THE 4 BEST WINES FOR YOUR NEXT BACKYARD GATHERING
Something to sip under the sun.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year: outdoor hangs season. This year, we’re soaking up every backyard barbecue, every twinkle-light-lit dinner party, every sparkly sunset that comes our way. The one constant? A glass in hand topped up with one of these four wines—perfect picks that were made to make the summer stretch even more satisfying.
Freixenet’s Italian rosé’s stunning diamond bottle—studded and shimmering, one you’ll definitely want to leave out on the table— is a festive preview of the elegant wine that ’s housed within. This charming rosé is a refreshing wine with a subtle perfume and delicate palate of red cherries and strawberries. Enjoy it chilled as an aperitivo or serve with light dishes or spicy cuisine. Afternoon by the pool, anyone?
Freixenet Rosé IG ($17.80, LCBO.com)
Fresh, balanced and delectably crisp, this pinot grigio is made for sipping when the temperatures soar. Created at the foothills of the Andes Mountains, a region with over 300 glorious days of sunshine a year, it’s imbued with all that summery goodness. Expect a symphony of complementary flavours (citrus, floral notes, plus a hint of white peach and apricot) to deliver a cool finish.
Graffigna Pinot Grigio ($12.95, LCBO.com)
We’re not without things to celebrate right now: reuniting with good friends, sun-drenched weather, endless summer weekends spent combining the two. For those spirited moments, this lively sparkling rosé is exactly what you want to toast with. Creamy, strawberry milk notes and a floral finish make for an ideal aperitif or a light accompaniment to alfresco appetizers.
Calvet Brut Celebration Rosé ($16.95, LCBO.com)
Those who devotedly drink it know: Chardonnay and the months May through August are iconic pairings. This bright, Napa Valley chard by Beringer is no exception. Tasting notes of pineapple, white pear, Golden Delicious apple and, perhaps unexpectedly, a hint of lemon meringue, translate into a totally mouth-watering experience.