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680News wine reviews – December 4–6, 2009 

J.M. Fonseca Periquita 2006
Recently I tasted a wine that's been on the LCBO shelves for years. It's Jose Maria da Fonseca Periquita from Portugal and it's always been great value for the price. It's a blend of three local varieties – Castelão, Trincadeira and Aragones – and it costs $9.45 a bottle. What surprised me about the 2006 vintage was that it was no longer that rustic, peasant wine I remembered of old but very elegant and stylish. The 2006 Periquita has a nose of cherry and leather with a floral note; it's light and fresh on the palate, a versatile food wine that can match a range of meat dishes. That's Jose Maria da Fonseca Periquita 2006 from Portugal. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler. ($9.45, LCBO #25262)

Domaine Bellevue Sauvignon Blanc Touraine 2008
The Loire Valley in France used to be the spiritual home of Sauvignon Blanc until New Zealand burst on the scene and made this grape their own. Now the French are fighting back and they seem to have learned something from the Kiwis. Domaine Bellevue Sauvignon Blanc 2008 from Touraine, currently available at Vintages outlets, is very New Zealand in style with its nose of cut grass and gooseberries and its flavour of gooseberry and guava. And you can't quibble about the price – $13.95 a bottle. Match it with grilled fish or goat's cheese. That's Domaine Bellevue Sauvignon Blanc Touraine at Vintages outlets. For Post City Magazine, I'm Tony Aspler. ($13.95, Vintages #82305)

 

 

 

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