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« Globalization is bad for wine | Main | Taste-o-Rama: the reds »

06 August 2004

Taste-o-Rama: the whites

I've been given the task of developing a *very* affordable wine list for a small bistro. Yesterday we tasted a few of the candidate wines for the lunchtime by-the-glass menu:

1. Schloss Schonborn Riesling '02, Rheingau, Germany: honeysuckle, peach and citrus on the nose. Slight sweetness braced by fine crispness. A winner. $10

2. Santa Julia Torrontes '02, Argentina: faint sweet & spicy scents with a little floral aroma. Full(ish) body in the mouth with a fruity flavor and some sweetness. It will work well as the house wine ($4 a glass). $6

3. Pierre Sparr, "Alsace One" '02, Alsace, France: A 'Heinz 57' blend from Alsace - includes Riesling, Gewurz, Muscat, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris and Sylvaner. The nose is somewhat dominated by the telltale lychee aroma of the Guwurz. However there are also some floral and herbal scents. The wine is slightly heavy but does have a zip of acidity. Great for the lunch crowd. $10

Some of the other whites I'll be tasting this weekend: Fox Creek Verdelho (Aussie), Guenoc Lake Co. S.B. (Cali), Barossa Valley Estate Char. (Aussie)

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