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Mission Hill Family Estate Reserve Chardonnay 2015, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC VQA, Canada: Buttery, rich and round yet balanced with a long finish. This BC Chardonnay offers so much pleasure in the glass. Aromas of golden apple and freshly baked bread. Pair with roast chicken or veal. Drink: 2015-2019. 545004 13.80% D 750 mL  $21.95 Score: 91/100. November 14, 2017 Top Rated White Wine. Charming Grilled Chicken Wine Full Review
Cave Spring Estate Cave Spring Vineyard Chardonnay 2015, 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. Drink: 2017-2020. 256552 13% XD 750 mL  $18.95 Score: 90/100. November 11, 2017 Best Value White Wine. Venerated Vegetarian Wine Full Review
Arboleda Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Aconcagua Valley, Chile: A full-bodied Chilean red wine made from the classic grape Cabernet Sauvignon in the Aconcagua Valley. This wine offers enticing aromas of blackcurrant cassis along with toasty oak. There's a grip on the palate, so decant one hour and enjoy with a rare steak. Drink: 2017-2020. 606764 14% XD 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 90/100. November 14, 2017 Best Value Red Wine. Best Beef Wine Full Review
J&F Lurton Les Fumées Blanches Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Languedoc, Roussillon VDP, France: This zesty, vibrant southern French Sauvignon Blanc is native to the cool climate region of the Gers, which is just over 150 kilometers south of Bordeaux. The ocean moderates temperatures here, while clay limestone soils provide excellent drainage for the grapes. Aromas of freshly cut grass, lemon zest and lime. Medium-bodied with lots of racy acidity. Pair with seafood and shellfish. Drink: 2016-2018. 472555 11.50% XD 750 mL  $13.45 Score: 89/100. November 14, 2017 Best Value White Wine. Full Review
Château Bréhat 2012, Côtes De Bordeaux - Castillon, Bordeaux A.C., France: A great value for moderately priced Bordeaux. Leather, cigar box and dried herbs: classic mature Bordeaux. Smooth and complex. Pair with rare steak. Produced by Jean de Monteil, Prop., this French red wine blend of Cabernet and Merlot is made from grapes grown in the appellation Castillon, named in honour of the battle of 1453 that ended the Hundred Years War. Drink: 2017-2022. 348672 13% XD 750 mL  $18.95 Score: 87/100. February 27, 2018 Remarkable Roast Chicken Wine Full Review
Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Marlborough, New Zealand: Crisp, clean and refreshing New Zealand Sauvigon Blanc with aromas of fresh cut grass, lime and lemon zest. Pair with fresh seafood and vegetarian dishes, including spinach quiche. Drink: 2016-2018. 35386 13.50% XD 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 91/100. November 14, 2017 Best Value White Wine. Splendid Salad Wine Full Review
KWV The Mentors Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Darling, Stellenbosch W.O., South Africa Drink: 2017-2020. 514513 14% XD 750 mL  $24.95. November 11, 2017 Full Review
Beringer Founders' Estate Merlot 2016, Napa Valley, California, United States: A terrific, value-priced Californian Merlot featuring fleshy ripe purple and black plums aromas and flavours. Full-bodied and smooth with juicy acidity. Pair with hamburgers, meat lovers' pizza and stew. Drink: 2016-2020. 534255 14% D 750 mL  $18.25 Score: 89/100. November 14, 2017 Best Value Red Wine. Heavenly Hamburger Wine Full Review

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