Emblematic of the crisp, bright style that’s iconic of New Zealand’s Marlborough region, pale greenish-gold Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc has signature cut-grass and gooseberry scents, plus tastes of lush passion fruit, peach and lime.
From a pocket of France’s Loire region renowned for its Sauvignon Blanc, Jean-Max Roger Blanc Cuvée Genèse Sancerre has a pleasingly flinty minerality that adds a hint of smoke to its crisp lemon and pear flavours.
Pair with Sushi Cake Squares.
Full of tropical fruit and melon notes, Rodney Strong Charlotte’s Home Sauvignon Blanc, from California’s Sonoma region, is partly fermented in French oak barrels for a rich mouth feel.
A Sauvignon Blanc-dominant blend that’s typical of the Bordeaux region in France, Mouton Cadet Bordeaux White AOC adds Sémillon and Muscadelle grapes for a mellower flavour and rounder body.
Pair with Herbes de Provence Veal with Creamy Brie.
Famous for its sheep-grazed Niagara grapevines, Featherstone Winery makes its Black Sheep Riesling with tree-fruit and citrus flavours, plus the refreshing minerality for which Ontario Riesling is renowned.
With medium sweetness in balance with tart lemon-lime, this floral-scented Tawse Quarry Road Organic Riesling from the Niagara Escarpment has a creamy, mouth-coating texture and a drop of honeyed ginger.
Pair with Cider-Braised Sausage Pie with Scrunched Phyllo Crust.
One of California’s pioneering Pinot Noirs, Mirassou has ripe raspberry and cherry flavours with a touch of tart cranberry. A dollop of creamy vanilla makes it smooth and easy-drinking.
Along with vibrant plum and cherry flavours, New Zealand’s Villa Maria Private Bin Pinot Noir Marlborough has hits of clove and pepper.
Pair with Lemon Rosemary Brined Roast Chicken & Vegetables.
British Columbia winery Quails’ Gate stakes its reputation on its silky Pinot Noir, full of cherry, plum and strawberry notes with whiffs of wildflowers and dried sage.
The spiritual home of Pinot Noir is France’s Burgundy region, where Latour Pinot Noir is grown and made. Juicy, with black fruits and berries, this wine has lovely earthy, herbal undertones.
Pair with Southern-Style Pulled Pork Pies with Buttermilk-Chive Biscuits.
From the most iconic French region for crisp, unoaked Chardonnay, Albert Bichot Chablis AOC has citrus, green apple and pear, balanced with flinty dryness.
A white Burgundy kept brisk and bright through stainless steel-only ageing, Bouchard Père & Fils Mâcon-Lugny Saint‑Pierre opens with floral aromas and tastes of pear, with a trace of nuttiness.
Pair with Poached Side of Salmon with Pea-Sprout Vinaigrette.
Find peach and creamy vanilla, plus toasty spice, in Jacob’s Creek Reserve Chardonnay Adelaide Hills.
Citrus zest and palate-cleansing minerality balance its richness. Buttery and creamy, lush and fruity, Henry of Pelham Estate Chardonnay has just a wisp of smoke from oak barrel fermentation and ageing.
Tangy baked tree fruit and a kiss of pastry-like toastiness on the finish make Malivoire Chardonnay VQA an Ontario gem.
California’s Mendocino and Monterey counties are hot spots for velvety, stone fruit- and honey-tinged whites like Josh Cellars Chardonnay, which finishes with warm, toasty spice.
Pair with Whole-Wheat Niçoise Pasta.
A citrus-infused dry California white, Longshot Pinot Grigio has an aroma of fresh spring blossoms, a juicy melon flavour and a tinge of almond.
A VINTAGES best-seller, Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio, from this style’s Northern Italian cradle, refreshes with the tastes of fresh apple and citrus, and a crisp, palate-cleansing finish.
Pair with Yellow Pepper & Almond Soup.
Flowers and herbs, lemon and melon give Ontario Cave Spring Pinot Gris VQA a range of lively flavours and aromas to complement its soft mouth feel and bright finish.
Pierre Sparr Pinot Gris Calcaire AOC bursts from the bottle with apricot and nut aromas on the nose, with citrus, honey and a tinge of peppery spice. It has a rich mouth-coating texture that’s typical of the slightly sweeter Alsatian style.
Pair with Roasted Root Vegetable Tartine.
From 15- to 30-year-old vines in Southern Italy, Luccarelli Primitivo Puglia IGT has a dark red, almost purple-tinged colour with bold plum and prune flavours and soft, full tannins.
Redolent of dark dried fruits, unctuous and smooth, Doppio Passo Botter Primitivo Salento IGT from Puglia is off-dry but as lively as the “double-pass” Italian football style for which it’s named.
Pair with Sautéed Steak with Spanish Tomatoes.