Bill Zacharkiw’s Wines of the Week: July 29, 2022

Each week, Bill Zacharkiw identifies his best wine selections available at the SAQ and offers ideas for food pairings.

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Each week, Bill Zacharkiw identifies his best wine selections available at the SAQ and offers ideas for food pairings.

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Less than $17

Pinot Noir 2019, Sibaris, Valle de Leyda, Undurraga, Red Chile, $16.95, SAQ No. 13994016. I reviewed this wine in March and received a few complaints that there was not enough in stock. Well, I found it again last week and not only are the stores full, but I think it’s even better now. The fruit has ripened and takes up even more space. This may not satisfy those looking for a more delicate Pinot, as it shows more power and a fuller palate than most, but it’s still a proper Pinot with a silky texture, juicy fruit, and no real tannins to get in the way. the way. A great option for leaner red and white meats. Variety of grapes: Pinot Noir. Residual sugar: 3g/L. Serve at: 16C. Drink now. Food pairing ideas: appetizer, grilled mushrooms with beef or filet mignon.

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$17-$22

Soave 2020, Roncathe, Corte Moschina, Italy white, $18.95, SAQ #14954155. Organic. What I am looking for in an entry level Soave. The accents here are on freshness and minerality. Really nice acids keep the wine taut and linear, enhanced by the citrus that forms the fruit profile. The minerality reveals the volcanic soils that hide behind the best Soave wines, and shows with a slight salinity on the finish. Perfect aperitif wine or for basic seafood. Grape varieties: garganega Residual sugar: 3.9g/l. Serve at: 8-10C Drink now. Food pairing ideas: appetizer, grilled prawns with lemon, cold mussels and seafood salad.

$22-$27

Etna Rosé 2021, Le Sabbie Dell’Etna, Firriato, Italy Rosé, $22.25, SAQ #14453377. For something a little different, try this Sicilian rosé. This is pure delicacy and elegance. Served cold, it will give you all the freshness and fruit you could wish for. But its true beauty comes when it gets hot. Such complexity, with fresh flowers and fruits ranging from red berries to peach and orange. On the palate it’s perfectly balanced, and the finish tightens nicely with a hint of salty minerality that prompts you to take another sip. Really good, and a great candidate for a short cellar period. Variety of grapes: nerello mascalese. Residual sugar: 1.2g/l. Serve at: 8-14C Drink Now-2024. Food pairing ideas: appetizer, focaccia with olives and dried tomatoes.

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$27 and up

Crozes-Hermitage 2020, Maison Les Alexandrins par Nicolas Perrin, France red, $30.25, SAQ No. 12661826. My kind of Crozes: shows more red fruit and flowers, which is what I look for in Northern Rhône syrah. While it’s a touch lighter and less rich than some Crozes, there are lovely aromas of violet and fresh berries, a midpalate full of fruit and texture, and a peppery spicy finish with just enough tannin to allow it to stand up to a bit of fat. hint of oak adds some smokiness for added complexity. Really delicious and pleasantly subtle. Variety of grapes: Syrah. Residual sugar: 2.9g/l. Serve at: 16C. Drink Now-2025. Food pairing ideas: rack of lamb with mustard and herbs, pheasant or other juicy and lean meat.

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