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Thrill of the grill & Fresh French whites

Posted by Julie

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

Grilling season is in full swing so pick up these great wines from around the world for your outdoor cooking and try these fine, fresh French whites featured in the August 3 LCBO Vintages Release.

We say Syrah and you say Shiraz…depending on where you live that is.  There were many great Syrah’s and when I think Syrah – I think lamb: burgers, ribs, chops. Syrah wine is a native of the Rhone Valley in southeastern France where there are 13 separate varieties of the grape allowed. It is better known in Australia as Shiraz and carries slightly different characteristics than the French Syrah on account of the climate. Shiraz grapes are largely grown in Australia and all other Shiraz grapes grown outside the country are known as Syrah grapes.  Syrah wines feature more leathery characteristics while Shiraz tends to be peppery. Tastings with these two wines side by side are always fun and educational, but all to say, it’s all good !

I hope you find and enjoy some August releases,

Cheers & Enjoy!



Zonte’s Footstep Lake Doctor Shiraz  2010

Langhorne Creek, South Australia
$16.95 (Vintages #72975) 14% alcohol

A deep purple, aromas of gorgeous dark fruit, mouthcoating and full bodied with layers of plums and black currant, blueberry flavours and a touch of sweet spice on the long finish.

Bone dry, grippy tannins and it would be fabulous with a rack of lamb.


Domaine Chevallier Chablis 2010

Claude & Jean-Louis Chevallier, Prop.-Recolt. France
$19.95  (Vintages #112227) 12.5% alcohol

For a fresh French white – this is it! Pale golden and shimmery, the nose highlights white grapefruit and wet stone. Oh so fresh on the palate reminiscent of baked yellow apples and tart Granny Smiths resulting in magnificent acidity that just squirts saliva at the back of the mouth. It is  bone dry and clean tasting and makes for a great food wine or just on its own.


The Grinder Pinotage 2012

WO Swartland, South Africa
$13.95 (Vintages #269076) 14 % alcohol

Pinotage is a cross between the Pinot Noir and Cinsault grapes that was first planted in South Africa and like other varietals can be stylized according to the winemaker. This Pinotage is deep ruby red, almost opaque and has great depth of flavour. Lots of deep berry fruit, a little earthy reminiscent of many Pinot Noir wines and a little brambely on the palate. Full bodied and satisfying, at this price point, a couple are on my shopping list. It would be fabulous with beef kebobs or a grilled hamburger.



Calamus Unoaked Chardonnay

VQA Niagara Peninsula
$14.95 (Vintages #210062) 12.6% alcohol

Calamas wines rarely disappoint and this one is no exception. The name Calamus is a Latin word meaning arrow. When the property was being developed fragments of local rock were found that had been used by First Nation inhabitants and used to fashion arrowheads, hence the name. With floral and pineapple aromas, I could hardly wait to taste it and flavours of baked pears and ripe peaches coat the palate. There is tons of fruit and depth with a bit citrus on the finish – delightful and fresh.


Vignerons De Caractère Seigneur De Fontimple Vacqueyras 2010

AC Côtes du Rhone, France
$19.95 (Vintages #234013) 14.5% alcohol

You can never go too far astray with a bend of Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah. Smooth, rich and silky on the palate, this blend of dark fruit and plum flavours is full bodied and bone dry.

Hints of black currants and a pinch of liquorice on the finish, it’s a real class act. A great time to pick up a couple of bottles for a prime rib in a few months time ?


Kacaba Summer Series Rebecca Rosé 2012

VQA Niagara Peninsula
$14.95 (Vintages#227025)  13%

I like all Kacaba wines and the Rebecca Rośe is a perfect summer wine. A beautiful glistening cranberry colour with a little vegetal on the nose and palate. It has lots of red currant flavours, a little rhubarb and a little pith of pink grapefruit on the finish. It’s a rosé with bones to it. It would be great with just about any summer food or just to enjoy a glass on the patio.


Grand Total: $ 100.70