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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Wine for the Weekend

While entertaining over the holidays, it is important to provide a selection of very good wine for your guests without creating too much fuss over the label; actually, that rule applies every time you entertain.  But with the additional pressures we place upon ourselves during this particular season, it is important to keep things in check.  Below you will find two very enjoyable bottles. And while they both hail from very large-scale producers, the quality and focus are not lost on these examples.  Both hint at the wonderful old world character and charm that is seemingly overlooked on many less expensive labels. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised by the prices...   

Have a great weekend!       

2009 Ruffino, Orvieto Classico – Umbria, Italy

A lovely mineral driven, clean wine that shows aroma and taste sensations of ripe apple, lime, and wet stone while finishing with a very slight hint of almond smoothness.  This blend of traditional grape varieties creates is a very refreshing light bodied white that will sip well on its own or with appetizers over the holidays.  
Blend of:  Grechetto 40%, Procanico 20%, plus 40% Verdello / Canaiolo Bianco.
$9.95 (31062) LCBO General List (dry)

2009 Perrin & Fils, Vinsobres ‘Les Cornuds’ – Rhône, France

A down-to-earth, easy drinking, old world equal blend of Grenache and Syrah.  Aromas of cassis, red currants, and dried meat lead to the subtle sweetness of black cherry with plum skin tartness, and hints of graphite.  The finish is very dry.  This would make a great afternoon conversation wine to serve with cold cut smoked meats and a variety of cheeses.
$15.00 (241604) LCBO Vintages (very dry)

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