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March 13, 2020 | By RJS Craft Winemaking

Summer Wine Picks

With summer around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about which wines you’ll want to enjoy all season long. If you’re having trouble deciding which to craft, we have taken some of the guess work out by picking some of our favourite summer varietals.

TOP 3 SUMMER REDS

For all the red-lovers out there, here are our 3 red wine picks for summer – because seasons should never dictate which varietals you drink! Plus, light reds can also be refreshing when lightly chilled.

  1. En Primeur Winery Series Italy Super Tuscan

An assertive wine with aromatics of fresh raspberries supported by subtle hints of vanilla and earth. A concentrated palate of blackberries and black pepper with firm tannins.

Pairings: Beef burger, roast lamb with rosemary and garlic, roast or braised veal or beef with mushrooms

  1. Cru International Australia Cabernet Sauvignon Style

A classic Cabernet Sauvignon with a nose of blackcurrants, dark chocolate and subtle toasty notes with hints of coffee and vanilla notes on the palate.

Pairings: Steak, portobello mushrooms, beef short ribs and other braised beef dishes

  1. Cru Select Italy Style Rosso Grande

Deep ruby-garnet colour and spicy oak aromas, bursting with vibrant flavours of ripe berries and black cherries. This is a classic, food-friendly Italian style red wine.

Pairings: Great with meaty pizza, a meatball sub sandwich, or pasta and tomato sauce.

Which is your fav?

TOP 3 SUMMER WHITES

And for all the white wine drinkers, here are our top 3 white wine pics to enjoy on hot summer days.

  1. Cru International Italy Pinot Grigio Style

An enticing deep apple and grapefruit bouquet with apple and citrus notes that follow through to the palate and linger with a dry finish. This Pinot Grigio is made in the true northern Italian style.

Pairings: Pairs well with Creole shrimp or Italian orzo risotto.

  1. En Primeur Winery Series Winemaker’s Trio White

This refined Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, and Muscat blend exudes pretty floral aromas with hints of tropical fruit and lychee. Flavours on the palate include juicy pineapple, mango, peach, and lychee.

Pairings: Try with spicy Pad Thai, a summer salad or BBQ pork.

  1. Cru Select Australia Style Chardonnay

A classic style Chardonnay that is clean, crisp and rich in varietal character with fruit flavours abound. It is golden-hued and slightly tart while flavours of vanilla and cloves tantalize the palate.

Pairings: Pair with buttery shrimp, poached salmon or cedar planked halibut.

Which one would you pick?

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