If you love buttery, smooth and rich whites…
You likely prefer oaked wines, typically including Chardonnay. A fresh alternative is South African Chenin Blanc. The country’s most-planted white grape is often oaked there for a light creaminess and toastiness to balance its lively fruitiness. Try the aromatic, complex Viognier, Chenin Blanc and Grenache Blanc blend called The Wolftrap (LCBO 292532, $14.30).
Smelling like blossoms and tropical fruit, with a silky mouth feel to rival oaked Chardonnay’s buttery quality, Viognier (vee-on-YAY) is a varietal that on its own can satisfy fans of decadent whites. Laroche Viognier de la Chevaliere (LCBO 377622, $13.30) is aromatic and full of body and exotic fruit.