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Varsity Liquors' Wines of the Month
February 2002

Our Selections for February are slightly eclectic and certainly tasty. We have a Chardonnay without wood and we have two Spanish wines that are atypically Spanish. Any or all would make a nice choice for that special someone for the upcoming holiday.

Canowindra Grossi Unwooded Chardonnay 2000, Cowra Australia
British wine writer Oz Clarke calls Chardonnay from Cowra “a totally recognizable style of its own”, and we happen to agree. Ripe, full, and intensely fruit driven, this example has not spent any time in oak barrels. This allows the fruit to be the focus and not to fall prey to the heavy handed style of Chardonnay so common in Australia and California. Not sharply acidic, it shows pretty aromas of passion fruit and a round character on the palette that makes me want to have this with Grilled Tuna steaks or even Double-thick Pork Chops with a Marsala Mushroom Sauce.

Bodegas Castano Monastrell 2000, Yecla Spain
The region of Yecla is closer to what would be considered orange country than wine country, being around 100km from Valencia on the Spanish Mediterranean. The grape Monastrell is also known as Mourvedre in southern France, and makes up a large part of the wines of Gigondas in the Rhone Valley. This wine seems more French in style than Spanish with its spicy nose and full-bodied flavor making it a very nice winter red.

Joaquin Rebolledo Vina Riva 2000, Bierzo Spain
Cabernet Franc and Spanish wines are rarely if ever spoken of in the same sentence together, but here we have a delicious example of one from northwestern region of Bierzo. Straddling the border between wet Galacia and parched Castile it manages to produce a wine with delicate aromas and a medium body that is all about finesse over power. This red is an exceptional example of a wine for spicy and lively cuisine. Try it sometime with Shish Kabobs and a side of tomato Couscous or a simple Chicken Cacciatore.

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