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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | March 5, 2011
This dry white wine displays full flavors and a creamy texture in a way that finds a middle ground between the style of Alsace and Italian wines from the same varietal. It offers generous flavors of pear, apples, honey and Asian spices. It has much of the appeal of a good chardonnay but without the overwhelming influence of oak. It's all about the fruit. Wine Find: 2009 Carmel Road Pinot Gris From: Monterey, Calif. Price: $18 Serve with: Salmon, swordfish
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | May 16, 2011
From: Mendoza, Argentina Price: $13 Serve with: Caviar, salmon, hors d'oeuvres For the second straight week, Wine Find shines a spotlight on the amazing wines of Argentina's Santa Julia, one of the best winery's for quality and value this writer has run across. This nonvintage pink sparkling wine made from pinot noir grapes is simply the best brut rose I've ever tasted in its price class. It's crisp, well-rounded, penetrating and crackling with wonderful flavors of strawberry and cherry – along with a hint of anise.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | February 7, 2011
I picked up this dry white wine from the little-known macabeo grape at a local store on the strength of the reputation of its importer, Kysela Pere & Fils. I wasn't disappointed. It's a spectacular value — rich, minerally and gripping. Its complex flavors of pine, lime and tropical fruit go far beyond my expectations in a 10-buck wine. Supplies of the 2009 may be low, but the 2010 is expected soon. I'll be in line for a case of it. --Michael Dresser Wine Find: 2009 Yasa Old Vines Macabeo From: Calatayud, Spain Price: $10 Serve with: Broiled scallops; oysters
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February 20, 2012
From: Vin de Pays des Cotes Catalanes, France Price: $16 Serve with: Seafood This dry white wine from the south of France has a style all its own. It's an imaginative blend of Muscat of Alexandria and viognier, two very floral and fruity grapes, but the blend is admirably restrained, rather than over the top. There is a hint of a wine that wanted to be sweet, but has been disciplined into dryness. It offers a wonderful palette of pear, peach, apricot, almond and herb flavors.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | February 15, 2013
This is a dry white wine made from the same grape that produces the luscious Hungarian dessert wines known as Tokay. It shows the power and complexity of the grape do not depend on its sugar content. It's lush, full-bodied, herbal and a bit exotic - with a distinct touch of pine that I happen to like (maybe not for everyone). At almost four years old it shows no sign of fading. This is an excellent choice when you want the weight of a chardonnay but a different flavor. From: Hungary Price: $12 Serve with: Oyster stew, salmon
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December 23, 2013
From: Napa Valley, Calif. Price: $22 Serve with: Caviar, hors d'ouvres, shellfish This California sparkling wine comes so close to the elegance and character of a fine brut Champagne that it's questionable whether it's worth paying a premium for the French version. It's a full-bodied style with fine penetration and persistence. It offers yeasty, toasty flavors reminiscent of Champagne, with perhaps just a touch more fruit flavor coming through. Mumm Napa has long been one of the better spinoffs of a Champagne brand, and it hasn't lost its edge.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | April 5, 2011
There are many California chardonnays whose producers fancy that they've made a wine worth $30. Most are dead wrong. Many are hardly drinkable. But this rich white wine from Matanzas Creek is the real deal — a perfect balance of fruit and oak that almost restores my faith in this category. The flavors are no surprise — apple, pear, vanilla, lemon, toast — but they come with layer upon layer of complexity. Yes, this may be a bit of a splurge, but it would hold its own with wines twice its price.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | June 2, 2010
Gruner veltliner is still one of the world's more obscure white wine grapes, though the Austrian variety is winning more acceptance each year. It deserves the affection oenophiles have been lavishing on it because it produces wines of outstanding charm and considerable complexity. This is one of the more popular-oriented labels, obviously adapted for the American market and our fear of mispronouncing anything. It's a lively, fresh, dry wine with goos structure and a mix of lime, tropical fruit, mineral and herb flavors.
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March 20, 2013
From: Spain Price: $10 Serve with: Grilled fish, in bisques, aperitif Manzanilla is a form of dry sherry that I became quite fond of while traveling in southern Spain, where it hails from. It's similar to a fino sherry but has a little more nutty edge and a hint of sea spray. The Don Benigno is the least-expensive version I've encountered in Maryland, and its quality is comparable to its more expensive rivals. It's a lightly fortified wine, which makes it stronger than most whites, and there's a subtle hint of oxidation - a plus in this case.
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