This flight tonight,
After the success of the Rose tastings we are ready to pull up once again to the table and stick our noses in a flight of “Whites you think you know”. Getting familiar with the Noble white grape varietals; …sure, you’ve seen them at parties and recognize their names but have you sat down with them and really tried to get to know them? Compared them with the others? mindfully? Get beyond their ‘light and crisp” flirty style?
Please don’t overlook white wines just because you may prefer red wines, there is good reason for starting with whites. Whites tend to be more aromatic and easier to isolate and identify aromas, and the wines I have chosen show good typicity in their tasting notes.
This session we will begin at the beginning and explore the differences between Chilean Sauvignon Blanc; Aldo Adige (Italian) Pinot Grigio; Californian Chardonnay; Alsatian Gerwurtztraminer; and a Mosel Germany, Riesling, in this order.
The constraints are: Premier regions with a price range between $15-$23, easily found at the LCBO and showing good typicity.
Errazuriz Max Reserva 2013 – Sauvignon Blanc
#273342 13% alc 2 G/L sugar $15.95
Pale lemon colour; Aromas of gooseberry and herbal, lime and wet grass;
dry, medium bodied with bright acidity. On the palate: lime, honey, crisp citrus and mineral notes; grapefruit rind with a long finish.
Pairs beautifully with an earthy gruyere (Gruyere de Grott) would also pair with lemon and dill herbed fish, grilled asparagus, fish tacos, salads, caesar salads.
Santa Margherita DOC Valdadige – Pinot Grigio
Alto Adige, Trento Italy
#106450 3G/L sugar (XD) $17.95
Light and crisp style, very neutral: a crowd pleaser . On the nose (lightly) white flowers, ripe tropical fruit, juicy yellow peach, tart green apple; creamy palate with fresh acidity
Paired nicely with the walnut pesto and you could also pair with seafood apps and pan-fried trout
Hess Select 2012 – Chardonnay
Monteray Bay, Salinas Valley California
#270074 5G/L sugar (XD) 13.5 % alc $15.95
Pale lemon colour, layers of apple, tropical and citrus aromas. On the palate red apple, caramel, oak, pineapple, mango, lime and lemon zest, apple on the finish
Paired with baked brie and Ontario maple syrup, also pairs with Grilled herbed chicken as well as lobster
Willm Reserve 2013 – Gerwurtztraminer
Barr, Alsace AAC
#269852 lcbo vintages 21 G/L sugar m/s 12.5%alc $15.95
Style: aromatic and flavourful
On the nose roses, lychee, spice, grapefruit and exotic fruit; finishes dry with a long rose and grapefruit flavour.
We paired with the ashed goat cheese ‘ Ashley’ (simply sublime), good as an aperitif or with spicey Asian cuisine.
Dom Bischofliche Weinguter 2011 – Riesling Kabinett
#378828 43G/L sugar m/s 9% alc $18.95
Lanoline and white flowers add freshness to this lavishly honeyed, fruity (apple, peach, citrus) Riesling; sweet stone fruit flavours are balanced with lime acidity – long finish.
Paired deliciously with the blue cheese ‘Cashel Blue’ from Ireland and the orange and fig compote.
This off-dry wine would be great with seafood or pork dishes, the sweetness can calm spicy Chinese or Thai dishes; sausages, ham and barbecue also. This wine is sweet enough to pair with dessert: peach or apple pie, fig or apricot compote.