Wine Guy: seasonal wine selections for the summer

Let’s think about a selection of seasonal bottles, wines that went well with summer meals

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There is no big theme for this week’s column. As the calendar draws to a close in mid-August, it’s simply time to reflect on a selection of seasonal bottles – wines that have done well with summer dining and will continue to pair well with gatherings over the years. months and thoughts turn more frequently to waiting for September. return of routines.

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Kono 2021 Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand ($18.99, #58032)

To be fair, New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc may not have the same buzz these days. Do you remember when everyone showed up on the terraces with the latest find from Marlborough? However, like white pants and denim cuts, there will always be a place for zesty, fruity sauv blanc. Showcasing classic characteristics of citrus, cut grass and underlying tropical fruit, this crisp, zesty white walks the alluring line between vibrant yet textured and hearty. Put a bottle in a chilled bucket on the aft deck and watch it evaporate effortlessly alongside friends and conversations.

At the end of the line : A-, Perennial Terrace Partner.

Matilda Nieves 2020 Mencia, Spain ($24.99, #442106)

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This fiery red has certainly been a must-have bottle this summer. Its dull garnet color in the glass belies the wine’s engaging elegance. It is an excellent representative of the Mencía grape variety, widely grown in the west of the Iberian Peninsula (the cultivar is known as Jaen in Portugal). In this case, it’s Mencía from the steep hills of Ribeira Sacra in Galicia. The wine brings an abundance of aromas – red fruits, flowers, herbs, a touch of earth – with a juicy attack and a lovely medium-bodied texture overall. It’s a fun red that’s fresh, elegant and complex, and without any tannin looks smooth.

At the end of the line : A, Red BBQ Killer.

Donnafugata 2021 Dolce & Gabbana Rosa, Italy ($69.99, available at select private wine shops)

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Finally, it’s the bottle for the most splashy summers. Granted, $70 for rosé is overkill. But so are pants over $1,000, and both carry the Dolce & Gabbana name! This precious rose will appeal to both fashion and wine connoisseurs thanks to the collaboration with Donnafugata, one of the best wineries in Sicily. Bright salmon pink, this Sicilian Rosato is made from local Nerello Mascalese and Nocera grapes. The wine is both invigorating and engaging, its tangy attack building on an overall robust yet lively style, with a blend of orchard fruit, citrus and floral notes.

At the end of the line : B+, Pour by the pool.


The Swirl: Picnic and Bubbles Fundraiser

Speaking of great collaborations, Les Dames BC is partnering with a number of fantastic restaurants in Vancouver, Penticton and Kelowna for their upcoming Picnic and Bubbles summer fundraiser. Each picnic for two includes a main course, two sides, dessert and a bottle of bubbles and must be ordered in advance for collection between 3pm and -5pm on August 21. Banks BC For a list of participating restaurants, menus, suggested picnic spots and to purchase a picnic, go to ladies.ca/picnic-and-bubbles/

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