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680News wine reviews – October 3–5, 2008 

Flor de Crasto 2006
The Douro Valley in Portugal is the historic home of port, but in the last couple of decades it's become a region of red table wine. And it's a great source of inexpensive tasty reds at melt-down prices. New to the general list is Flor de Castro 2006 from the Quinta do Crasto. Made from three of the port grapes, it's a gutsy medium-bodied wine with flavours of black cherry and spicy oak with soft dusty tannins on the finish. The price? A bargain $9.95. Match it with hearty beef stew. That's Flor de Castro 2006 from Portugal. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler. ($9.95, LCBO #89870)

Rodney Strong Knotty Vines Zinfandel 2006
Zinfandel is California's signature grape, not as elegant as Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot but always very flavourful. Rodney Strong Knotty Vines Zinfandel 2006 at Vintages outlets is deep ruby in colour with a plum and leather bouquet. Its red berry fruitiness has a peppery edge, finishing with soft tannins. The Knotty bit refers to a small plot of 104-year-old Russian River vines in the blend. The wine costs $22.95 at Vintages. Great with steak. That's Rodney Strong Knotty Vines Zinfandel 2006 from California. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler. ($22.95, Vintages #363358)

 

 

 

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