Wal­let-friendly wines guar­an­teed please the palate

CHOOSE TH­ESE TASTY WINES AND SAVE YOUR PEN­NIES

NOW Magazine - Hot Summer Guide - - CONTENTS - BY GRA­HAM DUN­CAN drinks@nowtoronto.com

WHAT: King Pilsner Rat­ing: NNN

WHERE: Noble­ton, On­tario WHY: Re­gard­less of what­ever new cock­tail is be­ing touted as the drink of the mo­ment, cold lager-style beer re­mains the rul­ing bev­er­age of sum­mer. But that doesn’t mean you have to set­tle for a Mol­bat­tweiser. King’s Pilsner is a de­cent an­ti­dote to blond beer banality, es­pe­cially with its pre­cise bit­ter fin­ish. If you want a cold one but not a bland one, pay homage to the King. PRICE: 6 X 341 ml/$12.75

AVAIL­ABIL­ITY: At se­lected LCBO and Beer Store out­lets (prod­uct #911388)

WHAT: El Burro Kick­ass Shi­raz 2007 (red) Rat­ing: NNN

WHERE: Bul­las, Spain WHY: The re­gret­tably colour­ful name does ac­cu­rately de­scribe this wine’s am­ple, as­sertive pres­ence. With lots of fruit, a se­ri­ous dash of pep­per and a good long fin­ish, it’s ex­cel­lent with bar­be­cued burg­ers. Though it’s not what you’d call com­plex, sim­plic­ity, es­pe­cially in mat­ters of friendly feed­ing, can be a virtue. Easy to find, easy to re­mem­ber and still tasty af­ter two days if prop­erly stored in the fridge. PRICE: 750 ml/$12.95

AVAIL­ABIL­ITY: At most liquor stores (prod­uct #70938)

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