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Wines of the Week for February 8, 2016
Catalunya D.O., Spain
This attractive, full-bodied Spanish red wine is made from the Garnacha grape which is known as Grenache in France. It's the second-most popular red grape planted in Spain, after Tempranillo. Lots of luscious layers of dark fruit, smoke and anise here. Pair with true love and rare steak.
Best Beef Wine
Maipo Valley, Chile
Lusciously rich and velvet-textured with fleshy sweetly ripe black plums in this classic Chilean red wine. The wine is matured in both American and French barrels for 8 months. Mocha-chocolate finish. Pair with grilled chicken.
Plush Pork Wine
Delle Venezie, Veneto I.G.T., Italy
Clean and crisp with white melon and lime notes. Great aperitif. Pair it with Dover sole or fresh oysters.
Sensational Shellfish Wine
Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada
Crisp and mouth-watering with melon notes that soften the acidity with some balancing sweetness. Perfect for seafood and mild curries. Highly recommended.
Spectacular Spicy Wine
Languedoc, Midi A.P., France
This lovely southern French rosé is a blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah grapes. It's elegant, yet full-bodied for rosé and very satisfying. Freshness is everything in this wine. Grenache is ideal for rosé because it matures easily and quickly, has vibrant aromatics, yet keeps its zesty acidity for food. This grape has a short vegetative cycle and yields enough for production while keeping the fresh character. The bottle for this rosé was created in a competition for students at design schools in Paris. There is actually a rose shape and cut to the glass on bottom, as well as an elegant glass stopper on the top. pair with planked salmon or seared tuna.
Splendid Salad Wine