(1) Adegas d'Altamira
-Rias Biaxas, Spain
-L.C.B.O. PRICE: $19.95
-L.C.B.O. # 39875
(available at many L.C.B.O. outlets)
COMMENT: Thougn perhaps not widely known, Albariño
is one of Spain's most important white grape varietals, and increasing
numbers of Spanish winemakers are well-aware that this grape is capable
of producing some very fine white table wines. For its part, this
particular wine is quite mellow, overall, with lovely fruit and end
notes. As the world becomes more and more tired of the same old white
grape varietals, higher-quality white wines such as those made from Albariño will probably become increasingly popular, especially in North America.
PAIRING SUGGESTION: Pea soup with a little bit of ham --- enjoy!
(2) Vinhos Sogrape
-'Quinta de Azevedo'
-Vinho Verde, Portugal
-L.C.B.O. PRICE: $11.95
(only a few bottles left within
the L.C.B.O. system)
-L.C.B.O. # 727115
in March 2007, this wine was well-received by the 'L.C.B.O. audience,'
myself included. Carrying a tiny natural fizz, with just a few apricots
for flavour (among other fruit), I found this wine extremely refreshing
(and very well-priced). In general, I would argue the L.C.B.O. could
use a few more higher-quality whites from Portugal --- the potential
for greatness is most certainly there.
PAIRING SUGGESTION: Light cheese and fine crackers --- enjoy!