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680 NEWS wine reviews – December 29–31, 2006 

Henry of Pelham Cuvée Catherine Rosé
Sparkling wine is the way to go for New Year's Eve. Charles Heidsieck is my choice for an inexpensive champagne; but if you want to go local you can't beat Henry of Pelham's Cuvée Catherine Rosé Brut from St. Catharines. It's got a lovely wild strawberry flavour, dry and elegant. It costs $29.95, but what the heck, it's only once a year. You can find it at the LCBO. A word about how to open sparkling wine without losing a drop. Take the chilled bottle and wrap a cloth around the bottom. Once you've removed the wire muzzle, hold the cork firmly and twist the bottle away from it. The cork remains stationary at all times. It should come away, not with a pop but a lover's sigh. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler. ($29.95, LCBO 4051)

Domaine Pinnacle Ice Cider
Ontario's signature wine is Icewine. In Quebec, the signature wine that has yet to be discovered by the world is Ice Cider. Apples, instead of grapes, are left to freeze in winter. Then they're pressed and the juice is fermented. The result is a sweet wine that tastes of cider, smells like calvados and honey and has great balancing acidity. Now at the LCBO is a gift pack of Domaine Pinnacle Ice Cider 2005. It has a lovely sweet apple and pineapple flavour and comes with two small glasses. The cost is $39.95 a half bottle. An interesting change from icewine. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler. (LCBO # 6924, $39.95)

 

 

 

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