Ok, so before you say anything this isn’t my weekly blue box collection…I’m saving these until I have enough to warrant a trip to the dreaded beer store where you have to return them. But being a lover of red I was sort of surprised at how many white wine empties were in there. I’m guessing this has a lot to do with the summer season because nothing goes down quite like a chilled glass of white when it’s hot outside.
I know a lot of people go right to the Pinot Grigio when it comes to a light white summer wine but for me I just find it doesn’t have much taste. I much prefer a nice dry Riesling or Sauvignon Blanc and one I always have in the house is the WillM Reserve Riesling from Alsace. It’s dry, has intense citrus flavours and is a perfect match for seafood, poultry or just straight up on its own and for $14.95 you really can’t go wrong.
One I just tried this week and went back to get four more bottles is the Cave Spring 2012 Dry Riesling from the Niagara Peninsula. I got the first bottle as a gift from a lovely couple I met not long ago and after tasting it knew I’d be enjoying more this summer. It was a perfect match for the cheese fondue we had on the patio by the fire on Saturday night. Also just $14.95 this VQA product is definitely worth a try.
Even though I said I wasn’t much of a Pinot Grigio fan I did try a bottle I quite liked. Another gift, so who am I to turn up my nose at free wine and to be honest I was pleasantly surprised by the taste. Sadly this will only be available to our readers in BC as it comes from La Stella Vineyard in the south Okanagan Valley. At $25 I do find it a bit pricey but it’s a sustainable vineyard where all the fruit is hand harvested, double-sorted, and fermented in small batches. Also I loved the quote on the back of the bottle – “If music is the food of love; wine is the drink”.
Last but not least there’s always a good supply of Prosecco in the cellar because a bit of bubbly on a sunny day just makes you smile. My go to standards are the Bottega at $13.95 and the Il Prosecco at $13.80 and believe me you can’t go wrong with either of them. Both are a product of Italy and have a gentle-bubbly character so raise a glass of Vino Frizzante and enjoy something crisp and refreshing this summer.
Don’t forget to tell us what’s in your glass and if you’ve made a new discovery you want us to share with our readers.