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680 NEWS wine reviews – November 3–5, 2006 

Cave Spring Gamay 2004
Ontario Gamay is a great substitute for Beaujolais because they're made from the same grape variety. And Gamay-based wines are very versatile as food wines because you can serve them at room temperature for meat dishes or chilled down to bring out the acidity for fish. Of those Ontario Gamays at the LCBO I like Cave Spring 2004. It's light ruby in colour. The nose is a peppery, cherry nose with a touch of violets; it's light to medium-bodied with sweet rhubarb and cherry flavours finishing with lively acidity. Great value at $12.95. That's Cave Spring Gamay 2004 from Ontario. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler. ($12.95, LCBO #228569)

Henry of Pelham Chardonnay Reserve 2005
The wines that Ontario does best are Riesling and Chardonnay. Recently I tasted blind an Ontario Chardonnay that knocked my socks off. Especially when I found out the price. It's Henry of Pelham Chardonnay Reserve 2005 and it costs $13.95 a bottle at the LCBO. The wine has a light straw colour with a lovely, fresh bouquet of apple and pear aromas overlaid with spicy oak; it's medium-bodied with apple and green pineapple flavours carried on citrus acidity that gives it a, clean, long finish. Try it with salmon steaks or ripe Camembert. That's Henry of Pelham Chardonnay Reserve 2005 from Ontario. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler. ($13.95, LCBO #252833)

 

 

 

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