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Porcupine Ridge Syrah 2011 (South Africa)

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Stewed red meat

The Porcupine is a monster for value, as many Canadians have discovered. It's made by a great South African estate with the tongue-twisting name of Boekenhoutskloof. On the label is an artist's sketch of the crested porcupine, the local inhabitant presumably forced to live life without ever getting a hug. The 2011 syrah is terrific, packed with dark fruit, black pepper, bacon drippings and spice – like a northern-Rhône syrah with more fat on its bones. Try it with stewed red meat. $17.99 in B.C., $13.99 in Alta., $17.30 in Que.

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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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