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James Oatley Tic Tok Shiraz 2009, Australia

Food Pairing
Grilled red meats or hamburgers

The cute name is a tribute to winery founder Bob Oatley's great-great-grandfather, a convict pardoned in part for his skills as a clockmaker. Full-bodied, with an initial burst of blueberry, this red finds lively balance in a blast of cracked pepper – it's friendly and feisty. Try it with grilled red meats or hamburgers. ($16.99 in B.C., $19.99 in N.S., various prices in Alberta.)

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Beppi Crosariol writes about wine and spirits in the Globe Life and Style sections.He has been The Globe's wine and spirits columnist for more than 10 years. In the late 1990s, he also wrote a food trends column called The Biting Edge.Beppi used to cover business law for ROB and previously edited the paper's weekly technology section. More

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