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From: California

Price: $17

Serve with: Pizza, grilled steak, lamb chops

This new brand from the massive Kendall-Jackson wine empire is a worthy choice in the middling price range. K-J wines may not thrill elite critics, but their quality is very consistent and the wines are widely available. This smooth, penetrating wine is a skillful blend of red grapes that yields lush flavors of raspberry, black cherry, chocolate and spices. In French, Avant means "forward" and that's a good description of this wine's style. It's for now, not later.

--Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun

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