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September 11, 2014

As autumn's crisp temperatures start making it cool enough to turn the oven on again, these two outstanding food-friendly wines-a savoury Venetian white, and a sumptuous dry red from the Port region-will entice you back into the kitchen after a gorgeous summer of outdoor cooking.



Pieropan Soave Classico 2012



Italy +18804

This displays aromas of almond blossom, honey, thyme, and stone. In the mouth, savoury, nutty flavours are amplified by steely, lemony acidity, and balanced by creamy, lees-like weight. Fresh and inviting, it ends with a mineral force that comes from volcanic soils. Risotto- fragrant with Parmigiano Reggiano and a drizzle of truffle oil-is a perfect pairing.















Portugal +499764

Cultivated since Roman times, Portugal's Douro Valley is a profoundly beautiful wine region. Famous for port, there are also magnificent dry table wines produced in this rugged and ancient terroir. Top-quality grapes grown on steep schist terraces contribute muscular fruit and sturdy tannins to this fragrant, polished red. Complex, persistent, and unoaked to display dark, plummy fruit purity and stony power, it deserves a flavourful braised pork shoulder-and a very large glass for vigorous swirling. Truly stunning value at $20.









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