From the rich and decadent to the light and crisp

The taste of wine has adorned our celebrations and special occasions since time immemorial. With a vast array of different kinds and makes, there’s wine for every occasion, and in truth, no dinner party or birthday celebration would be complete without a toast. Now, as a toast to 2013 and the memories it’s brought us, we feature the Top 10 Wines of the year:

The Cune Rioja Imperial Gran Reserve is a bargain at $63

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The wine tastes of ripe fruit and spices, and never seems too young or too old.
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The Hewitt Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford

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The Hewitt Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford is a decadent cocktail of spicy red berry, blackberry, and licorice flavors, all embraced by a wilted rose scent. Image credit: Spindle and Canister

The Kongsgaard Chardonnay Napa Valley

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The Kongsgaard Chardonnay Napa Valley, is rich and crisp as any chardonnay should be, with hints of roasted marshmallow, tangerine, roasted fig and marmalade. Image credit: Cellar Tracker

The Louis Chaurey Champagne

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The Louis Chaurey Champagne is an elegant, fresh and well-balanced champagne. It has a fine, crisp mousse and pineapple and citrus flavors, as well as some hints of biscuit and butter. Image credit: Marks and Spencer

The Lewis Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Reserve

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The Lewis Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Reserve is bold, rich and complex. With currant, licorice and dark berry notes, mocha-scented oak and deliciously intense spice, this is a classy wine for all occasions. Image credit: Robert Mondavi Winery

The Domaine Serene Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Evenstad Reserve

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The Domaine Serene Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Evenstad Reserve is a complex red wine, vibrant and focused on raspberry, cinnamon and cherry flavors. Image credit: Western Taste

The Giuseppe Mascarello & Figlio Barolo Monprivato

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The Giuseppe Mascarello & Figlio Barolo Monprivato is fragrant, with floral, cherry, licorice and strawberry flavors. Image credit: Cellar Tracker

The Turley Zinfandel Paso Robles Dusi Vineyard

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The Turley Zinfandel Paso Robles Dusi Vineyard has wild berry and toasty briar aromas, as well as licorice, black cherry and spicy orange peel flavors. Image credit: Red Wine Lovers

The Olivier Ravoire Gigondas

9The Olivier Ravoire Gigondas has a bitter cherry and red currant flavor, with tangy iron, blood orange and even savory accents. Image credit: The Drinks Express

Poggerino Chianti Classico

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Poggerino Chianti Classico is perfect for those with a darker taste. It has the full flavor of cherry, raspberry, black currant and tobacco and licorice. Image credit: Pop and Pour