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• 5 Bonus AirMiles: May 24 – June 20

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Barton & Guestier ‘Bordeaux Blanc’ Sauvignon Blanc-Sémillon 2013
AOC Bordeaux, France $12.95 (401612) 11.5% alcohol
Straw-hued and brimming with aromas of vanilla, pit fruit and citrus, this racy white blend dishes up a fruit bowl of flavours with grapefruit, lemon and yellow plum to the fore. It streaks over the palate with nerve and verve ending with a lip-smacking surge of lemon tang and hints of grapefruit pith on the aftertaste. Serve well chilled alongside pan-seared fish or grilled calamari. (Vic Harradine)

• 5 Bonus AirMiles: June 21 – July 18 and August 16 – September 12

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Domaine La Gardie Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
IGP Pays d’Oc, France $9.95 (251074) 12.5% alcohol
This hails from the heart of wine country in the south of France and showcases lifted aromas of black Bing cherry, mint and notions of tobacco leaf on the nose along with good balance, structure and a long finish. A wave of spice-laden black and red currant coat the palate adorned with moderating acidity and lip-smacking tang persisting through the aftertaste. Pour now with steak, hearty stew or roast beef. (Vic Harradine)

• 5 Bonus AirMiles: May 24 – June 20 and July 19 – August 15

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Domaine La Gardie Merlot 2013
IGP Pays d’Oc, France $9.95 (251082) 13.0% alcohol
Rich ripe aromas of dark berries, peppery spice and hints of roasted herbs open this über smooth, nicely balanced Merlot. Black berry and plum flavours mingle with spice and herbs on the medium-weight palate. It finishes with more of the same plus added hints of blueberry. Pour with burgers, wings or lightly rubbed ribs. (Vic Harradine)

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Masi Valpolicella Classico 2013 

DOC Valpolicella Classico, Italy $15.00 (285585) 12.0% alcohol
Red cherry with wisps of mixed spice and floral notes herald a lively river of ripe red cherry and red bramble berry that bathe the palate infusing the long aftertaste. It’s mid weight and a real crowd pleaser. This lively red blend—Corvina, Rondinella, Molinara—sips well on its own, but craves a food buddy—try olive-oiled, al dente pasta with mascarpone and speck. (Vic Harradine)

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Masi ‘Tupungato’ Malbec - Corvina 2012 

Valle de Uco, Argentina $13.95 (620880) 13.0% alcohol 

This interesting Malbec / Corvina blend is rich, ripe and fruity on the nose and palate. Aromas of dark berry fruit and sweet tobacco set the table for a luscious mouthful of black currant, black Bing cherry and hints of chocolate and espresso roast. It’s medium bodied and balanced with creamy smooth mouth feel and fruit-forward aftertaste. This punches well above the price—stock up for year-round grilling. (Vic Harradine)

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Masi ‘Campofiorin’ 2011 

IGT Rosso del Veronese, Italy $19.95 (155051) 13.0% alcohol 

With Masi on the bottle, you’re assured of well-made, value-for-money wine. This specialty red, a double-fermented blend of indigenous grapes—Corvina, Rondinella, Molinara—wafts from the glass with sexy aromas of dark chocolate, hints of tar, black licorice and incense. A wash of red cherry, dried currant and tang bathe the palate underpinned by soft, ripe tannin. It’s medium-full bodied with smooth texture and a lengthy mouth-watering finish and aftertaste—it pairs well with grilled red meat, aged hard cheese or osso bucco—very good value. (Vic Harradine)

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Sandbanks ‘Mouton Noir’ Foch - Baco Noir 2013
VQA Ontario $19.95 (164087) 12.5% alcohol
Black plum compote and mulberry on the nose, this coats the palate with a mid-full bodied, satin-smooth wash of cassis, Kirsch liqueur and candied cherry persisting through the lengthy, delectable aftertaste with spice and toasty notes. It’s a Marechal Foch / Baco Noir blend that’s as delicious as it is unique. This is a match made in heaven with grilled pork ribs slathered in spicy barbecue sauce. (Vic Harradine)

• Earn 5 Bonus AirMiles per bottle purchased of the following wine April 26 – May 23, 2015

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Les Volets Malbec 2013
IGP Haute Vallée de l’Aude, France $10.70 (332973) 13.0% alcohol
This punches well above the price and pairs up well with pasta in tomato sauce, burgers and meat-lovers pizza. Aromas of red cherry, floral notes and mixed spice show the way. There’s a mid-weight, nicely textured, balanced and beautiful stream of lively red cherry, cassis and juicy dark berry fruit garnished with excellent acidity bathing the palate preceding a lengthy, dry, mouth-watering finish. (Vic Harradine)

• Earn 5 Bonus AirMiles per bottle purchased of the following wine April 26 – May 23, 2015

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Ascheri Barbera d’Alba 2012
DOC Barbera d’Alba, Italy $15.00 (219790) 14.0% alcohol
There’s a world of value in this crowd-pleasing red. It’s versatile at the table and on the deck or patio; pour with burgers, pizza, wings, pasta in tomato sauce or roast chicken. Smoky notes, roasted herbs and berry fruit aromas open this generously textured mouthful of red cherry and ripe mulberry bathing the palate along with adornments of mixed spice, balance and charm. It finishes mouth-watering and delicious. What’s not to like? (Vic Harradine)

• Receive $2.00 off per bottle of the regular price shown below on this Anselmi April 26 – May 23, 2015

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Anselmi ‘San Vincenzo’ 2013 

IGT Veneto, Italy $16.95 (948158) 12.5% alcohol 

Floral notes, honeyed apple and pear introduce a creamy smooth wash of sweet, ripe fruit—apple, peach and honeydew melon—interlaced with lemon citrus and grilled pineapple. It’s mid weight with generous mouth feel and a long, delicious finish and aftertaste. Perfect sipped on its own, it’s versatile at the table, pairing with sea food, roast chicken or pork. There’s good value here and great value with the discount; stock up. (Vic Harradine)