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Salentein Reserve Malbec 2015, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina: This blockbuster would benefit from a few more years in the cellar, but if you can't wait, then at least decant 1-2 hours. A voluptuous mouth-feel. This wine was aged 12 months in French oak. A richly hued wine that finishes with black plum, mocha and vanilla spice and a lick of black pepper. Pair with game dishes and duck comfit. Drink: 2016-2021. 640854 14% XD 750 mL  $16.95 Score: 91/100. October 28, 2017 Best Value Red Wine. Luscious Lamb Wine Full Review
Fincas Patagonicas Zolo Torrontés 2016, Mendoza, Argentina: Highly perfumed, like Lemon Pledge, with strong floral notes and good acidity. Pair it with spicy dishes. Drink: 2017-2019. 183913 13.80% D 750 mL  $14.95 Score: 87/100. October 28, 2017 Best Value White Wine. Terrific Turkey Wine Full Review
Viña Cobos Felino Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Mendoza, Argentina: This Argentine red wine is rich, inviting and layered, like great conversation. Redolent of blackberry and plum with some dark spice on the finish. A prime candidate for grilled steaks, or roast leg of lamb with garlic and rosemary. Fnishes with mocha and dark chocolate from generous oak aging. Drink: 2017-2021. 132365 14.50% XD 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 90/100. October 28, 2017 Best Value Red Wine. Luscious Lamb Wine Full Review
La Linda Old Vines Malbec 2014, Mendoza, Argentina: A juicy, full-bodied Argentine red wine made from the Malbec grape. Aromas of fleshy black plums, cracked black pepper and smoke. The vines are planted at 960 metres above sea level in the Andes Ridge of the Mendoza region. Pair with grilled meats. Drink: 2014-2019. 507442 13.40% D 750 mL  $15.95 Score: 88/100. October 30, 2017 Best Value Red Wine. Full Review
3 Rings Shiraz 2014, Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia: The high alcohol is evident with the heat on the palate of this rich, full-bodied Australian Shiraz. Attractive aromas and flavours of fleshy ripe black plum and blackberry liqueur with toasty oak. Drink: 2017-2020. 15495 14.60% D 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 90/100. April 14, 2018 Best Value Red Wine. Best Beef Wine Full Review
Cave Spring Cellars Riesling 2014, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario VQA, Canada: A lovely, off-dry Niagara Riesling from one of the province's best producers of this genre. Aromas of fleshy ripe peach and pear. Served as a chilled aperitif or companion to seafood. Drink: 2016-2022. 234583 11% MD 750 mL  $14.95 Score: 90/100. October 30, 2017 Best Value White Wine. Full Review
Henry of Pelham Winery Old Vines Baco Noir 2016, Niagara, Ontario VQA, Canada: Spectacularly juicy and savoury! This iconic Niagara red wine is crafted by the master producers of the Baco Noir genre: Henry of Pelham. Aromas of fleshy black plums and dark berries with a smoky weave throughout. Pair with grilled meats and happiness. Drink: 2016-2022. 459966 13.50% D 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 92/100. August 29, 2017 Best Value Red Wine. Full Review
Vineland Estates Game Changer The Castaway Rosé 2016, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A vibrant, mouth-watering Niagara rosé with aromas of wild field strawberries. Enjoy as a chilled aperitif or companion to seafood. Drink: 2016-2018. 498758 12% D 750 mL  $14.95 Score: 88/100. September 30, 2017 Best Value Rosé Wine. Full Review
Stratus Vineyards Wildass Riesling 2016, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: This lovely, light-bodied white wine offers enticing peach and melon notes, with just enough mouth-watering action for a wide range of dishes. Great balance, nice price. Drink: 2016-2019. 129700 11% XD 750 mL  $17.95 Score: 89/100. March 31, 2018 Best Value White Wine. Terrific Turkey Wine Full Review
M. Chapoutier Les Vignes De Bila-Haut 2016, Côtes Du Roussillon Villages, Midi A.C., France: Another staggeringly great value from Chapoutier: the man has the Midas touch with wine. Full-bodied, layered and complex with aromas of black fruit and pepper. Yes the price is so low for this quality. Buy a case for summer parties. Pair with grilled meats. Drink: 2017-2022. 168716 13.50% XD 750 mL  $15.95 Score: 91/100. July 3, 2018 Best Value Red Wine. Charming Grilled Chicken Wine Full Review
Lafage Tessellae Rosé Mourvèdre / Grenache Gris 2016, Rousillon, Côtes Catalanes I.G.P., France: Deeply flavourful southern French rose with aromas of wild field strawberries and dried herbs. Medium-bodied with racy acidity for shellfish. Good value. Served chilled. Drink: 2016-2018. 450817 12% XD 750 mL  $15.95 Score: 89/100. September 30, 2017 Best Value Rosé Wine. Plush Pork Wine Full Review
Château Saint-Roch Chimères 2015, Côtes du Roussillon, Midi A.P., France: High alcohol but the wine doesn't taste hot: rich and full-bodied with complex layers of black fruit, hickory smoke and dried herbs. So savoury! Love the incredible range of styles that the Rhone region produces, like this intriguing red wine blend. Full-bodied and deeply savoury. Violets, black plum, deep dive black raspberry into a heart of welling darkness and satisfaction. Concentrated and deep with a long, sensuous finish that leaves you bathed in flavour satisfaction. Pair with grilled meats. Drink: 2017-2023. 119354 15% D 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 93/100. October 28, 2017 Best Value Red Wine. Best Beef Wine Full Review
Thierry Delaunay Touraine Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Loire A.P., France: Excellent Old World Sauvignon Blanc that has the herbal grassy power and concentration of a New World wine. Pure lime focus in this mouth-watering, medium-bodied French white wine. This Sauvignon Blanc is zesty expression of the Loire Valley soil and climate with a soft yellow-gold colour and crisp finish. Pair it with fresh fish or drink as an aperitif. There's an attractive yellow-gold hue with green tints. Finishes brightly with lemon zest. Pair with vegetarian dishes. Drink: 2017-2020. 391847 13% XD 750 mL  $15.95 Score: 90/100. October 28, 2017 Best Value White Wine. Sensational Shellfish Wine Full Review
Pierre Sparr Réserve Gewürztraminer 2016, Alsace A.C., France: A terrific Alsatian white wine with classic Gewürztraminer aromas of lychee, rosewater, grapefruit and baking spice. Pair with spicy and Asian dishes. Drink: 2017-2021. 747600 13.50% D 750 mL  $18.95 Score: 91/100. November 9, 2018 Best Value White Wine. Plush Pork Wine Full Review
Ruffino Santedame Chianti Classico 2014, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: A supple, medium-bodied Italian red wine with lots of juicy acidity for roast chicken, turkey and grilled pork chops. Aromas of fleshy ripe cherry and fresh earth. The winery is nestled in the heart of a protected cypress grove that surrounds the 15th century chapel that houses the fresco of the mother Mary fresco illustrated on the front label. Drink: 2017-2022. 523076 14% XD 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 90/100. October 28, 2017 Best Value Red Wine. Perfect Pasta and Tomato Sauce Wine Full Review
Remo Farina Superiore Valpolicella Classico Ripasso 2015, Veneto D.O.C., Italy: Juicy, robust and vibrant Italian red wine: a terrific wine especially at this price point. Aromas of black fleshy ripe blackberries, black plums and some dark spice. Almost reminds me of Californian Zinfandel but with a darker undertone. Perfect for grilled meats and barbecue. Drink: 2017-2021. 999946 13% D 750 mL  $17.95 Score: 91/100. October 28, 2017 Best Value Red Wine. Voluptuous Veal Wine Full Review
Cusumano Nero D'avola 2016, Sicily, Italy: The Cusumano family has been making wine for more than 60 years on the southern Italian island of Sicily. Their expertise and craft shows in the glass of this exceptional red wine. Such terrific value! This Italian red wine is made from the Nero d'Avola grape, the iconic red grape of the island of Sicily. Layers of fleshy black (nero) fruit and pepper spice. Pair with grilled meats. Drink: 2016-2019. 143164 14% XD 750 mL  $13.95 Score: 89/100. October 30, 2017 Best Value Red Wine. Plush Pork Wine Full Review
Villa Maria Estate Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: Another delicious, mouth-watering Sauvignon Blanc from Villa Maria! This is classic Marlborough SB, with aromas of freshly cut grass and herbs. The 2016 was one of the strongest in history for the region and it shows in this wine. Pair pan-fried white fish. Drink: 2017-2018. 974527 13% D 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 91/100. October 28, 2017 Best Value White Wine. Calm Curry Wine Full Review
Nederburg The Manor House Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Western Cape W.O., South Africa: A rustic, robust red that offers blackberry and cassis aromas. Decant for 1-2 hours. Finishes with wild blackberry, mocha, vanilla spice and dried herbs. Pair it with game dishes. Drink: 2017-2022. 68767 14% XD 750 mL  $16.95 Score: 89/100. October 28, 2017 Best Value Red Wine. Glorious Game Wine Full Review
Conde Valdemar Rosé 2016, Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain: A lovely, dry Spanish rosé with wild field berry notes and dried herbs. Perfect as an aperitif or companion to shellfish. Drink: 2016-2018. 168278 12.50% XD 750 mL  $13.95 Score: 89/100. October 28, 2017 Best Value Rosé Wine. Charming Grilled Chicken Wine Full Review
Magaña Dignus 2012, Navara D.O.C., Spain: The terrific and full-bodied 2012 vintage of the Dignus is a Spanish red wine blend of 50% Tempranillo, 25% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes selected from vines planted in 1970. The wine was matured for 1 year in 3-year-old French oak barrels. Lots of black fruit aromas and toast. Pair with grilled meats. Drink: 2016-2021. 391573 14% XD 750 mL  $16.95 Score: 90/100. October 28, 2017 Best Value Red Wine. Harmonious Hard Cheese Wine Full Review
St. Francis Chardonnay 2015, Sonoma County, California, United States: Buttery and balanced Californian white wine, with full-bodied goodness. Nice price for classic Sonoma chardonnay. Aromas of fleshy white peach and toasty oak. Finishes nicely with ripe apricot and butterscotch. Try this chard with roast turkey. Drink: 2017-2020. 317131 14% D 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 91/100. October 28, 2017 Best Value White Wine. Harmonious Hard Cheese Wine Full Review

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