JULIAN HITNER TORONTO WINE CONSULTANT

"For love of everything that is wine"

RECOMMENDATIONS FOR SATURDAY, JANUARY 6, 2007 --- MY FIRST RECOMMENDATIONS

RED WINES:                      

(1) CHAPEL HILL (SHIRAZ)
      -McLaren Vale, Australia
      -Vintage 2004 (DRINK NOW OR HOLD)
      -L.C.B.O. PRICE: $18.95
      -8.25/10

COMMENT: Fine, smooth Aussie-driven nose and flavors, with teensy-sweet fruit and vanilla; long finish. Make no mistake, this is an absolutely beautiful wine, with lots of character and forward richness.

PAIRING SUGGESTION: Herb-crusted roasted leg of lamb --- enjoy!

(2) Zenato (Ripasso)
      -Valpolicella (D.O.C.), Veneto, Italy
      -Vintage 2003 (DRINK NOW OR HOLD)
      -L.C.B.O. PRICE: $23.95
      -8.25/10

COMMENT: Dense nose, with heavy raisin-like and mocha flavors on the mouth; rich mouthfeel and long finish. Tastes almost like an Amarone; not a wine to be missed!

PAIRING SUGGESTION: Marinated pork tendorloin, with lots of garlic and onions --- enjoy!

WHITE WINES:

(1) Kim Crawford (Sauvignon Blanc)
      -Marlborough, New Zealand
      -Vintage 2006 (DRINK NOW)
      -L.C.B.O. PRICE: $19.95
      -8.25/10

COMMENT: Delightful nose, with lots of crisp fruit flavors on the mouth; medium-length finish. This is arguably one of the most grassy and zesty wines to come out of New Zealand; quite refreshing.

PAIRING SUGGESTION: Peppered garlic shrimp --- enjoy!

(2) Domaine du Moulin Granger (Sauvignon Blanc)
      -Sancerre, Loire, France
      -Vintage 2005 (DRINK NOW OR HOLD)
      -L.C.B.O. PRICE: $25.95
      -8.0/10

COMMENT: Light nose, with a bit of smokiness to it, along with a firm mineral content; good fruit and end notes. Hardly cheap, but nonetheless a most agreeable, slightly complex wine from the stunning Loire region of France.

PAIRING SUGGESTION: Poached salmon or rainbow trout --- enjoy!

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