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680News wine reviews – August 31–September 2, 2007 

Reif Estate Riesling 2006
When I'm looking for bargain-priced wines from Ontario, I head for the Riesling grape. Not only is it the wine that Ontario vintners make consistently well, vintage after vintage, it is also under-priced compared to Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. And it's a very versatile food wine without any oak to make up for deficiencies in flavour. A good example is Reif Estate Riesling from the 2006 vintage. It costs $10.45 a bottle at the LCBO. The wine is pale lime in colour with a nose of minerals, grapefruit and lemon. It's medium-bodied with a sweet pear note in mid-palate mingling with citrus flavours that last well in the mouth. Try it with blackened scallops or smoked trout. That's Reif Estate Riesling 2006 from the Niagara Peninsula. That's Reif spelt R-E-I-F. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler. ($10.45, LCBO #111799)

Welnerberg Pinotage 2005
Pinotage, the signature grape of South Africa, is like shredded wheat. You either love it or hate it. I happen to like it, but its smoky, tarry flavour is something of an acquired taste. Pinotage is a crossing of Pinot Noir and the little known grape of the Rhone called Cinsault. Newly released at the LCBO is Welnerberg Pinotage 2005, which is, incidentally, a kosher product. The wine is a deep ruby-purple colour with that characteristic smoky, tarry plum nose. For a medium-bodied wine it's richly extracted with sweet blackberry and plum flavours and lively acidity. It's the kind of wine that goes well with barbecued meats. The price? $10.70 a bottle. That's Welnerberg Pinotage 2005 from South Africa. You can see this review if you go to 680 News' website and click on my link. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler. ($10.70, LCBO #28423)

 

 

 

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