Toronto is having a serious love affair with sandwiches—so here are three excellent wines to wash them down.
De Bortoli Emeri Pink Moscato, $15.10
The Emeri line is named after the matriarch of this family-run Australian company. Try with a spicy banh mi or vegetarian roti.
Ponce notes: Moscato may be too sweet for some palates, but it’s terrific with spicy foods, and this one has ample acidity for balance. Chill well and have back-up: The bottle will empty at an alarming rate.
Bersano Costalunga Barbera d’Asti 2011, $12
Barbera is the approachable, affordable wine of Italy’s Piedmont region. Open with a hot veal or eggplant panini.
Ponce notes: While some Barberas can be on the sour side, this has just enough tartness to match tomato sauce. It’s packed with red-berry flavours and has a deliciously spicy finish.
Malivoire Gamay 2012, $17.95
From Vintages Essentials, this Niagara red is made from the legendary grape of Beaujolais. It’s a slam-dunk with roast porchetta on a bun.
Ponce notes: “Light- to medium-bodied, this bright, juicy wine won’t overpower pork: Its acidity cuts through the fat, and the peppery finish is in synch with the spicing.