VINTAGES Buyers’ Guide – May 11th

Local Finds, Springtime Rosés, New Zealand Best Buys and Global Gems

By Sara d’Amato with notes from Michael Godel

It is under wet and windy skies just outside of Lisbon I find myself reflecting upon this week’s VINTAGES release. Michael Godel is, at present, among sunnier skies in Sicily. Over 3,000 kilometres separate us, yet we are on virtually the same latitude. Although the sun rises and sets at about the same time, soil types, maritime influences, wildly different indigenous grape varieties and cultural disparity make for extremely different wine cultures. These and many more incongruities cause infinite permutations in wine and frankly, make us giddy about the topic. We hope to translate this to you in every review we write (or at least for the good ones) and wish this instigates similar fervor in you.

Last week we collectively tasted the majority of wines coming to VINTAGES this Saturday and we singled out the best global finds. Themes to watch for are: home-grown Niagara finds and New Zealand which we have highlighted below. Toronto will be awash with Kiwi wines as the New Zealand wine fair comes to town this week. Stay tuned for a more detailed report on the country’s diverse regions and wineries to watch.

Argentina Masterclass-in-a-box 

Whites & Rosé:

Roger & Didier Raimbault 2017 Sancerre, Loire, France, ($31.95)
Sara d’Amato – A classic Sancerre brimming with chalky minerality, lemon oil and a hint of petrol. Although zesty, it has substance and impressive depth. …

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That’s all for this week. Drink well and salut!


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