While the LCBO’s selection of vin blanc is a bit monochromatic, venturing into the Vintages section will exceed a white-lover’s grape expectations.
Domaine Sigalas Assyrtiko-Athiri 2010, $16.95
On Santorini, the dry, rocky landscape forces grapevines to send their roots down nearly 40 feet, producing crisp whites that scream “Opa!” Open with Hellenic dips and pita.
Ponce notes “The bouquet is like apple pie served out of a cantaloupe half. It’s slightly hot on the palate from its 13.5 per cent alcohol, but still quaffable, with sweet spices to complement the fruit.”
Martín Códax Albariño 2010, $16.95
From Galicia, Albariño is a thick-skinned grape suited to northern Spain’s damp climate. Serve with spicy grilled shrimp.
Ponce notes “Like Channing Tatum in Magic Mike, this bottle is quite fetching, with a lemony nose, pineapple flavours, and acidity that makes your mouth water for the next sip.”
PONCE PICK: Château de Chasseloir Cuvée des Ceps Centenaires 2007, $18.95
From France’s Loire Valley, this Muscadet is remarkably complex for under 20 bucks. Pour alongside an icy platter of raw oysters.
Ponce notes “While it shows ripe melons on the nose, the flavour profile is uniquely maritime, with chalk, minerals, and a brisk sea breeze.”