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TOP WHITE OF 2003 - Toronto Star Pick


Craig Camp
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I'm with you, bud. Although I assume that's $65 Canadian, which now would be about $50 US. Still, a wine would have to be pretty special for me to plop down even $50 retail. I've done it occasionally, but not much. I guess that most of the time I'd rather buy five good $10 bottles, three very good $17 bottles, or two really good $25 ones.

From what I recall (fresco, please correct me if I'm wrong), the Star is more of an everyman's tabloid-style paper, as opposed to the more serious Globe and Mail; kind of like the Chicago Sun-Times as compared to the Tribune. I wonder, therefore, if this was an "everyman's" kind of top white wine -- big and oaky. Any tasters out there?

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The Star is a broadsheet, but has the largest circulation (500,000 plus) of any newspaper in Canada. So, yeah, it has to cover the waterfront. It is closer to the Tribune than the Sun-Times, but I've never thought the Tribune was much of a paper, either. Still, $C65 for that particular wine sounds like an odd call.

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As a Toronto Star subscriber, and one who has chatted with Gordon Stimell a few times, I must say that his weekly wine selections are absurd, as are these "Wines of the Year" that he chose. Basically, just disregard what he writes. The column was much better a year and change ago when Tony Aspler was still writing it.

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