I’m always envious of hosts who can assemble a bounty of flavourful dishes and some thoughtfully chosen wines or cocktails without appearing as if too much effort was involved. When it comes to easygoing summer wines, thoughts typically turn towards classic selections.
Rosé is a given and this summer seems to be hitting the highest of highs with stellar selections from France and Spain as well as stylish, dry examples from Ontario and British Columbia gaining more attention than ever.
The wide scale acceptance of pink wine owes a debt to the popular lifestyle brand Yes Way Rosé and the cunning marketer who coined the term Brosé to make drinking pink the mood of the moment. (It also helps that rosé is no longer synonymous with blush wine or white Zinfandel. Consumers are more aware of serious, dry examples.)
In Ontario, high profile stores have had a hard time keeping the ultra-premium Domaines Ott Château de Selle Coeur de Grain Rosé in stock, even at $46.95 per bottle. There’s also increasing interest in rosés bottled in 1.5 litre magnums, twice the size of an average bottle, for larger parties.
But you don’t have to push the yacht out that far to inject some style into your summer wine diet. There’s a wide selection of affordable options out there — still, sparkling, red, white or pink for less than $20 per bottle.
This week’s recommendations cover two refreshing selections, one whose fashionability rivals rosé and the other waiting to be rediscovered. Producers of Vinho Verde in northern Portugal can always be counted on to deliver summer refreshment even if their wines have yet to inspire a fashionable catchphrase of their own.
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