WHAT: The Little Penguin Merlot 2007 (red) Rating: NNN
WHERE: South Eastern Australia
WHY: With labels that belong on children’s pyjamas instead of wine bottles, it’s very easy to dismiss the glass menagerie, but don’t ignore this wine if you like big, plump, well-stuffed Merlots at a good price. Thick and licorice-tinged, it’s a natural companion for bloody stuff over the coals.
PRICE: 750 ml/$12.65
AVAILABILITY: At most liquor stores (product #598912).