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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 | August 10, 2010
Torres has gone back and forth on whether to market this wine as semi-sweet or dry, but with this vintage seems to have settled on dry. It's a good choice, as this blend of 85 percent Gewürztraminer and 15 percent muscatel strikes a terrific balance of exuberant fruit and food-friendly zip. It's an aromatic wine with nuances of lime, pear, tropical fruit, mineral and Asian spices. But with all that flavor, it still retains some elegance and restraint and doesn't go over the top. It displays excellent grip and intensity, but don't push it by holding on too long.
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June 13, 2011
From: Bolgheri, Italy Price: $25 Serve with: Sole, rockfish, curry Yes, this dry white wine from Antinori is pricey, but it more than holds its own with many California chardonnays that cost much more. The vermentino grape may not be well known, but it's one of Italy's finest, and this is a particularly complex and sophisticated version. It offers an appealing interplay of peach and apricot fruit, minerals and fresh herbs such as basil and thyme. While it's a subtle wine, there's also an intensity and penetration that can stand up to strong flavors such as Indian cuisine.
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