$15 or less
WHAT: Tommasi Chiaretto 2006 (rosé) Rating: NNN
WHERE: Bardolino, Italy
WHY: Rosrosé is a tricky wine to get your head around. It can be made from any number of grapes in any region and it often hovers between sweet and dry. These fence-sitting qualities make it a good food match, especially for lighter fare coming off the grill. This one will work on its own or with a deck dinner.
PRICE: 750 ml/$11.95
AVAILABILITY: At selected Vintages outlets (product #685057)
WHAT: Poderi del Sole Terra di Levante Nero d'Avola 2003 (red) Rating: NNNN
WHERE: Sicily, Italy
WHY: Although the Nero d'Avola grape is capable of producing big, tannic wines, much of it shows up as a quieter sip, and that's not a bad thing. This one's got lots of robust dark berry flavours and a relaxed structure that makes it very versatile. It's a real one-glass-leads-to-another style.
PRICE: 750 ml/$15.95
AVAILABILITY: At selected Vintages outlets (product #26054)
Sips and nips
WHAT: Red Cap Rating: NNN
WHY: Long ago the land knew one and only one bottle: the stubby. Luckily for all, this modest, stout little container can still be purchased in the form of Brick's retro Red Cap. But you should know that Brick recently began courting new, possibly foreign, ownership. These new owners should be put on notice: don't mess with the stubby!
PRICE: 12 x 341 ml/$17.95
AVAILABILITY: At the Beer Store