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680News wine reviews – November 25–27, 2011 

Lejay Lagoute Kir Royal
Kir is a French wine cocktail named after a Mayor of Dijon named Félix Kir. Traditionally it's a mix of white wine, like Chablis, with crème de cassis – the liqueur made from blackcurrants. If you make a Kir with champagne or a dry sparkling wine it's called a Kir Royal. Now you don't have to worry about the proportions because a company called Lejay Lagoute has bottled a Kir Royal. Light ruby in colour, it tastes of crushed blackcurrants nicely balanced with citrus acidity. It costs $16.95 a bottle at the LCBO. That's Lejay Lagoute Kir Royal from France. Chill it well. For Post City Magazines I'm Tony Aspler, 680News and 680News.com. ($16.95, LCBO #263582)

Beringer Stone Cellars California Merlot 2009
Beringer Vineyards is the oldest continuously operating winery in the Napa Valley and they have an amazing series of stone cellars under the property. They've named their bargained-priced line Stone Cellars and the Merlot under this label is worth trying. Beringer Stone Cellars California Merlot 2009 is deep ruby in colour with an earthy, cherry nose. The sweet soft fruit has a good mouth feel offering cherry and plum flavours with a minty note. It's medium-bodied and firmly structure with lively acidity. It costs $13.95. Try it with red meat dishes. That's Beringer Stone Cellars California Merlot 2009. For Post City Magazines I'm Tony Aspler, 680News and 680News.com. ($13.95, LCBO #462473)

 

 

 

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