12/28/2012 05:23 EST | Updated 02/27/2013 05:12 EST

An Affordable Weekend Wine Guide


This weekend is traditionally known as one of celebration -- even with that pesky working Monday coming along before the official parties of New Year's Eve. So what better time than now to show off some wine knowledge?

Of course, with so much selection out there, it's hard to know which bottles to choose -- or for that matter, how much to spend. Try out these choices of some of the best available for a true oenophile weekend, don't be afraid to experiment, and as always, enjoy responsibly.

Santa Alicia Reserva Carmenere

Maipo Valley, Chile

Incredible for the money: Stunning! Lusciously fleshy dark fruit and some smoke. Layers of flavour unfold in your mouth and surround your senses. Close your eyes and enjoy. Pair with: turkey, stuffed peppers, spicy sausage and a variety of other meats and firm cheeses. Perfect for movie night.

Drink: 2012-2015

Product No: 309302

Price: $12.15

Score: 90/100

Mirassou Winery Pinot Noir


Juicy cherry-berry, smooth and medium- to almost full-bodied. Friendly like a short dress and a flirty smile.

Drink: 2012-2015

Product no: 185249

Price: $12.95

Score: 87/100

Ruffino Chianti

D.O.C.G. Tuscany, Italy

Aromas of wild tart cherries and cedar forest. Smooth, savoury, mouth-watering, full-bodied and rustic. A meaty wine that's not too heavy. Great price. Pair with: Italian pastas and sausages.

Drink: 2012-2015

Product No: 1743

Price: $14.95

Terra Noble Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon

Colchagua Valley, Chile

Love the nose! Aromatic, lifted black plum and violet notes. Don't ask, just drink. Full-bodied and meaty with layers of flavour. Terrific price. Pair with prime rib or filet mignon.

Drink: 2012-2016

Product No: 46268

Price: $16.95

Score: 90/100

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