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The taming of the screw: New summer sippers come twisted but not bitter

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PATIO TWISTERS

CedarCreek Ehrenfelser 2007 Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada $18

Love its floral, orange, mineral, spicy nose and flavours. So fresh and inviting, this just-off dry white is an attractive bottle of wine. Think spicy foods, even sweet and sour BBQ spareribs. Less is more here.

 

Conundrum 2005, California $30

This classic California aromatic wine is a heady blend of sauvignon blanc, sémillon, chardonnay, viognier and muscat Canelli, and under screw cap it’s never tasted better. Serve solo or with spicy Asian or Indian dishes.

 

Dr. L Riesling 2007, Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, Germany $19

This is a fresh, moderately ripe riesling with candied lemon and mineral flavours. A delicious luncheon wine low in alcohol, it also does well served solo before those backyard barbecues even start, or think crab in a black bean sauce.

 

Errazuriz Chardonnay Wild Ferment 2007, Valle de Casablanca, Chile $22

Hand-picked, whole-cluster pressed and fermented with natural, wild yeast in stainless steel tanks. The result is a mix of minerals, lees and butter. A very sexy patio sipper before, during and after food.

 

Gray Monk Gewürztraminer 2007, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada $16

Fresh, round, light bodied style with some sweetness but decent acidity. Grapefruit, peach skin, floral, spicy, green apple flavours. A summer patio sipper.

 

La Vieille Ferme Côtes du Ventoux Rosé 2007, Rhone Valley, France $14

The perfect luncheon rosé you can take to a picnic. Look for mouth-watering, crisp acidity and wonderful freshness all preserved by its easy-opening screw cap closure. Love the pink, too.

 

Bodega Lurton Pinot Gris 2007, Valle de Uco, Mendoza, Argentina $12.50

Pinot gris/grigio in Argentina makes sense, given the Italians in Mendoza, but this one is made by the French connection of Jacques and Francois Lurton. Plenty of mineral and nectarine aromas move on the super crisp, dry palate that calls for oysters, clams or sushi. Very fine value at less than $13.

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