Wine of the Week for July 20, 2009

Rosemount Traminer/Riesling 2008 - $11.95
Style: W3


You never know if “traminer” is actually the grape of that name or a euphemism for gewurztraminer. Whatever the case, this is a lovely wine, with a rich nose showing rose, honeysuckle, candle wax and a touch of lime. The palate is round, full, medium-dry with subtle stone fruit flavours and a soft acidity. Very good body and excellent length, it's absolutely scrumptious. Try with Szechwan. (LCBO 244301)

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Henry of Pelham Sibling Rivalry White VQA 2008 W1 - $13.95
Style: W3

Ontario: Niagara

From the Speck brothers, we have an odd blend that could be interpreted either as at odds with Old World traditions or a perfect compliment. It's not "normal" to blend Riesling, Chardonnay and Gewurz, as has been done here -- to very good effect. On the other hand, the traditional approach is to plant and use the grapes that work best in the area. That said, look for lush aromas of spice, stone fruits, ripe melon and hints of lime and tar. The palate is "frisky", with gobs of citrus and peach, somewhat sweet with a nippy close. Very good body and length, it's anything but simple, but very quaffable and could stand in for any of its blending grapes. I'd try pork roast, ocean fish or grilled bird. (LCBO 126144)

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