Don-Cook1 by Don Cook

For my summer column, I have selected 3 wines that are best for outdoor entertaining and cottage living. These wines will pair wonderfully with fresh vegetable salads, grilled or barbecued meats (steak, chicken or ribs) and fish seafood (salmon). The challenge with summertime heat is that whites & rose wines must be served well chilled and red’s at normal room temperature (18-20 degrees Celsius). I recommend even putting red wines in the fridge for 30 minutes before serving to ensure that they are not too warm. I have picked a French white, a Canadian red, and a South African red wine. Enjoy!

francois lurton sauvignon blanc1. 2013 Francois Lurton Sauvignon Blanc, Bordeaux, France (LCBO code 250381 – $12.95 on special). This wine is from a family owned wine group with estates in France, Spain, Chile and Argentina and made from the most recognised white grape of Bordeaux, France – Sauvignon Blanc. It is light bodied, with aromas and flavours of lime, grapefruit & apple that finish clean, fresh and dry. Serve well chilled and pair before the meal with appetizers, vegetarian fare, crustaceans and grilled seafood.

inniskillin pinot noir2. 2012 Inniskillin Niagara Estate Pinot Noir, Niagara Peninsula VQA (LCBO code 261099 – $15.95). Pinot Noir is arguably the most successful and consistent red wine to be produced in Niagara. Inniskillin is probably Canada’s most well known winery. This wine is medium bodied with aromas and flavours of cherry, plum, floral notes, vanilla & tea spice. Serve slightly chilled with summer dishes in particular grilled vegetables and roasted chicken, pork and seafood.

goats in villages shiraz pinotage3. 2012 Goats in Village Shiraz Pinotage (LCBO code 350538 – $12.95). Pinotage is South Africa’s own indigenous red grape! Pinotage is a cross between 2 red grapes – Cinsault and Pinot Noir. This wine is for those that like a more full bodied table wine. It is also very good value! This wine is full bodied, with bold aromas and flavours of black current, liquorish, and smoke and pepper spice. Serve with strong cheeses, tomato based pasta or barbecued tomato marinated foods – grilled red meats and ribs. Great value – Enjoy!