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Wine Guys and Their Picks 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 picks.

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 Vancouver Lifestyles Magazine praised the 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 terrific value.

Wine Access 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 $20 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 red, 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. Tormaresca Neprica 2004 $13 hails from Puglia. The blend is a mix of NE gromaro, PRI mitivo and CA 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.