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  • Riverside Chenin Blanc 2001
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Cheap and cheerful wines for Summer sipping

Don't expect Montrachet and forget the Riedel stemware. These wines are for gulping out of plastic glasses on the patio, dock or poolside.

Two new entries from the guys at Gallo.
Riverside Chenin Blanc 2001 (California)
(Priced by province: PEI $9.95, New Brunswick $8.99. Saskatchewan $7.99. Alberta $8.45, British Columbia $7.95. Not in Ontario or Quebec).
Palest straw colour with a touch of ivory. A nose of melon skin and citrus; well made, crisp and easy drinking; straightforward citrus flavours with a hint of residual sugar. Chill well.

Riverside White Zinfandel 2001
(Available in Ontario ($6.95), BC ($7.95), PEI ($9.95), NB ($8.99), Man ($7.49), Sask ($7.99), Alberta ($8.49))
An inexpensive wine that would work well with hot, spicy dishes (Thai, Mexican, light curries). Serve it well chilled.
Deep pink colour; candied raspberry nose; medium dry with a raspberry Lifesaver flavour but enough acidity to make it interesting and give it some length.

Sutter Home White Zinfandel 1999 (California)
$8.75
I had a bottle of this White Zin (from Sutter home, the company who invented the concept of Blush wines) hidden in the cellar and decided to open it. With the bottle age it turned out to be a very drinkable wine. Coppery-pink in colour, the nose reminded me of strawberries in the sun. Sweetish on the palate initially but when the acid kicked in it came into balance. Again, serve well chilled and with hot, peppery dishes – especially jalapeños.
The current vintage is probably 2001, but if you find the 1999, try it.

 

 

 

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