680 NEWS wine reviews March 1618, 2007
E.&J. Gallo Turning Leaf Chardonnay 2004
The Ernest and Julio Gallo company based in Modesto California, probably spills more wine than Ontario makes; but for all their size they do have economies of scale that allows them to make large volumes of wine at highly competitive prices. A case in point is their Turning Leaf label. The Turning leaf Chardonnay 2004 sells at the LCBO for $12.25 a bottle and you won't find a better California Chardonnay at that price. The wine is straw coloured with a peachy, minerally bouquet. It's medium to full-bodied with a sweet peach flavour balanced by citrus acidity. It's a good match for roast chicken or grilled white fish. That's E.&J. Gallo Turning Leaf Chardonnay 2004 from California. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler. ($12.15, LCBO #409805)
Pelee Island Gewürztraminer Reserve 2005
Gewürztraminer is one of those wines you either love or loathe. Pull the cork and it really announces itself. It's highly perfumed and at its best it smells of roses and lychee nuts and maybe carnations and grapefruit. One of the best Gewürztraminers in Ontario comes from Pelee Island Winery. Their Gewürztraminer Reserve 2005 is not as richly exotic as Alsace Gewürz but it has an engaging spiciness with flavours of apple and carnation and a fine dry finish. A perfect wine for Thai, Japanese or Chinese dishes. It costs $15.15 a bottle. That's Pelee Island Winery Gewürztraminer Reserve 2005 from Ontario. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler.
(LCBO #622050, $15.15)