680 NEWS wine reviews, July 6–8, 2018

Cave Spring Estate Chardonnay 2016
Ontario makes some crackerjack Chardonnays. Just released at Vintages is Cave Spring Estate Chardonnay 2016. Made in Burgundian style, but unmistakably Niagara, this flavourful Chardonnay is straw-coloured with a green tint. The nose is apple with oak spice and touch of the forest floor. Medium-bodied and dry, you experience flavours of apple and pineapple with well-integrated oak and balancing acidity. It costs $18.95 at Vintages outlets. Serve it with grilled seafood or pork chops. That’s Cave Spring Estate Chardonnay 2016 from Ontario. For Post City Magazines, I’m Tony Aspler, 680 NEWS. ($18.95, Vintages #256552)

Montemisio Offida Pecorino 2016
The trending white wine in Italy these days is Pecorino (which is also the name of a cheese) and there’s a delicious example of Pecorino wine just released in Vintages outlets – Montemisio Offida Pecorino 2016 from the Marche region. Pale straw in colour, it has a spicy bouquet of peach with oak notes; medium-bodied with a smoky, floral, peach flavour, it finishes on a delightful note of lilacs. It costs $17.95 and works well as an aperitif wine or with grilled fish. That’s Montemisio Offida Pecorino 2016 in Vintages’ Italian section. For Post City Magazines, I’m Tony Aspler, 680 NEWS. ($17.95, Vintages #542811)

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