Selecting the right wine

<p>It doesn’t take a connoisseur to know Canadians love wine. Canada’s annual wine consumption checks in at 13.9 litres per person and is still growing.</p>

 

From sassy sparklers to vibrant vintages


 

 

Left to right: Beringer Napa Valley 2004 Merlot, $27.95; Wolf Blass Black Label 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon, $89.90; Yellow by Yellowglen, $12.95; Lindemans Bin 65 Chardonnay 2006, $10.95.

 




It doesn’t take a connoisseur to know Canadians love wine. Canada’s annual wine consumption checks in at 13.9 litres per person and is still growing.





Nor do you have to be a connoisseur to select the right wine for holiday occasions — be it an intimate dinner, a family gathering or an elegant hostess gift.





This short course on great New World wines provides all the answers for enviable entertaining and generous gift-giving during the festive season.





Why not get the party started with a sassy “yellow” sparkler? Taking its name from a gold mine discovered in what are now its vineyards, southeastern Australia’s Yellowglen Wineries specializes in quality non-vintage sparkling wines.





Made with 100 per cent Chardonnay grapes, Yellow by Yellowglen bursts with fresh, crisp flavour and enticing notes of melon and citrus.





When the whole gang is coming over or extended family is expected, turn to Lindemans Bin series wines. These easy-drinking Australians, featuring the world’s favourite Chardonnay, Bin 65, are consistently pleasing.





Lindemans Bin 65 Chardonnay 2006 is a socially adept white recognized worldwide as a value-for-money winner. Its bright straw colour with lemony highlights and its generous, fruity flavour make it a reliable crowd-pleaser — on its own or with traditional roast turkey and stuffing.





Escape to sunny Napa Valley this season by choosing a Napa Valley wine from Beringer. These luxurious Californians, which have enjoyed more listings on Wine Spectator’s “Top 100” list than any other vintner, are backed with Napa Valley know-how.





Beringer Napa Valley 2003 Chardonnay is a rich, smooth white that delivers luxury without pretension.





Meanwhile, grapes from a cross-section of Napa Valley vineyards make Beringer Napa Valley 2004 Merlot a deliciously layered and lush choice when a fine red wine is required.





Nothing says “Life is good” better than vibrant vintages from the Wolf Blass vineyards in Australia. The acknowledged excellence of Wolf Blass cabernet sauvignons means each bottle is a celebration in itself. As the ultimate self-indulgence or as a generous gift, these are bold, rich reds that measure up to the most important occasions.





Wolf Blass cabernets are meant for savouring — and saving.


 
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