Whoever thought up raking leaves needs a good talking to. Not that I couldn’t use the exercise, it’s just that the whole exertion thing really detracts from the enjoyment of my favourite time of year.

I love fall, and even though mid-November can be a bit dreary, this calm before the pre-Christmas storm is a perfect opportunity to light that first fire of the season and get comfy with a glass or two of red wine.

When the weather outside starts to chill, reds — especially those with a good balance of tannin and bright berry fruit — make for fine imbibing with or without food. Find one with an accent of residual sugar and you’ve got a cocktail tipple that easily overshadows the appeal of a pint of ale or fancy mixed drink.

One of the latest new wave wines that isn’t afraid to throw around a bit of sweetness is Apothic Red 2009 Winemaker’s Blend ($14.99 - $17.48). Made by E & J Gallo, it’s a swirling mix of syrah, zinfandel and merlot that’s smooth and juicy with a finalé of big berry fruit.


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