Long Weekend Drinks

By / Wine + Drinks / July 30th, 2014 / 1

We are mere days away from the 2nd long weekend of summer (in Ontario anyway) … a mid-summer point that allows us all to sit back, relax and reflect on the summer that has been and the remaining summer days ahead …

Sounds kinda heavy if you ask me.

But there is a way to lighten the load on your mind … a nice summer bevy will do quite nicely thank you very much. And I have put together a list of a few inexpensive recommendations to while away your summer holiday hours.

Deakin Estate 2013 Shiraz, Australia ($9.95)

At this price I was expecting much less, but got more than I bargained for: lots of chocolate, raspberry and white pepper; this is a beauty for the BBQ you’re going to have on the weekend.

Alpine Valley 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand ($14.95)

These days good Sauv Blanc can cost you a pretty penny, but this one won’t break the bank and it gives you all the flavours you’ve come to expect from this Kiwi staple.

Hooper’s Cloudy Lemonade, England ($3.65 / 500ml)

No, this is not a wine, you did not read this incorrectly: “Cloudy Lemonade” is not a sweet Mike’s Hard knock off it has a real lemonade flavour, it’s tart and refreshing … think Country Time meets Goldilocks – “not too tart not too sweet, it’s just right”.

For more wine suggestions, see our other #WineWednesday posts.

Michael is an award-winning journalist: Promoting the Promoters Award Cuvée 2010 and Ontario Wine Awards Journalist of the Year 2012.  He is also a national and international wine judge - Ontario Wine Awards, All Canadian Wine Championships; Best of Riesling — Germany; Essencia do Vinho — "Top Wines of Portugal".  He is currently the President of the Wine Writers Circle of Canada and the wine columnist for Ottawa Life and Grand magazine as well as regular contributor to Tidings, and Grapevine ... his reviews have also appeared in the LCBO Vintages magazine. Michael has also added a YouTube channel to his activities where he reviews bottles of great Ontario wine on a weekly basis. In whatever he does, it is Michael’s desire to educate, inspire and encourage others to grow their own love and enthusiasm for wine – and to realize that it is their palate that ultimately makes the decision.

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