WYKwinos Report No. 7

Date/Time: July 16, 2010, 7 p.m.(roughly 3 hours)

Place: Fantaxia Restaurant樂逍遙

1nd Bottle Miguel Torres Vina Esmeralda      
Varietal: Winery/Producer: Miguel Torres S.A.
Type: White Wine Year: 2009
Cost: $12.95 Region: Penedes, Spain
Food to pair: 千島香芒帶子 LCBO #: 113696 
Remarks: A pretty blend of Moscatel de Alejandria and Gewurztraminer, Vina Esmeralda has a very seductive floral/perfumed nose. Aromas such as honeysuckle, ripe pear, custard apples, vanilla and spun sugar can all be found here. It’s a fine partner for lightly spiced seafood dishes, avocado salad or berbed chicken breast
2st Bottle Burgo Viejo Reserva 2001 Rioja          
Varietal: Winery/Producer: Bodegas De Familia Burgo Viejo  
Type: Red Wine Year: 2001  
Cost: $19.95 Region: Rioja, Spain  
Food to pair: 花彫美極牛柳粒 LCBO #: 168823  
Remarks: Deep garnet colour. This blend of Tempranillo, Graciano and Carignan features a complex collection of aromas, including plum, olive, smoked meat, strawberry and oak (they use both French and American barrels). Dry with pleasingly mature flavours and still-moderate tannins to suggest further ageing potential (2-4+ years). Medium bodied with a substantial finish. Enjoy it with roast leg of lamb or roast beef.  
3rd Bottle Bodegas Lan Crianza 2005        
Varietal: Winery/Producer: Bodegas Lan, S.A.   
Type: Red Wine Year: 2005  
Cost: $15.95 Region: Rioja, Spain  
Food to pair: 紅燒黃琪班 LCBO #: 166538  
Remarks: Light scents of crushed rose petals and frisky cherry tomato flavors give this a bright, zesty tone. The tannins are also light, with a gravelly feel. This is a versatile red for olives and jamón Serrano or more substantial meat such as duck. One of the Best Buys of 2009. Score – 90. (Wine & Spirits Buying Guide, 2010)  
4th Bottle Torres Gran Coronas Reserva (V)        
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon Winery/Producer: Miguel Torres S.A
Type: Red Wine Year: 2005
Cost: $17.45 Region: Penedes, Spain
Food to pair: 鹽焗走地雞 LCBO #: 36483
Remarks: A stunningly delicious and balanced red with full-bodied notes of black fruit, vanilla smoke, dark spices and rich mocha goodness. Crack it open beside the barbecue. This wine is part of the Vintages Essentials Collection. Food matches: braised veal blade and root vegetables, roast pork tenderloin.

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