For your next outdoor excursion, pack wine with a screw cap (like one of these bargains), a neoprene sleeve to keep it cold, and opaque cups to hide it from the law. And maybe stay away from Trinity-Bellwoods Park.
Fuzion Shiraz Malbec 2012, $7.95
From Argentina’s Mendoza province, this top-selling vino tinto is a 70/30 blend of Shiraz and Malbec. Try with cold roast chicken.
Ponce notes: “This red is the Big Mac of wines: Derided in snooty circles, but perfectly engineered for optimal enjoyment. Fruity, medium-bodied, and well-balanced, it can be glugged without contemplation.”
Day Trippers Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2012, $10.10
Made by De Bartoli, this Australian wine is modelled after the dry whites of Bordeaux. It’s a good match with pesto pasta salad.
Ponce notes: “In addition to a cool name and apt label, this crisp, citrusy, and tangy white is the perfect summer sipper. Sing along now: ‘Got a good reason, for taking the 10-dollar chuck!’”
Frescobaldi Albizzia Chardonnay 2011, $12.95
From Tuscan powerhouse Frescobaldi, this young Chard is completely unoaked. Try with tuna sandwiches or take-out lobster rolls.
Ponce notes: “A nose of apples, pears, and citrus gives way to a light, fresh, and highly appealing white. Like a floral sundress, it’s a good fit for summer.”