a zesty, vibrant medium-bodied Sauvignon Blanc made in the village of Auxerrois. Saint-Bris is the only growing area in Burgundy permitted to grow Sauvignon Blanc, small but mighty appellation making incredibly zesty, chalky, lemon meringue, bright apple and mineral flavours on the palate finishing with a brilliant acidity. Can't decide to have raw oysters or pan-fried Doré with this wine, but both will be a perfect match for it. Food pairings: poached seafood, sashimi and sushi, bouillabaisse, fresh oysters on the half shell. Drink: 2019 - 2021 641753 12.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 88/100. March 2019. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Two Rivers Convergence Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: From Awatere and Wairau, South Island, Marlborough, Two Rivers Convergence Sauvignon Blanc is vibrant with fresh hay, gooseberry, tropical fruit flavours and a lingering lemon-lime zesty finish. Enjoy it now in all its freshness and for the next year. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: goat cheese and cranberry bake, beet salad spinach and goat cheese salad with red berry dressing, fig and orange balsamic with goat cheese. Drink: 2019 - 2020 277707 13.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 91/100. March 2019. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Oldenburg Chardonnay 2017, Stellenbosch W.O., South Africa: Oldenburg 2017 is a classic, buttery Chardonnay from the Stellenbosch wine region. Full-bodied, smooth and buttery on the palate with ripe red apple, smoky nut and apple pie spice flavours on the palate. Just a yummy Chardonnay with good acidity for food. Enjoy for the next three to five years. Pair with lobster bisque. Chardonnay food pairings: grilled fish, spinach and pepper jack stuffed chicken, beef bourguignon, toasted ravioli with Alfredo sauce, Asian dishes with black bean sauces. Drink: 2019 - 2024 374645 14.5% XD 750 mL $25.95 Score: 90/100. March 2019. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Kellerei St. Magdalena Pinot Grigio 2017, Südtirol - Alto Adige D.O.C., Italy: This is a brilliantly zesty, cool-climate Pinot Grigio from the Alto Adige in northern Italy. Produced by Cantina Produttori Bolzano, there are white florals with zesty pear and citrus zest aromas on the nose. Incredible freshness with ripe pear, lemon zest and green apple flavours on the palate finishing with a flinty minerality. Just mouth-watering all over. Pair with Pair with South Tyrolean ravioli - Schlutzkrapfen or sautéed Dover sole. Pinot Grigio food pairings: pineapple and ham pizza, baked mussel and clam casserole, spring greens salad with pear and apple. Drink: 2019 - 2021 249466 13.5% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 88/100. March 2019. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Covela Edição Nacional Avesso 2016, Vinho Verde D.O.C., Portugal: Edição Nacional Covela is produced from Avesso wine grapes from the southeastern limit of the Vinhos Verde wine region with vineyards overlooking the Douro River. Great acidity and mouth-watering briny finish on this vibrant white made for grilled shellfish. The wine grapes are organically grown. Light herbs on the nose with white stone fruit and fresh lemon zest flavours finishing crisp on the palate. Enjoy now in all its freshness. Avesso food pairings: pan-fried panfish, grilled chicken, seafood stew. Drink: 2019 - 2020 524868 12.5% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 91/100. March 2019. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Groth Hillview Vineyard Chardonnay 2015, Napa Valley, California, United States: From Groth, Hillview Vineyard is a whole-clustered-pressed Chardonnay with oak and lees ageing giving the wine added finesse and structure. Has great acidity for food and would pair well with a classic roast chicken or something with a lot of butter in or on it. Popcorn?? More lemon curd and tropical fruit flavours on this toasty Chard. Chardonnay food pairings: butter chicken, seafood pot pie, lemon buttered lobster. Drink: 2019 - 2022 225672 13% XD 750 mL $64.95 Score: 88/100. March 2019. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

13th Street Winery White Palette 2017, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: 13th Street White Palette is light and zesty white wine blend of 60% Riesling, equal amounts of Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc and 10% Gewurztraminer. White florals and bright green apple on the nose, ripe apple, pear and soft orange flavours on the palate. So easy to enjoy. Sip with salads or enjoy on its own. Food pairings: grilled calamari, steamed mussels, crab cakes. Drink: 2019 - 2022 207340 13.5% D 750 mL $15.95 Score: 89/100. March 2019. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


© 2020 Natalie MacLean