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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Just in time for Halloween comes Ravenswood 2014 Besieged (Sonoma County, Ca., $16) This limited-release red features a blend of petit sirrah, carignane, zinfandel, syrah, alicante bouschet, barbera and mourvedre — and a suitably spooky label. On the nose, the wine is smoky, earthy and brambly with dark fruit. In the mouth are flavors of blackberry, black cherry, plum, tobacco, cured meat and a bit of vanilla. Well-made all-around. Widely available.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Comic actor, movie star and America's best friend Bill Murray tried to sum up the emotions of being honored with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on Sunday night at the Kennedy Center.