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Rarely will I publish a review of a wine that I did not enjoy; my taste is purely individual, as is your own. If I write about a particular wine, I do so because I also want you to try it.

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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Wine for the Weekend

This edition of Wine for the Weekend takes us to Italy’s historic Chianti region and the home of the Sangiovese grape – My wife makes a tremendously good tray of lasagna, sprinkled with parmesan cheese and loaded with meat.  Pair it with a good bottle of Chianti and the meal is fantastico!  (I really have no idea if that is a real Italian word...) 

Next we fly to Australia, for a bottle of refreshing Riesling – I think you will enjoy this one too; it is light, crisp, very non-assuming and under $15!

Our ‘Wine Spot’ this week will have you sipping a slightly sweeter version of same grape from right here in our own backyard.  I have not tried this wine, but our ‘spotter’ is a very reliable source for good Ontario wine selections.         


2010 Frescobaldi, Castiglioni Chianti – Italy

90% Sangiovese / 10% Merlot.  Nose of ripe fruit, slightly stewed: strawberry and cherry. The mouthfeel is soft and rounder than other bottles of Chianti; a hint of cocoa powder too – I like that.  This could be your new go-to red!  Try with full-flavoured meat-sauced dishes or pizza or roast chicken or an aged cheese tray… it’s a very food friendly wine.   
$13.95 (545319) General list (dry)

2010 Yalumba ‘Y’ Series Riesling – Austrailia

This is really quite refreshing.  A clean, slightly off dry Aussie Riesling, but not as sweet as many other examples;  delicate on the palate and full of lemon-lime goodness with a touch of white pear.  Just right for sipping as you zone-out after the kids are in bed – we do that at our place. 
$14.95 (212753) General List (off dry)

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Jason from Vintages Wine Picks & Reviews suggests this bottle of 2010 Hinterbrook Riesling.  He tells me this white from Niagara's newest premium winery is on the sweeter side and recommends a glass as a pre-dinner sipper or perhaps paired with salads and lighter fare. 

Thanks for the Wine Spot Jason!

If you would like to 'spot a wine', simply send me a quick note and I’ll publish your wine and food pairing as above.