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Mille Lire 2015 Montepulciano D’Abruzzo

Illustration by KYLE SHINE

From the fields of East-Central Italy to your local Grocery Outlet wine aisle, the Mille Lire 2015 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo ($5) is a solid Mediterranean red. A deep ruby in the glass, this one introduces itself with aromas of smoked char and cherry. The blackberry flavors mix well with solid acidity and level tannins. At 12.5 percent alcohol, this has less kick than your average Californian wine, so grab a few bottles. Spend an afternoon drinking with friends over a plate of cured meat and Italian cheeses. 1700 Capitol Avenue.