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680News wine reviews – September 7–9, 2007 

Relax Cool Red
If you've ever had problems decoding a German wine label, you can now relax. I mean that literally. A German company called Schmitt Sohne has brought out a line of wines the call Relax. The wines come in aluminum cans, the Riesling in 750 mL format and what they call Cool Red in half-bottle size. The Cool Red doesn't tell you want the grape varieties are, only that the wine comes from the Rheinhessen region and the vintage is 2004. The wine is purple-black in colour with a nose of blackberries and mulberries. It's soft and mellow on the palate with a sweet flavour. Very easy drinking. You can try it with any red meat or firm cheese. It costs $5.65 for the 375 mL screwtop aluminum bottle. That's Relax Cool Red 2004 from Rheinhessen. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler. ($5.65, LCBO #32698)

Barefoot Shiraz 2003
You gotta hand it to those Gallo guys. They have economies of scale that allow them to offer tasty wines are under $10 and that includes your 20 cent deposit on the bottle. Gallo's Barefoot Cellars label in California has a Shiraz for $9.95 that would put wines at twice the price to shame. The one I'm talking about is the 2003 vintage Shiraz that has lots of varietal character. The wine is dense purple in colour with a spicy, smoky, tarry nose. It offers loads of taste with blackberry and dark chocolate flavours, ending with a smoked meat note. It's actually a meal in itself. If you like that big, bruising style of wine you can't go wrong for the price. That's Barefoot Cellars Shiraz 2003 from California. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler ($9.95, LCBO #54015)

 

 

 

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