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680 NEWS wine reviews – May 12–14, 2006 

Cline Cellars Zinfandel 2004 (California)
Now that you've dusted the cobwebs off the barbecue, it's time to think about wines that go with burnt offerings. Since you're probably using spicy marinades on your ribs, burgers or steak, you need a gutsy red wine to stand up to the dish. A good bet is Cline Cellars Zinfandel 2004 from California. It's ruby coloured with a bouquet of plums and red berries; the fruit is richly extracted with an earthy note that finishes with the flavour of dark chocolate. It costs $13.85 a bottle. That's Cline Cellars Zinfandel 2004 from California. And remember, if you're drinking red wine outdoors in the summer, keep an ice bucket handy to bring down the temperature. When it gets over room temperature, red wines begin to taste soupy. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler. $13.85 (LCBO #489278)

Cave Spring Rosé 2005 (Ontario)
There are certain wines that just shout summer – and that's rosé. Those pink wines look great in the glass on a patio table. Just because it's pink doesn't mean it has to be sweet. The best roses are refreshingly dry and they're usually made by bleeding off juice from red wine during fermentation to give the red wine a deep colour and more concentrated flavour. Ontario makes its rosés this way. The LCBO carries Cave Spring Rosé, which made from the run-off juice of Cabernet varieties and Gamay. It has a flavour of wild strawberries and red currants and a lovely dry finish. It costs $12.95 a bottle. It's a versatile food wine you can match with fish or chicken. That's Cave Spring Rosé 2005 from Ontario. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler. (LCBO #295006)

 

 

 

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