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Icewine Alternatives to knock your socks off

Bored with icewine?  Me too.  I recommend Sauternes and Austrian sweet wines from Neusiedlersee region. Complex, interesting, aristocratic.

Chateau la Tour Blanche is a great Sauternes to try.  Historic, aristocratic: http://www.tour-blanche.com/uk/

Andert Josef of Austria is my pick for the best Neusiedlersee sweet wines.  He produces Beerenauslese and Trockenbeerenauslese.  Carriage Trade agency carries both… http://www.carriagetradewines.com/

WB

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Collazzi Toscana 2005 ($28 US) RATING: 96.

One of the world’s great wines. Recently tasted this one with a couple of the gals in my life. A dark and significant wine with notes of oregano, green tea, green bell pepper and vanilla. Ongoing layers reveal baking spices, cinnamon, brioche-like flavours of custardy bread, and dark bitter chocolate. A very big wine, stunningly integrated and complex with good acidity. A long, seamless and balanced finish. Masculine nose, feminine finish. Overall, the gals felt that this was “Clark Gable in a glass.” Not in Ontario. We enjoyed it in New York.

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Viewpointe Auxerrois 2006 VQA

A sibling of chardonnay, this white wine offers very interesting alternatives in flavour. Medium gold with a spicy, grapefruit nose with a hint of creaminess. Flavours of grapefruit rind, honeycombe and a whisper of vanilla. Very easy to enjoy. Balanced. Reminds me a bit of a well-crafted Grüner Veltliner. Long finish. This is a COOL wine and highly suitable for sharing with your Valentine. Wine Baron.