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By Michael Dresser | November 29, 2006
This Italian white wine in the unusually shaped bottle delivers a lot more flavor than your typical, watered-down pinot grigio. It's a full-bodied, ripe and smooth wine with hints of almonds, hazelnuts, lemons and apples. It has the kind of layered, creamy complexity you would expect in a more expensive white wine from Alsace or Burgundy, France. Serve with salmon.
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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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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 | April 19, 2006
Gruner veltliner is a little-known (outside Austria) but very fine white-wine variety, and this example is an excellent version at a reasonable price. It's a dry but fruity wine with penetrating flavors of lime, apple, sweet pea, fresh asparagus and minerals. Its aroma is very fresh and reminiscent of wet stone. Its finish is long and satisfying. Serve with white-fleshed fish, Southeast Asian cuisine.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | November 2, 2012
Argentine torrontes is one of the great white wine values in the world today, and this is a splendid example at an attractive price. It's the tiniest bit off fully dry, and it offers clean, fresh flavors of citrus peel, lime, pear and minerals. There's just enough sugar to give it a rounded feel, not enough to make it sweet. And the bottle comes with a lesson in Argentine history. Viva la Revolucion! From: Mendoza, Argentine Price: $12 Serve with: Light-fleshed fish, shellfish
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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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