- Magnotta Special Reserve Semillon 2009
- Boutari Moschfilero 2010
- La Vieille Ferme Côtes du Luberon 2009
Three summer whites.
Magnotta Special Reserve Semillon 2009 (Ontario)
$10.95 (only from Magnotta stores)
Trust me, this wine is really worth searching out. You can only get it from Magnotta's stores around the city. You don't find many of this Bordeaux varietal in Ontario. Golden straw in colour with a waxy, honey and peach bouquet, it's medium-bodied on the palate, offering spicy peach and Bartlett pear flavours riding on lively acidity. Great value at the price.
Food match: Asian fusion cuisine, seafood; creamy pastas and mild cheeses. ****½ (89+)
Boutari Moschfilero 2010 (Greece)
$10.95 (LCBO #172387)
The perfect wine for summer on the patio. Pale straw colour with a spicy Muscat-like nose (orange blossom and peach). Medium weight on the palate with flavours of peach, Granny Smith apple, a thread of minerality and a fine spine of acidity. If you like Pinot Grigio, this could be your passport into enjoying Greek wines – even if you can't pronounce their indigenous grapes. ***½ (86)
Food match: aperitif wine; onion tart
La Vieille Ferme Côtes du Luberon 2009 (Rhône)
$11.95 (LCBO #298505)
This has always been a solid white wine vintage after vintage. A blend of Grenache Blanc 30%, Bourboulenc 30%, Ugni Blanc 30% and Roussanne 10%. The grapes may be unfamiliar but they produce a wine that has a minerally, citrus nose. It's dry and fruity with a floral lift in mid palate. **** (88)
Food match: roast chicken; grilled vegetables