The LCBO continues to sharpen its general list, and these three additions are great bottles to try first.
Château du Cléray Muscadet Sèvre et Maine 2012, $13.95
Located on the western end of the Loire valley, Muscadet is made from Melon de Bourgogne grapes. Chill well and open with oysters.
Ponce notes: This beauty gives off a summery scent of ripe cantaloupe. It’s lean on the palate with briny seaside flavours and a lip-smacking finish.
Are You Game? Chardonnay 2012, $15.95
Made by Fowles Wine, this white hails from the Strathbogie Ranges in Victoria. Try with a grilled-cheese sandwich.
Ponce notes: By Australian standards, Victoria is a cool climate and it shows in this lovely Chard. Expect pineapple aromas, well-integrated oak, and zippy acidity.
Ascheri Barolo 2009, $33.80
Made from Nebbiolo, Barolo wears the vinous crown in Italy’s Piedmont region. Decant vigorously and pour with mushroom risotto.
Ponce notes: This bottle offers up an autumnal nose of dried cherries and forest floor. It’s medium-bodied with good balance, gritty tannins, and a long finish.