Wine All The Time

By G.M. “Pooch” Pucilowski

There are many great wines out there just waiting to be tasted. Some days I have to sit myself down, grab a corkscrew and dump bucket, and get to work. Here’s a look at a few I recently sampled.

Hogue 2003 Gewrztraminer ( Columbia Valley). Light yellow with a very slight pink tinge, this wine has a spicy flower nose that is typically Gewrz. With a beautiful balance of sweetness and acidity, this is a must-taste wine. $9

Barton & Guestier 2001 Pouilly-Fuisse ( Burgundy, France). What a wonderful wine: Golden in color, it sports a fresh citrus/grapefruit taste with a touch of butter and plenty of acid to balance the flavors. This wine is made from 100 percent Chardonnay. If you’re a Chardonnay drinker, try this wine to see how the French do it. $8.99 R.H. Phillips 2003 Chardonnay ( California). This wine has a light apple/peach aroma; the taste is a blend of citrus and soft, ripe fruit. $9

R.H. Phillips 2002 Shiraz ( California). Easy to drink, this Shiraz has a remarkable jammy, berry nose that continues through the taste with lots of fruit and soft tannins. (Phillips has committed to using an elegant screw-cap closure, rather than cork, on 300,000 cases of its premium wines. I think it’s a winner.) $9

Dunnewood Vineyards 2002 Signature Pinot Noir ( Mendocino County). This is a fairly clean wine, light reddish in color with slight browning and a soft cherry nose, medium tannins and a creamy finish. $13

Alice White 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon ( Southeastern Australia). This Aussie wine has a nice bit of berry in the nose and a fair amount of tannins that drink very easily. $6.99