The month of June is among us, and after so many lockdowns and cancelled wine tastings it’s time to taste some great wines again in good company and with great food. I have made a list of five wines to try this month, including wines from British Columbia, classics like Chianti and Port, one of my favourite fortified wines. You will find them available at JAK’s stores.
1. Lightning Rock Rose 2020 – Rose, British Columbia, Canada.
On my top five list is a superb BC natural rose with notes of cranberry, watermelon, grapefruit and raspberry. Pairs well with beetroot salad and eggplant parmigiana. Pinot noir based, unfined and unfiltered.
An excellent Tawny Port with notes of orange peel, dark chocolate and almond. Have it with Belgian dark chocolate or with a slice of Roquefort cheese. This is a dessert wine to enjoy now or age for a few years.
The third spot of the top 5 List belongs to this blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, this is a fine example of BC traditional method sparkling wine. It displays good acidity and aromas of lemon with a beautiful creamy mouthfeel. A great match with spicy and fried dishes.
Crispy natural white from Naramata that shows great complexity: aromas of pear, peach, lychee and lemon. Good length and versatile for food pairings. Try it with apple risotto, grilled chicken, greek salad or medium aged cheeses.
5. Chianti Classico Castello di Querceto 2018 – Red, Toscana, Italy.
A fine Chianti Classico from Greve in Chianti. Mineral, juicy and with good tannin. Can be enjoyed now or cellared for up to 5 years. Notes of pepper, sour cherry and tobacco. Ideal match with pasta with lamb sauce or lasagne al ragu. Try it also well with aged cheeses as Pecorino Toscano.
I look forward to hear your favourite wines as well and what wines you would like to be reviewed in the future.