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680News wine reviews – February 12–14, 2010 

Baron Fuenté Grand Millesime Brut Champagne 1996
Once in a while wine lovers have to spoil themselves and treat themselves to a great bottle of champagne. Especially for Valentine's Day. You can't do much better than picking up a 1996 vintage champagne, well priced at $54.95. In 1966 a Monsieur Baron married a Madamoiselle Fuenté. They started a champagne house and named it Baron Fuente. Their '96 vintage is remarkably fresh with a dry peachy-citrus flavour overlaid with toast and caramel notes. Absolutely delicious. The champagne is called Baron Fuenté Grand Millesime Brut 1996, available at Vintages outlets. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler. ($54.95, Vintages #155119)

Stratus Red Icewine 2008
Valentine's Day is the perfect occasion to share a bottle of Ontario Icewine. I find a lot of Icewines too sweet for my taste, but in general terms red Icewines tend to be less confected than whites. My choice would be Stratus Red Icewine 2008, a blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. The wine comes in 200 millilitre format, perfect for two people. The bouquet is concentrated raspberries and rhubarb and on the palate it's semi-sweet with racy acidity and flavours of cranberry and pomegranate that linger in the mouth. The cost at Vintages outlets $39.95. That's Stratus Red Icewine 2008 from Ontario. For Post City Magazine, I'm Tony Aspler. ($39.95, Vintages #56689)

 

 

 

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