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Today's Wine Tasting Note

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Abadia Retuerta Abadia Retuerta 1997 Rívola Sardon de Duero Vino de Mesa de Castilla y León ($9.99)
Very dark reddish-purple. Ripe berries and spicy oak aromas. Juicy fruit flavor, tart and a little "green," full but short. Adds a whiff of fragrant black pepper as it opens in the glass. Decent value, good at the table, but not as impressive as the 1996 edition, which made my list of top value wines of the year. U.S. importer: Cutting Edge Selections, Cincinnati. (Aug. 15, 1998)

FOOD MATCH: Good match with chicken breasts sauteed in onions and peppers and topped with a slice of melted Gruyere and fresh garden tomato.

Pedro Ximenez Alvear Solera Abuelo Diego 27 non-vintage Pedro Ximenez Montilla Morilez ($14.99)
Clear, dark burnt-umber color. Big aromas, stone fruit and citrus, lead into a sweet, almost syrupy flavor of brown sugar and caramel. Light on the acid side, this is definitely a dessert wine. U.S. importer: Cutting Edge Selections, Cincinnati. (Aug. 14, 1998)

FOOD MATCH: Not served with food, but it would probably work well poured over a dish of vanilla ice cream. I am not kidding about this.

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