Off the beaten track 

Getting the biggest taste bang for your wine buck

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Alamos Malbec 2003, Mendoza, Argentina

Rich smoky, peppery, gamey, chocolate, tobacco notes preview its delicious cherry jam, black raspberry, smoky, vanilla flavours. $19

88 Cusumano Nero d'Avola 2003, Sicily, Italy

Attractive spicy, black cherry and strawberry jam nose laced with smoky, peppery, almond, black cherry jam, plum, cardamom and mocha flavours. $18

Smoking Loon Viognier 2003, California

Packed with juicy honeysuckle orange fruit flavours and with flecks of melon, quince and pineapple throughout. $18

Domaine des Blagueurs Sir-Rah Syrah 2002, Languedoc, France

A touch of viognier is in the mix and sure enough it tends to cleave open the syrah revealing its primal meaty, smoky, cassis flavours appropriately streaked with white pepper and a touch of bacon fat. $20

Clos de los Siete 2003, Mendoza, Argentina

Ripe sweet blackberry fruit, supple textures and a long smooth silky finish. Attractive New World flavours but with some European styling. $25

Kruger-Rumpf Münsterer Kapellenberg Riesling 2003, Nahe, Germany

Wow! Delicious creamy, green apple skin, mineral, lime, clover aromas with bright green apple, nectarine, mineral, honey, lime and floral flavours. $27

Tommasi Valpolicella Ripasso 2001, Veneto, Italy

Rich, round, supple and dry with tobacco, chocolate, black cherry, prune, licorice flavours and a peppery, savour pudding finish. $30

Anthony Gismondi is a globetrotting wine writer who makes his home in West Vancouver, British Columbia. For more of his thoughts on wine log onto

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