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680News wine reviews – February 10–12, 2012 

Menhir Salento Primitivo di Manduria 2007
Primitivo di Manduria in Puglia is the same grape they grow in California and call Zinfandel. Currently at Vintages is Menhir Salento Primitivo di Manduria 2007, a dense purple-black wine with a malty, blackberry nose. It's full bore on the palate with a chunky mouth-feel and an eathy, sweet plum flavour. A bit on the rustic side but great value for $15.95. Match it with a hearty stew. That's Menhir Salento Primitivo di Manduria 2007 from Italy at Vintages. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler, 680News and 680News.com. ($15.95, Vintages #268086)

Gonzales Byass Tio Pepe Palomino Fino Extra Dry Sherry
The best appetite stimulant – apart from hunger – is a good dry sherry. My choice from what the LCBO offers is Gonzales Byass Tio Pepe, a brand launched in 1936. At Vintages is the Tio Pepe Palomino Fino Extra Dry Sherry. Palomino, incidentally, is the name of the grape. The nose is all tobacco leaf, chamomile and green nuts. On the palate it's crisply dry with a salty, lemon zest flavour that lingers forever. Serve, lightly chilled, before a meal or with soup or tapas. It costs $15.95 at Vintages. That's Gonzales Byass Tio Pepe Palomino Fino Extra Dry Sherry from Spain. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler, 680News and 680News.com. ($15.95, Vintages #242669)

 

 

 

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