Wine: 3 sips for the week

Whitecliff Chardonnay 2010, $10

How good is this wine? It's an absolute cracker that's packed with tropical tastiness and lovely, fresh, full-bodied drinkability. Fruity, tangy and fantastic value. Widely available.

Sawmill Brewing Company Pale Ale 500ml, $9

Persistent, creamy foam and intense hoppy, herbaceous aromas lead to a vibrantly clean, tangy mouthfeel and make for a great beer. It's cheek-suckingly crisp and perfect for these autumn afternoons.

Craggy Range Te Kahu 2010, $26

Merlot, cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon and malbec knit together here to produce a seriously succulent, sexy wine that oozes cocoa, iodine, campfire wood, black fruit and spicy, medicinal notes. It's deliciously complex and a wine that'll reward another year or three in the cellar.

- Hamilton News

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