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Vintages Release July 5, 2019

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Dessert Wine

Ruppertsberger Linsenbusch Gewürztraminer Spätlese 2017, Pfalz Prädikatswein, Germany: Rich honey and ripe apricot aromas on the nose with intense lychee, pink rose petals and cake spice flavours on the palate. Chill and pair with sweet or savoury dishes like ginger spice cake, or Asian-style sautéed pork tenderloin. Gewürztraminer Spätlese food pairings: honey cake, chocolate cookies, berry tarts, apple dumplings. Drink: 2019 - 2021 320473 10% S 750 mL $18.95 Score: 92/100. July 2019. Best Value Dessert Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Red Wine

Torrevento Castel Del Monte 2014, Puglia D.O.C.G., Italy: Lovely rich red with ripe dark cherry, mocha, sweet tobacco leaf and cedar spice flavours on the palate from the Castel del Monte in the Puglia wine region. Food pairings: rare roast beef, spice-braised lamb, cheddar, grilled pork chops. Drink: 2019 - 2023 208256 13% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. July 2019. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Parcelas 2016, Douro D.O.P., Portugal: From the Douro Valley, a robust and spicy red wine blend of Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca and Sousao grapes. Lots of ripe dark fruit and blackberry flavours on the palate. Enjoy now for the next three years. Pair with grilled games sausages. Food pairings: gourmet hamburgers, meat lover's pizza, sausage cassoulet. Drink: 2019 - 2023 397422 14% D 750 mL $16.95 Score: 87/100. July 2019. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Costa Lazaridi Amethystos 2015, Drama P.G.I., Greece: From a strong 2015 vintage, a beautiful and juicy, full-bodied red wine blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Agiorgitiko with brilliant acidity and ripe red cherry, plum, dark berry and savoury herb flavours on the palate. Tannins are firm. Enjoy with a prime rib roast. Food pairings: gourmet hamburger, braised short ribs, vegetable stew. Drink: 2019 - 2022 724831 14.5% D 750 mL $26.95 Score: 87/100. July 2019. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Hogue Genesis Meritage 2015, Columbia Valley, Washington, United States: A toothsome, full-bodied red wine blend of Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon, a portion of which was matured in American oak barrels. Look for earthy blue flowers, dark plum, black olive, savoury spice and smoky vanilla flavours on the palate. Pair with gourmet burgers from the grill. Meritage food pairings: grilled venison steak, braised beef long ribs, bison burgers. Drink: 2019 - 2024 443135 13.5% XD 750 mL $21.95 Score: 88/100. July 2019. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

López De Haro Gran Reserva 2010, Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain: This Gran Reserva Rioja red is delicious! Aged for over 30 months in French Oak barrels and then aged in bottle for 3 years minimum prior to release to distribution and sale. Full-bodied and generous with ripe dark cherry, red berry, cold black tea, and vanilla flavours from oak ageing. Tannins are fine. Enjoy now and for the next five years. Food pairings: roast venison, meat-lover's pizza, bison burgers, tourtière. Drink: 2019 - 2025 431973 14% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 93/100. July 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

12 Linajes Reserva 2012, Ribera Del Duero D.O., Spain: A full-bodied, richly layered Spanish red produced from Tempranillo, also known as Tinta del Pais. Lush and layered with dark berry, spiced plum and dried raisin and fig flavours on the palate. Tannins are firm. Enjoy now and for the next five years. Pair with grilled steaks. Food pairings: game dishes, roasted and grilled meats. Drink: 2019 - 2026 437681 14% XD 750 mL $33.95 Score: 89/100. July 2019. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ferraton Père & Fils Plan De Dieu 2017, Côtes Du Rhône-Villages, Rhône A.C., France: Deep purple in the glass. A full-bodied, powerful and vibrant Southern Rhône with ripe crushed raspberry, dark berry and savoury spice flavours on the palate. Food pairings: game roast, roast partridge, tourtière. Drink: 2019 - 2023 74229 14.5% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. July 2019. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Villa Cafaggio Chianti Classico 2013, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: This Italian red wine hails from the Classico zone nestled in the centre of the Chianti region. It was awarded its DOC designation in 1716, though the wines have been made there since the 15th century (think Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo). A robust, tannic, acidic Italian red wine that's medium- to full-bodied and ideal for pasta in tomato sauce or spicy sausages. This wine is made from 100% Sangiovese grapes. Chianti Classico food pairings: hearty stews, fricassee chicken, slow-cooked brisket. Drink: 2016 - 2022 176776 13.5% D 750 mL $21.95 Score: 87/100. July 2019. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Crápula Gold 5 Monastrell Syrah 2013, Jumilla, Spain: A simple, rustic Spanish red wine blend of 50% Monastrell and 50% Syrah grapes. Notes of black fruit and oak. Pair with hamburgers. Monastrell Syrah food pairings: hamburgers, vegetarian pizza, hard cheeses. Drink: 2013 - 2021 482505 14% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 86/100. July 2019. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Kim Crawford Merlot 2016, Hawkes Bay, North Island, New Zealand: So savoury and juicy! This New Zealand red wine made from cool-climate Merlot grapes offers so much pleasure in the glass. A robust, smooth New Zealand red wine, with fleshy black plums and some dark spice on the finish. Kim Crawford has that rare combination of being both popular with a wide swath of wine drinkers, and respected by even the pickiest connoisseurs. Finishes with black plum and a lick of spiced oak. Try it with grilled lamb or pork chops. The Merlot grapes for this fine New Zealand red wine come from the sunny Hawke's Bay, which produces ripe, flavourful fruit (and wine). Merlot is traditionally a red wine grape in Bordeaux that's usually blended with Cabernet Sauvignon. Merlot food pairings: grilled pork chops, hamburger, turkey, grilled seafood, beef. Drink: 2018 - 2021 680967 13.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 92/100. July 2019. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot 2015, Columbia Valley, Washington, United States: A blockbuster Washington Merlot from a strong vintage. Aromas of black cherry, spice and smoke. A splash of Syrah in this mostly Merlot wine adds a depth of black raspberry flavour and supple texture. Washington didn't suffer from the phylloxera root louse devastation so the vines are still planted on 100% vinifera rootstock and convey that typicity beautifully. Pair with grilled pork chops. Merlot food pairings: grilled pork chops, pork tenderloin, sausage-stuffed Portobello mushrooms. Drink: 2018 - 2022 486936 13.5% XD 750 mL $21.95 Score: 93/100. July 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

M Xx270 Syrah 2015, Corsica, France: Still quite tannic and tight, so put this one in the cellar for another few years then decant 2 hours and pair with a rare steak. Aromas of black fruit, tar, smoke and toasty oak. Syrah food pairings: grilled rib eye steak, rack of lamb, grilled pork tenderloin. Drink: 2018 - 2024 571778 13.5% D 750 mL $25.95 Score: 94/100. July 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Convento San Francisco Crianza 2012, Ribera Del Duero D.O., Spain: Great value on this Ribera Del Duero red produced from 100% Tempranillo. Fermented in stainless steel, the wine was matured in oak for 19 months. This is a medium plus bodied, mouth-watering Tempranillo with rounded tannins. Pair with a sausage cassoulet. Food pairings: mushroom risotto, beef stew, venison roast. Drink: 2018 - 2021 206409 14.5% XD 750 mL $21.95 Score: 88/100. July 2019. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-Du-Pape 2016, Rhône A.C., France: Château de Beaucastel 2016 is a classic Châteauneuf-Du-Pape with a medium-plus-bodied red wine blend of 35% Mourvèdre, 25% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 10% Counoise, 5% Cinsault and 10% other varieties. Great length with ripe cherry, blueberry, sweet spice and savoury dried herb flavours on the palate. Pair with a prime rib roast beef. Châteauneuf-Du-Pape food pairings: rare prime rib, gourmet burgers, roast chicken. Drink: 2018 - 2035 711317 14.5% D 750 mL $93.95 Score: 95/100. July 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Hester Creek Estate Winery Block 3 Reserve Cabernet Franc 2016, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada: A gorgeous smokey, mocha nose on the Hester Creek Estate Winery Block 3 Reserve Cabernet Franc 2016. Plush, smooth and long. This wine is produced from selected barrels of estate-cellared, old vines Cabernet Franc from the Golden Mile Bench in the Okanagan Valley, BC. Pair with grilled meats. Drink: 2018 - 2022 14.1% D 750 mL $25.00 Score: 91/100. July 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Secreto Patagonico Malbec 2017, Patagonia, Argentina: Juicy black cherry and blackberry aromas and flavours in this luscious, full-bodied Malbec. Pair with grilled meats. Malbec food pairings: roast pork, game burgers, roast duck. Drink: 2018 - 2021 635961 14.3% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. July 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Frei Brothers Winery Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California, United States: Robust and well-structured, with balance coming from Sonoma's cool climate. Aromas of wild blackberry and toasty oak. Pair with a pepper steak. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: grilled New York strip loin, hamburger, hard cheese, grilled lamb chops. Drink: 2019 - 2023 38075 14.2% D 750 mL $34.95 Score: 92/100. July 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Joseph Drouhin Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2017, Cote De Beaune, Burgundy Aoc, France: A juicy, mouth-watering Old World Burgundian Pinot Noir from one of the most respected names in the region, Joseph Drouhin. Aromas of tart cherry, cranberry and smoke. Medium-bodied and smooth. Racy acidity for roast chicken or turkey or veal. Pinot Noir food pairings: roast turkey, veal Porterhouse, grilled lamb lollipops. Drink: 2019 - 2024 512574 12.5% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 90/100. July 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Jean-Ernest Descombes Morgon Gamay 2016, Morgon, Burgundy A.C., France: Lovely aromas of black cherry and pepper on the nose. Robust, rich and mouth-filling. this isn't Beaujolais nouveau: there's far more depth and complexity here. Lots of mouth-watering acidity for a wide range of dishes from salmon to roast chicken and turkey. Gamay food pairings: turkey, hamburgers, pizza. Drink: 2021 - 2026 946186 13.5% D 750 mL $21.95 Score: 91/100. July 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Borsao Bole Garnacha Syrah 2015, Campo De Borja D.O., Spain: A full-bodied red blend of Grenache and Syrah from the Campo de Borja wine region. Juicy and generous with ripe cherry, black fruit wrapped up in a veil of smoke. Great acidity for food. Pair with grilled lamb chops. Garnacha Syrah food pairings: grilled farmer's style pork chops, slow-cooked pork ribs, crown pork roast. Drink: 2019 - 2023 471565 14.5% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 89/100. July 2019. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Man Family Wines Ou Kalant Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, Coastal Region, Western Cape W.O., South Africa: A great value Cabernet Sauvignon from the Coastal Region wine region in South Africa. Full-bodied and juicy with dark cherry, blackberry, savoury herb and cake spice flavours on the palate. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: slow-braised lamb shanks, Porchetta sandwiches, grilled bavette steak. Drink: 2019 - 2023 512897 13.5% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 89/100. July 2019. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Des Demoiselles 2014, Castillon Côtes De Bordeaux, Bordeaux A.C., France: A medium-bodied, juicy Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon red wine blend with ripe cherry, black currant, red berry, earthy blue florals, cake spice and vanilla flavours on the palate from this French winery located between Saint Émilion and Castillon-la-Batille on the Right Bank of Bordeaux. The name "Demoiselles" comes from the Middle Ages when the estate was owned by an order of nuns. Enjoy now and for the next five years. Pair with Steak-Frites. Food pairings: roast beef with root vegetables, baron of beef with red wine sauce and scalloped potatoes, flat iron steak on the bbq. Drink: 2019 - 2023 348755 13% D 750 mL $18.95 Score: 87/100. July 2019. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ferraton Père & Fils Calendes 2016, Crozes-Hermitage, Rhône A.C., France: Medium-plus-bodied Crozes Hermitage red wine with ripe dark berry and underbrush aromas on the nose with ripe blueberry, black raspberry, earthy, spicy and flinty flavours on the palate. Enjoy now or hold for five years in cellar. Food pairings: hearty meat dishes, hard cheese, juicy rare steak, barbecued ribs in sauce, hamburger. Drink: 2019 - 2024 526376 13.5% XD 750 mL $31.95 Score: 92/100. July 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Michel Gassier Les Piliers Syrah 2016, Costières De Nîmes, Rhône A.C., France: Nice lift on this Syrah from a judicious splash of Viognier added to it. Deep dark red in the glass with dark berry jam aromas on the nose, dark plum, sweet tobacco leaf, dark spices and savoury herb flavours on the palate. Mouth-watering acidity for food. Pair with a roast duck or chicken. Syrah food pairings: rare roast beef, spice-braised lamb, cheddar, grilled pork chops. Drink: 2019 - 2021 678086 13.5% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 88/100. July 2019. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Langlois Château Saumur-Champigny 2016, Loire A.P., France: a vibrant, fresh red produced mostly from the Cabernet Franc wine grape. Ripe raspberry, red currant, strawberry and flinty flavours on the palate finishing with a smattering of white pepper spice. Fresh, with great acidity for food. Pair with roast quail. Food pairings: roast turkey, ratatouille, sautéed pork tenderloin. Drink: 2019 - 2024 7179 13.5% XD 750 mL $21.95 Score: 88/100. July 2019. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sperling Vineyards The Market Red 2017, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada: A smooth, medium-bodied, Organic BC red wine with notes of attractive sour and tart cherry. Pair with grilled chicken. Drink: 2018 - 2020 12% D 750 mL $18.00 Score: 87/100. July 2019. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Los Haroldos Reserva Malbec 2015, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina: Love this expressive, medium-plus-bodied Malbec at a great price. Dark ruby in the glass with fragrant blue florals on the nose, rich black plum, black cherry, blueberry, meaty and smoky flavours on the palate. Enjoy now and for the next five years. Pair with bison burgers. Malbec food pairings: grilled steak, sautéed pork chops in mushroom sauce, lamb kebabs. Drink: 2019 - 2025 646612 13.5% XD 750 mL $17.00 Score: 87/100. July 2019. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Henry of Pelham Winery Pinot Noir 2018, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A vibrant Niagara Pinot Noir with mouth-watering flavours of tart cherry and strawberry with smoke. Terrific price for Pinot. Pair with veal. Pinot Noir food pairings: seared tuna, grilled salmon, roasted turkey. Drink: 2019 - 2023 13904 13% D 750 mL $16.95 Score: 90/100. July 2019. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rosés

Vanessa Vineyard Rosé Merlot Syrah 2018, Similkameen Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada: A lovely, medium-bodied BC rosé with racy acidity for seafood. Made from 67% Merlot and 33% Syrah. Aromas of cranberry, cherry and orange zest. Pairs well with seared tuna or grilled veggies. Drink: 2019 - 2021 12.3% D 750 mL $25.00 Score: 91/100. July 2019. Top Rated Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sperling Vineyards Pinot Noir Rose 2018, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada: A lovely, organic, BC rose made from Pinot Noir grapes. Aromas of tiny field strawberries. Racy acidity for seafood. Drink: 2018 - 2020 13% XD 750 mL $18.00 Score: 91/100. July 2019. Top Rated Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Winemaker’s Cut Rosé 2018, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada: A lovely, refreshing BC rose with 70% Cabernet Franc and 30% Syrah grapes sourced from the winery's Deadman Lake Vineyard and fermented in stainless steel to preserve freshness. Aromas of strawberries. Pair with roast chicken. Drink: 2019 - 2021 11.5% D 750 mL $26.00 Score: 88/100. July 2019. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Township 7 Vineyards & Winery Okanagan Rose 2018, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada: A lovely strawberry blossom BC rose! It has a gorgeous orange zest on the finish that's mouth-watering and makes you go back for a top up. Perfect as a chilled aperitif or pair with with seafood. Rose food pairings: charcuterie and soft cheeses, a Mediterranean inspired paella, or a Moroccan chicken and lemon tagine. Drink: 2019 - 2021 13.5% D 750 mL $18.00 Score: 89/100. July 2019. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

CedarCreek Estate Winery Platinum Pinot Noir Rose 2018, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada: A gorgeous, juicy, mouth-watering BC rose made from the Pinot Noir grape. Aromas of fresh field strawberries. Pair with roast chicken. Drink: 2019 - 2021 12% D 750 mL $25.00 Score: 91/100. July 2019. Top Rated Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Medeiros Rosé 2018, Vinho Regional Alentejano, Portugal: Just a great value, vibrant rosé made from Touriga Nacional, Tempranillo and Syrah wine grapes. Bright red berry, cherry and soft orange citrus flavours and this medium-bodied rosé. Chill and pair it with a grilled salmon steak. Rosé food pairings: cold turkey sandwiches, chicken salad, roasted onion and asparagus galette. Drink: 2019 - 2021 451385 12.5% D 750 mL $13.95 Score: 89/100. July 2019. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Gassier Sables d'Azur 2018, Côtes De Provence, Provence A.P., France: From the Côtes De Provence, Gassier Sables' D'azur (2016) is not only distinctive because of its curvy bottle, it's flavours of fresh wild strawberry, bright acidity and pink florals on the palate is a summer picnic in a glass. Pair with creamy cheeses, charcuterie or grilled chicken. Food pairings: wine-braised duck, grilled goose breast in cherry wine sauce, duck breasts with bacon and onions. Drink: 2019 - 2021 33621 13% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 91/100. July 2019. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Gérard Bertrand Gris Blanc Rosé 2018, Pays D'oc, Midi I.G.P., France: A magnum-size, tasty Gris Blanc Rosé (1500ml). Lovely, ripe plum, stone-fruit and citrus peel flavours on the palate. Chill and pair it with grilled shellfish. Gris Blanc Rosé food pairings: seafood salad, chilled prawns with strawberry champagne dressing, seafood ceviche. Drink: 2019 - 2021 451138 12.5% XD 1500 mL $32.95 Score: 91/100. July 2019. Top Rated Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

McManis Pinot Noir Rosé 2018, Lodi, California, United States: A great value Central Valley, California Pinot Noir rosé produced by the McManis family. Lovely notes of cherry, strawberry, red berry and ripe stone fruit flavours wrapped up in a smattering of dried garrigue herbs. Great acidity for food. pair with grilled prawns Pinot Noir Rosé food pairings: grilled shrimp, seafood kebabs, roast maple-smoked ham. Drink: 2019 - 2021 558510 11.5% D 750 mL $18.95 Score: 87/100. July 2019. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Zonte's Footstep Scarlet Ladybird Rosé 2018, Fleurieu, South Australia, Australia: The Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache wine grapes for Zonte's Footstep, Scarlet Ladybird were sourced from a single site vineyard. The Scarlet Ladybird refers to the Ladybugs that prey on vineyard pests like aphids. Lovely pink with coral hues in the glass, ripe raspberry, soft citrus aromas on the nose with ripe strawberry, raspberry and light savoury herbs finishing long and with zesty acidity on the palate. Rosé food pairings: veal Masala, veal and ham casserole, veal breast with herb stuffing. Drink: 2019 - 2021 408476 13.5% D 750 mL $15.95 Score: 88/100. July 2019. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Hidden Bench Winery Locust Lane Rosé 2018, Beamsville Bench, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: The 2018 vintage of the Hidden Bench Locust Lane is a 97% Pinot Noir and 3% Viognier rosé from the Beamsville Bench on the Niagara Escarpment wine region. Wine grapes were hand-harvested, gently pressed and the wine was fermented with natural yeast. The wine is aged in old oak for a light touch. Juicy, savoury and mouth-watering with dried herbs and light red florals and strawberries. Pair with seafood and grilled chicken. Rosé food pairings: ham and Swiss cheese sandwiches, cold turkey sandwiches, fish cakes. Drink: 2019 - 2021 68833 12.5% D 750 mL $23.95 Score: 92/100. July 2019. Top Rated Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Oyster Bay Rosé 2018, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: This 100% Pinot Noir rosé is fragrant with cherry and strawberry fruit aromas on the nose. Medium-bodied with vibrant juicy red berry, cherry fruit and light herb flavours on the palate. Vibrant acidity for food. Pair with grilled chicken breast and lamb kebabs. Tannins are fine. The PN wine grapes for this rosé were sourced from the Wairau Valley. Food pairings: grilled lamb lollipops, chicken kebabs, vegetable kebabs. Drink: 2019 - 2021 493171 13.5% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. July 2019. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Masi Rosa dei Masi 2018, Veneto I.G.T., Italy: A great value rosé under $20 from the Veneto wine region with a portion of the wine grapes partially dried in the appassimento style giving more structure and concentration of flavour on the palate. Pink florals on the nose with ripe apple, strawberry and cherry flavours on the palate. Finishes long and zesty. Pair with barbeque chicken or pork ribs. Food pairings: herbed quiche, salad, pork, strong cheese. Drink: 2019 - 2021 377267 12.5% D 750 mL $15.95 Score: 88/100. July 2019. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Henri Gaillard Rosé 2018, Côtes De Provence, Provence A.P., France: A medium-bodied Côtes De Provence rosé and a juicy and vibrant blend of Syrah, Grenache, Cinsault and Mourvèdre wine grapes. Fragrant with warm wild strawberry, pink roses on the nose, bright red berry, orange citrus, light savoury herbs with a vibrant finish on the palate. Well-balanced. Chill and enjoy on its own or with barbeque ribs and wings. Rosé food pairings: barbequed chicken wings, dry pork spare ribs, salads topped with grilled chicken. Drink: 2019 - 2021 450825 13% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 91/100. July 2019. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

L'ostal Rosé 2018, Pays D'oc, Midi I.G.P., France: A Grenache and Syrah rosé wine blend. Easy to enjoy this medium-bodied wine with ripe raspberry, strawberry and soft citrus flavours on the palate. "Ostal" translates to ''house'' and ''family group'' in the traditional Occitan language. Chill and enjoy with brunch fare and herbed quiches. Food pairings: roast quail stuffed with wild mushrooms and leek, sausage and apple stuffed Cornish hen, rabbit goulash. Drink: 2019 - 2021 450809 13% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 88/100. July 2019. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sparkling Wine

Bollinger Special Cuvee Champagne, Champagne A.C., France: This is the convenient half bottle size (375 ml) which is ideal when you'd like to begin a meal with a glass and half each to toast. A robust and complex Champagne from one of the region's top producers. Bollinger always delivers and this special cuvee is no exception. Aromas of freshly baked bread, lemon zest and toasted almond. No wonder this was the favourite of James Bond before product placement took over the franchise. Pair with oysters. Champagne food pairings: grilled salmon, curry dishes, pulled pork sammies. Drink: 2016 - 2022 234104 12% XD 375 mL $49.95 Score: 94/100. July 2019. Top Rated Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Bailly Lapierre Réserve Brut Crémant De Bourgogne, Burgundy A.C., France: Bailly Lapierre Reserve Brut (375ml) is the right size to enjoy a glass with a friend. The Crémant is made in the traditional method and produced from 100% Chardonnay. Lovely, with a soft mousse and lemon-lime zest, finishes with bright citrus and a mineral streak. Drink now and often. Crémant De Bourgogne food pairings: lightly spiced curry dishes, charcuterie, creamy cheeses. Drink: 2018 - 2021 641423 12% D 375 mL $11.95 Score: 89/100. July 2019. Best Value Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Benjamin Bridge Nova 7 Sparkling 2017, Nova Scotia, Canada: A floral and pretty sparkling wine made in the Charmat or tank method. Old gold in the glass, fragrant with white florals, orange blossoms and medium-bodied, off-dry zesty with a soft mousse of soft orange citrus, ripe peaches and strawberry flavours. Nova 7 is produced in the wild ferment style, with a light hand from winemaker and is an impressive Muscat, Ortega, Seyval Blanc, l'Acadie, Vidal, Riesling and Chardonnay white wine bubble. Sparkling food pairings: seafood tapas, steamed shellfish, grilled seafood. Drink: 2019 - 2020 256289 6.5% M 750 mL $24.95 Score: 94/100. July 2019. Top Rated Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

Joseph Cattin Pinot Blanc 2017, Alsace A.C., France: A food-friendly Pinot Blanc, zesty with bright apple, pepper spice and citrus zest flavours on the palate. Nice weight on this wine to pair with grilled shrimp and chicken kebabs. Pinot Blanc food pairings: poached salmon, coquilles St. Jacques, smoked whitefish. Drink: 2019 - 2021 224642 13% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 91/100. July 2019. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Santa Barbara Winery Chardonnay 2017, Santa Barbara County, California, United States: A medium-plus-bodied fresh and mildly buttery, nutty Chardonnay from Santa Barbara County, California. Well-balanced with ripe apple, nutty, light tropical fruit and cake spice flavours on the palate with a clean mineral finish. Chardonnay food pairings: scallops with a sesame ginger dressing, spinach and pepper jack stuffed chicken, pasta with tomato sauce, pork tenderloin. Drink: 2019 - 2023 989152 13.7% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 87/100. July 2019. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Bel Echo Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: One zesty Sauvignon Blanc from the Wairu Valley, almost Sancerre like. Chalky, with lime zest, green herb, leaf and mineral flavours on the palate finishing long and mouth-watering. Chill and enjoy. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: mild green curries, green salads topped with seared prawns and a squeeze of lime. Drink: 2019 - 2020 309609 14% XD 750 mL $23.95 Score: 90/100. July 2019. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rodney Strong Russian River Valley Reserve Chardonnay 2015, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California, United States: A Chardonnay with white floral and mineral aromas as well as ripe, fresh apple, stone-fruit, lemon pudding and soft orange zest flavours delivered on a silky palate. Enjoy now and for the next five years. Chardonnay food pairings: veal chops, rosemary lamb, barbecued ribs in sauce, chicken cacciatore. Drink: 2019 - 2028 210039 14.5% XD 750 mL $49.95 Score: 93/100. July 2019. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mission Hill Sauvignon Blanc 2018, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia V.Q.A., Canada: A zesty B.C. V.Q.A. Sauvignon Blanc from the iconic Mission Hill Winery in the Okanagan Valley, British Columbia. The SB wine grapes are sourced from the Black Sage Bench and a portion of the wine was fermented in French oak barrel. Look for smoky pear, zesty white grapefruit and light herb flavours on the palate. Chill and enjoy with a green salad topped with goat cheese and fresh sliced pear. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: grilled salmon with herb butter, green salads with goat cheese, freshly steamed shrimp with salad. Drink: 2019 - 2020 57430 13% D 750 mL $22.95 Score: 89/100. July 2019. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rosehall Run Hungry Point White 2017, Prince Edward County, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A tart, crisp white wine made from low yield, dry-farmed grapes. Aromas of white melon and grapefruit. Pair with seafood. Drink: 2018 - 2020 13% D 750 mL $24.95 Score: 87/100. July 2019. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Hester Creek Estate Winery Terra Unica Semillon 2018, Golden Mile Bench, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada: A savoury, juicy BC white wine made from the Semillon grapes. Aromas of white and green melon and lemongrass. Pair with shellfish. Drink: 2019 - 2021 11.5% MD 750 mL $28.50 Score: 89/100. July 2019. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

House Wine Co. Vidal Moscato 2017, Niagara, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A lovely, floral, off-dry, spritzy Niagara white wine blend of Vidal and Moscato grapes. Pair with fresh melon or grilled veggies. Great price! Drink: 2018 - 2020 279547 11.5% M 750 mL $13.95 Score: 87/100. July 2019. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Les Vignes De Bila-Haut 2016, Côtes Du Roussillon, Midi A.C., France: The 2017 vintage of the full-bodied, smooth Les Vignes De Bila-Haut is a great value. This is a white wine blend of 60% Grenache Blanc, 20% Macabeu, 10% Marsanne, 10% Vermentino grapes from the Côtes Du Roussillon produced by M. Chapoutier. This is dry, medium-bodied white with ripe stonefruit and spicy flavours on the palate. Chill and enjoy with grilled chicken. Food pairings: oysters Rockefeller, seafood ceviche, whitefish and potato saffron cakes. Drink: 2018 - 2023 485656 13.5% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 91/100. July 2019. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars Chardonnay 2017, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada: Such a fabulous Chardonnay, and this isn't their reserve - save us! This family winery is nestled in the southern Okanagan Valley by Vaseux Lake. About a third of this wine is fermented in stailess steel, the rest in wood then aked in French oak for less than a year. Aromas of butterscotch, toffee, smoke, golden apple, Asian pear and orchard happiness. Pair with roast chicken. Chardonnay food pairings: roast chicken, crab cakes with lemon garlic aioli, fish tacos. Drink: 2019 - 2023 350108 13% XD 750 mL $28.95 Score: 92/100. July 2019. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Henry of Pelham Winery Pinot Grigio 2018, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A zesty, refreshing Niagara white wine with notes of white peach, melon white florals. This Niagara Pinot Grigio would be idea with seafood. Pinot Grigio food pairings: light salads, fish or chicken pates. Drink: 2019 - 2021 250217 12.5% D 750 mL $14.95 Score: 89/100. July 2019. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Hester Creek Estate Winery Character White 2018, Okanagan Valley, BC V.Q.A., Canada: A fresh, lightly floral white wine blend from BC. Medium-bodied with the right mount of acidity for seafood. Food pairings: tapas, fresh oysters, scallops or ceviche.. Drink: 2020 - 2021 13.2% MD 750 mL $15.99 Score: 89/100. July 2019. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Salomon Groovy Grüner Veltliner 2018, Niederösterreich, Kremstal, Austria: Love Gruner Veltliner and love this one from Austria. Fragrant with fresh orchard fruit, lime and a crisp mineral aromas on the nose, the wine is equally, mouth-watering with lime and citrus zest, pear, apple and white pepper spice flavours on the palate. Pair it with smoked salmon, herb quiches and eggs Benny. Grüner Veltliner food pairings: seafood dishes, chicken, avocado green curry with cilantro and lime. Drink: 2019 - 2021 669606 12% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 89/100. July 2019. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ken Forrester Old Vine Reserve Chenin Blanc 2017, Stellenbosch W.O., South Africa: This Chenin Blanc produced by Ken Forrester is an elegant South African white wine made from Old Vine Reserve Chenin Blanc grapes. The grapes are hand-picked and sustainably farmed, with no herbicides or pesticides. The vines average 35 years of age. The wine is medium-bodied with ripe apple, ripe-white stone fruit and white floral flavours on the palate. Great, full and smooth mouthfeel matched with a vibrant acidity. Chill and enjoy now. Chenin Blanc food pairings: white fleshed fish, Greek salad, game, grilled pork, salmon tartare served on homemade crisp. Drink: 2018 - 2023 231282 13.5% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 88/100. July 2019. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2018, Marlborough, New Zealand: Love the fresh melon notes on the nose and palate of this lovely New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc! Aromas of grapefruit, lemongrass, chives and lime citrus. Not grassy. Cool climate white wine at its best. Pair with shellfish. Drink: 2018 - 2021 316570 12.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. July 2019. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sperling Vineyards Pinot Gris 2017, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada: A zesty, dry and refreshing BC white wine made from the Pinot Gris grape. Aromas of peach and pear. Terrific aperitif or companion to seafood. Pinot Gris food pairings: semi-soft artisanal cheeses, firm fish and spring vegetable risotto.. Drink: 2018 - 2020 134528 13.9% D 750 mL $19.00 Score: 88/100. July 2019. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

William Fèvre Saint-Bris 2017, Burgundy A.C., France: This is a stunning crafted Sauvignon Blanc from the little appellation of Saint Bris. No oak and very refreshing. There's only the one producer of this wine in Saint-Bris and not far from Chablis. Look for soft tropical fruit, white currant, gooseberry and lemon zest flavours finishing crisp and clean on the palate. Pair with pan-fried oysters on toast. Food pairings: ratatouille, grilled white fish with a lemon-dill sauce, squash soup, salad. Drink: 2019 - 2021 626523 12% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 87/100. July 2019. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Vignerons De Buxy Buissonnier Montagny 2015, Montagny, Burgundy A.C., France: A mouth-watering Chardonnay with green apple crunch, white florals, liquid lemon and a mineral streak racing through it. Excellent quality and made for oysters Rockefeller, sautéed scallops and rich shellfish dishes with white sauce. No oak on this Chardonnay as it was completely brought up in stainless-steel tank. Food pairings: grilled chicken, pork tenderloin, lobster with melted butter. Drink: 2019 - 2021 382879 12.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 88/100. July 2019. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Jean-Max Roger Cuvée Les Caillottes Sancerre 2017, Loire A.C., France: A zingy, zesty Sancerre from the Loire Valley. Smoky with lemon juice vibrancy, light herbs, bright apple flavours and dusty-dry on the palate. Lean, intense and mouth-watering finishing with a smoky, flinty minerality. It wants oysters, the fresher the better. Sancerre food pairings: salads, grilled chicken, seafood. Drink: 2019 - 2023 65573 12.5% XD 750 mL $30.95 Score: 89/100. July 2019. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Saint Clair Pioneer Block 20 Cash Block Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Dillons Point, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: Medium-bodied and layered with melon, bright apple, grapefruit, gooseberry, grassy and herbal flavours on the palate, this is a zesty, vibrant New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc from the Wairau Valley, South Island. Matt Thomson and Hamish Clark are the wine makers of this single vineyard wine. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: shellfish, Caesar salad, crispy calamari, crab cakes. Drink: 2019 - 2020 483065 13% XD 750 mL $28.95 Score: 89/100. July 2019. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Best's Great Western Riesling 2017, Great Western, Victoria, Australia: A gorgeous, off-dry Australian Riesling with aromas of orange zest, peach blossom and apricots. Pair with fresh seafood. Riesling food pairings: mild vegetarian curries, pan-fried panfish, grilled chicken. Drink: 2019 - 2024 688259 10% M 750 mL $19.95 Score: 93/100. July 2019. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


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