Farmers’ markets are piled high with local produce, so it’s time to promote veggies from sidekick to star. These bottles pair nicely.
Viña Maipo Vitral Chardonnay Reserva 2011, $13.95
New to the LCBO, this white hails from Chile’s Casablanca Valley, which is a stone’s throw from the Pacific Ocean. It’s a slam-dunk with corn.
Ponce notes: “Though billed as a cool climate Chard, it leans more to California than Burgundy. The vanilla oak pairs perfectly with corn and the lemony acidity will balance a liberal slathering of butter.”
Stoneleigh Sauvignon Blanc 2012, $16.95
This New Zealand white is one of the first 2012s to hit the shelves. Think tomatoes with goat cheese and mint.
Ponce notes: “A single whiff of this highly aromatic wine is like face-planting into a bowl of passion fruit. Its tropical profile brings out the fruitiness of tomatoes and the herbaceous notes serve as an invisible seasoning.”
Amity Pinot Noir 2008, $24.95
Among the slim pickings on the Oregon shelf, this righteous red is a textbook example of the Beaver State’s bright and fruity pinot noirs. Pour with beets.
Ponce notes: “The red-berry flavours complement the earthiness of beets, while the wine’s tartness cuts through the root’s pronounced sweetness. It hits its stride after 20 minutes in the fridge.”