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680News wine reviews – September 28–30, 2012 

Alpine Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2011
Judging wines blind at the Ottawa Wine Challenge earlier this month I came across a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc that rocked my boat both in quality and price. It was Alpine Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2011. It had quintessential Marlborough flavour of grapefruit, passion fruit and gooseberry with a green pepper note. It costs $14.95 and, incidentally, it won the best white wine of the competition on the judges' scores. Try it with asparagus risotto or goat's cheese. That's Alpine Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2011 from New Zealand. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler, 680News and 680News.com ($14.95, LCBO #241810)

Konzelmann Barrel Aged Shiraz 2010
Shiraz is a difficult grape to ripen in Ontario but in a good year like 2010 it can produce a wine that reminds you of the northern Rhône. Konzelmann Barrel-Aged Shiraz 2010 is deep ruby in colour with a nose of blackberry and white pepper. Very much like a St. Joseph. It has a delightful sweet and savoury taste of blackberry and dark plums backed by ripe tannins and zesty acidity. It costs $12.95 a bottle at the LCBO and would make an ideal partner for a spicy lamb dish. That's Konzelmann Barrel Aged Shiraz 2010 from Ontario. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler, 680News and 680News.com. ($12.95, LCBO #144857)

 

 

 

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