When I tried this 2011 White Cabernet Rosé during a recent visit to Daniel Lenko’s winery I was blown away by how nuanced it is. The nose leaps out of the glass with pear, strawberry and fresh fruit notes, but when you sip, it’s not as sweet as the nose would lead you to believe – it’s very dry and refreshing. This is the perfect summer wine for the wine aficionado in your life – elegant, well-crafted and unique. Lenko’s wines are something special and well worth the splurge. This one is available at the winery or can be ordered online.
Inception Deep Layered Red is a Shiraz-dominant blend from South Africa that’s bursting with sweet and spicy flavour. This isn’t a subtle wine – it’s a life of the party wine that’s easy drinking, on the sweet side and a lot fun. This is my new guilty pleasure pick – one to pull out for that raucous summer barbeque or a night with friends around the cottage fire. Inception is new to Ontario and launching in Canada before it hits shelves around the rest of the world, expect to see lots of it at the LCBO soon.
One of my favourite summer wines is Vinho Verde – it’s a refreshing white from Portugal that is perfect for a relaxing lunch on the patio. Alianca’s 2012 Vinho Verde is a nice example of the grape. Shawn and I tried this one on a recent movie night and enjoyed the peach and citrus notes on the nose and the refreshing apple on the palate. While this particular Vinho Verde was a little too acidic for my tastes, I highly recommend you check out the varietal over the summer months. I’d like to try this one again with a Mediterranean lunch – I think it would be a much better pairing.
I’ve mentioned Three Dog Winery a number of times on the blog, so you know I’m a fan. Their Doghouse White is a great summer wine. It’s a white blend made from Ontario Vidal and Riesling. It’s crisp and refreshing with balanced acid and nice minerality. This one is great with seafood or spicy foods – two things that make up a big portion of my warm weather menu.
Place in the Sun is a herbaceous red blend from South Africa with, blackberry, currant, anise, green pepper and an earth on the nose.
There’s much more fruit on the palate than I expected, fresh red fruit with some earthiness/smoke to it. Medium-long finish, medium tannin. Very drinkable. This would be a nice pairing with red meat and it was really nice with the 80% Camino dark chocolate I tried it with. The rich, creaminess of the chocolate matches well with the flavour and tannin in the wine.
So those are some of my summer wine choices. What are yours? Feel free to leave them in the comments or share them on my Facebook or Twitter feeds!