WYKwinos Report No. 4

Date/Time: March 19, 2010, 7 p.m.(roughly 3 hours)

Place: Fantaxia Restaurant樂逍遙

1nd Bottle Cotes Du Rhone Blanc      
Varietal: Grenache Blanc Winery/Producer: Les Grandes Serres
Type: White wine Year: 2008
Cost: $13.95 Region: Southern Rhone, France
Food to pair: 避風塘大蝦皇 LCBO #: 103697
Remarks: A blend of traditional Rhône white grape varieties, principally Grenache Blanc and Viognier, this wine features aromas of spring flowers, Bosc pear, light honey and a touch of mineral. Dry and fruity with a nice crisp undertone that brings the fruit into balance. A fine sipper or aperitif wine. You can also enjoy it with mildly spiced Asian seafood dishes.
2st Bottle DOMDECHANT WERNER        
Varietal: Riesling Winery/Producer: Domdechant Werner’Sches Weingut  
Type: White Wine Year: 2007  
Cost: $19.95 Region: Rhine Rhinegau, Germany  
Food to pair: 豉椒味溫蜆 LCBO #: 722413  
Remarks: The Hochheimer Hölle Kabinett is refined and elegant with yellow plum fruit and some chewiness to its relaxed, caressing body.  
3rd Bottle DOMAINE LA GARRIGUE VACQUEYRAS       
Varietal: Grenache Winery/Producer: Domaine La Garrigue  
Type: Red Wine Year: 2007  
Cost: $22.95 Region: Rhone, France  
Food to pair: 黑椒蔥爆牛肉 LCBO #: 156380  
Remarks: The Bernard family, who also owns the endearing hilltop restaurant called Les Florets that overlooks Gigondas, has turned out a classic Provence -styled effort, their 2007 Vacqueyras. A blend of 80% Grenache and the rest Syrah, Mourvedre, and Cinsault, it reveals notes of smoked herbs, roasted meats, red and black fruits, medium to full body, a supple mouthfeel, silky tannins, and beautiful ripeness, purity, and length. This is a hedonistic, complex wine to drink over the next 5-6 years.  
4th Bottle ORTAS GIGONDAS 2007        
Varietal: Grenache/Syrah Winery/Producer: Cave de Rasteau  
Type: Red Wine Year: 2007  
Cost: $23.95 Region: Rhone, France  
Food to pair:美極紅酒羊架 LCBO #: 155440  
Remarks: This award-winning wine is another exquisite example of the 2007 vintage. It features aromas of spring flowers, blackberry, pepper and mocha. Dry, structured and well-balanced with excellent integration between the fruits, acids and tannins. Medium bodied with a long finish. Enjoy this wine tonight with lamb chops or cellar it 3-5+ years.  
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