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(Niagara Peninsula, Ont. -- $14.95, Liquor Marts and beyond)

Plum, cherry juice, spice, caramel and blackberry candy notes on the nose hint at a straightforward, juicy red on the palate. Sure enough, this medium-bodied red blend brings all of the above fruit flavour-wise, albeit with some light herbal notes and modest acidity and tannin. While it's a little mellow for heavier/spicier beef dishes, it would definitely work with burgers or ribs. 86/100



(Stellenbosch, South Africa — $17.91, Liquor Marts and beyond)

It's not often you get to try four-year-old South African Chenin Blanc, and the KCB brings an intriguing nose of honey, lemon rind, herbal, ripe pear and vanilla notes -- the latter in part thanks to nine months in oak barrels. It's a full-bodied, viscous white, with bright lemon and rich, toasty vanilla notes, some tart peach and a hint of green apple. It's a complex white that changed every time I tasted it over the course of a few days. 88/100



(Alentejano, Portugal — $15.96, Liquor Marts and beyond)

This blend of Aragonez, Syrah, Touriga Nacional and Cabernet Sauvignon brings indigenous Portuguese varieties together with more widely known grapes, with satisfying results. Mint, leather, savoury spice, blackcurrant, plum, earth and white pepper notes do well on the nose. On the dry, full-bodied palate there's complex raisin, spice, black tea, white pepper and blueberry notes, medium tannin and a decent finish. Try with meaty pizzas, beef stew or some hard cheeses. 90/100

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