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Bill Daley - Food and Wine Critic, Chicago Tribune


2006 Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf-du-Pape Telegramme - $43

Telegramme is the second-label of the Rhone’s Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe. The wine proves that big and assertive doesn’t automatically mean brash or brassy. The wine filled the glass with color, the nose with aroma and the palate with flavor. It’s elegantly balanced, with fruit countered by a refreshing acidity and a dose of black pepper. Long slow finish; aromatic incense-like nose invites slow savoring.

2008 Charles Smith Kung Fu Girl Riesling - $12

A vibrant riesling from Washington’s Columbia Valley with notes of watermelon and lime, a sweet-tart nose and lots of mouthwatering acidity. It’s a seriously good wine from Charles Smith of K Vintners but it’s marketed in a lively fun way. The front label sports an arty white and black drawing of a robe-clad woman with arms outstretched in a martial arts pose. The back label sports a pair of chopsticks and a rice bowl, clearly pointing the wine toward an Asian food pairing (which will be needed after all that turkey).

Bill DaleyFood and Wine Critic, Chicago Tribune