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July's wine list: 5 food and wine pairings for summer

Add some spice to dinner tonight with these perfect wine pairings, hand-picked by sommelier Jamie Drummond.

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July’s best food and wine pairings.

From a spicy shiraz to crisp chardonnay, these are the best wines to pair with this month’s dinner recipes.

Wine_Boschendal Chenin Blanc


Boschendal The Pavilion Chenin Blanc/Viognier, South Africa, $11.

Pair it with: Tofu & black bean burger

With a spicy, honeyed nose reminiscent of lemons and quince, this quirky blend delivers a lot of wine for the dollar. Crisp acidity and a sustained mineral finish round out this exceptional-value bottle.



Wine_Laurent Miquel Pere et Fils Chardonnay


Laurent Miquel Pére et Fils Chardonnay, France, $12.

Pair it with: Citrus grilled chicken with pineapple salad.

Summery chicken dishes call for a refreshing glass of crisp unoaked chardonnay. This one from the Midi, in France, has an irresistible nose of Golden Delicious apple, pear and lemon zest.



Wine_Sandhill Cabernet Merlot


Sandhill Cabernet Merlot, British Columbia, $20.

Pair it with: Steak & egg burger with summer tomato salad.

Turn on the charm alongside this tasty burger with a well-crafted, seductive red. Expect generous lashings of juicy cassis with hints of leather-bound books and fragrant cedar.



Wine_Cono Sur Bicicleta Viognier


Cono Sur Bicicleta Viognier, Chile, $10.

Pair it with: Chili-mint shrimp and noodle salad.

This bargain-priced, easy-drinking white is a carnival of ripe pineapple, peach, pear and mango flavours. The wine is textured and mouth filling with a sturdy acid backbone to give it structure.


Wine_Evans and Tate Metricup Road Shiraz


Evans & Tate Metricup Road Shiraz, Australia, $23.

Pair it with: Chipotle beef tacos.

Extremely food-compatible and vibrant, this spicy, black-cherry-focused shiraz certainly has the heft to stand up to this intensely spiced dish, and it does so with considerable panache.