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THE INSIDE SCOOP

We asked Thomas, a Product Consultant at our Queen’s Quay store in Toronto, to recommend a few gems from the Essentials Collection. Here are three of his favourite budget-friendly dinner wines.

 

 

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A Fresh Face

CASAS DEL BOSQUE RESERVA SAUVIGNON BLANC 2015

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“This new addition to the Essentials Collection is a great option for adventurers who want to explore Sauvignon Blanc from outside New Zealand. It comes from Chile’s Casablanca Valley, where cool breezes from the Pacific Ocean help maintain the acidity in the grapes. You’ll notice a crispness in this wine, along with flavours of citrus zest, lime and white pepper. It’s great with spaghetti with clams and scallions, Thai green curry or herbed goat cheese puff pastries.”

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Pique your Interest

Porcupine Ridge Syrah

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“This wine is a great introduction to the more elegant style of Syrah – think Northern Rhône (as opposed to some of the big, rich Shiraz from Australia) but at a fraction of the price. It’s just too good to pass up! Almost everyone I introduce it to likes it for its approachable black cherry and smoky vanilla flavours and because it’s amazingly food-friendly. Serve it with lamb chops, gourmet burgers with grilled mushrooms or even dark chocolate.”

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Fabulous Cab

COLUMBIA CREST H3 CABERNET SAUVIGNON

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“My regular customers buy this by the case and with good reason! Although the label says Cabernet Sauvignon, it’s actually a blend that changes every year with one or more other grapes – Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Syrah or Malbec – added in (consider it bonus flavour!). It’s aged in oak barrels for nine months so it’s deep and rich, with berry flavours and a cocoa/mocha finish. I love it with braised lamb shank, pasta Bolognese or strong cheeses like Asiago.”

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