2002 Wakefield Promised Land Shiraz Cabernet (Australia, $15): A rich, juicy, full-bodied red that I’ve recommended for several vintages now. This one also has a lovely spiciness that will make it ideal for pepper steak, tomato-sauce pasta and hearty meat dishes. Drink from a bordeaux glass, since this shiraz is as robust as those deep reds.
Don’t forget these picks from Chatelaine’s August 2006 issue:
• 2003 Sandhill Pinot Blanc Burrowing Owl Vineyard VQA (British Columbia, $16) Medium-bodied with aromas of pear, melon and peach and subtle oak that pair with white fish and chicken. Will drink beautifully from a sauvignon blanc glass.
• 2004 Caliterra Merlot (Chile, $10) Smooth, velvety texture with the aroma of plush plum. Drink it with roast pork and chicken from a bordeaux glass.
• 2002 Wyndham Estate Bin 555 Shiraz (Australia, from $16) Delicious, jammy red fruit with a cool mint aroma. Full-bodied and robust. Drink with hearty meat dishes from a bordeaux glass.
Natalie MacLean was recently named the Worldâs Best Drink Writer for the articles in her free wine newsletter, available at nataliemaclean.com. Look for her column in every issue of Chatelaine!