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Vintages Wine Picks January 9, 2010

White Wine

Maculan Pinot Grigio 2009, D.O.C., Breganze, Veneto, Italy: Vintages Wine Panel: Fausto Maculan is one of northern Italy’s finest producers. His wines are appreciated for their elegance and finesse, and he manages to take Pinot Grigio to unexpected heights. This Pinot Grigio is equally at home as a sipper or with every-thing from flavourful fish dishes to pasta in a simple sauce with a few slivers of black truffle or a drizzle of truffle oil. My note: Love it! This rises above all the beige, non-descript Pinot Grigios (been there, drank that). Vibrant notes of white peach, lime, and field daisies. Top me up … in fact, pass me that bottle, would you? 734921 13% XD 750 mL  $15.95 Score: 89/100. January 9, 2010 Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar  

Red Wine

Ortas Rasteau Cave De Rasteau Tradition Grenache Syrah Mourvèdre 2008, AC Côtes du Rhône-Villages, France: Vintages Wine Panel: A Gold Medal winner at the 2009 Concours des Grands Vins de France in Mâcon. This blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre displays an attractive nose of wild berries, black fruit, pepper and a hint of tar. This dry, soft-textured, medium-bodied wine features juicy black fruit and hints of leather and pepper. Very pleasant match indeed for comfort foods. My note: A corpulent and generous red with dollops of black fruit, toasted cherries, earth and dark spices. Flavour ripples across your mouth and ends in a warm, comforting finish. Pair with: lamb stew, shepherd’s pie, beef casserole. 998716 14% D 750 mL  $15.00 Score: 88/100. January 9, 2010 Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar  

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