Even More Whites you should get to know!

It’s time for the third white wine evening with still more whites you may not have discovered before. How many more could there be? you ask?

I know it’s unthinkable that there are still more to explore!
But it’s true!
I found and purchased the only bottles of the new Italian ‘trending’ Arneis from Roero, Northern Italy; as well as a Columbia Valley Washington Semillon; a South African Chenin Blanc; a Santorini Assyrtiko from Greece; a Chablis and a white Bordeaux that you may not have tried (or at the very least, tried together!)

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Arneis, Malvira Arneis -Roero Piedmonte,  Italy

“ARH-NEYZ”,Malvira Roero, Piedmonte Italy

LCBO Vintages #  418814        $17.95  12.5% alc    3 G/L

Light to medium-bodied, silky texture, moderate acidity. Usually un-oaked, Floral and vibrant with minerality

Weighty fruit and crisp acidity

Pear, apricot and flowers

  • North West Italy, on the French border, home of massively tannic reds Barolo and Barbaresco
  • The best Arneis are in Roero and Langhe Appellations, as well as Liguria (home to pesto pastas) and Sardinia.
  • Pairs well with white sauce pasta, med-weight fish, veal roasts and as an aperitif/digestif
  • Initially planted as pest control, as a bird decoy to protect the expensive and valuable reds.

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Chablis

Alain Geoffroy Beauroy Chablis 1er Cru,  Burgundy, France

LCBO Vintages #733501  $29.95   13% alc  2G/L

Pale gold with green highlights

Clean and crisp

Yellow plum, pear, citrus and flowers

Great finesse and elegance

  • Near the village of Poinchy, south-facing, 30-40 year old vines
  • Soil is Kimmeridgien clay limestone marl
  • Alcoholic and malolactic fermentations in vats
  • Pairs well with soft/goat/blue cheeses, seafood/shellfish, poultry, oysters, grilled white fish, pasta with pesto, mussels with lemon herb

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Assyrtiko – Boutari Santorini Greece

“A SEER TEE KO”

LCBO Vintages #47985  $18.95   13.5 alc   3 G/L

Mineral and citrusy character; green apple and pear, green olive and salinity

  • Vineyards of Santorini are the oldest in Greece (300 years old)
  • Vines not grafted on American rootstock because Phylloxera (vine louse) has never attacked the island
  • Defunct volcanic Caldera loam soil, dry soil. Caldera is a large rectangular lagoon measuring 12 x 7 kms
  • Bush vines are wrapped like woven baskets. Coils hug the ground, over decades nutrients travel far and eventually the vine is cut back to the trunk and training starts all over again. The roots on many vines may be centuries old
  • Pair with seafood, poultry white meat and fish

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Semillon L’Ecole No. 41, Columbia Valley, Washington US

LCBO Vintages #982157 $24.95  13-14.5%alc    2 G/L

Vibrant fruit, balance acidity. Orange blossom, jasmine, honeyed aromas.

Layers of lemon custard, grapefruit, tangy tangerine peel, fresh apricot and starfruit.

Creamy fig note on the finish ?not so much with this one, it’s very very heavy on the oak flavours

When young: melon and pear; reveals honey and nuts as they develop.

  • Rain shadow of Cascade mountain range, vast array of meso-climates; consistent sunny conditions assure great typicity, ripeness and purity of expression
  • 2013 was one of the warmest vintages; with cool nights produces crisp acidity
  • The heat continued in July and kept berry size smaller, thicker skinned, denser structure, highly coloured and flavourful. Harvest started in early September on warmer sites and a dramatic change in the weather mid-September shifted to cool but dry though the rest of the harvest. Slowing down brix and providing ideal hang time for structure and flavour development
  • Barrel fermented 50% wine aged sur Lie for several months
  • Creamy fig notes gives opportunity for interesting food pairing options: meat/fruit combos, Moroccan

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White Bordeaux Blend

Chateau Marinon Blanc; Entre-deux-mers Bordeaux France

LCBO Vintage # 421230   $14.95               13% alc      4 G/L

Zesty, herbal, medium weight; Grassy-citrus, white flower, white pepper, citrus fruits, lime curd, lemon zest, and fresh grass

  • Entre-deux-Mers ( translated means between two tides; thought to originate from Maree= tides not Mers= sea); Between the Garonne and Dordogne (tidal) rivers
  • Entre-deux-Mer has one of the longest histories as a wine producing area in France; dates back 2,000 years. First planted grape vines by ancient Romans
  • Largest Bordeaux wine producing Appellation @ 10,000 hectares, with 250 growers.
  • Only whites from Appellation are labelled Entre-deux-Mers; Nine different AOC in this Bordeaux appellation; .Best reds sold as Bordeaux Superior wine
  • Ageing in oak barrels, stirred Lees, Lees left at the bottom of barrel builds texture, creamy aromas and flavours
  • Not an obvious wine, nothing like a Sancerre nor the pungency of New Zealand

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Chenin Blanc; Mulderbosch; Western Cape, South Africa

LCBO Vintage #675421    $14.95   13.5% alc     4G/L

Golden tinged pale straw with green hue

Aromas of wet river stones, white flower, tangy tropical fruit: ripe mango and pineapple fruit, frangipani (Hawaiian Lei flowers)

Invigorating and fresh, lots of oak and chalkiness; kelpy minerality

  • The Capes signature variety with the largest planting in the world.
  • Cultivating since 1600’s
  • Dry farmed bush vines with 40% trellised
  • Ripeness levels varied
  • Ferment in barriques
  • 5% new French oak, 5%2nd/3rd fill French oak, 90% stainless steel tanks for 8 months, rests on lees for 8 months before blending

Sitting round after the tasting …

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