Plus, a real charmer from British Columbia
What’s a good wine to introduce novice wine drinkers to? I’m thinking back to the first wine I ever enjoyed (it was, I confess, before I was legally allowed to indulge), but I wouldn’t be ordering it today. It was Mateus Rosé, that soft, fruity, off-dry, slightly effervescent rosé from Portugal. Its LCBO number is 166, which shows how long it’s been around (most wines have six digits).
I’ve asked this question of many, and the wines cited most often are Mateus Rosé, Baby Duck and Manischewitz. They are all very different in style, and Manischewitz has a nostalgic, cultural aura since it’s the most popular Seder wine, and even the most dedicated dry Jewish wine drinker will suffer through it at the Passover table for nostalgic reasons.
But what they have in common is “drinkability” due to their residual sweetness and lack of rough edges. Most wine newcomers have to make that transition from pop drinks to beverage alcohol, so what easier route than tasting something that is sweetish, fizzy and chillable? The first of this month’s recommendations is a good transition wine for the uninitiated.
TONY ASPLER Post City Magazines’ wine columnist, Tony Aspler, has written 14 books on wine and food. Tony also created the Ontario Wine Awards and has been inducted into the New York Media Wine Writers’ Hall of Fame.