Buyers’ Guide to VINTAGES March 20th, 2021

Cheers to Near Future Family Gatherings

By David Lawrason, with notes from John, Michael & Sara

One of the themes of this VINTAGES release is wines for family gatherings. I don’t know what makes a wine a family gathering wine but like most folks these days I sure look forward to the idea of a family gathering.

I am living isolated with two adult sons (who don’t fancy wine) but I have seven wine loving brothers and sisters, almost as many in-laws, and an impressive gaggle of nephews and nieces who would normally noisily gather for special occasions like Easter. And guess who supplies the wine? It won’t happen this Easter, but I am expecting most of my siblings will be vaccinated by the end of April, so the light at the end of the tunnel is becoming a rising sun.

Here is hoping that you are able to gather at least a sprinkling of your family over the next couple of weeks as well, and that your numbers also swell in Phase Two. And further hoping that spring weather lives up to all our giddy expectations so we can gather even more outdoors. Off to a good start this past week in Ontario and way better than last spring, if you recall, when the weather during the first wave was downright mean.

There is another VINTAGES release on Easter weekend (April 3) but unfortunately we will not have tasted those wines in time to recommend them. So, we have attached some food pairing and general enjoyment guidance to the batch of reviews below, whether specifically for Easter or not, and you can go out and purchase them anytime.


VINTAGES Buyer’s Guide March 20th: Whites

Umani Ronchi Centovie Colli Aprutini Pecorino 2017, Abruzzi, Italy
$24.95, Noble Estates
John Szabo – Pecorino is the grape, a rare specialty of central-eastern Italy, and well worth a look I’d say for chardonnay fans looking to branch out. The fairly rich and broad palate with mostly yellow-fleshed orchard fruit and citrus zest – lemon and grapefruit – flavours will be comfortingly familiar, as will the creamy texture further bolstered by leesy-yeasty notes. Oak influence is absent, but flavour intensity and salinity are very high. For butternut squash soup, roast chicken or black cod, or turkey roulade.
David Lawrason From a leading Adriatic producer comes a bright, clean understated white from the rising star pecorino grape. It is not a highly aromatic variety but it brings a certain sophistication. It is medium bodied, smooth and fleshy with good acidity and warming alcohol. An interesting chardonnay alternative for creamy white pasta dishes.

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And that’s a wrap for this round. Stay tuned for the April 3 Release newsletter on April 8. Tune in that same day for the next embarrassing but so much fun round of Think You Know Wine.  And may your Easter bring you comfort and contentment.

David Lawrason
VP of Wine

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