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August 28, 2014

The Labour Day long weekend reminds us it's sometimes our duty to put our feet up, exhale deeply, and slowly ease our troubles away. Close your eyes and dream of dinner-something effortless like beer-can chicken and veggie skewers, and for dessert, plump local blueberries with cream. Labour-free wines-with a convenient screw-cap and free-flowing flavours-will keep the good times rolling until it's back to work on Tuesday morning.

 

 

Devil's Rock Riesling

DEVIL'S ROCK RIESLING 2011

$12.99

Germany +149559

Peachy and tangy, this German riesling leans deliciously in the fruity direction, but will still satisfy wine lovers who prefer a drier style. Vivid stone-fruit and citrus flavours are concentrated and focused, with a lush sweetness that's virtually erased by racy acidity. Made in the Pfalz, a dynamic "new wave" winemaking region in the south, it offers terrific value in a fresh, clean, nicely balanced white. Easy on the alcohol, too, at just 11.5 percent. Give it a deep chill, and thickly brush a brined chicken with a blazing-hot glaze-this snazzy riesling will douse the flames. If a newer vintage of Devil's Rock is on the shelves, you'll find it just as consistent and tasty.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hardys Varietal Shiraz

HARDYS VARIETAL RANGE SHIRAZ 2012

$9.99

Australia +53769

The goal of our annual Wine Awards is to provide a diverse list of 100-plus bottles from around the globe that offer value and quality, and Hardys Varietal Range undeniably delivers-at under 10 bucks, no less. This cheeky, budget-priced Aussie shiraz rose to the top of the Rich Red category. Its generous ripe fruit and crowd-pleasing qualities nail shiraz's varietal character. Plum and blueberry flavours with spice and eucalyptus melt together into a satisfying mouthful of jammy goodness. Massage a sweet-smoky dry rub into a plump free-range chicken long before you toss it onto the barbecue. This dry red can handle it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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