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WINES of the TIMES; Tips for the wannabe wine buff.

Les Marionnettes 1997 Marsanne Vin de Pays D'Oc, POUNDS 4.49, Somerfield

IT'S a full gold colour and has a strong apricot smell. It's soft and smooth in the mouth with a honeyed trace. In all, it's a full-flavoured, big, textured wine. Very well presented, showing what this Southern Rhone grape can achieve.

RATING: 9/10

Redwood Trail Pinot Noir California 1997, POUNDS 5.49, Co-op

LIGHT red in colour with a certain mahogany shade. It smells of strawberry jam and cooked fruits. Taste-wise it's soft and fruity and has an acidic lift starting at the roof of the mouth before working all the way round. Finishes well.

RATING: 8/10

Trincadeira Preta 1997 Bright Brothers Portugal, POUNDS 4.99, Somerfield

A DARK garnet red colour with smells of jammy dodgers and ripe black berries. It has a slightly metallic taste with some fruit character showing through. However, this is a kind of nervous and edgy little wine.

RATING: 5/10

The Unpronounceable Grape, Cserszegi Fuszeres, Hungary, POUNDS 3.49, Victoria Wine

A PALE straw-yellow colour with a spicy, almost bitter lemon aroma. Taste-wise, there's sour lemons and acidity. This wine finishes dry and rough. There's no point trying to learn the name - it's an instantly forgettable wine.

RATING: 4/10

NOW'S the time to seek out your favourite tipple to ensure that the festive season goes with a swing.

As food takes on a richer, spicier feel, so too should the wines and spirits served along with it, to balance out the richness.

Fortified wines like Tawny port are silky, nutty and warming and are ideal for rounding off that festive feast.

There are also rich styles of sherry available, like Olorosso and Amontillado, which work extremely well.

Try some Malmsey and Bual Madeiras for something a little different Or on the wine front, what about a big Shiraz, a bottle of spicy Rhone, an oaky Chardonnay or Voignier white?

These wines and spirits go hand in hand with the Christmas smells of pine resin, cinnamon, ginger and cloves.
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Author:Walker, Johnny
Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Dec 6, 1998
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