Wines to avoid include oaky
Chardonnays and highly tannic Cabernet Sauvignons.
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?
So here's my first exclusive: A cheap cigar from Sumatra and a big, oaky
, buttery California Chardonnay.
Of the ale, Jackson says, "rich and full, but with its sweetness balanced by oaky
dryness." According to Merchant Du Vin president Charles Finkle, the ale should be available by mid-summer.
The Co-Operative has the smooth oaky
red Marques de Valido Rioja Reserva, the frisky La Grange St.
There are five other opens on the card with Cahill expected to round off the year which saw him crowned champion trainer for the first time by scoring with the likes of Cavansheath Oaky
(8.02) and Carden Bert (8.51), but the best bet of the night may come in the final open-race of 2010 with Pete Ruddick's Sapphirine looking overpriced for the 9.24 over 695m - she has run some good races here in arguably slighter tougher company and this contest could be run to suit.
Ignore the concocted name (Meritage is Californian speak for a blend of Bordeaux grapes) and uncover a spicy but sensuous fruit burst that develops into a long, oaky
and velvet finish.
If you fancy raising a glass, try The Glenlivet 15-year-old French Oak Reserve 1983, with a mellow, spicy finish, or The Glenlivet 18-year-old whisky may be more to your taste - it's smooth and velvety with a lasting, oaky
and gingery finish.
But new barrels are expensive, and canny winemakers have learned that an oaky
flavour can be obtained by popping a load of loose staves, or even oak chips into a wine stored in a huge stainless-steel vat.
It's quite mature and the strawberry and cherry fruit of the Tempranillo and Garnacha grapes blends effortlessly with the typically oaky
and vanilla finish.
Finally, it's last day on sale for Chilean Fair Trade Oaked Semillon 2001 (Co-op, pounds 1.10 off at pounds 3.59) - an oaky
white with buttery, nutty fruit.
Note: This beautifully balanced wine (not overly oaky
or sweet) also pairs extremely well with the fruit- and nut-studded wild rice pilaf.