FEEL­ING RICH?

If you love but­tery, smooth and rich whites…

Food & Drink - - SUMMER SAMPLING WINE -

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.

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