Wine Picks

Shari’s BBQ Picks for August

Now that most of Ontario is finally in Stage 3, social gatherings are possible again. This means the BBQ season is in full swing!

I will share some of my favourite, dry, BBQ wines with you. They come from around the world, are different styles and all are selling at less than $20 at LCBO.

Before the BBQ food is served, I like to start with fizz, since it is a refreshing and thirst-quenching beverage. One of my current sparkling Picks is Villa Conchi Brut Seleccion, from Spain. It comes in a beautiful package and makes an impressive gift for the host, which is a great bonus! This versatile wine is crisp, with balanced floral and baked bread aromas. This is a great starter wine and pairs nicely with a wide variety of appetizers and grilled seafood. 

Villa Conchi Brut Seleccion| Cava| Spain | 750 mL | 11.5% alc/vol | sugar 14 g/L | cork finish | +577148| $16.70

A great option this time of year, even for white wine lovers, is rosé. It is a natural segue from sparkling wine and I think of it as the red wine for white wine lovers. You won’t go wrong with serving another favourite wine of mine, Three of Hearts Rosé VQA. This food-friendly gem is made by the Speck brothers in Niagara, at their Henry of Pelham winery. I love the bottle and their play on words. If I am right, three hearts symbolizes the three brothers who all co-own this winery. This dry wine has soft berry aromas and a fresh lingering finish. Serve chilled with salmon, grilled pork and turkey burgers.

Three of Hearts Rosé VQA | Niagara, Ontario | 750 mL | 12% alc/vol | sugar 6 g/L | screw cap | VINTAGES +552562| $19.95

For the red wine lovers, I have two that go very well with grilled meats. They are from opposite sides of the globe. 

The first one is a favourite of mine called Trapiche Pure Malbec. It is from one of the most prominent wineries in Argentina. I discovered this wine at Vinexpo, one of the world’s most popular wine shows in Bordeaux a few years ago. I remain impressed by it. The name of the wine is very accurate since it tastes like pure Malbec to me. It has a deep purple colour and is fresh, lean, smooth and slightly spicy, with a lingering fresh finish. This is an excellent match with burgers, grilled chicken and vegetables. 

Trapiche Pure Malbec| Mendoza, Argentina | 750 mL | 13.5% alc/vol | sugar 4 g/L | screw cap | + 370924| $15.95

For those who prefer blended or more intense red wines, I recommend Castillo De Almansa Reserva from Spain. This consumer favourite remains a bargain. It is also available in the large format magnum size (+649749 | $23.00), which is always fun to serve at larger gatherings. It has a rich texture with soft oak flavours on the palate and a balanced, smooth lingering finish. This is a delicious pairing with lamb, steaks, and sausages.

Castillo De Almansa Reserva| Almansa, Spain | 750 mL | 13% alc/vol | sugar 2 g/L | cork finish | +270363 | $13.50

Grill on!

Stay healthy; stay well.



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