680 NEWS wine reviews, October 5–7, 2018

Pelee Island Mousseux de Pomme Apple Wine
The difference between apple cider and apple wine is the alcohol content. Apple wine has some 10% alcohol, twice as much as most ciders. There’s an apple wine currently on LCBO shelves, made by the Pelee Island winery: it’s called Mousseux de Pomme Sparkling Apple wine. Pale straw in colour with a delicate red apple nose, it’s light-bodied with a light fizziness and clean apple and pear flavours with lemony acidity. Easy drinking and refreshing. It’s on a limited time offer at $13.95 until October 14th. Serve it with chicken breast or roast pork. That’s Pelee Island Mousseux de Pomme Sparkling Apple wine from Ontario. For Post City Magazines, I’m Tony Aspler, 680 NEWS. ($13.95, LCBO #556324) (89)

Sandeman Vau Vintage Port 1990
With the cold weather coming, my mind turns to port – the ultimate winter adult beverage. And what a bargain this one is: a half bottle of Sandeman Vau Vintage Port 1999 for $12.95. Deep ruby-purple in colour with a mature rim, it has a spicy, mulberry nose with an earthy note. The flavour of ripe plum, blackcurrant and dark chocolate fill the palate, refreshed by lively acidity. Serve it with blue cheese. That’s Sandeman Vau Vintage Port 1990 from Portugal at Vintages outlets. For Post City Magazines, I’m Tony Aspler, 680 NEWS. ($12.95, Vintages #583013) (90)

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