680 NEWS wine reviews December 2224, 2006
If you're shopping for wine for Christmas dinner you'll find that turkey is a very forgiving bird. Because turkey has a bland taste you can match a lot of different styles of wine with it. It really depends on what else is on the plate. If your stuffing has fruit in it and you're serving cranberry sauce, you'll need a wine with some sweetness. So go for an Ontario Semi-Dry Riesling. For traditional bread stuffing with chestnuts, try an unoaked Chardonnay. Red goes better with dark meat, so choose a light dry red such as Pinot Noir, Beaujolais or an Ontario Gamay. Or to make it really festive with a dry sparkling rosé. But have both a white and a red on the table. For Post City magazines, I'm Tony Aspler.
Gallo Sierra Valley Zinfandel 2004
As a wine writer, the question I get asked most often is: what's a good wine under $10. Well, I'm happy to report that I can tell you what's good at the $8 mark. It's E. & J. Gallo's Sierra Valley Zinfandel 2004 from California. To be precise, the price is $8.05 a bottle. The wine is dense purple in colour with a nose of plum and leather; it's medium-bodied with a racy plum and cherry flavour. Easy drinking and it'll match red or white meat dishes. You can't go far wrong for 8 bucks a bottle. That's E. & J. Gallo Sierra Valley Zinfandel 2004 from California. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler. ($8.05, LCBO #527440)