WINE

SWAP YOUR FAVOURITE SUMMER VA­RI­ETALS FOR SOME­THING NEW—WHETHER A SIM­I­LAR WINE OR A NEW LA­BEL WITHIN YOUR GO-TO STYLE.

Food & Drink - - TABLE OF CONTENTS - • BY CHAR­LENE ROOKE PHO­TOG­RA­PHY BY VINCE NOGUCHI

SUMMER SAM­PLING

By Char­lene Rooke

Name your favourite summer va­ri­etal and we’ll sug­gest a sim­i­lar one you’re bound to en­joy—plus new la­bels to try in your go-to style.

“There are well over 10,000 grapes from which wine can be made… and we only drink about 10 of them,” cracks David Stans­field, the som­me­lier for Earls, which has five On­tario restau­rants, in­clud­ing its top-wine-sell­ing spot in Toronto. “That’s so bor­ing! If you step out­side your com­fort zone you might find a new favourite.” His top tip is to em­u­late your pre­ferred wine’s body and style when con­sid­er­ing al­ter­na­tives. “Style is less about flavour and more about our phys­i­cal ex­pe­ri­ence of tast­ing wine: whether the body is light, medium or full, and for red wine the bit­ter­ness or tan­nins.” Find your per­sonal wine style, then use th­ese rec­om­men­da­tions to help match your­self with a new summer love.

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