90 Points – $19
Ruby in color with fresh fruit, cherry and plum aromas. Flavors of black cherry, plum, tobacco and spices. A good smooth finish. A pleasant wine to have with light meat, cheese and poultry dishes.
Name: La Domeliere Rasteau Cotes du Rhone Villages
Grape: Old vine Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre
Maker: Cave De Rasteau
91-93 Points – $14
This vineyard has been active in making wine since the 1300’s. Dark red in color with a nose of licorice, tar, plums and dark cherry. A plump full mouth of licorice, spice, coffee and chocolate. Best to decant as this wine had lots of sediment. Good for aging. Very nice. 91 to 93 pts depending on the year.
Name: Chateau de la Gardine 2004 Chateau Neuf du Pape
Grape: Grenache, Mourvedre, and others
Maker: Chateau de la Gardine
88 Points – $15
Served chilled this is a great VQA Canadian white wine for summer. Notes of fresh fruit, lychee and some edge from the chardonnay.
Name: Union White
Grape: Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Gewurtraminer, Chardonnay
Region: Niagara, Canada
During the long hot summer days, nothing is as refreshing as a properly chilled white wine. While red wines go well with meat and can cut through a heavy meal, their high alcohol content and thick body can tire one on a hot day. A crisp white wine with its lower alcohol content has less pucker and more cooling sparkle to help beat the heat. Some of this year’s recent favorites are:
Gruner Veltliner with its crisp white fruit flavours. 12% alcohol $16
Piemonte Moscato Pelassa with 5.5% alcohol and fizzante sparkle has apple and orange flavours. $21
Martini Asti – a full sparkling wine in the classic style with peach, pear and apple flavors. 7%alcohol $15
Relax Riesling with sweet flavors of white fruit and apple. 9% alcohol $12
From New Zealand:
Stoneleigh Sauvignon Blanc. Great star fruit and grapefruit notes. 90 pts. 12.5% alcohol $18
From the U.S.A.:
Bokisch Granacha Blanca a full grapefruit and green apple flavor in a great wine made from a Spanish grape varietal grown in California. 12.5% alcohol $22
Union White a well round white with flavors coming from four different grape varietals. Apple, pear, grapefruit and lychee. 12% alcohol $15
Remember to properly chill these wines, serve cold and Enjoy!
90 Points – $22
Named after the trays used for drying the grapes before pressing, this easy drinking red wine with a fruity, berry nose and sweet flavors of berry and fresh fruit is an easy favorite with pasta on hot summer days. Very good.
Name: Arele Parziale Appassimento Vino Roso
Grape: Corvina Veronese, Rondinella, Oseleta, Merlot
Maker: Tommasi Viticoltori
88 Points – $28
A medium red wine with a nose of stewed fruit with a taste of mild fruit, cherries and raspberry. Soft finish.
Name: Panarroz Jumilla
Region: Jumilla, Spain
91 Points – $29
Clear golden yellow in color with a full nose of grapefruit and citrus fruits. A soft mouthful of citrus, apple and white fruits with a well rounded finish. A good French style chardonnay, best served chilled.
Region: Cote D’Or, Bourgogne, France
Maker: Philipe Bouchard
88 Points – $28
Dark black in color with a nose of plum, oak and the floral notes fom the viognier. A full mouth of cherry, plum, violets and spice. Good finish. Another good wine from D’Arenberg.
Name: The Laughing Magpie
Grape: Shiraz 93%, Viognier 7%
Region: McLaren Vale, Australia