Summer is the time to throw the routine out of the window. Explore new tastes. If you are a red drinker, as I am, it’s a good time to sample a new white. After my three-week digital detox at the beach, I returned to my favourite LCBO last weekend. Some of my old wine picks were gone and a whole lot of new potential picks moved in. I am thrilled to say some of the new releases are worth getting to know much better.
My whites of the week:
Bastianich Adrianico Friulano 2011 DOC
This wine is from Friuli, the northeastern most region of Italy famous for its whites. This one is fruity and medium bodied. Lemon, peaches and pears stand out and could pair nicely with a salty dish. According to the Bastianich Winery web site, the ideal pairing is proscuitto either on its own or in a pasta with light cream sauce.
Spinyback Sauvignon Blanc, Nelson, South Island, New Zealand 2012 – Walmea Estates
You could almost smell this wine from inside the bottle. Highly aromatic and no mistaking this for anything but a New Zealand import. There is nothing subtle about the nose. An explosion of citrus and grass, it makes you think you have just rolled in the cuttings of a freshly mowed lawn. It is crisp, crisp, crisp. Ideal if you like wine with a bite. But cautious Sauvignon B. lovers may well find it overwhelming. $18.95
Domaine de la Gitonniere, Touraine 2011 AC Value Alert!!
True confessions, I am enjoying a glass right now. The gentleman at Summerhill’s tasting room RAVED about it. At that price, I had to pick one up – and the only reason I picked just one was because I was on foot. It is much more subtle than Spinyback. More asparagus, grassy, and melon stand out. And it is lovely and smooth with a nice satisfying finish. I highly recommend this one, but don’t wait. I doubt it will last long on the shelves.. $13.95
M. Chapoutier Invitare Condrieu 2011, Rhone
My return to the tasting bar meant I had to find a white worth splurging on. This one was extremely worthy. Condrieu is so smooth, songs should be written about it. This one was elegant, balanced, rich, full-bodied, exotic. I might just dream of this wine. $65.95
No red you ask? What about a Canadian wine? I have to work my way back slowly, but I promise both will be featured prominently next week. There are so many great releases that need sampling!
Let us know if you have tasted something that’s worth a shout out!