I’m running a bit behind again on this feature, but here are my wines of the month for June and July. They both come from famous Australian producers, but serve completely different purposes at remarkable price points. While summer remains, I’ve provided a recommendation of a  young wine from Peter Lehmann that is ready to drink now along with your choice of grilled meat. After dinner, pop open an affordable bottle of spicy port from Penfolds. Cheers!

Peter Lehmann Clancy’s Red Barossa Valley 2009, 90 Points, $15- Exotic aromas of brown sugar spice, licorice and dark plum fruit. Incredibly soft and smooth on the palate, delivering a ripe core of plum, date and red licorice, with a streak of cracked pepper running through it all. Long finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Shiraz.

Penfolds Club Tawny Port Australia NV, 89 Points, $10- Unique for its spicy body of caramel, this delivers a creamy texture of dried raisins, toffee and vanilla bean laced with cinnamon stick and sweet walnut flavors. Rich and spicy through the long finish, and a great value port. Mataro, Shiraz and Grenache.

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