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680 NEWS wine reviews – August 11–13, 2006 

Kressmann Solo Viognier 2005 (Pays d'Oc)
I predict that a grape called Viognier will soon become the flavour of the month. Viognier produces an aromatic wine that smells of honeysuckle and peaches or nectarines. It can be pretty pricey from the northern Rhone or California, but in the south of France in the Pays d'Oc region they're producing it at bargain prices. Kressmann Solo Viognier 2005 costs $10.95 a bottle and it actually tastes like Viognier. Medium straw colour; honeysuckle and spicy nectarine nose; medium to full-bodied, off-dry with a peachy-nectarine flavour. A great match for pork and apple sauce or gorgonzola. That's Kressmann Solo Viognier 2005 from the Pays d'Oc. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler. ($10.95, LCBO # 619304)

Botter Nero d'Avola "Luca" 2005 (Italy)
I've been bombarded by tetrapaks of late, which isn't much fun. Regular listeners to this spot will know my feelings about tetrapaks. They're all pack and little quality. But recently I tasted a Sicilian wine called Botter Nero d'Avola "Luca" 2005. This one actually packs flavour. It's ruby-purple in colour with a nose of plums and blackberries; it's medium-bodied with a sweetish plum flavour cut with good acidity. Easy pouring, easy drinking. It costs $12.85 for the 1000 mL carton. It's the kind of wine to serve with tomato-based pasta dishes or hamburgers. That's Botter Nero d'Avola "Luca" 2005 from Sicily. For Post City magazines, I'm Tony Aspler. ($12.85 for 1000 mL, LCBO #613604)

 

 

 

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