Every week, Bill Zacharkiw identifies his top wine picks available at the SAQ and offers ideas for food pairings.
Frioul-Vénétie Julienne 2019, Simboli Pinot Grigio, La Vis Sca, Italy rosé, $12.70, SAQ # 12667911. While not technically a rosé — it’s really a skin-macerated white — this drinks like a pink wine, due to its freshness. A touch richer and drier than the previous vintage, which gives it a wider range of food pairing options, but you get the same just-ripe red fruits, a touch of herbs and a bright finish. Really good for the price. Grapevariety: pinot grigio. Residual sugar: 2.9 g/L. Serve at: 8 C. Drink now. Food pairingideas: apéritif, salads, cold shrimp salad, salsa with lots of fresh coriander.
Saint-Chinian 2018, Les Sentiers de Bagatelle, Christine Simon, France red, $16.10, SAQ # 642652. Classic southern French table wine. So juicy, with the syrah bringing a host of fresh red fruits, the rich texture off the grenache, and just a hint of tannin coming from the mourvèdre. Easy drinking, but far from banal. Great aromatic complexity and a lengthy, fruit-driven finish. This is classy. Grape varieties: syrah, grenache, mourvèdre. Residual sugar: 1.5 g/L. Serve at: 16 C. Drink now-2022. Foodpairing ideas: croque-monsieur, roast chicken with herbs.