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

Vintages Release November 6, 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

Domaine des Bernardins Muscat Beaumes de Venise 2017, Rhône A.C., France: Muscat Beaumes De Venise is a blend of 75% Muscat Blanc petits grains and 25% Muscat Rosé petit grains grapes. Very aromatic with concentrated honey mandarin, stone-fruit, softly sweet and elegant on the palate. Chill and enjoy with a peach and apricot mousse. Muscat Beaumes De Venise food pairings: crème brûlée, fruit-based desserts, pastries, fresh field berries in cream. Drink: 2019 - 2022 442160 15% S 375 mL $22.95 Score: 88/100. November 2019. Best Value Dessert Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Red Wine

Château Paul Mas Clos Des Mûres 2017, Languedoc A.P., France: A stylish Languedoc red produced by a well-known and respected producer, Paul Mas. This wine received a Gold Medal at the 2017 Concours Général Agricole competition. Dry, medium-bodied and supple with black raspberry, cherry, cocoa, dried herbs and tobacco leaf on the palate. Enjoy now with a beef bourgignon. Food pairings: prime rib roast, grilled pork tenderloin, lamburgers, roast chicken. Drink: 2019 - 2024 286393 14.5% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. November 2019. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Fuligni Brunello Di Montalcino 2013, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: This Brunello di Montalcino is a full-bodied and mouth-watering Sangiovese with sour red cherry, raspberry, pink rose petals, white pepper and stony flavours on the palate. Great cellaring candidate for the next five years. Enjoy then and for the next 15 years. Pair with rich game dishes and roasts. Brunello Di Montalcino food pairings: grilled steak, roast leg of lamb, hard cheese. Drink: 2024 - 2036 245225 14% XD 750 mL $99.95 Score: 91/100. November 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Gran Lurton Bodega Piedra Negra Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina: This full-bodied, single vineyard Argentine red wine offers incredible depth, concentration and power. Black fruit and juicy goodness. This is a single-vineyard Uco Valley Cabernet Sauvignon featuring aromas of black raspberry and cloves. The vines for this robust Argentine Cabernet are planted in the foothills of the Andes. Finishes with dark fruit and toasty oak. Highly recommended. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: grilled New York strip loin, barbecued ribs in sauce, braised pork shanks, strong cheeses, Margherita pizza. Drink: 2017 - 2019 980334 14% D 750 mL $24.95 Score: 92/100. November 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Gérard Bertrand Syrah Grenache 2015, Languedoc A.P., France: Savoury and juicy with meaty, dark spice character. Amazing QPR: quality price ratio. Pair with prime rib. Syrah Grenache food pairings: veal chops in creamy white wine sauce, veal schnitzel, Osso Buco, veal liver and olives in rose sauce. Drink: 2018 - 2020 413237 14.5% D 750 mL $16.95 Score: 91/100. November 2019. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Luigi Bosca Winery Single Vineyard Malbec 2016, Luján De Cuyo, Argentina: A luscious, deeply flavoured Argentine red wine made from the country's iconic red grape Malbec. Aromas of ripe blackberry, plum, pencil led and violets on the nose with nervy acidity. Full-bodied, smooth and luscious. The DOC of Lujan de Cuyo in Mendoza was created in 1989 to protect the Malbec grape. The vines are planted at 960 metres above sea level. The vineyard is 90 years old. The wine was aged for 14 months in oak barrels. Decant 1 hour and pair with grilled steak. Malbec food pairings: grilled lamb, Mediterranean roast of pork, grilled sausages. Drink: 2019 - 2024 74922 14% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 92/100. November 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Jim Barry The Cover Drive Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, Coonawarra, South Australia, Australia: The Cabernet Sauvignon grapes for this full-bodied, generous Australian red wine were grown on the Coonawarra Terra Rossa "Cigar Strip" in the heart of the Coonawarra wine region in South Australia. This layer of rich, red stone over limestone produces the vibrant red and dark fruit character in this wine. Juicy and tasty! Fleshy ripe blackberry and black cherries lead on the nose. This is classic cool-climate Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon offering dark spice and racy acidity on the finish with deep and satisfying hint of mint refreshment. Pair with grilled meats. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: hamburgers , pulled pork, venison burgers, hard cheese, prime rib. Drink: 2019 - 2028 677476 14.3% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 92/100. November 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

The Hedonist Shiraz 2015, Mclaren Vale, South Australia, Australia: The Hedonist is not your typical McLaren Vale Shiraz. This is a big, meaty red with balance and finesse. Love the replays of fleshy blackberries and plums across the palate. Pair with a rich, and meaty game dish. Enjoy now and for the next five years. Produced by the Walter Clappis Wine Company. Shiraz food pairings: Greek marinated lamb ribs on the grill, souvlaki, spanakopita pie. Drink: 2018 - 2025 90191 14% XD 750 mL $21.95 Score: 92/100. November 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Reif Estate Winery The Magician Shiraz Pinot Noir 2016, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: This full-bodied, deeply flavoured Niagara red wine a blend of 70% shiraz and 30% pinot noir grapes that are kiln-dried before they're pressed to deepen the wine's flavours. The wine is named "The Magician" with a whimsical label. Supple and smooth, with seductive notes of black cherry and smoke. Some licorice and spice on the finish. Pair with grilled meats. Shiraz Pinot Noir food pairings: grilled flat iron steak, beef rib eye roast, venison tenderloin. Drink: 2018 - 2022 246413 14% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 90/100. November 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

J. Lohr Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, Paso Robles, California, United States: A tasty Cabernet that's aromatic offering notes of mocha, toasty oak and smoke on the nose of this red wine with a firm grip on the palate. Nice balance in this The 2016 vintage of J. Lohr Hilltop is a full-bodied and grippy red wine blend of mostly Cabernet Sauvignon with 6% Petit Verdot and 4% Cabernet Franc splashed in. Very aromatic on the nose, dry with ripe black currant, mocha, toasty oak and dark spice flavours on the palate. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: hearty meat dishes with autumn veggies, rib eye steak on the barbie, meat lover's pizza. Drink: 2019 - 2026 686584 14.9% D 750 mL $49.95 Score: 90/100. November 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Wits End Luna Shiraz 2017, Mclaren Vale, South Australia, Australia: A full-bodied Australian Shiraz with a splash of Barbera grapes in the blend. A real crowd pleaser with layers of dark cherry, smoked meat and savoury spice flavours on the palate. Pair with prime rib. Shiraz food pairings: grilled meats, cheesy pizza, grilled flat iron steak. Drink: 2022 - 2026 311258 14% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 89/100. November 2019. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Remo Farina Ripasso Valpolicella Classico Superiore 2017, Veneto D.O.C., Italy: This Ripasso Valpolicella Classico is a juicy and vibrant with dark cherry, white pepper and cake spice flavours on the palate. A Full-bodied and juicy blend of 50% Corvina, 15% Corvinone, 20% Rondinella, 5% Molinara and 10% Oseleta. Pair with a rich Osso Bucco. Ripasso Valpolicella Classico Superiore food pairings: hearty winter stew, turkey burgers, pasta with a rich, meaty tomato sauce. Drink: 2019 - 2025 999946 13.5% D 750 mL $18.95 Score: 90/100. November 2019. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California, United States: Classic Cab with a black raspberry, cassis and dried sweet tobacco aromas. A full-bodied, savoury Cabernet Sauvignon with some Merlot and a splash of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot added to the blend with ripe blackberry, dark plum and dried raspberry leaf flavours on the palate. Great acidity for food. Pair with gourmet burgers or hold in cellar for three years. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: prime rib, grilled pork, roast chicken. Drink: 2019 - 2024 943472 13.9% XD 750 mL $120.95 Score: 92/100. November 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Montes Purple Angel 2016, Colchagua Valley D.O., Chile: Purple Angel is a cult classic with its lush, elegant and smooth red wine blend of 92% Caménère and 8% Petit Verdot grapes. Nearly opaque in the glass with rich aromas of blackberry, plum, and blackcurrant, very subtle green pepper, cocoa and oak spice flavours that flow across the palate. Tannins are silky smooth. Enjoy now and for the next five years. So good! Food pairings: veal roast, slow-cooked brisket of beef, rabbit fricassee. Drink: 2019 - 2024 62364 14.5% XD 750 mL $62.95 Score: 99/100. November 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Viñalba Malbec Touriga Nacional 2017, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina: This juicy Argentine red wine is a robust red blend of Malbec and Touriga Nacional. Look for bright, ripe cherries, fresh mushroom, earthy florals and smoky aromas on the nose. Dry, medium-bodied with black cherries, mulberry, blueberry, fresh mushroom, savoury herbs and anise flavours on the palate. Great acidity for food. Tannins are fine and firm. Buy it by the case. Malbec Touriga Nacional food pairings: grilled sirloin steak, mushroom stuffed flank steak, beef stews. Drink: 2019 - 2022 442459 14% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 92/100. November 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

La Rioja Alta Viña Ardanza Reserva 2009, Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain: A robust Rioja red wine blend of 80% Tempranillo and Grenache from the winery's new vineyards in the village of Tudelilla, La Pedriza. Rich and plush with ripe dark plum, dark cherry, fine herbs, ginger, anise, cinnamon spice flavours on the plate from oak treatment. Very nice now and for the next five years. Pair with an equally rich roast of pork. Food pairings: beef stroganoff, barbecued ribs, fruit chutneys, cassoulet, steak fajitas. Drink: 2019 - 2025 315531 13.5% XD 750 mL $54.95 Score: 93/100. November 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Moraine Pinot Noir 2017, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia V.Q.A., Canada: A medium-bodied Pinot Noir from the Naramata Bench, British Columbia. Look for with ripe black cherry, dried herbs and underbrush flavours on the palate. Pinot Noir food pairings: lamb chops, roast leg of lamb, roast duck. Drink: 2019 - 2024 393827 13.3% XD 750 mL $34.95 Score: 92/100. November 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rioja Bordón Reserva 2012, Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain: Bodega Francos-Espanolas is a great value Rioja Old-World Spanish red under $20. Fragrant aromas of mushroom, cherry, blackberry, mint and savoury spice on the nose, dry and spicy on the palette with flavours of sour cherry, mint and dried herbs and sweet tobacco on the palate. Decant one hour prior to pouring with a savoury blade roast. Food pairings: roast leg of lamb, hard cheese, veal piccata, grilled steak. Drink: 2019 - 2024 194753 13.5% D 750 mL $20.95 Score: 88/100. November 2019. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

R. Lopez de Heredia Viña Bosconia 2007, Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain: A juicy, mouth-watering Tempranillo with 10% Grenache and 5% each of Graciano and Mazuelo. Plushy plum on the nose with ripe dark plum, cherry and dried herb and sweet tobacco flavours on the palate. Tannins are smooth. Food pairings: slow-braised lamb shanks, venison stew, pork roast. Drink: 2019 - 2027 529586 13% XD 750 mL $48.95 Score: 91/100. November 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Burrowing Owl Estate Bottled Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia V.Q.A., Canada: This estate-bottled Cabernet Sauvignon from Burrowing Owl is lush and full-bodied with layers of rich and ripe dark berry fruit, dark chocolate, dried wild herbs and espresso flavours on the palate. A big, bold red with chewy tannins and always impressive. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: grilled New York strip loin, hard cheese, braised pork shanks, veal chop. Drink: 2019 - 2028 73098 14.7% XD 750 mL $44.95 Score: 93/100. November 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Saint-Antoine 2015, Bordeaux A.C., France: This 65% Merlot and 35% Cabernet Franc red wine blend is a great value, medium-bodied Bordeaux Supérieur. Look for vibrant cherry, dark plum, capsicum, earthy and spicy flavours on the palate. Tannins are easy, Enjoy now with a grilled pepper steak. Food pairings: grilled sirloin steak, meat fondue, barbequed ribs. Drink: 2019 - 2024 434464 13% D 750 mL $15.95 Score: 88/100. November 2019. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Eugen Altschuh Pinot Noir 2017, Pfalz Qualitätswein, Germany: A well-priced Pinot Noir from the Pfalz wine region in Germany with juicy and mouth-watering dark cherry, red berry and cedar spice flavours on the palate. Pair with a roast goose and roasted small potatoes. Pinot Noir food pairings: rosemary and garlic roast leg of lamb, root vegetables and veal stew, pork cutlets. Drink: 2019 - 2024 550350 14% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. November 2019. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Xavier Vignon 100% 2016, Rhône A.P., France: An affordable Côtes Du Rhône red wine blend from a well know producer. Xavier Vignon 100% is a full-bodied red wine blend of 40% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 15% Mourvèdre with the balance Cinsault, Carignan and Marselan grapes with ripe cherry, plum, dried herb and lingering dark spice flavours on the palate. Tannins are silky. Enjoy now and for the next five years. 100% food pairings: gourmet burgers, tourtière, roast chicken. Drink: 2019 - 2024 437079 14.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. November 2019. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Wente Wetmore Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, Livermore Valley, San Francisco Bay, California, United States: Elegant and juicy, this classic Californian Cabernet was matured 20 months in new French oak, American and Slovenian oak barrels. Rich with ripe black currant, red berry compote, vanilla, minty herb and smoky flavours on the palate. Simply delish. Pair with roast duck. Cabernet Sauvignon 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 - 2022 963397 14.5% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 91/100. November 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Barone Ricasoli Rocca Guicciarda Riserva Chianti Classico 2016, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: A classic and classy Chianti Classico from Barone Ricasoli with a mouthful of ripe dark fruit, dried wild herbs, dark chocolate flavours, spicy, savoury and smooth on the palate. Pair with game meats, Italian sausage and meaty, tomato sauces. Chianti Classico food pairings: stuffed roasted turkey, steak topped pizza, pasta in tomato sauce, breaded veal cutlets. Drink: 2019 - 2032 943613 14.5% D 750 mL $24.95 Score: 88/100. November 2019. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Elderton Command Shiraz 2015, Barossa, South Australia, Australia: A single-vineyard Shiraz from the Barossa Valley in South Australia produced from 120-year-old vines. Big and bold with a ton of ripe, tarry dark fruit, cake spice and dark chocolate flavours on the palate finishing with a smoky kiss. Excellent now and for the next 15 years. Shiraz food pairings: beef prosciutto, black bean soup, blue cheese, lamb shank. Drink: 2019 - 2034 716142 14.5% D 750 mL $99.95 Score: 94/100. November 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

San Felice Il Grigio Chianti Classico 2014, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: Love the ripe cherry, tanned leather and smoky aromas on this medium-bodied Sangiovese with bright cherry, fresh red berry and dusty herb flavours on the palate. Nicely done. Enjoy with a Margherita pizza. Chianti Classico food pairings: rich tomato and roasted Italian vegetables sauce over penne, beef stuffed tomatoes and peppers. Drink: 2019 - 2025 403477 14.5% D 750 mL $48.95 Score: 94/100. November 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Lilian Ladouys 2014, Saint-Estèphe, Bordeaux A.C., France: This superb Merlot-based Bordeaux red wine blend that also has 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, is a shining example of the leadership of owner Jacky Lorenzetti (also president of a leading French rugby club). Excellent length, depth and concentration of flavour. Aromas of dark fruit, cigar box and spice. Decant 2 hours and enjoy with a rare steak. Food pairings: grilled bavette steaks, veal chops, roast turkey. Drink: 2022 - 2025 647917 13.5% XD 750 mL $49.95 Score: 93/100. November 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Don Jacobo Gran Reserva 2005, Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain: Time to enjoy this grand dame, mature Rioja - an elegant blend of 85% Tempranillo, 10% Garnacha, and 5% Graciano grapes. Dry, full-bodied and savoury with dried red berry, cherry, fig and underbrush flavours on the palate. Food pairings: game dishes, grilled pork sausages, roast duck. Drink: 2019 - 2021 923748 12.5% XD 750 mL $38.95 Score: 93/100. November 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

San Pedro 1865 Selected Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, Maipo Valley D.O., Chile: A fleshy, juicy Cabernet Sauvignon from 40-year-old vines in the Alto Maipo region of Chile. This Cabernet is planted in the winery's Alto Maipo vineyard. Deep ruby in the glass with aromas of dried herbs and berries. Dry, mouth-watering with blackcurrant, olive, smoke, and dried sweet tobacco leaf flavours on the palate. Enjoy now and for the next five years. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: prime rib, juicy steak, game, rustic bread, turkey. Drink: 2019 - 2022 37911 14.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 92/100. November 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Truchard Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Carneros, Napa Valley, California, United States: Love this Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, full-bodied and smooth with layers of ripe dark fruit, ripe raspberry, cassis and dark chocolate flavours on the palate. Well-balanced with fine, supple tannins. Enjoy now with a prime rib. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: grilled lamb chops, bison burgers, tourtière. Drink: 2019 - 2025 59683 14.2% XD 750 mL $41.95 Score: 90/100. November 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

La Mannella Brunello Di Montalcino 2013, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: A powerful, concentrated Brunello with liquid cherry, dried tobacco leaf flavours vibrant on the palate. Tannins are polished. Brunello Di Montalcino food pairings: grilled steak, roast leg of lamb, hard cheese, veal piccata. Drink: 2020 - 2030 279083 14.5% XD 750 mL $69.95 Score: 95/100. November 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Inniskillin Montague Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016, Four Mile Creek, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: An elegant, well-craft and balanced Pinot Noir. Dry, medium-bodied with tart cherry, savoury herb, bright acidity and medium long finish. Pinot Noir food pairings: veal medallions, avocado and papaya salad, grilled radicchio, basil pesto, frittata. Drink: 2019 - 2023 997353 13% XD 750 mL $30.95 Score: 91/100. November 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Saint-Préfert Châteauneuf-Du-Pape 2016, Rhône A.C., France: A full-bodied red blend of 85% Grenache aged in concrete with the Cinsault, Mourvèdre and Syrah aged in previous use 600 litre oak barrels. Look for rich, ripe raspberry, plum flavours on the palate, finishing spicy and smooth. Châteauneuf-Du-Pape food pairings: veal medallions, roasted pork loin, coq au vin. Drink: 2019 - 2029 539973 15% XD 750 mL $67.95 Score: 93/100. November 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Queylus Tradition Cabernet Franc 2016, Lincoln Lakeshore, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Another stunning effort from the brilliant winemaker Thomas Bacheldor. This robust, deeply flavoured and complex Cabernet Franc is made from grapes that are pressed whole-berry pressed. Aromas of black and red currant, dark berries, dried herbs and spices. Pair with grilled lamb. Cabernet Franc food pairings: grilled veal Porterhouse steak, Coq au Vin, roasted root vegetables. Drink: 2019 - 2022 11581 13.5% D 750 mL $27.95 Score: 91/100. November 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

San Vincenti Chianti Classico 2016, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: A juicy, medium-bodied Chianti Classico with blackberry, blueberry flavours, dried cherry and earthy flavours vibrant on the palate. Chianti Classico food pairings: Margherita pizza, vegetarian lasagna, cannelloni with three cheeses. Drink: 2019 - 2025 399907 14% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 86/100. November 2019. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Koyle Royale Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, Los Lingues Vineyard, Colchagua Valley D.O., Chile: A robust, rustic, mouth-watering tannic Chilean red produced from mostly Cabernet Sauvignon with a smattering of Malbec and Carmenère grapes in the blend. Decant two hours prior to pouring with a well-marbled beef steak. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: lamb Bolognese, grilled New York strip loin, barbecued ribs in sauce, hamburger, hard cheese. Drink: 2019 - 2024 255760 13.5% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 91/100. November 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

The Foreign Affair Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: . Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: rib eye steak, sirloin tip roast, long ribs on the barbie. Drink: 2016 - 2020 127324 15.8% XD 750 mL $39.95 Score: 89/100. November 2019. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Masi Riserva Di Costasera Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico 2013, Veneto D.O.C.G., Italy: Lush and modern Amarone, smoky and juicy with ripe dark fruit, liquid black cherry, cedar underbrush, spice cake, espresso coffee flavours, toasty on the palate. Produced by Sandro Boscaini. Corvina, Rondinella, Molinara and Oseleta wine grapes spend a long time drying on bamboo racks and the blended wine is matured for three years or more in oak casks. Pair with prime rib. Drink: 2019-2028. Score - 95 (Natalie MacLean, nataliemaclean.com, May 6, 2019). Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico food pairings: leg of lamb, cheese, venison stew, hearty lasagna. Drink: 2019 - 2028 348037 15.5% D 1500 mL $156.95 Score: 92/100. November 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Earthquake Zinfandel 2015, Lodi, California, United States: A big, towering Californian Zinfandel with equally powerful plum, blueberry and blackberry jam flavours on the palate. Full-bodied and juicy. Pair with rib-eye steaks with sage with a smattering of blue cheese. Produced from old vines in the Lodi region of California. Zinfandel food pairings: aged cheddar, grilled lamb loin, grilled duck breast, Italian sausage burgers. Drink: 2019 - 2024 59717 15% XD 750 mL $42.95 Score: 91/100. November 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Schild Estate Grenache Mourvèdre Shiraz 2016, Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia: A full-bodied and smooth red wine blend of 55% Grenache, 30% Mourvèdre and 15% Shiraz produced by the Schild family who have been making wine in the Barossa Valley for more than 60 years. Rich with ripe dark plum, dark berry, earthy, minty and white pepper flavours on the palate. Pair with a grilled Kangaroo strip loin steak. Grenache Mourvèdre Shiraz food pairings: lamb Bolognese, grilled New York striploin with chimichurri sauce, barbecued ribs in sauce, hamburger, hard cheese. Drink: 2019 - 2022 108183 14.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 93/100. November 2019. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Coriole Shiraz 2016, Mclaren Vale, South Australia, Australia: From South Australia's McLaren Vale Coriole Vineyards is a big red Shiraz with dark chocolate, crunch blackberry, raspberry on the palate and smoky, vanilla nose. Full-bodied and robust produced from 50-plus and some 100-year old vines. Shiraz food pairings: game casseroles, rare roast beef, fruit chutney, grilled vegetables, dark chocolate. Drink: 2019 - 2030 931600 14% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 88/100. November 2019. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Southbrook Vineyards Saunders Family Vineyard Cabernet Franc 2017, Beamsville Bench, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Fresh and youthful with intense blueberry, dark plum, red berry, earthy violet, oak spice flavours and smoky flavours on the palate. Good cellaring candidate for about five years. Cabernet Franc food pairings: Brazilian slow-cooked pork, roast turkey, beef and black bean stew, shepherd's pie with root vegetables. Drink: 2019 - 2025 275958 12.6% XD 750 mL $34.95 Score: 91/100. November 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Banfi Brunello Di Montalcino 2014, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: Love this full-bodied, mouth-watering Brunello with ripe dark fruit, cherry, wild berry, savoury herb, nutty and underbrush flavours on the palate. Tannins are structured and fine. Give it a couple of years in cellar and it should drink well into the late 2020s. Brunello Di Montalcino food pairings: grilled steak, roast leg of lamb, hard cheese, veal piccata. Drink: 2020 - 2029 378257 13.5% D 750 mL $56.95 Score: 91/100. November 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sparkling Wine

Gérard Bertrand Thomas Jefferson Brut Crémant De Limoux Rosé 2017, Languedoc A.P., France: A vibrant, zesty southern French sparkling wine from a well-respected producer. This bubbly leads with Chardonnay, but also has some Chenin Blanc and Pinot Noir grapes. The wine is named in honour of Thomas Jefferson, who loved Limoux sparkling wines. Aromas of brioche, freshly baked bread and melting butter with Asian pear. Match with fresh seafood. Perfect for holiday gatherings. Crémant De Limoux Rosé food pairings: grilled shellfish, quiches, brunch dishes. Drink: 2019 - 2021 648618 13% D 750 mL $22.95 Score: 90/100. November 2019. Top Rated Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Veuve Clicquot Vintage Brut Rosé Champagne 2008, Champagne A.C., France: Supremely satisfying and lovely... just like Mom. Hint. Gorgeous notes of field strawberry and some subtle smoke on a long, refreshing finish. Mouth-watering and crisp with some orange citrus lift on the mid-palate. Some kind of wonderful. Pair with shellfish. Champagne food pairings: turkey sandwiches, veal tenderloin, light fruit pastries. Drink: 2016 - 2028 588475 12% D 750 mL $125.95 Score: 96/100. November 2019. Top Rated Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Graham Beck Sparkling Rosé 2013, Western Cape W.O., South Africa: From the Western Cape wine region, a vibrant sparkling Cap Classique with apple dumpling, candied orange peel, ginger spice and lemon zest and lemongrass flavours on the palate finishing on a lingering mineral note. The mousse is fine and persistent. Chill and enjoy it now with mildly spiced crab cakes. Sparkling Rosé food pairings: smoked tuna omelet, smoked salmon, shellfish. Drink: 2019 - 2021 4085 12% D 750 mL $24.95 Score: 91/100. November 2019. Top Rated Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

Critone Val Di Neto 2017, Calabria I.G.T., Italy: Chardonnay flavours but no heaviness. Green apples, butter and smoke but also lively and bright peach and pear through the middle. Good acidity and balance. Food pairings: spring salads topped with sliced grilled chicken breast. Drink: 2019 - 2022 169169 13% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 87/100. November 2019. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Le Fils des Gras Moutons Muscadet 2017, Sèvre-Et-Maine, Loire A.C., France: I see raw oysters on the half shell and steamed mussels in this Muscadet Sevre-et-Maine's future. Look for oyster shell, flinty mineral, lime zest and binned green apple flavours on this vibrant Melon de Bourgogne white from the Loire. Muscadet food pairings: steamed mussels and frites, oysters pot pie, seafood medley on creamy, spinach fettuccini noodles. Drink: 2019 - 2020 363150 12% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 87/100. November 2019. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Santa Ema Gran Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2018, Leyda Valley D.O., Chile: Love this grassy, gooseberry and mouth-watering citrus zest on this Leyda Valley Sauvignon Blanc. A perfect pairing to grilled prawns. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: perch filets in Newburg sauce, pan-fried lemon herb crusted walleye (or pickerel), salmon croquettes. Drink: 2019 - 2021 443507 13.5% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 87/100. November 2019. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Matthias et Emile Roblin Enclos de Maimbray Sancerre 2016, Loire A.C., France: From the Loire wine region, a mouth-watering, bone-dry 100% Sauvignon Blanc with bright grapefruit, citrus, fine herb flavours with a chalky, clean mineral finish lingering on the palate. Fresh, crisp and very zesty. Chill and enjoy with a goat cheese and herbed quiche. Sancerre food pairings: goat cheese salad topped with dried cranberries, grilled seafood, creamy pasta dishes. Drink: 2019 - 2022 527200 13.1% XD 750 mL $36.95 Score: 90/100. November 2019. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Featherstone Winery Sauvignon Blanc 2018, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Love this mouth-watering and juicy Niagara Sauvignon Blanc with honeycrisp apple, lemon grass, pear, gooseberry and citrus zest flavours on the palate. Pair with pan-fried trout. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: vegetarian dishes, shellfish, green salads. Drink: 2019 - 2021 89011 12.5% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 89/100. November 2019. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Konzelmann Late Harvest Gewürztraminer 2016, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: This could be a dessert wine. Konzelmann 2016 is a late-harvest, softy sweet Gewürztraminer, spicy on the nose with rosewater, lychee aromas layered with ripe apricot, lychee, pink florals and gingerbread spice on the palate. Fourth-generation winemaker, Herbert Konzelmann, came from Germany to Canada in the 1980s and created the Konzelmann winery in the Niagara Peninsula wine growing region, a wine region that reminded him of Alsace. This vintage was awarded Gold at the 2018 Ontario Wine Awards. Enjoy with mildly spiced foods or custard and fruit tartes. Gewürztraminer food pairings: lighter-flavoured sea-food dishes, Asian dishes, pork tenderloin, curried rice. Drink: 2019 - 2023 392357 13% M 750 mL $15.95 Score: 89/100. November 2019. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

William Fèvre Champs Royaux Chablis 2017, Burgundy A.C., France: Champs Royaux 2017 is a bone-dry, crisp and unoaked Chablis with flinty, citrus, lime zest and crunchy green apple goodness on the palate. Serve chilled with a chilled shellfish platter. Produced by William Fèvre. Chablis food pairings: oysters on the half-shell, mussels Portuguese, clam linguine. Drink: 2019 - 2024 461640 12.5% XD 750 mL $28.95 Score: 88/100. November 2019. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Henry of Pelham Winery Speck Family Reserve Chardonnay 2017, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A sumptuously, hazel-nut rich, robust Niagara Chardonnay with aromas of toasted almond, freshly baked bread, Asian pear and golden apple. Pair with roast chicken or turkey. Chardonnay food pairings: roast chicken, lobster in butter, sweet pea soup, smoked fish. Drink: 2019 - 2023 616466 14% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 93/100. November 2019. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Marqués de Cáceres Antea 2015, Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain: A great value Rioja white. Fantastic balanced on this white Viura with soft pear aromas on the nose. Rich with orchard fruit, white currant, lemon zest and blanched almond flavours with a lingering mineral finish balanced with crisp acidity. Enjoy now. Food pairings: sea scallops pan-fried in butter, fried chicken. Drink: 2019 - 2027 518985 12.5% D 750 mL $16.95 Score: 86/100. November 2019. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Queylus Tradition Chardonnay 2016, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: The Chardonnay grapes for this wine are farmed organically. Dry, medium-plus-bodied with juicy acidity to match buttery stone fruit, lemon curd and tropical fruit flavours creamy on the palate finishing long and satisfying. Chardonnay food pairings: roast chicken, grilled pork tenderloin, grilled vegetarian flatbreads. Drink: 2019 - 2023 417774 13% XD 750 mL $27.95 Score: 90/100. November 2019. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Black Stallion Chardonnay 2017, Napa Valley, California, United States: A full-bodied, rich Chardonnay with grapes sourced from both cool and warmer vineyards. Look for ripe tropical fruit, stone fruit, lemon curd, vanilla and toasty oak flavours on the palate balanced with a fresh, crisp acidity. Chardonnay food pairings: sautéed scallops, roasted pork, mild curries dishes, chicken stir-fry. Drink: 2019 - 2023 339689 14.5% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 89/100. November 2019. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Chateau Montelena Chardonnay 2016, Napa Valley, California, United States: From the Napa Valley, a full-bodied, dry, nutty and toasty Chardonnay with ripe red apple, with florals and smoky vanilla flavours creamy, lush and smooth on the palate. Just delicious. Chill and pair with salmon Wellington. Chardonnay food pairings: seared scallops, grilled seafood, stuffed roast chicken. Drink: 2019 - 2029 701748 13.7% XD 750 mL $74.95 Score: 89/100. November 2019. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Terres Secrètes Les Préludes Saint-Véran 2017, Saint-Véran, Burgundy A.C., France: A vibrant Burgundian Chardonnay, buttery with citrus zest, fresh pears and fine herb flavours on the palate with a long, clean mineral finish. Balanced, bright and crisp and so easy to enjoy. Chill and enjoy with a bestie. Food pairings: oysters poor boy sandwiches, grilled whitefish, clams vongole. Drink: 2019 - 2022 16725 12.5% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 88/100. November 2019. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


© 2021 Natalie MacLean