For the price, this wine packs a lot of flavour. Light-bodied; there is lime, grapefruit, gooseberry, pear, grass and some tropical nuance. Fine length and ready to drink, so make sure to pick up a couple of bottles.
Ben Couillard, 39-year-old brewmaster and owner of Auval, left his brewing gig at Pit Caribou to start a true farmhouse brewery in the Gaspé in 2015. His mission is to brew rustic ales that have a sense of place, and Couillard uses as many local ingredients as his beekeeper business partner (the farmer half of the equation) can grow. Wild-fermented fruit beers are brewed with a mixed yeast culture that he’s isolated from wildflowers and fermented on raspberries, aronia, blackcurrants or cherries grown on the farm’s orchards. Aronia pours hazy pink and bursts with wild and funky aromatics and light berries. Tart, very dry, highly effervescent.
Fresh with floral hints, lime peel and salty sea spray on the nose, flavours of citrus and peach with lovely minerality and a bright finish. A blend of Loureiro, Trajadura and Alvarinho. A nice match with fresh salads and white fish.
Paranga always over-delivers for its price-point. A blend of Xinomavro, Syrah and Merlot, this medium-bodied red features plum, cherry, spice, black pepper, herbs and some cocoa. Very good length with enough punch to pair alongside lasagna or a meat lovers’ pizza.
Ruby purple. Delightful nose of smoke, black olives, fruit stones and spicy oak. Full bodied, it retains some freshness. Soft tannins but underlying firmness. Long, expanding finish. Will keep another 5 years.
Aromas and flavours of lime, peach and green apple, moderate acidity and a touch of residual sugar, a little sweet and sour but clean and juicy. Think halibut with a mango, lime, jalapeno salsa.
Captivating aromas of honeysuckle and lemon meringue pie followed by a mix of fruity and savoury flavours. Lively lemony acidity upfront leads to honey notes on the finish. Includes 10% barrel-fermented Sauvignon Blanc to add a rich texture. Matches well with scallops and other shellfish.