680News wine reviews – August 17–19, 2012
Quinta da Aveleda Loureiro Alvarinho 2011
There's no more refreshing wine on a hot day than the whites from Portugal's Vinho Verde region. On the LCBO general list is Quinta da Aveleda Loureiro Alvarinho 2011. The wine is very pale in colour with a lime tint; it's light in alcohol and has a bouquet of spring flowers, minerals, lemon peel and white peach. It's remarkably elegant for the price, with grassy-herbal and citrus flavours and light and crisply dry on the palate with a faint spritz. It costs $9.95 a bottle. Serve it with shellfish or grilled sardines. That's Quinta da Aveleda Loureiro Alvarinho 2011 from Portugal. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler, 680News and 680News.com. ($9.95, LCBO #89995)
Red wine in the sun
A waiter looked at me askance the other day when I asked him to put my red Burgundy on ice to cool it down. But in these hot summer days, if your red wine gets too warm it loses its structure and tastes soupy. Water boils at 100 degrees Celsius. Alcohol boils at 78 Celsius. So don't be afraid you stick your red wine in an ice bucket for ten minutes or so to cool it down. The ideal temperature for most red wines is above cellar temperature at 15–18 Celsius. On a hot day a coolish red wine tastes a lot better. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler, 680News and 680News.com.