We’re finishing our local wine blitz with a few suggestions from readers. Thanks to everyone who wrote in — you will be receiving a copy of my wine guide — Billy’s Best Bottles Wines for 2008 — in a few days.
CH. des Charmes produces a huge range of wines from everyday up to deluxe. Their vineyards along the St. Davids Bench are immaculately pruned and the huge Chateau-style winery suggests somewhere in France. The winery’s everyday Chardonnay has always been a best buy with a style that’s multi-purpose — zesty, semi-rich and good with anything.
Fayaz and Virn wrote (real names by the way) expressing their fondness of Inniskillin’s Late Autumn Riesling. This is a barely sweet wine that’s also quite refreshing. An anytime sipper — chilling out wine — that will certainly hit the spot when we get into the patio season. (Inniskillin ’06 Riesling ‘Late Autumn,’ Niagara, LCBO No: 219543, Price: $12.25.)
Regular readers, all you Lisas and Steves, will be aware of my fondness for Baco Noir. It’s Ontario’s answer to Chianti and the other, gutsy, rustic reds in the world. I call Baco camp fire wine — pleasing roughness. Something that feels just right with spicy Italian sausages. Pelham rules the Baco world.