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Luigi Bosca Winery Familia Arizu Malbec 2017, Mendoza, Argentina: A robust, richly-layered Argentine red wine made from the country's classic Malbec grape. Smoky with lots of toasty oak on the nose and palate. Aromas of dark berries and plums. The grapes are grown in the Finca La Linda and Vistalba vineyards in Mendoza. The wine is aged in French oak barrels for 12 months. Pair with grilled meats. Drink: 2018-2023. 452672 13.70% XD 750 mL  $18.95 Score: 90/100. June 7, 2020 Best Value Red Wine. Best Beef Wine Full Review
Henry of Pelham Speck Family Reserve Baco Noir 2017, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Henry of Pelham produces some of the best wines from the Baco Noir wine grape. This one is full-bodied with red berry, blueberry, dried herbs and earthy spice flavours on the palate. Tannins are fine and there is good acidity to enjoy this one on its own or pair with a duck confit and roasted potatoes. Drink: 2019-2022. 461699 13.50% D 750 mL  $24.95 Score: 94/100. January 11, 2020 Top Rated Red Wine. Heavenly Hamburger Wine Full Review
Chateau Timberlay 2015, Bordeaux AOC, France: The 2015 vintage in Bordeaux was outstanding, and it show in this full-bodied, elegant Bordeaux! This robust French red wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes. Toasty oak and fleshy black fruit. Decant 1 hour. Pair with a rare steak. This is a steal at this price. Drink: 2018-2022. 30072 12.50% XD 750 mL  $16.95 Score: 90/100. September 13, 2019 Best Value Red Wine. Full Review
Saint-Roch Vieilles Vignes Syrah Grenache 2017, Côtes Du Roussillon, Roussillon A.P., France: a great value GSM, full-bodied, juicy from the Côtes-De-Roussillon wine region. Dry, fruity and spicy with ripe dark fruit, cherry and dried wild herb flavours on the palate. Enjoy now with grilled game sausages. Drink: 2020-2026. 195107 14% XD 750 mL  $16.95 Score: 92/100. March 25, 2020 Best Value Red Wine. Plush Pork Wine Full Review
Curvos Loureiro 2019, Vinho Verde D.O.C., Portugal: Produced from 100% Loureiro grapes from the Vinho Verde wine region, with aromas of lime, white florals and ripe peach on the nose. Slightly spritzy and vibrant with white florals, ripe melon and lime-lemon zest flavours that linger on the palate. Chill and enjoy on its own or pair with grilled sardines. Drink: 2020-2022. 471284 12% MD 750 mL  $12.95 Score: 89/100. April 1, 2020 Best Value White Wine. Sensational Shellfish Wine Full Review
Luis Cañas Crianza 2016, Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain: Full-bodied, voluptuous and well-priced Rioja Crianza Tempranillo red blend with aromas of dark cherry, earthy, black pepper, baking spice and cedar. Smooth and ready to enjoy now with grilled lamb chops. Drink: 2019-2022. 336719 14% XD 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 92/100. April 1, 2020 Top Rated Red Wine. Heavenly Hamburger Wine Full Review
Chapillon Siendra 2016, Catalayud D.O., Spain: A full-bodied 80% old vine Garnacha, 7% Syrah, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Merlot grapes red wine blend with grapes sourced from the Calatayud in Tarragona. Ripe dark cherry, plum, black olive, garrigue herb and cedar spice flavours on the palate. Pair with a full-course roast beef dinner with mashed potatoes, gravy, and green beans. Drink: 2019-2025. 417675 14.50% XD 750 mL  $16.95 Score: 91/100. September 18, 2019 Best Value Red Wine. Plush Pork Wine Full Review

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