The recent burger blitzkrieg is enough to give any piscivore a complex. Here are three seafood-friendly wines to pour at your next ’cue.
Quinta da Aveleda Vinho Verde 2010, $9.95
From northeast Portugal, Vinho Verde translates to “green wine,” which means it’s best enjoyed in its youth. Stick with the Iberian spirit and try with grilled sardines.
Ponce notes: “A complete thirst-quencher, with frisky citrus and a gentle effervescence, this is like a one-night stand without the walk of shame. Chill a back-up bottle, because you may want a second date, after all.”
Garofoli Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi 2010, $12.90
New to LCBO shelves, this vino bianco is from Italy’s central Marche region on the Adriatic coast. Serve with grilled shrimp skewers.
Ponce notes: “It has the vibrant acidity of a light white, yet delivers the big flavours and long finish of a more full-bodied number. If you’re looking to move on from Pinot Grigio, Verdicchio is your good-value grape.”
PONCE PICK: Stoneleigh Pinot Noir Rosé 2011, $16.95
Part of the LCBO’s seasonal release of pink wines, this rosé hails from Marlborough on New Zealand’s south island. Try with grilled salmon.
Ponce notes: “Glowing like Massey Hall’s neon sign, it seduces with a bouquet of strawberry, maraschino cherry, and hibiscus. There is a firm backbone of acidity to balance the fruit, and a hint of bitterness on the finish.”