Wine, Wine Reviews

Professor B’s Vintages April 13 Release Recommendations.


Vintage’s buyers once again have managed to acquire a good selection of reasonably priced wines that represent value for the money, considering the “outrageous mark-ups” mandated by the government.

Fortified wines

5-year-old Boal Madeira, Vinhos Barbeito, Madeira, Portugal
Amber in colour, bright and clear. Vanilla, almond, spice and citrus aromas dominate. Medium bodied, smooth with a delicate finish. Enjoy with biscotti and strong Colombian supreme coffee.
0325183, $ 15.95

White wines

Gentil, 2011, Hugel, Alsace, France
Hugel is one of the oldest and most venerable establishments in Alsace. This blend of pinot blanc, sylvaner, riesling and gewürztraminer, is aromatic mildly spicy with good acidity. Pair it with mild Indian specialties or Thai curries. You can enjoy this delicious wine in between meals, or on the patio on a warm sunny afternoon.
0367284, $ 14.95

Urziger Wurzgarten, Riesling, Spatlese, 2007, Dr. Hermann, Mosel, Germany
Mosel Rieslings are low in alcohol, aromatic and acid driven. This single vineyard wine exudes lemon and peach aromas, underlined with petrol (yes, petrol!). Pair confidently with Thai specialties, or Chinese egg rolls or dim sum.
You can enjoy this delightful wine on its own, or use it for a strawberry fruit bowl when Ontario fruit is in season.
0313528, $ 16.95

Red wines

Unfiltered Pinto Noir, 2011,Norman Hardie, Prince Edward County, Ontario
The wine opens up with the smell of roses. There are also cherry and raspberry aromas along with faint beetroot undertones. Bright and lively palate.
An elegant, flavourful, pinot noir that envelopes the tongue smoothly.’
0125310, $ 35.00

Dead Letter Office Shiraz, 2008, Henry’s Drive, Padthaway and McLaren Vale, South Australia
An elegant, powerful wine with savoury notes of roasted coffee beans and smooth mouth feel.
Pair it with deeply flavoured foods i.e beef stew, wild boar roast, Parmigiano-Reggiano.
023659, $ 23.95

Touriga Nacional, Delaforce, Douro Valley, Portugal
Delaforce is better known for its port wines. The winery started producing table wines only a few years ago.
An intense, well-structured, fruity red wine displaying smoky, spicy, and chocolate flavours.
Pair confidently with roast rib of beef, medium-rare steaks, and aged cheeses.
0324517, no price provided

Also recommended

Tinto Reserva, 2005, Marques De Caceres, Rioja, Spain
0702761, $ 24.95

Dessert wine

Moscato d’Asti Naturale, 2011, Bera, Piedmont, Italy
0317156, $ 16.95

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