Friday, August 2, 2013

Monthly Picks: August 2013

August's theme: Last of the Summer Wine
For your end-of-summer get-togethers we recommend you look to light and medium bodied wines to pair with your favourite summer foods and warm days. A crisp and tart white will help you combat the mid-day heat and a complex, yet, non-committal red will keep you engrossed into the balmy night. Below are some recommendations for light and medium bodied white and red wines for your late-summer intrigue.

Light and Medium Whites
Nothing beats the heat like a crisp white wine with just a hint of residual sugar. When you find yourself in need of refreshment during the dog days of summer, turn to these lighter-bodied whites for the essential replenishment of you-ness.

Little Straw Vineyards 2011 La Petite Paille Sauvignon Blanc - $17
Tang'o'rific and herbaceouswith austere stainless steel minerality and focused citrus fruit. This wine would make a great companion for your next seafood fest and would compliment oysters, lobster, white fish and mussels.
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Stag's Hollow Winery 2012 Sauvignon Blanc - $20
This Sauvignon Blanc offers a good balance of citrus acidity, grass notes, tangy green apple flavours and a hint of honeydew sweetness that challenges your nose and palate enough to keep you engaged without being too difficult to pair with food.
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JoieFarm 2012 Pinot Blanc - $23
The mineral-infused, bright palate sees a shift from warm and feminine to crisp and masculine, but beyond its acidic facade lies an expressive wine with layers of orchard and citrus fruit, especially on the beautiful, honeydew-drenched nose.
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Light and Medium Reds
As the days get shorter the long, warm evenings lead to patio parties under sparkling stars. Humid though it may be, you'll want something red for your glass that will stay tasty for as long as the converstion you'll be engaged in.

Cassini Cellars 2011 Merlot - $19
Wild berries and blueberries and even fresh dark cherries off the stem - pits and all. There's also notes of coffee, cassis liqueur and a faint hint of mint. How's that for an un-oaked Merlot?
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Bench 1775 Winery 2011 Cabernet Merlot - $22
Beyond its strong gravitational pull towards the world's favourite flatbread, this blend offers a strong, fruit-forward nose of sweet dark fruit that should appeal to the casual New World wine-lover and connoisseur alike.
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Tinhorn Creek Vineyards 2011 Cabernet Franc - $22
What it may lack in intense ripeness, due to the cooler vintage conditions, it makes up for with its balance of body-acid-tannin elements and layered, engaging nose where élevage influence has added notes of vanilla, oak and smooth spices.
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 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2013

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