Unless it’s a big brand backed by marketing muscle, new wines at the LCBO often slip onto the shelves unnoticed. Here are three from Europe worth seeking out.
Domaine du Rey Colombard Sauvignon 2011, $13.95
From the Côtes de Gascogne in southwest France, this white is a 70/30 blend of Colombard and Sauvignon Blanc. Serve with a goat-cheese salad.
Ponce notes: “A nose of passion fruit and spearmint yields to a crisp, zesty wine with a citrusy finish that will make you reach for more. At only 11.5 per cent alcohol, it’s the perfect pour at lunch.”
Villa Ponciago Beaujolais-Villages 2012, $15.30
Owned by the Henriot family of Champagne, this bottle is Villa Ponciago’s first on the general list. Open with charcuterie.
Ponce notes: “This red has a lot more character than your basic Beauj. It’s light-bodied with aromas of red berries, juicy acidity, and a peppery finish. Chill slightly for optimum pleasure.”
Quinta do Encontro 2010, $13.75
From Portugal’s Bairrada region, this rich red is a blend of Baga and Merlot. Open with beef stew.
Ponce notes: “Like the complementary song stylings of Simon and Garfunkel, Baga offers a backbone of acidity and some tannic grit, while Merlot delivers ripe fruit that will please the masses.”