Relax. It’s still summer. Thoughts of snowbanks & black ice are far from our minds right now. Advertisements might be using the F-word: Fall. While commercials are reminding you that you need to get into back-to-school routine, we’re here to tell you sit back & sip.
The hardest job for me to do when I taste & review wine is pick the best ones to recommend. Seriously, it is hard to do! For this If I had $100, I would buy at Vintages, I decided that I would offer you tips on wines to sip & relax with. Pick these up at a LCBO, then pull up a Muskoka chair and chill….summer is short, so enjoy every last minute of it.
If I only had $100, I would buy these wines at Vintages…
August 16, 2014
Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
$21.95 (Vintages # 251108) % alcohol
Keep this white wine in the fridge until one of those scorching hot afternoons when nothing seems to quench your thirst. This wine will come to the rescue. Crisp & refreshing this wine has mentions of peach, pear and fresh baked apple crisp. This white wine doesn’t need any food, but if you must, creamy cheese or BBQ pork skewers would do the trick.
Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
$19.95 (Vintages #72728) 12% alcohol
Promise me this….if you only grab one of the wines I recommend, you’ll pick up this one. Derek Barnett, the winemaker at Lailey, makes amazing wines – full stop. Over a cold one (yes, he loves his beer) he told me that Sauvignon Blanc is one of his favorite white wines to make. This one hits the mark straight on. Floral, citrus & herbal notes jump out of the glass – classic Sauvignon Blanc characteristics. Each sip is class act. Pack a picnic basket. include this wine and loads of finger foods & salads or fire up the BBQ & grill up some shrimp. You’ll be a happy camper.
$18.95 (Vintages #343517) 14% alcohol
This one takes me back to a summer holiday I had in France. The little hillside town of Roussillon with its array of striking colours of terracotta made each building a piece of artwork. I took photos constantly.
This is a classic blend of 40% Grenache from 60 year old vines at the base of the hilltop town combined with 40% Syrah & 20% Mouvedre grapes. Interestingly, the wines were aged in concrete tanks for a year rather than oak barrels. This is a BIG red wine begging to be enjoyed with a BBQ steak, lamb or grilled mushrooms. Intense colour with cocoa, blackberry and peppery notes, this is one complex wine. Treat yourself and buy a few bottles – some to enjoy now & another bottle for when you are buried under the white stuff to bring back memories of summer!
$15.95 (Vintages #55244) 13% alcohol
I was suspicious about the price, but holy Toledo, it had me at the first sip! Mark my words, this red wine won’t last on the Vintages shelves till Labour Day. HUGE fruit notions of blackberry jam, black cherries and warm spices sprinkled with dark chocolate to round out the smooth texture. Made with certified organic grapes grown high on the mountain side, a sip of this wine will make you hungry for burgers or kick it up a notch and serve with a beef tenderloin. Buy 3 bottles because it will disappear fast.
And what is summer without a Rose wine?
$19.95 (Vintages #375618) 14.5% alcohol
Hands down a summertime classic. In the Tavel region of France (South West), they craft only Rosé wines. The outstanding calibre sets the bar for winemakers around the world who dabble with adding Rosé wines to their portfolio each year. This is a serious Rosé wine made with Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah and Mourvèdre grapes and the result is an elegant wine hints of strawberry jam (or is it raspberry jam?), wild flowers with a zippy taste that makes this a great crisp & refreshing wine…exactly what you want to unwind with as the summer sun sets.