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August 1, 2013

Tantalus Riesling, 2012

056Sharply acidic and predominantly lemon with a nuanced candy floss teaser on the finish.  A most pleasant Okanagan Riesling and a lovely expression of the breadth of this varietal.  Yet more proof that “gentle” whites excel where the vineyards are awash in hefty reds.  In the heat of summer, with a salade nicoise or fish or light fare this is a perfect pairing.  There is a reserve at $10 more, even harder to source.


Oh, and great label.


Price: $27.99 at Legacy, $24.90 at Marquis, $23 at the vineyard.


Market Liquidity: Hard to find but worth finding.

August 1, 2013

M Chapoutier “Beaurevoir” Tavel Rosé, 2012

photo 1Summer.  Fresh fruit, new vegetables, BBQ.  Flowers in bloom.  It feels so good and you’re in such a good mood that every year (every year) when the sales clerk sells you on a sensational bottle of rosé you take the bait.  And every year it’s the same old same old; whites and reds are better.  I’ve had rosé on five continents and all I can say is, “Myeh…”

This wine does not reserve a review but, in all fairness, $30 is a princely sum for mediocrity.

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Price: $29.99 at Everything Wine and, actually, more expensive at other private stores.

Market Liquidity: Like a zillion summer movies; here one week, gone the next.

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Luscious summer pudding: Raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, compressed 48 hours in angel food cake.