Top Wine Picks! Summer’s Necessary Goods

When summer arrives, there are four kinds of wine that fill up my fridge: bubble, crisp white, rosé, and light red. I call them "my necessary goods." Just like I put my heavy clothing away, I tend to move towards lighter wines in the summer. They quench my thirst and keep me refreshed during the hot days. Here are a few of my favourites from My Wine Canada.

1)  nv Summerhill, Cipes Brut, Okanagan Valley BC VQA, $26.95

A blend of Chardonnay and Riesling, year after year Cipes Brut continues to be an easy, pleasing, quaffable sparkler. Expressive notes of apple, brioche, and toast with a creamy mousse. A great partner at brunch or for the apéritif. Try with smoked salmon blinis.

2)  2012 Haywire, Canyonview Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley BC VQA, $24.90

If you think Chardonnay can’t be refreshing, think again! Clean and crisp, Canyonview is vibrant with an appealing combination of wild sage, lemon, peach, and mineral notes. Great texture too. It offers a pure expression of Summerland’s terroir. Seafood, please!

3)  2012 Orofino, Home Vineyard Pinot Noir, Similkameen Valley, $32

I was seduced by the silky texture and the purity of fruit of this wine. Pretty notes of wild strawberries and red cherries are lifted by vibrant acidity. Great energy in this wine. Love it with BC sockeye salmon, especially when served with a fresh strawberry sauce. What a pairing!

4)  2014 Unsworth, Rosé, Vancouver Island, $19

I like the delicate rosé that Pinot Noir is capable of producing. That combined with Vancouver Island’s microclimate and you have a thirst-quenching rosé. If you’re on the west coast, try it with fresh local spot prawns. On the east coast, I like to enjoy it with shrimps from Matane, Gaspésie.

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Michelle Bouffard is a wine educator and journalist who splits her time between Montréal & Vancouver. She co-owns the Vancouver-based company ‘house wine’ and is the president of the BC Chapter of the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers. She Tweets @michellebwine and Instagrams @michellebouffard.

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