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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | July 17, 2012
Tired of the same old familiar varietals like tempranillo and sangiovese? For something truly exotic, expand your horizons to include zweigelt, a red variety from Austria. In previous vintages, I wasn't impressed, but Zantho's 2010 is a winner. It's a light, fruity style of red - kind of like a cross between a pinot noir and a Gamay from Beaujolais. This wine offers vibrant black cherry and wild berry flavors with hints of black pepper and earth. Though the wine isn't weighty, the finish is long.
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By Annie Linskey | annie.linskey@baltsun.com | March 18, 2010
The proposal to allow direct shipment of wine in Maryland might have to age for another year, after the Senate voted Wednesday to require the state's comptroller to study how 37 other states have implemented similar measures. "I think it will set us on a course for passage next year," said Sen. Jamie Raskin, after offering the study as an amendment to a related wine-sale bill. The study is supposed to push forward the contentious issue of lifting a Maryland ban on shipping wine to residences via the postal service - an increasingly popular method for small vineyards across the country to market and sell their product.
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By Michael Dresser and Baltimore Sun reporter | February 10, 2010
From: Spain Price: $10 Serve with: Fish and other seafood This intensely fla­vored and dry white wine offers a great deal of complexity for its price bracket. It features flavors of pear, peach, cherry, citr us fr uit and min­erals. It's well worth stocking up on in quantity, but you'll want to drink it before Labor Day. div.talkforum #creditfooter { display: none; } div.talkforum .feedItemAuthor { display: none; } div.talkforum div.feedburnerFeedBlock ul li span.
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By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,SUN STAFF | August 27, 2003
2002 Ca' del Solo Malvasia Bianca, Monterey ($13). One taste of this wondrous, fresh and vibrant white wine from Randall Grahm of Bonny Doon Vineyards will have you wondering why more California wine producers aren't making malvasia. This slightly off-dry wine is simply bursting with flavors - honey, flowers, melon, orange, cherry, gooseberry, herbs and spices. Get past the sheer charm and fun of it and you'll discover it's a very complex, gripping and artfully crafted wine with a terrific finish.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2012
This fruity, aromatic, dry white wine is an imaginative blend of two of my favorite grape varietals: torrontes (85 percent) and riesling (15 percent). It's a fresh, lively wine with hints of kiwi, lime and juniper berries, along with touches of honey and tropical fruit from the riesling. It's not a wine for deep contemplation but for sheer enjoyment over the next few months. From: Calchaqui Valley, Salta, Argentina Price: $11 Serve with: Shellfish, white-fleshed fish
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | May 22, 2012
There's a lot of just-average Italian pinot grigios on the market, including some well-known brands. Only a few stand out, and this is one of them. It's a ripe, full-bodied white wine with intense flavors of nuts, minerals and herbs — including mint and oregano. There's a roundness, length and complexity that takes this wine out of the realm of the ordinary. From: Collio, Italy Price: $16 Serve with: Trout almondine, salads
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2011
This is hardly the greatest sparking wine on the market. But there's a good case to be made that this is the best widely distributed, reasonably dry bubbly in this price range. It's not as dry as most brut Champagnes, nor is it as complex, but it's a well-made, toasty, crackling wine that doesn't insult the palate — as cheap sparklers often do. It competes well with many of its counterparts in the neighborhood of $20. You could call it frugality with some class. From: Columbia Valley, Wash.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | November 30, 2012
This wonderfully made red blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, syrah and other varieties is immensely appealing in a purely sensual way. It's not a wine for contemplation but sheer enjoyment with its medium-full body and lush fruit. It offers a rich variety of flavors including black cherry, raspberry, herbs and winter mulling spices. It gives the impression of sweetness without actually being sweet — a wonderful characteristic in a wine. From: Columbia Valley, Washington Price: $15 Serve with: Hearty stew, red meat
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January 6, 2014
From Rias Baixas, Spain Price: $15 Serve with: Bacalao (salt cod) or other fish This intensely flavorful dry white wine from Galicia in northern Spain delivers a lot of complexity and style for its price. It offers flavors of lemon, herbs, apples, minerals, smoke and pine. It's made entirely in stainless steel so there's no oak influence. What you get is pure fruit and a medium-bodied wine of impressive length. Thankfully, it's available in generous quantities. -- Michael Dresser
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