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Wine Guys and Their
featured another large
audience that came to taste an eclectic mix of wines presented by an equally
eclectic group of presenters. The good news is you can buy almost all of the
Seminar maven and
sommelier instructor DJ Kearney pitched the
Masi 2005 Masianco $17
, a Venetian pinot grigio/verduzzo blend of
floral, mineral-scented fruit offering a ripe mix of butter, honey, mineral and
warm lemon oil.
Bruce Stephen of
Kendall-Jackson 2005 Sauvignon Blanc $19
from California. It delivers bright, clean, modern
flavours with a mineral, seawater undercurrent. Think mussels with this one.
Educator Mark Davidson of
VinFX Wine Communications served up two bargain reds. From B.C. he extolled the
virtues of the just-released
Nk’Mip Cellars 2005 Pinot Noir $19
with its balanced, ripe strawberry fruit
streaked with leafy, spicy, vanilla, compost flavours. And from Spain his
choice was the
Castillo de Monseran 2005 Garnacha $10
workhorse, hamburger red that represents
contributor and taster Stuart Tobe suggested we
drink the sublime
Burgans Albariño Rías Baixas 2005
. With all its juicy green apple, honey,
mineral, melon skin and peach flavours it can match just about any food type.
Tobe also brought along the sturdy
Doña Paula Estate 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon
from Mendoza, Argentina
with its cassis jam, peppery, blackberry, licorice and tobacco flavours.
Restaurateur Mark Taylor
of Cru Restaurant in Vancouver pitched another fabulous bottle of Argentine
Catena Malbec 2003 $26
The textures are soft and rich, and the flavours are a mix of black cherry and
plums with a twist of orange and garrigue.
We finished with a bargain
red from Antinori’s burgeoning southern Italian project that I brought along.
Neprica 2004 $13
Puglia. The blend is a mix of
bernet, hence the Neprica moniker, and the flavour is fun.
Licorice, prunes, and black fruit all wrapped in a warm, round, earthy inviting
style make it irresistible for the price.