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Collavini ‘Black Label - Villa Canlungo’ Pinot Grigio 2015
IGT Venezia Giulia, Italy $14.95 ((033340) 12.5% alcohol
In a world awash with watery Italian Pinot Grigio, this shines like a beacon. Honeyed pit fruit and wisps of citrus aromas open a mid-weight, nicely textured mouthful of tropical fruit and yellow peach nicely balanced with soft Meyer lemon acidity bathing the palate infusing a crisp, dry finish. This is good drinking and good value. (Vic Harradine)

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Columbia Winery Chardonnay 2013
Columbia Valley, Washington State $17.95 (462804) 13.8% alcohol 
Aromas of dill, savory herbs and mixed spice make way for a mid-weight, textured stream of caramel, baking spice and honey-tinged peach, pear and apple bathing the palate garnished with racy citrus acidity. It’s crisp and dry on the finish along with oaky notes. Pour with grilled or pan-seared seafood under a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. (Vic Harradine)

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Columbia Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
Columbia Valley, Washington State $17.95 (460675) 13.7% alcohol 
Lifted aromas of black currant preserve and piquant spice set the table for medium-bodied, textured flow of tang-laden red and dark berry fruit, sharp spice and notions of tannin underpinning. Replays on the finish and aftertaste linger. Pour with lasagna, chile con carne or pastitsio. (Vic Harradine)

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House Wine ‘Red’ Baco/Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
VQA Ontario $13.95 (279521) 13.0% alcohol
Alluring aromas, deep, rich, palate-coating fruit and oodles of charm will easily win you over to this crowd-friendly red blend. Espresso roast, dark plum compote and pipe tobacco on the nose, this barrels over the palate with a fully fruited, tang-laden gusher of red and dark fruit—black currant, cherry and plum interwoven with spice and toasty notes. It’s a bit on the wild side on the aftertaste that’s laced with Asian spice, dark coffee and tangy berry fruit. The price-quality ratio skews well in your favour. Give it a go at your next backyard barbecue. (Vic Harradine)

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Henry of Pelham ‘Sibling Rivalry – Red’ Cabernet Franc/Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
VQA Niagara Peninsula $13.95 (126151) 13.0% alcohol
Here’s a fruity Bordeaux blend punching well above its price. Aromas of mixed field berry fruit and peppery spice open this medium-bodied nicely textured red. A balanced flow of red and dark cherry/berry fruit coats the palate and replays on the finish with excellent tang and notions of dark bittersweet chocolate and savory herbs . Pour with all manner of grilled red meat. (Vic Harradine)

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Riverlore Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand $15.95 (417600) 13.0% alcohol
Pyrazine aromas—grass, nettles and tinned peas—dominate the nose of this mid-weight racy SB. It streaks over the palate with laser-like precision, full of nerve and verve, racy and tangy—sharp, lemon-lime zest, white grapefruit and passionfruit flavour galore. The aftertaste is crisp, fresh and mouth-watering. Pour with sushi, ceviche or oysters. (Vic Harradine)