Sara’s Sommelier Selections – June 8, 2013

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There is a great deal to look forward to this week, from Father’s Day and the onset of warmer weather we can count on, to an Argentinian-focused Vintages release, and to the quickly approaching first annual WineAlign National Wine Award judging. In recognition of such a busy time, I’d like to propose a few wines that will help keep you in tune with these developments.

This week’s top six include a lovely local selection, some wines to woo the man of the house, along with a few treats to beat the heat. The Sommelier in me has endeavored to choose unique, food friendly wines that should provide inspiration for your dinner table.

Altamira De Los Andes Navigato Family Selection Grand ReserveAltamira De Los Andes Navigato Family Selection Grand Reserve 2008
Uco Valley, Mendoza, Unfiltered, ON $46.95

My first two picks, although not intrinsically related to Father’s Day, could be said to complement it. The first does have a featured place in the Argentine showcase which includes some heavy-hitters such as this handsome, muscular selection from Altamira. The Family Selection Grand Reserve features Altamira’s oldest malbec vines that range between 48-66 years old (some of you can tell your dad that the vines used in this bottle are as old as he is!) Food Match: Grilled Korean-style beef short ribs

Quinta Da Lubazim Grande Reserva 2008Quinta Da Lubazim Grande Reserva 2008
Duoro, Portugal, ON $28.95

And, speaking of our upcoming wine awards, here is a highly awarded, and deservedly so, Duoro blend that will have you circling the ‘Portugal’ section of your wine store for the rest of the summer. A many times gold winner, super-starred, 90+ ‘Best-in-Class’, Dad will particularly appreciate that you took the time to choose a wine that is as classy as he. Food Match: Seared lamb with sage and thyme

Giuseppe Campagnola Le Bine Monte Foscarino Soave ClassicoGiuseppe Campagnola Le Bine Monte Foscarino 2011 Soave Classico
Veneto, Italy, ON $13.95

Here are three exemplary wines to help you beat the heat at under $20. I was not the only critic to be dazzled by this seductive, lively Soave Classico and came close to giving myself whiplash when I saw the price. Meticulous winemaking practices have paid off producing this captivating Veronese blend of garganega and trebbiano. Food Match: Pasta with clams in a white wine sauce

Château De La Pierre Brouilly 2011Château De La Pierre Brouilly 2011
Beaujolais, France, ON $17.95

For red wine drinkers who also want to beat the heat, this choice is surprisingly suitable, as it can be slightly chilled for added refreshment. Brouilly is the largest appellation of Beaujolais and differs from the higher classed Cotes de Brouilly whose vines are planted on the slope as opposed to the bottom of the hill, as this selection. Nevertheless, this bottle is evidence of the terrific value that can be found in this low-lying appellation. Food Match: Pulled pork sandwiches

Gigondas La Cave Signature Gigondas Rosé 2012Gigondas La Cave Signature 2012 Gigondas Rosé
Rhone, France, ON $19.95

Gigondas, a region near and dear to me, as many a summer I spend just around the corner in Avignon. These wines scream summer to me, and this particular example truly stands out for its enticing aromatics and surprising depth among the wave of rosés that has hit us this summer. Not to be missed. Food Match: Paella

Fielding Estate Gewurztraminer 2010Fielding Estate Gewürztraminer 2010
Niagara, Canada, ON $15.95

Time to start thinking local. This zesty, super-flavourful Gewürztraminer will have you revved for the results of our first annual WineAlign National Wine Awards, whose judging will be taking place the week of June 17th. Food Match: Thai red curry

Santé!

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