Tony As­pler

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Richmond Hill Post - - News - By Tony As­pler

What’s a good wine to in­tro­duce novice wine drinkers to? I’m think­ing back to the first wine I ever en­joyed (it was, I con­fess, be­fore I was legally al­lowed to in­dulge), but I wouldn’t be or­der­ing it to­day. It was Ma­teus Rosé, that soft, fruity, off-dry, slightly ef­fer­ves­cent rosé from Por­tu­gal. Its LCBO num­ber is 166, which shows how long it’s been around (most wines have six dig­its).

I’ve asked this ques­tion of many, and the wines cited most of­ten are Ma­teus Rosé, Baby Duck and Manis­che­witz. They are all very dif­fer­ent in style, and Manis­che­witz has a nos­tal­gic, cul­tural aura since it’s the most pop­u­lar Seder wine, and even the most ded­i­cated dry Jewish wine drinker will suf­fer through it at the Passover ta­ble for nos­tal­gic rea­sons.

But what they have in com­mon is “drink­a­bil­ity” due to their resid­ual sweet­ness and lack of rough edges. Most wine new­com­ers have to make that tran­si­tion from pop drinks to bev­er­age al­co­hol, so what eas­ier route than tast­ing some­thing that is sweet­ish, fizzy and chill­able? The first of this month’s rec­om­men­da­tions is a good tran­si­tion wine for the unini­ti­ated.

TONY AS­PLER Post City Mag­a­zines’ wine colum­nist, Tony As­pler, has writ­ten 14 books on wine and food. Tony also cre­ated the On­tario Wine Awards and has been in­ducted into the New York Me­dia Wine Writ­ers’ Hall of Fame.

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