Red Wine: La Domeliere Rasteau Cotes du Rhone Villages, 2009, France.

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.

Red Wine

Name: La Domeliere Rasteau Cotes du Rhone Villages

Grape: Old vine Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre

Region: France

Maker: Cave De Rasteau

Price: $19

Alcohol: 14.5%

Red Wine: Chateau de la Gardin – Chateau Neuf du Pape, 2004, France.

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.

Red Wine

Name: Chateau de la Gardine 2004 Chateau Neuf du Pape

Grape: Grenache, Mourvedre, and others

Region: France

Maker: Chateau de la Gardine

Price: $40

Alcohol: 14%

Summer White Wine Picks:2012

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:

From Austria:

Gruner Veltliner with its crisp white fruit flavours. 12% alcohol $16

From Italy:

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

From Germany:

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

From Canada:

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!

Red Wine: Arele Parziale Appassimento Vino Roso, 2010, Italy.

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.


Red Wine

Name: Arele Parziale Appassimento Vino Roso

Grape: Corvina Veronese, Rondinella, Oseleta, Merlot

Region: Italy

Maker: Tommasi Viticoltori

Price: $22

Alcohol: 13%



White Wine: Bourgogne, Cote D’Or, France.

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.

White Wine

Name: Bourgogne

Grape: Chardonnay

Region: Cote D’Or, Bourgogne, France

Maker: Philipe Bouchard

Price: $29

Alcohol: 12.5%



Red Wine: The Laughing Magpie, 2004, Australia.

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.


Red Wine

Name: The Laughing Magpie

Grape: Shiraz 93%, Viognier 7%

Region: McLaren Vale, Australia

Maker: D’Arenberg

Price: $28

Alcohol: 14.5%