Location: Whitby, Ontario, Canada

Born in Malta but in Canada since age 5. Has written three books and presently does several columns about wine and food for various magazines.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Nice Wines Over The Summer Horizon!

Seasoned Favourites
Each summer brings those wines that are meant for pleasant enjoyment. These are usually easy drinking wines that require no need for analysis but just to be enjoyed. Recently, however, a new batch of wines reflects some excellent complexity along with the enjoyment factor.
Vincor started the ball rolling last year with wines such as “Strut” that was a big success at Vincor’s distributorship at Wine Rack. It also introduced its, “OPEN” wines with a very nice varietal group well worth the effort at a barbecue or patio party. The wines show a marked effort into producing excellent quality varietal wine and blends with a definite upscale in product quality.
Collio Estates Wines was right off the start with their very successful “Girls Night Out” series. With its initial Cabernet-Shiraz, Merlot, Chardonnay and Merlot-Chardonnay Rose, it gave sudden credence to many parties of the same name-------aimed at women wine enthusiasts and party goers!
New Kids On The Block!
This summer “Girls Night Out” expanded to include a list of new fruitier wines that are ideal for mid-summer sipping. The “Strawberry Samba” and “Tropical Tango” are new, light alcohol drinks that will enhance any party.
Collio has also come out with the new Lake & River Series that have great fruit expression marked with a definite complexity that makes the wines worthwhile inclusions into the dinner set.
The latest is from a company called the “Generations Wine Co.” and is called Union. A very familiar name is connected with this company in the form of Alan Jackson. Mr. Jackson, along with Donald Triggs, is the co-founder of Jackson-Triggs . Each has now gone his own way and founded a new wine company. Triggs with his Arise Vineyards in the Okanagan and now Jackson with the Generations Wine Company in Ontario. Mr. Jackson’s partner is Andrew Von Teichman formerly of Pelee Island and Vincor, Canada.
Aptly named, Union wines are a blend of several varieties of grapes. The white is a combination of Riesling, Sauvingnon Blanc, Gewurztraminer and Chardonnay while the red is a unique Pinot Noir, Cabernet, Merlot and Gamay Noir. I found the red very enjoyable with bright fruity flavours and much refreshing acidity. While I did like the white, the red stood out the most for me! Regardless, it is good to see that Mr. Jackson is still in the business and I strongly feel that his winery will be a resounding success.
The wines listed above are all aimed at a younger demographic, between 23 and 35 years of age. I would encourage those among you to hunt down these wines and enjoy them this summer. They all are a good excuse for a party and will not come close to breaking the bank------the price being between $6.95 and $13.95!