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Off-Dry Wine Whine Featuring Lingenfelder

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I never miss the opportunity to buy a few bottles of Lingenfelder Bird Label Riesling when it comes into Vintages (twice a year, I think).

I just don’t know how you could get a better off-dry riesling for $13.95. Which brings me to my whine. It seems every time I mention that I like riesling someone says “Oh, I can’t drink sweet wine”. Being an ABC (Anything but Chardonnay) wine drinker, I really shouldn’t judge. I should just accept. But, I can’t help wondering if they’ve only ever had Blue Nun or Black Tower and think all riesling is sickly sweet. See, I’m willing to admit that I can appreciate a really good chardonnay. But most really good chardonnay is about $50 a bottle. So the option is usually cheap chardonnay, and I may as well lick the side of an oak barrel. But you can get a really good riesling for $18 a bottle and not resort to Blue Nun. A couple of times a year, you can buy this good riesling for only $13.95.

ANYWAY, the 2010 Lingenfelder Bird Label Riesling pleases me, as has every year before it. Vintages says “this off-dry wine features lovely aromas of peach, nectarine, and citrus”….sounds about right. I always get a bit of honey, too. It has a lovely label to boot, which would make it a great gift wine if everyone didn’t hate off-dry wine. Harumph.

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More pink

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Apparently I thought I’d keep the Famille Perrin in business this month. Also described as “extra dry”, this has more flavour and body than the Ventoux, so we’re better friends. Not on the LCBO site, which makes me wonder if this is a gift wine, and perhaps does NOT fit my personal mandate of dirt cheap gulpers.

Famille Perrin Cotes du Rhone Réserve Rosé – app. $15.95?

First post! It’s pink.

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But it looks red, in the glass (despite the fact that it seems pretty pale in the bottle). And it tastes mostly white, to me — like a REALLY tangy white. I’d almost go as far as to say “sour” but with food, it’s fine. It’s just not the patio sipping rosé I usually crave, nor is it the refreshing light drink of a Cotes du Provence, which comes out around the same time (I thiiiiiiink?). I feel like you could serve this to someone dubious about rosé and it would come across as classier than whatever it is people who are dubious about rosé are dubious about? The price is right, anyway.

Just noticed this is described as “extra dry” on the LCBO site, so that’s what I get for blindly buying whatever’s cheap and has a pretty label. 🙂

La Vieille Fermé Cotes du Ventoux Rosé, $10.95.