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Fortant de France Chardonnay 2002 (Vin de Pays d’Oc)
$9.45
Bargain hunters will love this easy-drinking Chardonnay from Languedoc. Medium straw in colour with a lifted nose of pear and apple skin; well-made and flavourful with a spicy pear and tangerine flavour ending with lively acidity. A little short on the finish but the price is right. ***1/2
Food match: BBQ-ed salmon, chicken salad

Burrowing Owl Merlot 2001 (Okanagan Valley, British Columbia)
$24.90 (winery: 1-877-498-0620, local calls: 250-498-0620; email: info@bovwine.com)
Bill Dyer has made a stunning Merlot. The colour is deep ruby; the nose is spicy-minty with ripe blueberry tones; rich mouthfeel, full and well-extracted fruit with a lovely harmony of oak, fruit, acidity and alcohol; medium-bodied and forward – drinking well in spite of lurking tannins that will mellow with a year or two of bottle age. A wine to grace the cellar of the most exacting collector, but drink within four years. ****1/2
Food match: grilled quail, rack of lamb

Château la Tour de l’Evêque Rosé 2002 (Côtes de Provence)
$13.95
The bottle looks like a bowling pin but it’s a flavourful – and powerful – Rosé based on the Grenache grape. Deeply coloured pink with a minerally, wild strawberry nose; pronounced dry strawberry fruit on the palate, full-bodied and versatile. A good summer outdoor wine. Serve well chilled. ***1/2
Food match: cold ham, paella

 

 

 

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