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680News wine reviews – December 26–28, 2008 

Opening Champagne
There comes a time when you have to forget about the economy and toast the prospects of the coming year with champagne or a sparkling wine. Champagne is costly and you don't want to lose any when you open it. You also don't want to injure a guest with a flying cork. So, here's how you do it safely without showering your guests. Hold the cork firmly and slowly twist the end of the bottle until it comes away with the sound of a lover's sigh and not an explosion of wine. Make sure you have glasses within reach in case the bottle has been shaken up. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler.

Jacob's Creek Sparkling Rosé
An inexpensive way to see in the new year with a glass of bubbly is to try Jacob's Creek Sparkling Rosé from Australia. It's a blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Pale pink in colour, it has a nose of wild strawberries; it's medium-bodied, with a dry, strawberry flavour enhanced with citrus acidity. A nicely balanced wine and well priced at $13.95 a bottle at the LCBO. You can toast the arrival of 2009 or serve it with cold salmon or ham. That's Jacob's Creek Sparkling Rosé from Australia. To read this and my other reviews visit 680News.com and click on my link. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler. ($13.95, LCBO #926668)

 

 

 

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