Margaret Swaine’s Wine Picks: Customer favourites from Vintages

These well-priced customer favourites from Vintages have solid appeal. View these and all of Margaret’s Wine Picks at

Prà Soave Classico 2011, $19.95

With good reason this soave is back in Vintages. From old vine, low-yielding garganega grapes, it sets the benchmark for the varietal. Gently floral and fruity on the bouquet, it’s lively on the palate with flavours of fresh soft tree fruits with hints of minerals and almonds in the lingering finish. Medium bodied with a good grip, it’s versatile enough to suit many dishes.

Gladiator Primitivo di Manduria 2010, $16.95

This is the seventh consecutive Vintages release for this Puglia primitivo (a.k.a. zinfandel), and it’s as forward as ever, with sweet, jammy flavours. Velvety smooth, medium-full bodied with a rich texture and a spiced finish, it’s a good wine for cool fall nights. Match with game or meats braised in red wine.

Grant Burge Shiraz 2010, $17.95

Now is the time to buy this Barossa red — price is a dollar off until Nov. 11. Dark purple-edged garnet with a brambleberry pie and vanilla bouquet, it’s medium-full bodied with juicy, sweet berry flavours. Savoury spice notes and a fine acidity liven up the palate. Pair with beef tagine with dried fruits or bobotie, South Africa’s curried meat dish.

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