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680News wine reviews – February 22–24, 2008 

St. Donatus Irsai Oliver Balatonlellei 2006
The Muscat grape is arguably the oldest domesticated grape variety. It's grown around the world and it can be dry, medium-dry or sweet but always with that haunting perfume of carnations and spice like ginger and cardamom. Very exotic – a wine that goes well with spicy dishes, like Thai or other Asian cuisines. Currently at Vintages is a wine from Hungary made from a grape that is very similar in style to Muscat. It's St. Donatus Irsai Oliver Balatonlellei 2006 – I know that's a mouthful, so you'll find it on 680News.com by clicking on my link. It costs $11.85 at Vintages outlets. It's dry and light-bodied with that Muscat-like perfume and flavour. Great for curried dishes or as an aperitif. That's St. Donatus Irsai Oliver Balatonlellei 2006 from Hungary. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler. ($11.85, Vintages #12070)

Veramonte Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
Veramonte is one of the most progressive wineries in Chile. They were the first to develop the Casablanca Valley, a cooler region that the company's founder, Augustin Huneeus recognized as being similar in soils and microclimates to the Napa Valley and Carneros regions. Currently at Vintages stores is a bargain Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 that has all the style and swagger of a California Cab – except it only costs $13.85. Veramonte Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon is dense purple in colour with a nose of cassis, vanilla oak and cedar. It's medium-bodied and firmly structured with sweet, spicy blackcurrant flavour. It's a wine to serve with roast lamb or braised ribs. And if you put it in a decanter your guests will think it cost thirty bucks. That's Veramonte Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 from Chile. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler. ($13.85, Vintages #48454)

 

 

 

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