Top Wine Picks! Summer Flings

Light, quaffable, and dangerously easy to drink, these wines have everything necessary to be a summer fling. Beware though; you might fall harder than you thought possible - they could become long-standing favourites.

1)  13th Street Cuvée Rosé nv ($24.95)

A blend of 61% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay, and a dash of 4% Gamay, this sparkler spent 18 months on the lees after its 2nd fermentation in the bottle. Round with a creamy texture, it has generous notes of strawberries, cranberries, and brioche. Easy to drink on its own but equally delicious with a bowl of fresh local strawberries. If you’re having out-of-town guests, why not serve as an aperitif with pieces of maple-smoked Canadian salmon. What a match!

2)  2013 Flat Rock Cellars Nadja's Vineyard Riesling ($20.15)

Fear not its touch of sweetness! Juicy and bursting with notes of lemon, lime, and pink grapefruit, this wine has a bright vibrant acidity which balances the residual sugar. A good partner for cocktail hour but even more enjoyable when served with food. An outstanding match with spicy Thai beef salad; here is an easy recipe so that you can make your own.

3)  2012 Haywire Canyonview Vineyard Pinot Noir ($39.90)

This is definitely the summer fling that turns into something way more serious than you anticipated. Beautiful and concentrated, this wine has precise notes of strawberries and red cherry, with silky tannins. While it is extremely approachable and charming, Canyonview Pinot Noir is also a serious and complex wine. Ask your local butcher to do duck kebabs for you -  it's an unbeatable pairing! Serve slightly chilled.

13th Street Cuvee Rosé My Wine CanadaFlat Rock 2013 Nadja's Vineyard Riesling My Wine CanadaHaywire 2011 Canyonview Pinot Noir My Wine Canada

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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