680 NEWS wine reviews June 24, 2006
Henry of Pelham Non-Oaked Chardonnay (Ontario)
When it comes to Chardonnay, basically you've got two choices in terms of taste preference: warm climate or cool climate and oaked or non-oaked. For the lighter and less costly style, go for unoaked from a cool climate in fact, our own right here in Niagara. Henry of Pelham does a very good Non-oaked Chardonnay for $11.95. The 2005 vintage has a fresh bouquet of apples; it's medium-bodied, full on the palate with apple and tangerine flavours that persist on the palate. Try it with fish or chicken. That's Henry of Pelham Non-Oaked Chardonnay 2005 from Ontario. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler. (LCBO #291211)
Reif Vidal 2004 (Ontario)
When you think of the Vidal grape in Ontario, what springs to mind is Icewine, and Icewine is a luxury product that can set you back $40 to $50 a half bottle. But when winemakers vinify the Vidal grape as a dry white wine it's one of the least expensive Ontario wines you can buy. Case in point: Reif Estate Vidal 2004 costs $8.75 for a 750 mL bottle. The colour is pale, the nose minerally, grapefruit skin but it's richer on the palate with green melon and kiwi flavours. The taste is both sweet and sour at the same time and it works well with summer salads and cold chicken. That's Reif Estate Vidal 2004. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler. (LCBO #111781)
Ruffino Lumina Pinot Grigio 2005 (Ontario)
The French call it Pinot Gris, the Italians call it Pinot Grigio and if there was a World Cup of Wine, this season the Italians would win palates down. Pinot Grigio is the new Pouilly-Fuissé. It's everywhere. The LCBO has just listed Ruffino Lumina Pinot Grigio 2005, which is good because this is a wine you should drink when it's young and fresh. Ruffino's Lumina has a minerally, peach pit nose with a dry, soft mouthfeel and flavours of citrus and pear skin. An ideal aperitif wine or to serve with fish dishes or runny cheeses. The cost: $12.95. That's Ruffino Lumina Pinot Grigio 2005 from Venezia Guilia in northern Italy. For Post City magazines, I'm Tony Aspler.