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680News wine reviews – September 4–6, 2009 

Feudo Arancio Grillo 2008
If you subscribe to the ABC club – Anything But Chardonnay – try this little-known grape from Sicily. It's called Grillo and it's best known as one of the grapes that produce the sweet wine Marsala. But Feudo Arancio Grillo 2008 is a dry table wine. It comes on like a blend of Chardonnay and Viognier with oodles of tropical fruit flavours balanced by citrus acidity and a floral note. It's full on the palate and great value at $11.95 a bottle. Match it with pork tenderloin or cream-sauced pastas. That's Feudo Arancio Grillo 2008 from Sicily. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler. $11.95 (LCBO #114710)

Santa Alicia Carmenere Reserve 2008
Carmenere is the flagship grape of Chile. Once thought to be a local mutation of Merlot, the variety brought to the country in the mid-nineteenth century, it turned out to be a rare Bordeaux variety no longer grown in that region. Santa Alicia Carmenere Reserve 2008, newly released at the LCBO, is dense purple in colour with a blackcurrant and red pepper bouquet. The wine is medium-bodied with a sweet, spicy blackcurrant flavour, well integrated oak and supple tannins. It's good value at $11.95 a bottle and perfect for barbecued pork ribs or marinated steak. That's Santa Alicia Carmenere Reserve 2008 from Chile. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler. ($11.95, LCBO #309302)

 

 

 

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