Whether you’re a red or white (or maybe both!) kind of drinker, here are three wines that our really topping our charts this week:

Villa I Cipressi Zebras Brunello 2009
What an elegant wine! You’re greeted with very enticing aromas of blueberries and cassis, with a little bit of pencil lead. On the palate it’s smooth as silk, with delicious soft tannins and a beautiful balance of fruit and acid. It’s full flavoured, but not too heavy and in your face – it’s a seductress drawing you in for more and more sips. Food-wise, I’m looking for something gamey or with garlic, like a leg of lamb studded with garlic cloves or beef with a herb rub. Around $60-$62 CSPC 776884

Monte Schiavo Pallio di San Floriano Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi DOCG Classico Superiore 2015

A new fave wine! And it’s a perfect winter white for this time of year as the weather cools down. Verdicchio might not be a grape that leaps to mind when you’re choosing a wine with dinner. But Pallio di San Floriano’s aromas of peach, almond and honeysuckle on the nose has a softness, and full  – almost oily – mouthfeel that finishes with a hint of liquorice and tarragon. It would be the perfect partner for a steaming bowl of pasta with a rich and creamy sauce, like alfredo or carbonara. And it’s a killer value at under $20 in the shelf! CSPC 711041

Melck’s Blended Red 2014

From Muratie Vineyards in Stellenbosch, South Africa, comes this easy drinking, pleasing wine. It’s an unusual blend of 40% shiraz, 30% cabernet sauvignon, 9% merlot, and 8% tinta barocca, with 7% cabernet franc, which together make for a full bodied wine with charred, dark berry and stewed plum favours, and more than a hint of clove. Invite it to your next barbecue as it’s just crying out for a bison burger to sink your teeth into. Try also drinking with something char-grilled like spicy chicken wings or pork ribs. Another great value wine at under $20. CSPC 778435 $17-$19

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