Wines for your Weekend from Riverview, Traynor & Vieni Estates
Everybody’s working for the weekend…Wines for the Weekend that is! Order your assorted case of great Ontario wines now and have them delivered. Why spend time aimlessly roaming the store shelves for wine when you can have a personal Sommelier & have fine wines delivered?
Our Savvy Sommeliers travel to Ontario wineries all the time & sample 100s of wines. We’ve picked the best 12 bottles of summer sippers for you to have on hand with Wines for the Weekend. With each entry in our Weekender Report, our Savvy Sommeliers take the guess work out of what taste is bottled up inside your case of wine Come back to this blog often to get the full report throughout the summer. Each week we will highlight some top Ontario wines that are awaiting to be enjoyed when you open your Wines for the Weekend.
Featuring wines from Riverview, Traynor & Vieni…
A special price on this bubbly! We were delighted when the team at Vieni Estates offered us an extra special price (regular $24.95) so we could include their bubbly in this month’s assortment.
Sommeliers Tasting Notes: Crunchy apples & butterscotch came to mind when our Savvy Sommeliers popped the cork on this beautiful sparkling wine. With each sip, the wine showed off its crisp refreshing tastes, “surprisingly, without a tart finish”, one of our Sommeliers noticed. A smooth buttery taste that makes this sparkling wine elegant and OMG delicious. Chill for at least 1 hour in the fridge, or 30 minutes in an ice bucket filled with an ice and water mix.
Food Pairing suggestions: This versatile sparkling wine will sing with food that will emphasize its crisp yet buttery taste. Lobster, seafood or fish would definitely fit the bill. In the TGIF Recipe Box below, we offer a Grilled Ginger Salmon recipe. With its unique yogurt coating and fresh ingredients, it will be delicious as an appetizer or main course.
Sommeliers Tasting Notes: A pretty light pink colour, this is a unique blend of Riesling and Pinot Noir grapes. Sun-kissed and fresh, this wine has subtle aromas that resemble white flowers and white pepper. The wine gets more lively with each sip as tastes of rhubarb comes to mind.
Food Pairing suggestions: Serve chilled on its own to unwind, with sushi or chilled gazpacho soup. Our Savvy Team member Amanda makes a to-die-for gazpacho that is synonymous with summertime. She shares her quick & easy recipe with you in our TGIF Recipe Box. Get your food processor ready to whip up a batch. Olé!
Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: A classic Sauvignon Blanc, this one is made with Niagara grapes, yet crafted in the Traynor’s new winemaking facility in The County. The result? A delicious zippy refreshing white wine with aromas of fresh cut grass, lime, gooseberry and a hint of either pine or lime zest – which do you think describes that aroma best? Each sip is refreshing with a taste that has the zippiness of white grapefruit – another classic characteristic of Sauvignon Blanc.
Suggested Food Pairing: Another wine to pack for a picnic or serve on your dock. Chill & enjoy on its own, with tabbouleh, hummus or quinoa salad. Our Savvy Sommeliers figured that this wine would be delightful with shellfish too – crab legs, shrimp or better yet, freshly shucked oysters! Check out our TGIF Recipe Box for 3 different ways to serve up the classic shrimp cocktail.
Have your own mini wine-tasting
Pinot Gris vs. Pinot Grigio
Have you been to one of our Sommelier led wine tastings? If there’s one thing you might have taken away it’s the ‘eyes, nose, mouth’ trick. As you sample these wines remember to look, smell & taste and you will appreciate these fine wines even more.
Prince Edward County
From one of The County’s newest winery, this is a complex Pinot Gris.
Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: With one sniff, this wine shows off it’s layered aromas of tropical fruits (think mango & kiwi), minerality (wine lingo: flint) along with a fresh-out-of-the-oven bread smell. All these aromas continue into the taste! A well balanced wine with fruit and acidity, it is amazing that the winemaker got this one so right…in their first year of business.
Food Pairing Suggestions: The warm finish of the wine makes you realize that this wine can stand up to a menu that includes cheese, garden fresh veggies and a flavourful sauce. In the Recipe Box, our Sommelier Debbie shares with you her Mother’s recipe for Linguine with Garden Fresh Tomatoes. A recipe that is easy and delicious for this time of year as the garden is in full bloom.
At your mini wine-tasting, try the Traynor Pinot Gris & the Riverview Pinot Grigio side by side to see how the same grape variety (Pinot Gris & Pinot Grigio are identical, just one takes on the Italian name) differs between winemakers.
Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: Aromas of white flowers, pear, apricot & apples waft from the glass. These delicious aromas carry through into the taste with a touch of something that we had a hard time putting our finger on. “It reminds me of lemon drop candy like my grandmother used to give me when I was a kid.” commented Eva during the tasting. Remember that taste? It’s amazing how wine can activate those wonderful childhood memories!
Suggested Food Pairing: Chicken Satay, Fish Tacos, Spanish Frittata and Pulled Pork were discussed as potential pairings. Have a recipe for one of these? Give it a try…or play with the wine & food pairing by serving this wine along with the Traynor Pinot Gris with the Shrimp Cocktail 3 ways recipe in our TGIF Recipe Box. You may find some of the sauces pair better with different wines!
Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: This reserve wine is the BIGGEST one of the bunch. Rich with all of the dark fruits – plum, blueberry, black berry and black cherry laced with a warm spice on the nose. These aromas continue into the taste with the introduction of tobacco, cedar and grippy tannins that are balanced with a long finish of dark fruit. This wine goes to show that deep red wines can be made in Ontario!
Suggested Food Pairing: Uncork for that special long summer evening or tuck away in your cellar for a few years more, this wine shines! “This makes me want to have a dinner party!” vowed Savvy Sommelier Erin. Fire up the BBQ and bring out your favorite cut of steak to enjoy with this wine.
Cellaring: Drinking well now or cellar 3-7 years.
If I only had $100…I would buy at LCBO Vintages
Got the Long Weekend blues? Try the new releases from LCBO Vintages on August 8 and you’ll think you’ve won the lottery. Although this release focuses on the Loire Valley and the Pacific North West, for those of you who know and read my blog I really am a Canadian at heart kind of gal so once again – I can only “brag” about our Canadian content.
There’s quite a variety of new reds from all over Ontario especially the Lake Erie North shore and while I haven’t traveled down that way, it’s starting to look like a destination for wine lovers.
I can only encourage you to stroll through Vintages on 8 August and see for yourself, you may also want to pick up one or two of my suggestions which will not disappoint.
VQA Prince Edward County, Casa Dea Vineyards
$19.95 (Vintages #424622) 11.4% alcohol
100% Gamay grapes went into producing this lovely rosé which offers huge berries and fine mousse on the palate, with just a little touch of citrus on the finish. There’s a pinch of earthiness which makes it interesting and adds complexity – crisp and refreshing, it’s one lovely sparkling rosé.
VQA Niagara Peninsula
$17.95 (Vintages # 389767) 12% alcohol
With a blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling it is almost impossible to go wrong. Floral nose and fruity flavours on the palate, lots of citrus; sweet pink grapefruit, peaches and lemon but dry and refreshing. Tastes clean and crisp; an elegant white wine blend to sip on its own or with a strawberry grilled chicken salad – a perfect summer afternoon delight.
BC VQA Okanagan Valle,
$21.95 (Vintages # 545004) 13.5% alcohol
A few years ago, my husband and I lunched at the Mission Hills winery overlooking the beautiful vineyards in the Okanagan Valley. The Mission Hill Winery reminded me of a French Chateau; a first class act, very impressive and the wines were just generally fabulous. This is a beautifully made Chardonnay, crisp and layered with flavours of apricots, pears, melon the usual tropical fruit culprits but integrated into such creamy full body, no doubt as a result of some time spent in American oak barrels. A little butter on the finish of this white wine and worth every penny; elegant and refined. Chicken Alfredo comes to mind.
DOP, Puglia, Italy, $21.95 (Vintages #417535) 15% alcohol
This intense dark opaque beauty oozes with ripe dark berry fruit. Dark fruit aromas and on the palate, layer upon layer of juicy goodness in this full-bodied red wine with aftertastes of Christmas cake and subtle vanilla flavours. While I don’t usually think about “winter” food in July , it would make an extremely handsome accompaniment with Osso Bucco and I’m stashing at least one away for November. Sheer yum.
South Australia$23.95 (Vintages #411504) 14.5 % alcohol
Black fruit notes prevail in a solidly built Cabernet Sauvignon. A big red wine; classic and complex with a blackcurrant, black cherry structure with suggestions of cedar and herbal notes. Medium to full bodied, bone dry with soft but grippy tannins, dark berries and mocha on the smooth finish. Worthy of a great roast.
GRAND TOTAL – $105.75
(Oops, but these were all so good)