Wine Picks

Shari’s Picks® for August!

Thankfully, we continue to enjoy the warm weather. The penultimate summer long weekend in August is quickly approaching. To ensure I savour this experience, I will be splurging on my wine choices!

The Civic holiday weekend is a perfect time to spend with family and friends. Whether you plan to enjoy a casual BBQ, picnic on your dock or a grand meal, premium wines are a real treat! 

California’s Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a North American classic red wine. In 1966, Robert Mondavi established his family winery and grew to become one of the first major wineries in Napa. Sold to Constellation Brands in 2004, it remains a famous brand. Robert Mondavi Winery’s flagship red, Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon is tried and true. Available as a VINTAGES Essential at $65.95, it is a treat! With mild oak and berry aromas, blackberry and prune flavours, it has a medium body, soft acidy and velvet tannins. Pair Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 with grilled lamb, steak, mushroom red wine risotto and aged Gouda cheeses.

Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2019| Napa Valley, California | 750 mL | 15.0 % alc | sugar 2 g/L | cork finish | VINTAGES +255513 | $65.95

The Robert Mondavi Winery is also famous for Sauvignon Blanc. Robert Mondavi Winery Sauvignon Blanc 2019 is also a VINTAGES Essential and retails for $39.95. Zesty, this white maintains a richness on the palette with tropical and citrus flavours and a balanced, refreshing finish. Serve Robert Mondavi Winery Sauvignon Blanc 2019 with shellfish, scallops, sushi and goat cheeses.

Robert Mondavi Winery Sauvignon Blanc 2019| Sauvignon Blanc/Sémillon | Napa Valley, California | 750 mL | 13.9. % alc | sugar 2 g/L | cork finish | VINTAGES +221887 | $39.95

Chardonnay is a favourite white wine of mine because it pairs well with a myriad of foods and makes a versatile aperitif. Recently released in VINTAGES is Niagara’s classic Inniskillin Montague Vineyard Chardonnay 2021 for $30.95. Montague Vineyard was planted in 1982, making it one of the most established vineyards in Niagara. Wines from Inniskillin have a special place in my heart. When I began my passion for wine, I spent time with founders Donald Ziraldo and Karl Kaiser. Although much has changed since then, my interest in Inniskillin continues! Inniskillin Montague Vineyard Chardonnay 2021 has stone fruit aromas and a balanced, rich taste of vanilla and soft oak. Enjoy with roast poultry, crab cakes, vegetable pizza and creamy cheeses.

Inniskillin Montague Vineyard Chardonnay 2021 | VQA | Niagara-on-the-Lake | 750 mL | 13.5. % alc | sugar 3 g/L | screwcap | VINTAGES +238642 | $30.95

Love Champagne as I do? With a $10 discount until August 7, you might want to try Gosset Grande Reserve Brut Champagne for $75.80. Gosset was established in 1584 in Aÿ, France, making it the oldest Champagne House. Gosset Grande Reserve Brut Champagne has toasty bread aromas, apple flavours and a lingering crisp finish. Sip with oysters, lobster, olives and Brie cheeses.

Gosset Grande Reserve Brut Champagne| Pinot Noir/Pinot Meunier | Aÿ-Champagne, France | 750 mL | 12.0 % alc | sugar 9 g/L | cork finish | LCBO +25903 | $85.80 | *$75.80 until August 7

I wish you a lovely long weekend!


Shari 🥂

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