This wine won a Silver Medal at the 2010 Ottawa Wine Challenge. Straw-coloured with a bouquet of peach and grapefruit and that characteristic petrol note that Riesling develops with age. Light bodied. There’s a honeyed note in mid-palate that’s nicely balanced with the citrus fruit, finishing crisply dry.
Classic aromas of violets, blackberries, smoked meat and cracked black pepper intrigue the nose. Juicy ripe blueberries, cherry cola, mocha and hints of bacon fat dominate the richly textured palate. The vibrant finish features warm spiciness, sprinkled with cocoa and white pepper. Match with smoked meats.
This new appellation requires a minimum 85% Gamay from Beaujolais Cru vineyards (Chénas and Régnié in this inaugural release) and maximum 15% Burgundy Pinot Noir. Abundant cassis, raspberry, plum and cherry. Fresh acidity balanced by lithe tannins. Lingering savouriness on the thirst-quenching finish. Delightful with charcuterie and cheese.
Sure, you can enjoy this slightly sweet, slightly bitter infusion of herbs and botanicals on its own, over ice with an orange twist, but better yet, try it in an Aperol Spritz. Combine two parts Aperol with three parts Cinzano prosecco over ice. Add a dash of soda and garnish with a slice of orange. Summer will be back, guaranteed!
Opens with fresh scents of apple, lemon and toasty almond. The lively palate delivers crisp apple, juicy stone fruits, and candied lemon peel. Finishes clean and refreshing, so goes down easy. An ideal aperitif bubbly given its style, and especially so given its price.
Though the Schiava grape might be new to you, it's been grown in Alto Adige since the 16th century. Also known as Vernatsch or Trollinger, the grape produces light, fragrant reds typically with moderate alcohol and light tannins. This elegant, lightly-hued example from Nals Margreid is an excellent introduction; 100+-year-old vines yield a light red with delicate wild strawberries, raspberries, perfumed pink florals and a thin vein of minerality. The palate, also quietly confident, brings delicate strawberries and anise, fine pink peppercorn spice, a slight grip of tannins and a subtle smoked stoniness. Acidity is freely lifted and the finish lingering. Pair with charcuterie, specifically speck, on a midsummer eve.