…CHOOSE rich, WHITES com­plex

Food & Drink - - WINE WINTER WHITES -

When a wine is la­belled Pinot Gris (vs. Pinot Gri­gio, which is made with the same grape) it’s typ­i­cally a nod to a richer, hon­eyed style, like the white wines of France’s Al­sace re­gion. With an aro­matic, stone-fruity nose, Famille Cat­tin Pinot Gris Al­sace AOC (LCBO 481424, $17.00) has enough of a min­er­ally back­bone to stand up to meaty pair­ings.

Chapoutier Belleruche Côtes-duRhône White AOC (LCBO 245340, $17.05) is a blend made of Gre­nache Blanc and other white grapes from the Rhône val­ley. At 14% al­co­hol, it has a mouth-coat­ing rich­ness, a spicy, trop­i­cal melon aroma and juicy pear flavours.

Oak-age­ing gives Strewn Chardon­nay Bar­rel Aged VQA (LCBO 522730, $14.95) warm notes of nut­meg and clove and creamy flavours like co­conut and vanilla.

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