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Two Hands Lily's Garden Shiraz 2015, Mclaren Vale, South Australia, Australia: A full-bodied, concentrated and complex Australian red wine with rich black fruit flavours and made from the country's classic Shiraz grape. This winery has a long history in winemaking. This wine unfolds on the palate with terrific replays of dark fruit and spice. Long finish. Decant 2 hours. Pair with roast beef. Drink: 2017-2026. 683086 15.50% D 750 mL  $59.95 Score: 94/100. October 6, 2018 Top Rated Red Wine. Delightful Duck Wine Full Review
Burrowing Owl Estate Bottled Chardonnay 2015, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia V.Q.A., Canada: Rich and buttery wrapped in a heady gust of campfire smoke and storytelling. Toasted almond and spicy pear on the nose and palate of this pleasant full-bodied BC white wine made from Chardonnay grapes. Aromas of green apple and freshly baked bread. Good minerality on the finish. Pair with roast chicken. Drink: 2016-2020. 208694 14% XD 750 mL  $33.95 Score: 91/100. September 30, 2017 Top Rated White Wine. Remarkable Roast Chicken Wine Full Review
Bachelder Wismer Vineyard #1 Wingfield Block Chardonnay 2013, Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: So in love with Chardonnay again. I thought we had broken up permanently, but turns out if was only a minor break. Aromas of peach and toasted almond and an end-of-the-week Friday night sigh ;). Drink: 2017-2019. 547299 13.90% XD 750 mL  $44.95 Score: 95/100. September 30, 2017 Top Rated White Wine. Calm Curry Wine Full Review
Henry of Pelham Winery Speck Family Reserve Pinot Noir 2010, Short Hills Bench, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A gorgeous Niagara Pinot Noir with a vibrancy on the nose and palate that's unforgettable. Wild cherry, earth and truffles. Pair with planked salmon. Drink: 2017-2024. 657874 13.50% XD 750 mL  $34.95 Score: 93/100. October 6, 2018 Top Rated Red Wine. Venerated Vegetarian Wine Full Review
Painted Rock Estate Winery Ltd. Syrah 2014, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC VQA, Canada: This wine blows my mind, really. How does this wine get better every year when it started off with such a high bar? Black pepper sprinkled over wild black cherries on a bed of violets. Full-bodied, exotic and delightful. Layers of hedonistic pleasure. The finish goes on and on. Drink: 2017-2024. 130989 15.10% XD 750 mL  $39.90 Score: 94/100. October 30, 2017 Top Rated Red Wine. Full Review
Concha Y Toro Terrunyo Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Maipo Valley, Chile: Produced from the winery's estate Las Terrazas Block in the Pirque Vineyard, this full-bodied Chilean red wine has flavours of blackberry jam and preserves, firm tannins and a sweet dark fruit finish. The vines were planted in 2003 in nutrient-poor alluvial, gravel and loam soils at 630-685 metres above sea level near the south bank of the Maipo River. Pair with roast beef. Drink: 2017-2021. 562918 14.50% D 750 mL  $34.95 Score: 90/100. October 28, 2017 Top Rated Red Wine. Best Beef Wine Full Review
Ségla 2010, Margaux, Bordeaux A.C., France: Juicy and mouth-watering with aromas of tart dark fruit. The 2010 vintage was a strong one for Bordeaux and Seglas is a much-respected winery. I expected more depth and richness of fruit from this vintage and producer. However, this is still a solid wine. Drink: 2012-2024. 359810 13.50% XD 750 mL  $69.95 Score: 90/100. November 5, 2020 Top Rated Red Wine. Gorgeous Gift Wine Full Review
Château Marquis De Mons 2010, Margaux, Bordeaux A.C., France: A full-bodied, balanced and elegant Bordeaux red wine blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes from the classic Left Bank region of Margaux. Aromas of dark berries and toasty oak. A long, satisfying finish. Pair with rare filet mignon. Drink: 2017-2021. 524553 13.50% XD 750 mL  $37.95 Score: 90/100. October 28, 2017 Top Rated Red Wine. Glorious Game Wine Full Review
Marchesi De'frescobaldi La Vite Lucente 2015, Tuscany I.G.T., Italy: Complex, full-bodied yet subtle Italian red wine. Gorgeous aromas of dried black cherry, cedar, smoke, fleshy blackberries from an iconic producer. This full-bodied red wine is the second wine to Frescobaldi’s flagship label Luce. It's a blend of Merlot, Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, and it was aged for 1 year in French barriques. This is the magnum size of this wine, equivalent to two regular (750 ml) bottles. Decant for 1 hour and you're ready to go! The grapes are sourced from the same vineyards as Luce aged in oak barriques in the winery at Montalcino. Pair this wine with prime rib. Drink: 2017-2028. 979062 14.50% XD 1500 mL  $89.95 Score: 93/100. October 28, 2017 Top Rated Red Wine. Best Beef Wine Full Review
Santa Sofia Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico 2011, Veneto D.O.C., Italy: The nose of this robust Italian red wine is redolent of black cherry liqueur and raspberry jam. Full-bodied and smooth. Decant 2 hours. A wine that deserves its own fork and knife its so meaty and savoury. Pair with prime rib and a big smile. Drink: 2017-2026. 713669 15% D 750 mL  $52.95 Score: 91/100. October 6, 2018 Top Rated Red Wine. Luscious Lamb Wine Full Review
Masi Campolongo Di Torbe Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico 2011, Veneto D.O.C.G., Italy: Mocha and dark chocolate with dark spice on this robust Italian red wine made from the Appassimento method of drying the grapes for great concentration of flavour. Pair with grilled meats. Drink: 2017-2025. 548677 16% D 750 mL  $106.95 Score: 91/100. October 28, 2017 Top Rated Red Wine. Perfect Pasta and Tomato Sauce Wine Full Review
Cloudy Bay Vineyards Ltd Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Marlborough, New Zealand: A benchmark New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc with aromas of chives, lime and lemongrass. Cool climate white winemaking at its best. Pair with seafood. What makes Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc so special? It's the subtle balance of freshness (chives, lemongrass and dried herbs) with body but not heaviness. No grassy, more citrus. Lime lift on the finish. New Zealand's benchmark. Drink: 2016-2018. 304469 13.50% XD 750 mL  $35.95 Score: 93/100. September 4, 2017 Top Rated White Wine. Venerated Vegetarian Wine Full Review
Hamilton Russell Chardonnay 2016, Hemel-En-Aarde Valley, Walker Bay W.O., South Africa: Hamilton Russel Vineyards sees the strongest maritime influence of any winegrowing area in South Africa. At less than two kilometres from the Atlantic Ocean's Walker Bay, the cooling influence of the cold Benguela current flowing up from Antarctica flows over the vineyard with the prevailing southeast winds allowing for cooler days but warmer nights and warmer winters. The overall climate is Mediterranean. A chardonnay lover's chardonnay. Rich, concentrated and hedonistic, yet with a nervy edge in this South African Chardonnay. A concentrated vein of tree fruit and minerality. Perfectly balanced between luscious ripe peach and green apple, toasty oak and a nervy seam of acidity for a range of dishes, from roast chicken to seafood. Highly recommended. Drink: 2017-2023. 931006 13% XD 750 mL  $43.95 Score: 95/100. September 30, 2017 Top Rated White Wine. Charming Grilled Chicken Wine Full Review
Frank Family Zinfandel 2013, Napa Valley, California, United States: Juicy and mouth-watering with lip-smacking delicious flavours of fleshy berries yet not sweet. Full-bodied and ultra-smooth. Good layering and balance. Pair with grilled meats. The family-owned winery was founded in 1992 and owns 450 acres of vines. The winemaker is Todd Graff. Drink: 2015-2020. 278283 14.60% D 750 mL  $42.95 Score: 91/100. October 6, 2018 Top Rated Red Wine. Heavenly Hamburger Wine Full Review
Clos Du Val Chardonnay 2015, Carneros, Napa Valley, California, United States: An alluring Chardonnay with just the right balance of toasty vanilla oak and ripe pear aromas. There's also some notes of peach and a hint of zesty green apples. Full-bodied richness without too much weight. A superb effort from this producer. Highly recommended. Drink: 2017-2020. 297499 13.50% XD 750 mL  $49.95 Score: 92/100. October 6, 2018 Top Rated White Wine. Delightful Duck Wine Full Review
Stags' Leap Winery Petite Sirah 2014, Napa Valley, California, United States: California's best Petit Sirah, without question. Fleshy ripe blackberries wrapped in smoke and dark spice with voluptuous layers on the palate. Full-bodied and endlessly long on the finish. Here's a rare chance to try a lesser-known varietal on its own that's usually used in blending. The winery has planted 240 acres of vins on its estate. Pair with grilled meats. Drink: 2017-2020. 590356 14.20% D 750 mL  $49.95 Score: 92/100. October 6, 2018 Top Rated Red Wine. Glorious Game Wine Full Review
Ravenswood Old Vine Vintners Blend Zinfandel 2014, California, United States: This is the magnum format of this popular wine, equivalent to two regular (750 ml) sized bottles. Great for parties. A beautifully textured and full-bodied Californian Zinfandel that's smooth and supple. Perfect for grilled meats with its dark cherry flavours. Drink: 2017-2020. 289777 13.50% D 1500 mL  $36.95 Score: 91/100. October 28, 2017 Top Rated Red Wine. Best Beef Wine Full Review

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