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680News wine reviews – August 10–12, 2007 

Michele Chiarlo Gavi 2006
If you want a change from a steady diet of Chardonnay, let me introduce you to the Cortese grape, grown in the Piemonte region of Northern Italy, where they grow Barolos and Barabarescos. The white wine they make here is called Gavi after the town where the vines were first propagated. Michele Chiarlo Gavi 2006 at Vintages stores in a good example of how fresh and lively this wine can be. It costs $19.95. Think of this as the Chardonnay of Piemonte, only lighter and more ethereal. Straw coloured with green tints; the bouquet is minerally and citrus with a white peach flavour and a fresh, stony finish. A very versatile food wine. You can serve it with shellfish or smoked salmon. That's Michele Chiarlo Gavi 2006 from Italy. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler. ($19.95, Vintages #30247)

Hillebrand Artist Series Gamay Rosé 2006
Rosés come in a wide range of colours. Now, that might seem like an oxymoron, but if you travel the LCBO's shelves and check out the pink wines you'll find that they can range from the merest suggestion of a pink tint to coppery, tawny, salmon pink or cherry. One of the deepest rosés I've tasted in a long time comes from Ontario. Hillebrand Artist Series Gamay Rosé 2006, as its name implies, is made from the Gamay grape, the variety the French use to make Beaujolais. And Hillebrand's rosé is very Beaujolais-like. It's almost the colour of a light red wine. The bouquet is cherries and ground pepper. It's medium-bodied and crisply dry, nicely textured with a fruity mid-palate and a dry, fresh finish. It costs $12.15 a bottle. You can serve it at room temperature for meat dishes or chill it for fish. That's Hillebrand Artist Series Gamay Rosé 2006 from Ontario. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler. ($12.15, LCBO #49742)

 

 

 

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