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680 NEWS wine reviews – March 23–25, 2007  

Yarden Blanc de Blanc
Israeli wine is the new hot topic and you'd be surprised by the quality. Don't expect sweet kosher wines from Israel nowadays – they're more in French and California style. Recently I tasted a sparkling wine from Galilee which I could have mistaken for champagne. It was Yarden Blanc de Blancs 1999 – made from Chardonnay grapes. It was crisply dry with a flavour of freshly baked bread and apples. It's on the general list of the LCBO but you won't find it in many shops. The best way to track it down is through LCBO.com and do a product search by the LCBO number below. It costs $20.15 a bottle and it's worth every penny. That's Yarden Blanc de Blanc 1999 from Israel. It makes a great pre-dinner drink or serve it with smoked salmon. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler. (LCB0 #611236, $20.15)

Quinta da Aveleda Charamba 2004
The Douro Valley of Portugal, where Port comes from, is giving Chile a run for its money when it comes to bargain-priced red table wines. These Douro wines are made from the same grapes as they use to make Port but instead of being fortified with brandy to leave residual sweetness, these table wines are fermented to dryness. Quinta da Aveleda Charamba 2004 is deep ruby purple in colour with a sweet black cherry and spicy tobacco leaf nose; it's medium-bodied and fruity. And here's the good part: it's $8.65 a bottle. It's the kind of wine that goes well with lamb chops and hard cheeses. That's Quinta da Aveleda Charamba 2004 from Portugal. For Post City magazines, I'm Tony Aspler. (LCBO #352963, $8.65)

 

 

 

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