Arancio Grillo 2008 - $11.95
Better get this one in while you can still find it on store shelves. Grillo, btw, is a little known Sicilian grape that will be getting a lot more attention. Light straw colour with a hint of green, it shows an intriguing aroma of tar off the top, switching to apricot, yellow plum, and a whiff of smoke. The palate is interesting, slightly tart, with ripe apple flavours, a firm acidity, and no trace of the tar. Very good body and length. A unique and highly-flavoured wine that would work well with pork chops or BBQ ribs. (LCBO 114710)
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Pelee Island Chambourcin Rosé VQA 2007 - $10.95
Ontario: Pelee Island
Glad to see the Chambourcin grape made it through the VQA gauntlet. Medium candy-apple pink, it has subtle aromas of raspberry and orange zest with hints of spice. Quite lush with the merest hint of sugar, red liquorice and strawberry flavour and a perky acidity. Very good body and length, it shows a robust palate and would be a good choice for simple sandwiches, grilled veg, or by itself. (LCBO 529354)