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The deal

Les Vignerons de Visan Côtes

du Rhône-Villages Visan 2007 ($12.95, product No. 179234) is warm, with plenty of herbal

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character and acidity supporting concentrated dark fruit.

The splurge

Domaine du Vieux Lazaret

Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2007 ($32.95, No. 983650) has a smooth, dense core of blackberry fruit, nuance of smoke and satisfyingly dry, long finish

The domestic

Sandhill Small Lots Viognier 2009,($24.95 in Ont., No. 126862) is fat and rich with flavours of apricot, orange and honey.

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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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