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Cecchi Chianti 2015
DOCG Chianti, Italy $13.95 (490144
Prune, raisin and wisps of fig aromas abound. It races across the palate with a line of bracing acidity—red currant and cranberry—adorned with wisps grilled savory herbs. It finishes lengthy in a blaze of lip-smacking tang. Pour alongside pasta in tomato sauce or chicken and root vegetable tagine. (Vic Harradine)

• The white grape, rivaner, from which the following Black Tower is fashioned, is also known as the widely planted müller-thurgau. This bottle is decorated with colourful surfboards… remember the black ceramic bottles from back in the early 70s? In a pinch, a candle holder.

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Black Tower Rivaner 2016
Product of Germany $8.95 (336503) 9.5% alcohol
Melon and aromas of soft citrus notes on the nose make way for slightly spritzy wash of honey, peach and pear flavours gliding over the palate smooth and mellow with no rough edges. It’s light on its feet with good mouthfeel and mid-length finish that’s balanced with a lovely bit of tang on the finish and aftertaste. Pour on its own as a value-packed sipper or pour with spicy Asian cuisine. (Vic Harradine)

• The following Tocado red from Spain is available by the case only online—see website—and can be delivered to your home or picked up at an LCBO store you designate. LCBO conditions include: for home delivery – $12 per order with minimum $50 order. Typically takes 2-4 days. For in-store pickup—free with minimum $50 order. Typically takes 1-2 weeks. Allow up to 4 weeks for delivery to remote LCBO stores

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Tocado ‘Red’ 2015
DO Campo de Borja, Spain $8.25 (489690)
This red blend—85% garnacha, 10% cabernet sauvignon, 5% tempranillo—jumps from the glass with lively aromas of red cherry, spice and incense. It washes over the palate with dark berry fruit and notes of espresso roast, medium weight and nicely textured. It finishes dry, with red and dark berry fruit. Pour with burgers, wings or meat-lovers, red pizza. (Vic Harradine)