Welcome Back Folks!

It’s Wednesday, which means I share my three to five wine picks for the week. I try to select wines that are accessible to most while throwing in at least one wine that you may have overlooked. I will offer tasting note as well as a few things you may want to pair with them.

If you have tried any of these wines I would love to hear your! Tell me what you tried it with, what you liked (or didn’t like) about it. Also if there are some wines you think I should try let me know!

1. Henry of Pelham- Baco Noir (Old Vine)

Henry of Pelham – Baco Noir (Old Vine)

I am obsessed with this absolutely delicious Ontario wine. I paired it on Easter Sunday with a herb slow-roasted leg of lamb and it was heavenly, my family could not stop raving about it. This means it will be spectacular with a thick cut of marbled striploin (New York strip) off the barbeque. It is full-bodied, juicy, chocolatey, with a bit of smoke and pepper. I enjoy this with a meal or on its own. For my cigar lovers, we often pair our cigars with a dark spirit, but on of Canada’s longest, continuous producers of Baco Noir gave us a bottle that can stand up to your evening smoke.

Note, when you are buying your bottle be sure to select the one in the Bordeaux shaped bottle with the gold vine labeled “old vine”. There is about a $4 -$5 difference in price, both are good wines however there is a distinct difference in the taste.

2. Inniskillin Late Autumn Riesling

Inniskillin Late Autumn Riesling

I know it’s Springtime and I should be listing the latest Spring craze but this late autumn riesling works so perfectly with my Spring and Summertime eats. I don’t particularly love sweet wines but this riesling is so perfectly balanced, you will be hard-pressed to find a critic. I have served this at so many dinner parties every one of my guests love it. Winter or Summer I feast on spicy food but this wine is fantastic with spicy jerk chicken, pepper shrimp, cajun crab/lobster. Inniskillin Late Autumn Riesling has all the key tasting notes of a riesling, autumn fruit such as apple, citrus but it also has a strong pear element to it.

I suggest serving this chilled, around 20 minutes before serving, not much more as I find when a wine is served too cold you can’t taste the delicate features of the wine. I also suggest getting more than one bottle (or the 1.5ml bottle) if you are sharing with friends… thank me later!

3. Gérard Bertrand Côte des Roses Rosé

Gérard Bertrand Côte des Roses Rosé

Here you go! A perfect wine to celebrate the changing of the seasons. What better way to officially say it is Spring other than a beautiful floral rosé. I honestly don’t drink this wine nearly enough, mainly because when I open a bottle everyone comes running and I’m luck if I can get a refil on my glass. Gérard Bertrand Côte des Roses Rosé is not just in a beautiful bottle it is equally as delicious and surprise, surprise I am not going to suggest you pair it with anything. Just drink this darling by itself. Imagine a day in your back garden, when the rain finally stops falling and the grass is green, the flowers are blooming and the sun is welcomingly warm on your skin, yes, that is how I would suggest drinking this wine; On the back porch on a Saturday afternoon.

When you head into the store if you are like me and mangle the name, just ask for the rosé with the flower bottom. Oh, and save the bottle, wash off the label and it doubles as a super cute flower vase.

Until next week guys, drink responsibly!

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