JULIAN HITNER TORONTO WINE CONSULTANT

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WINES OF THE WEEK FOR SATURDAY, MARCH 31, 2007

LIGHT-STYLE WINES:

For the past several years, it has been well-recognized by both 'wine experts' and enthusiasts that the level of alcohol and concentration in the average bottle of wine has gone through the roof! And yet, there are still those among us that appreciate a lighter style wine. This week, then, I am happy to suggest a few items that ought to appeal to those individuals that prefer more 'modestly-crafted' wines.

RED WINES

(1) Domaine Nudant
      -Burgundy, France
      -
Bourgogne Haut-Côtes de Nuits
      -Pinot Noir
      -Vintage 2004

      -L.C.B.O. PRICE: $21.15

      -8/10



COMMENT: A fine little wine for those that do not want to pay a fortune for a straightforward, admirable-quality Burgundian Pinot Noir. With light raspberries and red licorice, this wine is non-confrontational and very approachable ... relaxing.

PAIRING SUGGESTION: Cornish game hen --- enjoy!

(2) Louis Jadot
      -Beaujolais-Villages
       ('Combes Aux Jaques')
      -Burgundy, France
      -Gamay (grape varietal)
      -Vintage 2005
      -L.C.B.O. PRICE: $9.05 (half-bottle)
      -8/10



COMMENT: One of the finest Beaujolais wines I have had in a long while, this wine definitely came from some very fine Gamay grapes (2005 seems to have been a great year throughout Burgundy). With 'bouncy red fruit' and balanced acidity, it is very hard to find a better Gamay.

PAIRING SUGGESTION: Seasoned turkey breast --- enjoy!

WHITE WINES

(1) La Chablisienne
      -Chardonnay ('Les Vieilles Vignes')
      -Chablis, Burgundy, France

      -Vintage 2002
      -L.C.B.O. PRICE: $22.95
      -8/10



COMMENT: Always a good seller at the L.C.B.O., this wine has never been a disappointment; quite the contrary, it has always been good value for its price and quality. Boasting lots of green apples and refined mineral content, this wine is probably at its best when consumed in warmer weather, as its overall 'attitude' seems to be noticeably casual.

PAIRING SUGGESTION: Steamed mussels --- enjoy!

(2) Oyster Bay
      -Marlborough, New Zealand
      -Sauvignon Blanc
      -Vintage 2006
      -
L.C.B.O. PRICE: $18.15
      -8/10



COMMENT: Another very popular white wine at the L.C.B.O., and one that  would hardly qualify as rich and full of 'mellow fruit.' Exactly the opposite, this wine is amazingly 'zesty,' with full of 'grassy' fruit. True to New Zealand form, this is not a wine for people that demand heavy oak and buttery flavours; it is light-style and very refreshing.

PAIRING SUGGESTION: Homemade chicken noodle soup (trust me) --- enjoy!

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