Poças Junior Coroa Douro Tinto 2013

Poças is of the few Port houses still owned by a Portuguese family. The wine is a beautiful, bright garnet-cherry colour. It’s muted on the nose, but smells like a summer pudding with a mixture of black and red berries, and black liquorice. On the palate it’s an easy drinking, medium-bodied wine, with a mouth-watering refreshing acidity and grainy tannins that cry out for a piece of pork – especially if cooked in a spicy sauce. Would also be good with beet salad and goat cheese,  accompanied by burgers with blue cheese.
CSPC + 779034 $18.50

Paul Jaboulet Aine, Parallele 45 Cotes du Rhone 2013
Tain l’Hermitage, France

This blend of grenache and syrah is full-on cassis on the nose, with alittle herbal quality of rosemary and wet moss. With fine-grained tannins, it’s a lighter bodied wine with pencil lead notes, fennel, some cranberry and blackcurrants, and black pepper on the finish. Would be great with sausages and chops! Best enjoyed young.
CSPC + 871756 $18

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