Natalie MacLean shares her top picks for April
• 2002 Palatine Hills Meritage VQA (Ontario, $15) Lovely aromas of ripe cherry and berries in this medium-bodied red. Pair it with a juicy steak.
Don’t forget these picks from Chatelaine’s April 2006 issue:
• 2004 Konzelmann Pinot Blanc (Ontario, $10) A delicious medium-bodied wine with sunny aromas of ripe melon and peach. Drink with seafood, mussels, pork and cream-sauce pasta. An ideal wine to take to a wine class about food-and-wine matching – it’s so versatile.
• 2003 Three Corners Merlot (Australia, $10) A plush wine with notes of chocolate, berry jam and cherry. Pair with hamburgers and steak.
A great wine for sipping as you read your favourite wine book.
• 2002 Cline Syrah (California, $18) Notes of dark fruit, leather and smoky oak. Drink with pepper steak and other grilled meats. This wine will keep overnight (properly sealed) and should still be vibrant the next day.
Natalie MacLean was named World’s Best Drink Journalist at the most recent World Food Media Awards for her free wine newsletter, available at www.nataliemaclean.com. Look for her column in every issue of Chatelaine.