Liven up your weeknight dinners with these perfect pairings hand-picked by sommelier Jamie Drummond. From crisp whites, to a malbec blend and an intense spicy Californian red, these are the wines we’re sipping with this month’s recipes.
Boutari Moschofilero, Greece, $12.
Often referred to as Greece’s pinot grigio, this crisp, honey-drizzled example fits the bill perfectly when you’re serving up seafood. Citrus, peach blossom and ginger aromatics lead to a well-balanced mouthful.
Pair it with: Spicy mussels & toast frites
La Posta Cocina Tinto, Argentina, $13.
In this clever blend with syrah and bonarda, Argentina’s signature grape, malbec, proves that it plays well with other grapes. The taste is all strawberries and dried cherries, with nuances of anise and spice.
Pair it with: Sweet and spicy stir-fry
Gilles Louvet O Chardonnay, France, $14.
This brilliant Languedoc chardonnay certainly delivers, especially at this price. The bouquet is pears, tangerine and fresh brioche, while the taste is all ripe, creamy fruit.
Pair it with: Grilled honey-thyme chicken & potatoes
Flat Rock Cellars Twisted, Ontario, $17.
Riesling, gewürztraminer and chardonnay grapes come together to make a white wine that charms. Passion fruit, lime zest and rose round out the nose.
Pair it with: Nutty ramen gado-gado salad
Red Rock Malbec, California, $17.
This California take on the well-known Argentine malbec grape brings a mass of juicy berry fruit with considerable spice intensity. The juiciness of the nose is echoed in the mouth, making for a lovely sipper.
Pair it with: Pan-seared balsamic pork and noodles