Bourgogne Rouge 2014 Pinot Noir, approx. $27 to $35
Selected by Eric Griffith, Owner & General Manager, Alta Bistro, Whistler
“My wine pick today as I'm feeling the cool August weather in Whistler? A 2014 Pinot Noir (Bourgogne Rouge) from the Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France from Fougeray de Beauclair in the town of Marsannay.
"I love the wines from northern Burgundy, especially Marsannay because they have freshness, fruit intensity, structure and texture with a wild side, which gives them a sturdiness that works well with rustic cuisine, perfect for fall chanterelle and matsutake season, maybe with herb-roasted free-run chicken.
"I taste wild raspberries, clay, earth and sweet spices. The wine has medium body, balanced acidity and medium-fine tannins with a mouth-watering finish of wild berries and earth to keep you coming back for more.
"This specific wine is not widely available and private stores will be your best bet. However its bigger brother from neighbouring town Fixin, where you can try this house's single vineyard Fixin "Clos Marion" 2012 ($56.99), is available in the BC Liquor Store–dynamite!"
Averill Creek Pinot Noir 2011, approximately $25
Selected by Pat Allan, Restaurant Director & Sommelier, The Salted Vine (opening late summer 2016 in Squamish)
“I'm currently loving the Averill Creek Pinot Noir 2011 from Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island. I love this medium full-bodied Pinot Noir with flavours of black cherries, violet and raspberry. This is a versatile, end-of-summer wine that pairs well with fresh grilled B.C. salmon, summer vegetables and charcuterie—or even just to sip on its own.”
Available at select beer and wine stores, winery direct and by-the-glass at The Salted Vine
“The undiscovered white wines from Portugal are a wine lover's dream. Simply put they offer exceptional value $13.85 (no tax) or $15.89 (with tax). The other thing that makes them fun is they are made with cool varietals.
"In this case, 85% Antão Vaz (85%) and Arinto (15%). They’re great with seafood, fresh vegetables and poultry (and of course, friends), and are thirst-quenching with notes of stone fruits and a bright lively acidity.”
Montes Twins Malbec/Cabernet Sauvignon, Colchagua Valley, Chile 2013, $17
Selected by Lesia Knowlton, Marketing & Communications Manager Western Canada, Trialto Wine Group, Vancouver
“I love the wine varietals Malbec and Cabernet on their own, and now I have found a Chilean red that has magically blended these two great varietals together. Twins Red has a degree of elegance which is a delight to find in the under $20 price point.
"I’ve enjoyed this with friends on casual summer BBQ nights and with the cooler days arriving soon, Twins Red will be a house staple for the weekend (or weekday) gatherings with friends and family.”
“This biodynamic Tuscan Syrah perfectly exemplifies what I seek in a late summer/early autumn red. The Podere Còncori 'Melograno' (meaning 'pomegranate' in Italian) caries enough levity and aromatic freshness for a sunny afternoon, with all the savoury earth and spice that fall cuisine craves.”
“I’ve been drinking a lot of chilled Cru Beaujolais lately. I’m particularly loving the the Marcel Lapierre Morgon NV—it's delicious! It has beautiful red fruit notes and fairly light tannins. It’s a perfect choice as we transition from summer to fall because it has great structure for such a light wine, as well as a really nice earthiness.
"All of the grapes are organic, which is a huge plus. Throw it in the fridge for an hour beforehand and pour yourself a glass to cool down on a lingering summer’s day, or brighten up one of those rainy fall nights.”
“It seems that everyone in Canada is crushing rosé this summer—present party included. The move to cooler nights in the dog days of summer should be no reason to put away the pink wine, particularly when it’s as complex as this organically grown Grenache/Syrah rosé from France’s Rhone Valley.”