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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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By Michael Dresser | July 15, 1998
1997 Georges Duboeuf Viognier, Vin de Pays de l'Ardeche ($8).Georges Duboeuf, the Beaujolais producer extraordinaire, continues his successful foray into the south of France with this delicious dry white wine. Viognier is the classic white-wine grape of the northern Rhone, and this wine does a convincing imitation of a $35 Condrieu at a bargain price. It displays the typical viognier flavors of peach, spices, melon, orange and nuts. Like all viogniers, it should be consumed young - preferably before the end of this year.
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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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December 30, 1993
MILDRED and Ed Atkinson, married in November 1935 and living in an apartment, decided to have 15 or so friends over. It went well, that party on Christmas Eve, so they had another in 1936.And here it is 1993, and last week the annual Atkinson eggnog-plus pulled 'em in again, from many distances and directions but full of the same seasonal cheer. Is there, anywhere in Baltimore, a private party that has been going on longer?Mrs. Atkinson, celebrated also in her time as a housing-law guardian for C.P.H.
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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 | June 28, 2006
If you're very sophisticated and demand only complex, dry wines, see you next week. This white wine is definitely on the sweet side, and you don't need a cryptologist to decode the message that this wine is all about the fruit (and a great price). It's pure riesling - with loads of citrus, peach, melon, tropical fruit, honey and all those decadent flavors. It's not so sweet it can't be served with the right foods, but it has enough residual sugar that it might appeal to some young people making the transition from shooters and soda pop. Serve with Thai green papaya salad, satay or roast turkey.
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February 2, 2012
From: Vinos de Madrid, Spain Price: $12 Serve with: Grilled seafood, Asian cuisine Even after more than 25 years of reviewing wines, there are new discoveries to be made. Malvar is a little-known white wine grape indigenous to Spain. This example is quite distinctive, with a piercing but refreshing acidity balanced by generous flavors for orange, grapefruit, lime and spices. With no oak influence, it's a real wake-up call for a tired palate and an excellent value in a dry white.
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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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