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April 15, 2014
From: California Price: $16 Serve with: Thai cuisine, fried chicken This is a wonderfully spring-like wine — dry but also very fresh, fruity and lively. There are hints of pears, apples, tropical fruit and citrus. It would match up well with spicy foods but also is perfect for outdoor drinking on an April or May spring day. Unlike some of the more hard-to-find wines praised here, this one is in wide distribution. -- Michael Dresser , The Baltimore Sun
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February 14, 2012
From: Rioja, Spain Price: $13 Serve with: Grilled red meat This smooth, young red wine made entirely from tempranillo offers vibrant black cherry and vanilla flavors, a touch of herbs and enough lush fruit to give the impression — but not the reality — of sweetness. Rioja is still a fine source of affordable wines, and importer Kysela Pere & Fils is doing a great job uncovering Spain's hidden gems. — Michael Dresser
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January 10, 2012
From: Gran Altura, Valle Calchaqui, Salta, Argentina Price: $15 Serve with: Shellfish, or by itself This fresh, youthful white wine is dry but very fruity for a torrontes, a varietal in which mineral flavors often prevail. Savvy wine drinkers have realized by now that torrontes is a very appealing varietal, and clearly Argentina's best white grape. This version offers intense, electric flavors of lime, grapefruit, orange and tropical fruit — with bracing acidity and a long, clean finish.
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By Michael Dresser and Baltimore Sun reporter | December 23, 2009
From: Alsace, France Price: $24 Serve with: Roast turkey, ham, pork, pate Looking for a robust, dry white wine to serve with the Christmas turkey or New Year's Day pork? Here's a full-bodied, spicy, intense wine from one of Alsace's most reliable large producers. (Hugel wines are in broad distribution.) It offers flavors of mulling spices, lemon, tropical fruit, peach and pear. This wine could come as a jolt to folks who are used to the sweeter style of most American gewurztraminers, but Hugel's is a wine in the classic tradition.
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May 19, 2010
This robust young red wine from Argentina offers excellent quality for the price, and it's produced in quantities that should assure wide distribution. It offers juicy flavors of blackberry and blueberry, and a rounded, smooth texture. It's not enormously complex, but it has a friendly approachability that would make it perfect for an evening barbecue. — Michael Dresser 2009 Alamos Malbec From: Mendoza, Argentina Price: $13 Serve with: Grilled meat, pasta
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