- Fazi Battaglia Verdicchio 2001
- Chateau des Charmes Brut
- Italcoral Fine Grappa Moscato Stradavarius
Fazi Battaglia Verdicchio 2001 (Marche, Italy)
This wine in its egregious amphora-shaped bottle has been around the LCBO
forever. The 2001 vintage is almost water white in colour with a stony,
lemony, green pepper flavour. It's brisk and lively on the palate. Good
Food match: cerviche, grilled sardines
Chateau des Charmes Brut (Ontario)
Chateau des Charmes makes a consistently good sparkling wine by the traditional
method (secondary fermentation in bottle) using Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Straw coloured with an active mousse, it has a buttery, apple, leesy nose.
It's dry, but not as dry as the Brut designation would suggest; full on
the palate, ripe apple with fine balancing acidity. Good length. An admirable
champagne substitute. ****
Food match: grilled salmon, chicken à la king
Italcoral Fine Grappa Moscato Stradavarius (Italy)
I am not usually a grappa enthusiast, but this one is quite special. It
has the sweet taste of the Muscat grape, very aromatic and fragrant with
a long, clean finish. Best served chilled.
Food match: as an aperitif or to "correct" an espresso.