Summertime wines

Natalie MacLean shares her top picks for June

Web-exclusive pick:

2004 Jip Jip Rocks Shiraz (Australia, $19). A robust and delicious wine with aromas of dark red fruit and chocolate. A touch tannic, so decant for one to two hours first.

Don’t forget these picks from Chatelaine’s June 2006 issue:
2005 House of Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc (New Zealand, $16) A zippy white with tangy aromas of peach, gooseberry and grapefruit. Pair it with pasta and smoked salmon.
2004 Bonny Doon Ca’ del Solo Malvasia Bianca (California, $20) This balanced medium-bodied wine has aromas of daisy, orange blossom and stone fruit. Drink with shellfish and salads.
2004 Coopers Creek Sauvignon Blanc (New Zealand, $18) Herbal, grassy, gooseberry and citrus notes. Drink with pork and chicken.
2004 Malivoire Ladybug Rosé (Ontario, $15) A lovely dry wine with appealing aromas of raspberry and strawberry. Perfect with salmon and pâté. Available from the winery (

Natalie MacLean was named World’s Best Drink Journalist at the most recent World Food Media Awards for her free wine newsletter, available at Look for her column in every issue of Chatelaine.