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Summer's Here and the Sipping is Easy

Seven Local Wines to Celebrate the Season


Summer has finally arrived. Here are our picks for summer wines to mark special occasions.

 

 

 

GRADUATION

Toast the scholar with the ultimate celebration tipple: sparkling wine. Ontario makes some fantastic bubbles that will not only fit the occasion, but also fit your budget.

Henry of Pelham Cuvee Catharine Brut,
VQA Niagara Peninsula, NV $29.95

This dry bubbly has notes of lemon shortbread, crisp pear and white peach with a fine mineral backbone.

 

 

 

 

 

POOL PARTY

There's nothing quite like an invigorating dip on a hot and humid July day. Look for wines that match the refreshment factor.

Rosehall Run "Sullyzwicker White",
VQA Prince Edward County, 2012 $14.95

A blend of several aromatic varietals, this is a pretty quaffer made for summer fun. Light, crisp and refreshing with lemon, floral, orange blossom and white peach flavours-  perfect for grilled seafood, barbecue chicken or solo sipping on an inflatable raft.

 

 

 

 

LONG WEEKEND BARBECUE

When firing up the barbie for some smokey, meaty goodness, pick a red that can muscle up.

Chateau des Charmes "Old Vines" Cabernet Merlot,
VQA Niagara on the Lake, 2010 $19.95

A Bordeaux blend with fruit sourced from from vines dating back as far as 1983. Rich and ripe with flavours of blackberry, black cherry, wet earth, cigar box and black liquorice, it's a good match for everything from grilled steaks to lamb to burgers.

 

 

 

 

 

WEDDING

Send off the happy couple with a wine they can open on a future anniversary. Look for hearty reds with the strength and substance to develop over the next few years.

Stratus Syrah,
VQA Niagara on the Lake, 2010 $48

Powerfully structured with flavours and aromas of crushed black pepper, dark cherry, smoked meat and a touch of wet asphalt. Give this another few years in bottle to really come together, and drink from 2015 - 2022.

 

 

 

 

 

BIRTHDAY

Whether marking the Big Day with a sunset dinner, or weekend away, wines that are here for a good time should be in tow. 

Coopers Hawk Riesling,
VQA Lake Erie North Shore, 2011 $15.95

Focused and elegant with flavours of lemon-lime, crushed rock, petrol and a slight honeyed note, with lip-smacking acidity and fantastic balance.

 

 

 

 

 

ANNIVERSARY

Couples who've weathered the nuptial storms to make it to their 10th, 25th or 50th deserve a drink.

Norman Hardie "Cuvee L" Pinot Noir,
VQA Ontario, 2009 $69

This top-tier Pinot blends fruit from Niagara and Prince Edward County to create a wine of power and finesse. Aromas and flavours of mixed berries, light floral, spice and mineral, and beautifully structured with smooth tannins and vibrant acidity.

 

 

 

 

COTTAGE VACATION

The quintessential Canadian summer retreat that is worth the four-hour crawl up the 400.

Flat Rock Cellars "Unplugged" Chardonnay,
VQA Twenty Mile Bench, 2011  $17.15

An unoaked Chardonnay with clean, bright, fresh character and aromatics. An inviting nose of peach, cherry blossom and orange zest, the palate is crisp and vibrant with mouth-watering acidity and zesty flavours of citrus, melon, peach and white flowers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Erin & Courtney Henderson are The Wine Sisters, specializing in custom wine events and tours. Visit them online at thewinesisters.com