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By Michael Dresser | July 8, 1998
1997 Principessa Gavia Gavi, Villa Banfi ($12).Gavi, the leading white wine of Italy's Piedmont region, is usually a rather dull, neutral wine. This dry wine is a spectacular exception. It displays excellent freshness, body and flavors of pear, lemon, herbs, minerals and slate. Amazingly, it had the guts to stand up quite nicely to pasta in a tomato sauce. It's good to see a major Italian producer such as Banfi taking white wine seriously. Drink this fresh, lively wine over the next six months.
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January 17, 2012
From: Valle Central, Chile Price: $10 Serve with: Salmon, ham, poultry I'm not a big fan of Chilean chardonnays, most of which seem heavy and clunky, but this one I found very appealing — especially at this price. It combines the standard flavors of New World chardonnay — apple, lemon and vanilla — but does so with admirable balance and harmony. It's not a great dry white wine, but it is a great value. — Michael Dresser
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | November 21, 2012
Even after some 30 years of reviewing wines, there's something new to learn. Falanghina, a white wine varietal I had not encountered before, comes from the slopes of Mount Vesuvius and dates to ancient times. This version is exceptionally complex and elegant, dry almost to the point of being severe. There are hints of nuts, apple, pear and orange zest — along with a delicate hint of pine resin. Among Italian whites, it's a standout. From: Taburno, Campania, Italy Price: $20 Serve with: Salmon, swordfish
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By Michael Dresser | October 20, 2004
2004 Veramonte Sauvignon Blanc, Casablanca Valley ($10). This highly regarded Chilean winery wasted no time getting this white wine to market - a move that pays off in freshness and liveliness. The wine offers vibrant pear, citrus, herb and mineral flavors that would be well-matched with spicy seafood dishes. There's no need to worry about cork taint because it comes with a screw top.
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By [Michael Dresser] | February 13, 2008
2007 Kim Crawford Unoaked Chardonnay From: Marlborough, New Zealand Price: $17 Serve with: Seafood, Asian cuisine Oak-free chardonnay is a white wine that is usually better in concept than execution because winemakers tend to reserve their best chardonnay grapes for fermentation in barrels. This fine producer apparently has gone oak-free with the good stuff. The wine is marvelously complex and fruity, with crisp flavors of pear, apple and citrus fruit, spices and butterscotch. Oak?
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By MICHAEL DRESSER | April 4, 2007
This wine from Southern Italy is a 50-50 blend of two of the region's finest white-wine grapes - varietals that date to Roman times. It's a fresh, dry wine with nuances of nuts, pear, chalk and other minerals. For its price, it offers good complexity. My guess is that it will be at its best between now and Labor Day. Serve with shrimp, white-fleshed fish.
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By MICHAEL DRESSER | October 19, 2005
This stylish, substantial dry white wine - made from a once-obscure but increasingly popular Rhone Valley grape - delivers ample flavor at a reasonable price. There are nuances of peach, melon, herbs and lychee in a wine that faithfully imitates the style of the great wines of Condrieu. This is one of the better California viogniers I've tasted in recent years. grilled salmon or swordfish
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By MICHAEL DRESSER | October 5, 2005
Gruner Veltliner, a little-known variety outside Austria, is one of the world's top-ranked grapes for white wine. This sleeper from north of Vienna is a big bottle of fine wine for a most affordable price. Dry but not severe, it offers hints of sweet pea, minerals and pear - with admirable intensity and no signs of decline at 3 years of age. SERVE WITH // white-fleshed fish, seafood, spicy Asian fare
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