Oleksyn: With summer in the rearview mirror, here are four weekday wines for $20 or less

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Price: About $17. Look for it at Ace Liquor, Aspen Wine and Spirits, BK Liquor, Buzz Buddy Liquor, Crowfoot Wines and Spirits, Global Liquor, Liquor Depot, Mission Wine and Liquor Merchants, Piazza Wine and Spirits, Safeway Liquor, Silver Springs Liquor Store, Sobeys Liquor, Spirits West in Bragg Creek, Sunridge Park Wine and Spirits, Urban Cellars, Willow Park Wines & Spirits and Zyn the Wine Market.

Drink: Now. Try it with hamburgers, steak, grilled ribs or duck. Cork; 14.5 per cent alc./vol.

M. Chapoutier


Bila-Haut Le Roussillon Rouge

Cotes du Roussillon Villages, France

Here’s another wine that always over-delivers when it comes to quality. M. Chapoutier, located at the foot of the Hermitage hill in the northern Rhone Valley, boasts a long history of winemaking.

Owner Michel Chapoutier, who follows in the footsteps of his grandfather Marc and great-grandfather Marius, has broadly expanded the company’s holdings with wineries in Australia, Portugal and, in 2000, Roussillon in southern France. The focus has always been on quality.

This authentic, dry, balanced red, a blend of Syrah, Grenache and Carignan, boasts dark fruit flavours such as black cherry, blackberry, leather, cedar, white pepper and black licorice. And you just can’t beat the price.

Price: About $17. Look for it at Ace Liquor, Bin 905, BK Liquor, Co-op Wine Spirits Beer, Crowfoot Wine and Spirits, Daily Liquor, Deer Point Liquor Store, Highlander Wine and Spirits, Highfield Liquor, Olympia Liquor, Safeway Liquor, Sobeys Liquor, Silver Spring Liquor Store, Spyhill Liquor, Urban Cellars, Willow Park Wines & Spirits, Woodpark Liquor Store and Zyn the Wine Market.

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