As a relentless heat wave grips Toronto, our appetites turn to lighter fare. Here are three wines that make good friends with salad.
Ogier Cotes Du Ventoux Rosé 2011, $10.95
While most rosés on the LCBO’s general list are limited to seasonal quantities, this bottle is available year round. It’s a perfect pour with salad Niçoise.
Ponce notes “The bouquet tempts with wild strawberries and tangerine zest; on the palate, it’s dry and crisp. At this price, it’s a shoo-in to be your go-to rosé.”
PONCE PICK: Cono Sur Reserva Chardonnay 2011, $12.95
The creamy texture of this Chilean Chardonnay matches the piquant flavours of Caesar salad, while the acidity stands up to the lemony dressing.
Ponce notes “With a tropical nose, notes of zesty citrus, and well-integrated oak, this white is balanced like a tightrope walker over Niagara Falls. It also drinks better than most Chards twice its price.”
Castellare di Castellina Chianti Classico 2010, $18.20
The acidity of tomatoes, richness of mozzarella, and anise-hit of basil make the beloved Caprese a tricky wine match. A Sangiovese-based bottle, such as this Chianti, is your best bet.
Ponce notes “While the previous vintage is earthier and best saved for pizza night, 2010 is lighter, fruitier, and more Caprese-friendly. It’s become a bit pricey, but it’s a lovely summer red.”